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GALLATIN COUNTY, Mont. ” A Basalt construction worker died from blunt force trauma to his head after falling from a ladder at a work site near Logan, Mont., earlier this month, the coroner of Gal­latin County said Tuesday.

William “Bill” Van Alstyne’s death was ruled acciden­tal, said Jim Cashell, who serves as sheriff as well as coro­ner of Gallatin County.

Van Alstyne, 43, was working on a field crew for Myers and Co. Architectural Metals of Basalt at the time of the accident on Jan. 7. He was working on a chimney cap. Myers and Co. was a subcontractor on the project and had just a few hours of work remaining when the accident occurred, company owner Bob Myers said earlier.

Myers had said that witnesses reported that Van Alstyne didn’t flail his arms or scream as he fell, fueling questions about whether he blacked out or experienced a medical problem before he fell. Cashell said there was no evidence of any med­ical issue before Van Alstyne fell, nor was there any evi­dence of another contributing factor to the accident.

ASPEN ” Two seats on the Aspen Valley Hospital board of direc­tors will be up for grabs on May 6, and the hospital dis­trict’s main election official said this week she is in the ini­tial stages of planning the election.

The two open seats currently are occupied by doctors Barry Mink and Greg Balko.

Balko and Mink, who both are nearing the end of their first terms in office, said this week that they have not decided yet whether to seek re-election.

The five hospital directors serve four-year terms, and elections are held every other year. The three remaining board seats will be up for election in 2010.

Nell Strijbos-Arthur, the district’s election official, said Tuesday that she is just starting to work on the elec­tion, and expects to announce in the coming weeks such details as the location of polling places and deadlines for absentee and early voting ballots.

The election is to be run entirely by the hospital district itself, as the Pitkin County Clerk does not conduct special district elections in May, a county elections clerk con­firmed on Tuesday.

The hospital district’s boundaries essentially mirror those of Pitkin County, excluding the Crystal River Valley and Redstone, as well as the Fryingpan River Valley and the communities of Thomasville, Meredith and half of Basalt.

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