NEWS: Tuesday March 30, 2010

Mar 30th @ 8:45 am in Uncategorized by Scott Staley

Three people are injured after a house fire in Grand Junction last night. KJCT writes that an investigation is underway, but the home at 947 23 Road is a complete loss. One of the three injured is in serious condition.
Source: KJCT (Posted 8:35a)

Last night the Olathe Chamber of Commerce hosted a candidate forum for those running for town mayor and one of three open trustee seats. The three mayoral candidates are Tom Lavato, Rob Smith, and Linda Steele, and the four trustee candidates are Tim Barrientos, Wayne Blair, Lou Cooper, and Kim McMillion. Several questions were asked of the candidates by those in the audience, and in a mock vote, 5-2 voted in favor of the $3,000 business license fee for medical marijuana dispensaries. Other questions asked include financial accountability, fixing Main St., and how each would try to increase the town revenue.
(Posted 8:34a)

The last witness took the stand yesterday in the second week of an accused murderer’s trial. KREX reports that fourteen witnesses were questioned about Allen Grabe’s personality prior to the September 2008 shooting. Grabe has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity for the murder of his 13-year-old son, Jacob. Closing arguments are expected today.
Source: KREX (Posted 8:34a)

The CEO of Gunnison Valley Health remains in critical condition at St. Mary’s Hospital after suffering a cardiac event March 20th. According to Crested Butte News, Randy Phelps was rushed to Gunnison Valley Hospital after falling ill in his Gunnison home and has since been recovering in Grand Junction. COO Betsy Bair is currently serving as the Interim CEO of Gunnison Valley Health during Phelps’ rehabilitation.
Source: Crested Butte News (Posted 8:34a)

Two southern Utah residents have pleaded guilty to stealing government property and illegally trafficking in American Indian artifacts. Brent Bullock and Tammy Shumway entered the pleas Monday in U.S. District Court. Bullock and Shumway were among 26 people indicted after a long-running federal sting targeting those who illegally dig up, sell and collect Indian artifacts in the Four Corners area. Each faces a maximum of 12 years in prison. Sentencing is set for July.
Source: Press Release   (Posted 8:33a)

Colorado House members are gearing up for this year’s budget debate. KJCT says today, lawmakers hold caucuses to develop strategies for the $18 billion state budget that begins July 1. House Republican Leader Mike May says government reform will be the House GOP’s top priority this year.
Source: KJCT/AP   (Posted 8:33a)