NEWS; Thur. February 11, 2010

Feb 11th @ 5:06 pm in News by Scott Staley

Vacancy rates for Grand Junction rental properties have increased 10.1 percent in one year, according to data released today by the Colorado Division of Housing. The Daily Sentinel reports that vacancies sharply increased from the 4th quarter of 2008 to the 4th quarter of last year.  The primary reason for the increased rate is likely related to unemployment….
Source: Daily Sentinel (Posted 5:24p by Jim Kapp)

Mesa State College is hoping to place human corpses for scientific study on college property in Pear Park. This collection of human corpses for forensic study is known as a body farm.  It would be the 5th such body farm in the country.  However, according to the Daily Sentinel residents in area are not too keen on the idea.  It was first reported that the school was looking on pursuing the idea of a body farm but at the time college officials declined to comment on where they planned on locating it.    Now that its known Pear Park residents feel the location is inappropriate considering the close proximity of  residential homes.
Source: Daily Sentinel (Posted 5:10p by Jim Kapp)

Over the super bowl weekend Colorado State Patrol’s “Heat is On” campaign caught 371 drivers driving while intoxicated. The Heat is On Crack down was from Friday Feb. 5th at 6pm to 3am Monday following the Super Bowl.  Preliminary statistics showed there were no alcohol-related fatalities in the state during that time period.  However, the DUI arrest are up significantly from last year’s Super Bowl crackdown….
Source: Press Release  (Posted 5:11p by Jim Kapp)

Both Olathe High School Principal Scot Brown and Montrose High School Principal Jim Barnhill congratulated the Montrose/Olathe NJROTC program for earning 2 first place awards in the statewide drill meet that was held in Colorado Springs on Jan. 23rd. The cadets in attendance included; Katrina Harris, Savannah George, Victor Perez, Fabian Hightower, Pamela Chacon and Marc Gohn.  Chief John Boughton is the instructor for the program….
Source: Press Release  (Posted 5:11p by Jim Kapp)