FIEF FOUND GUILTY OF 2ND DEGREE MURDER, MENACING
Friday, Larry Fief was convicted of Second Degree Murder, and Menacing with a Deadly Weapon. Fief was accused of stabbing Armando Shane Arredondo to death on December 9, 2012 after he found Arredondo and his wife, Mary Rose Fief, kissing in the alley near Mathers Bar. The verdict followed a two week trial, in which Mary Rose admitted during the trial she had been having an affair with Arredondo. Originally, Fief was originally charged with 1st Degree murder. He will be sentenced December 10th. He faces up to 48 years in prison for the murder conviction, and another 3 years for the menacing conviction.
POT SMOKING STILL ILLEGAL ON FEDERAL LAND
Campers in the White River National Forest who smoke marijuana are getting citations from rangers, even though marijuana use is now legal in Colorado. A new state law that legalized the possession and sale of small amounts of pot does not change the fact that marijuana possession remains illegal on federal land. The White River National Forest, a 2.3-million acre swath of public land that surrounds Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley, is one of the most heavily used national forests in the country. Rangers are not on the prowl for violators, but they will enforce the law if violations are flagrant.
MESA COUNTY MAN DIES FROM WEST NILE VIRUS
Health officials in Mesa County say a man has died of complications from the West Nile virus. The officials say the man’s death is the first in Mesa County related to the virus this year. Six Mesa County residents have been diagnosed with West Nile virus this year.
MESA COUNTY COULD BE TEST SITE FOR DRONES
Developers of unmanned aircraft known as drones have picked Mesa County as a proposed test range in Colorado. A group of industries, universities and sheriffs plan to be in Grand Junction on Friday to show off the newest planes. Mesa County could be one of 14 Colorado test ranges that include airspace close to Front Range airports and even some private ranches.
I-70 CRASH KILLS ONE, SENDS ANOTHER TO HOSPITAL
A head-on crash on Interstate 70, early yesterday, left one man dead and another seriously injured. At about 3:15 yesterday morning, a van struck a tractor-trailer head on. The driver of the van – a 44-year-old Rifle man – was pronounced dead on scene. The driver of the semi – a 50-year-old Illinois man – was transported to Vail Valley Medical Center with serious injuries that are not considered life-threatening. Their names are being held pending notification of their families. Alcohol is being considered as a potential cause in the crash, although the investigation is still on-going. The weather was clear and the roads were dry at the time of the crash. Interstate 70 westbound was closed for a time and traffic was diverted onto Highway 6 at Wolcott.
POT ACTIVIST ARRESTED FOR PUBLIC CONSUMPTION
A Colorado marijuana activist who organized joint giveaways and has pushed the bounds of the state’s new pot laws was arrested this week for smoking pot in public. Robert Corry was cited Wednesday for smoking at Coors Field during a Colorado Rockies game. According to a police report, an officer asked Corry to hand over the joint, and Corry refused. Corry is among the most prominent marijuana attorneys in the state. He has also earned a reputation for testing the bounds of the law, handing out free joints in Denver and Boulder. The handouts were protests of proposed tax rates on the drug. Public consumption of marijuana in Colorado is punishable by a $100 fine or up to 15 Days in jail.
In high school sports:
Over the weekend:
Little Snake River Valley topped Saint Stephens (63-0).
Hayden fell to Rangely (14-13).
Soroco beat Vail Christian (14-12).
Meeker beat Lake County (46-0).
Moffat County lost to Eagle Valley (49-12).
Steamboat edged Montezuma Cortez (35-27)
Rangely lost to Paonia (3-1) and Hayden (3-0)
Steamboat fell to Eagle Valley (5-2)
Meeker defeated North Park (3-0).
In boys soccer:
Moffat County fell to Vail Mountain (2-1)
Steamboat lost to Centaurus (5-1)
Moffat County goes to Grand Valley at 6:30.
Steamboat hosts Battle Mountain at 6:30.
Soroco is home against Vail Christian at 4.
In boys golf:
Steamboat goes to state.