GRAND VALLEY TRAIL ASSOCIATION
A new group looking to plan, develop, build, manage and maintain trails and trail systems has formed and looking to get users involved. It's called the Grand Valley Trail Association and coordinator David Grossman they're hoping to bring together various user groups that would benefit from unified trail management The GVTA is holding an open house tomorrow at the CMU Ballroom. Details at gvtrails.com.
REMAINS FOUND NORTH OF DELTA
Skeletal remains have been found in north Delta County, and teams from Delta and Mesa County Sheriff's Departments are investigating. Delta Sheriff Free McKee tells teh Daily Sentinel a couple hiking found the remains near the county line yesterday afternoon. Investigaators are expected to return to the area today.
Phillip Lochmiller. convicted of scamming more than 400 investors in the failed Valley Investments is to be sentenced Friday, and prosecutors want him to report to prison immediately. Lochmiller was convicted in July and at 64 years old, faces what could amount to a life sentence. According to the Daily Sentinel, Assistand U-S Attorney Michelle Heldmyer urged the court to reject a request by Lochmiller to hold off reporting to prison in order for him to have knee replacement surgery. She says the investors will never see thier $30 million returned and at least deserve to see Lochmiller begin serving his sentence promptly.
D-51 DRUG OFFENSES
District 51 School officials are hoping to reduce the number of drug expulsions by offering counseling to first time offenders. The Daily Sentinel says those caught with drugs are suspended for 5-days, a second offense results in a 1-year suspension. Under a pilot program, first offenders will be given a choice of a two-day suspension with four 1-hour counseling sessions. The idea, to help students learn from the experience.
ABSTINENCE-ONLY SEX ED IN UTAH
Abstinence-only sex education in Utah. The legislature has passed a bill prohibiting teachers from teaching about contraceptives, homosexuality or premarital sex. One lawmaker tells the AP it needs to be made clear than an abstinence-only curriculum is the only acceptable method for sex ed. The law is on the governor's desk.
Garfield County is getting closer to hiring a new County Manager. A search began after county commissioners fired 13-year manager Ed Green without cause. According to the Glenwood Post, a search firm has 53 applicants, with a list of finalists expected in two weeks. In the meantime, Green is a finalist for two city manager jobs, one in Centennial on the front range, the other in Cape Coral, FL.