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News in Brief

Colleen Truden, district attorney for the state’s 9th Judicial District, announced Wednesday she has hired two new deputy district attorneys and an intern.Ben Howarth and Erik Olson are the new deputy district attorneys, and Robin Allweiss will work as an attorney intern. Both Howarth and Olson have reportedly served as deputy district attorneys for other jurisdictions in Colorado.The 9th Judicial District serves Garfield, Pitkin and Rio Blanco counties. Truden is the subject of a recall petition, filed by Sherry Caloia, a Glenwood Springs attorney and town prosecutor in Basalt and Carbondale. The petition lists six allegations against the district attorney, including dishonesty, lack of prosecutions and mismanagement.Seven deputy district attorneys have resigned since Truden took office in January, but her office released information earlier this summer showing the numbers of felony convictions and filings were up considerably this year compared with the same period last year.

The community’s new animal shelter will be formally known as the Cheryl and Sam Wyly Animal Shelter, recognizing a pair of significant financial contributors to the project.With the Wylys’ recent $600,000 contribution to the $3.7 million project, they earned the “naming rights” to the facility and chose its moniker, according to Seth Sachson, shelter director. Aspen City Council members and Pitkin County commissioners gave their blessing to the name on Tuesday, though some elected officials refused to support it. “Yuck,” Commissioner Mick Ireland said.”I don’t like naming rights at all,” Councilman Jack Johnson said.”I don’t favor naming rights, but this isn’t the place to pull the plug after promises have been made,” said Mayor Helen Klanderud, supporting the name. Big donors to the Aspen Recreation Center were also offered naming rights, she noted.”They contributed bucks, they get to name the building,” agreed Commissioner Dorothea Farris, who predicted the name will be shortened in common parlance to simply the Wyly Animal Shelter.