News, January 30th

WINTER WEATHER CHALLENGES MOTORISTS

Undated—Wet, heavy snow greeted drivers for the morning commute to work and will be a challenge for the drive home.  Eastbound I-70 was closed in Glenwood Springs for a short time this morning due to several disabled and jacknifed semis in Glenwood Canyon. At least a half dozen minor accidents and slide offs were reported this morning along I-70 and both directions of Highway 82.  Forecasters with the National Weather Service say the winter storm warning will remain in effect through tomorrow night.  Up to two feet of snow is possible in some parts of the high country along with occasional gusty winds.  The Denver area is also expected to see some snow in the next 48 hours, possibly up to 8 inches.

FATE OF PALISADE WOMAN WHO LEFT BOYS IN SUV IN HANDS OF JURY

Grand Junction—A Palisade woman could spend the next 24 years in prison if she’s convicted in the deaths of her two sons.  A jury in Grand Junction is deliberating in the case of 25 year old Heather Jensen who left her 2 and 4 year old boys in her SUV with the heater running in November of 2012 while she smoked pot and had sex with a man in a nearby vehicle.  The boys died of hyperthermia.  The jury is deciding whether Jensen understood the risk of leaving her boys unattended in the vehicle with the heater running.  Mesa County forensic pathologist Rob Kurtzman testified during the trial that dying of hyperthermia is unusual. 

STATE BILL SEEKING EMERGENCY CARE FOR PETS

DENVER (AP) – Colorado lawmakers want to ensure that dogs and cats are able to receive emergency care when they’re injured in car accidents or natural disasters.  A bill being heard in a Senate committee Thursday would fix a technical glitch in the law that says it’s a violation of the Veterinary Medicine Practice Act for emergency medical technicians to provide stabilizing care for pets.  Republican Sen. David Balmer is sponsoring the bill.