Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Tuesday March 27, 2012

The Colorado State Patrol is looking for a car that caused a crash on I-70 near Frisco, killing  two people.  It happened yesterday morning when the car changed lanes in front of an SUV causing the SUV to spin out of control and roll several times. The driver and front seat passenger were killed, 3 people in the rear seat were injured  Troopers are looking for  a dark, older model—possibly maroon or black, Toyota or Hyundai.

I-70 open through Glenwood Canyon this morning after crews moved a blown-over semi from the westbound lanes.  The state patrol says a wind gust blew the semi onto its side, pinning a small car against a wall.  Westbound I-70 was closed from about 2:15 to 4:15.

Crashes on rural roads account for over half the state's fatalities last year and authorities are trying to do something about it.  The State Patrol and 21 rural law enforcement agencies are teaming up for a special "click it or ticket" campaign targeting rural drivers who don't buckle up. 58% of those killed in rural areas were not wearing seatbelts.  Rural areas of Mesa and Montrose Counties are being targeted in the enforcement and education campaign next week.

C-DOT's holding an open house to let people know about construction on I-70 B at 25 Road. The project's already underway, but will kick into full gear next week.  The $5.8 million project finishes widening on the loop between 24 3/4 Road and 25 Road and will last throughout the summer with reduced speed and lane and turn-lane closures.  The open house is tomorrow from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Outlaw Cafe in the Cottenwood Shopping Center.

They like their security fence at the airport in Montrose.  Operations Manager Larry Blackwell  says the fence keeps out deer and other wildlife, making flying in and out of the airport safer.  Airport staff also use pyrotechnics and hazing to prevent birds and waterfowl from nesting on the property.  The Montrose Daily Press says the airport is safer because of the wildlife work in place since 2008.

A 19 year old Montrose County man has waived formal reading of charges and will have a bond hearing in two weeks.  Isaac Garcia is charged with 2nd Degree Murder in the stabbing death of Zachary Culmer at a party in 2010.  Garcia claimed self defense, was arrested after the stabbing, then later released without charges.  He was indicted last month.  According to the Montrose Press, Garcia's lawyer claims Garcia has been questioned without counsel, a charge dismissed by the Sheriff.  A bond hearing is set April 9th.

The State's homestead property tax exemption for seniors is being restored by the state legislature.  The Daily Sentinel says the 2012 budget forecast is the reason.  The forecast also means the Joint Budget Committee can increase funding to higher education, not take more severance tax money from local governments, and keep K-12 spending at current levels with funding for enrollment growth.

D-51 5-DAY?
Whether all students in District 51 will go to school 4 days a week or five is being decided by the School Board tonight.  Also on the agenda is boundary changes for elementary schools to ease overcrowding on the west side.  District officials say changing to a four-day week would save $1.5 to $2 million.  The meeting tonight is at 6:00 at the BTK Center.

It's not your imagination, there's ALOT of pollen in the air.  The Mesa County Health Department says Tree pollen, specificly elm and juniper, is the big culprit with very high readings.  Warm and windy conditions have allowed large concentrations to accumulate.