NEWS: Tue. Mar 2, 2010

Mar 2nd @ 5:27 pm in News by Scott Staley

The City of Delta has selected Joe Kerby as their new City Manager (contingent upon a signed contract). If all goes according to plan, Kerby is expected to start his new duties with the City of Delta in the middle of April. Six candidates applied for the position. Kerby is the former Montrose County Manager, and is currently the Assistant Douglas County Manager.
(Posted 7:54p)

The undercover operative who helped federal officials build a case against more than two dozen people for allegedly looting American Indian artifacts in the Four Corners area has apparently committed suicide. The Daily Sentinel reports police say 52-year-old Ted Dan Gardiner apparently shot himself at a home in a Salt Lake City suburb.   Gardiner worked with the FBI and the Bureau of Land Management for more than two years, coordinating deals with artifacts collectors, dealers and diggers in Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona.  Two other defendants also committed suicide last year.
Source: Daily Sentinel (Posted 6:03p by Jim Kapp)

Gov. Bill Ritter will be held overnight and monitored at Denver Health Medical Center after suffering rib injuries in a bicycle accident early today. The Denver Post says  that during a 4pm briefing spokesman Evan Dreyer states that the governor is stable and doing OK.
Source: Denver Post (Posted 6:04p by Jim Kapp)

A man is being held at the Mesa County Jail charged with smuggling 9 suspected illegal immigrants into Colorado. 34 yr old Juan Rodriguez was arrested Mon. morning on I-70 by mile marker 55 after a routine traffic stop. KJCT reports that the 9 suspected illegal immigrants are being held at the Park County jail awaiting transfer  and Rodrguez is facing 9 counts of human smuggling and faces  a federal charge of illegal re-entry…..
Source: KJCT (Posted 5:25p by Jim Kapp)

At a time when governmental entities across the nation are dealing with revenue shortfalls and service curtailments, Garland County Sheriff Lou Vallario returned more than $2.1 million of last year’s $17 + million annual operating budget to the citizens he serves.  The entire Sheriff’s dept has pooled their efforts to trim expenses while maintaining public safety.
Source: News Release  (Posted 5:30pm  by Jim Kapp)