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GLENWOOD SPRINGS As many as 18 people may be in the running for the chance to buy four low-priced townhouses being made available under Glenwood Springs’ affordable housing program.Sixteen have submitted the necessary prequalification package, and the applications of two more also are being reviewed to determine their completeness, said Kathryn Grosscup, program assistant for the Garfield County Housing Authority. The application deadline was Monday.Jill Peterson, a city planner overseeing the sale, said all of the applications also will have to be reviewed to make sure the applicants are eligible to buy homes under the program.Eligible applicants will be entered into a lottery to be held March 6 to determine who gets to purchase the townhouses.The city’s housing program requires developers of subdivisions and multifamily housing projects to provide 15 percent of their units as housing that will be sold at below-market rates. Alternatively, they can pay a fee into a city fund for affordable housing. Interest in the program continues to grow since its first unit was made available in 2005. Then, only one eligible person applied. Last year, the city held a lottery after six eligible residents applied for a townhouse in the Overlin Park subdivision.Still, with four homes available this year, Peterson had hoped for a bit more interest.”Part of it possibly could be that we had a pretty short window for marketing these. Last time it was a little bit longer. This time it was about a month,” Peterson said. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)

SNOWMASS VILLAGE A Carbondale man was arrested Tuesday following a fight in Snowmass Village that he allegedly picked, according to a police report. Drew Patrick Seyler, 21, was charged with second-degree assault, a felony. Around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, two Snowmass officers responded to a fight in progress on Elbert Lane. When the arrived the fight was over but they had a description of people involved. Snowmass officer Todd Haller wrote in his police report that he saw one of the people fitting the given description who had blood on his pants and covering his hands. In the report, Seyler then claimed two other men had started a fight with him.When Haller spoke with one of the victims, however he got the opposite story. Later, Haller wrote that he went to the hospital where one of the victims was getting medical attention and corroborated the story. Eagle County deputies then arrested Seyler at his home in Carbondale and he was taken to the Pitkin County jail.

AVON – The Avon police have started an investigation probing alleged missing funds from new charter school Stone Creek Elementary, police Chief Brian Kozak said Wednesday.Kozak said he couldn’t give any details about the investigation, including the amount of money in question, but said he would release any future findings.Detective Paul Arnold said police were approached by members of the Stone Creek board of directors who were concerned about discrepancies they discovered in the school’s financial records when they took over just a few weeks ago.Newly elected treasurer Kevin Randel said he and other board members weren’t prepared for the mess they found in the books. The records were scattered, incomplete and didn’t quite add up.The announcement adds to an already serious situation for Stone Creek, which is figuring out how to dig out of a deep financial hole that Randel and other board members attribute to major financial mishandling in the school’s opening months.The total debt is about $1.8 million, although about $1.2 million of that is the cost of the school building, which Randel said is unavoidable for any new school buying a home. The rest of the deficit, he said, is pretty normal for a start up charter school. (Vail Daily)


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