A local sports shocker… as 14-year Glenwood Springs High School football coach Rocky Whitworth has stepped down. Whitworth says in an email to the Post-Independent, in his words, “it’s time for a new message.” Whitworth adds his belief that his departure is in the best interests of the players, and the Demon program. The Coach has been in education more than 40 years. His Demon club won a 3A state football championship in 2008. He ends his Glenwood career with a total of 98 wins. Athletic Director and former Coach Craig Denney says the school hates to lose Whitworth, and expects to begin its search for the next coach after the first of the year. Denney says Whitworth’s former staff of assistants are being invited to stick with the program.
Down southwest, everything seemed to get back to normal with classes reopening at Telluride Middle & High School Tuesday. That, after a weekend Snapchat from a student appeared to threaten a Columbine-like shooting massacre. Counselors talked to students following the Sunday threat. Superintendent Mike Gass was pleased with the way that went, along with the discussion he held with parents…
Gass says the situation was handled about as well as possible, when a student first seeing the Snapchat notified a parent, who told a teacher, who reached out to Gass, who notified law enforcement. A high school boy was immediately detained Sunday, and put in protective custody. Police say a couple guns were found at his home. Other students are still being interviewed.
You might’ve missed this in recent days… another resignation. 36-year-old Aspen Police Officer Kristine Accordino left her job after about a year on the force. Accordino’s said to admitted lying about the revocation of a drunk driving suspect’s driver’s license during a state revenue department hearing. Accordino apparently had to change her testimony at that hearing, having told a colleague she hadn’t read reports about the case when she actually had. Assistant Chief Linda Consuegra told the Aspen Times the integrity of all officers is key, and the trust the community places in them is the most important thing to maintain.
They counted and recounted multiple times since the election on the 7th of this month in New Castle, and must have been doing something right since the numbers always matched. But, that ends up not being great for the town, because on a final tie vote of 440 to 440, the proposal to have New Castle start collecting the 3 and a half percent use tax other communities get when a local buys a car… has failed. That tax will not start being collected in New Castle. If it had been enacted, local leaders had planned to use the money on the promotion of public safety, as well as improvements to local sports and recreation facilities. Without the extra cash, town leaders say some desired projects may not go forward, and belts will have to be tightened. New Castle remains the only Garfield County community not collecting that tax. Estimates are it could have generated as much as $330,000 a year for the town.
We’ve talked a lot the last couple years about the many ways available to drive less around the Roaring Fork Valley, and especially around Aspen, and how that’s all pretty easy to do. Can you believe then… that officials actually plan to make it easier still? The Daily News reports Aspen’s We-Cycle program, where you can borrow a bicycle at numerous locations in the city, and now all the way downvalley to El Jebel, is going to be free next spring & summer. Free just for the first half-hour, but that’s the basic amount of time most people use the bikes anyway. Aspen City Council has allocated $145,000 as a grant to help finance the new free version of the bike-sharing program. We-Cycle has reported ridership growth each of the 5 years it’s been operating as an extension of mass transit, not really a recreational service.