More info continues to trickle out, oddly on social media, about the fall that teen girl took from the 4th floor of the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs last week. 16-year-old Amber Benallou’s mom Lily has been posting since late last Tuesday on a Facebook Montrose message board about her daughter’s condition. Ms. Benallou pointed out the stunning number of broken bones Amber had suffered, the damage to her internal organs, all while surprisingly hanging onto life. Sunday, Benallou posted that doctors had successfully removed a tooth from one of Amber’s lungs, while taking care of other respiratory issues. Saturday, she told her community that the teen had suddenly regained consciousness for the first time since the fall, and responded to a doctor calling her by name. Benallou added, however, that her daughter’s condition is still very critical, and she thanked fellow Montrose residents for their prayers. There’s no word yet from Glenwood Springs officials’ investigation on just how Amber fell from the hotel in the first place.
At the end of last week, 34-year-old Sarah Maillet of Gypsum became the first Garfield County Jail inmate to kill him or herself there in 8 years. She’d been a minimum security inmate, only in jail on minor failure to comply and failure to appear in court charges, but using the long underwear she’d been given, Maillet managed to make a noose and hang herself Thursday evening. Authorities don’t know why, with no note or any other indication or her motivation. Maillet was first publicly identified over the weekend, after police had been able to reach her next of kin.
Authorities in Aspen are still looking into the management by former Red Brick Council for the Arts Director Angela Marasco Callen, who’s alleged to have stolen as much as $150,000 while managing the local Red Brick Center for 4 years, until earlier this year. The ongoing probe became a stumbling block last week, when 4 of the 5 members of Aspen City Council declined to give the Red Brick its usual yearly grant of $30,000 from the Wheeler Opera House fund. Councilwoman Ann Mullins, who also serves on the board of the Red Brick Council, was the only member in favor of allocating the funds before the investigation’s over, reasoning that now might be the time the legitimate council and center need the money more than ever. There’s time available for the appropriation to be made, however, with the final call not due to be made until next month, and checks not written until next April.
Drones are becoming ever more popular these days for a variety of purposes… but they’re also not OK for everything. State wildlife authorities say hunters seem to be using them to locate animals scouting locations. The Parks & Wildlife department points out any kind of drone use related to your hunt is not sporting at all, and very illegal. Drones are banned from CPW lands for hunters and non-hunters as well. And severe penalties are in place if you decide to try it… fines for drone use linked to hunting can range anywhere from $70 to $125,000.
And in case you missed it at the end of the week, congratulations again to the new director of Lift-UP, the non-profit that provides food up and down the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond from Aspen all the way to DeBeque. She’s Amy Barr, former head of the local United Way, who’s worked with the Salvation Army in the past and is a member of the Garfield County Human Services Commission. She succeeds Kim Loving, who retired decades early, to pursue travel opportunities with her husband.
Briefly from Sports– high school football over the weekend was highlighted by Number 8 Basalt hammering Coal Ridge, 54 to 14. More details on that game, plus the other local scores and what else has been happening with the fall prep sports, on our High School Sports Report in just a few moments, here on The Mammoth.