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Trevor Siemian proved me wrong

More often than not in this profession, you’re proven wrong by things you take a stance on.

Just a few weeks ago I said that the Denver Broncos would be perfectly fine with Mark Sanchez under center and that Trevor Siemian — he of 0(!) career passes in the NFL — had virtually no shot at winning the starting job for the defending Super Bowl champions.

Fast forward a few weeks and, well … yeah. Oops.

I admit I completely missed the boat with that prediction. Just like I missed the boat predicting the Carolina Panthers would beat the Broncos in the Super Bowl. Oh well.

You win some, you lose some.

Good for Siemian though. He’s definitely earned the opportunity to lead the Broncos’ offense onto the field next Thursday to open the regular season against the Panthers. He’s actually proven a lot of naysayers wrong during the QB battle. Now, he’s stepping into an almost perfect situation with the Broncos.

Siemian won’t be asked to do much under Gary Kubiak with a strong running game and an other-worldly defense on the other side. That bodes well for the former Northwestern QB that was drafted in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft after his college career was cut short due to a knee injury.

But if we can take anything away from preseason games, Siemian looks up to the task of leading the Broncos this season.

He throws a good ball in a tight spiral that is accurate and very catchable despite having some heat on it. That, one would thing, played a major factor into him winning the job. His arm is much stronger than Sanchez’s, and he takes care of the football, which is — and has been — a major problem for Sanchez throughout his career.

Now, Siemian will be tasked with being a game-manager for the Broncos until rookie Paxton Lynch is ready to take the starting reigns for good.

When the news broke that Siemian was named the starter, I went back and watched every throw of his during the preseason. He was an accurate passer who made decisions quickly. However, almost every single one of his throws came off of a simple one- or two-read route concept designed to get the ball out of his hand quickly to a receiver with space to work with.

That’s not a knock on Siemian, because I think he can take on added responsibility throughout the season. But it’s clear that the coaching staff doesn’t trust him to do more right now, and that’s been the case with all three quarterbacks this summer into the fall. The simpler the system and the less reads needed, the less of a chance there is for a turnover.

Through three preseason games, Siemian is 27-for-43 for 285 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He won’t play Thursday against Arizona as Lynch will play the whole game, so those numbers don’t look bad overall for Siemian.

The two interceptions are concerning, but his last pick against Los Angeles last Friday clearly hit the ground, but the officials failed to overturn it. Against the Rams, Siemian really cemented himself as the starter, clicking early and often with Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders and Virgil Green, marching the Broncos up and down the field in the first half. With the running game stalling early against Los Angeles’ tough front seven, it was up to Siemian to throw the ball around and open up some running lanes for CJ Anderson and Devontae Booker. He was able to do that consistently, including a beautiful touch throw down the right sideline to Thomas just before halftime that the star receiver hauled in with one hand while drawing a pass interference penalty.

With Siemian winning the job, it allows the Broncos to create a game plan for Carolina’s strong defense in Week One, but it’s important to remember that it doesn’t really matter who is under center right now for the Broncos because of where their strengths are.

They won’t be a team under Kubiak that airs it out 40 times a game. They’re a balanced, conservative offense that craves ball control over big splash plays. Running the ball a ton and allowing their defense to feast on opposing offenses is how the Broncos will be successful this year.

Siemian is a feel-good story as the first Northwestern QB to start the regular season for a defending champion since Otto Graham started for the Cleveland Browns in 1955. I’m rooting for him to do well and I’m glad he proved me wrong.

Now it’s time to see just how well he’ll do against a team’s No. 1 defense for a full 60 minutes.

Glenwood riders claim podium spots in first race

The Glenwood Springs Dirt Demons’ high school mountain bike team placed several riders high in the standings at Sunday’s National Interscholastic Cycling Association race.

The season-opening Frisco Bay Invitational was held Saturday and Sunday on Lake Dillon in Summit County. The 6.3-mile loop on Peninsula Park was rocky and technical, and was a good starting point for riders.

