Garfield County Football Preview
Welcome to the 2016 edition of the Garfield County Football Preview
Goalkeeper Hope Solo has decided to end her season with the Seattle Reign of the National Women’s Soccer League.
The beleaguered goalkeeper, who was handed a six-month suspension and saw her contract with U.S. Soccer terminated last week, announced her departure from her professional club team in a statement Tuesday.
U.S. Soccer suspended Solo following disparaging comments she made about Sweden during the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, calling her opponents a “bunch of cowards” for their defensive style of play during the quarterfinals. She won’t be eligible for selection to the national team again until February.
Before a match last weekend against the Portland Thorns, the Reign announced Solo was granted an indefinite personal leave. Haley Kopmeyer took over for Solo in goal and the Reign won 3-1.
“Coming to terms with the fact I was fired from the U.S. Women’s National Team after 17 years of service has been devastating. After careful consideration, I have decided to end my season with the Seattle Reign, an organization I love playing for,” Solo said Tuesday. “Mentally, I am not there yet. After watching the team’s win against Portland this weekend and seeing Haley Kopmeyer playing so well in goal, I truly believe this decision is what’s best for me and for the Reign organization.”
Reign head coach and general manager Laura Harvey issued a statement saying that while the team was disappointed in Solo’s decision, it was understood and respected.
“Hope has always wanted what is best for our team — she is a relentless trainer, a fierce competitor and demands from herself nothing less than excellence on the pitch,” Harvey said.
The three-time defending champion U.S. women were handed their earliest-ever exit from the Olympics earlier this month when Sweden advanced 4-3 on penalty kicks following a 1-1 draw on Aug. 12.
Sweden’s coach, Pia Sundhage, who led the U.S. team to gold medals in Beijing and London, replied to Solo’s postgame “cowards” comment by stating: “It’s OK to be a coward if you win.” Sweden went on to play in the gold-medal match against Germany.
Solo had caused a stir in Brazil even before the comment about Sweden because of social media posts over the Zika virus, showing her wearing mosquito netting and armed with insect repellant. Brazilian fans booed her mercilessly and shouted “Zika!” every time she touched the ball.
While talented in goal, controversy has shadowed the 35-year-old Solo throughout her career.
She still faces a possible trial on misdemeanor domestic violence charges after a 2014 incident at her sister’s home, when she was accused of being intoxicated and assaulting her sister and 17-year-old nephew. Solo said she was a victim in the altercation. Earlier this year, an appeals court in Washington state rejected Solo’s request to avoid trial.
In early 2015 while Solo was at a team training camp in Southern California, her husband Jerramy Stevens was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in a U.S. Soccer team van. Solo was with him at the time.
The former Seattle Seahawks tight end later pleaded no contest and was sentenced to 30 days in jail and four years on probation. Solo was suspended by U.S. Soccer for 30 days.
There were other incidents as well, including Twitter comments she made about former U.S. player Brandi Chastain during the London Games, and public criticism of coach Paul Ryan during the 2007 World Cup over his decision to start Briana Scurry in the semifinals, a match the Americans lost. Solo was sent home early from the tournament.
U.S. Soccer indicated in its statement announcing her suspension Wednesday that it was a culmination of events.
The controversies have tainted Solo’s legacy in the net.
She became the first goalkeeper with 100 international shutouts last month when the United States defeated South Africa 1-0 at Soldier Field in Chicago. It also was her 150th career win.
During the Rio Games she made her 200th appearance in goal for the United States, an international record.
Solo won her second straight Golden Glove Award for the best goalkeeper at the Women’s World Cup a year ago. Over the course of the tournament in Canada, she had five shutouts and allowed only three goals in seven games. The U.S. won the World Cup for its third title in soccer’s premier event.
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State defensive end Mitchell Meyers has had a lot more on his mind than just football over the last 18 months.
Finally cancer-free, Meyers is hoping to be much more than just an inspiration to the Cyclones in 2016.
Meyers, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in February of 2015, wasn’t cleared to fully rejoin his teammates until fall camp. But Meyers’ fight to beat cancer was such a stirring tale that his fellow Cyclones recently named him a captain.
Iowa State (3-9 in 2015) is also expecting big things on the field from Meyers, a senior who on Monday officially regained his starting status for Saturday’s opener against Northern Iowa.
