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Two suspects who were the latest to be arrested as part of a huge Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team (TRIDENT) undercover operation last month turned themselves in without incident on Monday.Jordan Tyler Michel, 18, of El Jebel, and Gerardo Ramirez-Garcia, 20, of Carbondale, were both taken into custody at the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office without incident, according to Glenwood Springs Police Lt. Bill Kimminau.They were both booked at the Garfield County Jail on two charges each of unlawful distribution and possession of an unspecified schedule IV controlled substance. Ramirez-Garcia was booked on an additional charge of conspiracy to possess a schedule II substance.A final suspect wanted in connection with the nine-month undercover investigation by TRIDENT agencies remains at large, Kimminau said.Eduardo Hernandez-Carrera, 21, address unknown, is described as a Hispanic male with brown hair, brown eyes, approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall and 125 pounds.The TRIDENT operation led to the arrest of 14 suspects from Carbondale, Basalt, Glenwood Springs and New Castle on narcotics-related charges on Dec. 12.Two more suspects turned themselves in on Dec. 14, and the Monday arrests brought the total number of suspects in the case to 18.
CARBONDALE, Colorado – A chicken coop caught fire early Wednesday morning at the Cedar Ridge Ranch, 3059 County Road 103 (Crystal Springs Road), destroying the coop and killing about 20 chickens before it was extinguished by firefighters.Cedar Ridge Ranch is 3.5 miles up 103 Road from Highway 82, on a gravel section of the road.The blaze, called in at 12:18 a.m., also damaged a nearby horse barn where about 30 horses were stabled, according to a statement from the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District.Before fire crews arrived, according to the statement, the horses were released, uninjured.Firefighters were able to save the horse barn from destruction, the statement reported, but the 12-by-12 chicken coop was judged a total loss. No dollar amount had been determined as of Wednesday afternoonThe fire was declared under control at 12:44 a.m., and the cause is under investigation.No injuries were reported as a result of the blaze.Three fire trucks, an ambulance and 18 firefighters responded to the alarm, as well as deputies of the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.
The Colorado Mountain College board of trustees will hold a special meeting by telephone conference from 2-4 p.m. today to discuss how to fill the college president’s post.CMC President Stan Jensen resigned his post on Dec. 27. Vice President Jill Boyle has been given “operational authority” over the college until the trustees decide which course to take.According to an agenda issued by the college, the topics at today’s meeting are to focus on the question, “What type of successor do the trustees want?”The choices listed are between a visionary, a leader or an administrator, according to the agenda.”Given that all three of the above almost never come in a single package, is there merit to splitting the role into a chancellor and a president?” the agenda queries.Included are discussion items on planning for management through the interim period and for a search to find a replacement.
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