A lot of folks nationwide are on a hair trigger response in the last few weeks, since that deadly mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. Wednesday, there was a scare for a short time, that there could be a gun in a school near here…
The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office released word in the afternoon that a little before 11 Wednesday morning, deputies were dispatched to the Homestake Peak School in Eagle-Vail, responding to a report of a potential threat there. The sheriff’s department says the deputies and school staff were able to handle the “issue” within a few minutes, determining that what had caused the concern at that school was a toy gun. According to the Vail Daily, one student carried it into the building, and 2 others saw it and reported it. That Homestake Peak School was reportedly put on lockdown for only a brief time, estimated to only be around 15 minutes. No one was injured. After it was determined there was no threat, deputies and teachers walked around reassuring students they were safe, and answering questions. The Sheriff’s news release says students and faculty did the right things, acting to address right away what they thought could’ve been a threatening situation. The school district sent an email to parents to let them know what had happened, and classes then continued normally the rest of the day.
Another school had been jam-packed Tuesday, with way more students on hand that its usual few hundred. The occasion at Roaring Fork High in Carbondale had been the 4th annual GlenX Spring Career Expo, with an estimated 2000 teens attending from all over the valley, representing not only Fork, but Basalt, Yampah Mountain High, Glenwood Springs, the Bridges School, and Aspen. Potential post-school opportunities were offered by almost 150 businesses, colleges, the military, non-profits, and more.
The Aspen Times reports the federal Securities & Exchange Commission is lowering the boom on 67-year-old Denver resident and former cannabis entrepreneur Jeffrey Friedland. The SEC’s filed an action against Friedland this week, along with an emergency request to freeze his assets. The commission alleges Friedland committed a multi-million-dollar securities fraud by dumping shares in an Israeli medical weed firm, the proceeds of which gave Friedland and his wife the cash to buy a Snowmass Village home and much more in the last couple years. Read all the details in the Times today.
Local town council forums were held Monday night in advance of Tuesday’s statewide political caucuses. We told you about the one attended by Basalt candidates, who mostly concentrated on their town’s big issue of that 2.3 acre property that used to be a mobile home park. Carbondale had its forum that same evening, with 5 candidates running for 4 available positions, on what in their town is called the board of trustees. There are 3 incumbents, but they’re running for election for the first time, having all been appointed. They’re Luis Yllanes, Heather Henry, and Erica Sparhawk. Lani Kitching and April Spaulding are seeking seats on the board as well, and Mayor Dan Richardson’s unopposed in his re-election bid. All the candidates spoke of Carbondale’s unique character and the need to preserve that atmosphere, while balancing that with growth, and making sure there’s enough future housing. All also expressed support for the April ballot issue that could extend a current mill levy for another decade.
And remember as we’ve been reminding you all week on the Community Desk… the big Community Open House on the Castle Creek Bridge & Hallam Street Improvement Project at the entrance to Aspen is on tap this evening at 5, at the Pitkin County Library. You’ll be able to check out the maps of detour routes, and maybe be able to plan your travel for later this spring, and again in the fall. The work begins early next month. Widening the sidewalks, patching the bridge’s potholes, and more will be done, and traffic will be slowed. Check out the Castle Creek Bridge open house at 5 tonight, at the Pitkin County Library.
Also coming up at 5:30 tonight, join Aspen Valley Hospital’s Dr. Waqqar Khan-Farooqi at the Basalt Regional Library, for an OrthoAspen talk on Problems With The Heel. It’s the next installment in the Ortho Aspen Winter Lecture Series, a free event, at 5:30, at the library in Basalt.