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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” A Garfield County commissioner’s daughter and former jail employee filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging she was wrongfully terminated for blowing the whistle on sexual harassment.

Richard Dally filed the claim on behalf of Lisa Martin. Martin couldn’t be reached at a listing for her Silt address. County Commissioner John Martin ” who’s also a defendant as a member of the Board of County Commissioners ” also couldn’t be reached.

The complaint names the Garfield County Board of Commissioners, Sheriff Lou Vallario and Jail Commander Scott Dawson as defendants. Lisa Martin worked at the Garfield County Jail as an inmate services technician from July 2003 to May 2007.



According to the complaint, male supervisors including Dawson subjected her to unwanted and inappropriate on-the-job and off-the-job scrutiny regarding her personal life. It says they circulated gossip and rumors about an alleged intimate relationship Martin had with a male supervisor. It also says Vallario and Dawson asked Martin to falsify reports, budget documents and employment documents for the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.

Vallario said the lawsuit is absolutely frivolous and Martin’s false claims will not hold up in court.



SILT, Colorado ” Dennis Carruth was visibly upset when he informed the Silt Town Board Tuesday night that the long-awaited Stillwater Ranch subdivision was officially dead.

The project has been a dream of Carruth’s ” and a vision for the town of Silt ” for nearly 13 years.

Carruth was one of the principal developers of SWD LLC, which has been planning the nearly 1,500-acre development south of Silt since 1995.

Stillwater Ranch has had a number of setbacks over the years with delays, financing issues, missed deadlines, changes, amendments, broken promises and agreements ” not to mention the thousands of dollars spent by both SWD and the town of Silt for work on the project.

The cancellation of the project was due to yet another missed deadline by SWD to purchase the property from Valley Farms Inc., of Texas.

RIFLE, Colorado ” Less than a week into summer break, Garfield School District Re-2 Superintendent Dr. Gary Pack told school board members that he was resigning after seven years at the helm.

Pack has yet to determine a final date with Re-2, but he will begin his new position at the Princeton City School District in Cincinnati, Ohio, on August 1.

That gives the Re-2 school board of education two months to find a replacement. However, Re-2 school board president Jay Rickstrew said that the district may not have another superintendent that quickly.

“I can’t guarantee that we will have someone in his place by the start of next school year,” Rickstrew said. “If we get into a nationwide search, it could be after the next school year starts.”

PARACHUTE, Colorado ” A longtime local man and a Chicago resident were killed in a head-on collision on Interstate 70, west of Parachute, early Thursday.

Two vehicles ” one of them traveling in the wrong direction on the interstate ” collided at about 1:15 a.m., according to the Colorado State Patrol. Both vehicles rotated counter clockwise after impact and came to rest on their wheels on the roadway. The Toyota stopped facing west and the Honda came to rest facing east, the CSP said in a news release.

A white Toyota, driven by Bruce Edmondson, 71, of Glenwood Springs, was traveling east in the westbound lanes of I-70 when it collided with a westbound Honda driven by Alexander Taft, 28, of Chicago, Ill. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene by the Garfield County Coroner’s Office.

Edmondson was a longtime Aspenite and worked as a ski instructor at Buttermilk from 1990 to 1997.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Valley View Hospital recently closed the Early Learning Center, which provides hospital employees with childcare.

The move left several of its employees without much-needed childcare.

However, according to administrative director of human resources Daniel Biggs, hospital administration is doing all it can to come up with a short-term and long-term alternative.

“The center is not closing,” Biggs said. “We are moving to a new location and we are trying to figure that out at this very moment.”

Biggs hopes to have ” at least ” a temporary childcare program up and running by June 9, but said that it could take a little longer to get something set up. In the meantime, about 47 employees are without childcare.

“At the moment we are not providing day care services, but our hope is to have something together very soon,” Biggs said.


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