RAFTA RIDERS NEED PARKING
Glenwood Springs—With record numbers of people using public transit in the Roaring Fork Valley, RAFTA needs more places for people to park. 4.1 million…that’s how many riders have boarded RAFTA buses through October. The 20 percent increase in ridership has led to a parking shortage for park and ride users. RAFTA expects to finish the expansion of it’s Carbondale lot early next year however at the Velocirafta lot in Glenwood Springs it’s a different story. The property next to the lot is bigger than what’s needed and an easement presents some development challenges for the future.
NEW CASTLE MURDER SUSPECT TO GET MENTAL HEALTH EXAM
Glenwood Springs—The New Castle man accused of killing his father last week after an argument has been ordered to undergo a mental evaluation to see if he’s competent to stand trial for murder. A Garfield County judge ordered the evaluation for 27 year old Anthony Padia after attorneys for both sides agreed to it. Padia will be sent to the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo and will return to court March 10th. Padia was arrested and booked last Friday for second degree murder in connection with the death of his 65 year old father Leon. Police say the elder Padia was found dead after reportedly fighting with his son the night before. The cause of death has not been disclosed.