Wind Advisories are up for much of eastern Utah and western Colorado today. The National Weather Service says the highest winds will be across northwest Colorado with sustained winds 30 to 40 mph and gusts exceeding 60 mph. The strongest winds are expected this afternoon, gradually tapering off by early evening.
NEW PARACHUTE INTERCHANGE
C-DOT gets started today on a new interchange on I-70 west of Parachute. The new interchange includes on and off-ramps and will use the existing U-S Hwy 6 overpass bridge. The $12 million project is being paid for by CDOT, the Town of Parachute, Garfield County, Battlement Mesa Company and the State Department of Local Affairs. Gas production companies Encana and Williams are also chipping in. The project's expected to be finished by the end of October.
MESACO FINANCE OFFICE AWARD
Mesa county's Finance Department is getting an award this morning from the Government Finance Officers' Association for making financial documents accessible and user-friendly. It's the 21st year in a row the department's won the award.
COLORADO GAS PRICES
The price of gas in Colorado has gone up nearly 9-cents a gallon in the last week to an average $3.68 a gallon. ColoradoGasPrices.com says that's 57 cents/gallon higher than one month ago. GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan says the average price nationally has increased 21 consecutive days.
GOVERNOR'S ENERGY OFFICE
The state legislature's taking up a bill this week to focus the Governor's Energy Office not just on renewable energy, but oil and gas development,too. The Daily Sentinel says a bill in the House would change the name of the department to the Colorado Office of Energy Development. The office was originally set up to promote energy conservation, then to promote renewable energy. This bill would set the focus on all forms of energy.
19TH SKI FATALITY
A 19 year old Kansas State student has died in an accident at the Wolf Creek Ski Area. The man was injured Saturday after hitting a tree while skiing with friends. A nurse happened by, but immediate attention and CPR failed to revive the man.