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Longtime Carbondale rancher diesGRAND JUNCTION Longtime Carbondale rancher and Realtor Ray R. Fender, who helped establish Carbondales Gus Darien Rodeo Arena and fought to maintain public access in the Marian Gulch area in Spring Valley, died Tuesday, May 29, in Grand Junction.Fender was born April 3, 1922, to Earl Ray and Viola (Kisor) Fender in Carbondale, where he and his brother, Bill, helped their dad raise and herd sheep. Bill and his wife, Pat, still live in Carbondale.Ray Fender loved ranch life and riding in the high country.No one could beat Rays ability to go up in the high country searching for a section corner of a grazing permit or property line corner of a high mountain ranch and actually find it on horseback with his map and compass in tow, said former business associate and longtime friend Mary Weaver, of Carbondale.Fender drove a coal truck for a few years for United Mine Workers, and served in the U.S. Army for a short time.He sold ranch property for more than 20 years in Carbondale at Fender Realty and Associates, where he listed and sold many ranches throughout the Western Slope. His own ranch property on the west side of Highway 133 stretching to the Crystal River, became the Crystal Village subdivision.Fender was instrumental, along with Doc Dewell and their friends, in obtaining land and developing whats now known as the Gus Darien Rodeo Arena on the Catherine Store Road east of town. Services were held June 4 in Grand Junction. (The Valley Journal)Aspen cop to blame for accidentASPEN An rookie Aspen police officer driving a police vehicle was at fault in a two-vehicle accident Saturday near Castle Creek Bridge. Jeffrey Fain, 28, a recent graduate of police academy and full-fledged member of the Aspen police force for nearly three months, was driving the Volvo XC90.Assistant Police Chief Richard Pryor said he did not know yet if Fain will be subject to disciplinary action. “We feel confident he’s able to make decisions appropriately,” Pryor said. “As with the general public, accidents are sometimes going to happen.”Fain’s SUV and other vehicles were traveling west on Hallam Street at 5:54 p.m. Saturday, the investigation report said. Fain pulled to the right side while crossing the Castle Creek Bridge, turned on his emergency flashers and attempted a U-turn. The other vehicle – a 1994 Ford Explorer driven by Sabino Vargas Allende – hit the Police Volvo XC90, the report said. The front of the Explorer and side of the XC90 sustained light to moderate damage. The city insures Aspen police cars.Vail, Eagle Co. eye housing ‘entity’VAIL A group that’s been studying worker housing says that – after months of study – it is finally ready for some action.A temporary, countywide housing committee will recommend the creation of a permanent, countywide group at the Blue Ribbon Housing Committee meeting Thursday.”Here’s the vessel we think should be built,” said Don Cohen, the group’s facilitator. “Here are the compass points it needs to head toward.”Cohen described the group as a “countywide entity.” He declined to say whether it would have a government authority or taxation powers, saying those details would be revealed Thursday.Local towns and the Eagle County would be expected to contribute to the “entity,” Cohen said.A regional approach is important, said Avon Mayor Ron Wolfe, who helped come up with the recommendations.”It’s a regional problem, that’s the basic reason,” Wolfe said. “It’s not a single-town issue in which each town can be reasonably expected to solve the problem of all the workers involved in the town.”The recommendations will be presented Thursday at a meeting of the Blue Ribbon Housing Committee, which consists officials from across Eagle County, as well as developers, bankers and real estate agents. (Vail Daily)

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