[flagallery gid=25 name=Gallery]
SUSPECT IN OAK CREEK BOMB INCIDENTS IN CUSTODY
In late November officers of the Oak Creek Police Department and Oak Creek Fire Protection District responded to several suspicious incidents involving the recovery of multiple plastic bottles containing an unknown substance. The ensuing investigation revealed the devices to be homemade acid bombs similar to “The Works Bomb” or a derivative thereof. During the investigation, Oak Creek Police Department officers learned three of the four devices were targeted at a specific person or persons and were deployed at specific locations. Officers have not been able to identify a known connection between the device deployed at Rachel’s Smokin’ BBQ in Oak Creek, nor the owners and employees of that business. As a result of the investigation, 25 year old Joshua Benjamin Flaharty of Oak Creek was arrested for Possession of an Incendiary Device and Reckless Endangerment and was taken into custody and booked into the Routt County Detention Center. It is believed all the devices have been recovered and there is no further risk to the public. Officers anticipate charging a second person in connection with this case.
Tie One On For Safety Campaign
The Colorado State Patrol and Mothers Against Drunk Driving are coordinating efforts in MADD’s annual “Tie One On For Safety” campaign, which calls for motorists to display a red ribbon on their cars in support of law enforcement crackdown efforts and as a pledge to drive safe, sober, and buckled up. The campaign is now underway and runs through New Year’s Day—one of the most dangerous times of the year on U.S. roads and highways. Data show that the time period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day includes some of the most dangerous days for drunk driving deaths, and the numbers are getting worse in recent years. The State Patrol and MADD are encouraging you to show your commitment to driving safe and sober by displaying a MADD red ribbon on your car or keys. Ribbons are available at state patrol and MADD offices.
Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study
The federal government and the seven Colorado River basin states yesterday released the final results of the cooperative “Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study”. The report evaluates the future reliability of the Colorado River system to meet increasing demands and outlines potential strategies for dealing with projected imbalances. The nearly 3-year project began in 2010 as a joint effort of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and representatives of the basin states. Future demands on the river system were analyzed under six hypothetical situations, which include varying factors that will affect the system over the next few decades: population growth in the basin states, potential savings from conservation, and economic conditions in the watershed. The study team reviewed approximately 160 options for dealing with the potential imbalances on a basin-wide level. You can find additional information about the study by visiting this link.
Two Added to Sheriff’s Most Wanted List
Two people, both wanted on felony-level drug charges, have been added to the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office Most Wanted list. Sheriff Rich Haskell said the first is Lonn Boyd Porter, who is wanted for felony drug charges stemming from a Rock Springs Police Department investigation. He is described as a 47-year-old white male, brown hair, brown eyes, height 6’7″, weight about 190 pounds. The second is Andrea Eve Schanno, a white female 27 years of age, 5’2″ in height, weight about 200 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She is wanted for unlawful delivery and conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine. Haskell said anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Porter or Schanno is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office or other law enforcement agency. He asks that anyone with information not approach or attempt to apprehend the individuals, but to just call it in. Haskell emphasized that callers will be kept anonymous.
WEA Comment On Fracking Rule Delay
Western Energy Alliance commended the Department of the Interior on its decision not to rush the final hydraulic fracturing rule. The Bureau of Land Management rule was originally envisioned for release by the end of the year, but more time is needed to review the over 170,000 comments received. A Western Energy Alliance official stated that the alliance is pleased that the Interior Department has decided to engage in a more deliberative process, rather than trying to rush the rule and they believe if the BLM performed that proper analysis, it would determine that a new, redundant rule is not necessary.
Yule Log Hunt Clue 4
The 33rd Annual Yule Log Hunt, sponsored by the Tread of Pioneers Museum and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, continues. As well as posting the clues here, KRAI and 55 Country will also air the clues each day. A new clue will be released each weekday. Unless the Log is found sooner, the 10th and final clue will be released on Friday, December 21st. When the log is found, the finder should immediately call the Tread of Pioneers Museum at 879-2214 to end the search and have their name announced. The winner will get a $150 Steamboat Chamber gift certificate and a framed piece of historical artwork. Today’s clue (#4) is:
A visionary man set his gaze.
Raise your glass to champagne daze.
Seasons change, so savor the gold.
This is the year, watch history unfold.
In High School Sports Today:
Rangely boys and girls host North Park…girls play at 4 the boys at 5:30
Moffat County boys and girls host Grand Valley in games originally scheduled for Friday….girls play at 4:30 the boys at 6 tonight
Steamboat will hosts Summit at 6 tonight
In High School Sports Tomorrow:
Steamboat boys and girls host Rifle…girls play at 6 the boys at 7:30
Little Snake River Valley boys and girls travel to Rangley…girls play at 5 the boys at 6:30
The Hayden boys and girls travel to Encampment…the girls play at 5 the boys at 6:30
Moffat County heads to Grand Junction for the two day Warrior Classic
Moffat County is at Montrose at beginning a 1pm (2 day meet)
Steamboat hosts Aspen at 6:30