News, October 11th

Rifle–An early morning, two-car crash on Mamm Creek Road yesterday killed one man and seriously injured another. According to reports from the Colorado State Patrol, the man who died was 26 years old but his name has not been released pending notification of relatives. Troopers investigating the accident say around 6:30, a man driving north in an older model Acura lost control on a tight curve around mile marker 2, skidded into the southbound lane and was T-boned by an oncoming Jeep Cherokee. The man in the Acura was not wearing a seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene. The man driving the Jeep was taken to Grand River Hospital in Rifle with non-life threatening injuries. Troopers believe the man who died was driving too fast.

Aspen–The fish in Maroon Creek got zapped with electricity yesterday…on purpose. Officials with the city of Aspen along with the BLM and Colorado Parks and Wildlife used electric stun sticks to shock them so they could be counted downstream from the proposed Castle Creek Hydroelectric Power Plant. Before it’s up and running, they want to get an idea how it might affect the fish in Maroon Creek.
The new hydro plant is one of the questions on Aspen’s election day ballot.

Aspen–Tomorrow, October 12th, marks the 15th anniversary of the death John Denver. Tributes and ceremonies to honor the late singer will be held in Aspen tonight through Saturday. Tonight at the Wheeler, there’ll be a recital of some of John Denver’s favorite stories and songs. Denver moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in the 1960’s and used the surroundings as inspiration for songs like “Rocky Mountain High. Denver died in a plane crash off the coost of Monterey Bay, California on October 12th, 1997.

Glenwood Springs–America’s chambers of commerce know a qualified leader when they see one. Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association President and CEO Marianne Virgilli has just been appointed the Chairperson for the Institute for Organization Management The I.O.M. is a professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. Virgilli will serve as chair of the 24-member National Board of Trustees for two years.