Week in Review
Authorities are still searching for two suspects in the shooting of a police officer the night of July 29 just south of the Glenwood Springs Airport.
The bullet was stopped by a bulletproof vest, and the officer did not sustain serious injuries. The officer’s name hasn’t been released.
According to police, a Glenwood Springs Police officer was doing a visual check of a storage area just south of the airport. He observed someone jump down off of a fence. He then noticed two males walking away from him. He gave several verbal requests for them to stop. One of the men turned and fired multiple shots, hitting the officer once in the chest from around 10 to 20 feet away. The officer returned multiple gunshots as the two men fled south, but was unsure if he hit either man, Wilson said.
The Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team raided the Roaring Fork Inn and Cabins in West Glenwood Springs early Friday evening.
One individual was arrested during the execution of a warrant on charges that included possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson.
Garfield County Deputies and undercover TRIDENT agents with face masks carried a blue tub and black briefcase from a room near the west side of the lodge. Some wore blue surgical gloves.
Carbondale’s utilities director, Ed Fortner, has officially resigned and was scheduled to leave the position on Friday.
A resignation letter submitted by Fortner gave no explanation for his decision to leave office.
According to Carbondale Town Manager Tom Baker, Fortner had accepted another job somewhere, but he didn’t disclose where or with whom.
“He has been looking elsewhere. It wasn’t a surprise,” Baker said about the resignation.
Fortner stated in his resignation letter that it was “with great regret” that he resigned but added, “I have given my full effort for these two years and am very proud of the accomplishments we have achieved in the Utilities Department.”
The natural gas industry and Colorado Division of Wildlife are learning that bear-human clashes aren’t just reserved for towns and neighborhoods.
DOW officials say this summer bears are finding new sources of human food among the thousands of energy industry employees who work and, in some cases, live in prime bear habitat.
“Trash storage and trash disposal at man camps is the biggest issue right now,” said J.T. Romatzke, DOW district wildlife manager for the Parachute area. “Bear-proof trash containers should be provided by the companies for these facilities. Standard trash Dumpsters or trash cans are not sufficient in this environment.”
Doug Hock, spokesman for EnCana USA, says they are working to get a handle on the problem.
“We’re installing bear-proof Dumpsters at every rig,” he said.
The main goal is to eliminate the temptation for the bears, he added. Hock estimated that there’s around 150 employees working on eight rigs in the Parachute area.
Ninth Judicial District Judge Daniel Petre granted a motion to unseal a murder suspect’s case file Wednesday afternoon.
Denver-based attorney Chris Beall, retained by the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, had filed the motion to unseal the file in the first-degree murder case of Jesus Hernandez de Jesus. Beall argued that the public typically has a First Amendment right of access to court files.
“Obviously, we are very pleased with the outcome,” Post Independent managing editor Dale Shrull said. “We felt all along that this was a First Amendment and public information issue, and we’re very appreciative of Judge Petre’s handling of our motion.”
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