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DENVER – Gov. John Hickenlooper announced the appointment Friday of Robert H. Spuhler of Glenwood Springs to serve a four-year term on the Colorado Commission on the Aging.

Spuhler is the former president of Colorado Mountain College. He was appointed to fill a seat representing the Republican Party in the Third Congressional District. Jeanette Hensley of Grand Junction was appointed as the Democrat for the Third District.

The Commission on the Aging studies problems of the state’s elderly, and works to promote and aid in the establishment of local programs and services for the aging and aged.

Hickenlooper’s appointment of Spuhler, Hensley and seven others to the commission from around the state must still be confirmed by the Colorado state Senate.

The victim of a one-vehicle accident on Thompson Creek Road early this week has been identified as Aaron J. Montez of Carbondale, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

Patrol investigators have determined that it was Montez, 27, who was driving the Nissan Pathfinder when it rolled on the gravel road, also known as Garfield County Road 108, on the afternoon of Aug. 20. Initially, authorities were unsure about whether it was Montez or his passenger who was behind the wheel.

Montez was thrown from the Pathfinder; apparently he was not wearing a seatbelt, a patrol spokesman said Friday. Witnesses to the crash – Pitkin County Road and Bridge employees – performed CPR on the victim, the State Patrol said. Montez was taken to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, where he was pronounced dead.

A passenger in the vehicle, Daisy Salinas, 19, of Carbondale, incurred minor injuries and was taken to Valley View, as well, the patrol spokesman said. An initial press release from the patrol indicated her injuries were more serious.

Alcohol and/or drugs are suspected to be contributing factors in the crash, the spokesman said. The patrol was awaiting a toxicology report from the coroner’s office, he said.

The patrol was notified of the accident at about 3:45 p.m. on Aug. 20. The crash occurred about 3 1/2 miles west of Hwy. 133, outside of Carbondale. The Pathfinder was traveling east when it entered a sweeping, downhill curve to the right and skidded off the side of the road before returning to the road and rolling. While Montez was thrown from the vehicle, Salinas was able to crawl out of the SUV on her own, according to the patrol.

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