NEWS: Monday December 20, 2010

Dec 20th @ 6:47 am in News by Scott Staley

Bus rolls over, injures passengers. On 12/18/10 at approximately 8:13 P.M., Colorado State Troopers responded to a single vehicle rollover crash involving a tour bus on Highway 114 at milepost five, in Gunnison County. A 2010 Vanh tour bus, operated by Gotta Go Express Trail Ways, was traveling westbound on Highway 114 when failed to negotiate a right turn.  The bus lost control on the icy and snow packed roadway.  The bus traveled off the right side of the roadway where it rolled onto its passenger side.

The driver of the bus, Fred Kornegay, age 47 from Texas was uninjured.  The bus was occupied by 46 people.  Seven of the occupants were taken by ambulance to Gunnison Valley Hospital with moderate injuries.  An unidentified 11 year old female was transported by ambulance to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction with serious injuries.   The remaining 38 occupants were taken by school bus to Gunnison Valley Hospital with minor injuries. The occupants ages range from 5- 71.  It is unclear at this time the age or gender of those that were transported. The bus transporting a church group from Denton Texas was traveling to Crested Butte when it crashed.  The name of the church is Trinity United Methodist Church.

Highway 114 was closed while emergency crews were on scene. The crash remains under investigation.
(Posted 5:44a)

The executive assistant to the owner of a failed Grand Junction business is seeking a plea agreement that will hopefully lessen her 5-year sentence. Shawnee Carver pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit securities and mail fraud in her part of failed Valley Investments. The Daily Sentinel says Philip Lochmiller was convicted of securities fraud and faces a trial this spring. His son Philip Lochmiller II will be sentenced this spring. The business offered potential investors returns of as much as 18% on investments in business, but in reality the investors were being paid with money from new investors while that money funded the company’s personal spending. The company collapsed in 2009.
Source: Daily Sentinel (Posted 5:45a)

Lots of snow. Forecasters say a storm that’s already dumping snow in the Colorado mountains could last through Thursday. The National Weather Service says the top of the Grand Mesa and areas around Crested Butte above 9,000 feet could have 6 to 8 feet of snow by Thursday afternoon. A winter storm warning covering Vail, Aspen, Telluride, and Crested Butte is expected to last through Tuesday, with wind and heavy snow making it difficult to travel. On Sunday, Silverton Mountain reported 18 inches of new snow in the last 24 hours at the ski area, while the Crested Butte ski area reported 15 new inches. While northern Colorado has been getting a lot of moisture this fall, snowpack totals have been lagging in southern Colorado.
(Posted 5:46a)