News in Brief
July 26, 2006
A rumor that a woman had been shot in her vehicle Tuesday morning on Highway 82 ground traffic to a halt between Basalt and El Jebel.
It turned out the driver’s side window on the woman’s vehicle shattered, and she was convinced someone had shot at her, said Basalt police officer Brooke Bishop.
Bishop searched in and around the car, which the woman bought two weeks ago, for a shell casing or a rock that might have caused it, but found nothing. A defect in the window or door likely led to the incident.
“I don’t think she got shot at. I think it was just one of those freaky things where windows just shatter,” Bishop said. “The window was completely gone.”
The woman had dropped her child off at a day-care facility near the Christ Community Church and was turning onto Highway 82’s upvalley lanes when the window shattered around 8 a.m. No vehicles were downvalley-bound at the time.
“She could have sworn somebody shot at her,” Bishop said. “I told her I didn’t think she was being targeted by anybody.”
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The woman was covered in glass ” “probably pretty startled and scared by the whole thing” ” but received treatment at the scene and drove away.
One lane of Highway 82 was closed for a half-hour to allow Bishop to complete her investigation.
In other Highway 82 mayhem, an Aspen man is charged with DUI after driving the wrong way in Snowmass Canyon and clipping another vehicle early Friday.
Freddie Zamora, 25, was headed upvalley when he allegedly chose the downvalley lanes, according to the Colorado State Patrol. He hit the other vehicle, which had three people inside, around midnight.
Zamora, who is also charged with careless driving, was taken to Aspen Valley Hospital. The others involved were not seriously hurt.
Two proposed ballot questions ” extending property taxes for the Open Space and Trails Program and the Health Community Fund ” received no objections at a Pitkin County commissioners work session Tuesday.
The Healthy Community Fund tax, originally proposed as a way to keep the Pitkin County Health and Human Services organization afloat after federal funding went down six years ago, will likely go before voters again, with an increase. Currently, the tax represents $3.21 for each $100,000 of market value. The increase is $1.36 per $100,000 of value.
The Healthy Community Fund tax will have a seven-year sunset. Though the tax supported the Nordic program and GrassRoots TV, both of those organizations are off the list of possible recipients of money.
The Open Space tax would be an extension of the current mill levy of 3.75, representing $29.85 for each $100,000 of market value on a residential tax bill. The bill would sunset in 2020.
Voters should understand that as property values increase, so too, will this tax. Further, as part of the Open Space and Trails ballot question, the vote will authorize $20 million in debt.