Week In Review
Snowy conditions brought crowds out in droves on Saturday, with the Vail parking structure completely full by 9:36 a.m. and the Lionshead structure filling at about 11 a.m.
The Vail frontage roads held another 316 cars, most of which brought skiers who were excited about the falling snow.
The flakes started coming down on Friday night, all but guaranteeing good conditions for the weekend. By 5 a.m. Sunday morning, Vail had reported 9 inches new snow in the last 48 hours.
Ward takes second
It was a bitter end, but an tremendous season nonetheless.
Eagle Valley’s Devin Ward fell in the finals to none other than Montezuma-Cortez’s Seager Oliver, 4-0, on the big stage at the Pepsi Center during the 3A state finals on Saturday night.
Unfortunately, Oliver is the same guy who topped Ward in regionals last weekend in Montrose. Oliver had first- and second-period takedowns against Ward and that stood.
No probation for embezzler
An admitted embezzler was not granted probation, an Eagle County District Court Judge ruled.
Allison Butler-Coyle admitted stealing $122,884.26 from three local businesses. She has repaid $3,696.26 — 3 percent — since she was sentenced in October 2013.
Butler-Coyle asked Judge Paul Dunkelman to change her sentence from community corrections, a halfway house/work release program, to straight probation. She’s in Durango and wants to be on probation so she can drive a car, get a second job and pay the restitution more quickly.
No vote for Glenwood bridge
Renewed calls from Citizens to Save Grand Avenue and its supporters to put the planned Grand Avenue bridge replacement question to an advisory vote failed to change the minds of Glenwood Springs City Council members.
In fact, bolstered by comments supportive of the Colorado Department of Transportation’s plans to replace the 61-year-old structure with a new, wider, realigned bridge that would, for now, keep Highway 82 on Grand Avenue, council dug in its heels even more.
Attempted murder charges
Daniel Hernandez Pineda will stand trial in August on a charge of first-degree attempted murder if the defense can’t reach an agreement with prosecutors, Judge James Boyd decided Wednesday.
Hernandez Pineda, 39, of Glenwood, was arrested in February 2014 on allegations that he attacked his ex’s new boyfriend with a tire iron in a parking lot in downtown Glenwood Springs. The attack caused a brain hemorrhage that doctors said would likely have killed the man had it been left untreated, according to court documents.
With a pitched battle brewing in the state legislature over his signature “public option” health insurance bill (HB19-1004) from last session, state Rep. Dylan Roberts, D-Avon, is urging calm before the coming storm.