Over 1,000 high school cyclists will compete in the 2016 Colorado League, which comprises four regular-season races and a final state championship.

In her first-ever mountain bike race, Glenwood freshman Lizzie Barsness kicked off the medal haul by winning the freshman girl’s two-lap contest with a time of 1:08:01. Elle Murphy placed 12th in 1:23:56.

The male Dirt Demons did their part as well, placing second and fifth in the three-lap junior varsity boys race.

Jacob Barsness completed the 1-2 sweep for the Barsness family with a time of 1:19:11, good for second place. Lucca Trapani finished fifth with a time of 1:20:56. Rounding out the Dirt Demons results were Aaron Smith (28th in 1:28:42) and Mark Richardson (113th in 2:01:21).

Glenwood High is now in fourth place out of 26 teams in the South Conference Division 2 classification. The Dirt Demon’s next race is the Cloud City Challenge in Leadville on Saturday, September 10th.

Roger Goodell begins second decade in charge of NFL

NEW YORK — A few years into Roger Goodell’s tenure as NFL commissioner, a grad school professor polled students on who was the most effective leader in the major sports. Goodell romped.

That was before the league locked out the players in 2011. Before the Saints’ bounties scandal. Before the behavior of Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson — and so many others — led to a stricter player conduct policy.

Before game officials were locked out. Before Tom Brady’s suspension in “Deflategate.” And before issues over head trauma and concussions brought player safety questions to the forefront.

A more recent informal survey by that professor saw Goodell finish a weak third behind the NBA’s Adam Silver and PGA’s Tim Finchem.

Yet, for all of the public (and players’ association) angst regarding Goodell, who enters his second decade in charge on Thursday, he couldn’t be held in higher esteem by most of the 32 team owners — his bosses.

“I know how passionate he is about the game, how committed he is,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says. “He’s spent his professional life on behalf of the National Football League. I’ve seen him under fire. He has made good decisions. We know what a tough job it is. That’s been borne out and accentuated by the very criticism that he receives. He’s in a job that has a lot of thankless aspects to it. … I think he’s exceeded any expectations that I might have had for him.”

Here’s where the NFL has gone in Goodell’s decade.

FINANCES

The league to which Goodell, 57, has dedicated his entire adult life has never been more profitable. According to Forbes, the average worth of an NFL franchise is just under $2 billion. Jones’ Cowboys are the world’s most valuable sports franchise at $4 billion. The league’s lowest-valued team at $1.4 billion, the Buffalo Bills, just signed a huge naming rights deal for its stadium.

Overall league revenues are approaching $13 billion; when Goodell replaced Paul Tagliabue in 2006, they were half that. Goodell wants to reach $25 billion in the next decade or so.

Perhaps helping reach that goal, the NFL’s presence internationally has grown. It returns to Mexico City in November for Texans-Raiders in a sold-out Estadio Azteca. Three games are played annually in London, with the NFL branching out from Wembley to other stadia, and selling out.

TV AND NEW VENTURES

The NFL’s availability has expanded significantly on TV and digitally under Goodell. Flexible scheduling on Sunday nights led to better matchups later in the schedule. A night game was added on Thanksgiving. CBS (now joined by NBC) jumped into the Thursday night package of games already on NFL Network.

Network TV deals are bringing in about $28 billion overall, and DirecTV’s Sunday Ticket contract is worth another $1.5 billion a year to the NFL.

Last season, 46 of the top 50 TV shows were NFL games, with “Sunday Night Football” the most-watched prime-time program for the sixth consecutive fall season. So who is holding the upper hand when renewal talks begin?

Goodell also oversaw the expansion of the draft to three days, with the first three rounds in prime time, and has made it a traveling show. Two channels, ESPN and NFL Network, broadcast every selection.

