Commission to commemorate life of GJ grad, Navy SEAL

Commission to commemorate
life of GJ grad, Navy SEAL


The Mesa County Commission on Monday is to commemorate the life of Remington Peters, a Grand Junction High School graduate and U.S. Navy SEAL who died on May 28 in a parachuting accident in New York.

Peters died when his parachute failed to open during a display by the Leap Frogs demonstration team during Fleet Week over Liberty State Park.

A special operator first class, Peters was a veteran of two combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The commission is to adopt a proclamation in honor of Peters’ memory in a regularly scheduled session at 9 a.m.

The meeting will be held at the Old County Courthouse at 544 Rood Ave., and is open to the public.

Taylor Swift dropped in groping case


DENVER — After four days of testimony, a federal judge on Friday dropped Taylor Swift from a suit filed by a radio host who took the star to court claiming she had falsely accused him of groping her.

“Taylor Swift did not act improperly,” Judge William J. Martínez said in U.S. District Court in Denver. He said David Mueller, the former host of a radio program here, offered “insufficient evidence Miss Taylor Swift acted improperly when she reported an assault she truly believed happened.”

The judge’s ruling stopped short of saying the groping had occurred, as Swift had testified in a dramatic turn on the witness stand Thursday. But the judge said there was not enough evidence to proceed as far as giving the case to a jury.

Utah officials find eight rabid bats


SALT LAKE CITY — Utah officials say eight bats found throughout the state have tested positives for rabies, and they are urging residents to take precautions by keeping their pet’s and livestock’s rabies vaccinations up to date.

State Epidemiologist Dallin Peterson says the eight bats with rabies were captured in Sanpete, Davis, Salt, Cache and Utah counties. The Utah Public Health Laboratory in Taylorsville confirmed the latest rabies case Thursday.

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rabies virus can attack the nervous system and cause brain damage. Fatalities are common after the host begins to show symptoms.

Nevada to expand marijuana licenses


CARSON CITY, Nev. — Nevada’s marijuana regulators have decided to start issuing pot distribution licenses to businesses other than liquor wholesalers to keep up with overwhelming demand since legal recreational sales began July 1.

The Nevada Department of Taxation voted Thursday to open up the market previously limited to liquor distributors under the state ballot measure voters approved in November.

Department spokeswoman Stephanie Klapstein said they’ll begin reviewing about 80 applications they received in May from other businesses.

FEMA money to help in landslides


COLORADO SPRINGS — The City of Colorado Springs has received a $5.9 million federal grant to buy properties impacted by a landslide that started in 2015 after record-breaking rains.

The city says the grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will allow it to buy some of the 27 homes in the southwestern part of the city that were destroyed or significantly damaged.

Grant money can provide up to 75 percent of the total cost of buying and demolishing the homes. The property owner is responsible for the rest, but the city is putting some services and staff time toward that match.

Man called for help, died in stuck elevator


DENVER — An elderly Colorado man found dead in a parking garage elevator had pushed the emergency button twice but got no response, police said.

The decomposing body of 82-year-old Isaak Komisarchik was found last week after multiple residents of a Denver apartment complex reported a terrible stench.

Elevator repair workers found the body.


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