PINNT-BOYER SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS FOR METH DISTRIBUTION
Yesterday, Shelly Pinnt-Boyer plead guilty to one count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, a Class 3 Felony, in Moffat County District Court. Pinnt-Boyer will receive a stipulated 20 year prison sentence as a result of the plea. If she had taken the cases to trial, she would have faced a total of 176 years in prison for her three cases. Pinnt-Boyer has 11 prior felony convictions. On September 24th her co-defendant and husband Robert Boyer plead guilty to one count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, a Class 3 Felony, and also received a stipulated 20 year prison sentence. Boyer could have been sentenced to up to 64 years in prison had he taken his case to trial. He had 6 prior felony convictions. These pleas follow a June 18th counter-drug operation in which officers of the All Crimes Enforcement Team (ACET), the Craig Police Department, and the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office executed search warrants at two homes in Moffat County. Officers seized over two hundred grams of methamphetamine and over $5,000 worth of drug proceeds during those operations. The defendants were considered two of the largest meth dealers in Moffat County.
$10 MILLION TO BE USED FOR BEETLE KILLED TREE RESEARCH
Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it will invest $10 million for research into converting beetle-kill trees in the Rockies into renewable energy. The research will be led by Colorado State University. The USDA’s announcement comes on the heels of a Senate Subcommittee hearing yesterday highlighting the need to allocate mitigation resources up-front to prevent the risk of destructive wildfires and reduce the costs of fighting them in the long run. CSU will collaborate with several partners to complete the project, including the University of Idaho, the University of Montana, Montana State University, the University of Wyoming, and the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station.
BROPHY COMMENTS ON SECESSION VOTE
A split-decision was rendered by the residents of 11 Colorado counties Tuesday. While the vote to secede from Colorado only passed in five counties, a message was still sent. State Senator Greg Brophy represents portions of all but Moffat county that voted on secession. After the vote Brophy said, “A lot of people are tired of the tyranny of the majority. Not everyone wants a new state, but they all want a new Governor. A Governor for all of Colorado. A Governor that won’t purposefully divide us, but will instead work on those things that matter to all of Colorado: the core functions of government. A limited government is a uniting government.” Brophy is running for governor in the next Gubernatorial election. The 51st State Initiative notes that while 6 of the 11 counties with secession questions on the ballot voted the issue down, at least 43% of all of the counties voted for it, sending a clear message to Denver lawmakers that rural areas are fed up with being neglected.
STEPHENS BLASTS UDALL FOR SUPPORT OF AMENDMENT 66
Republican Senate Candidate Amy Stephens today criticized Senator Mark Udall for his support of the failed Amendment 66 tax hike. Udall was a big supporter of the measure that was soundly defeated by Colorado voters yesterday. In a statement, Stephens said, “Once again, Senator Mark Udall demonstrated that he is radically out of step with his constituents by blindly following his liberal party leadership and supporting this fiscally irresponsible measure.” She went on to say “Colorado voters spoke loudly and clearly and sent a message to out of touch politicians like Mark Udall that we need real education reform without a massive tax increase.” Stephens says, if elected she will promote policies that support local control to expand education opportunities for kids, push for greater transparency in spending and improve the quality of schools without breaking families budgets. Stephens is campaigning for Udall’s seat. She has also said repealing Obamacare would be a priority for her if elected.
POT BACKERS SAY TAX VOTE SHOWS ACCEPTANCE
Colorado’s hearty embrace of a 25 percent marijuana tax this week could prove a turning point for legalization backers. They’ve long argued that weed should come out of the black market and contribute to state revenues instead of prison populations. But it’s too soon to say how much revenue the marijuana taxes in Colorado and Washington will produce when retail sales begin next year. Colorado’s vote Tuesday showed there’s an appetite for the tax benefits, which the state estimates at nearly $70 million a year. Voters approved by a 2-to-1 margin an excise and sales tax that could add more than 25 percent to the sales price of weed. Washington’s tax rate is steeper. Many will be watching to see how much the states collect and whether smokers stay in the black market.
NO ONE INJURED IN EAGLE COUNTY SCHOOL BUS CRASH
An Eagle County School bus with eight children on board was involved in a two-vehicle crash yesterday afternoon on Highway 6. Nobody was injured in the crash. At around 1:15, the driver of the bus slowed down to keep from hitting a dog crossing the road. A 2008 Subaru that was following rear-ended the bus. The driver of the Subaru was cited and released for Careless Driving. The eight children on board were headed home from school at the time of the crash. The children range in age from 3 to 5 years old, and they were all wearing proper safety restraints. The bus was driven from the scene with the children still on board. The Colorado State Patrol would like to remind drivers to always pay attention to the roadway, and say the ever-changing conditions and situations demand your full attention.
In high school sports:
Meeker plays Ridgway in the first round of the state playoffs in Denver.