“Roger’s tenure has been one of tremendous growth for the NFL, and he has increased the impact the league has on American culture,” says ESPN President John Skipper. “He has faced intense scrutiny in how he responds to every situation, including from ESPN, and to his credit, he has remained true to his principles and the results of that vision are, by any objective measure, decidedly positive.”

The NFL also has found ways to monetize fantasy football, even as critics insist it’s a form of gambling. And everyone knows how aggressively the NFL opposes gambling.

PUBLIC IMAGE

Goodell’s popularity among the owners is unquestioned. Even the Patriots’ Robert Kraft, a long-time confidant of Goodell’s but a vocal opponent of the commissioner in the deflated footballs case that cost New England a first-round draft pick and $1 million, generally has been one of Goodell’s biggest boosters on other matters.

Outside the NFL, his image has taken some heavy hits. While Goodell cites protecting the integrity of the game, the players’ union, fans, and advocacy groups protest his decisions. Loudly.

Despite labor peace since 2011 (and through 2020), it has been an uneasy truce. The union challenges matters large and small — it’s obligation, of course, in representing its players — and often makes noise about reopening the collective bargaining agreement.

Goodell insisted on keeping final authority over player discipline matters during the 2011 labor talks. As Goodell has erred, most notably in the Rice case with an initial two-game suspension so inappropriate it led to a new player conduct policy, the union has pounced. Several times, the NFL won in court. Several times, so did the union.

Every time, the public’s opinion of the commissioner diminished.

The 2012 lockout of game officials was such a fiasco that following the “Fail Mary” call in Packers-Seahawks, a new contract quickly was worked out.

Goodell also has been betrayed by his investigative force, which performed well in Michael Vick’s dog-fighting case, but struggled with the Saints’ bounties. That saga ended with Tagliabue, of all people, serving as arbiter at Goodell’s behest, voiding suspensions for four players.

Such incidents have damaged Goodell’s standing with many fan bases, most notably in New England and New Orleans.

“They have proved to have a terrible track record when it comes to investigations,” NFLPA spokesman George Atallah says.

CONCUSSIONS

Probably the biggest challenge now for the NFL under Goodell — until another oddball scandal hits — is identifying and treating head trauma. Not just for current players, but for retirees; the league reached a settlement with former players that is now worth about $1 billion.

Rules changes; the institution of comprehensive return-to-play protocols for all players evaluated for concussions; the hiring of independent medical professionals; advocacy for youth concussion laws in all 50 states; and financial investments in research all are positives of Goodell’s administration.

But concerns about just how dangerous and health-affecting the sport is will continue to plague the NFL, which must find answers to any and all safety matters. Unquestionably, the end game always will lead to Goodell.

Preschool on Wheels receives $7,500 grant

Kum & Go Convenience Stores recently awarded a $7,500 grant to the Preschool on Wheels program to support its ongoing efforts to improve kindergarten readiness for low-income children in western Garfield County.

According to a press release, the grant and matching support from several community partners will help ensure that Preschool on Wheels can continue to serve 120 students per year, providing them with the basic academic and developmental tools needed to be successful students.

“Kum & Go has seven convenience stores within our program’s service corridor and we are excited to be one of the many important programs the company supports in the community,” Logan Hood, Aspen Community Foundation’s Preschool on Wheels program manager, said.

Editor column: Don’t forget the sunscreen

It feels like this space has covered pretty serious subject matter, which is admittedly an abnormality, the past couple of weeks.

Yes, there is a slight variance in the degree of seriousness — forgetting the sunscreen is not quite on par with keeping a scorecard of dead classmates from high school — but they’re both pretty serious considering the ground normally covered here.

(Update: Days after publishing the column titled “Death knocks again” another high school classmate died. I had not talked to him in years, but based on my experiences with him in high school, the fact he was still alive was more of a surprise than his actual death.)

