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RIFLE Two drivers died Friday in single-vehicle accidents near Rifle.At about 4:15 p.m., Jeremy Jones of Angleton, Texas, 25, was traveling eastbound on Interstate 70 about five miles west of Rifle at milepost 85. The occupants of Jones’ red GMC Jimmy got into an altercation with the occupants of another vehicle. Jones swerved to avoid a bottle thrown from the other vehicle, lost control, began rotating clockwise and went off the right side of the road., according to authorities.The GMC rolled 1 1/2 times, coming to rest on its top. Jones, who was wearing a seat belt, sustained fatal injuries in the crash. Two passengers, including one who was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected, were transported to Grand River Hospital in Rifle for moderate to serious injuries.At about 7:55 p.m., Shayna Pritchard of Kenai, Alaska, 18, was traveling eastbound at milepost 8 of Forest Service Road 832, about 15 miles north of Rifle. The front right tire of her black Jeep Wrangler went up the side of a hill. The Jeep rolled onto its left side. Pritchard was not wearing a seat belt, was partially ejected and sustained fatal injuries. A male passenger, also not wearing a seat belt, was ejected and transported to the hospital with minor injuries. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)
ASPEN Aspen’s museums have ramped up for the summer with regular hours Tuesdays through Saturdays.In addition, the Aspen Historical Society’s administrative offices are open Tuesdays through Fridays, and its archives are open by appointment the same days . Museum hours are 1-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, at both the Wheeler/Stallard House museum and the Holden/Marolt Mining and Ranching Museum. Admission at both facilities is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and free for children 12 and younger, with one fee good for admission to both museums.The historical society’s administrative hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; archive hours are by appointment, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. The offices and the archives are in the Wheeler/Stallard House, 620 W. Bleeker St.New this summer is a ground-floor replication of Victorian furnishings at the Wheeler/Stallard House, and a retrospective exhibit of late artist Tom Benton’s works that will open in early July. The Holden/Marolt Mining and Ranching Museum, a repository for equipment of both pursuits, is on open space on the western edge of town.The Aspen Historical Society also operates the Ashcroft and Independence ghost towns in partnership with the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies. Tours of Ashcroft (11 miles south of Aspen on Castle Creek Road) are available through Labor Day; the fee is $3 for adults and free for children under 12. Independence (16 miles east of Aspen on Highway 82) is open daily through Labor Day for free, self-guided tours.In addition to the historic sites, the society also conducts West End walking tours that highlight the Victorian architecture and landmark buildings in Aspen’s historic West End neighborhood. For more information on museums and events, check the society’s website at aspenhistory.org or call 925-3721.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS Mary Linda Clapham Vawter has finally been immortalized. She and fellow Strawberry Queens have their names on a stone monument that now holds pride of place in Sayre Park. Recently, members of the Frontier Historical Society erected the monument, which had languished in the back lot of a house on Grand Avenue, possibly since the 1950s. Next to the monument is a wooden sign that tells some of the history of the event, one of the oldest festivals in Colorado.Between 1955 and 1958, Glenwood Springs invited strawberry festival queens from across the country to compete at the city’s annual Strawberry Days, said longtime resident Floyd Diemoz. Vawter, who lives in Glenwood Springs, won the top honor – national Strawberry Queen – in 1955.Diemoz said the monument was erected in town at some point then disappeared. Somehow it landed up in the backyard of Gerald Werking, whose property is now an insurance office on Grand Avenue. It turned up during remodeling of the office. Diemoz arranged to have the 1,100-pound monument moved and set in concrete in Sayre Park. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)
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The Colorado Parks and Wildlife commission voted this week to open the tract of land near Aspen for mountain lion hunting.