NEWS: Monday January 25, 2010

Jan 25th @ 11:28 am in News by Scott Staley

Fire investigators are looking for clues in a weekend house fire that killed an elderly woman. The Daily Sentinel says 86-year-old Phyllis Williams died Saturday night, a few hours after a neighbor noticed smoke pouring out of her house. Firefighters were able to pull Williams out, but she died of burns and smoke inhalation Saturday night at St. Mary’s Hospital.
Source: Daily Sentinel (Posted 10:30a)

Ellen Roberts, Republican Candidate for Colorado State Senate District 6, will be in Montrose on Saturday, January 30. Ellen is the current Colorado State Representative for District 59.  She will be available to meet with supporters from 2-4PM at Around the Corner Art Gallery, 447 Main Street in Montrose.  Ellen has been called “A Leader to Watch” by the Denver Post. For questions, call Kay at 596-2493.
Source: PSA   (Posted 10:26a)

Five snowmobilers are missing in Routt County, but searchers are hopeful the local men are still alive. According to the Steamboat Pilot, the missing snowmobilers are between the ages of 25 and 33 who didn’t return home from a snowmobiling trip in north Routt County Sunday. A search is to begin this morning.
Source: Steamboat Pilot (Posted 10:26a)

Overindulgence or a spiked drink? The Denver Post writes that law enforcement and at least one Aspen bar aren’t taking any chances after about a dozen people in separate incidents in Aspen and Snowmass reported memory loss believed caused by someone slipping them the date-rape drug Rohypnol, better known by its street name “roofies.” Recent incidents didn’t involve sexual assault and affected both men and women. Bartenders at Belly Up, Aspen’s largest and busiest live-music bar, have been instructed to discard unattended drinks. Response, an area agency that deals with domestic violence, will distribute napkins warning drinkers to watch their beverages. Law enforcement has begun tracking reported incidents of memory loss believed caused by something more than alcohol.
Source: Denver Post (Posted 10:24a)

Congress passed legislation on Haiti donations. The millions of Americans who have donated money to the earthquake relief efforts underway in Haiti will be able to claim an itemized tax deduction on their 2009 tax returns, when a bill passed by the U.S. House of
Representatives and the Senate becomes law.

H.R. 4462 gives taxpayers the option of claiming charitable contributions
for relief in Haiti on either their 2009 or 2010 tax returns, so long as the
contribution is made before March 1, 2010.  In addition, the bill allows
taxpayers to use a telephone bill as proof of donations made via a text

Certified Public Accountants are available to help Americans make smart
decisions about how to choose where to make relief contributions.
Source: Press Release   (Posted 10:21a)