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 STARTS TODAY
The first big-game rifle season in Colorado starts today, 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.
CRAIG CHAMBER’S CRABFEST TO BE HELD TONIGHT
The Craig Chamber holds their annual Crabfest tonight. Those who show up will be treated to king crab legs, sides and dessert. The night also includes silent and live auctions and the return of comedian Sam Adams. Tickets are $50. You must get them by 1 this afternoon by either stopping by the chamber office, or by calling 824-5689. The doors open at 6 tonight, with dinner starting at 7. It’s being held at the Boys and Girls Club of Craig.
VALIDITY OF AMENDMENT 66 TO BE DETERMINED TUESDAY
A judge plans to rule Tuesday 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.
STEAMBOAT CLOSING RESTROOMS THROUGHOUT TOWN FOR WINTER
Due to the temperatures dropping and the risk of pipes freezing the seasonal restrooms in the parks around Steamboat are being winterized and closed for the season. The Rodeo Ground restrooms, the Stables, Whistler Park, Dr. Rich Weiss Park and the Howelsen 9th inning Concession stand are already closed for the winter. Emerald Park, West Lincoln Park, Little Toots Park and Fetcher Park are still open. All of these bathrooms will be closed by November 1st except for Fetcher Park which has heat and will remain open during the winter. Port-O-Lets are still at Howelsen Beach, Ski Town Park, Memorial Park, River Creek Park, Heritage Park, Spring Creek Park, Blackmere Drive, Bear River Park, the Stables and Whistler Park until November first.
BENEFIT RAISES OVER $13,000
Organizers of a benefit held last week for Laura Bingham Gonzales say the event was a huge success. Between dinner, the quilt raffle, the live and silent auctions and monetary donations, they were able to raise over $13,000. The organizers expressed their gratitude toward everyone who participated or donated their time to make the event a success.
In high school sports:
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).
Steamboat hosts Delta at 6:30.
Rangely heads to Plateau Valley at 3.
Meeker is home against Soroco at 2.
Hayden travels to West Grand at 2.
Little Snake River Valley welcomes Cokeville at 3.
In boys soccer:
Moffat County hosts Aspen at 11.
Steamboat goes to Glenwood at 11.
The Denver Broncos host Jacksonville Sunday. You can catch all the action live on 55 Country, with the pregame at noon and the kickoff at 2.