NEWS: Fri. July 30, 2010

Jul 30th @ 7:19 am in News by Scott Staley

A partnership owned by Williams is planning to build a processing facility in the Parachute area to significantly increase its ability to recover natural gas liquids in western Colorado’s Piceance Basin. The Daily Sentinel says that the proposl by Williams Partners L.P. would consist of an expansion of an exsisting Williams gas processing plant.  The facility is expected to extract up to 25 thousand barrels per day of marketable natural gas liquids…
Source: Daily Sentinel (Posted 7:13a by Jim Kapp)

A North Fork Valley mining magnet is hoping to expand his private ranch near Paonia Reservoir. The Gunnison Country Times says that the rancher is hoping to acquire over 1500 acres of adjacent public lands by way of a land swap.  In exchange, the nearby Curecanti National Recreational Area would also benefit by getting 911 acres that would be important to wildlife habitat and a key view shed corridor adjacent to Blue Mesa Reservoir.  Also included in this huge land swap deal is a portion of the Dinosaur National Monument in Northwestern Colorado and a popular trailhead near Marble….
Source: Gunnison Country Times (Posted 7:16a by Jim Kapp)

Mesa County Sheriff’s Office officials say the inmate who died overnight at the jail hung himself. According to a press release sent by the Mesa County Sheriff’s office  Octavio Vargas-Herrera was not on suicide watch and was by himself at the time of his death.  Last time the jail staff checked on him was about 11:30pm.  During his next scheduled check he was found dead.  Officials say that deputies tried CPR but were unsuccessful….
Source: News Release  (Posted 4:23p by Jim Kapp)

Attempts to mediate the murder case in a Delta baby’s 2008 death failed Thursday, so father Daven Beck will proceed to trial next year. The Montrose Press explains that Beck was charged with 1st degree murder of a child under 12, first degree murder of a child under 12 by a person in a position of trust and two counts of reckless child abuse.  These charges were maded in 2009.  He is also accused of battering his 5 month old daughter in Dec. 2008 and violently spanking his 2 year old stepdaughter on another occasion.  Cady died Dec. 23, 2008, at The Children’s Hospital in Aurora ….
Source: Montrose Daily Press (Posted 5:10p by Jim Kapp)