law enforcement

Development proposals in the mid Roaring Fork Valley have prompted law enforcement officials to discuss whether more officers are needed. The Basalt Police Department and Eagle County Sheriff’s office have been talking for a while now about staffing in the El Jebel area. The two agencies often trade off handling cases, based on which has more officers on duty.

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Local law enforcement agencies are hoping to simplify the process of getting help to victims of domestic violence. On Tuesday (10/20) Aspen, Snowmass and Basalt police joined the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office in creating the Valley’s first Advocate Initiated Response referral system.

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Heavy rain Tuesday night boosted the Roaring Fork River in Aspen to flood stage. Minor flooding is possible in low-lying areas. 

Flows in the Aspen stretch of the Roaring Fork were nearly four times the typical amount Wednesday morning. Pitkin County Sheriff Joe Disalvo says people with homes in a floodplain should be prepared to sandbag and self-rescue if waters get too high.


Basalt’s police chief is on a mission to make sure his department is meeting the community’s needs. Town Council heard about the beginning phases of that effort earlier this week. Chief Greg Knott is taking input from community members on how Basalt police can improve.

  Carbondale is developing its own backup plan if there’s another communications blackout. The arrangements come after the Roaring Fork Valley suffered massive service disruptions two weeks ago.

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The Aspen Hope Center turns five on June 1st. The nonprofit serves those in emotional crisis with most clients either dealing with mental health problems or substance abuse. Last year, the organization made headlines as it worked to tackle the problem of suicide after a cluster of deaths happened in a matter of days. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

The organization started in 2010 after a study showed the Roaring Fork Valley needed more mental health services. Aspen resident Joe Disalvo already knew that.

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The Aspen Police Department is fully staffed again, after a handful of officers announced earlier this year they were leaving. Four officers are joining the department. Two graduated from the Colorado Law Enforcement Training Academy on Friday.

Two of the new officers are already residents of the Roaring Fork Valley - Adriano Minniti and Seth DelGrasso. Josh Uhernik is from out of state. Duxton Milam is from the Front Range. Two of the four bring previous law enforcement experience.

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A spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security confirmed special agents with the department were in the Mid-Valley this week. Federal vehicles were seen in the Willits and El Jebel areas. 

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.