Monday, May 14, 2012

Monday May 14, 2012

Grand Junction Police are looking for a man who robbed the Family Dollar Store on Orchard Mesa.  It happed just after 4:00 yesterday.  A man wearing black said he was armed and demanded cash from the register and ran from the store.  No other details were released.

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission has approved hunting license numbers for the year, including reduction in numbers for mule deer, elk and pronghorn and increases in licenses to manage growing populations of moose and black bears.  A 2008 study show big game hunting in Colorado provides more than $430 million a year in economic impact and supports 4,660 jobs in the state.

C-DOT crews are repaving on and off ramps on I-70 at Canyon Creek this week.  Motorists will see some slowing and lane reductions.  The New Castle Exit can be used as an alternative.  The work is to be finished by Friday.

More good news for Colorado drivers.  The price of gas has fallen 3 cents a gallon over the past week.  The average now $3.78, 5 cents higher than the national average. says the Colorado average has dropped 8.1 cents during the last month, compared with a 16 1/2 cent drop nationally.

A 120 acre fire burning on the G-MUG forest between Whitewater and Delta is still burning in a very remote area.  It was started by lightning on private land Friday and spread to forest land in windy conditions late Saturday.  Fire officials say crews, including a hotshot team and an engine are working to contain the fire.

State Troopers say the driver of a car that side swiped another, before rolling on I-70 near Palisade may have fallen asleep at the wheel.  The driver was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown out as the car rolled 2 1/2 times near mile marker 42.  A buckled-in passenger suffered minor injuries, and the driver of the car hit before the rollover was not injured. The wreck happened about 6:30 last night and is still under investigation.

The Homeward Bound Homeless shelter on North Avenue is moving, and expects to open by early next year.  Staff tell the Daily Sentinel the old Grand Valley Rural Power building at 28 Road and I-70 B is being converted and added onto, and when it opens will be more than twice the size of the current shelter.  Plans call for a separate wing for families and a playground.

State lawmakers at back at the capital for a special session starting today.  The issue of Civil Unions prompted the session, but other bills are also on the agenda.  According to the Denver Post, Governor Hickenlooper who called the session, says it's as much about the other bills that died in the Civil Union debate.  Lawmakers are set to tackle funding for water projects, penalties for driving under the influence of drugs, stablizing unemployment-insurance rates, and others.

One person dead and 3 others injured when a tractor trailer rig rolled off an I0-070 overpass at Avon, landed on a car below and exploded into flames.  A spokeswoman for the town of Avon tells The Denver Post the driver of the truck was killed, but three people in a Honda CRV the truck landed on, lived.  It happened about 10:00 yesterday morning.  The westbound I-70 bridge remains closed as damage is being assessed.