Friday, December 28, 2012

Friday December 28, 2012

Mesa County Sheriff's officials are looking into a report of a 6 year old who shot himself at a home in Clifton.  They say the boy discharged a .22 rifle and was taken to the hospital by a family member with non life threatening injuries. The circumstances are under investigation.

A late Christmas present from Ute Water.  A tap fee increase set to go into effect January 1st has been postponed until February 1st.  Spokesman Joe Burtard says the board decided it makes sense to give contractors and the general public more time to get necessary paperwork filed with appropriate agencies.

The BLM has approved the expansion of Arch Coal's West Elk mine in Somerset. The mine provides about $2 million in annual tax revenue to Gunnison County, and the expansion will allow up to 19 million more tons of coal mine each year for the next three years.

Crime Stoppers of Mesa County is looking for information about the theft of copper wiring cut from two heating and cooling units on the roof at Big Lots in the Teller Arms Shopping Center. The value of the wiring and damage is more than $35,000. You can call 241 stop with information.

Wildlife officials in Boulder are looking into two reports of coyotes threatening people on the Boulder Creek Path. he first incident was Monday when a woman fended off the coyote with a stick, then yesterday morning, a man on a bicycle was chased by a coyote.  Officials tell the Boulder Daily Camera people approached by coyotes should yell, stomp, or use a stick to try and retrain the animals from approaching humans.

Holiday storms have taken away concerns about Colorado's drought, but climate researchers say it's way too early to relax.  State Climatologist Nolan Doesken says forecasts for early 2013 are fairly dry and the long range outlook is uncertain.  According to the Denver Post, The U.S. Drought Monitor shows conditions moderate along the northern Front Range. Severe in an uneven swath from northern to southwestern Colorado, either extreme or exceptional drought conditions in the rest of the state.

News of the death of General Norman Schwarzkopf is bringing back fond memories of the man who called Telluride home for many years.  Schwartzkopf was a board member of the Telluride Foundation which raises money for local charities.  The foundation's chief executive tells The Denver Post the general enjoyed leading veterans down main Street during the town's 4th of July parades and was involved in many local activities.

A Jefferson County judge has closed the preliminary hearing for 17 year old Austin Sigg, accused of killing Jessica Ridgeway in Westminster in October.  The judge made the ruling, saying media coverage would taint the jury pool.  The Jefferson County DA's Office says the public has a right to know how the case is proceeding.  Several media outlets are also challenging the ruling.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Thursday December 27, 2012

A 70 year old man who pled guilty to dealing meth in Grand Junction in 2008 has lost his latest appeal.  Robert Hakel, also known as Grandpa, was sentenced to 32-years after pleading guilty to possession of a controlled substance for sale, possession of a weapon by a previous offender, and solicitation to commit first degree murder.  According to the Daily Sentinel, Hakel argued he was coerced into the plea deal and that the judge in the case has made errors.  The Colorado Court of appeals upheld the convictions two weeks ago.

The Telluride Avalanche School is holding courses in January, February and March.  The Telluride Daily Planet says the Avalanche awareness courses start with Level One in January and February and Level 2 in March.  6 Monday evening courses are scheduled throughout the winter.

The snow is piling up in western Colorado, but it has to continue if it's to have an impact on the drought. The Colorado River Water Conservation District tells the Daily Sentinel this early season snow helps, but they're keeping an eye out for heavy moisture laden snow in March and April.

Potential gun buyers in Colorado are being forced to wait several days or longer before being allowed to purchase a firearm. Earlier this month, waits were just 15 minutes, but background checks required by law are now up to 100 hours.  According to the Denver Post, the CBI says it was running about 3,000 checks a day, that number now is up to 3,000.

Colorado's snowpack is improving.  On November 26th, snowpack in northwest Colorado was 48% of average. The Denver Post says by December 20th, the snowpack was at 75%, and that was before another 12 inches on Christmas Eve and Christmas.  Even more snow is expected in the northwest mountains through tonight.

CDOT has closed the west Glenwood rest area as part of a plan to close four rest areas in the state.  The one in Glenwood was to close in March, but was shutdown now because of sewer issues. It will be redesigned as emergency parking for trucks.  The closing of the rest areas is expected to save CDOT $300,000 a year in maintenance costs.

A bad year for bear food in Colorado has led to one of the worst years ever for conflicts between humans and bears.  Colorado Parks and Wildlife says 100 bears were euthanized through November this year, compared with only 32 in 2011. In 2009, 59 bears were killed.

A Niwot [nye-watt] garbage man is expected to survive after being dragged 100 feet underneath an SUV.  The accident happened yesterday morning when the man was attempted to cross a road and slipped on the ice.  An SUV was unable to stop, hit the man, then dragged him.  The State Patrol says slick roads were a factor in the crash and the driver won't be cited.

High dollar real estate in Aspen is booming and is expected to continue through the end of the year.  Some property brokers tell the Aspen Times the anticipated capital gains tax hikes from 15 to 20% is the reason.  Between December 1st and yesterday, 30 sales of $1 million or more were recorded.  In December of last year, nearly $78 million in sales were recorded.  So far this month, $135 million real estate sales have been recorded.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Wednesday December 26, 2012

Lots of powder around the Grand Valley, and at the Powderhorn Resort, too.  The ski area reported 16 new inches of snow by yesterday and had bragging rights to the best new powder in the state.  The mid-mountain depth was 38 inches, behind only Wolf Creek and Steamboat Springs.

If you want to ski in Aspen, Vail or Beaver Creek, you better have a pretty big wallet.  Single-day lift tickets in Aspen are now $119 with a $5 rebate at the end of the day. Lift tickets at Vail and Beaver Creek are $122.  If you want to stay closer to home and get the most powder in the state, you can go to Powderhorn and get a $59 lift ticket.

The average price of gas in Colorado fell an average 9 1/2 cents a gallon to start the week at $3.05. says that's down nearly 3 cents a gallon from the same time last year.  The Colorado average has dropped nearly 33 cents a gallon in the past month.

Colorado Ethics Watch wants to take politics out of the Secretary of State's office and the group is proposing changing the office from elected to appointed.  According to The Daily Sentinel, Luis Toro who heads up Ethics Watch says the discussion should move beyond the Secretary of State's office to County Clerk and Recorders.  Any change would have to go before voters.

The City of Fruita has something to work on in the new year.  Possible upgrades to Civic Center Park.  The Daily Sentinel says funding hasn't been set aside yet, but could start with $50,000 in next year's budget.  Improvements could include playground areas and fountains, along with new shelters and restroom facilities.

Roads in Western Colorado are still slick this morning and if you thought that was going to change, think again.  The National Weather Service says a new system is moving in today with light snow showers starting by late this morning. Heavier snow is expected later this afternoon with 2 to 4 inches falling by tomorrow. 4 to 10 inches are expected in higher areas and the mountains are looking at 8 to 14 inches before the storm moves out Friday.  The weekend looks dry so far, but another storm is on the way Monday and Tuesday.

Avalanche danger on the Grand Mesa is high following storms early this week.  The Colorado Avalanche Information Center says 20 to 24 inches of snow on top of old snowpack has increased the danger to High on slopes facing northwest through treeline. The latest avalanche forecasts are available on the CAIC website.

Grand Junction Police Officers and Mesa County Sheriff's Deputies are bowling tomorrow, and inviting kids to join in.  It's the annual Bowl-with-a-cop from 10 until 2 at Orchard Mesa Lanes.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Friday December 21, 2012

The FBI is looking for a former palisade man on charges of sexual assault on a child.  A Federal warrant was issued in June for 59 year old James Tiner, accusing him of sexually assaulting an 8 year old girl who went to his home for music lessons in Palisade in 2009 and 10. The Daily Sentinel says Tiner was last seen in Palisade in April and in Arkansas in June.

