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A woman at Colorado West Recovery Center’s detox committed suicide Thursday night, in what Division Director Jeff Kremer called “an absolutely tragic situation.”

According to Glenwood Springs Police Department reports, officers responded to a report of a female hanging at 9:57 p.m. at Colorado West, 7121 Grand Ave. Upon arrival, officers determined that the female party was deceased. Paramedics, who arrived on the scene soon after, confirmed their findings.

If you or anyone you know are contemplating suicide or have suicidal thoughts, please call Colorado West’s Crisis Line at 945-2583 or 920-5555 in Aspen.

A construction worker in Aspen who fell 12 to 14 feet on Saturday morning was taken to Aspen Valley Hospital complaining of back pain.

The 25-year-old New Castle resident, who was identified by his supervisor as Brandon, was pulling out a nail from wood on the edge of a hole in the floor when he slipped and fell at 10:50 a.m. According to Aspen police officer Brian Nichols, the carpenter fell on his back onto the concrete floor of the house’s basement.

The incident occurred at a construction site at 926 S. Mill St., at the bottom of Aspen Mountain between Lift 1A and the Little Nell run. A number of houses are under construction in that cul-de-sac.

Police called for help from the Aspen Volunteer Fire Department’s rescue team because the carpenter fell from the first floor into the basement, where it was difficult to remove him. EMTs secured him on a backboard, and firefighters lifted him out of the hole. The rescue operation took about 50 minutes.

The Glenwood Springs Post Independent is looking for photographers for its winter edition of “A Day in the Life of Garfield County.”

Photographers will be asked to take photos on the featured day, Friday, Feb. 4, from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m., on that day only. Diverse subjects, locations, events and times are encouraged.

Those interested can contact editor Thomas Martinez at (970) 945-8515, ext. 517, or at tmartinez@postindependent.com, no later than Feb. 3.

Participating photographers will retain ownership of their images and receive a photo credit in the publication. This is not a contest, and photographers will not be compensated.

The Bookcliff, Mount Sopris and South Side Conservation Districts will host the annual Ag Day Wednesday. Speakers start at 9:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided by the conservation districts and prepared by in-house chef, Mike Kishimoto. Reservations are required. Call 945-5494, ext. 101, to RSVP.

This year’s topics are animal feed lots and the new guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency, and water quality and remote satellite monitoring systems to measure water. Both of these topics affect small and large landowners.

” From staff reports; Naomi Havlen contributed to this report.


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