NEWS: Wednesday September 15, 2010

Sep 15th @ 5:55 am in News by Scott Staley

A Montrose man accused of killing his girlfriend’s baby Saturday appeared in court yesterday. Twenty-three-year-old Daniel Ryan kept his head down during the arraignment, while Hailey Rocha’s family and mother, cried throughout the process. Ryan’s bond was upped from $150,000 to $500,000 after a family member asked the judge for the increase for the safety of his sister and family. Ryan is facing charges of Child Abuse Resulting in Death and 2nd Degree Murder. He could spend up to 96 years in prison. The Montrose County Coroner says Rocha died of blunt force trauma. She was 14-months-old.

(Photo courtesy of NBC 11 News)
(Posted 5:50a)

CDOT says they can’t force a subcontractor to make their employees take drug tests…but several workers say that’s what needs to happen. Unnamed traffic flaggers in Delta County told KJCT that there is open drug use on the job, daily, and that the supervisors are doing nothing about it. The Delta County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the claims. The job sites in question are contracted out by CDOT; Alert Traffic Control is a sub-contractor on most of them, but isn’t under direct contract with CDOT, which is the reason no drug tests are done.
Source: KJCT (Posted 5:51a)

Firefighters were trying to gain ground on a wildfire in the northern Colorado foothills Tuesday ahead of strong winds expected to move in, potentially spreading the flames. The fire, the second major blaze to break out on the Front Range in a week, has burned about 710 acres, or about 1.1 square miles, of tinder-dry grass and trees in steep terrain just west of Loveland. The Reservoir Road Fire is 35% contained. The fire near Boulder – which scorched at least 10 square miles and has cost $9.5 million to fight – has been fully contained.
Sources: Denver Post, Daily Press, and Daily Camera contributed to this story
(Posted 5:53a)

Special meeting tomorrow in Montrose. The Montrose County Board of County Commissioners will meet in a special session jointly with the City Council for the City of Montrose, the Executive Board for the Montrose Economic Development Corporation, officials from Region 10, and official(s) from the State of Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade to discuss the potential of encouraging Extra Aircraft to locate in Montrose.  The BOCC may convene in executive session during this meeting pursuant to CRS 24-6-402(4)(b) with the City Council, the MEDC board, the Region 10 officials and the State economic development official(s), as negotiating partners, for the purpose for determining positions relative to negotiating a potential incentive package to encourage Extra Aircraft to locate a manufacturing facility in Montrose and for developing strategy relative to such negotiations.
WHEN: Thursday, September 16th at 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Montrose County Board Room 161 S. Townsend Avenue Montrose, CO 81401
Source: Press Release    (Posted 5:54a)