MILLER/BILSON MEMORIAL SATURDAY
New Castle–A memorial service will be held this Saturday afternoon at 1 at Coal Ridge High School for two young people from the county who died last Friday night in a traffic accident. 20 year old Malachi Bilson and 18 year old Kellie Miller were killed in a collision at a busy intersection near the town of Berthoud in Larimer County. Miller was pronounced dead at the scene while Bilson died later at a nearby hospital. Bilson and Miller were lifelong friends and former students at the Garden School in Apple Tree. A private burial was held for Miller on Tuesday and a service for Bilson will be held Friday afternoon at 1 at the Rifle Funeral Home. Saturday’s combined service will be held in the commons area at Coal Ridge.
FORMER BASALT CHIEF APPLIES WITH ASPEN PD
Aspen–The former Basalt Police Chief who resigned late last year over criticism from staff members may be going back to work for his old department. Roderick O’Connor has been offered a job with the Aspen Police Department where he worked for eight years. O’Connor was placed on paid administrative leave for unknown reasons before he decided to tender his resignation. Other than criticism of his management style an investigation by an outside firm found O’Connor did nothing wrong. Officials with the Aspen P.D. say they would welcome him back on the force.
BETTER CELL SERVICE COMING TO ASPEN
Aspen–Soon, making a cell phone call from Aspen Mountain won’t be a big deal. Cell phone service is expected to improve at the ski areas and around town by the end of 2014 thanks to the efforts of the Roaring Fork Broadband Coalition. The group includes some influential entities such as RAFTA, the U.S. Forest Service, Pitkin County, the Town of Snowmass Village and the Aspen Skiing Company. Work on the cell service upgrade project will begin this summer.
CSU TUITION GOING UP
Fort Collins–Tuition at Colorado State University is going up next fall. The CSU board of governors is proposing a 9 percent hike for in-state students and a 3 percent increase for out-of-students. Annual tuition would go up to about 75-hundred dollars for resident students while non-resident students would pay over 23 thousand dollars a year.