With all the heavy stuff, I didn’t even get to write much about my vacation, which already feels like an eternity ago, or preview the visit my younger brother and father made this past weekend, which feels like it was much more than just a few days ago.

People, it’s now September.

We are two-thirds of the way through 2016. It’s starting to get chilly at night. Pretty soon the Christmas decorations will start going up, if they haven’t already, and I’ll have to write another curmudgeonly column about it.

My two-year anniversary of moving to Colorado passed in the last month, as well as the one-year mark since Sam and I first met (not our actual dating anniversary, so I’m not in the doghouse … I think).

Two significant milestones that didn’t even register on the “this-happened” radar. Seriously, where has the time gone?

In an email to other staff members a month ago, my boss, while noting that it was already August, said pointing to the passage of time with such bemusement made him feel old.

I have to agree with him there. Just writing these words makes me feel like I should shut down the old computer and go watch “The Price is Right.”

Pretty soon I’ll be wandering the pharmaceutical section of City Market searching for the right remedy for my crippling joint pain.

(Note: I frequently encounter people who, by most metrics, qualify as old — one who shares my last name was here this past weekend — and who make me feel lazy with all their involvement in the community. I kid with the game show and arthritis references, I kid.)

Jokes aside, there is a sense of panic when dwelling on how fast it feels like we’re flipping through the calendar. It’s not quite the “quarter-life crisis” I wrote about back in January, but there is a little bit of that at play.

Am I going to be sitting here 10 years from now writing about the fact we’re almost through 2026?

I already know the answer to that question is “no.” Perhaps it has always been — I’ll defer to more seasoned professionals — but this industry increasingly feels like it’s suited for transients. Those who advance typically do so by moving and moving a lot. And I have certain aspirations.

For the time being, though, I don’t want to think about the scenery that far down the road, because it feels like the last 10 miles have been a sprint — a feeling I’ll attribute to work, traveling, more work and being constantly surrounded by people for nearly the past two months.

In the last 50 days, Sam and I have had about 10 without a house-guest or being house-guests ourselves (hear me out before writing me off as a complete recluse).

We had an intern — a great kid — stay with us for a little more than a month this summer.

In the nine days leading up to our trip to Cincinnati, seven were with Sam’s family members — truly great people — also staying at the house.

Then it was back home for six days — I love my family and friends, but you already knew that. Then back to Colorado where my father and brother showed up for a weekend visit last Friday, and Sam’s dad — an awesome guy and one of the funniest people I’ve ever met — arrived for a four-day visit this past Sunday.

As I attempted to say with some disgustingly poor punctuation (those dashes), we have some great people in our lives and my No. 1 regret is not having been able to spend more time with them while they were here or while we were there.

But some oxygen is needed. There’s a certain amount of pressure being around family. You either want to make sure they like you, that is if it’s your significant other’s family, or you feel the constant need to wring the most out of your limited time when it’s your family.

And even if it’s someone as friendly and low-key as the young man who crashed in our guest room for a month, you still don’t act 100 percent the same in your own home when you have a guest.

So, this Labor Day weekend I don’t foresee any big plans, such as that trip to Durango or camping adventure in Rifle Mountain Park, coming to fruition. Instead, I see plenty of sleep, a small amount of cleaning and some reading … or watching Netflix, whichever feels like less work.

Of course, I’ll probably be kicking myself for that decision when it’s threatening snow a month from now, but I’ll take it as it comes. It will be here soon enough.

Ryan Hoffman is busy watching “Murder She Wrote” reruns, but you can reach him at 970-685-2103 or at rhoffman@citizentelegram.com.

charitable donor?

Having recently turned 11, Jadyn Petree is the youngest person to hold a lifetime free membership to the Rifle Heritage Center, and she earned it.

Jadyn, who counts history as one of her favorite subjects in school, presented volunteers at the heritage center, formerly know as the Rifle Creek Museum, with $1,136 that she raised parking cars during the week of the Garfield County Fair and Rodeo in August.

