Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Tuesday October 9, 2012

A new Pew Research poll is out and shows Republican Mitt Romney leading President Obama by 49 to 45% among likely voters. KDVR in Denver called the survey the latest and strongest indication last Wednesday's debate in Denver may have been a serious setback to the president's reelection chances. Romney still trails in Ohio and if that continues, he'll need to win nearly every other battleground state to win the White House.

Grand Junction Police have released a description of a vehicle involved in a possible hit and run early Sunday.  32 year old Amber Davidovich suffered critical injuries when witnesses said a dark-colored Dodge Dakota pulled up next to her at 9th and Main, then sped away.

The Olathe Sweet Corn Festival is in limbo.  Town Trustees there not able to decide how to proceed with planning for next year.  According to the Montrose Daily Press, the festival hasn't made money since 2008 and they can't afford to foot the bill.  A work session last night centered on whether to continue bringing musical entertainment or revert to the festival's smaller, family oriented roots.

A Montrose area rancher has lost two calves to predators and says he's frustrated by the response from Colorado Parks and Wildlife.  The Montrose Daily Press says the first calf was killed September 28th on Lloyd Watson's ranch.  The second, a day later.  Watson suspects a mountain lion is responsible, but CPW believes a coyote may be to blame.  Watson says he's worried the CPW isn't taking the case seriously enough and he and other ranchers in the could lose more livestock.

A long-time Grand Junction attorney is accusing a Colorado State Trooper of threatening him during a traffic stop last May. In a letter to the Daily Sentinel and State Patrol officials, Gregory Hoskin, an attorney in Grand Junction for 47 years, said he was pulled over by motorcycle trooper Dale Smith on May 5th and got into a heated verbal exchange. Smith resigned from the patrol in July, and Hoskin's speeding ticket was not prosecuted because Smith was unavailable to testify.

Today is the last day to register to vote in the General Election, and there are a couple of ways to do it.  You can stop by a county clerks location, go to the driver's license office, or go online to GoVoteColorado.com and do it there.  The Daily Sentinel says Republican registrations lead the way in Colorado, but unaffiliated registrations are up about 20% since January, Democratic up 15%, and Republican registrations are up 9%.

The Western Colorado Drug Task Force is getting the job done, an arrest made early yesterday morning when an officer found 25 pounds of suspected marijuana in a car pulled over on I-70.  The Daily Sentinel says the man was pulled over for speeding in a construction zone and said he was on his way from San Jose, California to Denver.  The pot has an estimated street value between $60 and $65,000.

Investigators in the Denver area are gathering DNA from family members of a 10 year old girl missing from Westminster since last Friday.  The Denver Post says the DNA is being used to  compare with samples taken from the girl's backpack found over the weekend in Superior. Officials say they don't suspect family members in the disappearance and continuing their search in earnest.

 The city of Grand Junction is looking for input on a new, accessible playground at Lincoln Park.  A 250 thousand dollar great outdoors grant is allowing the city to replace the old playground and concrete sidewalks, add an arboretum trail, and take out the loop road. There's a public meeting a week from today at 5:30 at the Lincoln park barn.

Halloween is just a few weeks away and that means it's time to start thinking about Christmas.  The Salvation Army is accepting applications for Christmas assistance.   The salvation army's giving tree program starts soon and they are looking for businesses to host a tree.  You can get information about helping  at the salvation army office.