Schools between Rifle and New Castle placed on a "soft lockdown" yesterday after a suspicious incident on I-70. A motorist reported a man walking away from a disabled car and when dispatchers ran the plate, it came back stolen out of Missouri. The soft lockdown was ordered as law enforcement looked for the man.  He was never located and the lockdown lifted by 12:30 yesterday.

Colorado Senator Mark Udall is backing a comprehensive plan to curb gun violence and mass shootings. The plan includes a possible ban on assault weapons ... Udall says the plan would ban military-style weapons and be crafted to ensure better background checks for gun purchases and bolster mental health services while respecting the Second Amendment.

The Colorado Lottery is using its 2,200 lottery promotion signs to broadcast Amber Alerts, with plans to install another 600 of the 19 inch monitors around the state.  The program was used for the first time this week to broadcast the abduction of a Colorado Springs toddler, ultimately found safe. Only the Amber Alerts will appear on the monitors as long as they are active. Lottery officials say they hope the move leads to helping more victims.

A Commerce City police officer could lose his job after shooting a dog to death last month.  The dog was reported vicious, then shot five times.  A neighbor videoed the killing and released it on social media.  According to the Denver Post, the Adams County DA is still investigating, and yesterday said one officer will be charged with Felony Aggravated Cruelty to Animals.

State economists say "fiscal cliff" negotiations are preventing stronger growth in Colorado, even as tax receipts are higher than expected and improvements in the housing market and personal income.  According to the Denver Post, the legislature's chief economist says as long as the fiscal cliff looms, Colorado's and the nation's economies will grow significantly below potential.

Officials at the Breckenridge Ski Resort say it took nearly 3 hours to evacuate 40 skiers and snow boarders from a ski lift yesterday.  A resort spokeswoman says a mechanical error stopped the lift around 1:30 yesterday afternoon, the last occupant evacuated by rope at about 4:15.

Ski resorts fighting for water rights on land leased from the US Forest Service have gotten some good news.  The Daily Sentinel says a federal judge ruled yesterday that the Forest Service cannot require ski resorts to surrender new water rights as part of their leases. Besides ski areas, Club 20 is weighing in on the ruling calling it a victory for western Colorado and Colorado water law.

A Grand Junction man who pled guilty to killing a woman walking on a sidewalk in October of 2011 will serve 7 years in Community Corrections.  22 year old Joseph Weixel was sentenced under a plea agreement yesterday.  According to the Daily Sentinel, Weixel was accused of driving under the influence, but evidence of that was sketchy.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Thursday December 20, 2012

Two men are being treated for stab wounds after an altercation at a Clifton trailer park.  Mesa County Sheriff's spokeswoman Heather Benjamin says the two apparently stabbed each other last night.  A witness was being questioned. Investigators still looking for a motive.

The Secretary of State's office is out with a Top Ten list for wise giving.  They say it's really important, especially around the holidays to make sure the charity you're helping is legitimate.  The top ten list for checking out a charity is available on the Colorado state website.

The BLM is extending the public comment period to January 18th on a Genesis Gas & Oil expansion plan near the town of Mesa. Existing roads will be used an another 3 and 1/2 miles of road are planned.  The detailed proposal is available at the BLM.

A group calling themselves the Fiscal Cliffmas Carolers is stopping at Congressman Scott Tipton's Grand Junction office later this morning, putting their views to music.  The singers say all they want for Christmas is to see Tipton put the middle class over millionaires and ask the top 2% to pay their fair share.

Heavy snow overnight Tuesday into Wednesday is providing a little relief from the drought, but not much.  The Bureau of Reclamation tells The Daily Sentinel numbers on the moisture content of the snow won't be available for a while, and with the snowpack at only 39% of average at the end of last month, a whole lot more is needed just to get up to average.

A Grand Junction mother has come up with a unique way to honor the memories of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting.  Annie Wright has hung 26 Christmas stockings on a tree between Pitkin and Ute Avenues at 15th Street.  She's encouraging anyone who wants to, to leave a note to the families.  She says she'll send them to Connecticut January 7th.

Governor John Hickenlooper is calling for a moment of silence tomorrow to honor the 26 people killed at Sandy Hook elementary school last week. People all over the country plan a silent memorial at 9:30 Colorado time.  Hickenlooper made the call after a request from CT Governor Dannel Malloy asked all of the country's governors to join the moment. Churches and government buildings in CT also plan to ring bells 26 times to honor each person killed.

Grand Junction reporting a total 4.6 inches of snow in this week's storm and now the state's climatologist says favorable storm-tracking means more snow is possible through the end of the year.  Nolan Doesken tells the Denver Post snowpack in many of the state's river basins has climbed as much as 30% in the past ten days, with the Yampa and White river basins at 80% of average.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Wednesday December 19, 2012

All schools in Mesa County are on a regular schedule this morning.  The district's website, says officials have been driving the routes since early morning and have determined schools can open safely at their regular times. School officials say they'll be flexible and understanding should any students arrive late.

The city of Grand Junction is under accident alert.  That means any accident not involving injury, alcohol or major damage can be reported later. Drivers in minor crashes should make a report at the Police Department lobby within the next 48 hours.

4 to 6 inches of snow across the Grand Valley overnight with snow showers expected to continue this morning and taper off through mid-morning.  Highway 65 is closed over the top of the Grand Mesa this morning for avalanche control. Chain laws were in effect on Hwy 139 over Douglas Pass and 550 south over Red Mountain, Molas and Coal Bank Passes. Chain laws also in effect over Vail Pass and at the Eisenhower tunnel.

No Grand Junction stage in the USA Pro Challenge next year.  That's what the local organizing committee is telling the Daily Sentinel this morning. Grand Junction has applied for a stage of the race for the past two years and was turned down. The committee says the professional cycling race wants to concentrate on more populated towns on the front range.

Ute Water is the latest Grand Valley Water provider to announce rate hikes for the coming year.  The base rate will go from $15 to $17 for 3,000 gallons and 10 cents for each tier above that.

A former Palisade man now living in Colorado Springs wants records of his conviction on rape and murder charges sealed after being cleared of the crime earlier this year.  Robert Dewey spent nearly 16 years in prison on the 1994 conviction.  The Daily Sentinel says Dewey's lawyers filed the request Monday saying because of Dewey's innocence, the records should be sealed.

Former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter is being considered as Energy Secretary.  Ritter right now is director of Colorado State University's Center for the New Energy Economy.  He says he's flattered to be considered, but looks forward to continuing his role meeting with governors, legislators and regulators across the country in a non-partisan effort to discuss energy efforts.

Montrose Police are investigating reports of counterfeit $20 bills being passed within the city. They're reminding people and businesses to be aware of any suspicious looking money in any denomination and report any suspected fake money.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Friday December 7, 2012

Grand Jucntion Police are investigating an explosion at a house on N. 23rd Street.  Apparently something inside a safe blew up injuring a man and woman in the house. Both were taken to the hospital.  Police are still lookng for the cause of the blast.

A Mesa County District Judge has granted an emergency injunction to block plans to cremate the bodies of Tyler and William Jensen. The boys' mother has requested the cremation, their fraternal grandparents instead want the children buried next to their father who was killed in a car crash in October.  Judge Thomas Deister has ordered the grandparents to post a $5,000 bond since the bodies are in the custody of Callahan-Edfast Mortuary.

A tentative plea agreement means 26 year old Justin Keel could face 24 to 36 years in prison in the death of his girl friend's 19-month old son Owen Reak.  The little boy died in April.  The Daily Sentinel says Keel is expected to plead guilty to  one count of child abuse resulting in death.  In exchange the DA's office is to dismiss other charges including first degree murder in exchange.

