NEWS, DECEMBER 27TH

Rulison–Another natural gas rig is being transported in western Garfield County today and could snarl traffic on some roads. WPX Energy is moving a rig from Rulison to West Divide Creek.

Glenwood Springs–The White River National Forest is asking for public opinion on the El Jebel Conveyance project. The project involves a piece of land left over from the Mount Sopris Tree Nursery that the Forest Service bought 50 years ago. The deadline for public comment is January 13th.

Denver–Officials with Colorado Ski Country USA are a little antsy but not worried about the drop in snowfall so far this season. While the Christmas break wasn’t great for Colorado resorts, officials say the snowiest months of the season are still ahead.

DENVER – Kaiser Permanente is offering adults in Colorado up to
$150 every three months to lose weight, one of the first programs
nationwide to make such an offer.

In other news…

CANON CITY, Colo. (AP) – A 5-year-old Fremont County girl is
dead in an apparent accidental shooting.
The Fremont County sheriff’s office said Ruth Joy Wilson was
found dead Monday evening in her family’s home in the High Park
Ranch subdivision. Investigators believe she accidentally shot
herself while handling a .45 caliber handgun in her parents’
upstairs bedroom. The girl’s parents, Levi and Grace Ann Wilson, and an infant
were downstairs at the time. The sheriff’s office said the results of their investigation will be turned over to prosecutors, who will decide whether any
charges should be filed.

IMMIGRANT SHOT
Arapahoe Co. shooting victim fled Sudan violence
DENVER (AP) – A 43-year-old man found dead near his home in
Arapahoe County was an immigrant who fled violence in Sudan.
Youn Malual (Yoon Mal-you-al) was found shot once through the
head around 3 a.m. Monday in his SUV in the parking lot of his
apartment complex. Investigators have no suspects and no apparent
motive for the shooting. According to reports the
husband and father of five fled the civil war in what is now South
Sudan six years ago. Friends say he was returning home from his job working on buses when he was shot.

JAIL-VIDEO VISITS

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) – The Mesa County jail has ended
face-to-face visits between inmates and family, a change partly due
to budget cuts. Inmates once were able to use one of nine private booths to see
their families through a glass divider and talk to them with
handsets. Now the jail is limiting inmates to talking by video from
near their cell to their family members in the jail’s lobby.
Inmates had to be escorted to the booths for the face-to-face
visits. Sheriff Stan Hilkey says the new approach puts less demand on
the reduced staff at the jail. Inmates can still meet privately with attorneys and clergy. Hilkey said the change will become permanent because a
remodeling project next year will turn the private booth area into
more holding cells.

 

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