ROUTT COUNTY JURY FINDS MAN NOT GUILTY OF ATTEMPTED MURDER
Yesterday, a jury returned guilty verdicts to three counts of Reckless Endangerment, and one count of Menacing with a Deadly Weapon in the case against Steven Torres. The jury acquitted Torres of three counts of Attempted First-Degree Murder, and the Unlawful Discharge of a Weapon. The verdicts followed a four-day trial in Routt County District Court. Torres was accused of firing a handgun once down the stairs of the Tap House Sports Grill in downtown Steamboat on June 8th, 2012. District Attorney Brett Barkey and Deputy District Attorney Eliot Thompson prosecuted the case. Public Defender Sheryl Uhlmann represented Torres. He will be sentenced on December 12th at 4. District Attorney Barkey stated, “Although we are deeply disappointed with the result, we appreciate the service of the jurors and respect their decision in the case.”
NATIONAL DRUG TAKE BACK IS THIS WEEKEND IN CRAIG AND STEAMBOAT
Coloradans with a medicine cabinet full of unused prescription medication will have an opportunity Saturday to safely and responsibly dispose of the drugs. Senator Irene Aguilar (D-Denver), a physician at Clinica Tepeyac, encourages Coloradans to participate as a means of reducing accidental consumption and prescription drug abuse, especially among children and teens. The National Prescription Drug Take Back, organized by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, is a free prescription drug disposal event taking place at hundreds of locations throughout Colorado. The DEA’s previous prescription take back event resulted in the collection of 742,497 pounds (371 tons) of prescription medications from members of the public at more than 5,829 locations across the country. In Steamboat, people can take their unwanted drugs to the Steamboat Police Department, and in Craig, the drop-off point is in the Centennial Mall parking lot. Both will take place this Saturday from 10 to 2.
EMERALD MOUNTAIN SCHOOL TO HOLD FUNDRAISER
Emerald Mountain School announces the “Over the Rainbow” silent auction fundraiser celebrating the school’s 21st year of providing inspiring K-8 education in Steamboat. The 21st annual auction benefits Emerald’s tuition assistance fund and features unique items provided by students, their families, and community supporters. Items include fine art projects created by Emerald Mountain School students. The pieces will be featured at the Circle 7 Fine Art gallery during the First Friday Artwalk on November 1st. Additional auction items, including Broncos memorabilia, jewelry, and winter sportswear, can be viewed online. The “Over the Rainbow” silent auction will include heavy appetizers, beer, and wine. It’s a community event and everyone is welcome to attend. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at the school. The event takes place November 2nd at 6 at Rex’s American Grill and Bar.
TIPTON INTRODUCES WILDFIRE MITIGATION MEASURE
Yesterday, Representative Scott Tipton (CO-3), along with several other lawmakers, introduced bipartisan legislation that would authorize the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to proactively coordinate with states and localities on wildfire mitigation projects. The bill, which places wildfires on par with other natural disasters such as floods and tornadoes, would make states eligible to receive an additional 15 percent of the total funds FEMA allocates for fire suppression to support wildfire-mitigation efforts. Tipton says “By making FEMA resources available for hazard mitigation in our forests, this legislation will help take a more proactive approach to restoring forests to a healthy natural state, and do so without increasing taxpayer spending.” The Wildfire Prevention Act of 2013 allows FEMA to proactively fund the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program with an additional 15 percent of funds already allocated for the Fire Management Assistance Grant program to address wildfire risks. The program’s funds currently are only used for wildfire suppression.
REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE BLASTS UDALL FOR OBAMACARE VOTE
Republican Senate Candidate Amy Stephens today blasted disingenuous attempts by Senate Democrats to extend ObamaCare’s open enrollment. It was reported that the plan, proposed by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), is expected to be supported by “every senate Democrat running in 2014” including Mark Udall. Stephens says it is a desperate ploy that “serves as a candid admission by Mark Udall and Senate Democrats that ObamaCare is an unmitigated disaster.” She says Udall cast the deciding vote in favor of ObamaCare, and is the reason why Colorado doctors, seniors and job-creators are now dealing with its devastating consequences. Stephens says if she is voted into office she will work tirelessly to repeal Obamacare.
