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The Mesa County SWAT Team on Tuesday arrested the man believed to have shot and killed another man at the Ponderosa Lodge Monday night.

Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson said that Jesus Hernandez de Jesus, 33, was taken into custody in Clifton, executing an arrest warrant from the 9th Judicial District courts.

Glenwood Springs Police obtained the warrant at 8 or 8:30 p.m., Wilson said. The warrant was issued with a $3 million bond.



Hernandez is charged with felony menacing and first degree murder and is lodged in Mesa County Jail.

Wilson said police have determined a motive for the crime, but he is unwilling to divulge it.



“I’m not prepared to give a lot of detail about the investigation process at this time,” Wilson said, though he said identification of the suspect involved information from co-workers and family members of the victim as well as witnesses.

Police believe the man shot and killed in West Glenwood Springs Monday night told his mother he was afraid for his life and planned to move back to Mexico this week.

“My uncle, my uncle,” Ricardo Navarrete-Prudencio said in Spanish as he was dying, according to eyewitness accounts that were included in an arrest affidavit. “Ouch, it hurts. My uncle, my uncle did this to me.”

Navarrete-Prudencio, 20, was pronounced dead at Valley View Hospital after being shot four times at the Ponderosa Cabins. After an investigation headed by Glenwood Springs Police detectives, Navarrete-Prudencio’s uncle, Jesus Hernandez, 33, was arrested Tuesday night by Mesa County authorities on suspicion of first-degree murder and felony menacing.

According to an affidavit for an arrest warrant, Navarrete-Prudencio’s family members told detectives he had been living with his uncle in Florida a few months ago. Hernandez discovered Navarrete-Prudencio had an affair with his wife and threatened to kill Navarrete-Prudencio. Navarrete-Prudencio moved to Colorado to get away from his uncle, the affidavit says. His possessions in his cabin appeared packed for his planned move to Mexico because he was still afraid of his uncle, according to the affidavit.

The Sunlight Mountain Resort of tomorrow could feature top-to-bottom snowmaking, new and faster lifts, a mountaintop restaurant, a 750-unit housing development and many year-round attractions.

It also would continue to offer good prices on season passes, programs for kids, a Ski Patrol and other amenities that helped make Sunlight what it is today, resort officials promise.

“All those things that made the culture of Sunlight will still be there,” said Sunlight’s general manager, Tom Jankovsky, in an open house held Thursday to outline the resort’s planned upgrades.

More than 200 people, many of them devoted patrons of the resort, turned out at the Glenwood Springs Community Center to hear a conceptual proposal of what is in store for the resort since it went under contract to be sold to a Florida company, Exquisite Development.

Jankovsky outlined plans that include 120 acres of snowmaking; a high-speed, top-to-bottom lift along with another new lift serving the resort’s east side; a new base lodge and rental shop; a hotel and spa, a three-story parking structure, and a mix of condominiums, townhomes, duplexes and single-family homes.

Imagine this:

On remote land near New Castle, wind turbines spin, helping power a plant that produces ethanol, perhaps also with the help of electricity from solar panels. The plant also could tap methane from the coal-rich Grand Hogback and convert it to ethanol.

In addition, the plant would make ethanol from biodegradable materials at area landfills, from solid waste from municipalities and septic service companies, and from switchgrass grown by local ranchers.

The windmills even could be used to pump water into a nearby reservoir, essentially storing energy that could be tapped through hydroelectric turbines when the water later is released downstream.

These are among some ideas being floated by a mix of local investors and out-of-state companies seeking to capitalize on a growing demand for alternative sources of energy.


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