One of Grand Junction's Deputy Police Chiefs is on his way to Commerce City, having been named their new Chief of Police.  Troy Smith was with Grand Junction for 9 years.  While here, Smith received the Grand Junction Police Department’s Award of Excellence and the Colorado State Police Chief’s Executive Innovation Award.  He starts in Commerce City Next month.

Grand Junction Rotary and Kiwanis are holding their annual Salvation Army Bell ring-off tomorrow.  Rotary mans the kettles from 10 to noon, Kiwanis from noon to 2:00. The Salvation Army says the competition annually raises for projects for kids throughout the year.

Wal-Marts in Delta and Grand Junction are holding a first-ever "Fill the Truck" event tomorrow from 9 to 5.  The stores will have barrels at each door and will accept new unwrapped toys and coats for children in need.  The Colorado Army National Guard will be there to help load  the toys and will also have some equipment for kids to play on.

Police in Delta have released the name of a man killed when his bicycle was hit by a pickup Wednesday night.  63 year old Craig Warren Hampton of Delta suffered serious injuries and was flown to Grand Junction where he later died.  The accident is still under investigation.

Some Central High School students are doing their part to help make Christmas merrier for folks who need a little help. The collected donations and are handing them out tomorrow.  Food, clothing, toiletries, toys and more are available at the school cafeteria all day tomorrow.

The Fruita Chamber of Commerce has a new director, Shauna Davies.  She's been with the Chamber for a long time and acted as interim director since May.  Chamber Board President John Burwell tells the Daily Sentinel Davies length of service and knowledge of the group led to her becoming the head.

19 horses have been found dead at the Wild Horse Inmate Program outside Canyon City.  BLM officials are trying to figure out what happened.  They say some of the horses were dead in a pen and others nearby were so sick they were put down.  Tests are underway on water and hay samples.  Since 1986, 5,000 horses have been trained by inmates in the program.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Thursday December 6, 2012

Delta Police are investigating the death of a person hit by a pickup last night. He was crossing Highway 92 near Henrie Street around 8:00 last night when he was struck. He was seriously injured and flown to Grand Junction where he died of his injuries.

Grand Junction City Council has signed off on the 2013 budget.  The city continues to grow since significant cuts in 2009.  Next year's $145.8 million budget includes 13 new positions which leaves the city with 69 fewer positions than in 2009.  The plan includes parks improvements, Avalon Theater renovation, and street overlay increases.  You can look at the entire budget on the city's website

CMU Cycling Coach Rick Crawford has admitted involvement in professional cycling doping more than ten years ago. The University says Crawford will continue to coach and will serve 500 hours of community service in anti doping education for the US Anti-Doping Agency.  Former professional cyclist and outspoken anti-doping advocate Scott Mercier has signed on to act as Director of CMU cycling.

The grandmother of two boys who died in suspicious circumstances on the Grand Mesa has gone to court to try and have the boys' remains buried next to their father, her son Eric Jenson, who was killed in a car crash in October. According to the Daily Sentinel, the grandmother, Diane Mathena, believes the boys' mother wants to have the remains cremated. The matter hasn't been set for a hearing.

The Colorado Secretary of State's Office is set to certify the results of the November election and several Colorado business and advocacy organizations — including the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce and Club 20 have sent a letter to US Attorney General Eric Holder to make clear whether he intends to enforce federal laws against marijuana sale, use, and possession.  Club 20 tells the Daily Sentinel businesses and agencies that must comply with federal law need to know Holder's intentions so they can figure out how to handle issues relating to Colorado's new law.

It's dry in Colorado, especially in the Colorado River, and Yampa and White River basins where snowpack is 39 and 37%. Statewide snowpack is 41% of normal.  Snow IS expected in the next few days, up to 6 inches or more in the northern mountains.

The figures are in from Colorado Gives Day: a record $15 million was raised for local nonprofits around Colorado.  Officials say 68,000 donations were made, from $10- all the way to one donor who gave $44,000 to 96 different charities.

SWAT teams from the Grand Junction Police and Mesa County Sheriff's Departments are holding their annual toy drive Saturday from 11 to 3 at Mesa Mall next to Target.  The teams are bringing their armored rescue vehicle and collecting toys for the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots. Kids can get in the BearCat and have a chance to win prizes.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Wednesday December 5, 2012

For the past few years, Coloradans Against Auto Theft have been pointing out the dangers of warming up your car, leaving it running with the doors unlocked.  In the Grand Valley,  the Western Colorado Auto Theft Taskforce is taking it a step further.  Grand unction Police, the state patrol, and the Mesa County Sheriff's and DA's offices are rolling in safety tips, and steps to protect your car from theft.  They say it's important to be extra careful during the holidays.

Colorado Democrats are smiling today. Senator Michael Bennet has secured a position at the top of the National Democratic Committee, and Governor Hickenlooper has been chosen to serve as Vice Chair for the Democratic Governors Association.  In a newsrelease, the Colorado Democratic Party says Hickenlooper's inclusive, collaborative approach to leading the state is unique and can be a model for others.

Colorado Senator Mark Udall isn't giving up his stance on the Wind Energy Production Tax Credit. He's giving his 24th floor address today.  He says the PTC is important for Colorado and several other states, and the country's global competitiveness. Today Udall plans to focus on the economic impacts of the PTC on Minnesota.

Mesa County Sheriff's investigators are looking for a man who stole a donation container from the counter of Enterprise Liquor Store at 2923 North Avenue.  The suspect took the cotainer then got in an older model Chevy Van yesterday around 2:00. The man made off with donations for a high school student trying to study abroad.

The Salvation Army has announced another drop-off location for people who want to donate food or toys for Christmas Assistance.  Mesa View Retirement Community will accept donations between 9 and 5 through next Tuesday.

A Palisade winery has raised more than $1,700 for the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association. Talon Winery introduced a label called Rock Red last spring featuring a label with a "ride local/drink local" theme and set aside $1 from every bottle sold.  The winery presented the check to COPMOBA yesterday.

No new details in the deaths of two young boys left in a running SUV on the Grand Mesa last week.  2-year old William Jensen was dead when authorities arrived to an area near Powderhorn a week ago.  4-year old Tyler Jensen was taken off life-support and died at Children's Hospital in Denver. Documents in the case of been sealed and authorities have not released any new information.

Fire officials are blaming heat tape for a fire that destroyed a mobile home in Parachute.  A man staying in the trailer escaped in his pajamas and was not injured but a cat died in the fire.

A unique Western Colorado business is making its national debut on the Science Channel tomorrow.  Colorado Yurt is being featured on the series "How It's Made."  A second espisode is scheduled later this month.

Getting in and out of the Mesa County Fairgrounds on Orchard Mesa is about to get easier.  Mesa County Commissioners have approved a new signal on Highway 50 in anticipation of re-opening the old entrance to the grounds at 27 3/4 Road.  Officials say it's important to address traffic concerns as a new fairground master plan is developed.

Garfield County is challenging a BLM decision to reduce acreage available in northwest Colroado for oil shale leasing.  A protest letter has been sent to the BLM and Interior officials questioning data used by the BLM in its decision. County commissioners say commercial oil shale development is highly questionable under the BLM plan.

Aspen Skiing Company says there's not enough snow and Aspen Highlands won't open as scheduled this Saturday.  Skico tells the Aspen Times they need at least 8 inches of snow and 24 hours. Snow is in the forecast, but Skico officials say they're not going to count on it.

The City of Denver is looking to recoup some of the cost of hosting the first presidential debate in October.  Officials tell the Denver Post they spent about $500,000, including about $90,000 in police overtime. The Denver Post says the University of Denver estimated it received nearly $58 million in media exposure over the past year for hosting the debate.

