Week In Review
The Vail Symposium hosted a panel discussion that looked at impacts of Amendment 64 — which legalized marijuana in Colorado — on a local, state, national and international level.
The Symposium’s chairman and moderator for this program was Rohn Robbins, an attorney representing a number of medical marijuana grow operations, medical dispensaries and recreational dispensaries across Colorado. Robbins has direct experience with these businesses and challenges that they face; including navigating a world where federal law still holds that what they are doing is illegal, while state law indeed has legalized marijuana businesses.
Vail Valley Medical Center master plan
The final draft of Vail Valley Medical Center’s Master Facility Plan has been submitted to the town of Vail and is available under Documents & Resources at http://www.vvmc.com/build.
Originally submitted in August 2014, the latest version has been modified to address enhancements that have developed from feedback from the town, neighbors and the greater community.
According to a release from the medical center, the plan is intended to serve as the facility’s road map for enhancing healthcare for the valley while making physical improvements for the community.
Snow squall accidents
Crews worked to retrieve a truck that went off the side of Interstate 70’s eastbound lanes during a snow squall that caused a spate of accidents.
“A snow squall came through and it left a sheet of ice on an otherwise dry road,” Glenwood Fire Chief Gary Tillotson said Friday. No one was hurt but at least nine vehicles were involved, including a State Patrol car and the semi truck.
Around 90 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from one of the saddle tanks, Tillotson said, but crews were able to stop the leak and it’s unclear how much diesel actually flowed down to the Colorado River.
Pressler trail launched
The trial of Erin Pressler on charges of theft, embezzlement and tax fraud began in earnest after more than two years in legal limbo.
Pressler, 45, of New Castle, stands accused of stealing roughly $180,000 from her former employer, Designer Door Hardware in Glenwood Springs, between 2009 and 2012, as well collecting an additional $33,000 in invalid Social Security payments and filing false tax returns during the same time.
Defense attorneys say her boss gave her permission to use company money as she saw fit.
Glenwood centenarian passes
Julian Vogt, one of Glenwood Springs’ last surviving centenarians and certainly one of the most physically active even after he turned 100, died Jan. 22.
Vogt, who would have been 104 in April, passed away at his longtime home on Bennett Avenue in Glenwood Springs, according to his son, Carl.
On Friday, 29-year-old Casey Williamson was among 11 killed when their skydiving plane crashed and burned at a coastal airfield on the island of Oahu. It was the worst civilian aviation accident in the U.S. since 2011.