“I’ve actually been thinking about this…if you were to tell me I’d get cancer two years ago, I would have never believed you. And if you were to tell me that I’m in the position I’m in now six months ago, I definitely wouldn’t have believed you,” Meyers said. “Right now I’m in a really good position to succeed.”
Meyers first broke out for Iowa State as a freshman in 2013, playing in all 12 games. Meyers moved into the starting lineup as an interior lineman as a sophomore, and he was expected to be one of the key defenders for the Cyclones in 2015.
But during winter workouts that season, Meyers noticed that his neck was unusually sore. Doctors diagnosed him with cancer, and Meyers was forced to put football on hold.
Though Meyers couldn’t practice with his teammates, he never missed a workout while battling his disease in both Iowa and his home state of Texas for most of 2015. During that time, the coach who recruited him, Paul Rhoads, was fired. Meyers wasn’t even able to meet new coach Matt Campbell until the middle of spring practice, which he sat out as part of his recovery.
Meyers earned the immediate respect of Campbell, who first got to know Meyers on the phone as he went through treatment.
“This young man that had this upbeat spirit about himself going through this, and it can put you in your place really fast. Tough days come, and are they really that tough? Here’s what this guy is going through,” Campbell said. “Mitchell’s last words to me (on the phone) were, ‘I’m coming back to play. I’m not coming back to be just a story.’”
Meyers said Monday that, despite having to learn a new system and build his body back to where it was before he got sick, the muscle memory he built up playing football has helped.
Meyers didn’t start fall camp atop the depth chart. But as Campbell and his coaches watched Meyers go through workouts, they realized that they not only had a starter on their hands, but one that had the toughness and character the new staff wants for its program.
“One of the best stories in college football,” Campbell said.
Meyers acknowledges that he might never be the player that he was before he got sick, though he also said that he feels as good as he’s ever felt heading into a season.
Meyers will also play his final season wearing No. 58, which Iowa State hands to the lineman who best embodies the spirit of beloved former line coach Curtis Bray. Bray was 43 when he died in 2014 of a pulmonary embolism.
“Battling cancer is a lot like playing football. Obviously the implications are a lot bigger battling cancer. But you learn a lot about mental toughness playing football,” Meyers said. “It helped me a lot to get through what I went through, and vice versa.”
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Trevor Siemian couldn’t be rattled.
Not by the knee injury that ended his college career at Northwestern and scared away everyone but the Denver Broncos, who made him the 250th overall pick in last year’s draft.
Not by his six-month audition for the Broncos’ starting QB job that began with him as the dark horse against veteran Mark Sanchez and first-round draft pick Paxton Lynch.
He wasn’t even unnerved Monday when coach Gary Kubiak informed him he’d won the job — making him the only QB with no passing attempts to take over a defending Super Bowl champion in Week 1.
“I feel like it’s the right decision,” said Kubiak, whose team opens against Carolina on Sept. 8 in a title game rematch. “I believe in this kid and what he can do for our football team.”
Siemian was just as calm after the announcement as he’s been every other day during his remarkable rise from part-time college starter to Peyton Manning’s surprise successor.
“I’m not trying to be Peyton. I could probably get in a lot of trouble trying to be a first ballot Hall of Famer,” Siemian said. “So, those shoes are way too big to fill. I’m just trying to be the best man I can be every day, be the best teammate and take it from there.”
He has no plans to hit up Manning’s phone, either.
“No, I’m sure he’s pretty busy,” Siemian said. “He’s probably got some commercials to shoot or something.”
Siemian says he pays no mind to the stress of the job. And he has no designs on changing his understated style, no plans to switch from the quiet, leader-by-example type to one who’s more vocal.
“I don’t think I want to change who I am or who I am in the locker room. I think we’re really fortunate here we’ve got a lot of great leadership here in the locker room,” Siemian said.
Siemian realizes a lot of NFL fans are asking who he is.
“That’s a tough question,” Siemian said. “I like playing football. I try to be a good teammate, work every day, put my head down and be the best guy I can be.”
Siemian learned Kubiak’s West Coast offense last year when he had a birds-eye view of the Broncos’ QB conundrum that required the coach to gather his team every Monday from mid-November on to inform the players whether Manning or Brock Osweiler would start.
