News, February 4th

GARFIELD COUNTY FORECLOSURES

Glenwood Springs–Home foreclosures in Garfield County are on the decline. According to county treasurer Georgia Chamberlain, foreclosures climbed in 2010 and ’11
from 604 to 711 and then dropped last year by about 200. She is hopeful that the worst of the housing market decline in Garfield County is in the past.

WESTERN SLOPE AVLANCHE DANGER HIGH

Undated–The wet, heavy snow from last week’s storms created unstable conditions in the backcountry and extremely dangerous avalanche conditions on the western slope. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center reported five avalanches across the state on Saturday including one near Silverton that killed a Durango man while he was backcountry skiing with friends.

GRAND JUNCTION MOTEL SHOOTER CHARGED

GRAND JUNCTION (AP) – A man who was showing off a handgun when it accidentally discharged and wounded a stranger in an adjoining motel room last September has pleaded guilty to several charges. 26-year-old Zachariah McCullough pleaded guilty Friday to attempted illegal discharge of a firearm, third-degree assault and violation of probation terms. His sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 13. An arrest affidavit says McCullough was showing off the gun at the Mesa Inn in Grand Junction when the weapon accidentally discharged, “blasting a large hole” in the wall.

ROMANOFF RUNNING FOR CONGRESS

DENVER (AP) – Former Colorado Speaker of the House Andrew Romanoff says he will run for Congress in the Aurora-based 6th District in 2014. The Democrat submitted paperwork to the Federal Election Commission on Friday and will run for the seat currently held by Republican Rep. Mike Coffman.

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