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PARACHUTE The 14-year-old boy charged with manslaughter for shooting and killing his 9-year-old neighbor, Taylor DeMarco, Wednesday will be detained until his next hearing Aug. 24.The 14-year-old had a hearing at District Court in Glenwood Springs Thursday morning. The judge decided to detain him at the Grand Mesa Youth Services Center in Grand Junction.The .22 semiautomatic pistol the boy used, belonged to his mother. There are no charges against the boys parents.The Garfield County District Attorney will announce at the Aug. 24 hearing whether or not the boy will be charged as an adult.
At the end of the final meeting Thursday Dan Burden asked the people how they felt about their traffic calming plan. Raise your hands if you think its a good plan, he said.Almost 50 hands spike up into the air, a forceful commentary on what could have been a contentious process.Thursdays meeting marked the conclusion of a three-day process of planning a calmer, slower future for Grand Avenue.Burden and Troy Russ, traffic calming consultants hired by the city, distilled the comments offered by citizens during the week and crafted a workable master plan.Among the most visible and perhaps habit-changing recommendations would be a series of roundabouts to slow traffic through town but keep it moving. Burden offered sketches of Sixth and Laurel streets where a roundabout could create a smoother flow off and on Interstate 70.
Its summer, all right: On top of the scalding temperatures making everyone cranky, weve got a sky full of smoky haze from big wildfires across the West.Fortunately, according to Tim Foley, of the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit in Grand Junction, there are no local fires to add to our misery.The fires are further west, he said.Closest to home is the Pack Trail fire 10 miles west of Meeker burning 2,798 acres. South and west of the Roaring Fork Valley are the 8,778-acre Dammeron fire near St. George, Utah, the Dry Fork fire burning 3,700 acres northwest of Vernal and the 200-acre Hay fire northwest of Grand Junction.
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