Kubiak said he won’t pare the playbook for Siemian despite his inexperience — his only NFL snap was a kneel-down last year.
“If there’s one thing that is a big strength of Trevor’s is how much he can handle,” Kubiak said.
Two things that impressed receiver Emmanuel Sanders about Siemian was his slow heartbeat and his lightning bolt of a right arm.
“He’s very poised, even when he comes into the huddle, he’s always the same guy,” Sanders said. “I remember when he first came in, I said, ‘You remind me a lot of Aaron Rodgers’ in the way that he goes about his business and is always having fun, and even in the way he slings the football around. He’s kind of that backyard football kind of guy. But yet he’s still loose.
“I know everyone in the huddle enjoys when he comes in there because he’s always cool, calm and collected.”
Siemian was an afterthought even after Manning’s retirement and Osweiler departed in free agency. GM John Elway traded for Sanchez and tried to woo Colin Kaepernick, a quest he abandoned after drafting Lynch.
Meanwhile, Siemian was out to prove Elway had his man in Denver all along.
“Last year I got a chance to learn a lot and I was starting to get comfortable in the system, but I hadn’t taken a lot of reps,” Siemian said. “So, coming back I got a chance to do that in OTAs and I think that’s when I got a chance to grow a little more and pick things up and get comfortable with the guys and the scheme.”
Also invaluable to his development was running the scout team last year against Denver’s dizzying defense.
“Yeah, it was an unbelievable challenge,” Siemian said. “You’re forced to use your imagination a little bit against our guys, and you’re right, I think going against them every day and getting your butt kicked a lot helped.”
Kubiak said Lynch will play the entire preseason finale at Arizona on Thursday night. He didn’t say if Sanchez has a future in Denver. The Broncos would save $3.5 million and a conditional seventh-round draft pick if they cut him.
Sanchez hurt his chances with two red-zone fumbles against San Francisco, but Kubiak said it was more of what Siemian did that won him the job.
“He’s earned the right to be our guy,” Kubiak said. “Is it a lot to ask of a young kid? Yes, it is. But it’s not a lot to ask of our team. And I believe in our team. It’s going to be about how we play as a group, not about one guy.”
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NEW YORK — Novak Djokovic double-faulted, then shook his right arm and grimaced.
Seconds later Monday night, a weak serve produced a wince, then was followed by a missed forehand that gave away a set in the defending champion’s first-round match at the U.S. Open.
While he managed to emerge with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 victory over Jerzy Janowicz of Poland, there were plenty of signs of trouble, starting with a visit from a trainer who massaged Djokovic’s bothersome arm after only five games.
Asked about his health during an on-court interview, Djokovic deflected the question, saying, “I don’t think it’s necessary to talk about this now. I’m through. I’m taking it day by day.”
During the match, Djokovic hit first serves around 100 mph, sometimes slower — 25 mph or so below what’s normal for him. He hit second serves in the low 80s mph. He flexed that right arm, the one he has used to wield a racket on the way to 12 Grand Slam titles, and appeared generally unhappy.
In the stands, Djokovic’s coach, Boris Becker, gnawed on his fingernails, looking nervous as can be.
This was the No. 1-ranked Djokovic’s first match at a major tournament since losing to Sam Querrey in the third round of Wimbledon, which ended the Serb’s bid for a calendar-year Grand Slam after titles at the Australian Open and French Open.
Heading into the U.S. Open, Djokovic spoke about dealing with a left wrist injury that flared up in the days before the Rio Olympics this month. But that appeared to be just fine against Janowicz, a former top-20 player who reached the semifinals at Wimbledon in 2013 and is now ranked 247th after his own series of injury issues.
Earlier in Arthur Ashe Stadium, another two-time U.S. Open champion, Rafael Nadal, stood near the net after winning his first Grand Slam match in three months — 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 against Denis Istomin — and unraveled the thick wrap of white tape protecting his all-important left wrist. He said he’s still not back to hitting his forehand the way he does when he’s at his best, but there was nothing that seemed to be as debilitating as what Djokovic went through.
All in all, Djokovic’s issues figure to loom large as the tournament progresses, and therefore were the most noteworthy development on Day 1 at Flushing Meadows that did include drama elsewhere.
