News, April 16th


Glenwood Springs—A Glenwood Springs man is in jail for allegedly shooting his girlfriend in the head early Tuesday at a South Grand Avenue mobile home park. According to reports from the Glenwood Springs Police Department, someone from the home called around 12:30 AM to say a shooting had taken place. When officers arrived they found the unconscious woman in a back bedroom with a wound on the back of her head. Paramedics with Glenwood Springs Fire Department began lifesaving treatment before taking her to Valley View Hospital. The woman, who’s name has not been released, was flown to Saint Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction in critical condition. The woman’s boyfriend, 28 year old James McCabe Mallin was arrested on charges of attempted first degree murder, first degree assault, reckless endangerment and prohibited use of a weapon. Mallin is being held without bond in the Garfield County Jail. Mallin’s father was also present at the time of the shooting along with the man who called the police. Both of them were questioned at police headquarters. The area around the mobile home park at 3100 South Grand Avenue will be locked down during the investigation.


Aspen—64 Pitkin County employees will be uprooted for another day as health officials test the old admin building for asbestos. Traces of the cancer-causing material were found Tuesday during a pre-remodeling inspection. The 40 year old building is home to the clerk and recorder’s office, the county manager, county attorney as well as the commissioner’s meeting room. Election offices and the DMV will remain closed until further notice. The remodeling project is supposed to begin next year.


Glenwood Springs—Firefighting experts from across the state are gathering in Glenwood Springs today and tomorrow for a wild land fire conference. The conference will include panel discussions as well as lectures covering a variety of topics such as wildfire prevention, the effectiveness of hazard fuel mitigation and the cost of wildfires. The conference is taking place at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.