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From staff reports
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Samuel Kingman Lincoln as a boy was twice named Peach King and rode at the head of Palisade’s Peach Festival. As a 27-year-old man he now faces 332 years in prison.

District Chief Judge James Boyd sentenced Lincoln Friday morning to 90 years in prison for nearly stabbing a man to death with a bayonet and robbing his trailer in West Glenwood in 2004.

Deputy District Attorney Amy Fitch said she’d asked for the 117-year maximum sentence. Defense attorney Kathy Goudy said she asked for the 10-year minimum sentence.



“This was probably one of the worst crimes I’ve seen as a prosecutor ” just gratuitous violence,” Fitch said, after the hearing. “I can’t imagine treating another human being that way, doing that to someone else.”

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Someone allegedly grabbed a woman walking at around 2:30 a.m. along Grand Avenue June 21 and raped her.



Police said the rape occurred near the intersection of 10th Street and Grand Avenue between the old church building there and a neighboring business.

Police released a composite sketch of the suspect Tuesday morning based on the woman’s description. He’s thought to be a white man of about 5 feet, 5 inches tall, 145 pounds and 25 to 30 years old. He had dark eyes, dark hair and was clean shaven on Saturday. He wore a dark baseball cap, a black T-shirt and light blue jeans.

Police Lt. Bill Kimminau said he believes the woman was a “young adult” and Glenwood resident. He said she reported the rape fairly quickly after it occurred.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Mary Noone’s message pertaining to the “increasingly inconsiderate and distracting behavior of certain children and their parents in the front stage area during the performances,” as she stated in a guest commentary in Tuesday’s Post Independent, seemed to have been received loud and clear as Wednesday’s Summer of Jazz show got under way.

There were no unruly kids in front of the stage as the show revved up. Instead, there were people sitting on blankets and in lawn chairs, bobbing their heads, clapping in time and listening to the music of the Davell Crawford Movement.

In recent weeks, or years, some could argue that the summer of jazz crowds have gotten rambunctious. And recent letters to the editor ” along with Noone’s commentary ” would suggest there is a growing conflict between those who venture to enjoy the music in the park and those who let their children run amok.

On Wednesday evening, however, as the sunset turned Two Rivers Park into a musical dreamland and jazz filled the air, the atmosphere was pleasant with kids and adults alike.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Valley View Hospital is very close to reopening its Early Learning Center and continuing to provide hospital employees with child care.

According to Daniel Biggs, administrative director of human resources at Valley View Hospital, the hospital is in the final steps of negotiations with its neighbor ” St. Barnabas Episcopal Church ” to rent space for the Early Learning Center (ELC) and begin daily operations by no later than June 30. The previous facility was closed May 23, after engineers deemed the building it was operating in was “structurally unsafe,” as worded in a letter to parents.

“We’ve had a fire marshal approve the new facility, and we’ve received the license and are ready to go,” Biggs said. “I have every confidence that we will hit the June 30th date.”

The new facility will be in the parish hall in the lower level of St. Barnabas, which is located next door to the former ELC. To begin with, the St. Barnabas facility will provide service to the same number of employees ” 23 children at any one time ” as the former ELC, Biggs said. But Biggs said that the new facility and program are licensed for up to 40 children at one time, but would first need to provide additional staffing.

SILT, Colorado ” Garfield County’s next housing boom may already be on the horizon in Silt.

Despite the downfall of the Stillwater Ranch subdivision ” in April ” that was planned for more than 1,300 residential units, the town of Silt is still going strong in terms of development.

Currently, the municipality has three major housing developments under way that will add an estimated 460 residential units to the town. These include: Camario, a multi-family development of approximately 100 lots, east of 16th Street on the north side of Grand Avenue; Painted Pastures, with 50 multi-family and another 100 single-family planned residential units to the east of Camario; and Mira Loma subdivision located on Silt Mesa north of Silt with 210 lots planned, according to Silt town administrator Betsy Suerth.

All the new development has Suerth excited about the future of one of Garfield County’s last remaining rural towns.


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