There was 20th-seeded John Isner’s comeback from two sets down to edge 18-year-old Frances Tiafoe before a rowdy, standing-room-only crowd at the new Grandstand. And 26th-seeded Jack Sock’s five-set victory over 18-year-old Taylor Fritz in another all-American matchup.
More, too: A first-round loss by Rio Olympics gold medalist Monica Puig, and French Open champion Garbine Muguruza’s complaints about having trouble breathing after dropping the first set of a match she would go on to win in three.
Like Muguruza’s win, Nadal’s afternoon match in Ashe was played with the new $150 million retractable roof open under a blue sky, while offering some extra shade on a day when the temperature reached 90 degrees.
The good news for Nadal, he said afterward, is that the pain is gone from his wrist, which whips those violent, topspin-heavy forehands that are the key to his success — 14 of his 21 winners came off that wing.
The bad news for Nadal?
He still is working on feeling comfortable hitting down-the-line forehands, in particular, after sitting out — not just zero real matches, but barely any practice, either — from his withdrawal at the French Open in late May to the Olympics this month.
“Not easy to go 2 1/2 months out of competition, in the middle of the season, without hitting a forehand,” Nadal said. “I need to have the confidence again with my wrist.”
Both Nadal and his coach, Uncle Toni, described the way Rafael changed the way he hits a forehand during the Rio Games to try to avoid pain.
Both said things are improving.
But as Toni noted: “We need a little time.”
Istomin, who is from Uzbekistan and is ranked 107th, was not exactly likely to give Nadal much of a test. He entered the day 0-4 against the two-time U.S. Open champion, having dropped 10 of the 11 sets they’d played. He had lost his past 20 matches against top-10 opponents. Plus, he’s been dealing with an injured right hamstring lately.
So what did he think of Nadal’s play Monday?
“For the first set, I was feeling that he was not hitting hard,” Istomin said. “A lot of short balls.”
Nadal’s summation of his day: “Not very good; not very bad.”
Uncle Toni’s take? “I hope every day we can play a little bit better.”
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Fixing flood damage allegedly caused by an inmate at the Pitkin County Jail last week is now estimated to cost $50,000, though that number is guaranteed to increase, officials said Monday.
Meanwhile, a District Court judge allowed the inmate who allegedly caused the damage by breaking off a sprinkler head out of jail Monday on a $3,000 personal recognizance bond.
That means Benjamin Garrett, 32, had to put up no money to get out of jail despite the fact that he reportedly fought violently with law enforcement personnel, has been charged with three felonies and allegedly caused a flood that knocked out law enforcement communications, forced the permanent relocation of the county’s 911 call center and will cost tens of thousands of dollars to fix.
District Judge Denise Lynch said she was releasing Garrett on the PR bond because he has no prior criminal history and plans to remain in the Roaring Fork Valley.
Garrett said in court Monday that he’s “recently unemployed” but has worked previously as a chef at two Carbondale restaurants. He also said he has no place to live, has been staying with friends lately and has no family in the area.
“I’m not a danger to the community,” said Garrett, who was initially arrested Wednesday for possession of methamphetamine. He now also faces charges of felony assault and criminal mischief.
Garrett was arrested Wednesday night after he called emergency dispatchers and reported that a group of 30 people representing a “crime ring” were trying to illegally tow his car, according to a police report. An Aspen police officer who responded wrote in the report that Garrett’s story had no merit “and that he either had a mental health issue or was on something,” the report states.
Garrett also volunteered that he had methamphetamine and a meth pipe in his pocket, which earned him a trip to the Pitkin County Jail on the drug charge, according to the report.
Then about 3:30 a.m., a jail deputy got on the police radio and requested help moving an inmate who was flooding his cell, according to second police report filed in District Court on Friday. Garrett had clogged the sink drain in his cell with an article of clothing and turned the water on full, said Jail Administrator Don Bird.
An Aspen police officer and a Pitkin County sheriff’s deputy responded and were told Garrett “was acting extremely strange” and needed to be moved because of the flood he caused, the report states. Garrett eventually agreed to move to another cell and the two law enforcement officers left the jail, according to the report.
