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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. A deal to sell Sunlight Mountain Resort may be imminent.John Watt, managing broker with Avon-based Jerry D. Jones Real Estate, said Tuesday that a buyer may reach an agreement with Sunlight’s owners on a contract by Thanksgiving.”A contract which in principle is acceptable is currently in negotiation,” Watt said.Sunlight general manager Tom Jankovsky said the potential buyer is from the Southeast, and is based in more than one state. Jankovsky, who owns a stake in Sunlight, said the resort’s owners have been negotiating primarily with one person, who is the head of a company.Watt said the prospective buyers plan to go forward with a real estate development at Sunlight.”Their plan is to develop the ski area and have a base village and to continue providing benefits for the town of Glenwood Springs and the schoolchildren and everything like that,” he said.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. A woman has surrendered to face charges related to the Oct. 24 shooting of a Colorado State Patrol trooper, and her arrest warrant affidavit details the gunman’s actions around the time of the shooting.Nichole Brownell, 39, turned herself in to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office Saturday after being sought on charges including being an accessory to attempted first-degree murder of a peace officer. She immediately went free after posting $11,000 bond.Police also have arrested Cori Graham and Wayne Hangs for their roles in allegedly aiding Steven Appl, 33, of the Battlement Mesa area after he shot trooper Brian Koch during a traffic stop near Silt. Graham was arrested the day after the shooting as she was driving a vehicle in which police say Appl tried to escape before shooting himself to death as the two were pulled over at a police checkpoint near Silt.Hangs owns, and Brownell lives in, a home up Dry Hollow Road where Appl reportedly had hidden after Koch’s shooting. Hangs was arrested mid-month on felony charges of being an accessory to a crime and tampering with physical evidence, and a misdemeanor charge of obstructing a peace officer. He is free on $5,000 bond.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. Glenwood Springs police have arrested a suspect in an Aug. 11 shooting that left a man injured outside the Oasis Restaurant in West Glenwood.It turns out the suspected assailant has been in Eagle County Jail since being pulled over just an hour after the shooting, police chief Terry Wilson said.Luis Bustillos, also known as Luis Bustillos-Dominguez – who Wilson said is last known to have lived in Albuquerque, N.M., and may be either 27 or 30 years old – has been arrested on charges including first-degree attempted murder.Wilson said police got a break in the case after Bustillos told a fellow jail inmate he had committed the crime.Police interviewed the man, who said he had been in the Eagle County Jail with a guy named Luis who said he had “shot up the Oasis.”



GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. Thanks to a large donation made to the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority by the Garfield County commissioners last month, bus service between Rifle and Glenwood Springs will continue.That’s good news for riders of the Grand Hogback route between Rifle and Glenwood, some of whom were sorely disappointed when Rifle voters on Nov. 7 opted not to approve a 0.2 percent sales tax increase to help fund the service.In late October, the commissioners voted to contribute $248,000 to RFTA to help keep the bus service running.Because of the donation, despite the failure of the Rifle sales tax portion, the Hogback route is still secure – for now – according to Dan Blankenship, executive director of RFTA. In fact, there may even be some improvements to the downvalley run, including the addition of a 6:05 p.m. bus from Glenwood Springs to Rifle.The route costs between $600,000 and $700,000 per year to operate, Blankenship said. RFTA reported 56,000 passengers last year and expects to serve 62,000 riders this year.And although Rifle voters did not approve the tax increase, the city still intends to give money to RFTA.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. Three governmental entities are a judge’s signature away from ending a four-and-a-half-year legal battle over downtown development funds.The city of Glenwood Springs, Garfield County and Colorado Mountain College have filed a court document providing for the release of nearly $600,000 that has been generated for the city’s Downtown Development Authority through tax increment financing.The document now goes to District Court Judge Dan Petre. If he signs it, Garfield County Treasurer Georgia Chamberlain then will have up to 10 business days to release the money.That’s something she’ll be only too happy to do.”It’s nice to get this resolved,” Chamberlain said. “Other parties were having the problem and I just was collecting the money and wanted to distribute it.”Post Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado, Colo. CO


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