Cutting Wine & Cheese Could Save Colorado's Southwest Chief

According to the Denver Post, “Cuts in luxuries may save Colorado Southwest Chief stops, Amtrak says“.

Garcia said he was heartened that Amtrak CEO Joe Boardman promised to help rescue the line by cost-cutting measures, including eliminating complimentary wine and cheese, as well as pillow chocolates, flowers and vases, and newspapers on three of its routes.

The move comes as the railroad moves to answer congressional criticisms and stop the losses from its food and beverage service alone that totaled $72 million in fiscal 2012, according to the news website Politico Pro.

To keep the Southwest Chief on its current route, Amtrak has proposed that New Mexico, Colorado and Kansas share the costs of the track maintenance and upgrades with Amtrak and BNSF. The plan calls for the states to each provide $4 million annually for a decade.

It would be really great if we had a good quality train system alternative to flying in the US. I hate flying.

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External: 1957 Chevy T-boned In Denver After New Paint

From the Denver Post “Man mourns classic ’57 Chevy t-boned in Thornton after restoration

Joy turned to sorrow in an instant last week, when Seber’s car, which was sporting a brand new, one-day-old custom paint job, was broadsided.

Seber’s car was t-boned by a 2001 pick-up truck. Its driver was cited by Thornton police for running a red light. He has a court appearance scheduled for Sept. 9.

Her Majesty's Credit Union Is A Scam

From the Denver Post Colorado man accused of running phony credit union in Virgin Islands

Federal regulators say a Colorado man for years ran a bogus credit union through the Virgin Islands and bilked more than $532,000 from unsuspecting customers.
In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Denver, the Securities and Exchange Commission says Stanley McDuffie — who the SEC and Colorado law enforcement say is also known as Stanley Roberson, Stanley Battle and Stanley Robertson-Baffle — did this by offering unrealistic returns on certificates of deposit he advertised on the Internet.
The SEC says the purported credit union, known as Her Majesty’s Credit Union, was no such thing at all and that it was little more than a funnel for McDuffie to siphon funds from a tiny office in Denver and later in Watkins.

Lost Dutchman Mine Searcher Remains Found In Superstitions Mountains

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People die looking for the Lost Dutchman gold mine in the Superstitions Mountains, including Jesse Capen from Denver. He apparently fell to his death on his first day of searching. From the Denver Post “Denver man’s search for Lost Dutchman mine likely ended in fall“:

At the end of November 2012, a day pack containing Jesse’s GPS equipment, his mother’s camera and his identification was found at the bottom of a 180-foot cliff on the same mountain. Searchers spotted a boot in steeper terrain above the day pack.

“All of a sudden — out of the blue — they found him,” David Capen said.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department sent a helicopter to the side of the cliff, and deputies rapelled down to a skeleton, which was retrieved in a wire basket.

Lesser Prairie Chicken

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From the Denver Post “5 governors speak out on lesser prairie chicken“.

The governors of Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas released a statement Thursday saying that conservation efforts by their states, along with commitments from industry leaders and landowners, to address risks to the bird should support a decision not to list the species as threatened.

Serial Buttocks-Groper In Denver

From the Denver Post “Denver police looking for bald, heavy-set serial buttocks-groper

Police think the same man who fondled a woman’s backside at East Fifth Avenue and High Street on Aug. 21 grabbed another woman’s buttocks a few minutes later a block away on East Fourth Avenue.

Tuesday night, another woman was grabbed on the buttocks at an alley entrance between Newton and Osceola streets along West 37th Avenue.

The groper is described as Hispanic, in his late 20s to early 30s, about 6 feet tall. He also is described as bald and heavy-set.

Moths Cause Horrible Car Crash

From the Denver Post, “Miller moths prompt crash, explosion in Colorado Springs

A vehicle driven by a teenager Tuesday night veered off of the side of the road, slammed into a tree and exploded into flames apparently because of miller moths, according to the Colorado Springs Police Department.

This story might sound silly that someone could be distracted by a few moths. But Albuquerque has had the same plague of miller moths and I could imagine there were so many moths that it looked like a snow storm.