Five minutes later, however, the jail deputy radioed for help again, and the two officers returned to find a “massive amount of water spraying inside of the cell from the area of the bathroom,” the report states.
The sheriff’s office allowed a reporter to view a video of the incident Monday, though Sheriff Joe DiSalvo declined to immediately release the video publicly.
The video shows Aspen police Officer Walter Chi pushing Garrett inside the holding cell and shutting the door. About 4 1/2 minutes later, Garrett can be seen prying a metal vent grate off the ceiling. He takes the vent cover into the bathroom and returns to the cell area. There are no cameras inside the bathroom, but presumably Garrett destroyed the sprinkler head with the vent cover because as soon as he returns to the cell, brown water begins flowing across the cell floor, according to the video.
At that point, Garrett became “increasingly aggressive towards officers” and began “screaming unintelligible things at the officers and refused to cooperate with their verbal commands,” according to the police report. The video doesn’t contain audio, but Garrett can be seen smashing the vent cover against the cell’s windows and door as officers on the other side point at him and yell.
Garrett covers his nose with his shirt at one point, probably because the water flowing into the cell has been sitting in the pipes for years, perhaps decades, and doesn’t smell good, according to the video and DiSalvo.
For the next 20 minutes or so, water continues to gush into the cell, while Garrett intermittently uses the vent cover to try and pry unknown objects off the cell ceiling and cut holes in the mattress, and officers on the other side bark orders at him. Officers also called in other deputies to help with the situation during that time, the report states.
Finally, Deputy Marcin Debski can be seen standing outside the cell door, clearly telling Garrett, who doesn’t have the vent cover in hand at the time, to get away from the door and lay down on the bed. Garrett ignores those orders and Debski turns and tells a jail deputy behind him to open the cell door, according to the video.
Garrett is standing in front of the door as it opens and hesitates for a split second when he sees Debski. Then he raises both hands to Debski’s neck and tries to choke him, according to the video and the police report. Immediately, Debski and Deputy Ryan Turner bum rush Garrett and force him into the bathroom, out of sight of the cell camera.
The deputies were able to take him to the ground, then drag him out of the bathroom with the help of Chi and another two deputies, and into the cell area again. They all pile on top of him trying to get him under control.
Everyone is completely drenched by that point because the water from the sprinkler continues to spray into the cell, according to the video. The water, which is now flowing clear instead of brown, turns red with Garrett’s blood at one point while the officers attempt to control him. Eventually they drag him out of the cell, where he continues to kick and fight them, before they are able to strap him into a chair with a hood over his head, according to the video.
“I think they did the right thing under the circumstances,” DiSalvo said.
Garrett was later taken to Aspen Valley Hospital with facial injuries and broken ribs.
Meanwhile, the water from the sprinkler knocked out servers in the jail basement that control 911 communications, law enforcement communications and law enforcement records management systems. Vail 911 dispatchers handled calls for about an hour early Thursday morning until Aspen dispatchers were able to move to a temporary location at the Mountain Rescue Aspen building near the Aspen Business Center.
Pitkin County experienced no interruption in 911 service, officials have said.
The dispatch center was scheduled to move permanently to the North 40 Fire Station at the Aspen Business Center in about a month. Much of that new digital radio equipment already had been installed at the North 40, so county officials were able to speed up the transfer and start up the new dispatch center Friday night, said Jodi Smith, the county’s facilities manager.
Also on Friday, officials were able to procure a $50,000 server from Philadelphia for the records management system, which allowed that system to come back online, DiSalvo said. No damage was done to renovations done at the jail last month, he said.
Smith said Monday that the jail basement was still wet and that crews pulled 14 gallons of water out of just one of the ducts over the weekend. Crews are taking their time cleaning up all the water because they don’t want to have to mitigate for mold, she said.
To avoid similar situations in the future, officials plan to convert the jail’s fire sprinklers into a system that won’t begin spraying water until two sprinkler heads are contacted by fire, Smith said. Also, a majority of the servers in the jail’s basement will be moved to the North 40, a plan that was already in place, she said.
None of the county officials interviewed Monday were able to release an estimate of the total cost of the jail flood. However, Assistant County Manager Phylis Mattice said she expects the total, including overtime costs, computer replacements and clean-up, to rise much higher than $50,000.
