NEWS: Fri. Nov. 5, 2010

Nov 5th @ 3:22 pm in News by Scott Staley

During a recent meeting, the Delta County Commissioners discussed what kind of repairs are needed to fix the damages at the fairground facility in Hotchkiss and the North Fork Annex after a severe windstorm which hit the area over a month ago.  The Delta County Independent reports that the county had already received a $15,000 insurance payment for the dugout damage  and commissioners considered various options for replacing the structures.  Ultimately, The commissioners decided to refer the issue to the county fairboard for a recommendation.
Source: Delta County Independent (Posted 3:16p by Jim Kapp)

A cheese sold recently by Costco Wholesale Corp. in five states has been initially  linked to an E. coli outbreak that has sickened 25 people. The Daily Sentinel breaks down the illnesses with 11 in Arizona, eight in Colorado, three in New Mexico, two in Nevada and one in California. Costco and federal health officials warned consumers  about this outbreak on Thursday.
Source: Daily Sentinel (Posted 3:17p by Jim Kapp)

After a middle-schooler was hit by a drunk driver while walking to school, students and parents in Fruita are wondering about the safety of the road. KJCT explains the accident occurred early Thursday morning at  the intersection of J.2 and J.3 Roads,  about a half-mile from Fruita Monument High School and the Fruita 8/9 School.  While she recovers,  another student was also hit by a vehicle.  That prompted Fruita 8/9 to e-mail parents and tell their children to be extra careful. They asked drivers to be more aware and drive slower because of the darkness early in the morning combined with the amount of students that are walking.  Making it even more dangerous is the fact that there isn’t even one street light on the 3/4 mile long street.   Both students are recovering with minor injuries. District 51 is expected to discuss these incidents with the city of Fruita and how they can  make some of these routes safer.
Source: KJCT (Posted 4:06p by Jim Kapp)

Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper is promising to scour the state for Cabinet and commission members and he promises to consider Democrats, Republicans and anyone else who qualifies for the job. According to the Daily Sentinel, Hickenlooper says what happens in the first six months will define his governorship for the next four years. He met earlier today with the new incoming House Speaker, Republican Frank McNulty. McNulty says  after talking with  Hickenlooper he feels comfortable that he will be as non-partisan as possible.
Source: Daily Sentinel (Posted 4:08p by Jim Kapp)

A former Grand Junction Girl Scout leader and teacher’s assistant faces charges after being accused of repeatedly molesting a child. KREX has revealed that 35 yr old Travis Cernazanu is charged with 2 counts of sexual assault and one count of sexual assault on a child by a pattern of abuse.  Cernazanu worked as a teacher’s assistance at Mount Garfield Middle School for four years and also served as the leader of a girl scout troup in the Grand Junction area.
Source: KREX (Posted 3:20p by Jim Kapp)