NEWS: Fri. February 19, 2010

Feb 19th @ 3:54 pm in News by Scott Staley

CDOT is offering updates on road condition information, news releases and construction information across the state, broken down by specific corridors and regions of the state.  But with some new technology they are now able to offer web users improved communication methods and provide more real-time information for those traveling.  To sign up to receive these updates just go to their website.  www.coloradodot.info and click on the icon in upper right corner entitled “Sign up for Email and Wireless Alerts.”
Source: Press Release  (Posted 3:51p by Jim Kapp)

The Grand Junction Police Department wants the community to be aware of an old scam that is resurfacing this time with  an  Olympics twist.  The scam starts with a phone call, usually to a senior citizen, from a person claiming to be the victim’s grandchild.  In the most recent version going around, the caller claiming to be the grandchild says he’s been arrested while traveling to the Olympics in Canada and needs the victim to send money to bail him out of jail. If you receive a call like this ask for a phone number to call the person back.  He’ll likely hang up.  And by no means should you offer the caller any information they can use against you….
Source: GJPD News Release  (Posted 3:53p by Jim Kapp)

City Council Candidate Jesse Bailey has filed for bankruptcy and his house is in foreclosure.  The Montrose Press reports that Bailey is still running for office and claims he has learned from his mistakes and if elected he would focus on fiscal responsibility….
Source: Montrose Press (Posted 3:55p by Jim Kapp)

Gov. Bill Ritter today announced five grants that will improve public facilities and services in rural counties such as San Miguel, Lincoln and Sedgwick counties. The grants are being awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Source: News Release  (Posted 3:57p by Jim Kapp)

Vandals hit a Fruitvale home overnight and caused serious damage.  NBC 11 News reports that according to investigators, a car at the corner of Bonita Ave. and Pioneer Road was set on fire and completely engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived.  Investigators also pointed out that the vehicle was hit with shots from a paintball gun and the house and trees around the car were covered in toilet paper.  The Grand Junction Fire Department is investigating.
Source: NBC 11 News (Posted 3:58p by Jim Kapp)