NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS FOR THURSDAY, MAY 30TH

ROUTT COUNTY DEPUTIES INVESTIGATING MURDER/SUICIDE ATTEMPT

It’s still unclear why 45-year old Lisa Marie Lesyshen allegedly shot and killed her 9 year old son, and then turned the gun on herself yesterday morning in her Stagecoach area home.  Routt County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the house by the woman’s husband, who told them his wife had shot and killed their son Asher Lesyshen-Kirlan, and was upstairs with a gun.  Deputies found the boy and the mother in separate rooms.  Lisa, at last report, was clinging to life at an out of area hospital, reportedly under guard.  Asher was a 3rd grader at Soda Creek Elementary.

 

VNA IN CRAIG EVACUATED BRIEFLY

The Visiting Nurse Association in Craig was evacuated early yesterday morning, due to an odor of natural gas. Atmos Energy and Craig firefighters investigated, but didn’t find any leaks. Despite that, 4 people who complained of nausea and light headedness were taken to The Memorial Hospital at Craig. They were found to have low oxygen levels, but their situations weren’t serious. Patients and employees were allowed back in the building after about 2 hours.

 

TIPTON VISITS MEEKER TONIGHT

Congressman Scott Tipton will be in Meeker today. The Representative will stop to provide a legislative update to residents.  Tipton talked with us yesterday about the current scandals in the Obama Administration, including the investigations into Benghazi, wiretapping, and IRS targeting.  Tipton says those involved in the IRS scandal seem to believe they can simply offer the American people an apology, and all will be forgiven.  But he says the apology seems disingenuous when the tactics are still going on. He says they’ve recently learned that the targeting has not stopped.  Tonight’s meeting will be held at 6 in the Rio Blanco County Commissioners Office on Main Street, and is expected to last about an hour.

 

PARKS AND WILDLIFE ANNOUNCE FREE FISHING WEEKEND

To give everyone an opportunity to get out and do some fishing, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is inviting anglers of all ages to participate in its annual Free Fishing Weekend, Saturday 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 Saturday.  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.

 

GARDNER PASSES ON SENATE RUN

A prominent Congressman is passing up a chance to challenge Senator Mark Udall.  Cory Gardner was considered the Republican party’s best potential candidate against Udall, who is up for re-election next year.  But Tuesday night Gardner said he was not going to run.  Gardner is viewed as a rising star in Republican leadership in the House of Representatives. Udall is considered fairly secure and would be hard to unseat.  There are no Republicans who have announced they will run against the Senator.  Possible candidates include former Congressman Bob Beauprez and Colorado State Treasurer Walker Stapleton.

 

NORTHWEST COLORADO ROAD WORKERS PERFORM WELL

Members of the Colorado Department of Transportation’s maintenance patrol at Rabbit Ears Pass along U.S. 40 claimed five of 15 top-five place finishes in an annual training and education snow & ice equipment “roadeo” held May 22 at the Grand County Fairgrounds in Kremmling.  The patrol, which is made up of employees from 6 different Northwest Colorado counties, swept first through third places in the Tandem Drive Axle Snowplow Truck Category. Patrol member Doug Brown of Steamboat, and Kenny Hamil of Rifle each took home two top-five finishes. Lynn Powell and Doug Doolin, both from Hayden, claimed first and second place finishes in the Front-End Loader competition.  The roadeo, designed to help CDOT maintenance professionals hone all aspects of their winter maintenance knowledge and equipment operation skills, consists of a written examination covering state and federal rules and regulations; a pre-trip vehicle inspection test; and equipment operation skills tests in demanding obstacle courses.

 

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