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The Glenwood Springs Post Independent is making changes at the top.

Andrea Porter is moving from her publisher position at the Post Independent, and will transition to a new role as Colorado Mountain News Media’s director of revenue development with a specific focus for online sales, CMNM niche products and special sales, and marketing.

Jenna Weatherred, publisher of The Aspen Times, will now take on the primary management role for both The Aspen Times and the Post Independent. Each newspaper’s news content and editorial identity remains independent and will continue to be independent. Other than expanding Weatherred’s management role with the Post Independent there are no other changes planned.

Weatherred, a Glenwood Springs resident, will have offices in Glenwood and Aspen. Her contact information is 384-9100, or e-mail to jenna@postindependent.com.

Authorities now believe that a woman posing as a good Samaritan to raise money for a needy family actually was setting up a scam.

The woman, Mary Hunsaker, currently is being held in Grand Junction on a variety of charges, mostly relating to check fraud and other scams, according to Officer Brady Jax of the Snowmass Village Police Department.

Hunsaker, 39, was arrested on Feb. 26 after police got a report that she had bounced a check at a Snowmass hair salon.

Shortly before that, Hunsaker had set up an account at Vectra Bank, ostensibly to help a Carbondale single mom, with infant twins, needing heart surgery.

In light of Hunsaker’s criminal record, and the fact that the Carbondale single mom has not been heard from or seen by anyone involved in the matter, “Everything says it was the beginnings of a scam,” Jax told the Post Independent on Wednesday.

Jax said the Vectra benefit account has been closed, and he planned to contact the bank about returning whatever money had been sent in by concerned members of the public.

The Colorado Department of Transportation will be conducting a brief rock fall mitigation project on I-70 in DeBeque Canyon today, March 4. During the work, all lanes of I-70 – both east and westbound – will be temporarily closed in the canyon (between mile points 55.2 and 55.8).

The mitigation work is a preventative measure following a small rock fall event on Tuesday, in which several rocks (approximately 3 feet in diameter) came down onto the highway early in the morning. During a follow-up investigation, CDOT geologists determined that a larger rock, approximately 3 feet by 5 feet, should be brought down.

CDOT contractor Yenter Companies will conduct the work Thursday morning between 10:30 and 11:30. During the work, all traffic on I-70 – east- and westbound – will be stopped. Crews will make every effort to complete the work within this time frame.

Prior to the full traffic stop, there will be right-lane closures on I-70 beginning at 8:30 a.m., in preparation for the work. Eastbound traffic will be reduced to a single lane between mile points 52 and 56.5 and westbound between mile points 59 and 55.4.

A 30-year-old Denver man was cited for operating a snowmobile in a wilderness area on Feb. 28.

Forest Protection Officer Kevin Warner with the Aspen and Sopris Ranger District issued a Violation Notice for Snowmobiling in a Wilderness Area, which results in a fine of $500 and a processing fee of $25. Operating a motor vehicle in a Wilderness Area can result in a fine of up to $5,000 and/or six months in jail.

The Snowmobiler was seen riding his sled in a large meadow in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness area along Richmond Ridge off the back side of Aspen Mountain. The wilderness boundary is signed in this area.

According to Martha Moran, Recreation and Wilderness Manager for the Aspen and Sopris Ranger Districts, “Snowmobiles in Wilderness Areas are a problem in the Roaring Fork Valley, especially along Richmond Ridge, the Independence Pass Road, and the upper Castle Creek Valley towards Pearl Pass.”

According to Warner, “Many snowmobilers like to ride in large open areas rather than on groomed trails. I recommend to most people interested in snowmobiling to look into the 4-mile area, the Kobey Park area, and the Flat Tops area to the west and south of the Flat Tops Wilderness Area. These areas have large open play areas where a snowmobiler can have a lot of fun in a responsible manner.”

A March 1 story in the Post Independent incorrectly described Frank Smith as the director of the Western Colorado Congress.

Smith is the Energy Organizer for the organization.

The Post Independent regrets the error.

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