NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS FOR SATURDAY, JULY 6TH

GRAND COUNTY MAN FACES VEHICULAR HOMICIDE CHARGES

33-year old Lucas Ackerman of Grand Lake faces several charges related to Thursday night’s accident in Grand County that saw a vehicle hit several people on Highway 34.  Those charges include vehicular homicide and 4 counts of vehicular assault involving drugs or alcohol.  The accident happened near the Trail Ridge Marina, just after the fireworks show.  Witnesses say Ackerman never slowed down when he came upon the pedestrians, and that he didn’t have his headlights on when the tragedy occurred.  The father of the family, 50-year old Greg Westley died at the scene.  4 others, including the mother, 49-year old Debbie Westley, were flown to two different Denver area hospitals.  Ackerman had a court hearing yesterday, in which his bond was set at $40,000.

 

PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT IN TRANSWEST PROJECT

The BLM’s Wyoming State Office and the Western Area Power Administration (Western) are looking for public input on the TransWest Express Transmission Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The public has until September 30th to review and comment on the draft EIS.  TransWest Express is proposing the project, a 725-mile long extra-high voltage (EHV), direct current (DC) transmission line extending from south-central Wyoming to southern Nevada. The project is intended to provide the transmission infrastructure and capacity necessary to deliver up to 3,000 megawatts of electric power from renewable energy resources in south-central Wyoming to a substation hub in southern Nevada.  The BLM and Western are working with cooperating agencies in Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and Nevada. Members of the public, government agencies, and Tribes are encouraged to provide comment on the draft EIS during the 90-day public comment period. The BLM and Western will host public meetings in the proposed project area during the public comment period.

 

COLORADO LOTTO JACKPOT UP TO $5.7 MILLION

Since no one hit the Lotto jackpot in Wednesday’s drawing, the jackpot for tonight’s drawing is $5.7 million. The Lotto jackpot hasn’t been hit since March 27th. The cash value of the $5.7 million jackpot is $2.85 million. This is the highest jackpot since November 2012.  Other interesting Lotto facts:

· The largest Lotto jackpot of 2012 was $7.98 million.

· The average Lotto jackpot is $2.9 million.

· The largest Lotto jackpot on record is a $27 million jackpot won in March 1992.

· The most frequently drawn Lotto number is 34. The least frequently drawn Lotto number is 6.

Proceeds from the Colorado Lottery’s games – Lotto, Powerball, Mega Millions, Cash 5, Pick 3 and Scratch, stay in Colorado to improve the quality of life in the state. The Lottery has returned more than $2.4 billion to the state of Colorado since it was established. Through Great Outdoors Colorado, the Conservation Trust Fund and Colorado State Parks, the Lottery has provided funding for new trails, precious open space and wildlife protection.

 

SITE MADE AVAILABLE TO EXPLAIN FIRE RESTRICTIONS

The Bureau of Land Management is the latest agency to enact fire restrictions in Northwest Colorado.  That leaves the majority of land in the area as off limits for most fire activities.  The Stage 1 restrictions went into effect Tuesday.  If you are planning an activity that may include fire, but aren’t sure if that activity is restricted, you can see a full definition of Stage 1 restrictions by clicking here.