“That would be my guess,” she said.
PALISADE, Colo. (AP) — The western Colorado town of Palisade has banned headstones at some plots in the municipal cemetery due to concerns about vandalism.
The Daily Sentinel of Grand Junction reports (http://bit.ly/2bUja8s ) that Palisade’s Board of Trustees has made more than 1,000 grave spaces off-limits to standing headstones. Memorials will instead be limited to flat grave markers.
Palisade Public Works Director Frank Watt asked trustees to limit some sections of the Palisade Municipal Cemetery to flat markers only, citing difficulty with maintenance and vandalism with upright headstones.
Local memorial businesses have criticized the decision, saying it takes options away from grieving family members.
Information from: The Daily Sentinel, http://www.gjsentinel.com
The Post Independent on Monday welcomed Brad Howard as its new director of advertising.
Howard is the former general manager and chief revenue officer for Gazette Media in Colorado Springs, where he also served as vice president of sales and marketing.
He most recently was publisher of Parker Lifestyle, a glossy magazine mailed to 13,000 homes. He has extensive experience, having been vice president of advertising at The Sun News of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and general manager of a startup free daily newspaper targeted at young adults affiliated with the Baltimore Sun, among other roles.
“People in Garfield County communities are going to enjoy getting to know Brad,” said PI Publisher and Editor Randy Essex. “He’s a real pro and very approachable, with a passion for helping local businesses succeed.”
Said Howard: “I look forward to getting involved in the community and building a strong sales team at the Post Independent. My wife and I have visited many times and are very excited to now call the Roaring Fork Valley our home.
“Hopefully my marketing experience will help our advertising partners grow their businesses with comprehensive print and digital solutions,” he added. “I welcome businesses to reach out and have a conversation with me to see if our product portfolio is right for them.”
Essex noted that beyond Howard’s wealth of experience and energy, he’s got a strong history of community involvement.
In Colorado Springs, Howard was a board member and served 15 months as chair of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pikes Peak; was on the board of Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado; and on the board of the Intergeneration Foundation, which promotes research of intergenerational issues and has won recognition in 43 states.
Howard, an Ohio native, has an undergraduate degree in journalism and political science from the University of North Carolina and a master’s of business administration from Western Carolina University.
He and his wife, Corrinn, will live in New Castle.
A plan to convert a dozen units in a previously approved south Glenwood Springs residential development to teacher housing has cleared its first city review hurdle.
Glenwood’s Planning and Zoning Commission last week gave a unanimous recommendation for approval to developer Peter Waller’s plan to sell three of the five multifamily buildings in the Cardiff Mesa section of his larger Silver Sage development to the Roaring Fork School District.
The transfer would satisfy Waller’s affordable housing obligation to the city, and become part of the school district’s new teacher housing program that made up a $15 million portion of last year’s $122 million bond issue.
“This is a potential public-private partnership that will be good for the schools, and help get a project done that was otherwise very difficult from a cost perspective,” Waller said after the decision.
The proposal was slightly modified from the revised plan initially submitted to city planners. Instead of asking for six additional units, Waller is seeking to add just four more than was originally approved three years ago.
The proposal goes before City Council on Sept. 15 for a final decision.
Silver Sage was first approved in February of 2013 for a total of 55 residences southwest of the intersection of Four Mile and Airport roads, including 38 duplex units on the upper Silver Sage Preserve and 17 multifamily units on the 42-acre lower bench called Cardiff Mesa.
P&Z, at its Aug. 23 meeting, was OK increasing the number of units on the lower bench to 21 and adding some one-bedroom units to the mix, where the previous plan called only for two- and three-bedroom units.
The review panel did, however, want at least some of the original improvements outlined for Airport Road to be paid for by the developer, including curb, gutter, sidewalks, landscaping and repaving of a 750-foot stretch fronting the new development.
Waller had asked for relief from that requirement as a way to keep development costs down.
P&Z agreed to a compromise that would involve a 3-inch asphalt overlay on the road, and 60 percent of the trees that were originally required.
The panel also requested that the school district provide a deed restriction for the units it acquires that spells out the long-term affordability of the rental units. Garfield County included a similar requirement earlier this year when it OK’d a plan for the Ironbridge development south of Glenwood Springs to count six teacher housing units toward its affordable housing requirement.
