Thursday, December 20, 2012

Thursday December 20, 2012

Two men are being treated for stab wounds after an altercation at a Clifton trailer park.  Mesa County Sheriff's spokeswoman Heather Benjamin says the two apparently stabbed each other last night.  A witness was being questioned. Investigators still looking for a motive.

The Secretary of State's office is out with a Top Ten list for wise giving.  They say it's really important, especially around the holidays to make sure the charity you're helping is legitimate.  The top ten list for checking out a charity is available on the Colorado state website.

The BLM is extending the public comment period to January 18th on a Genesis Gas & Oil expansion plan near the town of Mesa. Existing roads will be used an another 3 and 1/2 miles of road are planned.  The detailed proposal is available at the BLM.

A group calling themselves the Fiscal Cliffmas Carolers is stopping at Congressman Scott Tipton's Grand Junction office later this morning, putting their views to music.  The singers say all they want for Christmas is to see Tipton put the middle class over millionaires and ask the top 2% to pay their fair share.

Heavy snow overnight Tuesday into Wednesday is providing a little relief from the drought, but not much.  The Bureau of Reclamation tells The Daily Sentinel numbers on the moisture content of the snow won't be available for a while, and with the snowpack at only 39% of average at the end of last month, a whole lot more is needed just to get up to average.

A Grand Junction mother has come up with a unique way to honor the memories of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting.  Annie Wright has hung 26 Christmas stockings on a tree between Pitkin and Ute Avenues at 15th Street.  She's encouraging anyone who wants to, to leave a note to the families.  She says she'll send them to Connecticut January 7th.

Governor John Hickenlooper is calling for a moment of silence tomorrow to honor the 26 people killed at Sandy Hook elementary school last week. People all over the country plan a silent memorial at 9:30 Colorado time.  Hickenlooper made the call after a request from CT Governor Dannel Malloy asked all of the country's governors to join the moment. Churches and government buildings in CT also plan to ring bells 26 times to honor each person killed.

Grand Junction reporting a total 4.6 inches of snow in this week's storm and now the state's climatologist says favorable storm-tracking means more snow is possible through the end of the year.  Nolan Doesken tells the Denver Post snowpack in many of the state's river basins has climbed as much as 30% in the past ten days, with the Yampa and White river basins at 80% of average.