Westbound I-70 is open through Glenwood Canyon after a more than 8-hour closure overnight. The state patrol shut down the interestate at 2:00 after a semi hauling aluminum scrap rolled. Diesel spilled from its tanks and when crews worked to upright the rig, some of the load spilled forcing the closure. One lane was re-opened by 10:30.
W/B I-70 CLOSED IN GLENWOOD CANYON
I-70 is closed westbound in Glenwood Canyon after an early morning semi- rollover crash. The State Patrol says westbound lanes in the canyon will be closed until haz mat teams can move diesel from the trucks fuel tanks, in order to upright the semi. The closure is expected to last until at least 8:00. Trooper Josh Lewis says the driver from California suffered non-life threatening injuries in the crash at about 2:00 this morning. Eastbound traffic is NOT affected.
O & G SALE
The BLM's quarterly oil and gas lease sale raised $103,000 for a parcel on the Grand Mesa. The Parcel was sold to a Littleton-based Company for $110 an acre. The BLM says Oil and Gas Leases netted the state more than $154 million in fiscal 2011...with oil and gas development contributing $9.5 billion to the state's economy.
GJ RENTS UP
Finding a place to rent in Grand Junction is getting harder. The rental market at its tightest point in three years during the second quarter this year. The Daily Sentinel says the vacancy rate was 5.5%, driving average rentals up $50 per month. One property management company says the area's high unemployment rate and stagnant wage growth are making it hard for landlords to raise rents on existing tenants.
FAKE BILLS IN CIRCULATION
There's still some fake money in circulation in the Grand Valley. Grand Junction Police say they received a report Tuesday from the Orchard Mesa Stop and Save that a woman tried to purchase items with a $10 bill the clerk recognized as being fake. Several reports have been taken over the past few weeks with bills of varying denominations.
AIR FORCE ONE PICTURE IN GJ--Leads to record website visits for the GJ VCB
Thanks for mentioning the VCB. We had the most hits to date to the facebook post with Air Force One which helped with that day's 1200 visits and over 4000 (not 400) page views. Though the web hits were not the highest ever, there was an uptick that day due to President Obama's visit. Thanks so much.
Mistalynn Meyeraan with GJVCB.