NEWS: Tuesday January 26, 2010

Jan 26th @ 9:31 am in News by Scott Staley

The Delta man accused of first-degree murder and fatal child abuse won’t appear in court until August after his private defense attorney withdrew. According to the Daily Press, Daven Beck was no longer able to pay for his attorney, and was appointed a public defender yesterday.  Beck, accused of repeatedly slamming his daughter down causing her to die of blunt force trauma to her head and neck in December 2008, was originally set for trial next month.  Beck also faces misdemeanor child abuse charges for allegedly violently spanking the infant’s toddler sister.
Source: Daily Press (Posted 8:30a)

Last week one major topic was discussed during the annual Western Colorado Horticultural Society meeting, damage and loss to grape crops from sub-zero temperatures early last month.  The Daily Sentinel writes that one grower believes everything west of the Big Wash on Orchard Mesa will have no significant crop this year. Thermometers across the valley plummeted as low as minus 16 December 9th and 10th, killing about a quarter of Mesa County’s grape crop. The article says vineyards in Delta County were unaffected by the cold. The loss of grapes is a mixed blessing. While the economic loss will affect many budgets, losing some buds might make for better wine, as most grape growers thin their crops anyway.
Source: Daily Sentinel (Posted 8:30a)

An elderly Durango man has been found dead in a snowdrift just in front of his house. But authorities haven’t said what may have killed him. The Durango Herald says a postal carrier found the body of the 74-year-old man in the snwodrift Monday afternoon. The elderly man has not been identified, and an autopsy is pending. Durango Police Capt. Micki Browning says foul play is not suspected, but that an investigation is ongoing.
Source: Durango Herald (Posted 8:29a)