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Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario

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Colorado’s legislature is considering a Red Flag Bill, which aims to remove guns from people who pose an extreme threat to themselves or others. If it passes, police, family members could petition a judge to have someone’s guns removed for up to one year.

The Garfield County Coroner, Rob Glassmire, keeps bodies in a walk-in refrigerator his office bought used from a restaurant several years ago.

An inmate at the Garfield County Jail was found dead in a cell early Thursday morning.

Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District

On Dec. 28, 2017, the police and EMTs in Carbondale responded to two calls within 90 minutes of each other.

Mind Springs Health

Mind Springs Health is a nonprofit healthcare company, specializing in mental health and addiction treatment across the Western Slope.

The Garfield County Sheriff's office is reporting a hike in phone scams. Their advice to the public is to stay calm and carry on.

Valley Roundup for Nov. 18, 2016

Nov 18, 2016

Welcome to a Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

 

Crimes associated with methamphetamine are making headlines in newspapers up and down the valley. But whether that indicates an uptick in crime is unlikely.

 

 Garfield County sheriff’s deputies: Accused meth dealer shoots up woman’s car

Valley Roundup for Morning Edition, Nov. 18, 2016

Nov 17, 2016

There have been some unusual arrests lately, fueled by meth. Joining Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason for Valley Roundup to discuss this growing epidemic are Jason Auslander, crime reporter for the Aspen Times, Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent and Madeleine Osberger, contributing editor of the Aspen Daily News.

 

 

You can hear more of the conversation on Valley Roundup at 3:30 p.m. today on Aspen Public Radio news.

 

Valley Roundup for Sept. 23, 2016

Sep 23, 2016

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

A massive illegal pot grow near Rifle got busted up this week and over a dozen Chinese nationals working the crop were arrested. Police think they may be the victims of slave labor.

3,000 pot plants seized in illegal Garfield County grow

And in nearby Battlement Mesa, residents are trying to stave off a wastewater injection well from being put in their backyards.

GarCo sheriff's signing bonuses attracts recruits

Jul 25, 2016
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 The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office’s predicament of finding experienced officers appears to be quelled now that the agency is doling out $10,000 signing bonuses to new hires.

Since the recruitment effort began earlier this year, most positions have been filled. That’s a far cry from previous years, when the office had a running newspaper ad looking for deputies. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason spoke with sheriff Lou Vallario.

Longtime local judge retiring

Jul 18, 2016

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.

Valley Roundup 4-29-16

Apr 29, 2016

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

 

The mayor of Carbondale is resigning because she is moving to Redstone. Her move brings up the question of whether the once sleepy town of Carbondale is becoming unaffordable

Carbondale Mayor Bernot moving, steps down

Valley Roundup 4-15-16

Apr 15, 2016

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

The source of the sewage stench wafting up from storm sewers in downtown Aspen has been identified.

Aspen officials zero in on source of foul odors

Aspen’s sewage leak lasted for more than a month

And in Snowmass, voters are being asked to buck up for a new sewage plant.