Colorado News Roundup: Aspen’s planned affordable housing to sell for $1.3 million each (05.19.16)
Here’s what’s going on around Colorado today:
PLANNED AFFORDABLE HOUSING TO SELL FOR $1.3 MILLION EACH
ASPEN, Colo. — The four homes planned for an Aspen affordable housing complex will cost upward of $1.3 million each.
The Aspen Times reports the council decided against subsidizing the homes as the city has done with other affordable housing.
Land Title Guarantee Co. says the average single-family home price in Aspen was almost $5.9 million last year.
Councilman Adam Frisch said selling the homes at cost is still less than the $2 million price they’d carry on the market.
A single contractor bid on the project.
Aspen’s capital asset director cited the tight market, maxed resources and difficulty getting a deep pool of proposals.
Housing lottery eligibility will extend to applicants who don’t meet requirements for subsidized housing but earn too little to purchase on the open market, among other criteria.
COLORADO CONSIDERS EXPANDING REMOTE AVALANCHE CONTROL SYSTEM
DENVER, Colo. — Colorado transportation officials say they are impressed with the success of a remote avalanche control system and are considering expanding its use.
The Denver Post reports that French-made Gazex exploders kept Berthoud Pass on U.S. Route 40 open all winter. The system also kept the pass free of avalanche debris from the Stanley and Loveland slide paths, saved money and limited workers’ exposure to dangerous explosives.
Crews used to fire about $200 Avalauncher cannon rounds on Loveland Pass each winter. This year, remote workers used computers to trigger the compressed air blasts from the Gazex system. They used fewer rounds with a higher success rate.
The Colorado Department of Transportation hopes to place the Gazex exploders on more of the 278 slide paths that could impact mountain roads.
STUDENT ACCUSED OF PUNCHING SUBSTITUTE TEACHER OVER GRADE
A high school student in El Paso County was arrested earlier this week on suspicion of punching a substitute teacher during an altercation over a grade, officials say.
Jacqueline Kirby, a spokeswoman for the county sheriff’s office, said the incident happened Monday at Mesa Ridge High School south of Colorado Springs.
“He didn’t agree with the grade she felt he should get,” Kirby said.
The physical assault escalated from a verbal altercation, she explained. The student was taken into custody on suspicion of third-degree assault, disorderly conduct and interfering with staff at an educational institution.
The assault ended when other students pulled the suspect student off the teacher, according to Kirby.
“The teacher is fine,” Kirby said. “She’s expected to make a full recovery.”
KKTV-TV in Colorado Springs, which first reported the case, said the substitute teacher was pregnant. Samantha Briggs, spokeswoman for Widefield School District 3, said she could not discuss the teacher’s personal details.
Briggs said the student involved was “appropriately disciplined,” but did not elaborate.
TEACHER STABBED IN BOTCHED GOLDEN HOME INVASION IMPROVING
GOLDEN, Colo. — A Golden middle school teacher stabbed while trying to defend his home from three intruders who broke into the wrong house is improving as police search for two suspects.
Jesse Swift was stabbed by a 21-year-old suspect after confronting them during Monday night’s botched home invasion. The Jefferson County School District said Wednesday that he is in stable condition.
Police say Swift, who grabbed a kitchen knife, also stabbed the same suspect, who is also hospitalized.
Police say the young men were expecting to find $10,000 in cash and drugs.
RETIRED COLONEL PLEADS GUILTY IN CRASH THAT KILLED TROOPER
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. — A retired Army colonel involved in a hit-and-run crash that killed a Colorado State Patrol trooper has pleaded guilty to two felonies.
Eric Henderson appeared in court in Castle Rock on Wednesday and pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide while driving under the influence, as well as evidence tampering stemming from the Nov. 15 crash that killed 33-year-old Trooper Jaimie Jursevics. The Denver Post reports the judge dismissed three other counts as part of a plea deal.
Prosecutors say Henderson, who is due for sentencing June 28, spent the day drinking at a Broncos game before he hit the trooper as she investigated a crash on Interstate 25 in Castle Rock.
The 52-year-old retired from the Army in June 2013 after a 27-year career.
Jursevics left behind a husband and an infant daughter.
SMALL PLANE CRASH IN KIOWA COUNTY LEAVES ONE DEAD
A single-engine plane crash in Kiowa County on Wednesday morning has left one person dead, authorities say.
Micki Trost, spokeswoman for the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, said the crash was reported about 9:30 a.m. by a 911 caller.
The crash happened near Kiowa County Road 71 and Colorado 96 southeast of Sheridan Lake. The scene is just west of the Kansas border.
The Kiowa County Sheriff’s Office responded to the crash and is securing the scene, according to Trost.
Allen Kenitzer, spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said the plane was a Cessna 210 and that it went down under “unknown circumstances.”
He said local authorities reported only one person — the pilot — was aboard.
The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.
— The Associated Press, The Denver Post
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