Former Aspen police chief joins ski patrol |

Former Aspen police chief joins ski patrol

ASPEN – Former Police Chief Loren Ryerson is now a member of the ski patrol at Snowmass ski area.Ryerson resigned as chief last month after an investigation into allegations that he sexually harassed female employees. The city’s insurance carrier, the Colorado Intergovernmental Risk Sharing Agency, found that Ryerson may have acted inappropriately but his actions did not rise to the level requiring severe disciplinary action.Ryerson was offered his job back but stepped down, leaving acting Police Chief Richard Pryor in charge.Aspen Skiing Co. spokesman Jeff Hanle said the company did not consider the reason Ryerson left the police department when hiring him this month.Ryerson worked on the patrol more than a decade ago. For the past few years, he has been an on-mountain ambassador, answering questions and handing out cookies.”He had an exemplary record on patrol,” said Hanle. “He has an exemplary record as an ambassador the last few years. He applied, was well qualified and so he was hired.”Whitewater park planned in Colorado River near Glenwood SpringsGLENWOOD SPRINGS – Work has begun on an $890,000 whitewater park in the Colorado River west of Glenwood Springs for kayakers, rafters and river-runners.Crews are preparing to divert the river to one side of its bed so they can install artificial boulders that will create a standing wave. Boaters will still be able to bypass the wave.The water park is expected to be finished by March.Jason Carey of Glenwood Springs-based, which designed the park, says construction has to be done in the winter when the water is low enough to be controlled.Colorado Springs ties record for homicides in 2007COLORADO SPRINGS – Colorado Springs has tied a grim record with 28 homicides in 2007.Police say the city also had 28 homicides in 1991.This year’s total was first thought to be a record, because the 1991 figure had been recorded as 27. But police discovered the 1991 number had been miscalculated and was one more than originally reported.The 28th homicide of this year came last week when 31-year-old Adrian Jimenez-Torrez was fatally shot.Community corrections facility planned in MontroseMONTROSE – Montrose County officials are ironing out details for a community corrections facility to be built next to the county justice center in Montrose.Community corrections is an alternative to prison for people convicted of minor crimes. Inmates are monitored, get training and counseling and are required to hold jobs and pay room and board.Montrose County currently sends its community corrections inmates to centers elsewhere.Officials had settled on another location but that plan was scuttled in March after residents complained the site was too close to a school and a neighborhood.The facility would be built and operated by Intervention Community Corrections Services under a contract with the Seventh Judicial District Community Corrections Board.Pueblo to build new police buildingPUEBLO – Construction of a new headquarters building for the Pueblo Police Department is expected to begin in 2008 after years of delays.Cost estimates range from $25 million to $30 million. The building is expected to open in December 2009.Voters rejected the project twice, in 1997 and 2003, before approving it in 2004. Since then, city officials have been sorting out questions about funding and location.- The Associated Press

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