TEXAS MAN KILLED WHEN MOTORCYCLE HITS DEER ON HIGHWAY 131
Authorities say a 61-year-old man died after his motorcycle hit a deer near Steamboat. John Hill, a reserve police officer in Harris County, Texas, was riding on Colorado Highway 131 between Steamboat and Oak Creek when he hit the deer at around noon Saturday. The Colorado State Patrol says he was pinned under his motorcycle in a watery ditch on the side of the road. Passersby pulled him from the water, but Hill died at a nearby hospital. Steamboat Police Sgt. Scott Middleton says Hill was an uncle of a Steamboat police officer. He was visiting his nephew, whose wife recently had a baby.
HEARING SET FOR ROUTT COUNTY WOMAN ACCUSED OF KILLING HER SON
A preliminary hearing has been set for a woman accused of fatally shooting her 9-year-old son before trying to kill herself in her Routt County home in May. Lisa Lesyshen is being held in the Denver County Jail infirmary because the Routt County Jail is not equipped to house her. She has no use of her legs and some use of her arms after authorities say she tried to commit suicide. The November 13th preliminary hearing also will be held in Denver. Lesyshen is accused of shooting her son Asher Lesyshen-Kirlan multiple times before shooting herself in the neck in her home in Oak Creek. She and her husband, Michael Kirlan, were in the process of separating when the shooting occurred.
HEARING ON SEXUAL ASSAULT HELD IN ROUTT COUNTY
Thursday, a hearing was held in Routt County Court on the case of People v. Pedersen. The accused has been charged with six counts of Sexual Assault on a Child. The Court set bond in the amount of $1,000,000.00 and also set a preliminary hearing to be held at 9 on the morning of October 31st. The preliminary hearing is a screening device for the court to determine if probable cause exists for the charges.
1ST BIG GAME RIFLE SEASON UNDERWAY
The first big-game rifle season in Colorado started Saturday, with more than 23 million acres of public land that are not affected by the federal government shutdown. Colorado is the only state that offers over-the-counter rifle bull elk licenses for resident and non-resident hunters. The licenses are valid in more than 90 game management units during the second or third rifle seasons. The second rifle season runs October 19th through the 27th and third rifle season is November 2nd through the 10th. Colorado has more than 260,000 elk in the state and hunters are important to help manage those large herds. In addition, hunting provides a $1.8 billion boost to the state’s economy each fall. State officials have been notified that National Wildlife Refuges in the state and some military installations may be impacted by the shutdown but those lands make up less than one-half of one percent of the federal land in the state. Individuals hunting on public lands are advised that some of the formal campgrounds may be closed or have limited service but dispersed camping is allowed in most areas. Hunters should be prepared to pack out their own trash and bring their own water.
AMY STEPHENS ANNOUNCES RUN FOR U.S. SENATE
State Representative Amy Stephens, a Republican from Monument announced her candidacy for United States Senate Saturday. Stephens, a former majority leader of the Colorado House, pledged to be a strong voice for fiscal responsibility and middle class values in Washington. First elected to the Colorado State Legislature in 2006, Stephens served in leadership after her first year in office and later served as Colorado House Majority Leader. She has been recognized as a rising stars of the Republican Party . Stephens serves on the Health and Environment and the Health and Insurance Committee. Stephens was the House Majority Leader from 2010-2012.
VALIDITY OF AMENDMENT 66 TO BE DETERMINED TOMORROW
A judge plans to rule tomorrow on the validity of a ballot question seeking to raise taxes for Colorado schools. Opponents of Amendment 66 say they’ve identified enough suspect signatures on petition ballots to put the ballot measure in question. They made their case during a court hearing in Denver on Friday. The school tax proposal has already been printed on ballots, but if the tax opponents prevail, votes on the ballot question won’t be counted. The measure would raise some $950 million a year. Groups supporting the school finance overhaul delivered more than 160,000 signatures in August to the secretary of state. State elections officials said about 90,000 of those were valid. That’s about 3,700 more than what’s needed to get on the ballot.
JUDGE TO DECIDE WHETHER TO RELEASE SECRET VOTE REGARDING JONBENET RAMSEY
A judge says he’ll decide this week whether to require Boulder County’s district attorney to explain why an indictment that was secretly voted on by the JonBenet Ramsey grand jury in 1999 but never prosecuted should remain sealed. DA Stan Garnett is being sued in an effort to compel him to release the indictment. Attorneys for the plaintiffs argue the indictment should be made public because it’s a criminal justice record that reflects an official action. Six-year-old JonBenet was found dead December 26th, 1996, in the basement of her family’s home hours after she was reported missing. Her killer hasn’t been identified.
MOFFAT COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL HOMECOMING WEEK
The Moffat County Bulldogs are celebrating Homecoming Week. For a list of events, click here.
In high school sports:
Over the weekend:
Meeker was beat by Cedaredge (24-8).
Steamboat lost to Palisade (56-0).
Little Snake River Valley topped Wyoming Indian (46-12).
Rangely beat Soroco (41-24).
Moffat County lost to Glenwood (42-6).
Meeker lost to Paonia (3-0).
Hayden fell to Little Snake River Valley (3-0), and to West Grand (3-2).
Steamboat defeated Delta (3-1).
Little Snake River Valley lost to Cokeville (2-3).
In boys soccer:
Moffat County fell to Aspen (1-0).
Steamboat beat Glenwood (2-1).
In boys soccer:
Moffat County goes to Roaring Fork at 4.
In boys soccer:
Moffat County heads to Coal Ridge at 4.
Moffat County hosts Rifle at 6.
Steamboat goes to Middle Park at 6:30.
The Denver Broncos beat Jacksonville yesterday 35-19. That puts the Broncos at 6-0 with a game Sunday night at Indianapolis. You can catch that game live on 55 Country with the pre-game at 4:30 and the kick-off at 6:30.