RIFLE COUNCIL CANDIDATE’S FORUM TONIGHT
Rifle—Seven candidates are vying for five open seats on the Rifle City Council. Tonight, citizens will have the chance to learn more about those running for office and where they stand on various issues. The candidates are Theresa Hamilton, Dana Wood, Annick Pruett, Aaron Flesch, Brent Buss, Joe Elliot and former Garfield County Manager Ed Green. The forum begins at 6:30 at Rifle City Hall and will be broadcast live on the Rifle Community Television station as well as on line at RifleNow.org.
FORMER RIFLE CITY MANAGER DIES
Battlement Mesa—Former Rifle and Carbondale City Manager John Hier has died. Hier suffered a heart attack last Thursday at his home in Battlement Mesa. Hier served two, nine-year stints as city manager in Carbondale and Rifle before retiring in 2013. Hier was 67.
ILLEGAL EL SALVADORAN MAN BEING DEPORTED FROM GARCO AFTER CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS
Glenwood Springs— An El Salvador man residing illegally in Glenwood Springs is facing deportation following burglary and sexual contact convictions. A housekeeper was stranded on a balcony in November and asked 35-year-old Luis Santiago-Narvaez for help. She testified that he went into the house and opened the locked balcony doors, but then touched her breasts and backside and asked for her phone number. Judge Gail Nichols says there’s no doubt Santiago-Narvaez will be deported. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement can take him into custody after he’s served at least 60 days in jail. A psychological evaluation determined he was unlikely to commit another sex crime, but Nichols said Santiago-Narvaez “went too far.” His attorney says he’s worked and supported a wife and two children in the area for 15 years.