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BASALT The Basalt High School boys and girls basketball games scheduled for tonight apparently won’t be held because no referees are available, the head officials for the area said late Thursday night.The Glenwood Springs Officials Association announced Wednesday it would not provide referees for the Basalt home games tonight or Saturday because of conflicts with adult fans.However, the officials association swapped assignments with the Grand Junction Officials Association to provide coverage for the Basalt games on Saturday, according to Randy Hunt, the head officials and assigner for the Glenwood pool of referees.Hunt said he also tried to find alternative officials for tonight’s game in Basalt without luck. There are more games on Fridays and less flexibility for referees.Hunt said the games won’t be held tonight unless there is some last-minute arrangement. He said the chances of that are slim.If the games against Olathe cannot be held, they will either be rescheduled or Basalt will be forced to forfeit, according to Hunt.”That was never our intention,” he said of the prospect of a forfeit. “We feel really bad for the kids.”Basalt parents and fans are upset by the referees’ decision not to work the games this weekend because they say it punishes the kids. Hunt said the executive board of the officials association decided the drastic action was necessary to force Basalt to address on-going issues with the referees and fans who harass them. The officials association and school administrators are attempting to resolve differences so that local refs can work the Basalt home games Feb. 16 and 17. If the Olathe games are rescheduled rather than forfeited, they would also have to be squeezed in next weekend – the conclusion of the regular season.If there is any change in the status of Basalt’s games tonight against Olathe, it will be reported Friday on the Aspen Times website.

WOLCOTT – Shelly Doyle drives five miles under the speed limit through the windy curves of the interstate near Wolcott despite the 75 m.p.h speed limit.”People don’t do 75 through there,” said Doyle, Gypsum resident. “I get passed like I’m standing still. It’s crazy, but people do it.”Doyle is not the only one who thinks drivers go to fast between Edwards and Eagle. The Eagle County Public Safety Council, which has representatives from all of Eagle County’s emergency agencies, wants to lower I-70’s speed limit from 75 to 65 m.p.h. between mile markers 153 and 163 to reduce the high number of injuries and fatalities on the road. The primary cause of accidents along the 10-mile stretch of road is speeding, said Sgt. Shawn Olmstead of the Colorado State Patrol. State troopers constantly patrol the area, but accidents are frequent, he said. Eagle County Undersheriff Jeff Layman, member of the council, said a study of the problem is in the “very, very preliminary stages.” If the council proposes a speed limit reduction, the Colorado Department of Transportation would have to approve before motorists would have to drive 65, he said. Lowering the speed limit is just one of several options the council is considering to keep people safe along the stretch, said Cpl. Dennis Gibbons, vice chairman of the council and state trooper. Police may get computers in cruisers so officers to do administrative work, he said. In addition to increased patrolling, this would allow more police vehicles to park along the stretch and watch for speeders, he said. (Vail Daily)


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