Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Tuesday November 6, 2012 ELECTION DAY

We expect shorter lines at the following Vote Centers:

Fruita Civic Center - Library
325 E. Aspen, Fruita

Clifton Road & Bridge Shop
3202 C 1/2 Road, Clifton / OM

Mesa County Fairgrounds - Building C
2785 Highway 50, Grand Jct

Vote early in the day, if you can. Lines tend to get longest late in the afternoon.
All 10 of the Vote Center locations are listed on our website: www.mesacounty.us.  Just click on Voter Information. (If you have a mail ballot that you want to drop off in person, the ballot box locations are also listed on this page.)

Experts from Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming and Nevada are coming to Grand Junction this week to talk about helping communities cope with the possibility of future water shortages in the Upper Colorado River Basin. The 3-day conference is sponsored by the Water Center at CMU. You can get a schedule and information on the water center website at ColoradoMesa.edu.

If you haven't heard enough about the Michael Blagg Murder case, here's a chance to get more.  A new program on Investigation Discovery is airing tomorrow night.  Blagg was convicted of murdering his wife Jenifer in 2001, his 6 year old daughter Abby has never been found.  The episode airs on the series The Devil You Know tomorrow night at 8:00.

There's always a higher voter turnout for presidential elections, and this one is no different.  As of last night, 75% of Mesa County's active voters had cast ballots early or by mail.  Ten vote centers are set up around Mesa county. A list of those with the shortest expected lines is posted on our facebook page, along with a link to the clerk's office for a list of all ten voting sites.

I-70 is open again at Dotsero after a crash involving two semis shut down the eastbound lanes for hours yesterday afternoon.  The state patrol says two trucks were headed east when the one in the rear struck the one in front. The truck in the rear rolled causing the closure.  traffic was rerouted to Highway 6 as crews worked to clean up the mess.  The driver of the truck in the rear was cited for Careless Driving.  Neither driver was injured.

The USA Pro Cycling Challenge will be back in Montrose next summer if the Montrose city council has anything to say about it.  The Montrose Daily press says the council voted unanimously last night to make $30,000 available to the Montrose Association of Commerce and Tourism's application to play host.

Montrose County Commissioners have voted to to suspend impact fees for new construction.  It's the third time the board has made the move in an effort to encourage new development.  The Montrose Daily Press says the county found in the current economic climate, the fees were a deterrent to construction and wouldn't add much help to the county anyway.

The Grand Junction City Council has agreed to send $30,000 in funding next year to the detox program at Colorado West Regional Mental Health Center.  The daily Sentinel says not the entire council is behind the move.  Councilman Jim Doody and Mayor Pro Tem Laura Luke expressed reservations.  Police Chief John Camper told the council the detox facility is a necessity.

The Denver District Attorney has launched a criminal investigation into whether Secretary of State Scott Gessler violated the law by using state funds to attend a partisan event.  The group Colorado Independent Ethics Commission has begun an investigation of its own.  The Denver Post says a trip to a Republican national lawyers Association meeting Florida is in Question.  Gessler was reimbursed from his office's discretionary account for the trip.