NEWS: Tuesday May 25, 2010

May 25th @ 7:58 am in News by Scott Staley

The Grand Junction law firm Rider & Quesenberry was appointed receiver of Valley Investments by a state judge in Denver and tomorrow is the first creditors meeting under a bankruptcy trustee.  According to the Daily Sentinel, investors and other creditors have at least $30 million dollars in claims. Valley Investments owner Philip Rand Lochmiller and his son, also Philip Lochmiller and employee Shawnee Carver face several counts of securities and mail fraud in federal court.
Source: Daily Sentinel (Posted 7:58a)

A Grand Junction girl who went missing almost two years ago has returned home and celebrated her 8th birthday with her family over the weekend. KREX reports that Mystic Salazar was just six years old when she was introduced to her biological father, Enrique Lopez. During a visitation in August 2008, he kidnapped the girl. Last Thursday the Salazar’s heard the news that Mystic was found alive and well in Michigan.  There’s no word on the extent of charges Lopez will face.
Source: KREX (Posted 7:57a)

The two official candidates in running for the House District 58 seat are Wes Perrin and Don Coram. The Daily Press says that Perrin was unanimously nominated as the Democratic candidate during a district assembly Friday in Broomfield.  Coram was nominated during a Republican district assembly in Ridgway last month. House District 58, a seat currently represented by Scott Tipton, covers Montrose, Dolores, Montezuma, Ouray, and San Miguel Counties and a portion of Delta County.  Tipton is in the running for the 3rd Congressional District and faces Bob McConnell in August’s Primary.
Source: Daily Press (Posted 7:57a)

Fire officials have taken advantage of the cooler, wetter weather to begin to make progress on a 3,200-acre fire near Norwood. With the smoke cleared and the winds lessened, firefighters have begun to construct a line around the Beaver Fire to the north and east of Highway 145 near Norwood. The fire has so far burned about 2,500 acres on the Uncompahgre National Forest, and nearly 700 acres of land managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

Crews are also working to clear hazardous trees along the San Miguel River, where the fire was sparked by downed power lines on Saturday afternoon. Officials hope to open that stretch of river between Beaver Creek and the Norwood Bridge.

Fueled by wind gusts up to 50 miles an hour at times, the fire burned into MacKenzie Creek Canyon Sunday.

Officials will hold a public meeting today at 6:30 p.m. to share information about the fire with local residents at the Norwood Town Hall at 1670 Naturita Street.

About 180 firefighters remain on the fire today. They are assessing the situation after high fire activity yesterday followed by the weather change overnight. A type II fire management team arrived Sunday night and took over management of the fire yesterday.

No structures have been burned and no homes have been evacuated at this time.

The public can call the fire information line for updates at 970-240-1070.
Source: Press Release (Posted 7:55a)