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The jury in the vehicular homicide trial of a Fort Collins woman studied photographs of the accident scene Wednesday and continued to hear expert testimony.Stormy Lindblom, 25, who faces between four and 12 years in prison if convicted, also faces charges of DUI and careless driving causing death. She was allegedly drunk when the SUV she was driving early New Year’s Day 2005 slid off the road and rolled. Josanna Morningstar Reece, 22, of Redstone, a passenger in the vehicle, died instantly.Under questioning from prosecutor Gail Nichols, Lindblom’s boyfriend, Orion Niles, recalled details of the accident. He had testified Tuesday that he had limited recollections of the night of the accident. His memory improved Wednesday.Nichols also called a chemist from the Colorado Department of Health and Environment who analyzed Lindblom’s blood sample and a forensic scientist who runs a private laboratory in Grand Junction.Lindblom’s attorney, Chip McCrory, is expected to present the defense today. The jury of 10 men and four women, including two alternates, could begin deliberating the case this evening or Friday.

The Roaring Fork School District announced on Tuesday that it has named special education teacher Barbara Mason as the new assistant principal at Roaring Fork High School for the 2006-07 school year.Mason, who stepped into the new role this week, has worked in the school district for three years and has been in education for the past 12 years, according to a district statement. She earned an undergraduate degree in Spanish and education and a master of science degree in special education from Fordham University in New York.Mason’s one-year appointment was up for confirmation at the school board meeting Wednesday night.

The Roaring Fork School District and the Roaring Fork Community Education Association are sponsoring a party to toast 14 educators and support staff who will be retiring at the end of this school year.The retirement reception will be 5-7 p.m. May 4 at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.Together the retiring educators and staff members have 279 years of service to the district and its students during their careers. The list of retirees to be honored includes: From the Glenwood Springs schools: Janet Dana, physical education teacher; Linda Fitzgerald, French and Spanish teacher; Susan Rice, first-grade teacher; Lilas Robinson, literacy teaching assistant; Bob Shettel, Career Center auto tech teacher; Bob Shivley, technology and library teacher; Jimmy Thomas, custodian; and Bob Willey, counselor. From the Carbondale schools: Diane Corbett, counselor; Donna Hendee, kitchen manager; Eilene Ish, literacy teaching assistant; Ed McCabe, computer and accounting teacher; Patty McCabe, counseling and finance secretary. From the Basalt schools: Ann Stewart, physical education teacher.Call Cyndy at 384-6009 for more information.


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