NEWS: Friday June 4, 2010

Jun 4th @ 6:33 am in News by Scott Staley

Olathe’s lone controversial medical marijuana dispensary has shut down but the reason why is different to local law enforcement than it is to the owner himself.  According to the Daily Press, THC with TLC owner William Hewitt says he was permanently shut down because he didn’t pay the required $3,000 licensing fee. Olathe Police Chief Ric Hawk says the business actually shut their doors by choice after choosing to not pay the fee.
Source: Daily Press (Posted 10:34a)

A Union Pacific coal train crashed into a semi crossing a railroad intersection yesterday morning in Hotchkiss. KREX says the collision occurred just before 10:00am at Highway 133. The accident shut down the highway for about three hours as  Colorado State Patrol investigated and Union Pacific crews cleared the wreckage. Fortunately no one was seriously injured in the collision.
Source: KREX (Posted 10:37a)

Ellen Roberts, State Representative for House District 59, and candidate for Senate District 6 held a Meet & Greet in Montrose yesterday. Roberts also spoke heavily on House Bills 1365 and 1001. She faces Dean Boehler in the August Primary.
(Posted 7:57a)

The Montrose City Council appointed six members to the newly developed Downtown Development Authority during last night’s council meeting. Those appointed are: Bob Brown, Bob Burk, Kirk Hartman, Phuong Nguyen, Ralph Walchle, & Charles Young O.D.  A total of nine people applied for the DDA board.
(Posted 7:58a)

Around 2:00 p.m. yesterday afternoon, search and rescue personnel indefinitely suspended their search for a 21-year-old male who fell into the water near the No Name area yesterday afternoon. After tirelessly searching the river Wednesday afternoon and evening, twelve specialists using probing poles and three dogs scoured the shoreline and river, via rafts and a motorized Zodiac watercraft, for more than six hours yesterday.

Due to the dangerous river conditions of water flow near 8,000 cubic feet per second and water temperatures below 50 degrees, the morning’s rescue effort eventually shifted to a recovery operation with the same heightened level of specialized resources. The hazardous conditions and associated effects to rescuers led to the searchers’ decision to suspend the operation at this time.

Over the past two days, multiple agencies participated in this effort, to include: Garfield County Search and Rescue, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office deputies and specialists, Glenwood Springs Police and Fire Departments, Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Department of Transportation and members from a private rafting company.
Source: Press Release   (Posted 6:17a)

Three attorneys are vying to be the top prosecutor in a southwest Colorado district after the death of district attorney Jim Wilson in a motorcycle accident. According to KJCT, Governor Bill Ritter says the three candidates for the 22nd Judicial District are Andrew Michael Hughes and Russell Wasley, both of Cortez, and Mark Myers of Mancos.
Source: KJCT/AP   (Posted 6:32a)