NEWS: Mon. Nov. 8, 2010

Nov 8th @ 5:28 pm in News by Scott Staley

As of about 3:30 Monday afternoon, a fire burning near the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens was 95% contained. NBC 11 News says that the fire first broke out about 2pm on Watson Island behind the Botanical Gardens Ampitheater.  The blaze charred approximately five acres and came dangerously close to the Botanical Gardens.  Fire fighters are still trying to figure out what sparked it.
Source: NBC 11 News  (Posted 5:06p by Jim Kapp)

Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper has named 50 people to be co-chairs of his transition team. And true to his word he’s included a bi-partisan panel that includes a number of prominent Republicans, including former Gov. Bill Owens and former congressman Bob Schaffer of the state Board of Education.  The Daily Press reports that Hickenlooper says he expects to have about 500 people from across the state on the team and hold 11 meetings by Nov. 20.
Source: Montrose Daily Press (Posted 5:07p by Jim Kapp)

Jerry Nemnich was sentenced this afternoon to two consecutive life terms for the brutal murders of a Grand Junction mother and daughter in 1975. The Daily Sentinel has learned that Nemnich, convicted nearly two weeks ago on two counts of first-degree murder and one count of felony murder in the stabbing deaths of 24-year-old Linda Benson and her 5-year-old daughter, Kelley , will be eligible for parole after 20 years.  However, prosecutors said it’s highly unlikely that the state parole board would release him.
Source: Daily Sentinel (Posted 4:25p by Jim Kapp)

Federal officials say 35 people have been indicted for allegedly trafficking cocaine from mexico to Denver. Officials said Monday that the drug ring moved more than 40 pounds of cocaine from Juarez across the border from El Paso, Texas _ to the Denver area every week.  Of the thirty five defendants, 23 were arrested locally last Friday without incident.  Five defendants out of state were arrested.   During the course of this investigation, agents and officers seized 53 kilograms of cocaine, 35 pounds of marijuana, over $650,000 in cash, 9 firearms, and 15 vehicles.
Source: Press Release  (Posted 4:26p by Jim Kapp)