News, March 1st

GARCO COMMISSIONER ANGRY OVER PITCO DRILLING MEETING IN CARBONDALE

Glenwood Springs–Garfield County Commissioner Tom Jankovsky says Pitkin County’s move to host an anti-Thompson Divide drilling hearing at Carbondale Town Hall was arrogant and disrespectful. He says for another county to organize a major meeting in someone else’s jurisdiction is wrong. About 500 people turned out for the Tuesday hearing and most of the standing-room-only crowd was against drilling of any kind in the divide.

MCINNIS SAYS FEDS CRYING WOLF OVER SEQUESTRATION IMPACTS

Glenwood Springs–Former six-term Western Slope Congressman Scott McInnis says the sky is not falling with regard to government sequestration. McInnis says the Obama Administration is exaggerating the possible impacts of automatic cuts that come because a federal budget has yet to be agreed upon. McInnis addressed a gathering of the Garfield County Republican Party yesterday.

ASPEN COCAINE DEALER CONVICTED IN FEDERAL COURT

Aspen–Montgomery Chitty was considered one of the major cocaine
dealers in Aspen for about 8 years. Yesterday in federal court, Chitty was convicted for conspiracty to distribute over five keys of coke. U.S. Attorney John Walsh says Chitty will spend at least 20 years in federal prison because of a prior felony drug conviction. Prosecutors say after Aspen resident and coke dealer Wayne Reid was busted, Chitty took over the business from 2002 to 2010. He’ll be sentenced May 28th.

NO CRIMINAL CHARGES FOR DEADLY AJAX MOUNTAIN COLLISION

Aspen–No criminal charges will be filed in connection with last month’s deadly collision on Ajax Mountain. 9th Judicial District Attorney Sherry Caloia says there wasn’t enough evidence to prove criminal negligence or recklessness in the February 4th crash that killed 48 year old Natalie Egleston of Ardmore, Pennsylvania. According to reports, Egleston skied down a double-black trail and stopped at Spar Gulch when another woman coming down a separate trail that merged with Spar Gulch collided with her. The coroner’s report could not determine if Egleston’s fatal brain injury was caused by the collision or when she hit the ground.

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