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Week in review

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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Police have reported more problems this year at Summer of Jazz events, said Police Chief Terry Wilson.

He’s not talking about kids dancing in front of the stage and distracting certain parents or performers, he’s talking about violations of law involving underage drinking, marijuana or open container violations.

There were about 11 of those types of arrests or citations issued at the event July 9. Wilson said that appears to be the highest number yet at a Summer of Jazz concert.

“It’s definitely more of a problem than previous years,” Wilson said. “We haven’t had an evening where we’ve been able to be over there yet where we haven’t made arrests.”

He said it’s unfortunate something that’s been such a great community event for years can’t occur without a police presence to keep people behaving lawfully and responsibly.

“As a community we’re not handling it,” he said. “We’re not doing it right.”

CARBONDALE, Colorado ” Carbondale Corp. is inching closer to full ownership of the old Te Ke Ki subdivision near Carbondale.

Carbondale Corp. has recently filed lawsuits with the 9th Judicial District Court against the remaining Te Ke Ki lot owners seeking “quiet title” to the remaining lots in the subdivision, which is adjacent to the corporation’s Big 4 Ranch property. The corporation has already obtained deeds to more than 92 percent of the 345 lots and is seeking ownership of the remaining to keep the land for agricultural use, according to a statement provided by attorney Herb Klein of Klein, Cote and Edwards LLC in Aspen.

For more than 20 years, Big 4 Ranch has included the subdivision within its fences and used the property for agricultural purposes, the statement read. Colorado Law entitles Carbondale Corp. to ownership of the remaining lots through what is known as adverse possession, where a person who has used a parcel of land for more than 18 years has ownership rights to it.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” The City Council approved plans Thursday night for four small one-bedroom apartments in a two-story house behind an existing house at 1008 Colorado Ave. long known as the “Pink Palace.”

The home, built around 1890, includes five apartments. It’s undergone renovations and was recently repainted something other than its previous Pepto-Bismol pink.

After demolishing an outbuilding, owners decided the spot behind the house would make a great place to build affordable rental housing that could help meet the city’s high housing demands.

Peter and Regina Waller, and John and Marianne Ackerman purchased the property about a year ago. Peter Waller said, “The building of affordable rentals, as you guys know, is a big issue.”

The four one-bedroom rental apartments ” ranging from 287 square feet to around 305 square feet ” would go in a 1,428-square-foot, two-story building. Regina Waller said they would probably rent for around $750 per month. The spot is located at the edge of downtown general improvement district that exempts owners from having to provide off-street parking.

About 40 residents signed a petition saying they “strongly oppose” the plans. It says the surrounding homes are mostly owner-occupied, single family homes and the total of nine rental units on the property “degrades the neighborhood through over-crowding and transient occupancy and devalues these properties.”

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Roger Wiener says it’s Sunlight Mountain Resort’s fault he was knocked down by a chair lift and injured in March.

Attorney James Heckbert, who works out of Steamboat Springs, filed a complaint Tuesday on behalf of Wiener in U.S. District Court in Denver. Wiener lives in Hackensack, N.J.

The complaint says Wiener was boarding the “Number 1” lift on March 11 when “he was knocked to the ground by a chair.”

Wiener claims in the personal injury lawsuit that he was knocked to the ground due to employee negligence and the resort’s failure to properly train and supervise employees. The complaint alleges employees failed to follow rules and regulations for safe operation of the lift. It doesn’t go into further detail as to how or why.

Heckbert couldn’t be reached and efforts to reach Wiener were unsuccessful Wednesday and Thursday. Sunlight’s general manager, Tom Jankovsky, declined to comment on the lawsuit.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Most mornings for Kim Cabeceikras are spent going through trash.

As the manager of Defiance Thrift Store in Glenwood Springs, sifting through the mounds of donations, separating good merchandise from the bad, is taking up more of her time than she would like.

“We are literally being overwhelmed by trash,” Cabeceikras said. “You can only process so much in a day.”

Since she’s taken over as manager for the local nonprofit thrift store, Cabeceikras said the amount of trash that people leave has been pilling up. And the pile doesn’t seem to be going down.

“We take donations seven-days-a-week during business hours,” Cabeceikras said. “But people don’t care what they are dropping off. People are dumping stuff off because they don’t want it but it’s stuff that we can’t sell.”

Cabeceikras said that she’s received “unusable” merchandise such as ripped or torn clothing, socks with holes, furniture wreaking of animal urine and used car batteries.

“What am I supposed to do with a used car battery?” Cabeceikras asked.

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