STATE PATROL INVESTIGATES FATAL CRASH ON HIGHWAY 131
A 21-year-old man died Saturday night in a single-vehicle car crash near State Bridge on Highway 131. Authorities were notified around noon yesterday of a person trapped underneath a car near milepost 14 on Highway 131. When emergency personnel arrived, they found Dalton Mason, of Bond, unresponsive. Mason was pronounced dead on scene. It is unknown when the crash occurred, but the initial investigation is pointing to sometime Saturday night. It appears as though Mason was the only occupant in the vehicle, and he was not wearing a safety belt. The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but alcohol and excessive speed are being investigated as possible contributing factors. The Colorado State Patrol is requesting anyone with information pertaining to the crash to please contact them. The Colorado State Patrol also would like to remind drivers to always designate a sober driver and to always your safety belt.
THREE MEN PLEAD GUILTY TO POACHING IN SEVERAL STATES
After a Colorado Parks and Wildlife investigation spanning several states and two hunting seasons, a trio of men from California have pleaded guilty to numerous wildlife violations in Colorado and New Mexico, dating back to 2011 through 2013. The three men accepted a plea bargain in Rio Blanco County Court in late February. Throughout their crime spree, the men hunted on private property without permission, illegally killed an elk, nine mule deer, one turkey and a blue grouse. In several instances, the poachers only removed the head, cape and antlers from their illegal kills, or abandoned the entire animal leaving the meat to waste, which could have brought felony charges and a prison sentence. Evidence included taxidermy mounts from their homes and numerous photos of the men posing with the illegally taken wildlife. 35 year old ringleader Anthony Bauer, of Palm Desert, California, was convicted of willful destruction of big game wildlife. Also pleading guilty in the case was 29-year old Frank D’Anna, of San Diego and 33-year old Hank Myll, of Palm Desert. Several other men allegedly involved in illegal hunting with the three men are facing possible charges in New Mexico, pending further investigation. The three now must meet with a CPW Hearings Commissioner where they face the possibility of permanently losing their hunting and fishing privileges in Colorado and 41 other Interstate Wildlife Violator compact states, including New Mexico and California.
BLM RELEASES PROPOSED RMP FOR KREMMLING FIELD OFFICE
The Bureau of Land Management Friday released a Proposed Resource Management Plan that they say balances potential resource uses with protecting wildlife habitat and other sensitive resources within lands managed by the Kremmling Field Office. The Proposed Plan protects more than 100,000 acres of core habitat for mule deer, elk, Greater Sage-Grouse and other wildlife by prohibiting ground disturbance. It designates eight Areas of Critical Environmental Concern totaling 9,668 acres to protect rare plants, paleontological and cultural resources, and fish and wildlife habitat. The Proposed Plan also includes an extensive travel management plan that provides 1,637 miles of roads and trails, along with two designated off-highway vehicle open “play areas.” The release of the Proposed Plan begins the 30-day public protest period, which ends April 21st, and a 60-day Governor’s consistency review. A final decision is expected in late 2014. To find out how to submit protests or obtain a copy of the Proposed Plan, click here.
BUDGET BILL TO BE INTRODUCED TODAY
The only bill the Colorado Legislature is required to pass every session is the state budget, and the House takes up the task this week. The aptly named “Long Bill” gets introduced in the House today, goes to committee tomorrow, and lawmakers will pore over the details of the budget and come up with dozens of amendments – usually pet projects for their districts. After a long debate Thursday, the House takes a final vote Friday and the budget goes to the Senate.
LAWMAKERS TO TAKE ON BROADBAND ACCESS
For years, lawmakers have tried – and failed – to update Colorado’s telecommunication laws. They’re trying again this year with four bills aimed at rewriting archaic regulations. One of the biggest pieces of the overhaul deals with changing the so-called “high cost fund,” a state subsidy from ratepayers that’s used to help provide landline telephone service in underserved places. Critics of the fund say it’s outdated and the money should be used to expand broadband service in rural areas.
CYBER-BULLYING BILL TO BE CONSIDERED IN SENATE
Bullying through text messages or social media would be a new misdemeanor in Colorado, as lawmakers try to find ways to prosecute crimes that have arisen from technological advances. The Senate takes up the proposal Wednesday in committee. The bill has already cleared the House.
SWEETWATER COUNTY WANTED WOMAN TURNS HERSELF IN
A woman wanted on felony drug charges turned herself in at the Sweetwater Detention Center Thursday morning. Sheriff Rich Haskell said 32-year old Kristina Burris was wanted for Unlawful Manufacture or Delivery of methamphetamine as the result of an investigation last year. Burris’s charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, plus a $25,000 fine. Haskell credited broad media exposure with Burris turning herself in and thanked media outlets for publicizing Burris’s wanted status. Still at large and a recent addition to the Sweetwater County’s Most Wanted List is Jared Ramon. He is wanted for Strangulation of a Household Member and Battery Against a Household Member stemming from a domestic violence incident last year under investigation by the Green River Police Department. Ramon is a 42-year-old white male, 5’9″ in height, weight about 165 pounds with blondish-brown hair and blue eyes. Detectives have learned that he is likely to be driving a silver 2008 Chevrolet Malibu four-door passenger car with Wyoming license plates. Law enforcement authorities ask that anyone with information on Ramon and his whereabouts contact the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office or other law enforcement agency.
In high school sports:
Over the weekend:
In girls soccer:
Steamboat beat Eagle Valley (3-2) and lost to Grand Jnction (7-2).
Rangely lost to Grand Valley (11-0).
In boys lacrosse:
Steamboat defeated Durango (10-3), and Telluride (11-3).
In girls lacrosse:
Steamboat topped Eagle Valley (10-9).
Rangely beat Meeker in both games of their double header (10-4; 8-7).
Steamboat topped Eagle Valley (14-0).