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Allen Eugene Nelson, who allegedly sexually assaulted a mentally retarded woman in Parachute, will not formally hear his charges until the end of May. Nelson on Wednesday appeared before District Judge Lain Leoniak, who continued Nelson’s case to give him a chance to find legal counsel and get a job. He is set to appear before District Judge Daniel Petre at 8:15 a.m. May 25 at the Garfield County Courthouse in Glenwood Springs.

Alleged Rifle arsonist Robin Jay Clifton will appear before District Judge Thomas Craven on Friday at 8:15 a.m. at the Garfield County Courthouse in Glenwood Springs. Clifton briefly appeared before Judge Lain Leoniak Wednesday, but his case was immediately set over until Friday.

Work on a section of Grand Avenue at 14th Street will begin Monday after 9 a.m. Traffic delays between 13th and 15th streets should be expected during the repair work, which is expected to last through May 1. The work is being done to replace concrete pavement panels that have settled after a water leak that occurred at the Roaring Fork School District administration building located at the corner of 14th Street and Grand Avenue.

As part of a valleywide Earth Day celebration, the Roaring Fork Conservancy will host Colorado State Rep. Kathleen Curry at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Aspen Institute’s Paepcke Auditorium in Aspen. Rep. Curry will speak about water legislation and future issues. Attendance is free and open to the public.


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