Monday, April 30, 2012

Monday April 30, 2012

The Grand Junction Economic Partnership is looking for a video to promote outdoor activities in Mesa County.  It's a facebook contest where anyone can post a video of things like hiking, rafting, skiing or whatever.  The GJEP may use some of the footage and those who enter get a chance to win a GoPro HD Hero Camera.

The weather is cooperating in some parts of Colorado, allowing fire restrictions to be lifted.  The Eagle County Sheriff's Office is the latest to lift a ban there.  Authorities say there is still a lot of fire fuel and they're urging caution whenever conducting open burning.

Weather conditions may be cooperating in Eagle County, but not in Delta County where emergency officials say they're thinking about calling for a ban on open fires.  Emergency Manager Rob Fiedler says he's been in the business for 30 years, in Delta County for the past 9, and conditions on the Grand Mesa are drying out too close for comfort.  Fiedler tells the Daily Sentinel Reversing the arid trend to the weather so far this year would require intervention of biblical proportions.

Local law enforcement and the DEA teamed up over the weekend and collected nearly 300 pounds of prescription and over-the-counter drugs during the "Drug Take Back" event in Mesa County.  Agencies across the country took part in the effort to get unused drugs off the street.

Three people hospitalized after a rollover crash on I-70.  It happened yesterday west of Parachute.  The State Patrol says a car headed westbound lost control and rolled several times in the median.  Three female occupants were taken to the hospital with injuries dscribed as minor to severe.

The price of gas in Colorado has fallen 2-cents in the past week to $2.85 a gallon, still 4-cents a gallon higher than the national average. says the average price continues to drop across the U-S and is now nearly 10-cents a gallon lower than the same date a year ago.

The latest plans for those dead cows near the Conundrum Hot Springs wouthwest of Aspen has the carcasses being cut into pieces and scattered in the woods.  There had been talk of using fire to destroy the cabin where the dead cows are and the cows, but officials say that'd take an environmental analysis. Forest officials tell the Aspen Times scattering the remains would be easier and quicker.

The Heritage Foundation’s “Values Bus” is scheduled to stop in Grand Junction this afterno0on at 5:30 at Lincoln Park.  The conservative organization is traveling the country with a presentation about how the foundation will help restore American values to government and society.  Tea Party members are hosting a rally of their own Friday afternoon at Lincoln Park.  That get together will feature Saturday Night Live comic Victoria Jackson and Niger Innis, son of Congress of Racial Equality leader Roy Innis.