NEWS: Wednesday September 22, 2010

Sep 22nd @ 10:52 am in News by Scott Staley

Hearing continued. Formal charges have not yet been filed against the Montrose man accused of inflicting fatal blunt-force trauma on his girlfriend’s infant daughter. The Daily Press says that Daniel Ryan’s hearing has been continued to October 4th.  Ryan’s being held on a $500,000 bond and faces charges of 2nd Degree Murder and Child Abuse Resulting in Death.
Source: Daily Press contributed to this story    (Posted 11:53a)

The Big 12 will become a 10-team league next year after all in the wake of agreements Tuesday that require Nebraska and Colorado to forfeit a combined $16 million in conference payouts. Nebraska, which joins the Big Ten on July 1st, will surrender a maximum of $9.25 million. The Denver Post says Colorado gets to move to the Pac-10 in 2011 instead of 2012 after negotiating a deal in which it will give up $6.86 million. Colorado’s board of regents authorized the deal Tuesday night, a few hours after the Big 12 announced its deal with Nebraska.
Source: Denver Post/AP    (Posted 10:51a)

Grand Valley Transit (GVT) was recently named the “large transit system of the year” by the Colorado Association of Transit Agencies (CASTA) at the group’s annual conference. In the ten years since its inception GVT has grown from a small fledgling system to one of the most successful in the state. By the end of 2010, officials expect close to one million riders to take a trip on GVT buses. That’s more than five times the number of riders in the system’s first year of operation.

Why did GVT win? According to CASTA officials, GVT won the award because of the system’s consistent performance, excellent service, and steady, appropriate growth.
It’s Reliable—Buses maintain a 98% on-time performance rating.
It’s Safe—Training for drivers prevents accidents, and Mesa County Sheriff’s deputies ride the buses to deter any possible criminal activity. On-board security cameras prevent vandalism and protect riders.
It’s Convenient—Improved facilities and better routes make the service more efficient and effective.
It Reduces Traffic and Air Pollution—As more people ride the bus, there are fewer cars on the roads.
It’s Good for the Local Economy—The majority of riders use GVT to get to work. In the current economy, more people than ever need the service to stay employed.
It’s Cheaper Than a Car—Many riders have no other means of transportation to their place of employment, grocery store, medical appointments, or other services. Riding the bus saves money on car payments, insurance, and gas—allowing families to stretch  their limited dollars.
Source: Press Release    (Posted 11:54a)