COLORADO GAS PRICES
Colorado's gas prices, once some of the lowest in the country, continue to climb. ColoradoGasPrices.com says the average $3.86/gallon is up 2-cents the past week and 31 cents/gallon higher than one month ago.
The national avg. is down 1.4 cents in the last week to $3.89/g.
MONTROSE AIRPORT CONSTRUCTION
Construction begins today on a taxi-way next to the Montrose Regional Airport's secondary runway. That runway will remain closed through the duration of the project designed to increase aircraft safety and operational efficiency of the airport.
Good news--116 seniors from District 51 high schools are being honored today at the Superintendent's luncheon. All of the students have earned perfect grades all four years of high school. That's a record number honored.
A Grand Junction woman sentenced to six years in prison last week on convictions of buying and selling meth, is being re-sentenced today. Chief Deputy DA Dan Rubinstein argued against a community based sentence and asked for 10 years. Star Tait was set to be transferred today from the Mesa County Jail to the Department of Corrections, but district Judge David Bottger put a stop on that and has scheduled another sentencing today.
That weekend storm resulted in 5 to 10 inches of snow in the mountains, leading to chain requirements and closures. Front range weather officials say the moisture is enough to ease fire danger for a little while, but the long term outlook is harder to predict.
CAR STOLEN WITH 3 YEAR OLD INSIDE
Police are looking for a car stolen in Colorado Springs this morning with a 3 year old child inside. According to the Denver Post, the driver left the engine running and the 3-year old inside when the car was taken from a convenience store about 2:00 this morning. The little boy made his way to a nearby home although police say they don't know how the boy got away. Authorities are on the lookout for a White Chrysler new Yorker.
COST OF LIVING UP
New Department of Labor statistics show consumers in the western U-S paid nearly one percent more last month than in February. The price jump was even greater, 2.4% compared with last year. The Denver Post says gasoline prices were the biggest culprit, climbing 10.7%.
GJPD USE OF FORCE
Use of Force by Grand Junction Polcie Officers is down according to reports in the Daily Sentinel. 40 reported officer involved incident last year was down 30% compared to 2010. Tasers were used only 11 times last year, a five year low.
The family of Paige Birgfeld is holding a public memorial service April 28th at Grand Junction High School. They say they want to give the public a chance to say goodbye. Birgfeld was the mother of 3 who disappeared in Grand Junction in 2007. Her remains were found earlier this year.