Coloradans might have a say on whether the state should stay on daylight saving time.  State Senator Greg Brophy says he'll bring the issue up in the coming legislative session and would like to put the matter to a vote.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory or N-REL in Golden is teaming up with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to study the pricing trends of solar energy. N-REL says the two are working to reduce confusion in   Photovoltaic or PV pricing, and say there has been a downward pricing trend for the past two years.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tuesday December 4, 2012

A 4-year old Palisade boy in Children's Hospital since last week has died.  Tyler Jensen had been hospitalized since he and his two year old brother were found in a running SUV on the grand mesa November 28th.  2 year old William was dead when Mesa County Sheriff's Deputies arrived after their mother called 9-1-1.  Sheriff's officials say an autopsy on William has been completed.  Records in the case have been sealed and no information is being released.

A Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce business survey says a weak economy has been replaced as the number one concern impacting businesses in the coming year.  It's the first time since the survey was started in 2008 it was not the biggest concern.  Number one was increased fees and regulations.  Healthcare costs was third on the list of concerns.

Montrose Regional Airport is the latest in the state to be equipped with Wide Area Multilateration or WAM technology to track aircraft in mountainous areas outside radar coverage.  The same systems are in place in Craig, Hayden, Steamboat Springs and Rifle, and scheduled to be installed around Durango, Gunnison and Telluride next summer.  WAM allows pilots to fly search and rescue missions and land in conditions they wouldn't have been able to before.

Last week's record Powerball Jackpot paid off for the Colorado Lottery. The $22 million in ticket sales was the highest sales week in history with more than double the average weekly sales.  Nearly $8.4 million tickets were sold last Wednesday alone.

The Salvation Army is gearing up for its annual Christmas assistance with applications due by the end of the week.  People who need information should call the Army's main office on 4th Street to find out what documents are required with their application.

Colorado is continuing its road to recovery with continued job growth predicted by a CU researcher.  Richard Wobbekind.  He says the growth will be across all sectors, although not as strong as this year. According to the Denver Post, Wobbekind is concerned with the Fiscal Cliff, saying Colorado would be significantly affected by spending cuts to federal agencies and defense because of the state's heavy stake in both.

Grand Junction Police are investigating an attempted burglary on Orchard Mesa.  The victim said someone was removing property from an apartment and fired a shot while officers were on their way. No suspects have been located.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Monday December 3, 2012

The price of gas in Colorado is down again, starting the week nearly 5 1/2 cents a gallon less than last week.  The average now $3.32/gal.  The national avg. now $3.39.

A group of small business owners urging 3rd District Congressman Scott Tipton to carry on plans not to raise taxes on the middle class and raise them instead on the top 2% of earners.  The group says allowing taxes for the middle class to remain steady is the answer to strengthening the national economy.

The Montrose City Council is on track to put a moratorium in place on applications for retail marijuana shops in the city after voters there voted against Amendment 64.  The Montrose Daily Press says a vote on the proposal is scheduled tomorrow.

The City of Grand Junction has a bright idea, Solar Power, and they're expanding a system at the Persigo Wastewater Treatment Plant. The Daily Sentinel says the city expects to save more than $350,000 over 20 years.

Grand Junction City Council looking at an April vote on an extension of Tax Payer Bill of Rights taxes.  The money collected right now is paying for the Riverside parkway.  An April TABOR override could fund any number of municipal projects including parks and major road projects.  An open house is Thursday at Two Rivers Convention Center. A survey's available on the city's website.

5 states including Colorado are announcing today a plan to increase classroom learning time by 300 hours in some schools.  The 3-year pilot program is being paid for with a mix of federal, state and district funding with a goal of boosting student achievement and making US schools more globally competitive.

An annual gathering to remember homeless people who have died in the Grand Valley called attention yesterday to nine people who died in the past year.  The Daily Sentinel says the homeless Shelter, Homeward Bound is trying to raise awareness the need for housing, especially for families.

The Town of Palisade's $7.9 million budget for next year is on the books, including a new fire station and some significant street maintenance and repairs.  The search is on for a new police chief with a higher salary than the former chief's, along with less overtime pay for officers.

That wildfire burning near Rocky Mountain National Park isn't any closer to containment, especially in abnormally dry conditions, high winds and beetle-kill trees. Fire officials are keeping a close eye on the weather concerned flames could move to the tops of the trees forcing evacuations of at least 1,000 residences.

Gun sales in Colorado are soaring, with criminal background checks required to buy a gun up 58% in the past five years. The Denver Post cites data from the CBI saying there were more than 4,000 checks run in Colorado on Black Friday.  Nationally, nearly 155,000 checks were run the same day.

Looking for a home invasion suspect: there's an app for that.  The Aspen Daily News says the son of the victim was able to track his mother's stolen phone from Basalt, all the way to Parachute where a suspect was arrested.  There's a warrant out for a second suspect.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Friday November 30, 2012

The family of a man shot and killed by a state trooper in 2010 have reached a settlement with the state.  Jason Kemp was killed after a minor traffic accident.  Two troopers followed him to his apartment and shot him after he refused to come out. Both troopers have since been fired. According to the Daily Sentinel, the deal must be submitted to the state for approval.  Terms haven't been released.

A Grand Junction man has pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault on a child, and now could face life in prison.  51 yea rold Mark Bustamante had been a volunteer mentor in the Mesa County Partners program when he was arrested last summer.  The Daily Sentinel says a plea agreement calls for Bustamante to be sentenced to anything from probation to a maximum 24-years to life in state prison.

Colorado State University has some extra money to research plants for bioenergy crops.  The rising cost of petroleum is generating increasing demand for biofuels.  Some estimate the global market for biofuels trade could reach $520 billion.  A team of professors at CSU have received a $2 million grant to study re-engineering plants for biofuels.  The CSU team was chosen from 4,000 applications.

The State Division of Reclamation Mining and Safety is looking to close inactive coal mine openings in Montrose County.  The Montrose Daily Press says the agency has closed inactive mines in the region in the past, but at least one new report has been made, leading officials to suspect others.  Federal funding for the program is expected in 2014.

Investigators in southwest Colorado are not letting up in the search for a missing 13 year old Dylan Redwine has been missing for nearly two weeks... investigators saying he's not a runaway and focusing their search yesterday on his father's home in Vallecito.  As many as 50 officers from agencies including the FBI are actively involved in the search.

Governor Hickenlooper is looking to get a plan in place if Congress doesn't do something to avert the so-called fiscal cliff.  According to the Denver Post, Colorado stands to lose $2.1 Billion in revenue and federal funds affecting everything from defense contractors to local governments and more next year.  Hickenlooper says he has leaders from state agencies planning for the fallout if $109 billion is cut from the federal military and domestic spending budget.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Tuesday November 6, 2012 ELECTION DAY

We expect shorter lines at the following Vote Centers:

Fruita Civic Center - Library
325 E. Aspen, Fruita

Clifton Road & Bridge Shop
3202 C 1/2 Road, Clifton / OM

Mesa County Fairgrounds - Building C
2785 Highway 50, Grand Jct

Vote early in the day, if you can. Lines tend to get longest late in the afternoon.
All 10 of the Vote Center locations are listed on our website:  Just click on Voter Information. (If you have a mail ballot that you want to drop off in person, the ballot box locations are also listed on this page.)

Experts from Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming and Nevada are coming to Grand Junction this week to talk about helping communities cope with the possibility of future water shortages in the Upper Colorado River Basin. The 3-day conference is sponsored by the Water Center at CMU. You can get a schedule and information on the water center website at

If you haven't heard enough about the Michael Blagg Murder case, here's a chance to get more.  A new program on Investigation Discovery is airing tomorrow night.  Blagg was convicted of murdering his wife Jenifer in 2001, his 6 year old daughter Abby has never been found.  The episode airs on the series The Devil You Know tomorrow night at 8:00.

