Man killed in Loma crash

identified by Mesa coroner

The Mesa County Coroner's Office identified Grand Junction resident Robert Durkin, 65, as the individual that died in a collision with an SUV in Loma.

Colorado State Patrol spokesman Glen Hunter clarified that Durkin was driving a vehicle that is used for farming, not a golf cart as previously reported, when he was struck from behind by the SUV.

Durkin was not wearing a seat belt or helmet at the time and the toxicology is pending, according to the coroner's office.

The cause of death is multiple blunt force injuries and the manner of death was ruled an accident, a press release said.

The crash occurred at the intersection of 16 Road and O Road in the afternoon on Wednesday and is still under investigation by Colorado State Patrol, according to Hunter.

He recomended that all Mesa County drivers be aware of their surrounding at all times.

Airport receives $3.5M for runway

The Grand Junction Regional Airport will receive a discretionary grant of $3.5 million from the Department of Transportation for its ongoing $150 million runway project, according to a press release from U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton.

The grant is through the department's Airport Improvement Program, administered by the Federal Aviation Administration.

According to airport spokesman Joe Burtard, the money is a continuation of the $4.9 million the airport announced it would receive from the FAA in June. The $3.5 million will go toward a perimeter fence and grading.

The runway replacement project is a multi-year effort that should take seven to 10 years to complete and more grants like this should come in throughout the duration of the project.

Free spay/neuter clinic this weekend

Dr. Jeff Young, known for his "Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet" television show on Animal Planet, will be in Grand Junction early next week, participating in a free spay/neuter surgery weekend for cats and kittens.

Young and a team of veterinarians and staff from Planned Pethood Plus will participate in the Roice-Hurst Humane Society's Grand Valley Cat Project to perform the surgeries Sunday and Monday. A crew will film throughout the weekend for a future episode of the show.

The project offers a trap-neuter return campaign and free spay/neuter services for cats in the 81501 zip code.

To make an appointment for a surgery, call 970-261-3760. Appointments start at 9 a.m. Sunday and Monday and drop-off times are between 8 a.m. and noon at the Roice-Hurst Humane Society, 362 28 Road.

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