NEWS: Fri. Sept. 24, 2010

Sep 24th @ 6:02 pm in News by Scott Staley

United States Attorney John Walsh today encouraged Colorado residents to participate in DEA’s prescription drug take back program, which is scheduled to take place tomorrow between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at designated locations.  The program was designed to encourage residents to get rid of expired or unneeded prescription medication in hopes of reducing abuse and theft.  Local law enforcement, in cooperation with the DEA, has set up numerous destruction sites throughout the State of Colorado for residents to drop off their unused prescriptions and over the counter medicine.  The drop off locations in Montrose are Walgreens on South Townsend and at the OxBow Shopping Center….
Source: Press Release  (Posted 5:42p by Jim Kapp)

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office has turned over its investigation into the death of a Clifton teen over to the District Attorney’s Office. Officials with the Sheriff’s Office told NBC11 News they handed over the case to the DA late Wednesday.  Sixteen-year-old Troy Martinez was shot earlier this month at a friend’s house on Susan Street.  Authorities haven’t made any arrests yet, although they did take Martinez’s friend in for questioning.  Sheriff’s Office officials say they can’t comment further on the case because it’s an active investigation.  No word on how long the DA might take to make a decision on the case or if arrests are forthcoming.
Source NBC 11 News (Posted 5:44p by Jim Kapp)

Doctors told state regulators Thursday that Xcel Energy’s plan to switch some of its coal-fired power plants to run on natural gas would mean cleaner air to breathe. However, a rally outside the state capitol had those with ties to the coal industry say it would cost jobs.  The Daily Sentinel said that a public comment hearing was held by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission on Xcel’s plans to comply with a new state law aimed at reducing nitrogen oxide emissions. A hotel owner commented saying that moving away from coal could ruin the foundation of their economy which relies on the coal industry for tax revenue and jobs.  Others worried that consumers would be hurt by volatile natural gas prices.  The commission has until Dec. 15 to approve, deny or modify the plan.
Source: Daily Sentinel (Posted 5:45p by Jim Kapp)

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has put her support behind Republican challenger Scott Tipton in  the race for 3rd Congressional District in Colorado. According to the Daily Sentinel she made her endorsement statement on her webpage  The page is geared towards opposing the 20 Democrat representatives who voted for health care legislation, dubbed as Obamacare.  One of those in Colorado’s 3rd district is John Salazar who’s campaign headquarters said the Palin endorsement was unimpressive…
Source: Daily Sentinel (Posted 5:51p by Jim Kapp)