Week In Review
Gass is new Telluride superintendent
The Telluride R-1 School District Board of Education unanimously selected Michael Gass, current assistant superintendent for Eagle County Schools, to be the new Telluride schools superintendent beginning July 1.
Gass was one of 29 applicants for the position and was chosen after interviews with the board and committees comprised of parents, teachers and community members.
Gas leak closes schools
A gas leak in Edwards gave students in four schools an unexpected day off last week.
Classes were canceled Friday at the Eagle County Charter Academy, June Creek Elementary School, Berry Creek Middle School and Red Canyon High School.
A gas leak was reported in the area at 6:20 a.m., originating from a high pressure facility on Miller Ranch Road, said Tracy LeClair, public information officer with the Eagle River Fire Protection District.
Vail housing lottery
The Town of Vail announced that its housing lottery applications for the master purchaser list are available on the town’s website at http://www.vailgov.com or from the community development department, located at 75 South Frontage Road.
The list will be in effect for one year and used when any existing town-facilitated housing units, such as Vail Commons, Red Sandstone Creek, North Trail Townhomes and Arosa Drive Duplex become available for resale. Applicants will be placed into tiers based on the number of years working and living in Eagle County and resale units will be awarded to the top person on the list. Priority will be given to those living and or working in Vail.
Currently none of the 82 qualifying units are available for purchase.
One person was killed in a single car accident on Interstate 70 through Glenwood last week.
The victim was the sole occupant of the SUV. Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson said the vehicle was towing a utility trailer.
The accident closed down I-70 for several hours.
Robin McMillan, a former bookkeeper in the Garfield County Clerk and Recorder’s Office, will face four to nine years in prison with fines up to $600,000 and may be required to pay restitution after pleading guilty to two new counts relating to allegations of public embezzlement.
McMillan, 51, of Rifle, was arrested in August and charged with felony theft. She reportedly estimated her total theft at around $50,000, but a victim impact statement from early October listed the loss as $411,000 dating back to 2008.