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Court dismisses Thompson suitASPEN Court papers filed late Tuesday showed that a former assistant has decided to drop her lawsuit against the estate of Hunter S. Thompson. Attorneys for Deborah Fuller, the Gonzo International Corp. and Thompson’s estate signed a motion for dismissal after a settlement in the case. Fuller sued the estate of the late writer last year, alleging that he owed her more than $100,000 in back wages. Fuller, who now lives in Minnesota, lived and worked at Thompson’s Owl Farm property in Woody Creek, from 1983 until 2004. Documents in the court file claimed she went without pay occasionally when Thompson ran short of money. She claimed Thompson promised he would make good on the debt when the money was available.The “stipulation of dismissal with prejudice” this week contained no information or explanation about the terms of the settlement, although the writer’s widow, Anita Thompson, had confirmed that there was no payment of money as part of the deal. The document also states that “each party shall pay his/her/its own costs and attorneys’ fees in this action.”Fuller declined comment, and attorneys in the case have not returned calls from The Aspen Times.The settlement was filed electronically at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday with the Pitkin County Combined Courts office. The office closes to the public at 4 p.m.Anita Thompson, who is studying at Columbia University in New York, offered a final comment on the matter, declaring, “Anyone who knew Hunter knows that he was an incredibly generous employer, despite the fact he was not rolling in dough, and supported his staff with not just a very high salary, but all living expenses – any other claim is false.”Eagle Co. market falls shy of recordReal estate sales in Eagle County dipped slightly in 2006, but still came close to a banner year, a market analysis by Land Title Guarantee Co. showed Wednesday.The total dollar volume of sales recorded at the Eagle County clerk’s office was $2.75 billion, the report showed. That was two percent short of the record $2.8 billion in sales in 2005.The Eagle County market features Vail and Beaver Creek resorts, along with downvalley worker havens like Eagle and Edwards. The market cracked $2 billion in 2004.In comparison, Pitkin County’s sales volume topped $2 billion in 2005 and soared to $2.64 billion last year. Real estate industry officials are quick to note that Eagle County is much larger than Pitkin County.The dollar volume cracked $1 billion in Garfield County last year. Garfield County doesn’t have as much of a resort market as its neighbors.Land Title Guarantee Co.’s year-end report said high-end sales accounted for more of the activity in Eagle County in 2006: “Driving this year’s sales volume was the high-end market of over $5 million per transaction, which accounted for 43 transactions, 20 more than last year, and more than $300 million in sales volume,” the report said.In addition, sales of more than $2 million accounted for nearly 40 percent of the total dollar volume.The average single-family home price throughout Eagle County climbed to $1.21 million, the report said.Accidents keep trooper scramblingState troopers were busy Wednesday morning with three car crashes, none serious enough to cause injury, within a short stretch of Highway 82 and its frontage road.Around 8 a.m. four cars slid into one another at milepost 17 near the Garfield/Eagle county line on state Highway 82, causing a traffic snarl that lasted until about 9:30 a.m., according to Colorado State Patrol Trooper Denny O’Leary. O’Leary said the initial cause was a disabled car partially blocking a lane.About the same time, O’Leary said, two cars had a “minor rear-ender” on the frontage road between the Catherine Store light and the Blue Lake turn.That accident, O’Leary said, was cleared up quickly as both cars were still operational, and traffic was flowing freely.The third accident, around 9:30 a.m., occurred at J.W. Drive and Highway 82 just west of Blue Lake, when a car westbound on the highway “grazed” a car that pulled too far out onto the highway, O’Leary reported.Driver dies after I-70 crashGLENWOOD SPRINGS A man involved in a single-vehicle rollover on Interstate 70 last Monday died three days later.The Garfield County Coroner’s Office said Diego Gonzales, 21, of Denver, died on Jan. 25 of injuries caused by the car accident after being transported to St. Mary’s Hospital.At approximately 7:10 a.m., Gonzales was traveling westbound on I-70 when his 2004 Ford pickup drifted off the road, skidded across westbound lanes, then exited the road again. The truck spun, then hit an embankment before rolling. Gonzales, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle.He was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction via Flight for Life with serious injuries. The Colorado State Patrol investigated the crash, which may have been caused when Gonzales fell asleep. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)


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