ELF CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY FOR RELEASING MINK
Earth Liberation Front, a domestic eco-terrorism organization, has claimed responsibility for releasing over 600 mink from a farm in Moffat County. According to the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, the ELF claimed responsibility in a letter they sent to the Craig Daily Press. The group says they saw an article in the paper, after Tuesday’s Moffat County Commissioners meeting, about the mink farm, and decided to set the critters free. They claim they are saving the animals, but wildlife experts predict very few of them will survive in the wild. The mink were raised from babies, and have never been in the wild. They were also released several miles from what would be considered survivable habitat. A few of the mink were actually killed by ELF during the release. It’s not clear how many of the animals have been recovered.
ABDELLA TO RUN FOR MOFFAT COUNTY SHERIFF
Now that Moffat County voters have rejected a third term for their sheriff, a few people have started kicking around the idea of a run for the office. One person has even filed paperwork to get her name on the primary ballot. Moffat County Undersheriff Charlene Abdella has served in her position during both of Sheriff Tim Jantz’s terms. Abdella says she will talk more about her decision later in the week, including possibly naming her running mate. Although there has been talk of others entering the race, Abdella is the only one to have filed official paperwork at this time.
HICKENLOOPER TO VISIT CRAIG THIS MONTH
Governor John Hickenlooper will be in Craig later this month for a community forum, with no specific agenda. The governor is coming into what is considered hostile territory, presumably to improve his image in rural Colorado. Hickenlooper and Denver lawmakers have been criticized for their urban agenda, which led to 11 rural counties putting a measure on this months ballot asking for permission to research secession from the state. Five of those measures passed. While in Craig, the governor is likely to field tough questions regarding education, energy, gun laws, and other rural issues. The forum is November 25th from 11 to 12:15 at Colorado Northwestern Community College. You can RSVP for the event by clicking here. There is no cost to attend.
STEAMBOAT MAN FOUND GUILTY OF COCAINE VIOLATIONS
On Thursday, after approximately four hours of deliberation, a Routt County jury found Steamboat resident Anthony Tate III guilty of Distribution of a Schedule II Controlled Substance for trying to send more than 120 grams of powdered cocaine to Pennsylvania through FedEx. The jury also found Tate guilty of Possession of a Controlled Substance for the approximately 150 grams of additional cocaine found in his condominium. Tate will be sentenced on January 17th. Because of the amount of cocaine involved and because this is a second conviction related to the distribution of controlled substances, Tate faces a mandatory prison sentence of eight to 24 years.
ROUTT COUNTY MAN SENTENCED FOR MARIJUANA VIOLATION
Friday Routt County resident Seth Cross-Pearson was sentenced in District Court to four years of supervised probation for the sale of one pound of marijuana across state lines, a class five felony. As a condition of his probation he will serve 15 days in the Routt County Jail. His sentence follows his plea of guilty pursuant to a plea agreement with the District Attorney’s Office. District Attorney Barkey stated, “While law enforcement agencies in this district fully respect the right of Coloradans to use and produce marijuana as set out in Colorado’s Constitution and Statutes, we will aggressively investigate and prosecute those who want to profit from out-of-state sales, particularly in (large) quantities.”
BLM OFFERS NINE PARCELS FOR LEASE SALE
The Bureau of Land Management will offer nine parcels totaling 7,435 acres during the quarterly competitive oil and gas lease sale scheduled for February 13th. All the parcels are located within the Little Snake Field Office. A single parcel is located in Routt County with the other eight parcels located in Moffat County. About 2,078 acres of what is being offered for lease is on BLM surface-managed lands, the other 5,357 acres are located on private surface lands with the subsurface minerals managed by the BLM. A map of all the parcels and associated environmental analysis for those areas can be viewed by clicking here. The public has 30 days to protest any of the parcels being offered in the sale. The State of Colorado will receive 49 percent of the proceeds from the sale, with the remainder going to the U.S. government.
PARKS AND WILDLIFE SET 2014 FISHING REGULATIONS
The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission approved the 2014 fishing regulations during its November meeting in Lamar. Commissioners also began the two-step process of setting general regulations for 2014, including a potential ban on the use of drones for hunting or scouting in Colorado. The newly adopted fishing regulations will take effect April 1st. The new regulations add tiger trout and cutbow to the list of game fish in the state and apply daily bag and possession limits for those species. The regulations also restrict fishing methods and harvest on designated cutthroat trout conservation waters in the state. New regulations also seek to encourage harvest by removing bag and possession limits on walleye in Stagecoach Reservoir.