There's always a higher voter turnout for presidential elections, and this one is no different.  As of last night, 75% of Mesa County's active voters had cast ballots early or by mail.  Ten vote centers are set up around Mesa county. A list of those with the shortest expected lines is posted on our facebook page, along with a link to the clerk's office for a list of all ten voting sites.

I-70 is open again at Dotsero after a crash involving two semis shut down the eastbound lanes for hours yesterday afternoon.  The state patrol says two trucks were headed east when the one in the rear struck the one in front. The truck in the rear rolled causing the closure.  traffic was rerouted to Highway 6 as crews worked to clean up the mess.  The driver of the truck in the rear was cited for Careless Driving.  Neither driver was injured.

The USA Pro Cycling Challenge will be back in Montrose next summer if the Montrose city council has anything to say about it.  The Montrose Daily press says the council voted unanimously last night to make $30,000 available to the Montrose Association of Commerce and Tourism's application to play host.

Montrose County Commissioners have voted to to suspend impact fees for new construction.  It's the third time the board has made the move in an effort to encourage new development.  The Montrose Daily Press says the county found in the current economic climate, the fees were a deterrent to construction and wouldn't add much help to the county anyway.

The Grand Junction City Council has agreed to send $30,000 in funding next year to the detox program at Colorado West Regional Mental Health Center.  The daily Sentinel says not the entire council is behind the move.  Councilman Jim Doody and Mayor Pro Tem Laura Luke expressed reservations.  Police Chief John Camper told the council the detox facility is a necessity.

The Denver District Attorney has launched a criminal investigation into whether Secretary of State Scott Gessler violated the law by using state funds to attend a partisan event.  The group Colorado Independent Ethics Commission has begun an investigation of its own.  The Denver Post says a trip to a Republican national lawyers Association meeting Florida is in Question.  Gessler was reimbursed from his office's discretionary account for the trip.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Monday November 5, 2012

Grand Junction Fire investigators looking for the cause of fire at a set of apartments in a hotel at 718 Horizon Drive. It was reported just after midnight in a ground floor apartment with possible extension to a second floor unit. A total of 7 people were evacuated, all given new rooms in the motel.

You might not have heard CDOT talking about problems with sun glare, but they are.  The problem is in the Floyd Hill area where the sun's angle during late fall and early winter can blind morning drivers.  CDOT's website lists several precautions drivers should take to avoid problems.  Messages are also being displayed on electronic signs in the area.

The Grand Valley Fire Protection District is looking for the cause of a fire at two units of a complex in Battlement Mesa.  The fire was reported in two units just after noon yesterday.  Both were destroyed, four others suffered significant water damage.  The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is looking into the fire.

Police in Grand Junction are looking for a man who robbed a consignment shop on Main Street Saturday afternoon.  The robber pointed a gun at the owner and demanded money.  then left with cash. It's the second robbery of a small business in less than two weeks.

If you have a mail-in ballot for tomorrow's election, you'll need to drop it off at one of the Mesa County Clerks offices before 7:00 tomorrow night.  Ten voting centers will be set up from7 to 7 tomorrow, those locations listed on the Clerk's website.
As of Friday, more than 51 thousand voters in Mesa County had cast ballots, that's 67% of the county's total 76,000 active voters.

The Montrose city Council meeting set for tomorrow night is being held tonight instead.  The Montrose Daily Press says the council will consider a purchase order for a $25,000 planning grant from the state Department of Local Affairs for design and engineering of an ADA-accessible white water park on the Uncompahgre River.  They'll also decide whether to approve an application for Montrose to serve as a host city for the 2013 USA Pro Cycling Challenge bicycle race.

The price of gas in Colorado has fallen nearly 5 cents a gallon in the past week now at $3.48 a gallon. That's close to 22 cents a gallon lower than a month ago.  Nationally, the average is $3.51/gal. is predicting a continued fall in prices, with the possibility of a national average around $3.35/gal by Thanksgiving.

More allegations against a former Grand Junction Police Office and fire fighter set to stand trial in March accused of an affair with an underage girl in 2000.  The Daily Sentinel says a second woman has come forward saying 42 year old Eric Janusz made uncomfortable sexual comments to her in 2003-04 when she was underage. The paper says prosecutors intend to use the testimony to show a pattern similar to Janusz's sexual assault case.

Tomorrow is election day, but the presidential candidates aren't overlooking Colorado's status as a swing state in the election.  Texas Governor Rick Perry is in western Colorado today holding four meet and greets including two in Grand Junction. The Daily Sentinel says Perry will stop at Republican Headquarters on 1st Street at 11:00 then Clifton at Starvin Arvin's at 12:15.  Perry moves on to Delta this afternoon  at two followed by Glenwood Springs at 5:00.

Ads in the Daily Sentinel for house District 54 Libertarian candidate Tim Menger, are being paid for by a libertarian supporter from Littleton.  The ads are running through tomorrow.  Menger is running against Republican Jared Wright and has said he hasn't and won't take any money for campaigning.  Wright in the meantime has raised over 22 thousand dollars in his quest to win the house district 54 seat.

The Colorado Association of Realtors has released a new report compiling local real estate data from around the state.  It shows homes in southwestern Colorado were on the market longer than the state average.  The average time a house was on the market over the last 2 years was 191 days in southwestern Colorado, compared to the state average of 103 days.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Friday November 2, 2012

Republicans in Montrose are getting ready to welcome GOP Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan to town. Doors open at 8 for the 10:00 speech at the Montrose Regional Airport.

Democratic 3rd District challenger Sal Pace is campaigning strong in the final days before the elections he has stops planned today in Leadville and Edwards.  He'll also be in Rifle at the Midland Building on E. 3rd at 1:30 this afternoon.  Pace's day starts in Grand Junction at 1226 Ute.

The Western Slope Air Watch is back up and running, asking resident to voluntarily not use non-EPA certified wood and pellet stoves and fireplaces on days when temperature inversions could trap wood smoke in the valley. Daily forecasts use blue or read air quality status to let residents know when it's ok or not ok to burn. The program runs through the end of February.

Bus travelers are getting back their route between Durango and Grand Junction.  The Durango Hearald says Road Runner Transi plans to start service in May on a route Greyhound dropped last year because is wasn't profitable.  A non-profit associated wit the Southern Ute Indian tribe has received a grand to offer daily service, CDOT has also chipped in. One-way tickets will cost about $45.

Early skiers and snowboarders are getting a couple of new options today with the opening of Copper Mountain and Keystone Resort.  Arapahoe Basin and Loveland are already open.  The state ski industry is hoping for a better snow year to help bounce back from a lackluster year last year.  The national climate predication Center is hazy on what might be on tap.

A 22 year old Grand Junction man has pleaded guilty to vehicle homicide and misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment in a crash that killed a grandmother walking along a street in a Pear Park neighborhood with her grand daughter a year ago.  50 year old Darinda Brown died of her injuries several days after Joseph Weixel drove his SUV onto the side walk.The Daily Sentinel says Weixel faces six to 8 years in Mesa County Community Corrections.  He could face prison only if he's not accepted into community corrections or if he's rejected later.

Early voting ends today in Colorado.  already 1.3 million ballots have been cast by mail or early voting ahead of next Tuesday's election.  In Mesa county, 48,609 voters have voted early or returned mail ballots.  That's 61.27% of active registered voters.

Eagle County sheriffs deputies investigating 4 small homemade bombs found in the Blue Lake area of El Jebel. The bombs caused no significant damage and investigators say they may have been part of a Halloween prank.  the bombs were small soda bottles filled with yellow liquid.  If you locate an object that fits that description, don't touch it and call 911 immediately.

Individuals and families in need of low income energy assistance can now pick up 2012-2013 applications at the Mesa County Health Department,  The program helps with winter heating bills.  Residents applying for LEAP benefits must meet eligibility requirements and income guidelines.

