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Arson suspected in vehicle fire

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Department suspects arson in a vehicle fire that occurred just outside of West Glenwood at 3 a.m. on April 17.

After an initial investigation, authorities searched the area and arrested a suspect at around 7:30 a.m. the same morning.

Authorities have not released the suspect’s name.

An inventory of Garfield County Jail inmates lists Wayne Earl Olson, 51, as being booked Thursday for third degree arson, among other charges.

USA Pro Challenge will sprint through Carbondale

The USA Pro Challenge often stops in Aspen, but this summer the annual cycling event will have a sprint leg through Carbondale for the first time.

“We are really excited to have them coming through Carbondale,” said Andrea Stewart, executive director of the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce.

The cyclists will pass through around lunchtime on Aug. 19 on their way from Aspen to Crested Butte in the second stage of the tour. They will enter town from Catherine Store Road and ride along Main Street before turning south on Weant Boulevard for a connection with Highway 133, bypassing planned summertime construction.

The entire group, including the participants and more than 70 support vehicles, is expected to take about seven minutes to pass through. The chamber hopes that the event will still provide an economic boost, as downvalley and midvalley residents who don’t usually make the trip up to Aspen come out to see the action.

Echo silenced in Parachute, Battlement Mesa

The Grand Valley Echo, a community monthly newspaper that served Parachute and Battlement Mesa for the last six years, told its readers this week that it is ceasing publication.

In a short note to readers, Publisher Alyssa Ohnmacht and Editor Carrie Click explained that Click will start a new full-time job as assistant public information officer at Colorado Mountain College on May 1 and be based at the college’s Dillon location.

Ohnmacht said she decided that “now is the time to move on and explore new business ventures.”

“Along with all of The Grand Valley Echo’s readers who also contribute words, ideas and encouragement to the Echo, we’ve worked hard to create a little newspaper that can help inform and bring the Grand Valley community together,” the note read. “We’ve enjoyed being a part of it. Thanks for the opportunity.”

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