Monday, May 7, 2012

Monday May 7, 2012

Winter weather making a return to Colorado, with a winter weather advisory in effect for Pikes Peak areas through 6:00 tonight.  Forecasters say Pikes Peak could get between 6 and 10 inches of snow, with 2 to 5 inches on parts of the eastern slope tonight. 

Foreclosure sales in Mesa County are driving the real estate market.  Although it's not rebounding, it is moving, and a local company says there are signs the the market is moving toward a potential bottom out.  Real Data tells the Daily Senintel sales were up in the first quarter of the year, but with a slight decline in prices.

DNA testing that exhonorated a Grand Junction man jailed for 16 years, now may be used to cover crimes other than murder, manslaughter and sexual assault.  The Daily Sentinel says a $1.4 million grant from the National Institute of Justice is being used in an effort to screen cases that might benefit from DNA testing.  The  coordinator of the Colorado Justice Review Project says her office is in the early stages of review.

A bank robber is still on the loose after tying up employees and one customer at a Carbondale bank Saturday.  Garfield County Sheriff's officials say the robber stole an employee's car and is on the run.  The suspect's described as a white man about 5-8 and 150 pounds.  He may have been wearing a long straight black wig and fake mustache along with a long sleeve gray shirt and gray pants.

Some relief at the pumps in Colorado with the price of gas down just over 2 1/2 cents this week. the price isn't falling as fast as it climbed over the past few months, averaging $3.82/gal.  Nationally the average has dropped 13.5 cents a gallon in the last month, compared with a 1.5 cent a gallon drop in Colorado.

Whoever fills the vacancy on the Fruita City Council, it will be a man.  Four men are vying for the seat left vacant when councilwoman Lori Buck was elected mayor last month.  The Daily Sentinel says the council will choose Buck's successor at its meeting next week.

Super PACs, or Political Action Committees, have received more than $1 million from Coloradans this election cycle, from as little as $25 from some donors to as much as $100,000.  The Denver Post says a lawyer at the Campaign Legal Center says what's troubling is a Super PAC can single-handedly sway a smaller house race like the 3rd Congressional District where democrats are trying to win back the seat held by Republican Scott Tipton. Democrat Sal Pace, through Super PACs, could outspend Tipton by as much as 3 to 1. Pace says he'd rather win without the Super PAC money

Scientists have been poring over the ice age findings art the Ziegler Reservoir near Snowmass Village and now are trying to figure out if early man may have been there.  The Aspen Daily News Online says two co-leaders of the dig found soccer-size rocks where they shouldn't have been and say similar stones have been found to have been used to hide meat cashes in ice-bound spots away from predators.

The state legislature is down to its final 3 days of the session.  All of the floor and committee action can be seen or heard on the legislature's website.