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News in Brief

Colleen Truden, district attorney for the 9th Judicial District, will announce at a news conference today whether she will file a formal protest of the recall petition against her.Truden will announce her decision at 10:30 a.m. today on the steps of the Garfield County Courthouse in Glenwood Springs. Truden will make a short statement and then answer questions. Truden said she “has been the target of baseless allegations in the recall effort, the supporters of which have been passed over for jobs in favor of [Truden],” she said in a prepared statement Tuesday. Truden said she will provide facts to counter the charges against her.”The old guard that’s been pushing the recall has made a number of allegations against me, none of which have merit,” she said. “These are people who have no qualms about wasting taxpayer money in a personal vendetta against me and the district attorney’s office. Unfortunately, the recall sponsors have sour grapes because I was picked for jobs they wanted, or they didn’t want to put in the hard work the people of the 9th District expect and deserve. I look forward to putting the facts before the voters,” she said.The 9th Judicial District consists of Garfield, Pitkin and Rio Blanco counties.Train derailment cuts off Internet accessA train that derailed Monday four miles outside Kremmling sliced a fiber-optic line, cutting off Internet access for Comcast customers from the Roaring Fork Valley all the way to Winter Park.Comcast spokeswoman Cindy Parsons said a rockslide caused the derailment. She wasn’t sure if anyone was hurt but thought it might have been a train carrying raw goods with few, if any, rail workers aboard.Rail crews were en route to clear the wreckage; Comcast workers were to start repairing the line after that, Parsons said.”We are working as quickly as possible,” she said.Comcast engineers thought Internet access could be restored as early as Tuesday night, Parsons said.Basalt council member resignsBasalt Town Councilwoman Tiffany Ernemann resigned Tuesday night because she moved outside the town boundary.Ernemann and her family are in the process of moving to Emma. Her husband, Michael Ernemann, said he will resign in the near future from his Basalt Planning and Zoning Commission seat.Tiffany Ernemann ran unopposed for a council seat in April 2002. She had previously been appointed to fill a vacancy. She also served on the planning commission, so she’s had a long affiliation with the town government. She is also the owner of the Green Drake lodge in Basalt.The council will soon accept applications for the vacancy and appoint someone to fill the term.

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