NEWS: Friday March 19, 2010

Mar 19th @ 10:30 am in News by Scott Staley

Honoring Colorado’s oldest continuous residents, Senator Bruce Whitehead (D-Hesperus) passed a resolution to honor the culture and heritage of the American-Indian Ute nations, made up of the six bands: the Capote, Mouache, Uintah, Uncompahgre, Weenuche, and White River. These six bands make up the Southern Utes, Mountain Utes, and Northern Utes. The only two Ute reservations in Colorado are in Sen. Whitehead’s senate district (SD 6) which are the Southern Ute Indian Tribe and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe.

“The Ute culture and heritage are deserving of respect and great admiration,” said Sen. Whitehead. “I have had the distinct pleasure of working with Ute leaders on many issues important to our district and our state, including partnerships on water projects, and want to thank them for their knowledge and dedication to our community.”

The Senate recognized the Tri-Ute Indians talents, creativity, and experience of the Tribal elders and their distinguished role in our nation’s history and culture. The Senate also honored the Tri-Ute Indians for their ongoing contributions to the state of Colorado.

Sen. Whitehead continued, “It is an honor to sponsor this resolution to honor the long history and heritage of these tribes. I have deep respect for the partnerships and friendships that have been built over the years in my Senate district.”

Senator Suzanne Williams (D-Aurora), who is the only registered American-Indian state legislator in Colorado, also sponsored the resolution.

To read the full text of the resolution, click here.
Source: Press Release   (Posted 12:15p)

Ever wonder how much rain fell out of the storm that just passed overhead? Did your mother-in-law on the other side of town get just as wet?  Why is the airport so much drier than my house?  Wonder no longer.

Now, in many neighborhoods, volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are measuring precipitation in their own backyards as part of CoCoRaHS – the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network which has grown to over 15,000 volunteer observers covering every state of the country.  More volunteers are urgently needed!  It’s fun, easy and only takes five minutes a day.

“We are pleased that this simple backyard monitoring program has become so popular,” said Nolan Doesken, the Colorado State Climatologist at the Colorado Climate Center in Fort Collins, Colorado. “These volunteers are providing scientists around the country with excellent precipitation and hail monitoring statistics for tracking weather patterns and water supplies.”

The CoCoRaHS network engages volunteers of all ages from grade schoolers on up to folks in their 90’s to document the size, intensity, duration and patterns of precipitation by taking simple measurements in their own backyards. Volunteers only need a cylindrical rain gauge, some training and an interest in weather to participate in the program. The specific rain gauges that CoCoRaHS uses are available from several distributors on the network’s website ( for $25 plus shipping. The site also offers on-line training.

Data from CoCoRaHS volunteers are now being routinely viewed and used by many professions and organizations including the National Weather Service, meteorologists, hydrologists, emergency managers, city utilities, insurance adjusters, agribusinesses, engineers, science teachers and many more.  Data are used for many applications such as water resource planning, severe storm warnings, teaching earth science, predicting crop yields and for assessing hail damage.

For more information or to volunteer for the CoCoRaHS network, go to  Don’t hesitate in signing-up, you’ll be glad you became part of this important project that is benefiting many across the nation.
Source: PSA   (Posted 12:03p)

On March 18, 2010 Delta Police obtained a warrant for the arrest of Joshua Lee Amelang, 34, of Grand Junction, Colorado for multiple alleged Thefts. Amelang is described as a Caucasian male, 5’10”, 160 pounds, brown hair, and brown eyes.

The Delta Police Department is investigating allegations of insurance policies being canceled even though individuals paid the premiums.  At the time of the warrant over $25,000 worth of insurance premiums had not been paid to underwriters who carry the policies.  Investigation revealed customers were paying their premiums and their checks were being cashed by the insurance agency Amelang owns.

The Delta Police Department sincerely thanks the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office and the Grand Junction Police Department for their assistance in this case.  Joshua Amelang was successfully arrested and jailed on this warrant on March 18, 2010.
Source: Press Release   (Posted 10:58a)

This Sunday evening Vday Montrose is hosting “Take Back the Night.” An Anti-violence walk & candlelight vigil. The walk starts at 7pm on the corner of Main and Townsend and is to honor victims and survivors of sexual violence. Learn more at
Source: PSA   (Posted 10:29a)