GARDNER WANTS PROBLEMS FIXED WITH STATE HEALTH EXCHANGE
U.S. Representative Cory Gardner on Tuesday added to the pile of questions raised about maddening glitches at the state health care exchange, and how closely they are related to federal-level problems. Gardner sent the Colorado exchange a list of inquiries about error messages, long waits for answers and the trickle of actual enrollments. He wrote he was preparing for a Washington, D.C., hearing with federal contractors to air extensive problems with the 36 state sites the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is running. Gardner noted the Colorado-run exchange’s own statistics show that more than 18,000 people have registered for accounts, but only 226 had bought insurance policies as of last week. Connect for Health Colorado chief executive Patty Fontneau said the exchange would answer the questions, and would also continue a non-partisan, business-oriented approach to making the system work.
DIGNITARIES WRAP UP WEED TOUR IN DENVER
Dignitaries from three nations are wrapping up a Weed 101 tour in Colorado to learn about a regulated marijuana market. The visitors from Canada, Mexico and Uruguay gaped at a greenhouse full of pot plants tagged with digital markers. They learned about marijuana video surveillance and measuring drug production. They saw marijuana turned into tinctures, pills and skin patches. They met with state regulators. The three-day tour wrapped up as Colorado is preparing to play host for 1,000 drug policy experts and legalization backers at the International Drug Policy Reform Conference. Marijuana legalization will be a major topic at the conference. Colorado and Washington state have authorized pot possession for all adults over 21, with retail sales beginning next year. Other nations considering new drug policies are watching.
JUDGE ORDERS RELEASE OF JONBENET RAMSEY DOCUMENTS
A judge has ordered the release of grand jury documents related to the 1996 killing of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey. Boulder District Attorney spokeswoman Catherine Olguin declined to say whether documents that will be released include an indictment against parents John and Patsy Ramsey. The grand jury voted in 1999 to indict the Ramseys but then DA Alex Hunter declined to pursue those charges. JonBenet’s body was found bludgeoned and strangled in her family’s home in Boulder on December 26th, 1996. Former District Attorney Mary Lacy said in 2008 that evidence suggests the killer was an unknown stranger, not a family member.
THIS WEEK IS WINTER WEATHER PREPAREDNESS WEEK
The week of October 20th through October 26th is Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Colorado. The National Weather Service says this is an excellent time for people, businesses, and schools to review their winter storm preparedness plans. It is especially important for all new arrivals to the state to become familiar with the National Weather Service watch and warning definitions, as well as winter safety procedures. Snow in Colorado is important to the farmers…the ski areas…and for filling up reservoirs. However…winter storms often bring heavy snow…bitterly cold temperatures…high winds…low visibilities and slick roads. This can lead to dangerous travel conditions and other life threatening situations such as avalanches and dangerously low wind chill temperatures. To help you prepare for these hazards this coming winter…the National Weather Service will issue statements throughout the week. This week’s statement is on Winter Travel Safety. You can read each statement by clicking the links below.
Monday………..Winter Travel Safety
Thursday….…..Wind Chill Temperatures and Hypothermia
Friday……… …..Avalanche Safety
Saturday…..…..Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Review
In high school sports:
In boys soccer:
Steamboat fell to Denver North (3-0) in the first round of the playoffs.
Steamboat goes to Battle Mountain at 6:30.
Meeker hosts Hotchkiss at 7.
Moffat County foes to Battle Mountain. You can catch that game live on KRAI, with the pregame at 6:45 and the kickoff at 7. You can also listen online.
Little Snake River Valley goes to Regionals in Lander.
Moffat County goes to districts at Grand Junction Central.
Rangely goes to districts at Paonia.