FORMER NEW CASTLE MAYOR DIES
New Castle—Former longtime New Castle Mayor Frank Breslin has died. Breslin was was found in his home last night. While the cause of death is unknown at this time, Garfield County Coroner Robert Glassmire says Breslin likely died of natural causes. Breslin, who most recently served on the town council, was elected mayor twice and sounded the gavel for 14 years. In a news release from the city, Breslin is credited with guiding New Castle through periods of growth and recession as well as leading the development of Castle Valley Ranch and Lakota Canyon Ranch. In addition to his involvement in local politics, the Chicago native and 40 year New Castle resident overcame polio and was a gifted and talented musician, singer, businessman and woodworker. Breslin leaves behind his wife Kim, daughter Sarah, son Tom and grandchildren. A memorial service for Frank Breslin is pending.
TWO KILLED IN ROLLOVER NEAR RIFLE
Rifle—Two Parachute men were killed in a rollover accident on eastbound I-70 Monday morning near Rifle. According to reports from the Colorado State Patrol, 48 year old Russell Lashus and his 42 year old brother-in-law Branden Jowell died in the crash just after 6 am at the West Rifle exit. Investigators say Lashus was driving an older model car when he drifted into the median near mile marker 87. Both men were wearing seatbelts but suffered fatal injuries as the car rolled twice. Alcohol use may have been a factor in the crash but toxicology reports won’t be available for some time. Garfield County Coroner Robert Glassmire is conducting an autopsy. Eastbound I-70 was closed yesterday morning for about four hours between Rulison and Rifle.
PRICEY PITCO FUNDRAISER FOR HILLARY TONIGHT
Aspen—Want to hob-nob with Bill and Hillary Clinton tonight? Get out the check book and prepare to write a few zeros. The Clintons will be the guests of honor at a Democrat fundraiser for Hillary’s presidential campaign at Karim Souki’s Woody Creek Ranch. Souki owns the real estate investment firm, Ajax Holdings. Pitkin County Democrat Party Chairman Howard Wallach says high-priced fundraisers are, “a necessary part of politics” after the US Supreme Court ruled six years ago that allows unlimited contributions by corporations and unions. The Clintons won’t make any public appearances. The price of admission to tonight’s political soiree? 10 to 50 thousand dollars.