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Cop nods off, rams building

A Carbondale police officer apparently fell asleep at the wheel of a patrol car early Monday morning and crashed into a downtown commercial building.

According to Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling, the officer was headed back to the police station and was rounding Third Street onto Colorado when she drove off the street and crashed into the front pillars at 345 Colorado Ave. The mixed-use commercial building is home to two medical marijuana dispensaries and some upstairs apartments.

It was snowing at the time of the accident, but that was apparently not a factor in the crash, Schilling said.

About $4,000 in damage was done to the patrol car, and less than $500 to the building, Schilling estimated.

Following an investigation, the patrol car was removed around 7 a.m., he said.

Motorists are reminded

to slow down

It’s that time again. Colorado wildlife are on the move. They are migrating to wintering habitats, and that unfortunately leads to higher incidents of wildlife-vehicle collisions. Each fall, a group of organizations come together to promote the “Wildlife on the Move” message to motorists statewide: Be aware, drive with caution and slow down, especially at night, when the majority of wildlife-vehicle collisions occur.

“As Colorado has an abundance of deer and elk, as well as other wildlife, that live near our urban and rural areas, motorists need to be aware that they can cross our roads without warning at most any time of day or night,” said Colorado State Patrol Chief Colonel James Wolfinbarger. “Slow down and stay alert when you see a highway wildlife warning sign especially between dusk and dawn. If you see one deer or elk, expect others. Remember to scan ahead on the sides of the road for signs of movement and to watch for the shining eyes of animals that reflect car headlights at night. Most importantly, slow down and concentrate on retaining control of your vehicle. It is important to maintain control before, during and after a collision with an animal should one occur. “

The town of Carbondale continues its efforts to assist local businesses with low-interest loans. The fund is designed to provide access to low-interest loans and to help stimulate job creation and retention.

Carbondale’s business loan fund received a boost from the federal government in the form of a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development in late 2009. The grant bolstered the loan fund, which had been dormant for several years. The fund was resurrected when the town contracted with the Roaring Fork Business Resource Center to administer it.

The Carbondale Loan Fund is for businesses, including nonprofits, located within the Carbondale Town boundaries. Carbondale businesses that want to apply for a loan should go to the Roaring Fork Business Resource Center’s website at www. rfbrc.org/accesstocapital/carbondale-loanfund.html, or call Randi Lowenthal at 945-5158.

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