Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Wednesday January 23, 2013

Few details in the sudden resignation of Mesa County Administrator Chantel Unfug. The Daily Sentinel says Commissioner Steve Acquafresca called Unfug's decision was the result of a "Mutual agreement."  Unfug was hired in July of 2011, her resignation less than 2 weeks after two new county commissioners were sworn in.  County Internal Services Director Tom Fisher is serving as interim county administrator.

Partners in Delta and Montrose holding their 12th annual SuperBowl a week from Saturday at Valley Lanes in Delta.  There's a kids tournament in the morning, and adults in the afternoon with cash prizes.  You can get more information at

The Farm Bill is back in the U-S Senate, introduced yesterday by Colorado Senator Michael Bennet and others on the Senate Agriculture Committee.  Bennet's office says the bill is nearly identical to the Farm Bill passed last year in the senate with broad bipartisan support and $23 billion in deficit reductions, but stalled in the House.  Bennet says the bill is an important step in providing vital resources to Colorado farmers, ranchers and rural communities.

The Grand Valley inversion continues, prompting the Mesa County Health Department to issue an Air Quality Advisory for elevated smoke levels.  People sensitive to smoke, those with heart disease, the very young, and elderly are being encouraged to limit time outside until smoke levels decrease. The advisory remains in place until the inversion breaks which may be several days.

Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler is continuing a statewide election integrity listening tour with stops next week in Mesa, Montrose and Garfield County.  Gessler's looking for citizen feedback on the recent election and soliciting changes or improvements for future elections.

The Fruita Relay for Life is kicking off its 2013 event tomorrow at the La Quinta Inn. The Relay this year is May 31st and tomorrow's rally will be the first opportunity to register teams for the event with the theme of Wild Wild West.

Add Palisade to the list of cities and towns banning social marijuana clubs.  The town council there made the move last night.  Fruita has already put a ban in effect and Grand Junction and Mesa County appear headed the same direction.  The action is in the wake of the passage of Amendment 64 legalizing possession of small amounts of pot for recreational use by adults.

Two Boulder Police officers arrested Friday in the killing of a trophy elk have resigned. One of the officers shot the elk while on duty, the other off sick the same night took the animal away.  The Boulder Daily Camera says the officers face nine felonies each after an arrest affidavit alleged texts between the two show the planned to kill the elk as a trophy.