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Crystal Caucus meeting canceledREDSTONE Caucus leaders canceled this week’s Crystal Valley caucus meeting because mailed notification did not go out in time. Some suspect delay tactics by caucus members who don’t want to face the issues.The Crystal Caucus planned to take up a controversial debate over a proposed trail, county open space access and house size at its regular meeting Thursday. But because of bad weather, a mailing that left a Texas PR firm on Jan. 9 did not reach the more than 700 members of the caucus area in time, so caucus leaders canceled the meeting.”I’m anticipating we’re going to take a lot of heat for this decision,” said Bob Dupre, secretary and treasurer of the caucus. But he wants to follow procedure and conduct a proper information campaign, which means sending information to all caucus area residents.Dupre said the caucus will reschedule for the end of February or early March and address the same issues.”We don’t want to hear a situation where people say their concerns weren’t heard because they didn’t know about the meeting,” Dupre said.The board expects results on a wildlife study about sensitive areas in the valley that the trail would affect, and County Commissioner Dorothea Farris said canceling the meeting is a delay tactic.”They’ve got a lousy report and it’s not done,” Farris said. Further delay controversial issues just gives residents more time to push their agenda, she said.”That’s probably just sour grapes,” said Beverly Goss, a member of the caucus board. “I don’t have any suspicion of that.”The caucus will announce their new meeting date in coming weeks.City Council interviews board applicantsASPEN The Aspen City Council finished interviewing applicants for several board vacancies Tuesday. For the Housing Board, the council interviewed John Rushenberg, Hana Pevny, Jennifer Hall, Patrick Jones, Sheldon Fingerman and Joseph Nedlin to fill one regular seat and one alternate seat.For Aspen’s Planning and Zoning Commission, the council interviewed L.J. Erspamer, Liz Atkins, David Guthrie, Hana Pevny, Bert Myrin and Gary Okicic to fill two regular seats and one alternate position.For the Historic Preservation Commission, the council interviewed one applicant, John Rushenberg, to fill one alternate position.The council could not make any official decision on at Tuesday’s work session but will announce the newest appointees Monday.Sex assault allegations arise at Roaring Fork HighCARBONDALE Roaring Fork School District Re-1 is on notice that a Roaring Fork High School student was allegedly the victim of sexual assault and bullying this summer.A notice of claim, addressed to Re-1 Superintendent Judy Haptonstall and school board president Mike Blair, was filed under the governmental immunity statute by Glenwood Springs attorney Richard Dally on Jan. 12. It alleges that the student “was subjected to repeated and pervasive physical assaults and acts of bullying, taunting, teasing and threats by other students in the school district.”On July 18, 2006, the student was allegedly sexually assaulted by two “known student athletes” in the boys’ weight room at Roaring Fork High School, the notice said. It also claims that other similar incidents took place before July 18 and in August during summer football practice.The alleged assaults were reported to school officials, “who ignored the reports and did nothing to sanction the behavior or prevent it,” the notice said.The incidents were also reported to the Carbondale Police Department and are under investigation. No arrests have been made in the case.Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling said the father of the child involved in the alleged incident came to him in July and said he wanted an apology for the alleged abuse from the school and assurance it would not happen again. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)

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