News in Brief
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” A grand opening for a new section of the Rio Grande Trail will be held Sunday, October 7.
The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority recently completed a 5-mile stretch of trail from 23rd Street in Glenwood Springs upvalley to the Thunder River Market area, the turnoff to Colorado Mountain College’s Spring Valley campus. That section allows cyclists to avoid using Highway 82.
The celebration will feature a ribbon cutting, bike parade and refreshments from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Participants should meet on the trail near the Buffalo Valley Restaurant in Glenwood Springs. They are urged to ride bicycles, but convenient parking is also available at the restaurant’s parking lot.
Prizes will be awarded for best bike decoration and best “retro” bike costume. Bike decorating supplies will be available at the site.
Only one 4-mile gap remains in the Rio Grande Trail between Aspen and Glenwood Springs. That stretch, between Thunder River Market and Carbondale, may be completed by RFTA next year. That would complete a 40-mile link that crosses through three counties. The trail will be paved from Glenwood Springs to the Woody Creek area.
EAGLE ” A woman who allegedly held a sword to a child’s throat has been released from jail, authorities said.
Amanda Jane Darling Harris, 21, of Eagle, chased a group of eight people, ages 9 to 15, with a sword Sept. 20, according to a report written by Officer Francis Conkle of the Eagle Police Department.
Harris, who posted a $3,500 bond and was released from Eagle County Jail, said she only chased the people and did not hurt them, authorities said.
The juveniles were playing in a parking lot on Nogal Road when Harris yelled at them. Harris pointed a sword at them and said, “If you’re scared, then you’re guilty,” and chased them as they ran, the report says.
Harris allegedly chased the teenagers and children with an 18-inch-long samurai sword, the children all said, according to the report. Their names are being withheld to protect their identities.
Harris allegedly grabbed a boy, held the sword to his throat and said he was “guilty” because he had run from her and that he “needed to stop causing her problems,” the report says.
Harris let the boy go and began chasing others with the sword, the report says.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” The Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers are seeking help to complete the Wulfsohn Trail behind the Glenwood Meadows Shopping Center. The project is Saturday, Oct. 6.
The group, along with the City of Glenwood Springs and others will finish the second phase of the Wulfsohn Trail, which will add two-thirds of a mile of new single track to provide a western access from Midland Avenue. Volunteers started the project in 2006, with the first segment of trail, which provides eastern access to a vast new parcel of open space at the base of Red Mountain above the Glenwood Springs Community Center.
For information on volunteering, contact RFOV at 927-8241 or visit its website at http://www.rfov.org. RFOV and its project partners, the Glenwood Parks Department, Friends of Wulfsohn Mountain Park and others will provide the tools, materials, leadership and dinner at the end of the day.
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