NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS FOR FRIDAY, MAY 31ST

Search for Child Ends In Tragedy

A 5 year old child died yesterday near the Copper Spur ranch near the Eagle/Routt County line.  According to the Routt County Sheriff’s Office, they were advised of a search being conducted by Eagle County Search and Rescue at around 1 yesterday afternoon and since part of the search area was in Routt County were asked to assist.  At a little after 2 p.m. a diver located the child in a pond located on the Copper Spur property. Resuscitation efforts were started immediately. The child was flown to Vail Valley Medical Center, by the Colorado National Guard, where he was later pronounced dead.  An autopsy is scheduled for today to determine the cause of death.

 

WARRANT SHOWS WOMAN AND HUSBAND WERE SPLITTING BEFORE SHOOTING

Charges have not yet been filed against Lisa Marie Lesyshen.  Court records show the Routt County woman who allegedly shot and killed her 9-year-old son, and then turned the gun on herself, was in the process of separating from her husband.   According to a search warrant, Asher’s father called authorities around 3 in the morning.  When they arrived, the boy was dead.  He had been shot in the chest.  His mother was found in another room, unconscious, also with a gunshot wound. She was lying near shell casings and a revolver.  Lesyshen is currently under police guard at an undisclosed hospital.  She is reportedly awake and talking.  The 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office says they won’t file charges until they get results from the investigation, which is being conducted by the Routt County Sheriff’s Office.

 

CMC SEARCHING FOR A NEW PRESIDENT

Colorado Mountain College has formally begun a search for a new president to replace Stan Jensen.  The search began Wednesday, and the deadline for applications is July 15.  Jensen resigned in December amid complaints about his role in leasing part of a Glenwood Springs campus for a compressor station for a natural gas pipeline.  The college board rejected the lease as illegal, and a judge concurred. Colorado Mountain College serves nine counties in the central and northern part of the state, including Routt County.  It is a two-year institution that also grants bachelor’s degrees in certain fields.

 

FREE FISHING WEEKEND STARTS TOMORROW

Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s annual Free Fishing Weekend is tomorrow and Sunday. Each year, the agency designates the first weekend in June as the only two-day period that anglers all around the state are not required to have a fishing license. For the rest of the year a fishing license is required for anyone 16 years and older. In conjunction, Hayden will have their Huck Finn Fun Day at Dry Creek Park tomorrow. Parks and Wildlife will provide as much of the fishing equipment as they can. The fishing Derby starts at 10, and there’ll be various prize categories. At noon, the party moves inside the Pavillion for lunch provided by Hayden Parks and Rec. There will also be Huck Finn and Becky Thatcher look-a-like contests.

 

OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY MUST LOBBY AGGRESSIVELY

The oil and gas industry in Colorado exerts an outsize influence in Colorado politics.  A report out yesterday questions how energy producers benefit from spending generously on lobbying and political donations.  The report from the left-leaning Colorado Ethics Watch totals recent state political spending by oil and gas producers.  Ethics Watch says that oil and gas companies and associations spent nearly $5 million lobbying Colorado officials between 2007 and 2012. That’s more than twice what other mining business spent, and more than five times what the agriculture industry spent.  Ethics Watch does not accuse the oil and gas industry of wrongdoing.  But the group suggests that oil and gas drilling regulations and fines would be even more outrageous if the industry didn’t lobby so aggressively.

 

CIRCUS CALLS PITCHING KIDS TICKETS IS NOT A SCAM

The Craig Lion’s Club wants local businesses to know that if the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus calls and asks if you would like to purchase tickets for children, it is NOT a scam.  The circus and the Lions Club are teaming together to provide tickets to children who can’t afford the show.  The circus will be in Craig July 14th, and some of the shows performers will make surprise visits to businesses in town ahead of time.  Store managers can call 824-5814 for more information.

 

CLUB 20 LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE IN GRAND JUNCTION NEXT WEEK

Club 20’s Leadership Conference will be held next week.  The conference focuses on identifying, developing and improving individual and team leadership skills. A strong line-up of leaders from business, non-profit and government sectors will offer participants resources to make the most of their leadership potential.  Topics will include workplace motivators, crucial conversations, and consensus building.  The two day event starts Thursday and will be held at the Doubletree Hotel in Grand Junction.  You can learn more by clicking here.

 

MUSEUM OF NORTHWEST COLORADO OPENS RAILWAY EXHIBIT

The Museum of Northwest Colorado in Craig has opened its new exhibit called “The Moffat Railroad – 100 Years of Rails to the Yampa Valley”.  The display includes detailed dioramas, a virtual train trip, and intriguing photos and artifacts. This railroad was the dream of investor David Moffat who expended his entire fortune while attempting to build a direct line from Denver to Salt Lake City. The exhibit will lead the visitor over the Rocky Mountains’ treacherous Corona Pass down to the Yampa River valley.  The Museum of Northwest Colorado offers free admission.

 

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