NEWS: Tuesday January 26, 2010

Jan 26th @ 7:01 am in News by Scott Staley

Effective immediately, the Telluride Fire Protection District’s director has resigned. Gary Whitfield tells the Daily Planet that he put in his resignation a week ago, but wouldn’t comment any further.  Whitfield worked for the department for 15 years.  The department say there’s no rush to fill his position, but that some internal interviews are being conducted. The Telluride Fire District covers 390 square miles of land.
Source: Daily Planet (Posted 5:59a)

The Mesa County Sheriff is looking for four more years. NBC 11 News says Sheriff Stan Hilkey announced his bid for re-election during yesterday’s Young Republican Luncheon.  Mesa County voters gave the go ahead last November for the Sheriff to run for a third term.  At this time, Hilkey is the only person in running for the position.
Source: NBC 11 News (Posted 5:58a)

Fire investigators say a smoldering cigarette started a house fire that killed an 86-year-old Orchard Mesa woman. According to the Daily Sentinel the Mesa County Coroner’s office says that Phyllis Williams died from carbon monoxide poisoning from the smoke. Firefighters were called to Williams’ house Saturday night. Six cats also died in the blaze.
Source: Daily Sentinel (Posted 5:58a)

Avalanches have killed eight people in the West so far this winter. KJCT posts that the latest was a Utah skier who died Sunday when a wall of snow broke away near Snowbasin resort. Utah Avalanche Center Director Bruce Tremper says more than a month of drought conditions followed by last week’s storms created deep, slide-prone layers of heavy snow atop a weak layer near the ground. Some avalanches have been 10 feet deep and a half-mile wide. He says some “astoundingly huge” avalanches have been triggered by the weight of just one person. Perilous conditions in Utah’s mountain backcountry are expected to persist for several more days. Other avalanche fatalities this year have been recorded in Idaho, Colorado, Oregon, Wyoming, and Montana.
Source: KJCT/AP   (Posted 5:57a)