NEWS; Tue. March 9, 2010

Mar 9th @ 5:15 pm in News by Scott Staley

A CBI background check of 31 year-old Robert McCleland shows arrests on two occasions. In 1997 and 1999 he was charged with disorderly conduct, domestic violence, resisting arrest and other charges.  NBC 11 News reports that last night police say he was responsible for the death of another man and is now facing first degree murder charges.  According to a report by the Grand Junction Police, this isn’t the first time police officers have been called McCleland’s home.  In the past eighteen months, police records show cops have been called out for noise complaints, verbal disturbances and much more.  He is being held in the Mesa County Jail.
Source: NBC 11 News (Posted 5:12p by Jim Kapp)

The indefinite closure from the Glenwood Canyon rock-slide actually has two industries benefiting. KJCT reports that Amtrak and various flights from the Western Slope are seeing increased demands.  Amtrak says the tracks were not affected by the rock slide and is continuing normal operation.  Plane services are seeing increased number of travelers as well. For this week alone, the number of passengers using the Denver Air Connection has gone up exponentially.
Source: KJCT (Posted 5:13p by Jim Kapp)

Dolores County’s unemployment rate is the worst for any county in the state since the Great Recession began. This according to the figures that came out last month from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  17 percent of Dolores County residents were considered unemployed.  According to the Daily Planet this high rate of unemployment is based on many factors including a slump in construction, tourism being down and not much work the agricultural industry during the winter.  But one of the biggest factors is the mines shutting down.
Source: Daily Planet (Posted 3:54p by Jim Kapp)

Skywest Airlines says a plane that returned to the Aspen Airport because of smoke inside didn’t complete the flight to Denver as officials originally said. NBC 11 News reports that Skywest spokesperson Marissa Snow had said that passengers were booked on later flights to their destination.  The plane itself was flown to Denver for maintenance with no passengers aboard.  Snow says her earlier statements were incorrect. Initial reports said the smoke was in the cockpit, but some passengers witnessed the  smoke coming from the  main cabin.
Source: NBC 11 News (Posted 3:55p by Jim Kapp)

A section of 18 Road is closed this week to allow construction of a new convenience store. A Maverick convenience store is being built at the corner of Highway 6 & 50 and 18 Road in Fruita. KJCT reports  the store is set to open at the end of April. The intersection will be closed through Sunday. Traffic is being re-routed onto 19 Road.  Maverick is a family owned company based out of Utah and Wyoming. They have about 200 stores in seven western states. Maverick plans to build two more stores in the Grand Valley this year.
Source: KJCT (Posted 3:56p by Jim Kapp)