NEWS: Monday January 25, 2010

Jan 25th @ 6:55 am in News by Scott Staley

Some of you might have been in the middle of a late dinner when the power went out in the Montrose area Saturday night. DMEA reports that power went out at 7:40 in the Spring Creek Mesa area, Highway 550 South area, and on Chipeta Drive and Spring Creek for at least an hour in some areas after the Happy Canyon substation was opened due to a blown arrestor.  Over 1,500 customers were affected.
Source: DMEA   (Posted 5:54a)

More than 100,000 people have signed an online petition calling for harsh punishment for a man accused of dragging a dog to death.  Thirty-7-year-old Steven Clay Romero, faces a federal animal cruelty charge after Buddy, a German shepherd mix, was found dead Dec. 30 in Colorado National Monument. His sister, 32-year-old Melissa Lockhart of Fruita faces felony theft charges for allegedly stealing the dog and telling Romero to get rid of him. According to the Denver Post, Gary Sherman, creator of the “Demand Justice for Buddy” Facebook page, said more than 212,000 people across the United States and 111 other countries have joined his page, with about half signing the petition. Romero could face up to three years in a federal prison.
Source: Denver Post (Posted 5:53a)

Coloradans are like most Americans – smoking less over the last 15 years resulting in longer life expectancy and improved quality of life. But according to a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine, those benefits could be wiped out by the growing obesity rate. Chuck Reed with the American Cancer Society says few people know the link between being overweight and getting cancer.  Reed says research shows if all U.S. adults became nonsmokers of normal weight by 2020, life expectancy would shoot up 3.76 years.
Source: Colorado News Connection   (Posted 5:51a)

Six people were injured in a 20 vehicle accident on a wet, snowy highway that forced the closure of Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon for more than four hours. According to KJCT, the State Patrol says a trooper was investigating two separate crashes involving six vehicles when other vehicles began crashing behind him.
Source: KJCT/AP   (Posted 5:50a)