Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tuesday April 24, 2012

Grand Junction Police are looking for a man missing since last Thursday.  59 year old Clarence Lipinski was last seen riding a recumbent bicycle that morning and hasn't been heard from since.  Anyone with information should call 911.

Today is C-DOT's 8th Annual Remeberance Day in honor of road workers who've lost their lives doing their jobs over the past 80 years.  58 employees have died...nearly half of those in work zones.  CDOT says there were more over 830 work zone crashes last year in Colorado resulting in 96 injuries and 10-deaths.

Two men are dead, one injured in a rollover crash on I-70.  It happened yesterday around 3:00 near Silt.  The State Patrol says a Nissan Maxima was headed east, went off the left side of the road and rolled several times in the median.  Three men were not wearing seatbelts and were thrown from the car.  Speed is considered a factor in the crash. Westbound lanes of I-70 were closed for about 3 hours during the investigation.

The Mesa County Coroner's Office has released the name of a man killed in a motorcycle crash Sunday north of Gateway.  79 year old Lyle Troth, Jr of Glenwood Springs was riding with several members of the Aspen Valley Harley Davidson Owner's group when he lost control and crashed into a guardrail.

If you want to find out more about the Pinon Ridge Uranium Mill under construction near Naturita in Montrose County, you can got to the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce Energy Briefing tomorrow morning.  Curtis Moore of Energy Fuels Resources Corporation will be on hand to talk about his company's plans, the permitting process, the state health department and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Businesses in western Colorado can get some information about exporting their goods at a forum in Montrose next week.  Congressman Scott Tipton is hosting, bringing along federal and local trade experts to talk about procedures and resources available to local businesses.  Tipton's office says close to 4,500 companies export from Colorado every year, and 88% of those are small or medium-sized businesses.  Export 101 is Thursday, May 3rd at the Grand Junction Business Incubator Center.

Comments on facebook have led to the arrests of two Provo, Utah men in connection with booby traps placed on popular Utah hiking trail.  Trip wires were set to drop a 20-pound spiked boulder and to trip a passer-by into a bed of sharpened wooden stakes.  A military trained Forest Service employee found the traps last week.  The 19 and 21 year old suspects were arrested after comments about the traps were found on facebook.

Grand Junction has some affordable housing, but the Grand Junction Housing Authority says stats in a census report released yesterday don't tell the whole story.  According to the Daily Sentinel, the report looks at incomes and  available units in the state between 2006 and 2010 and found about 50 afforable units per 100 low-income households.  In Grand Junction the ratio was 61 per 100.  Jody Kole with the Housing Authority tells the Sentinel if conducted today, the study would likely tell a different story.  She says more than 3,200 households in Grand Junction are spending more than half their income on rent.