NEWS: Tuesday April 13, 2010

Apr 13th @ 6:58 am in News by Scott Staley

Prosecutors in a multi-million dollar Grand Junction Ponzi Scheme are fighting to keep the trial in Grand Junction instead of Denver. According to the Daily Sentinel, prosecution believes that by not conducting the trial in Grand Junction, it would deny Western Slope citizens the right to sit in on a case of this magnitude. Valley Investments owner Philip Rand Lochmiller, his son, also Philip Rand Lochmiller, and an employee, Shawnee Carver, all face several mail- and securities-fraud related charges in connection with Valley Investments’ collapse nearly a year ago. Denver District Judge Philip Brimmer has the final say on whether he’ll go ahead and schedule a Denver hearing or allow the case to be heard in Grand Junction.
Source: Daily Sentinel (Posted 9:28a)

The DOW is taking more steps to shore up the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep herd north of Gunnison. Wildlife biologists are exploring whether to move sheep into the Taylor River area where herd numbers have dwindled in recent years because of disease. In March, three pregnant ewes were moved from the eastern side of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range in southeastern Colorado. They were treated with antibiotics and vaccines in hopes of preventing infections that have plagued the Taylor River herd. Wildlife officials say they want to see if the transplanted ewes and their lambs survive into the fall before deciding whether augmenting the herd can help it recover.
Source: Division of Wildlife (Posted 9:27a)

Tomorrow is the National Bookmobile Day and the public is invited to tour Montrose Regional Library’s new bookmobile between 2:30p-5:30p.  The Bookmobile will be parked behind the library on S. 3rd Street. National Bookmobile Day is a part of National Library Week and is sponsored nationally by the American Library Association.
Source: PSA   (Posted 9:24a)

Starting today, people can now locate sex offenders in all of Mesa County by going to a single website, thanks to the combined efforts of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office and the Grand Junction, Fruita, and Palisade Police Departments.  Not only does the new countywide sex offender mapping system allow the agencies to combine their sex offender lists so that the public can search any address in the county to see if a sex offender is living nearby, additional features of the site will provide users valuable information about sex offenders who are on the move.
Source: Press Release   (Posted 6:58a)