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The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force arrested two suspects for felony Distribution and Possession of Cocaine (a schedule II controlled substance) during an undercover operation.

On Saturday May 22, an undercover agent for the task force purchased $300 worth of cocaine from the two suspects in the El Jebel area of Eagle County. The Sheriff’s Office then took the two men into custody.

Lorenzo Villasenor-Diaz, 36, of Rifle was driving the vehicle that the suspects drove to El Jebel. He was suspected to be driving under the influence of alcohol upon his arrest. Diaz did not have a driver’s license or proper vehicle registration. He was charged with DUI and other traffic offenses, as well as the drug charges. Fake identity cards were found in Diaz’s possession, and he was also charged with felony Possession of Forged Instruments. Diaz is being held in the Eagle County Detention Facility on a $50,000 bond. He is illegally in the U.S. from Mexico, and an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) hold was placed on him.

Marlon Wilfredo-Valiente, 31, of New Castle was the passenger in the vehicle, and was charged with the drug charges above and is being held in the Eagle County Detention Facility on a $50,000 bond. Valiente is illegally in the U.S. from Guatemala and has an ICE hold as well.

American Legion Garfield County Post 83 of Glenwood Springs will be holding its annual Memorial Day Celebration on Monday, May 31, at 11 a.m. at the Rosebud Cemetery. There will be a raising and lowering of the U.S. Flag by Scout Troop 225, a laying of wreaths by auxiliary members, a rifle “Salute to the Dead” by legion members, and music tributes from local singers and trumpet players.

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In preparation of Memorial Day, there will be more than 500 U.S. flags posted at the individual veterans grave sites. Even with the assistance from some scouts from Troop 225 and some members of the Noon Rotarians, the American Legion is always appreciative of any additional support from the community.

If interested in helping honor our fallen veterans, you may meet at the brick building in Rosebud Cemetery at 4 p.m. Friday, May 28. If you have any questions, feel free to cal Dan E. LeVan at (970) 618-1910.

At their May 19 meeting, the Holy Cross Energy board of directors unanimously voted on a number of measures that will contribute to increasing its renewable energy generation portfolio over time.

Up to 11 megawatts (MW) of clean, green “local Holy Cross service territory grown” renewable resource energy may be added to the current power supply portfolio.

Efforts by Holy Cross management and staff are under way for the release of two “request for proposals” (RFPs) in the coming months. One RFP will be designated for up to 1 MW of solar PV, the other RFP will be for up to 10 MWs of nonsolar PV renewable energy generation such as biomass or wind.

The board of directors also approved an increase in the maximum nameplate capacity limits associated with net metering. The revised net metering tariff, with an effective date of July 1, 2010, will allow a maximum nameplate output capacity of no greater than 500 kW for solar PV and 50 kW for other eligible renewable generating systems.

To complement existing renewable energy generation incentives offered under the WE CARE (With Efficiency, Conservation And Renewable Energy) program, the board also approved the allocation of $250,000 for funding of rebates tailored to medium scale renewable energy generation projects. Medium scale facilities are defined as those systems with a name plate generation capacity of greater than 25 kW and less than or equal to 100 kW.

These projects will be reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis. Funding preference will be given to those projects that are installed on facilities that demonstrate a public purpose or offer charitable, cultural, or educational benefits to the community. Specific details applicable to medium scale projects will be available by June 1 on the Holy Cross website (www.holycross.com).

Warm, windy conditions have put an end to hopes of lift-served skiing for the coming weekend on Aspen Mountain.

The Aspen Skiing Co. had been doing some grooming in an attempt to preserve the snow at the top of the mountain for some Memorial Day weekend skiing, but last weekend’s weather broke the connection between the ski area summit and the bottom of the Ajax Express chairlift, according to David Perry, Skico senior vice president.

The snow has given way to brown patches of earth near the bottom terminus of the Ajax Express lift, he told the Aspen Chamber Resort Association board of directors on Tuesday.

The plan had been to allow skiers and boarders to ride up and download on the gondola, accessing the snow up top with the Ajax Express lift.

Determined skiers and riders can still hike up the mountain and find some turns up top, Perry said.

United will offer a nonstop direct flight from Chicago to Aspen for the first time in the summer months this year, but the return flight will require a stop in Denver for refueling.

The service is planned on Saturdays, according to Bill Tomcich, president of reservations agency Stay Aspen Snowmass and the resort’s liaison to the airline industry. A plan to extend the Aspen airport runway is in the works, but until that occurs, weight restrictions on takeoff during the warmer months of summer mean a direct flight back to Chicago isn’t possible, he said.

In all, Tomcich said the number of seats serving Aspen this summer will be up 5 to 7 percent on United and Frontier. He gave a brief report on the state of air service to the Aspen Chamber Resort Association board of directors on Tuesday.

Enplanements – the number of people who got on a commercial flight – were up 15 percent last winter, between December and April, Tomcich said.

However, Delta, which offers one connection a day in the winter to both Salt Lake City and Atlanta, struggled, he said.

“Their future here is somewhat uncertain,” Tomcich said.

Average airfares for Aspen travelers were down 17 percent last year, Tomcich added. The average fare was $232 in 2009, compared to $278 in 2008, but United and Frontier remain pleased with the performance of the Aspen market, he said.

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