NEWS: Wed. Feb 23, 2011

Feb 23rd @ 5:07 pm in News by Scott Staley

Hotchkiss Physics High School Class wins national contest. A simple creation earned six Hotchkiss High School students a national prize and allowed a team member’s father to travel easier while using crutches. The Hotchkiss  Physics class was given a challenge by its teacher to take part in this national contest.  According to the Daily Sentinel, the students eventually came up with what they call “The Caboose”.  It consists of shoulder straps and a belt worn around the torso.  A Bungee-cord system on the back of the device connects to a fastening strap that wraps around the handle of any luggage with wheels. The device allows people to tote luggage behind them hands-free,  The device earned the Best Overall Design award and $2 thousand at the National Engineering Design Challenge Finals in Washington.   The inspiration for the caboose was team member Zach Larmer’s father, Paul. Paul Larmer was born with limbs that didn’t grow properly, and, as a result, he has used crutches when walking since the age of 3.
Source: Daily Sentinel (Posted 4:02p by Jim Kapp)

Kayleah Wilson family looking to hold suspect responsible for daughter’s death. A defense attorney for the man accused of sexually assaulting Kayleah Wilson before she disappeared last spring said the Wilson family is using the sexual assault case to hold him responsible for the girl’s death.   The Greeley Tribune reports  this information was revealed during a 3rd day of hearings on pre-trial motions.  Attorneys continue to argue what evidence should be admitted in the upcoming trial of Robert Montoya, who is charged with two counts of sexual assault against Kayleah Wilson. One charge involves a pattern of abuse.
Source: Greely Tribune (Posted 4:00p by Jim Kapp)

Some of state’s most dangerous roads located on Western Slope. Drivers should know that some of the most dangerous roads are here on the Western Slope.  KJCT explains that this is based on accident counts, and authorities urge drivers need to take it easy on these roads.  One danger zone is Highway 92 out of Delta to Highway 133 in Hotchkiss. Another is further south on Highway 550 from Montrose to Highway 62 at Ridgway. As far as the The Colorado State Patrol is concerned  the area near De Beque is the most troublesome.  Troopers say when you have bad weather mixing with the occasional rock slide, it becomes even more dangerous. One state patrolman  says this year the De Beque Canyon area has already seen an 84% increase in the number of crashes.
Source: KJCT (Posted 4:01p by Jim Kapp)