Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Tuesday April 10, 2012

You might be itching to get summer activities started on forest service land, but officials are reminding people about seasonal closures.  A lot of roads remain closed to prevent road damage and protect soft road beds.  You can get the latest closure information on the forest's website or your local ranger office.

A Montrose man held on suspicion of murder remains jailed under a $150,000 bond.  18 year old Isaac Garcia's attorney yesterday argued for a lower bond pointing out Garcia's community ties and that Garcia has been compliant since the stabbing death of 19 year old Zachary Culmer.  According to the Montrose Daily Press, the judge in the case said Garcia's bond will remain the same unless a "good reason" was shown to change the amount.

A German aircraft company looking to set up a plant to build its business aircraft in Montrose  still doesn't have a federal permit to build its planes in the U-S.  Talks with Extra Aircraft and the Montrose Economic Development Corporation broke down last year when the company couldn't secure financing.  According to the Daily Sentinel, Montrose hasn't been ruled out of the company's plan, but Extra is still waiting for FAA validation for production in the U-S.

The trial of a Colorado State Trooper charged with shooting a Redlands man to death begins in Grand Junction today.  The Daily Sentinel says the 4-man-10-woman jury was sworn in late yesterday and will begin hearing testimony today.  Trooper Gene Lawyer has pleaded not guilty to criminally negligent homicide and other charges in the shooting of 31 year old Jason Kemp in July of 2010.

Two unaffiliated candidates for Mesa County Commissioner are looking to petition their way onto the November Ballot.  John Leane and Jana Gerow must collect 750 signatures by June 4th.  The Daily Sentinel says the last time an unaffiliated candidate was elected to the board of commissioners was Howard Rowland in 1975. Leane and Gerow are looking to run for the District 1 seat being vacated by Craig Meis.

The driver of a car involved in a fatal accident early Saturday morning in Clifton has been cited on suspicion of careless driving causing death and careless driving causing injury.  19 year old Curtis Berenguer of Michigan turned in front of a semi at F-Road and I-70B.  A 21 year old Passenger from Tennessee was killed, a 20 year old from Idaho injured.  All three men were cadets at the U-S Airforce Academy in Colorado Springs.