An arrest warrant’s now been issued in Garfield County’s first murder of the year. It happened Wednesday night, when 28-year-old local Christopher Gallegos was shot in the head near a Rifle apartment on Acacia Avenue. Police Chief Tommy Klein has been quoted saying in these words, “it was not a random act.” Now his department’s seeking 45-year-old Michael Montgomery, accusing him of shooting his son-in-law Gallegos to death. The investigation continues, however. In fact, if you have any information that might be of use to police and the sheriff’s office in their joint probe, you’re asked to call 665-6500.
Could be winter’s last gasp… there had been a winter storm warning up for the Aspen-Crested Butte area and the Vail valley, but now that’s been dialed back by the national weather service to only a winter weather advisory, with 5 to 10 inches of snow possible above about 85 hundred feet. If there are any updates or changes, we’ll let you know, but for the most part you should be able to keep listening for the latest from meteorologist Don Day, and his staff Julie Gonzar and Mark Heuer, here on KSNO, The Mammoth.

Ski patrollers at the Loveland Ski Area certainly violated legal procedure, and may have actually committed a crime a week ago today, when they moved the body of a skier who’d died on the mountain. 35-year-old Silver Plume resident Cole Barker had hit a tree and apparently broken his neck on impact. Contrary to a ski area news release, it took the ski patrol some 10 minutes to get to the scene. They called the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office, pronounced Barker dead 16 minutes after that, and then witnesses say without even closing the trail where the death had occurred, they started not only moving Barker’s body, but covering up his blood with snow and otherwise trying to make it seem nothing had happened. Obviously if someone’s only hurt, they’re expected to be moved to be offered treatment, especially if there’s a clinic at the bottom of a resort. But if as in this case it’s clear someone has died, state law requires the body not be moved, until that’s authorized by the local coroner. Coroner Chris Hegmann says he’s never seen anything like it. Hegmann’s also irked that ski area employees lied to Barker’s father, claiming there hadn’t been any accident on the mountain. The District Attorney’s office is also looking into the case. Barker’s death a week ago was the 12th on Colorado’s resorts this skiing & riding season.
Aspen’s new Assistant City Manager, succeeding now Frisco Town Manager Randy Ready, will be Sara Ott. She’s been the administrator of Ohio’s Washington Township at Dublin since 2014, and stood out from among a field of 147 applicants for the new position. City Manager Steve Barwick says it impressed many that Ott had done significant research on Aspen and gained a lot of understanding about the community in advance. She’ll be paid 137 thousand dollars a year, starting on the job in early May.
Also moving to the Valley for a new gig is North Middle School Aurora principal Brett Stringer. He’ll soon take over as Principal at Carbondale’s Roaring Fork High School, succeeding Drew Adams, who’s leaving after 5 years. Stringer’s got strong experience in dealing with culturally and linguistically diverse student bodies. He’s also been a teacher, instructional coach, dean, and assistant principal. His wife’s an art teacher, and they and their 2 kids have been looking to move to the mountains for a while. One of the other finalists for the Principal’s job, current assistant principal, Kelsie Goodman, gets to keep that job, continuing her dedication to Roaring Fork.
And one sad note on the job front– this is Ginny Dyche’s final day on staff at Aspen Valley Hospital after 33 years. She’s been the hospital’s lead spokeswoman, has coordinated volunteers, and has become the key hospital historian over those decades. She’s done it all, and loved it…
Ginny 1 170331 :21 Q:…and the people…
That’s no surprise to those who’ve worked with Ginny, including CEO Dave Ressler…
Dressler ginny 1 :20 Q:…of her…
As Ginny Dyche steps away to enjoy more of her life with her husband, Jennifer Slaughter’s being brought in to succeed her. She’s a long-time local too, most recently having served as the public relations head of the Anderson Ranch arts complex in Snowmass Village.