It was her second attempt at raising funds for the heritage center this summer after learning of financial hurdles — which have been a topic of discussion at City Hall in recent months — facing the center.

A lemonade stand organized by Jadyn and some friends earlier this summer only generated $4.

“They were happy and they were thankful,” Jadyn said in recalling the day she donated the money.

The reaction from heritage center volunteers was a bit more dramatic, said Betty Waldron, a Rifle Heritage Center board member.

“Absolutely astounding,” she said of Jadyn’s efforts. “When they told me what the amount was I almost fell to the floor.”

The center does receive larger charitable contributions from foundations and other organizations, but $1,136 is toward the higher end in terms of donations from a single person, according to Waldron. The fact that it came from somebody who was only 10 years old at the time of the actual fundraising is all the more amazing, she added.

Starbucks or trip to the museum?

It was mid-June when Jadyn and some friends went out for lunch. After eating some pizza, they asked Jadyn’s mother, Shawna Petree, if they could go to Starbucks. She said yes, but then they asked if they could go to the heritage center.

Shawna gave them an ultimatum: Starbucks or the museum.

They chose the heritage center.

“They all decided they’d rather go to the museum than go to Starbucks … and I was like that is something to be commended, for kids that age to be like ‘no we want to go to the museum and not go to Starbucks,’” Shawna said.

For Shawna, it was her first-ever visit to the center, located on the corner of East Avenue and Fourth Street in downtown Rifle.

Jadyn had already visited it several times for school field trips.

History is among her favorite subjects in school. While she cannot point to one particular era or specific subject as being her favorite, Jadyn enjoyed learning about local history in the third grade.

She was especially fond of the book “Rifle Shots” — which the heritage center refers to as “generally the first resource to be consulted for historical or genealogical information.”

“First we read it in social studies class then I got it for my birthday I liked it so much,” Jadyn said. “And I pretty much read all of it in two days.”

Financial woes

When Jadyn and crew arrived at the heritage center back in June, she learned the center was facing some financial difficulties.

Earlier that month, heritage center board members met with Rifle City Council to discuss a continued lease of the building, which is owned by the city. However, the conversation turned toward improvements needed in the building, which was built in 1952 and served at Rifle’s second City Hall.

There was the issue of a functional heating system, which the building currently lacks. That forces the museum to close for the winter. An estimate to replace the boiler came in around $57,000, board members told council in June. An estimate for plumbing repairs ranged from $1,250 and $4,150.

Council members, some of whom expressed concerns about triggering renovation requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act and other worries regarding unseen costs, did not have much of an appetite for investing money into the building.

The heritage center board members did not leave the meeting feeling optimistic, said Waldron, whose husband, Cecil, attended the meeting with council. Such was the climate when Jadyn visited the center later that month.

She did not want the museum to cease to exist, and she started plotting possible fundraising efforts.

Positive feeling

After the failed lemonade stand, Jadyn approached her grandparents, who own the empty lot across from the Garfield County Fairgrounds, and asked if she could park cars during the fair to raise money for the heritage center.

Her grandparents, who regularly let groups such as the local Boy Scout troop use the lot to raise money during fair week, said yes.

For hours at a time during days with large events, Jadyn was out in the parking lot handling the business side of things with help from a couple of friends. Mom and dad physically parked the cars, but Jadyn did all the talking and money handling.

“I was super proud and she was a trooper,” Shawna said of her daughter.

While Jadyn, who hopes to one day be a doctor some day, was determined, she admitted she never expected to raise as much money as she did.

Her sizable donation was not the only good bit of news for the heritage center in August. City officials were invited to tour the center several weeks ago, and several members of council were impressed enough to bring up the idea of exploring possible smaller improvements to the building during the budget process in October.

“I think the thing that was encouraging for me was I envisioned it would be so crowded in there that it wouldn’t make any sense anyway, but I didn’t find that at all,” Councilor Ed Green said at council’s Aug. 17 meeting.

