NEWS: Mon. Aug 9 2010

Aug 9th @ 5:42 pm in News by Scott Staley

Grand Junction Fire Department Chief Duncan Brown said azardous Materials crews are working to remove bottles holding an unknown liquid from a vehicle along Highway 141 near Whitewater. NBC 11 News reports that Fire chief Duncan Brown said the department received a call just before 2 earlier this afternoon to check on a vehicle pulled over near the Gunnison River.  Turned out the person inside the car had several bottles of an unknown liquid.  The driver wasn’t cooperative with deputies when they asked what the bottles contained so Haz Mat crews were called.  Chief Brown is hoping the crews will have a positive identification of the substance in the next hour or two.
Source: NBC 11 News (Posted 5:26p by Jim Kapp)

According to a release sent by Gov. Ritter’s office on Friday, Gov. Ritter requested federal disaster assistance for Montrose and Otero counties after severe weather destroyed crops. He sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to ask that the counties receive Secretarial Disaster Designation.  Senator Bruce Whitehead thanked Gov.  Ritter for asking for Disaster Designation for Montrose County in the wake of the spring freeze that struck in April, 2010.  The freezing temperatures this spring destroyed nearly 100% of the sweet cherry crop in Montrose County.
Source: News Release  (Posted 5:28p by Jim Kapp)

A regulator says the state is continuing to focus on Oxy USA in its investigation into contamination of a spring northwest of Parachute, even as the affected property owners have sued a second energy company they consider to be responsible. The Daily Sentinel explains that the plaintiffs, which include members of the Prather family, have sued oil and gas developer Nonsuch claiming the spring pollution came from a pit the company used to hold fluids at a well pad it operates near by…
Source: Daily Sentinel (Posted 5:29p by Jim Kapp)