NEWS: Wednesday Februrary 17, 2010

Feb 17th @ 7:03 am in News by Scott Staley

Authorities confirm that the body found in a Delta canal is that of the missing Olathe man. According to the Daily Press, Abe Martinez’s body was found under a bridge in a dried-out section of the FN lateral canal, just inside Delta County.  A ditch rider who was inspecting canals and getting ready for spring runoff found the body Monday.  Two major searches were conducted since Martinez was reported missing in August, but neither search went into Delta County. The death is currently being investigated as a homicide.
Source: Daily Press (Posted 6:01a)

Telluride is looking to fill the soon-to-be vacant Town Manager position by Bluegrass weekend. Frank Bell announced his resignation effective March 19th as he accepted a job in Northern California.  The Daily Planet says over 20 people have applied for the position already.  Telluride Town Council is holding a special meeting tomorrow at 4:00pm in Rebekah Hall regarding the criteria for the position. Those interested in the position should submit a resume and letter of interest to or by mail to PO Box 397, Telluride, CO, 81435 by March 1st.
Source: Daily Planet (Posted 6:01a)

Senator Mark Udall continues his Western Slope tour today. Udall intends on visiting with law enforcement officials, will hold a roundtable discussion about DMEA’s leadership in renewable energy programs, and tour Intermountain Resources to talk about how the state can use bark beetle-killed trees to create clean energy.  Udall visited Western Sanitation in Clifton yesterday as part of his Work Force Tour across the state.
Source: Senator Mark Udall’s website (Posted 6:00a)

The Colorado House has approved and sent to the governor a package of budget-balancing bills. KJCT posts that lawmakers working to fill a $1.5 billion budget shortfall over two years approved charging a 2.9 percent state sales tax on things including candy and soda, downloaded software, and pesticides. Another bill seeks to get online, out-of-state retailers like Amazon to start collecting state sales tax.
Source: KJCT/AP   (Posted 5:59a)