A Craig woman has been found guilty of second degree murder in the shooting death of her husband. It was a six-day trial, and the jury took seven hours to get to a guilty verdict against 40-year-old Rachel Niemeyer, for killing her husband, 48-year-old Michael Adam Freese. It happened at the Bear Valley Inn in Craig. The couple met and were married in Steamboat. They lived briefly in Oak Creek, and then moved to Craig last fall. Niemeyer says Freese shot himself, while the defense says Niemeyer was frustrated over Freese’s drinking, and failure to provide. Neimeyer is in the Moffat County jail, without bond. Pre-sentencing hearing is July 16.
A bear that attacked a 5-year-old girl in East Orchard Mesa near Grand Junction, was captured and put down. Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers set three traps in the area where the girl was attacked, but then saw the bear walking up to a house about a half-mile away. The bear was killed before entering the trap. Officers want to remind the public to avoid bears and other wildlife. Keep trash secure and pet food inside.
Graduating seniors in Moffat County have received 15-thousand dollars in scholarships from the Kiwanis Club of Craig. Scholarships ranged from $1000 to $2500. They were awarded at a barbecue at Loudy-Simpson Park. Eleven of the scholarships were made possible from the Yahoo golf tournament. Money was also donated in memory of Sarah Fleming and Richard Haslem. Graduation for Moffat County High School is Saturday, May 26, the same day as Meeker High School. Hayden and Rangely High School seniors will graduate May 20.
The Moffat County Board of County Commissioners are meeting at 8:30 this morning, at the county courthouse. Agenda items include the board possibly sending a letter to the Bureau of Land Management. They want to protest the agency’s decision to require mitigation in certain areas because of impacts caused by the proposed TransWest Express power line. The board will also consider an application for a new member of the Moffat County Fair Board, since there is a vacancy. Commissioners will consider signing a letter of support to designate the Luttrell barn as a historic site. The board will also receive updates and monthly reports from the Moffat County Library, the Road and Bridge Department, Department of Human Services, and Finance Department for Moffat County.
A few items from the police blotter…
A 33-year-old Craig man was arrested Saturday afternoon near East Fourth and Tucker Streets, for burglary. Early Saturday evening, Craig police officers found some drugs. Then later that night, police were called to the 400 block of Washington Street about a man on the side of the apartments with a long rifle. Officers investigated and found the man was fixing a bike. No crime or weapon was found. More cars were egged on Sunday morning, on the 700 block of Steele Street. Sunday night, officers were called to 6th and Westridge Road about two people who were reportedly naked and kissing. They couldn’t be found.
The DARE program is having its annual fundraiser Thursday and Friday nights. DARE stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. It’s at McDonald’s in Craig. Fifty percent of all sales from 5-7 p.m. each night will be donated to the DARE program. Firetrucks, police cars, and ambulances will be there for the kids.
Local veterans will be remembered next Wednesday evening, May 23, at Hayden Public Library. Everyone is invited, and encouraged to share stories and pictures.
The weather in Northwest Colorado today should be full of sunshine. Mostly sunny with temperatures in the mid 70s. The sun will set at 8:20 this evening, under clear skies. Wednesday will be another beautiful day with plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the upper 70s. It will stay nice through the week, but we could get some rain on Saturday.
Craig Parks and Recreation has t-ball at 5:30 tonight and coach pitch at 6:30. That’s happening at Woodbury Sports Complex. Girls softball is tonight at 5:30 at Loudy-Simpson Park.
In hockey, former Avalanche star Milan Hejduk is selling his mansion in Parker. It has six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, seven fireplaces, three laundry rooms, an ice rink, and a Zamboni. You just need $5.2 million dollars.