Thursday, May 17, 2012

Thursday May 17, 2012

Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park opened early a few days ago, but its closed again.  Officials say it will reopen when adverse condtions improve.

Get ready for some construction east and west of Whitewater on Highway 50.  C-DOT says it's resurfacing a 6.2 mile stretch between Grand Junction and Whitewater and making improvements on an 18 mile stretch from the Mesa/Delta county line south to Delta.  That work will involved milling the pavement to level out waved sections of the road.  The project starts Monday and is expected to be finished by July 1st.

Garfield County Crime Stoppers and Glenwood Springs Police are looking for a bank robber who held up the U-S Bank on Grand Avenue in Glenwood April 27th. The suspect's picture is on the garco crimestoppers website, along with the number to call.

3rd District Congressman Scott Tipton's All of the Above Energy planning act has passed the House Natural Resources Committee and is on it's way to the House floor for a vote.  The Planning for American Energy Act advances responsible energy development on federal land without repealing any environmental regulation or review process.

Mesa County Sheriff's Investigators are looking for a Grand Junction woman who hasn't been heard from for a month. Her family says 42-year old Gerrie Dawson experienced a significant medical event 2 years ago and they're concerned for her safety.
Dawson is 42-years-old, white, 5’ 11” tall, weighing about 140 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair. She typically wears her hair in a ponytail on top of her head. Anyone who sees her or knows her location should contact the non-emergency dispatch at: 970-242-6707.

The Salvation Army in Grand Junction is celebrating National Salvation Army Week today with tours of its facilities throughout Mesa County.  The main office and food storage and processing area is on North 4th Street.  There are also two thrift stores on 4th Street and in the Peach Tree Shopping Center in Clifton.

A Denver-based gas field services company has agreed to pay $4 million and install pollution controlls at operations on two Indian Reservations in northeastern Utah.  The EPA and Department of Justice say the settlement will result in cleaner air for residents on the Uintah and Ouray Reservations and allow responsible development of energy resources in compliance with the Clean Air Act.

U-S Senator Mark Udall's Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act bill is getting a hearing on a House version today.  It's already been heard in a Senate committee.  It would give states flexibility to spend already alloted funds to create or improve public shooting ranges.  Udall says the bill has the support of more than 5,000 Coloradans who've signed petions backing Udall's work to develop public shooting ranges.

The state patrol still has not released information about a motorcyclist killed in a crash on I-70.  It happened yesterday morning between Clifton and Palisade.  Troopers say the man was not wearing a helmet and was not carrying identification.  No word on what might have led to the crash.

Attorneys for a man facing murder charg\es in the death of a 19 year old Palisade woman in 1994 say he was improperly contacted by the FBI and other law enforcement in the Mesa County Jail.  Douglas Thames, Jr. was arrested in the death of Jaycie Taylor after a man convicted of the killing was exonerated.  Thames' attorneys say FBI agents checked into the Mesa County Jail last week and collected evidence from Thames during that visit.

A voluntary river flow program to provide enhanced spring peak flows for endangered fish will not take effect this year because river flows in western Colorado will not approach levels where increased flows would benefit the endangered fishes. This year is very dry, similar to 2002.  The current forecast for the water supply for the Colorado River at Cameo near Grand Junction, Colo., is 44 percent of average.