The feeling among museum volunteers is trending more positive than it was in June.

“We feel like they at least see that what we have is of value, where as before we got the impression that they just thought we had a pile of junk over there,” Waldron said. “And now they realize we are doing our best to preserve and promote Rifle’s history.”

‘Local’ is key for first Rifle Farm to Table Dinner

Organizers of an inaugural dinner featuring local food and drink are hoping it will grow into a recurring event that, if successful, could help make the Rifle Farmers Market more self sustaining.

Tickets for the inaugural Rifle Farm to Table Dinner, planned for Sept. 10, are on sale through Friday, Sept. 2. So far, sales have been slower than hoped for in this first year of hosting such an event, said Cathleen Anthony, farmers market manager and assistant to the Greater Rifle Improvement Team.

As of Wednesday morning, 27 of the 100 available tickets had been sold at the market, although a good number of people have expressed interest, Anthony added.

Tickets are $55 for one person or $100 for a couple, and they can be purchased at the Rifle Farmers Market, as well as at Miller’s Dry Goods and the Whistle Pig Coffee Stop & Cafe in downtown Rifle.

Proceeds, if there are any in the first year, will go to the future continuation of the Rifle Farmers Market, which has relied heavily on grant funding in the past, according to Anthony.

The idea for the farm to table event started earlier this year after Hannah Klausman, a member of the farmers market board, saw an article about a similar event in Tennessee that raised a substantial amount of money.

“The thing that got me on this guy is they raised $10,000. … I saw that and I thought ah ha,” Klausman said.

The hope, Anthony continued, is to build the dinner into an annual event with enough support to not only break even, which admittedly might be a challenge in the first year, but to generate enough money to help make the farmers market more sustainable.

“It is the inaugural event, so this year we are just hoping to get it off the ground and get people excited about it,” Anthony said. “I think the draw is local food.”

The dinner, which is being hosted at the Bookcliffs Arts Center, will feature four courses of locally sourced food, as well as beer from Glenwood Canyon Brewing Company. Grand River Health is donating beef purchased at the Garfield County Fair and Rodeo, and Rifle Farmers Market vendors were asked for produce donations. Six vendors committed to making donations, and in exchange they will receive two free tickets and an opportunity to speak about their contribution when it is served, Anthony said.

Sarah Naef, executive chef for Grand River Health nutritional services, and Elissa Nye, catering manager at the Whistle Pig, are preparing the meals.

“I instantly jumped on board because I think it’s a good idea and I want to see more things like it in Rifle,” Nye said.

The final menu is still being set, but Nye said the appetizers will likely consist of donated produce and some sort of dip, such as humus.

Goat cheese donated by Avalanche Cheese Company, of Basalt, also will likely be worked into the appetizers.

A traditional caprese salad will follow the appetizer course, with a main course consisting of the beef donated by Grand River.

Dessert will be prepared by the Whistle Pig’s Andrea Matthews.

“We really are trying our hardest to make it as local as we can,” Nye said. “We have a lot of good resources here.”

Anyone who has questions about the event can send an email to riflefarmersmarket@gmail.com or call 970-665-6496.

First Fridays event catching on in Rifle

Friday is almost always art day somewhere, with art walks in different are cities and towns.

Rifle and Carbondale share the traditional first Friday slot, while Glenwood Springs and Basalt have second Friday and Silt celebrates on the last Friday.

Wearing various hats, George Cutting is involved in several, and is committed to making them thrive. He operates the Crack in the Wall Gallery in Silt and is a member of Cooper Corner in Glenwood.

“My philosophy is make your community strong and your businesses in that community will thrive,” he said.

So, when he was appointed president of Rifle’s Bookcliffs Art Center two years ago, he pushed for a monthly community event devoted to art.

“I wanted to involve the arts center in the community and involve the community in the arts,” he explained.

