News in Brief
November 22, 2006
Two accidents snarl Highway 82Two unrelated accident within one-half mile of each other on east- and westbound lanes of Highway 82 near El Jebel made for delays in the morning commute Wednesday.Shortly before 7 a.m. Laurel Silverman of Basalt swerved to miss a deer carcass in the left lane of westbound Highway 82 near the Blue Lake intersection 2 miles west of El Jebel, according to Richard Duran, a state police captain.Silverman 2006 Honda CRV crossed into the median and the car rolled two times before coming to rest on its wheels back in the westbound lane. She was wearing a seatbelt and suffered no injuries.The left lane of Highway 82 was blocked while police cleaned up the debris.And in an unrelated incident just after 7 a.m., Victor Gamez of Albuquerque, NM drove onto the right paved shoulder of eastbound highway 82 just 1/2 mile east of the first incident.Gamez’s 2004 Dodge Ram pickup struck an unattended, abandoned car on the shoulder. His vehicle veered right off the road and struck a fence. The vehicle did a one-quarter roll and came to rest on the driver’s side.Gamez was not wearing a seatbelt and was slightly injured with facial lacerations. He was given a citation for careless driving.The right lane of Highway 82 was blocked for an hour while EMT crews attended to Gamez.”It was kind of hectic there for a while,” Duran said, with lane closures in both directions during the morning commute.KDNK Labor of Love Auction hits airwavesLooking for solid business deals, great getaways, local, sustainable fun and food or home improvements? The KDNK Labor of Love Auction has all of this plus more. The on-air portion begins Sunday, Nov. 26, and runs through the week. Listen between 6 and 8 p.m. each evening as guest auctioneers bring you goodies galore at prices you can afford.Look for auction catalogs in the mail or at stores and coffee houses near you. Register to bid by calling 963-0139 during business hours weekdays.The KDNK on-line auction is happening now through Dec. 2. Check out what’s available by logging on at http://www.kdnk.org and follow the links. Listen as guest auctioneers talk about the bounty every day between noon and 1 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Nov. 27-Dec. 2.KDNK can be found at at 88.1, 88.3 and 88.5 FM.RFTA buses begin winter scheduleBeginning today, RFTA valley bus services resume their winter schedules.Free Aspen shuttles also return to their high-season schedules. The Castle/Maroon, Cemetery Lane, Hunter Creek and Mountain Valley routes operate until approximately 2 a.m.Also resuming service today are the Galena Street and Cross Town shuttles, the Woody Creek Shuttle, and the Aspen Mountain and Snowmass skier shuttlesThe Maroon Creek Road route, which provides direct service between Rubey Park and Maroon Creek Road, will resume service on Dec. 4. Buttermilk and Highlands skier shuttles return to service on Dec. 9. Direct buses between Snowmass and Aspen also begin Dec. 9. In other RFTA news:• The I-70 route along the Hogback will have an additional run at 6:05 p.m.• 30-minute continuous service between Glenwood Springs and El Jebel will now be consistent from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and will not require a transfer at the El Jebel park and ride. For more information call 925-8484 or visit http://www.rfta.com.Trial in dog attack continuedRIFLE – A continuance has been scheduled for the woman whose pit bull allegedly mauled an elderly Silt woman in September until her attorney can appear in court.Julie Dawn Sullivan, 32, of Silt, the owner of the pit bull, was in Garfield County Court in Rifle on Wednesday morning and a continuance was scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 6.Last week, Sullivan pleaded guilty to a dog licensing violation, but pleaded not guilty to the charge of ownership of a dangerous dog inflicting bodily harm. She has requested a judge trial in the case, which will be heard by county Judge Jason Jovanovich.The alleged victim in the pit bull attack, Judy McGruder, 74, of Silt, said she was mauled by the dog on Sept. 22 while going to pick up her grandson and ended up at Sullivan’s residence by mistake. McGruder was on her way back to her car when the dog allegedly bit her on the left arm, leg and backside as well as the head. She was hospitalized for several days.The 3-year-old pit bull, Butterbean, has since been euthanized. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)The Aspen Times, Aspen, Colo.