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Former 9th Judicial District Attorney Mac Myers says that statistics released by current DA Colleen Truden dont add up.In a press release Monday, Truden said felony convictions are up 8 percent from January to July in the 9th Judicial District, which covers Garfield, Pitkin and Rio Blanco counties.In a phone interview Tuesday, Myers, now an assistant DA in the 22nd Judicial District in Cortez, questioned the DAs caseload for the first six months of the year. He said the numbers are probably driven more by a rise in crime rather than cases filed by the DAs office. Myers also said felony filings were down in the 9th Judicial District in previous years on his watch. However, conclusions about a DAs performance should be made on the percentage of convictions made on felony cases filed.
For area motorists, there is a light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. According to Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman Nancy Shanks, the north roundabout at the exit 114 Interstate 70 in west Glenwood Springs will be finished in about a week. In the meantime, work continues on both the north and south roundabouts.As of today, 80 percent of the concrete paving on the south roundabout has been completed and 90 percent of the north. All ramps on and off the interstate are open, Shanks said.The north roundabout should be fully complete within a week thats what the hope is and all paving will be done by mid-September, she said.Beginning Sunday, Aug. 28, at 8 p.m., the road that travels underneath I-70 will be closed for pavement removal, grading and concrete paving. It will reopen at 6 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, Shanks said.
Its not often that Colorado farmers complain about getting too much rain.But that is one of the few discouraging words being heard in connection with Glenwood Springs new Downtown Market on Tuesday evenings.Perhaps the biggest challenge to getting the new event off the ground this year has been outside organizers control. Rain has been a frequent visitor to the weekly event at Centennial Park and 9th Street.Weather aside, however, the endeavor is being welcomed by vendors, market-goers and downtown business people.I do see a lot of different people than I do on Saturdays, said Ken Kuhns, owner of Peach Valley CSA Farm, who also participates at the Saturday farmers market at True Value Hardware in Glenwood Springs.Kuhn has been happy to see a lot of tourists at the Tuesday event. For other market participants, its also a chance to visit with other locals.
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