Thursday, December 6, 2012

Thursday December 6, 2012

Delta Police are investigating the death of a person hit by a pickup last night. He was crossing Highway 92 near Henrie Street around 8:00 last night when he was struck. He was seriously injured and flown to Grand Junction where he died of his injuries.

Grand Junction City Council has signed off on the 2013 budget.  The city continues to grow since significant cuts in 2009.  Next year's $145.8 million budget includes 13 new positions which leaves the city with 69 fewer positions than in 2009.  The plan includes parks improvements, Avalon Theater renovation, and street overlay increases.  You can look at the entire budget on the city's website

CMU Cycling Coach Rick Crawford has admitted involvement in professional cycling doping more than ten years ago. The University says Crawford will continue to coach and will serve 500 hours of community service in anti doping education for the US Anti-Doping Agency.  Former professional cyclist and outspoken anti-doping advocate Scott Mercier has signed on to act as Director of CMU cycling.

The grandmother of two boys who died in suspicious circumstances on the Grand Mesa has gone to court to try and have the boys' remains buried next to their father, her son Eric Jenson, who was killed in a car crash in October. According to the Daily Sentinel, the grandmother, Diane Mathena, believes the boys' mother wants to have the remains cremated. The matter hasn't been set for a hearing.

The Colorado Secretary of State's Office is set to certify the results of the November election and several Colorado business and advocacy organizations — including the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce and Club 20 have sent a letter to US Attorney General Eric Holder to make clear whether he intends to enforce federal laws against marijuana sale, use, and possession.  Club 20 tells the Daily Sentinel businesses and agencies that must comply with federal law need to know Holder's intentions so they can figure out how to handle issues relating to Colorado's new law.

It's dry in Colorado, especially in the Colorado River, and Yampa and White River basins where snowpack is 39 and 37%. Statewide snowpack is 41% of normal.  Snow IS expected in the next few days, up to 6 inches or more in the northern mountains.

The figures are in from Colorado Gives Day: a record $15 million was raised for local nonprofits around Colorado.  Officials say 68,000 donations were made, from $10- all the way to one donor who gave $44,000 to 96 different charities.

SWAT teams from the Grand Junction Police and Mesa County Sheriff's Departments are holding their annual toy drive Saturday from 11 to 3 at Mesa Mall next to Target.  The teams are bringing their armored rescue vehicle and collecting toys for the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots. Kids can get in the BearCat and have a chance to win prizes.