NEWS: Monday March 8, 2010

Mar 8th @ 8:45 am in News by Scott Staley

I-70 UPDATE:::Around midnight,  a major rockslide occurred in Glenwood Canyon at mile marker 125, just west of the Hanging Lake Tunnel.  Currently, eastbound and westbound I-70 is closed between approximately Dotsero and Glenwood Springs.  Several detour routes are in place:

From westbound I-70: exit at US 40/Empire to State Highway 13 and back to I-70; exit in Silverthorne and take State Highway 9 to US 40 and State Highway 13; exit at Wolcott/State Highway 131 to US 40 and State Highway 13.
From eastbound I-70: exit at Rifle/State Highway 13 to US 40 and back to I-70.

(Photos courtesy of CDOT)
Source: CDOT   (Posted 9:04a)

Those in the tanning industry aren’t happy about the Tan-Plan which was passed as part of the Health Care Reform Bill by the Senate back in December.  NBC 11 News says this so-called “Tan Tax” calls for a 10% sales tax on tanning salons, a move owners say will eventually cause them to lose customers. Originally tanning wasn’t included in the bill.  Instead, cosmetic procedures such as Botox and liposuction were going to be taxed 5%. The Tan Tax is a way for the U.S. Government to pay for the Health Care Reform Bill that is said to cost $1 trillion dollars.
Source: NBC 11 News (Posted 7:43a)

Construction is slated to begin this week to install a traffic signal and widen one of Fruita’s busiest intersections. The Daily Sentinel says a population increase has led to the update at Colorado Highway 340 and Aspen Avenue in Fruita. Two years ago, the City Council said it preferred a signal rather than a roundabout because the signal would cost less, be safer for non-motorized traffic, and require no additional right of way. Officials have not yet said when the project will be complete.
Source: Daily Sentinel (Posted 7:42a)

Federal records show that more than a third of Colorado’s banks lost money last year, outpacing results nationally. The Denver Post writes that according to data posted by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, 34 percent of the states banks failed to make a profit, compared with 29 percent of institutions nationwide. Banks around the country have struggled with a weakening economy, rising unemployment, tumbling home prices and soaring loan defaults, prompting them to tighten lending standards.
Source: Denver Post (Posted 7:41a)

Congratulations to four local high school basketball teams making it to the Final 8. Ouray and Ridgway Boys will play in Pueblo, Paonia girls, also play in Pueblo, and Olathe girls will play in Ft. Collins.  The Final 8 games start this Thursday. We’ll post our broadcasting schedule on the website later this week. Stay tuned!
(Posted 7:17a)