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A Glenwood Springs man was killed and a Rifle man was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident near McClure pass on Sunday, May 9.

Dillan Jett, 23, of Glenwood Springs was killed after he lost control of his motorcycle.

The Colorado State Patrol reported that Jett and Richard Newman, 28, of Rifle, were heading north on Highway 133, about 26 miles northeast of Paonia when the accident occurred. Both vehicles were reported to be traveling at a high rate of speed when the two men entered a left curve at milepost 35.4.

Jett lost control of his motorcycle, which rolled onto its side. Newman, who was following Jett on another motorcycle, tried to avoid Jett, but rolled his motorcycle onto its right side.

Jett hit the guardrail, rotated and collided with the top of Newman’s motorcycle. Jett’s motorcycle continued along the guardrail and struck a post.

According to CSP Jett died on the scene. Newman was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital. Both were wearing helmets; drugs and alcohol are not suspected.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado (AP) – Garfield County Court Judge Jason Jovanovich is on paid leave.

Ninth Judicial District Administrator Solveig Olson confirmed Jovanovich has been on indefinite leave since May 4. State court spokesman Jon Sarche said state personnel rules forbid him from discussing details.

The Colorado Supreme Court’s Attorney Regulation Counsel lists no public disciplinary history for Jovanovich on its website.

Jovanovich is up for a retention vote in November. He has an unlisted phone number.

Colorado State University has agreed to slash its bill processing fee, by nearly half, for the next two years.

According to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, CSU agreed to cut the amount the university charges for processing bills associated with wildfires from 23 percent to 13 percent, while a task force determines an appropriate amount.

The lower fees go into effect July 1 to coincide with the start of the university’s fiscal year.

Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario headed the charge to lower the fees. According to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office, Vallario thought that CSU was charging an exorbitant rate for “simply handling the billing when another agency comes to the firefighting aid of an overwhelmed jurisdictions during a wildfire.”

However, Vallario’s main contention was that not only were the fees exceptionally high, but they were set between CSU and the federal Department of Health and Human Services without any representation or input from the affected counties.

The reduction in fees could save county fire agencies throughout the state thousands of dollars in processing fees each fire season.

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