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Week in Review

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Police charged a man who crashed a van on Interstate 70 March 2 with three counts of human smuggling.

It’s the first time the Glenwood Springs Police Department has charged anyone under the human smuggling statute, a class three felony.

Police Chief Terry Wilson said police made the determination to charge the driver, Alvaro Sales Jacinto, 28, with the human smuggling counts Monday night.

“There is the potential for further charges as this case develops,” Wilson said.

PARACHUTE ” The Colorado Division of Wildlife is requesting permission to gain access to private lands on the Roan Plateau where four spills of industrial drilling mud occurred so agency staff can start monitoring the area.

Randy Hampton, a spokesman for the DOW, said the agency was first alerted to the spills earlier this week, but since they happened on private property, the agency is trying to work with the owner of the property to get access to the spill sites.

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission announced on Thursday it was investigating four large releases from oil and gas reserve pits, which occurred from November through February, and drained into Garden Gulch, which is northwest of Parachute. The spills did not occur in the BLM’s Roan Plateau Planning Area.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Developers envision adding four mixed-use buildings with retail, office space and housing at Glenwood Meadows.

Mike Maple, chief operating officer of the Dunrene Group, said the buildings, with 4,000-square-foot footprints, would go in on the south side of the intersection of Wulfsohn Road and Market Street.

One building would be two stories tall, while the other three would become either three or four stories. Street-level office space and retail would face Wulfsohn Road. Commercial use on the second floors would open up to street level on the back sides of the buildings, Maple said. Third and possibly fourth floors in some of the buildings would become residential.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Elvia Silva hates to think of her sister’s 6-year-old daughter growing up without her mother.

Her sister, Maria Barrigan Silva, 21, was killed by a man who she rode with as a passenger in a drunk driving accident in August. Elvia Silva, her five remaining siblings and the rest of her family don’t like the fact that the driver who pleaded guilty to the crime has signed a plea agreement recommending he spend 15 months in jail.

“It’s not fair, and it’s not right,” said Elvia Silva.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” The Colorado Mountain College board of trustees took the path less traveled when they unanimously decided on college presidential candidate Dr. Stanley Jensen to lead the college into the future.

“I’m hopeful the entire college community will be as excited with our choice as the board of trustees was today,” said CMC board of trustees president Doris Dewton.

“We think he will be a visionary for the college and will help us get to the next level.”

Dewton said it was his experience and knowledge of community college issues that makes him an ideal candidate for the job.

“(Jensen) is somewhat of a nontraditional candidate, but he’s not totally nontraditional,” Dewton said. “He has an excellent background in community college issues, he’s got an extensive and current knowledge of community colleges, their issues, and the best way to resolve them.”

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