Governor John Hickenlooper announced budget proposals for next year. An improving economy means lawmakers didn't have to make drastic cuts to schools and other state services because of increased tax revenue.  overall, the governor is proposing a 5.4 spending increase over last year. Under Hickenlooper's proposals, state employees would get a raise, more money would go to schools and colleges and seniors would get a property tax break.

The Us Attorneys office in Denver has filed charges against a juvenile in the Weber Fire in Mancos this summer.  the fire caused over 5 million dollars in damages.  The juvenile faces 2 counts of juvenile delinquency after allegedly gathering leaves and underbrush around a bush before setting the fire with a lighter on government land in weber canyon.

Congress's failure to extend the wind production tax credit has cost the state of Colorado more jobs.  Vesta Wind Systems shut down their research and development department in Lewis-ville leading to 60 layoffs.  Senator Mark Udall had been pushing for the extension of the tax credit since June, giving regular speeches on the senate floor.

Montrose and Mesa Counties are gearing up for a busy election day.  Mesa county is closing the downtown motor vehicles and records office Tuesday to ease traffic in the area.  In Montrose county, the motor vehicle office close because staff from the office will be assisting with the election.

The public is getting a chance to express opinions about this year's Grand Valley Transit route changes.  GVT is holding an open house all day Monday to get citizen feedback on how the route changes are working for them. The route changes have helped the GVT with on time performance currently at 98 percent.  The GVT also wants opinions on a proposal to move the Greyhound bus station two blocks south to the GVT operations facility.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Friday October 26, 2012

A serious reminder of using caution while driving in snow and ice.  The State Patrol says a man was seriously injured around 5:30 yesterday when he lost control of his pickup pulling a trailer on I-70 at Vail Pass. It spun and hit a station wagon. The driver of the pickup and two passengers were taken to hospitals, one passenger in critical condition. The other driver was not injured. The patrol says snowy icy conditions appear to have been the cause.

If there was any doubt about how important the state of Colorado is to the Presidential candidates, they're putting it to rest.  President Obama, coming off a stop in Denver Wednesday has now planned a stop for next Tuesday in Colorado Springs.

The number of people who have voted early or by mail in Mesa County is up to 23,000, nearly 31% of all active voters.  There are five early voting polling places right now.  There will be ten polling places the day of the election November 6th. More information on the Mesa County Clerk's website.

All kinds of Presidential polls are coming out and right now, a number of them show the President and Mitt Romney in a dead heat 48-to-48%. This information gathered from an NBC News poll and NBC/Wall Street Journal/Marist Poll.

The Colorado State Patrol is beginning its Halloween DUI enforcement tonight at 6:00 and continuing through November 1st at 3am. Historically October is one of the deadliest months for alcohol-related traffic crashes, 10 people killed last year and 17 in 2010.
100 agencies across the state, including Grand Junction Police are taking part in saturation patrols and DUI checkpoints.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife are reminding hunters to make sure they know what animal they're shooting at, especially during the busiest hunting season of the year.  The Division is making it even easier to identify the differences between elk and moose through a video posted on their website.

If you  purchase drugs over the Internet or by telephone, the DEA says "watch out for a scam".  Criminals call victims and identify themselves as DEA agents and claim the purchases are illegal and enforcement action will be taken unless they pay a fine. The DEA says it's an old scam making its way back to the Rocky Mountains.  They say no DEA agency will never contact members of the public by telephone to demand money or any form of payment.

A bill signed into law last April makes it more difficult to charge a youth as an adult, and the 17 year old suspect in the killing of Jessica Ridgeway will likely be the first high-profile teenage defendant to test the law.  According to the Denver Post, the law revered the ability for DAs to file adult charges directly, requiring a reverse transfer from juvenile court. Mesa County DA Pete Hautzinger fought the bill, calling it a waste of money.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tuesday October 23, 2012

Police in Denver say they have evidence linking the kidnap and murder of Jessica Ridgeway to the attempted abduction of a jogger in Westminster.  Police say in that case, the woman said a man attempted to cover her face with a chemical soaked rag, but she was able to escape.  She tells police the man was light skinned, about 18 to 30 years old with brown hair and a medium build and was about 5-6 to 5-8.

All eyes are on Colorado this campaign season, and today, Mitt Romney is joining VP running mate Paul Ryan in Colorado.  Fresh off Ryan's stop in Grand Junction yesterday, the two will meet for a rally with Kid Rock and Rodney Atkins at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
President Obama is also in Colorado this week, with events set in Denver tomorrow.

Neighbors of two controversial egg-laying operations in Delta County are going to have to live together.  Delta County Commissioners yesterday reaffirmed their approval of the farms. Prompted by a District Court judge, The Daily Sentinel says the commissioners took a second look at the proposals, but found the applications met county criteria for the cage-free operations.

Police in Montrose have arrested a man after a report of a shot fired following a road rage type incident.  The Montrose Daily Press says 19 year old Victor Alfonso Saldana Garcia was arrested after the incident Sunday night. Police Chief Tom Chinn said Garcia was driving next to two men, exchanged hand gestures, then pulled into the Sports Authority parking lot where a shot was fired. No one was injured, Garcia was arrested on suspicion of Felony Assault and other charges.

If you haven't made up your mind who to vote for for President, don't worry, there's still two weeks of heavy campaigning.  In Grand Junction yesterday, Republican VP candidate Paul Ryan rallied a full house at CMU's Brownson Arena before the final presidential debate last night. Ryan joins up with Mitt Romney later today at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison with Kid Rock and Rodney Atkins for a rally.  Colorado is at the top of the swing states where both candidates are trying to get the independent and undecided voters.  Obama has appearances set in Denver tomorrow.

Whether you're voting at home or at the ballot box, Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner and Tom Doran of Mack are encouraging you to double check your vote. The Daily Sentinel says Doran was voting at an early-voting site yesterday, when he found his vote came back wrong when he checked it.  The machine was taken off line.

A 45 year old Grand Junction woman who admitted trying to kill her husband in order to collect his 401(k), has been sentenced to 24 years in prison, the judge's maximum term available. Deone Graham suspected her husband was having an affair and poisoned his whiskey in an attempt to make his death look like a suicide.  the husband is recovering.

The wife of a man who killed a Limon Police Office in March of 2011 has been sentenced to 19-months in jail, but after credit for time spent, will spend no more time behind bars.  Jackie Hasty pleaded guilty this month to reckless manslaughter in the murder of 27 year old Officer Jay Sheridan.  Sheridan had gone to the Hasty home to arrest Jackie's husband Dennis for failure to register as a sex offender. Jackie didn't tell the officer Dennis was armed and hiding in a bedroom and let him inside where he was killed.  Dennis Hasty committed suicide.

Paonia Reservoir is extremely low, so Colorado Parks and Wildlife is working to restore the fishery there.  They're treating the remaining water to get rid of northern pike which threaten native fish downstream in the Gunnison River.  They'll restock next spring with catchable size rainbow trout.