He wasn’t too concerned with competing with Carbondale’s already well-established First Friday event.

“First Friday is an accepted evening all over the country to do art receptions, and I think we’re distant enough that we’re not … taking away from Carbondale’s energy,” he said. “It’s really working. Rifle is now a happening First Friday. All the businesses come together for a common goal to get people out. The restaurants are all packed, Miller Dry Goods is staying open late, Blush Salon is staying open late.”

More of those businesses are also integrating local art in their own spaces in an effort to be part of the event and engage people with something new. The library is often involved as well, though this week the new display is in Silt, not Rifle.

The openings themselves take place from 5 to 7 p.m. This round, the Bookcliffs will feature local photographer Amber Nicole Norton. With the final show in Rifle’s Hilltop Summer Concert Series slated for Thursday, it also marks the shift from outdoor to indoor events, though a local musician may be there to brighten up the October First Friday

Catered hors d’oeuvres will be provided, but all events at Bookcliffs are alcohol free, both because the venue is less walkable and to be family friendly.

“If we don’t keep our kids excited in the community they grew up in, they’re going to all leave,” Cutting noted.

Midland Arts downtown also stays open late with refreshments. The gallery has six partners and draws from 50 local artists. In the long run they’re hoping to have a featured artist each month. The newest consignment artist is Ava Lanes of Parachute, a photographer with a distinct printing style.

“I’ve started to take my own and others photographs and put them on other mediums,” she explained. “There’s so many people that are good with digital photography, why not expand?”

Lanes, who runs her photography, printing and framing business via heritagegalleryandframe.com, has experimented with canvas, acrylic and resin and is particularly fond of metal.

“The clarity and resonance just pops,” she said. “It almost looks like it’s backlit.”

Of course, as important as artists are to an art walk, the most important ingredient is the community.

“It’s the people showing a desire to get out and see what’s going on that makes it work,” Cutting observed.

Rifle man dies in crash on I-70

A 22-year-old Rifle resident died in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 70 near Silt this past weekend.

Matthew Day was driving a 2007 Toyota pickup eastbound on I-70 near mile-marker 97 when the truck went off the right shoulder around 8 a.m., Colorado State Patrol reported later that day.

Day attempted to steer back onto the roadway, but went across the lanes of traffic and into the median. The vehicle began to roll in the median and Day, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected.

Day was declared dead on scene.

The passenger, a 25-year-old male from Glenwood Springs, was checked for minor injuries but was not hospitalized.

At the time, Colorado State Patrol said alcohol was being investigated as a possible factor. According to Garfield County Coroner Robert Glassmire, an autopsy performed Monday revealed Day had a blood alcohol content of .014 percent, well below the legal drinking limit. It also determined the presence of THC, the psychoactive constituent in marijuana. However, the level of THC is yet to be determined and its presence does not mean he was impaired at the time, Glassmire said.

Larry Gene Carlson (Feb. 21, 1934-Aug. 25, 2016)

Larry Gene Carlson was born February 21, 1934, to Laurence and Crystle Carlson in Sioux City, Iowa. He went home to be with His Lord August 25, 2016, surrounded by family and friends. Larry was raised in Wakefield, Nebraska, and graduated from Wakefield High School. He married Sally Ann Miller in 1962 and they had a son, Paul Warren the following year. They moved to Glenwood Springs in June of 1964 where their daughter, Laura Jean was born in 1966. He was a successful contractor and real estate agent. He is survived by Sally, his wife of 53 years, son, Paul and his wife Maura; granddaughter Kiley and her husband, Luke Hall along with great grandson, Masen and sibling-to-be; and grandson Kevin and his wife, Taylor and great granddaughter, Brindle, as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. Larry was predeceased by his parents, his daughter Laura Wahl and his son-in-law Dale. Contributions can be made in Larry’s memory to New Hope Church, Youth for Christ, or Hospice of the Valley. Services will be held at a later date.