We’ll keep reminding you the next couple days– One of the biggest events in the construction of the new Grand Avenue Bridge in Glenwood Springs happens Friday evening. If you can alter your travel plans that afternoon, to get through the detour well before 7:00, the bridge team will appreciate that a lot. At that hour, crews are expected to start the first huge pouring of concrete for the new bridge deck. They’ll have about 12 concrete trucks an hour arriving to put concrete down for a dozen hours, 7:00 Friday night to 7 Saturday morning. Officials say it’s absolutely critical to get that pour done– if there’s bad weather Friday it’ll get moved to Saturday, and if it’s bad again they’ll try next weekend. Again, the bridge folks are urging you to plan ahead now and make an effort to leave work early or whatever you need to do, do be through the detour area before 7 Friday evening.
RFTA’s looking into allegations of racism against passengers by one of its bus drivers. The Post-Independent reports a Latina woman, preschool teacher Vanessa Caro is saying that a week or 2 ago, the driver had talked in a demeaning tones and terms to another few women of Hispanic heritage, on how to request a stop, whether they understood English, and such. Caro tells the paper she spoke up to the driver, who admitted he was treating the other women who were bilingual, as if they were in elementary school. Caro says her confrontation with that driver escalated to an argument, and by the time the downvalley-bound bus got to Carbondale, both she and the driver called police. RFTA CEO Dan Blankenship tells the Post that officials and the driver watched video of the incident together, and the driver expressed genuine remorse for the way he treated the women. Caro’s concerned that by the end of last week, she hadn’t heard from RFTA, at least to get an apology from the driver.
The Aspen Times reported this week, on major allegations of embezzlement, at the All Valley Women’s Care Clinic at Aspen Valley Hospital. Former office manager Shannon Nagle, whose own sister is one of the clinic’s doctors, has admitted to Aspen Police in court documents, that she’s stolen many hundreds of thousands of dollars, potentially more than a million, from that operation over the 6 years she worked there. As far as an alleged crime in district court, though, Nagle’s only accused of taking over $660,000 between July of 2015 and December of last year. She’s accused of a count each of felony theft, and felony computer crimes. Nagle turned herself in Jefferson County last week. In affidavits, Nagle admits resentment toward her sister fueled the anger that made her steal, and over the years she was able to rationalize all kinds of reasons to take the clinic’s money. The hospital hasn’t commented, saying while the clinic operates there, it’s a separate business.
Also from the Times, city council’s expected to meet Monday to consider terms of Aspen’s lease of space in the Wheeler Opera House with the Justice Snow’s restaurant and bar. Lawyers for Justice Snow’s are asking for an adjustment in the lease, so it could close for a couple months to rework its operations. It would like to take a shutdown for changes in staffing, menus, and more. Co-owner Michelle Kiley says the restaurant isn’t sustainable without significant changes. It’s been operating in the space the last 6 years.
And the Aspen Filmfest continues its’ 39th annual event later today, with movies through Sunday at the Wheeler and at the Isis Theater in Aspen, as well as at the Crystal Theater in Carbondale. There’s a panel discussion at the Isis this afternoon, and 3 big movies at the Wheeler– “Letters from Baghdad,” “Bombshell,” the story of actress and longtime Aspen local Hedy Lamarr, and “The Keeping Hours.” Check these and more out at aspen film dot org.