Local News Briefs
The Garfield Re-2 school board met Wednesday night in Rifle for a swearing-in of new board members after the Nov. 1 election and to appoint new officers. The new school board president will be Chris Pearson of Rifle, who was first elected to the board in 2007 and was unopposed for re-election this year.Appointed as vice president was Lee Krauth of New Castle, and re-appointed as treasurer was Brad Moss. Neither were up for re-election this year.And, appointed as the board secretary was Patrick Burwell of Rifle, who was elected over challenger Troy Feese in the Nov. 1 balloting. Board member Scott Doherty also ran unopposed for re-election and retained his seat on the Re-2 board.The next regularly scheduled Re-2 school board meeting will be at 5 p.m. Dec. 13 at Coal Ridge High School.
Newly appointed Roaring Fork District Re-1 school board President Matt Hamilton will have weekly office hours to hear comments from community members regarding school district leadership and other topics.Hamilton will be at the Third Street Center in Carbondale from 4-6 p.m. on Nov. 23 and 28, and again Dec. 5 and 12.Starting in January, Hamilton will hold office from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. The meetings will take place in the offices of Healthy Mountain Communities and Roaring Fork Community Development Corporation at the Third Street Center.No appointment is necessary, and meetings will be on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, Hamilton can be reached at (970) 300-7153.
A motorist who got away from Garfield County Sheriff’s deputies after a short vehicle chase on Highway 6 & 24 west of Rifle last week has surrendered.Eric Robert Reynolds, no age or address given, turned himself at the Garfield County Jail at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, after having been contacted by law enforcement officials after the Friday night incident, according to a sheriff’s office press release.Reynolds was arrested on charges including escape from the Colorado Department of Corrections, parole violation and vehicular eluding, all felonies, as well as various traffic violations.The press release did not mention the nature of Reynolds’ previous conviction or the escape. He was being held in the county jail without bond until his hearing date. The chase ensued about 6:50 p.m. Nov. 11 just east of Rifle on Highway 6 & 24 when deputies attempted a traffic stop.Deputies ended the chase after about six miles for safety reasons, but a short time later discovered the suspect’s vehicle crashed into a concrete barrier. The driver had taken off on foot and could not be located.
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