Monday, September 10, 2012

Monday September 10, 2012

Nearly 2,800 DUI arrests were made in Colorado during the 100 Days of Heat increased summer enforcement period.  C-DOT says 88 local agencies and the State Patrol teamed up for the effort.  More than half the arrests were made during a national push between August 17th and September 3rd.  The summer-long total was up 6% compared with last year.

One Grand Valley school has been named a 2012 Blue Ribbon School.  Pear Park Elementary got the word Friday.  Garnet Mesa Elementary in Delta was also named, along with three other Colorado Schools.  The U-S Secretary of Education says the schools are committed to accelerating student achievement and preparing students for success in college and careers.

Grand Junction is a Train Town, at least as far as the Union Pacific is concerned.  The railroad is celebrating its 150th anniversary publishing towns' historical connections with the railroad on the Union Pacific website.  Grand Junction has been home to rail line since 1882.

Two Grand Junction men have been arrested after police say a car was hit by gun fire in the Riverside Park area.  It happened Saturday night around 6:45.  20 year old Marcos Gomez and 22 year old Nicholas Guzman were stopped in the 1700 block of Rood Avenue.  Guzman was booked on suspicion of a weapons offense, reckless endangerment and other charges.  Gomez was booked on suspicion of DUI, reckless driving, and a weapons offense.  No one was injured in the gunfire.

Former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter is now the Director of New Energy Economy at CSU, and is hosting a talk tonight on a campaign called "90 By 20."  Ritter calls it a realistic approach to protect the Colorado River by asking urban water users to set a goal of 90-gallons per person, perday by the year 2020. 90 By 20 calls the Colroado River the eocnomic lifeblood of the West.

The Colorado State Patrol's Women's Resource Network is concluding its statewide food drive in Grand Junction today, delivering donations from across Colorado the the Western Slope Food Bank of the Rockies.  The drive started July 22nd and comes to an end at the group's annual conference today.  The WRN is quick to point out the official food drive ends today, the the State patrol and the Food Bank continue to encourage residents to help in the fight against hunger.

The group backing November's Amendment 64 has filed suit in Denver District Court over wording in the state voter guide.  The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol says some of the strongest arguments in support of the Amendment were removed from the Blue Book by the Legislative Council.  The campaign says it wants the arguments reinserted and wants the court to stop the Legislative Council staff from sending the book to the printers with what it calls the improper modifications.

The price of gas in Colorado is climbing again, up 5 1/2 cents a gallon in the past week. says the average $3.59 a gallon is up 11 cents in the past month.  A Senior Analyst says he remains firm in his belief the national average will start to decline toward the end of September, as it typically does.

Meeker's embattled elementary school is back in session after being closed all last year.  Some 350 students were shuffled off to classrooms at other schools while the district decided how to fix structural problems in the new building.  The Daily Sentinel says the design and builder of the school took responsiblity for the problems and paid to fix them.  The district covered costs of some mistakes of its own. The ordeal called into question the soundness of other facilities built by Neenan Company around the state.

The Colorado Court of Appeals has upheld a verdict in a Grand Junction plane crash in 2005.  A Tennessee man who was a passenger in the plane that crashed on landing at the airport filed suit claiming air traffic control at the airport was negligent.  The Daily Sentinel says the pilot of the plane later died and was unable to give testimony about the communication, and air-traffic recordings had been destroyed.

A fund has been set up for a student from Jamaica injured when his car hit a bear on Dallas Divide.  The Daily Sentinel says the man had worked the past three summers at a market in Telluride and was on his way to the Grand Junction airport last Monday when the crash happened.  His family has flown in from Jamaica and a fund for John-Ross Farquharson has been set up at Alpine Bank to help pay medical bills and family expenses.

The Mesa County Coroner's office has released the name of a man killed in a roll-over crash on I-70.  34 year old Fortunato Diaz-Alejandro of Fruita. was thrown from his pickup and pinned when it rolled near Clifton Saturday night.