C-DOT is getting involved with the National Weather Service's Winter Weather Awareness Week, with some tips of they're own... encouraging motorists to prepare for travel in the high country. All kinds of emergency preparedness information is available at

Drivers through Delta getting ready for a big construction project at Highway 50 and 92, all to improve access to a new convenience store on the northeast corner.  Maverik is paying for the project to provide dual westbound left-turn lanes and access to a new store. A detour is in place with flaggers controlling movement throughout the project scheduled to be finished November 11th

Monday, October 22, 2012

Ryan in GJ Details

Paul Ryan Attends Victory Event And Debate Watch Party In Colorado On Monday

Boston, MA – On Monday, Paul Ryan will attend a Victory event and debate watch party at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado. The following event is open to the press. Paul Ryan will hold additional events in Colorado on Monday. Details to follow in a subsequent media advisory.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Event:                        Paul Ryan Attends Grand Junction Victory Event and Debate Watch Party  

Location:                  Colorado Mesa University
                                    1100 North Avenue
                                    Grand Junction, Colorado

Doors Open:            3:00 PM MDT

Invite Time:              5:00 PM MDT

Program Time:        6:00 PM MDT

Tickets:                     Tickets may be picked up at the following location during the following times:

Mesa County Victory Center
1114 N First Street
Grand Junction, CO 81501

Friday to Monday from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Tickets may also be obtained by visiting

Monday October 22, 2012

The most information to date has been release in a July 2011 crime spree ending with the killing of 31 year old Jorge Carrasco.  According to the Daily Sentinel, Prosecutors say gang members on the run from a murder in California ended up in Grand Junction where the met a friend, Lester Miranda Davis and agreed to rob to two businesses and two homes to get guns in order to commit a gangland style killing.  Prosecutors say 21 year old Jaime Cardenas, and 25 year old Fidel Silva, both of California committed the Grand Junction murder and remain at large.  Davis, of Clifton, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, menacing and robbery for his involvement and will sentenced next month.  21 year old Christian Fuentes was arrested in Denver and is being held in the Mesa County Jail under a $1.5 million bond.

Mitt Romney started it all with a speech in Grand Junction early last summer, President Obama followed with an event of his own in August, now Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan is coming to town.  He's hosting a debate watch party at CMU for the final presidential debate. Doors open at 3:15 for a scheduled 5:15 presentation before the debate at 7.

If District 51 parents want to know what's going on at their kids' schools, There's an app for that.  The Daily Sentinel says the district's tried everything from letters, emails, website postings and online notifications, but reached only a 7% read rate.  The new app launched by Palisade High School counselor Jonathan Burke gets a 95% read rate. District officials say they'll continue other modes of communications but just reaching out in another way.

A Grand Jucntion homeowner has been denied payment for damage to his home from flooding blamed on several factors, including a lack of maintanance to a nearby bridge.  The Daily Sentinel says the home apparently sits in a flood plain, not in place when he bought his home in the Paradise Hills subdivision. One city councilman is calling for new flood plain maps and Work is being done on the bridge.

Arapahoe Basin ski area opened last week, and Loveland is planning to open tomorrow.  Both areas are reporting 18 inch bases.

Backers of a proposal to legalize marijuana in Colorado have spent more than $3 million so far.  The Denver Post says that compares with just $433,000 by Smart Colorado, the group in opposition...51% of that coming from out-of-state.  The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol's largest single donor is from San Francisco.

Colorado gas prices have fallen 5 cents a gallon in the past week, with the average now $3.61/gal.  Nationall the average has fallen 9 cents/gal to $3.67. says it's the first week in the last few years the national average has fallen so significantly.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Friday October 19, 2012

3rd District Congressman Scott Tipton is in Durango Sunday for a high-dollar fundraiser.  Spreaker John Boehner is the special guests.  Tickets go for as high as $2,500 to $250.  That'll get you anything from a VIP Roundtable and reception, to the reception alone.

It pays to play again.  Just ask Michael Cudahy from Lakewood.  He entered a non-winning scratch lottery ticket and won $250,000 in the second chance drawing. The Colorado lottery holds second-chance drawings for 8 different scratch games.

The Grand Junction Housing Authority is re-opening its Housing Choice Voucher Program waiting list Monday. The waiting list was closed in March due to the length of the list and need to purge the list.  Voucher applications are available on-line at, or at the Housing Authority office on 10th Street.

The Montrose Memorial Hospital  will remain under a lease to a private corporation, MMH Inc. A state appeals court made the ruling yesterday, saying the hospital board did nothing wrong when it made the lease. County Commissioners said the lease process led to a dramatic change in governance of the hospital to a private non-profit.. transferring all cash assets and leaving no authority to the county-appointed trustee.

Palisade is the place to go for tourists.  Competing with cities in states like California and New York, Palisade was just ranked #9 Nationally.  The new will be featured in an upcoming issue of Men's Journal.

A Mesa County jury has found a Montrose man guilty of selling fake meteorites.  59 year old Steven Curry said he was the victim of a bizarre conspiracy of scientists, meteorite experts. According to the Daily Sentinel, the jury found Curry guilty of misdemeanor counts of theft, fraud and criminal simulation.

More restrictions on Colorado National Monument races.  The US Bank rim Rock Marathon this year will include only the full 26.2 mile run...the half marathon cancelled after monument staff said it could make it harder for other monument guests to view the site.  In past years, relay teams were allowed to have one person run half way, and another to finish the race.  Organizers tell The Daily Sentinel they've cancelled that portion to avoide a conflict with the park.

The City of Fruita is looking at alot of capital construction next year, with $3.5 million in capital projects in the 2013 budget.  The Daily Sentinel says projects in that total include the Pine Stree corridor, with a complex widening project including pedestrian improvements.  Some Riverfront Trail projects are included, along with $100,000 in downtown upgrade.

Grand Junction parks and rec is starting installation of the outdoor arboretum at Lincoln Park tomorrow.  Eagle scout candidate Ryan Gibb and a goup of volunteers will be putting in over 40 posts for signs in front of trees selected to be a part of the new arboretum.  The work is part of the Lincoln park redevelopment including new sidewalks, and an accessible play area.

The US Department of Interior has awarded the state of Colorado and others in the Cooperating Partners in conservation for their study on preserving the Colorado River basin.  The study addresses future supply and demand issues in the river basin.  The final report on the basin study is to be published at the end of November.

C-DOT's reminding drivers to use caution in October and November in areas where wildlife may be migrating to winter habitats.  Data shows wildlife vehicle crashes have gone down since 2006, with experts citing the creation of wildlife zones where speed limits are lowered at night, for the decline in accidents.

Mesa County Crime Stoppers is looking for suspects who vandalized the restrooms at Columbine park.  They damaged multiple fixtures resulting in $2,000 in damages.  It happened sometime between 3 and 10 last Thrusday october 11th.  You could be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.

C-DOT's reminding drivers to use caution in October and November in areas where wildlife may be migrating to winter habitats.  Data shows wildlife vehicle crashes have gone down since 2006, with experts citing the creation of wildlife zones where speed limits are lowered at night, for the decline in accidents.

Mesa County Crime Stoppers is looking for suspects who vandalized the restrooms at Columbine park.  They damaged multiple fixtures resulting in $2,000 in damages.  It happened sometime between 3 and 10 last Thrusday october 11th.  You could be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.

The Colorado State Patrol has released the data from their most recent commercial vehicle chain possession check.  State law requires commercial vehicles to carry chains from September 1st thru May 31st on I-70 between Dotsero and Morrison.  checks east of vail on I-70 showed 72% of commercial traffic had chains on board in August, nearly 98% compliant in September and October.

College undergrads, grad students, and recent graduates interested in a career in politics should get their resume ready.  Senator Michael Bennett is accepting internship applications for his Washington DC and Colorado offices for spring 2013 internships.  Interships are available in Grand Junction, and several other cities in the state.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Thursday October 18, 2012

A 48 year old man who pled guilty to killing another man in a Colorado River encampment near the Pepsi bottling plant last year has been sentenced to 22 years in prison.  The Daily Sentinel says Daniel Warner admitted killing 47 year old Richard Nelson with a hatchet.  The judge in the case called an extremely brutal crime.

An 18 year old Grand Junction pleading guilty to torturing and killing his mother's dog last year will not spend time in prison, instead serving probation and community corrections.  The judge in the case says sending Joseph Nelson to prison would interfere with him getting substance abuse and mental health treatment.

