NEWS: Monday June 21, 2010

Jun 21st @ 6:47 am in News by Scott Staley

A pilot program for Fruita seniors kicks off July 1st and expects at least 40 people to sign up. According to the Daily Sentinel, the City of Fruita, Mesa County, and Family Health West have worked together to create a free transit service for seniors who don’t qualify for Grand Valley Transit’s para-transit visit but aren’t able to utilize their fixed-route service either.  Fruita seniors who want to sign up for the service can call Supporting our Seniors at 248-2722. This program is in it’s “pilot” stage as it’s on a six-month trial run.
Source: Daily Sentinel (Posted 6:44a)

A woman who died over the weekend in a motorcycle accident over Douglas Pass has been identified as Mimi Tanner of Casper, Wyoming. The 60-year-old was riding her Harley with 10 other women riders on Highway 139 when she failed to negotiate a left-hand curve causing her to crash into a guardrail.  The Daily Sentinel writes that the women were headed to a barbeque in Rangely after a day of shopping in Grand Junction. Authorities say speed was not a factor in the fatal crash.
Source: Daily Sentinel (Posted 6:45a)

A bill recently signed into law by Governor Ritter is intended to help Colorado workers keep their jobs, even when employers have to cut back. The so-called “Work Share” program is voluntary for employers and encourages them to reduce hours for a large group of employees rather than laying off a smaller group. Employees who have their hours reduced have their benefits protected and can then collect a pro-rated amount of unemployment insurance to make up for the lost wages. Rich Jones of the Bell Policy Center explains how it will work for employers that sign up for the program in that rather than laying the one person off, businesses could cut the hours of five people by 20%.  Those five employees would be able to get some unemployment insurance benefits to make up for the lost wages. The mostly Republican opposition to the bill argued it was an inappropriate use of unemployment funds by the state that could wind up being abused by some employers. But Jones says similar programs are working well in 17 other states and are good for businesses, workers and taxpayers who all suffer when unemployment rates rise.
Source: Colorado News Connection   (Posted 6:47a)