NEWS: Tue. Sept. 21, 2010

Sep 21st @ 4:09 pm in News by Scott Staley

At their Sept. 20th Board of Directors meeting, the Board went on record as opposing amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 with a position paper that expresses their view. The paper states that Montrose Act is concerned with the funding of essential government services, specifically public education.  Steve Savoy, Chairperson of Montrose Act says that many in the business community may agree with certain aspects of the ballot issues, but they feel this is not the method, specifically changes to the state constitution, to achieve those objectives….
Source: Press Release  (Posted 5:23p by Jim Kapp)

GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Dan Maes has apparently run into a bit of a snag in his campaign fundraising. NBC 11 News writes that Maes campaign is reporting that he raised only $14,000 the past two weeks. Meanwhile his opponents faired much better.  Tancredo, according to the Colorado Secretary of State’s office, has raised $120 thousand and Democrat John Hickenlooper raised $218 thousand.  Some political analysts feel that base on those figures the Republican Party and Tea Party Supporters have abandoned him and wonder if he can continue his campaign with only $24 thousand left….
Source: NBC 11 News (Posted 5:25p by Jim Kapp)

Grand Junction police arrested one of two men who were seen early Sunday morning snooping around inside a classroom at Tope Elementary School. The Daily Sentinel writes that Jeffrey Allen Councilor was advised in court that he could be charged with 2nd degree burglary and possession of drug paraphernalia.  According to the arrest affidavit officers were sent to the school after a burglary alarm went off.  Officers spotted 2 men inside a lighted classroom acting suspicious and looking inside drawers, desks and other areas around the room.  Police caught one man, Councilor, as he exited the school’s main doors and found him in possession of jewelry, cameras, cash, electronics accessories and a clear glass pipe that smelled like burnt marijuana. The second man got away and is still be sought after.  Detectives are looking into whether the burglary is connected to a trio of break-ins at a School District 51 preschool on 18th Street.
Source: Daily Sentinel (Posted 5:45p by Jim Kapp)

Officials in Utah declared a state of emergency stemming from a thunderstorm that destroyed portions of a road that’s a mainstay for the mountain-biking and river-rafting industry. The Daily Sentinel writes that a severe storm last month wiped out parts of the steep Mineral Road, a road many mountain bikers and river runners use to access the Green River north of Canyonlands National Park.  State officials say that fixing that road could cost about $2.5 million.  This estimate was turned in by the Bureau of Land Management.  Having that road closed would cost the county as much as $5 million annually.
Source: Daily Sentinel (Posted 4:04p by Jim Kapp)