Crime Stoppers of Garfield county is looking for information on a robbery that occurred early Monday morning at the Subway in rifle.  There are no known suspects, and  Rifle Police and crime stoppers are offering up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Two man-caused fires have been reported in the White River National Forest prompting more warnings from forest officials. District ranger Ken Coffin is urging hunters to be extra careful with fires.  Conditions are dry and ripe for wild fires.  Although two fires started Tuesday were small, Coffin says the 257 acre Middle Elk Fire north of New Castle last month closed the area to all entry until Tuesday. It also was human caused.

Colorado Special Olympics is more than $61,000 richer after a statewide Tip-a-Cop event at Red Robin restaurants.  Officers working the Rd Robin in Grand Juntion also gained bragging rights for having raised $5,500, more than any other restaurant in the state.

The Grand Junction Parade of Lights has a new title sponsor, Sorter Construction. Sorter says the annual holiday event attracts thousands to downtown and is a perfect fit for the business since it was the contractor on Phase Two of the Downtown Uplift, completed in June of last year.  MBC Grand Broadcasting continues as the media sponsor of the Parade December 1st.

The Western Slope Conservative Alliance is having a bonus meeting tonight at Grand Junction City Hall with the Heritage Foundation's Dr. James Carafano as their special guest. Carafano will talk about the instability in the Middle East, the murders of Americans in Libya and effects on military and defense budget cuts. The meeting is free and starts at 6:30.  
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The Montrose county Health Department is holding a flu clinic at the HHS building tomorrow from 7:30 to 3:30.  Free Tdap vaccines will also be available, part of the statewide compaign to stop the spread of whooping cough.  The Flu Shots are $25 to $35 depending on the type, and several insurance companies offer free coverage.

They're testing the latest in mountain biking, 30 bikes in all, very close to home.  Fruita.  Editors of Bike Magazine have been in Fruita for a couple of weeks, profiling the area for its annual Gear Review.  The cover and spread will feature singletrack and a mix of riding to test the new bikes.  The Daily Sentinel says the city of Fruita also gets a 4-to-6 page spread featuring everything from GPS coordinates for rides, to tips on where to eat.

Two subdivisions in La Plata County have been evacuated in two wild fires fanned by high winds threatened the area southeast of Mancos and near the Vallecito Reservoir. The first fire is in the same area affected by the 10,000 acre Weber fire in June and July, 20 homes have been evacuated there.  The Denver Post says another 40 homes have been evacuated near Vallecito.  Both fires are believed started by lightning.

Opponents of the pot legalizing Amendment 64 says passage of the amendment could lead to more bad than good for the state.  In a debate co-hosted by the Denver Post and 9-News, opponents say the measure would attract illegal-drug dealers, hurt Colorado's brand among businesses and bring unwanted marijuana tourists. One proponent on the other hand says there's no evidence 64 would harm the state's business climate and marijuana-motivated visitors would be welcome.

Veterans Events courtesy of Greg Merschel

Veterans Day Events:

-          October 13th, 2012           3rd Annual Food Drive to Support Local Veterans/ Motorcycle Kick Off Ride                                         10:00 am
Citadel Security and Investigation LLC is sponsoring the “3rdAnnual Food Drive to Support Local
Veterans” in part with Pepsi, The Home Depot, Moses Leather Company, Harley Davison
Motorcycles, and All Sports Honda. In past years this food drive has been successful in providing
food for struggling veterans and their families in the local and surrounding communities.

There will be a motorcycle kick off ride held on Oct. 13, 2012 starting at the Grand Junction
Vet Center to show support for this event and our local veteran’s. Your donation of canned
and non-perishable food items will help feed local veterans and their families during the holidays.
Donations will be accepted from October 13th to December 3rd, 2012 and can be dropped off at the
Grand Junction Vet Center at 2472 F Road Unit 16, Grand Junction, CO 81505.

The Grand Junction Vet Center provides free readjustment counseling and outreach to all
veterans and their families. These services are provided in a comfortable, confidential, secure
and private environment. The Vet Center also provides help for local veterans with finding resources
that are available to them. For any questions regarding the local food drive or the Grand Junction
-          October 17th, 2012           Mesa County Veterans Upward Bound, cost free for Eligible Veterans                                                    10:00 am
Interested in returning to school and want more information come b y the
Vet Center 2472 F Road Unit #16.  POC is Valorie Maes(970) 256-2465
-          October 27th, 2012           Halloween Dance Salute to the Troops, hosted by OI, VFW 1247 Post 1404 Ute Ave. at                    7:00 pm
Costumes optional, there will be a chocolate baking contest, silent auction, door prizes,
Costume contest.  $15 per person or $25 per couple, ask about military discount.  For more
Information or to sign up for baking contest call (970) 523-4217.
-          October 30th, 2012           Grand Junction VA Medical Center Parks Pass Distribution in the Main Lobby                                      9:00 am
for disabled veterans from 9 to 11.
-          November 2nd, 2012        Veterans Stand Down, First Congregational Church, 1425 North 5th St. at                                                9:00 am
Across from GJ High School. Services will include basic medical, haircuts, VA Health Care,
Job search assistance, hot meal, DOD clothing and more.  Transportation will be provided
Free by the Grand Valley Transit.  Eligibility is open to all Veterans who need assistance any
Questions please contact Lisa Strauss at (970) 242-7301and ask for Homeless Coordinator.
-          November 9th, 2012        Cookie Distribution main Lobby Provided by Choice Hotels 11:30 to 1                                                       11:30 am
-          November 9th, 2012        Military Ball hosted by SVA at Colorado Mesa University, Two Rivers Convention Center at                 6:00 pm
-          November 10th, 2012      1PM, Parking Lot at R-5 High School.  Veterans Day Parade.  EMail for an application.  No entry fee.  Veterans paid the price of Freedom.                                                                                                                                                   
-          November 11th, 2012      Fleet Reserve Organization will host a Wreath Ceremony at the Blue Heron Boat Ramp                  9:00 am
In the Redland parkway.  POC is Jim Tarr (970) 778-0232
-          November 11th, 2012      Veterans Day Ceremony, Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial Park in Fruita at                             11:00 am
-          November 11th, 2012      VFW Post 3981 State Color Guard will be conducting a Flag Retirement at the Commons                1 pm
-          November 11th, 2012      The Veterans Day Salute is presented by the Intermediate students to honor the
veterans of the United States of America.  The students and faculty work hard for many
weeks to present a very touching, superb presentation to express their gratitude to the
members of all our armed services.
-          November 11th, 2012      VFW Post 3981 State Color Guard will be conducting a Flag Retirement at the Fountains                 2:30 pm
-          November 12th, 2012      12th Annual Golden Corral Military Appreciation Day at                                                                                   5:00 pm
-          November 12th, 2012      Shelledy Elementary School 3rd Grade Music Program, “I Love America” Fruita Civic Center                1:00 pm
-          November 14th, 2012      Cookie Distribution Main Lobby Provided by the American Legion 11:30 to 1                                        11:30 am
-          November 15th, 2012      Salvation Army big push for Turkeys
-          November 30th, 2012      Salvation Army Coat Drive Ends at Nick and Willies
-          December 1st, 2012         Salvation Army Harley Ride
-          December 8th, 2012         Salvation Army Stuff the Truck at Wal-Mart
-          December 11th, 2012       CLC Toys for Tots presentation by HHV                                                                                                                  10:30 am
-          December 12th, 2012       Cookie Distribution Main Lobby Provided by the American Legion 11:30 to 1                                        11:30 am
-          December 15th, 2012       Wreaths Across America hosted by Patriot Guard Riders, Veteran Memorial Cemetery at                 1:00 pm
-          December 19/20, 2012   Salvation Army Holiday Food Box Distribution

           Semper Fi
George Delahanty, MA
Readjustment Counselor
Vet Center
2472 F Road Unit #16
Grand Junction, CO 81505
(970)245-4156 Office