NEWS: Monday April 12, 2010

Apr 12th @ 8:45 am in News by Scott Staley

Ridgway State Park has opened for the 2010 boating season. To prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance species (ANS), all trailered vessels entering and leaving the park are required to be inspected. The inspection station is open from 8 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. seven days a week through May 3. Then, the hours will expand to 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. through May 15. After May 15, the summer inspection hours will go into effect: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays through Labor Day.

To speed up the inspection process prior to launching, boaters are encouraged to arrive at the boat ramps with their vessel and trailer “Clean, Drained and Dry.”  All live wells, bait wells, anchors, drift socks and drift buckets must be inspected prior to entering and upon exiting the lake. To expedite the process, please have these items readily accessible for inspection.

Attracting nearly 12 million visitors per year, Colorado’s 42 State Parks are a vital cornerstone of Colorado’s economy and quality of life. Colorado State Parks encompass 224,531 land and water acres, offering some of the best outdoor recreation destinations in the state. Colorado State Parks is a leader in providing opportunities for outdoor recreation, protecting the state’s favorite landscapes, teaching generations about nature and partnering with communities.

Colorado State Parks also manage more than 4,000 campsites, and 57 cabins and yurts.  For more information on Colorado State Parks or to purchase an annual pass online, visit www.colorado.gov/parks.
Source: Press Release   (Posted 10:13a)

Starting today, April 12, 2010, the Sixth Judicial District (La Plata, Archuleta and San Juan counties) will begin accepting Visa, MasterCard and debit card payments online for certain fines and fees, as well as restitution. Online payments can be made seven days a week from 5:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. at  https://www.jbits.courts.state.co.us/cjop/ and by selecting the link for the appropriate county within the district.  Individuals may access their case and fine information online using a case number, name, or ticket number search function. Cases with active warrants, suppressed cases, juvenile cases and cases that have been referred to private collections cannot be paid online.  For more information contact the Archuleta County Court Clerk’s Office at 970-264-5932, La Plata County Court Clerk’s Office at 970-247-2304 or the San Juan County Court Clerk’s Office at 970-387-5790.
Source: Press Release   (Posted 9:56a)

A British judge has approved the extradition of a man wanted in Colorado for the murder of his wife. According to KJCT, today the judge rejected a claim by 46-year-old Marcus Bebb-Jones that a possible life sentence in the United States would be a breach of his human rights. Colorado authorities had previously said they would not seek the death penalty. The case now goes to the Home Secretary for a final decision. Prosecutors alleged that former Grand Junction resident and hotel-owner Bebb-Jones murdered his wife, Sabrina, in 1997, and dumped her body in a park. Her skull was found and positively identified in 2004. He returned to his native England, where he was arrested last year.
Source: KJCT/AP   (Posted 8:45a)