Monday, January 21, 2013

Monday January 21, 2013

Grand Junction has had a record number of days with sub-zero lows.  The National Weather Service says yesterday's minus 4 marked the 21st time this winter season the minimum daily temperature has dipped below zero.  The next below zero reading will be a record. And Since December, there have been 33 days with a high below 32 degrees.

As long as super cold weather continues in the Grand Valley, area water providers are urging customers to take precautions to avoid frozen water pipes, lines and meters. The City of Grand Junction, Ute Water and Clifton Water all say they've had an increase in calls regarding water problems related to the cold.  All have tips for keeping your pipes safe in this cold weather.

Gasoline in Colorado is looking more affordable with another fall of about 3 cents a gallon in the last week.  The average price yesterday was $2.79 a gallon.  The national average went up .7 cents to $3.26/gal. The lowest price in the country right now is in Laramie, Wyoming where says it's $2.35 a gallon.

Grand Junction's VA Medical Center is putting on a Valentines Day concert, and looking for Gold Star families to honor there.  Gold Star families have lost military members in service to the United State and were awarded a "V" device for valor.  The free concert is February 14th at the Avalon in Grand Junction and features The Grass Roots.

The speed limit on Highway 65 near a back country trail head has been reduced in order make road-side parking safer.  The Daily Sentinel says the limit has gone from 55 to 45 near the County Line parking area and with help from the Grand Mesa Nordic Council parking will expand over the summer the from current space for about 27 vehicles to 60-to-80 spots.

A Boulder City Councilwoman is looking to put regulations in place, or a moratorium to prevent fracking within city limits.  The Boulder Daily Camera says The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and Governor John Hickenlooper both say fracking regulations should be controlled by the state.  A second person on the council says fracking regs shouldn't be a city priority since no gas developer in their right mind would try to put a well within the city limits.

Attendance is up at the National Western Stock Show in Denver. Officials say attendance at the show which runs through next Sunday is running about 4% above last year.

American Red Cross volunteers are going door to door in Grand Junction this morning, handing out fire prevention pamphlets to try and help prevent home fires. The group is taking part in a grassroots nationwide volunteer effort to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.