NEWS: Friday February 4, 2011

Feb 4th @ 10:38 am in News by Scott Staley

Ban proposed for synthetic pot. A week after the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs suspended 25 cadets accused of using synthetic marijuana, Colorado lawmakers are moving to join dozens of states considering banning chemicals used in fake pot. Senate Bill 134 would ban synthetic cannabinoids sometimes sold as Spice or K2. The federal Drug Enforcement Administration has issued a temporary ban of some of the 10 chemical compounds, but at least 20 states are moving ahead with their own state bans. Colorado’s version would make synthetic cannabinoids illegal to possess or sell, and it would make no exception for people with legal clearance to use medical marijuana. Colorado law allows people to buy real marijuana if they have a doctor’s recommendation.
Source: Daily Sentinel/AP    (Posted 11:33a)

Plans unveiled for net-zero energy historic site in Grand Junction. Officials with the U.S. General Services Administration are touring a building in Grand Junction set to become the first site on the National Register of Historic Places to be transformed into a net-zero energy facility. GSA Administrator Martha Johnson and and Susan Damour, Regional Administrator for the Rocky Mountain area, along with other officials are touring the historic Wayne N. Aspinall federal building in Grand Junction today. They’ll highlight renovation plans for the 92-year-old building and energy-efficient features to be included in the design. After the tour, Johnson and the others will meet with area business, labor and education leaders to discuss the role the local geothermal energy industry is playing in the clean energy economy.
(Posted 11:26a)

Power line work to restart. The Delta County Commissioners gave permission to Tri-State G & T to resume and complete construction on a segment of the Delta County Transmission Improvement Project. The Delta County Independent writes that last month the project was halted due to some concerns over placement of power lines and supports in aviation flight lanes.
Source: Delta County Independent (Posted 11:27a)

McCullough sentenced. Michael Frederick McCullough was sentenced to seven years with the Department of Corrections for the charges of Resisting Arrest and 2nd Degree Assault.  “Rocket” McCullough pled to these charges after originally being charged with multiple offenses following his arrest in August of 2010.  The sentence was handed down by the San Miguel County Court January 20th .  In late April, San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office Deputies had arrested McCullough outside his Lawson Hill residence after he allegedly tried to strangle his girlfriend by pinning her neck against a deck railing with a broom handle.  Lawson Hill is located outside the Town of Telluride. McCullough was originally charged with attempted second degree murder, second degree assault, domestic violence, second degree aggravated motor vehicle theft, violation of a protection order, obstruction of telephone or telegraph service, resisting arrest and harassment.
(Posted 9:43a)

Yager appears in court. The Paonia man accused of killing his wife was formally charged earlier this week. According to the Daily Press, Nathan Yager is charged with second-degree murder as an act of domestic violence in the January 7th stabbing death of his wife Melinda. The two were involved in a bitter divorce and custody battle and had actually attended a restraining order hearing earlier that day. Hours after the attack, Nathan turned himself over to authorities. He is expected in Delta District Court today where a bond might be set.
Source: Daily Press (Posted 9:37a)