News, November 27th


Glenwood Springs- Pitkin County District Attorney Martin Beeson is asking for a recount of the November election after losing by 184 votes. Final election counts in Pitkin, Garfield and Rio Blanco counties on Monday showed Beeson trailing Democratic challenger Sherry Caloia. Beeson will have to pay for the recount cost unless the results change the race’s outcome.


Aspen–Lee Mulcahy can’t come within a football field’s length of any property owned by his former employer, the Aspen Skiing Company. A Pitkin County judge issued the former ski instructor a temporary protection order that keeps him from coming within 100 yards of Skico property and the homes of the CEO and corporate owners. Skico’s lawyers asked for the order because Mulcahy reportedly parked a trailer with hand made signs in front of company headquarters protesting the pay for beginning instructors. He was fired but Skico officials say it was not over the long-running dispute but rather for work-performance issues.


Basalt–Basalt Police Chief Roderick O’Connor has officially resigned after two years on the job. His resignation comes after being suspended with pay over a month ago and town officials are refusing to say what transpired. An independent investigation exonerated the 63 year old law enforcement veteran of any wrongdoing. O’Connor was given an 84 thousand dollar severance package.

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) – Sheriff’s officials say a two-day search of the Vallecito (vy-uh-SEE’-toh) reservoir in southwest Colorado has turned up no signs of 13-year-old Dylan Redwine, who has been missing for a week. La Plata County Sheriff’s spokesman Dan Bender said yesterday that “extensive” sonar sweeps found nothing. He says no more searches are planned today, but that sheriff’s officials and FBI agents are still investigating Dylan’s disappearance.

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) – A trial for a man accused of impersonating a firefighter during the High Park Fire in Larimer County has been scheduled for May. The Loveland Reporter-Herald reports Michael Stillman Maher of Denver pleaded not guilty Monday to impersonating a firefighter, theft, obstructing officials and attempting to influence a public servant. A trial was set for the week of May 6.

DENVER (AP) – A man suspected of stealing a custom car from Tim Allen says the actor/comedian left the keys so he could drive it to Denver. Police spokesman Sonny Jackson said yesterday that 34-year-old Faustino Ibarra is being held without bond while awaiting extradition to California after his arrest on Saturday. In a jailhouse interview with KDVR-TV, Ibarra claimed Allen adopted him years ago. Jackson said there is no evidence of any adoption. Ibarra said Allen had left the door to his garage open along with the keys.

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