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GLENWOOD SPRINGS People on the streets just don’t like back-in parking, despite the possible benefits.Back-in parking on Cooper Avenue in Glenwood Springs began a few months ago as an experiment. It was intended to test the waters for possible additional back-in parking sites. The main theory behind it is back-in parking would create additional spots at a low cost by replacing parallel parking, but on Cooper Avenue it replaced regular front-in diagonal parking, adding no extra spots.City officials said back-in parking improves visibility, passengers are safer getting in and out of cars and it’s easier to unload items from the back of a vehicle. Back-in parking eliminates the need to back out of spots into trafficThree cars were illegally parked nose-in Thursday around 2 p.m. on the 700 block of Cooper Avenue. Others soon followed. Many cars that did back-in had tires on the white divider lines.”Nobody really ever gets it right the first time,” Larry Gruder said. He owns Glenwood Music on Cooper Avenue and said he’s considering moving his business elsewhere. Friends have gotten tickets and decided to patronize businesses elsewhere, he added.”My sales dropped 35 percent the month they put it in,” he said. “We know of no one who likes it other than the people who planned it.” (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)

During the Dec. 12 immigration raid at Swift & Co., federal agents degraded employees and used chemical sprays to help round up people, according to sworn statements filed by witnesses in federal court Thursday. The statements were part of the latest round in a suit filed by United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 – representing the Greeley Swift workers – which alleges that the raid on the plant was illegal.Dave Minshall, spokesperson for the union, said the judge in the case had asked to get more information about what actually happened during the raid.”Our purpose is to show that the raid was not the calm and orderly and polite event that ICE portrays it as,” he said. “The people were degraded, they didn’t know what was going on and they were deprived of their legal rights and representation.” The union filed papers Dec. 13, alleging the raids were illegal and employees were denied constitutional rights. The statements filed Thursday were a continuation of that legal process.The two statements come from Fernando Rodriquez, director of the Greeley branch of the union and Angelina Diego Francisco, a Swift employee who was rounded up in the Dec. 12 raid and then later released. “While we were working they sprayed some type of chemical and some lady was throwing up,” read Francisco’s statement. “When we got to Aurora we told them that we had to go to the restroom and he told us to go to the restroom in the back of the bus.” Rodriquez said in his statement he was not allowed to advise employees of their rights and that he was escorted away from where they were being questioned. He was upset about how the employees were being treated in the judicial system,” he said. (Greeley Tribune)

LOVELAND PASS A father and son were able to walk away after triggering an avalanche that buried both of them in the backcountry Sunday near Loveland Pass, Colorado Avalanche Information Center officials said.An 18-year-old man and his father were glissading, or descending without skis, on a section at 12,200 feet around 12:30 p.m. when they triggered an avalanche that ran 300 vertical feet and was 200 feet wide, said Scott Toepfer, a forecaster with the avalanche center.The father was able to free his arm and dig himself out after several minutes, Toepfer said. He then yelled for his son and heard the teens voice under the snow, allowing him to dig the teen out, Toepfer said.This was a bit lucky, Toepfer said. Most of the time the snow kind of insulates noise from inside the snow. They did not have [avalanche] probes or beacons, so this was the only way he was only going to find him.Both men received medical attention at the scene.They were checked out in an ambulance and everybody walked away, so incredibly lucky, Toepfer said.Avalanche conditions for Sunday had indicated it was probable human beings could trigger an avalanche in the area. (The Associated Press)