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A Glenwood Springs man was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of killing a young woman.

Gustavo Olivo-Tellez, 27, was arrested on Saturday morning in Grand Junction by a SWAT team. He is accused of killing an unidentified 24-year-old woman the night before at the Pinon Pines apartments in Glenwood.

Police are calling the shooting “an extreme case of domestic violence.”

Olivo-Tellez was wanted on a previous Domestic Violence warrant. He has been charged with first degree murder following last night’s incident.

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The investigation into the death of 49-year-old Longmont resident Matthew Barz, who was found Monday on McClure Pass, has shown that he died of trauma from an accidental fall.

  The Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office is resurrecting a program for sexual assault victims in the valley. The SANE program, which stands for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, has been dormant for four years. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason spoke with District Attorney Sherry Caloia about the effort.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

A lawsuit that the town of Basalt filed against one of its citizens has been thrown out of court by a judge.

Judge dismisses Basalt lawsuit over open records request

A long-standing local judge is stepping down from the bench.


Ninth Judicial District Court Judge Daniel Petre is retiring. He ascended the bench in 2004, overseeing criminal and civil cases in Pitkin, Garfield and Rio Blanco counties.

According to judicial performance evaluations, his peers have in the past ranked Petre favorably in judicial demeanor — describing him as fair, compassionate and thorough.

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  Rivers in the area are expected to hit peak flows in the next few weeks and the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office is one of several agencies warning residents to be careful when recreating in the water.

The Garfield County Sheriff is taking aim at District Attorney Sherry Caloia. In emails between the two elected officials, the sheriff calls her incompetent and ignorant. Joining News Director Carolyn Sackariason to discuss the context around that description is Glenwood Post Independent editor Randy Essex.

It’s high season in the world of scammers looking for the next victim in the Roaring Fork Valley. Whether it’s via email, text or phone, a rash of scams demanding personal information or money has prompted authorities and elected officials to warn people not to fall for the threats. Carolyn Sackariason has more.

The US Attorney’s office announced Wednesday that Glenwood Springs resident Luis Alfonso Aragon Gallegos has pleaded guilty to twenty-two counts of creating child pornography.

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  Two men are recovering well after a plane crash in the Roaring Fork Valley on Sunday. Pilot Benoit de la Vaissiere was flying with a friend, when he had engine trouble just south of Glenwood Springs.

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The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office says pilot Benoit de la Vaissiere and passenger Dmitre (last name unknown) were in the plane at the time of Sunday’s crash.

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the top news stories in the valley in the past week.

The City of Aspen just got the results of an audit of a multi-year parking scam. Elected officials wonder if they should look at other departments as closely.

After three months of analyzing and negotiating, the Roaring Fork School District finally inked contracts with its superintendent and assistant superintendent.

Your Morning News - February 12th, 2015

Feb 12, 2015

Lawyer for Aspen Teen Delves into Details

The Aspen high school student who was forced to the ground and arrested by police [last] Friday, is working with a lawyer. Trial Attorney Ryan Kalamaya will represent the teen who police suspect had marijuana.

Kalamaya says he was contacted by the teen’s family after the incident happened at a bus stop near the Aspen school campus. Video footage taken by a student on the scene and then widely shared on the internet shows two officers and a civilian taking down the screaming boy. One officer uses a pressure-point compliance tactic. Police say the boy resisted arrest. Kalamaya says the incident raises issues around marijuana and the use of police power.

“The reason I wanted to take it on was because this issue of the role of law enforcement in our society is obviously a hot topic. It’s a healthy dialogue to talk about the role of police here in the Roaring Fork Valley.”  

The teenager will appear in court on February 17th, where he will face possible charges.

Ryan Kalamaya is a member of Aspen Public Radio’s Citizens Advisory Board.

Your Evening News - February 11th, 2015

Feb 11, 2015

Carbondale Fire Meets Tonight on Future Funding

The future of the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District is slowly inching closer. The Board of Directors for the sprawling, struggling district is meeting tonight. Board members are finalizing the contracts for two consulting firms. Their main task is to help put together a master plan for Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District, which could run out of money in two years. Gene Schilling is President of the Board.

“We believe that once the master plan’s done, there will probably be some recommendations on the funding that we need to go forward with, to get the Fire District’s level of service back up to what it was before.”

The District covers more than three hundred square miles, and provides ambulance service along a busy stretch of Highway 82. It lost more than half of its budget in late 2013, when a big chunk of mill levy funding ran out. A ballot measure to reinstate that money failed.

A Parachute-area man was shot and killed by law enforcement yesterday after a high speed chase on Interstate 70. The incident started late in the afternoon when deputies from the Garfield County Sheriff's Office responded to a felony domestic violence call in Parachute. Officers spotted the suspect and a pursuit ensued. The suspect reached speeds that exceeded 95 miles per hour over a stretch of about 30 miles.

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Wednesday will see some degree of resolution for a murder case in Garfield County. A judge in Glenwood Springs will decide how to sentence a man who pleaded guilty to killing his stepdaughter’s boyfriend. 

Helicopter Crash Kills Three Near Silt

Jan 28, 2014
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Update - Tuesday January 28th, 2014 at 10:34pm:

Holy Cross Energy releases a photo and name of one of their employees who died in Monday's crash south of Silt as Larry Shaffer.

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Valley Roundup - December 6th, 2013

Dec 6, 2013

Welcome to Valley Roundup, for Friday 12-6-2013, a review of the week’s top news stories in the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond.  Andy Stone and Curtis Wackerle join us this week. 

Downvalley some residents of a trailer park in Basalt who are facing relocation have organized to take the issue public

Garfield county Sheriff Lou Valerio says his fight with the state over new gun laws will continue

Aspen gets vocal about snow polo and the Aspen School District scrambles to fill a 2.9 million dollar budget shortfall.

On the Download with Rob St. Mary, a moving tribute to a young Colorado artist who died last month in Ouray.

Its all on today’s Valley Roundup.

Red Canyon Wildfire Sparks South of Glenwood Springs

Aug 16, 2013
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UDATE: August 16th, 2013 - 9:00pm

The fire is 100% contained and management of the blaze will be returned to local agencies early tomorrow morning. The evacuation order for residents who live on the backside of Lookout Mountain, has been lifted. Over the weekend, crews will continue to monitor for hot spots and rehab fire lines. Red Canyon Road (County Road 115) remains closed to traffic. Two minor injuries were reported on the fire today. One firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion and another individual received stitches on a cut. The cost of fighting the fire is over $1 million.

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The primary suspect in a fatal glenwood springs shooting turned himself in yesterday. Freddy Argueta Cabrera is currently in custody in Mesa County. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

The shooting happened Wednesday night near an apartment complex, south of Glenwood, just outside the city limits. Walt Stowe is a spokesman for the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.