NEWS: Tuesday April 20, 2010

Apr 20th @ 6:05 am in News by Scott Staley

Today marks the 11th  anniversary of the shootings at Columbine High School in Littleton. Two students, before killing themselves, held the school hostage, killing 13 people and injuring 24 with homemade bombs and automatic guns. Ever since this incident, nationwide, schools have altered their safety procedures.  School safety is important and it’s up to the entire community to keep the students safe. If you know of something that may be going on or have overheard something, talk to your school or call the Safe2Tell hotline at 877-542-SAFE or visit
(Photo courtesy of a memorial Columbine website)
(Posted 6:03a)

In full-page newspaper ads, the father of Columbine High School shooting victim Daniel Mauser is urging Senator Mark Udall to support a bill to expand criminal background checks at gun shows nationwide. KJCT says the ads come on the eve of the 11th anniversary of the shootings, in which 3 of the gunmen’s weapons were bought at a gun show.
Source: KJCT/AP   (Posted 6:02a)

Due to roadside utility work, drivers will need to slow down on Highway 141 between C ½ Road in Clifton and Highway 50 on Orchard Mesa. The reduced speed limit will be 40 m.p.h. during daytime hours. Motorists could also experience brief delays while the work is in progress. This phase of the project began last week, and is expected to be complete by August.  The construction is being done by Mendez, Inc. for the Mesa County Whitewater Public Improvement District. The project will tie parts of the Whitewater community into the Clifton Sanitation District’s regional wastewater treatment facility.

Bruce Whitehead, State Senator from the 6th Senate District, was unanimously nominated to be the Democratic candidate for State Senate during a district assembly held Saturday in Silverton. In his presentation to the Assembly, Senator Whitehead noted that he is one of only two engineers in the State Senate and is, it is safe to say, the most knowledgeable member of the State Assembly regarding water issues.  He has been proud to serve as Vice-Chair on the Senate Ag and Natural Resources Committee and on the Senate Transportation Committee and was also selected to serve as the Senate Ag Committee representative on the Inter-Basin Compact Committee.  His efforts this session have been focused on putting people back to work in Colorado.  He carried bills this session for the Departments of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Public Health and Environment as well as the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the Colorado Cattleman’s Association.  This included sponsoring the Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act which will be signed by the governor Monday, April 19th. He is also sponsoring the Job Retraining Act and is working to eliminate late fees for trailer registrations which have adversely affected many Coloradans especially those in Agriculture.

Bruce Whitehead worked for 25 years for the Colorado Division of Water Resources and is now Executive Director of the Southwestern Water Conservation District.  In 2008, Whitehead was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Colorado Water Conservation Board. Throughout his career, Whitehead has worked with federal, state and local governments in a bi-partisan way to come up with solutions to complex water and engineering challenges.  As State Senator, he is an independent voice representing all the interests of Southwest Colorado. Whitehead is a native Coloradan and lives in Hesperus with his wife and two young daughters.

The 6th Senatorial District includes all of Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma, Montrose, Ouray, San Juan and San Miguel counties.
Source: Press Release   (Posted 6:00a)

Glenwood Canyon Resort near Glenwood Springs says there will be a new way to get across the Colorado River by Memorial Day. According to the Post Independent, it is adding a zipline that would take riders from one bank of the river to the other. The resort plans to begin marketing the zipline, climbing walls, a ropes course, and a trapeze jump to corporate clients, Boy Scout troops, and other organizations this summer. The resort also plans to open a restaurant with a deck overlooking the river next year.
Source: Post Independent (Posted 6:00a)