NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12TH

 

Holiday Drive 2012

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Fief Claimed He Stabbed Arrendondo 3 to 4 Times

A Craig man, 48 year old LeRoy Fief, claimed he stabbed , 43 year old Shane Arrendondo three to four times early Sunday morning after he confronted Arrendondo subsequent to witnessesing his wife and Arrendondo in the parking lot between Mather’s Bar and the Elk Head Apartments. Fief said in an interview with police that he had previously confronted his wife about voicemail and text messages on her phone from an unknown male. His wife responded that nothing inappropriate was going on. The night of the incident, Fief stated he left work to return home, and found his wife was not there. He took a knife from the home and went looking for her. A short time later he found her car and a hour and a half later saw Arrendondo and his wife leaving the Elk Head Apartments where the confrontation occurred. Arrendono died a short time later. Fief is charged with 1st degree murder and being held in the Moffat County Jail. Pictured above Leroy Feif from his facebook.

 

Chimney Fire Prevention and Safety Tips

House fires escalate sharply in wintertime, primarily due to improper use of various heating apparatus in the home – chimneys being among them. Chimneys can and do catch fire, and obstructed chimneys can vent noxious gases back into homes, causing carbon monoxide poisoning and even death. Fireplaces, coal and wood burning stoves, and chimneys need to be visually inspected every year. This could involve little more than taking a flashlight and peering inside the stove, to check the condition of the firebricks, or looking up a fireplace to inspect the amount of creosote deposited on the lining. Also, looking down a chimney from above to assess the amount of creosote deposited is a good idea. Chimney caps should also be checked as they keep birds and animals from entering the chimney. Also you should install a C-O detector in the home for peace of mind.  A roaring sound—some people describe it as sounding like a freight train or a low-flying airplane—is typically the first indication of a chimney fire. If you hear this sound, and it’s growing louder, you have every reason to believe there’s a fire raging in your chimney.  Clouds of black smoke and sparks pouring out the top of your chimney are other indications of a chimney fire. If it’s a big fire, flames can leap several feet above the top of the chimney.  If you see or hear any of this, here’s what to do:

– Call the fire department or 911. The fire could be out before firefighters arrive, but it’s a good idea to call them anyway.

– Get everyone out of the house.

– Close the damper or the air inlet controls to the fireplace or stove.

– Grab your fire extinguisher (you do have one, right?). Open the door to the fireplace or stove just enough so you can insert the extinguisher’s nozzle. Shoot the contents of the entire canister inside and shut the door.

– Go outside. If the water to your hose connections is still turned on, wet down the roof and the area around your house.

Below is a checklist to prepare your chimney and fireplace for the holiday season…to make sure you don’t start any unexpected fires:

1. Hire a Chimney Sweep
2. Use a Chimney Cap
3. Repair Any Chimney Damage
4. Use Appropriate Wood
5. Use a Fireplace Screen
6. Clear Front of Fireplace
7. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby

 

Festival of Trees Special Event Tomorrow

The 2nd of three special community events at the Festival of Trees at the Moffat County Courthouse will be held tomorrow when there will be a tree lighting ceremony with Mrs. Claus and her elves, plus live Christmas music, story time and refreshments. The specials activities will be held tomorrow evening from 5 to 7. The special events are in addition to the ongoing display of 23 beautifully decorated trees no on display weekdays from 8 to 5 through December 26th.

Girls Day Out Scheduled for January

93.7 102.3 KRAI and 55 Country has begun planning for the 2nd Annual “Girls Day Out” in Craig.  The purpose of “Girls Day Out” is to bring together women of all ages for day of fun, entertaining, educational and useful activities and events.  The event is scheduled for January 19th, and will again be held at the Centennial Mall in Craig.  For additional information or to reserve a space at the event, call 824-6574.

Roving Christmas Tree In Hayden

For the 74th year the Roving Christmas Tree will again be a part of the holiday landscape in Hayden. On Christmas Eve at 5pm families in Hayden are asked to leave their porch light on if they would like to have a visit from Santa Claus. Families that live on dead end streets, or areas where if would be difficult to take the trailer are asked to call 276-4446 to speak with “Mrs. Claus” to arrange a visit from Santa, or go to the corner when you hear the Christmas.

 

Cherish The Little Things Children’s Art Show

Connections 4 Kids, the early childhood council serving Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, is seeking youth contributions for its second annual Cherish the Little Things children’s art show.  The art show will be held February 7 to 9, 2013, at The Center of Craig, culminating during downtown Craig’s annual Art Walk. Last year’s show featured 210 pieces of art by 175 Moffat County artists ages 3 to 18. Organizers hope to grow this year’s show to include more pieces by young artists.  Work completed in school by Moffat County School District students in kindergarten through high school will already be considered. Other entries will be accepted from Moffat County youths ages 3 to 18. Art pieces will be returned to youths following the show.  To submit an entry, create two- or three-dimensional art using any medium. Entries can be vertical or horizontal and can be any size. The deadline to submit entries is 5 p.m. January 15, 2013, at Connections 4 Kids, 595 Breeze St., Craig.  Sponsorship opportunities are also available for the show, which serves as a fundraiser for Connections 4 Kids, at the $350 and $150 levels. Business, organization and individual sponsorships of the event are welcomed.  For more information about Cherish the Little Things children’s art show or Connections 4 Kids, call Michelle Balleck at 824-8282, ext. 47, or visit their website.

 

IDAHO MAN CHARGED AFTER INCIDENT AT TRUCK STOP

An Idaho truck driver remains in custody at the Sweetwater County Detention Center, charged with multiple felonies after an incident of reported domestic violence near Wamsutter.  According to Sweetwater County Sheriff Rich Haskell, deputies responded at about 3:00 AM on December 5 to Love’s Truck Stop just north of Wamsutter, where they found a woman identified as Georjana Price, who had herself locked in a toilet stall, hiding from a man later determined to be Allen Gordon Taber, 56, of Idaho Falls, Idaho.  Price told Deputy Sheriffs Todd Poppie and Steve Powell that she and Taber, her “significant other” with whom she was traveling in his semi rig, got into an argument inside the semi. Taber, she said, “hit her on the legs, grabbed her arms and hit her across the face with his forearm.” Price also told the county officers that Taber “grabbed her chin and covered her mouth and nose with his hand,” slammed the door on her leg when she tried to get out of the truck, and told her “‘You are my hostage.’”  Taber, she said, “retrieved a gun from under the bed in the cab, pointed the gun at her chest and said ‘I’m going to kill you.’”  Price said she “was finally let out of the truck and allowed to go inside the store,” where she “hid inside the restroom.”  Haskell said Taber was arrested at the scene and a .22-caliber semiautomatic pistol recovered. He is charged with aggravated assault and battery and strangulation of a household member, both felonies, and battery against a household member, a misdemeanor. He remains in custody at the Sweetwater County Detention Center in lieu of a $100,000 bond set by Circuit Court Judge Dan Forgey, as the investigation continues.

 

CLUE #3 IN THE YULE LOG HUNT

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 (#3) is:
Follow the treasure that some still seek.
Crystal clear water flows down from the peaks.
Pioneer and chain founder share the name.
Don’t stop now, you’re in the game.

 

 

 In High School Sports Tomorrow:

In Basketball:
Rangely boys (5:30pm) and girls (4pm) host North Park
Moffat County boys (6pm) and girls (4:30pm) host Grand Valley [NOTE: these games were originally scheduled for Friday]

In Wrestling:
Steamboat hosts Summit at 6pm