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The Garfield County Emergency Communication Center received a call of a person spotted in the Colorado River just east of the No Name Rest Area, Wednesday afternoon, just before 4 p.m.

A citizen reported to emergency authorities that she saw what she believed to be a person floating in the river. Garfield County Sheriff’s deputies and the Glenwood Springs Fire Department immediately responded and requested the support of the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue.

The search was called-off at sunset Wednesday night, but search crews plan to resume operations Thursday morning.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office continued gathering information through the night.

Sheriff’s Deputies are asking citizens who have any information about any abandoned or unmanned river vessels or anything along that stretch of the Colorado river that seems suspicious to contact the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office at 970-945-0453.

Voters in the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District re-elected three members to the district’s board of directors in Tuesday’s special district elections.

Incumbent board members Mike Kennedy, Gene Schilling and Mark Chain were returned to their board seats for four-year terms.

Kennedy was the top vote-getter with 620 votes. Schilling, who is also the Carbondale police chief, followed with 601 votes, and Chain had 529.

Board challenger and current fire department volunteer Joseph E. Enzer received 279 votes in the election.

The Glenwood Springs Rural Fire Protection District canceled its board election, as the three seats up for election were uncontested.

Board Chairman Bill Livingston retained his seat along with Chuck Johnson for another four-year term. The only new board member is Canyon Creek resident Cindy Orr, who replaced former board member George Morris due to term limits.

A Grand Junction man was killed early Wednesday in a one-car crash on Interstate 70 in the Vail Valley east of Avon. The Colorado State Patrol reports the accident occurred shortly before 6:30 a.m.

Dustin Millett, 32, of Grand Junction, was driving west on I-70 in a 2007 Nissan Titan pickup. The truck drifted off the left side of the roadway and collided with a post. According to the State Patrol, Millett overcorrected and swerved back across the westbound lanes. The truck ran off the right side of the roadway, rolling, and coming to rest on its right side, facing north.

Millett was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger, James D. Wood, 33, of Montrose, was transported to Vail Valley Medical Center with moderate injuries. Neither man was wearing a seatbelt.


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