NO CHARGES FILED IN GRAND COUNTY SHOOTING
No charges will be filed against a Grand County sheriff’s deputy and his prosecutor wife after they shot an intruder who died from his wounds. The 14th Judicial District Attorney’s office issued a press release yesterday announcing the decision by prosecutors in Jefferson County, who reviewed the CBI investigation at the request of 14th District officials. The investigation was conducted by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. The investigation found that John and Heather Stein both shot 32-year-old Joshua Stevens outside their Hot Sulphur Springs home on April 1st after Stevens forced his way into the home and fought with John Stein. The DA says an autopsy determined Stevens, who was found to have an array of dangerous drugs in his system, died from the shots fired by John Stein, a Grand County sheriff’s lieutenant. Heather Stein is a prosecutor for the 14th Judicial District.
STEAMBOAT RESIDENTS ASKED TO LOCK CAR DOORS, DUE TO BEARS
People in Steamboat are being asked to lock their car doors to help save a young bear who’s already learned how to open them. There have been multiple reports of bears getting into vehicles. At least some of them involve a yearling wildlife officials are trying to avoid trapping. Recently, the young bear climbed through the open sliding window of a pickup truck to get food left inside. Then wildlife officials believe it returned a few days later to the same property and opened the doors of at least three vehicles in the driveway. It didn’t find any food and only left a muddy footprint on a door. Officials believe it’s the first year the bear is foraging for food.
CONTROLLED BURN PLANNED FOR EMERALD MOUNTAIN
The City of Steamboat will be conducting a controlled burn of felled trees on Emerald Mountain today. The burn continues the work done last weekend on Emerald Mountain to remove trees that have been killed due to beetle infestation. Mile Run will be closed during this time, and there may be smoke visible from the mountain. The burn is scheduled to be conducted all day and should be finished by this evening.
TOMORROW IS FEE-FREE DAY AT NATIONAL FORESTS
The Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland invites the public to enjoy its’ many Day-Use sites free-of-charge tomorrow. The fee-free day is one of four being offered nationally in celebration of National Get Outdoors Day, an annual event to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun. The first fee-free day offered by the Forest Service this year was Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Additional fee-free days will be September 28th for National Public Lands Day and November 9th through the 11th for Veterans Day Weekend. Day-Use sites, which typically require a $5 per day fee, include picnic areas and developed trailheads where services such as trash, toilets, and, in some cases, water are available. Campgrounds are not included in this effort and fees of $10 per night still apply. Some sites may be closed for hazard tree removal operations, or still inaccessible due to snow.
MOFFAT COUNTY SHERIFF’S GOLF TOURNAMENT IS TOMORROW
The Moffat County Sheriff’s Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament will be held tomorrow. The Sheriff’s Office holds the tournament every year to raise money for their scholarship fund, which benefits local high students looking to further their education. The entry fee is $40. The tournament will be held at the Yampa Valley golf Course. It kicks off at 8 tomorrow morning with a shotgun start.
STEAMBOAT PRE-SCHOOL SUMMER CAMP SIGN-UPS GOING ON NOW
Registration for the City of Steamboat’s Mini Sprouts pre-school summer camp program is going on now at Parks, Open Space & Recreation. Participants can sign up for one or more of the 6 to 7 week sessions offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday between June 25th and August 8th. Each session will include a specific primary activity and will have a consistent drop-off and pick-up location. Tuesday’s program is seven weeks long and includes swimming lessons. Wednesday’s program is seven weeks long and includes story time at the Library. Thursday’s program is six weeks long and includes an outdoor education program at the Botanic Park. Children can be registered for all 20 sessions at a discounted rate or for individual days if that is more convenient. For more information about prices and participation call 879-4300 .
TIPTON AND OTHERS WANT EXPLANATION OVER PHONE RECORD SEIZURE
Congressman Scott Tipton is concerned that the National Security Agency has obtained the phone records of millions of American Verizon customers. Tipton has joined a number of his House colleagues in a letter to FBI Director Robert Mueller and NSA Director General Keith Alexander to determine the scope of the agencies’ data collection activities. In a statement released yesterday, Tipton said, “The news that the NSA has seized the phone records of millions of Americans is deeply troubling. While we must ensure that our nation is secure from terrorist threats and has the tools needed to stop such threats, gathering millions of phone records of American citizens, not under investigation for any crime, is an overreach of power, violation of rights and infringement of privacy.” In the letter the lawmakers ask for answers to 8 questions to help them understand the situation. The questions relate to how often the agency demands such records, what they do with them, and how it helps with any of their investigations. You can read the full letter here.
JUDGE SAYS POT MAGAZINE CASE CAN PROCEED
A federal judge has ruled that a lawsuit can proceed over how Colorado restricts the display of marijuana-themed magazines, even though state officials say they won’t enforce the law. Three marijuana-themed magazines and a group of booksellers and newsstands want the judge to strike down a recently-enacted law forcing pot magazines behind the counter at stores that allow minors. A lawyer representing the state asked for the suit to be dismissed. Instead, U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch gave the state a June 28 deadline to answer the lawsuit seeking a permanent injunction. A lawyer for the magazines urged the judge to let the request for a permanent injunction proceed despite the state’s admission that the provision isn’t constitutional. Lawyers on both sides say the restriction would be the first of its kind.
TRAFFIC TO BE DELAYED ON I-70 NEAR SILVERTHORNE NEXT WEEK
SILVERTHORNE – Lane closures and a traffic stop will be taking place on eastbound Interstate 70 next week, just west of the Silverthorne Interchange (Exit 205), for removal of the old electronic sign and the structurally-deficient sign bridge that crosses the highway. Beginning at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12, one lane will be closed, starting just east of the Dillon Reservoir Overlook and continuing east to the interchange. The single lane closure remains until 8 p.m., when all eastbound traffic will be stopped for approximately 30 minutes. After the highway reopens to traffic, one lane will remain closed until about midnight for removal activities. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) must stop traffic to maintain safety through the area for the traveling public.