A handful of residents from the Cardiff Glen neighborhood located across Airport Road from Waller’s development site have expressed concern about additional traffic and parking problems from the new homes.
Howard Jay, a former principal at Sopris Elementary School who now lives at Cardiff Glen, said at the P&Z meeting that he supports the school district’s endeavor to create teacher housing. But he worried that eliminating the Waller’s obligation to provide a percentage of “community housing” that would otherwise be made available for sale to qualified buyers fails to acknowledge the broader need.
“The taxpayers said they are willing to let the school district buy housing,” Jay said of voter approval for the bond issue last fall. “But that is just one segment of the community that needs housing.
“I am leery of selling to the school district to satisfy the developer’s housing requirement,” he said, adding “there are other vital workers that need housing.”
School district voters last fall approved a $122 million bond issue to pay for two major school projects in Glenwood Springs and variety of other facility improvements across the district. It also included $15 million earmarked to purchase or build affordable teacher rental housing in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt.
The district is already pursuing 17 units in the next phase of construction at the Willits project in Basalt, and recently won support from the county for the six units at Ironbridge.
Judge John Neiley has denied several defense motions to suppress statements and evidence in the upcoming trial of Matthew Ogden, the Parachute man facing first-degree murder in the death of his month-old daughter.
Ogden’s wife, who pleaded guilty to negligent child abuse resulting in death in December, told investigators that she awoke one night to see Ogden violently shaking daughter Sarah.
Her cause of death would be found as a fractured skull, hemorrhaging to her brain and a lacerated liver.
Ogden faces first-degree murder of a victim under 12, a class 1 felony, and child abuse resulting in death, a class 2 felony.
The judge’s orders follow three and a half days of hearings.
Phyllis “Amy” Wyatt, the mother, pleaded guilty of criminally negligent child abuse resulting in death and was sentenced to eight years in prison. The couple fled Colorado a few days after Sarah’s death, but were arrested in Minnesota.
Ogden’s defense had filed motions to suppress statements he made in interviews with investigators, evidence seized though a warrantless search and evidence taken by investigators later with a search warrant.
After Sarah was pronounced dead at Grand Valley Hospital, a Parachute police officer and the deputy chief coroner went to Ogden’s apartment to investigate the baby’s death.
They took evidence from the apartment without a warrant, but the court found that Ogden consented to this search and seizure.
The defense argued to exclude the evidence, which included body camera footage, a blanket and baby formula. Ogden was also seeking suppression of evidence from his cell phone.
Parachute Officer Alexander Graham said the phone had important photos of Sarah taken the night before her death.
Neiley found that Ogden had consented to the search of the phone as well, and they later got a warrant.
The defense also sought to suppress evidence obtained via search warrants that were executed in the days following Sarah’s death. These were also for Ogden’s apartment, allowing investigators to seize “blood, saliva, DNA evidence, defendant’s cell phone, weapons, sheets, blankets and pillowcases, and any other evidence of homicide, ” as well as the mattress and box springs, according to Neiley’s order.
This suppression motion too was denied, the judge finding no defect with the search warrants or affidavits.
Neiley also denied the motion to suppress Ogden’s statements to investigators, expect for one section, during which he said the couldn’t go on with the interview while he was being advised of his Miranda rights.
Out the full day of interviews investigators had with Ogden two days after Sarah’s death, Neiley suppressed about 20 minutes worth, saying that Ogden should have been given his rights for this section.
“The court finds that this interview was custodial interrogation” — that a reasonable person would consider him or herself to be in custody, wrote the judge.
Ogden told officers that he was under too much stress, that he was fighting off seizures, but the officers continued the interview anyway, wrote Neiley. The interview became more intense with investigators describing the cause of Sarah’s death, becoming accusatory and suggesting the possibilities of jail time and the Department of Human Services taking Ogden’s surviving child, wrote the judge.
The prosecution will not be allowed to use this interview during the trail. However, should Ogden take the stand to testify, the prosecutors could use these statements for impeachment.
Neiley has also denied a motion to relocate the upcoming trial, according to the district attorney’s office. The defense argued the level of publicity in this case would make it impossible to seat a fair and impartial jury.
Ogden’s trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 26.