45-year-old Garfield County resident Michael Montgomery is still wanted for the shooting murder of his own son-in-law. He is still at large, according to authorities, and could be anywhere by now. 45-year-old Michael Montgomery is that suspect. He’s accused of shooting 28-year-old Christopher Gallegos to death just over a week ago, on the 29th of last month. Rifle Police Chief Tommy Klein says Gallegos was killed by a shot to a head, that was not at all random. He updated city council this week, saying Rifle authorities are looking everywhere for Montgomery, and working with federal partners to improve the chances of tracking him down, bringing him back to this region if he’s in another state. He was arrested for meth in Silt in February of this year. Montgomery is white, about 5 feet 8 and 175 pounds, with tattoos on both arms. When last seen, he had shoulder-length dark hair, and a goatee. If you know anything about Michael Montgomery’s whereabouts, call Rifle Police at 665-6500, or call 911 wherever you are.
33-year-old Rebekah Chasten and her 3 children who were reported missing late Wednesday on the Roaring Fork Valley side of Eagle County, were found safe after only a few hours, at a hotel near Basalt. Chasten, who doesn’t have custody of her 8, 3, & 1 year old children, had reportedly been visiting them with their custodial parent Wednesday afternoon, when somehow she and the kids disappeared. Police launched a helicopter and the Eagle County Sheriff’s office called in numerous other agencies to help in the search. Then, an anonymous tip led them to the hotel, where Chasten had checked in a short time before with the kids. She’d last been seen before that, walking in a dry ditch east of El Jebel. The sheriff’s office had put out a report that she’d in their words, “been known to take off into the mountains before.” But again, all were found safe within a few hours Wednesday evening. It’s not yet clear whether Rebekah Chasten will face criminal charges.
57-year-old former cyclocross and mountain biking champion Steve Tilford of Topeka, Kansas was killed in a traffic crash late Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning on I-70 in eastern Utah, west of Grand Junction. The van he’d been driving had been heading east toward a friend’s Denver home, when it crashed through an overturned semi on the interstate. The Salt Lake Tribune reports Tilford had been standing outside the van surveying the damage, when a 2nd big rig plowed through the scene and hit him. Tilford had won the first ever American mountain bike championship as a teen back in 1983, and numerous titles since then.
American Airlines will begin new non-stop daily service from Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix to Aspen, next winter. The Aspen-Pitkin County Airport made the announcement at Wednesday’s Aspen Business Luncheon. The flights will leave Phoenix and 9:35 each morning and arrive in Aspen at 11:20, then the plane will turn around and depart Aspen at 11:53, landing back in Phoenix at 1:43. Airport officials say the improvement will make Phoenix the 10th city from which American, United, and Delta airlines serve Aspen with non-stop flights.
The executive director of Colorado’s American Civil Liberties Union speaks in Carbondale tomorrow night. Nathan Woodliff-Stanley will appear at the Carbondale Library from 7 til 8:30. He’s being brought in by the Mt. Sopris Historical Society, the library, and local philanthropist Jim Calaway, to talk about some of the big issues ACLU’s standing up for your rights on these days. Woodliff-Stanley’s talk tomorrow night will be free and open to the public.
And tonight from 6 til 10, it’s a big fundraiser for a school for the little ones… the Blue Lake Preschool! You’re invited to take part in Date Through The Year, from 6 til 10 at the Gathering Center at the Orchard in Carbondale. Raffle tickets will be 10 dollars or 3 for 25… the big Grand Prize will be 12 amazing dates, one for each month! Admission tickets are 25 bucks each in advance, 30 at the door. Silent auction, lots of door prizes, and dancing plus a super variety of food donated by local restaurants will be available. Raising money for the Blue Lake Preschool, tonight starting at 6, at the Gathering Center in Carbondale.