FIEF SENTENCED TO 30 YEARS IN PRISON
A Craig man convicted of killing his wife’s lover has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. Yesterday, Moffat County District Court Judge Michael O’Hara sentenced Leroy Fief to serve 30 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections on his convictions for Second Degree Murder for the December 9th, 2012 stabbing of Armando Arredondo, and Menacing with a Deadly Weapon for holding a knife to the throat of his wife, Mary Rose Fief. District Attorney Brett Barkey requested the court to consider sentencing the defendant to 54 years. His request was not granted.
SWARTOUT VISITS MOFFAT COUNTY LAND USE BOARD MEETING
The Moffat County Commissioners say the governor’s point man for sage grouse issues in Colorado has hit the ground running. John Swartout visited the Moffat County Land Use Board meeting Monday, gathering information and ideas to take back to governor Hickenlooper. He has also visited with scientists from Garfield County, who are mapping sage grouse habitat and movement. The Moffat County Commissioners say Swartout is doing all the right things, but their optimism is reserved. The commissioners, and others involved at the local level, don’t believe the federal government is actually interested in preserving the bird, but rather locking up federal lands and keeping those lands from oil and gas exploration. Swartout will continue to visit areas of the state that would be affected by listing the sage grouse as an endangered species, and will likely take his findings back to governor Hickenlooper sometime in early January.
COMMISSIONERS APPROVE CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT
The Moffat County Commissioners yesterday approved a conditional use permit for the owner of Northwest Repair to run his business from his home. The Home Occupation permit is one that is allowed on agriculturally zoned land. Neighbors showed up to protest the permit, saying that noise would be an issue. However, the business has been running in the area for years, and commissioners noted this was the first complaint they had received about it. The owner of the small engine and tool repair shop recently built a shop on a piece of land adjacent to his home, and plans to operate the business there. The commissioners put stipulations on the permit that limit the hours of operation and address trash issues.
STEAMBOAT UNVEILS NEW TRAILS MAP
The City of Steamboat Springs Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department has announced a new interactive trail map for the Nordic Center to display current trail conditions and grooming status. The map shows which trails are closed, groomed, if classic track was set, the date groomed and the trail length. The map will be updated each morning after the grooming is complete. The link to the map can be found here. It was developed by the City’s Geographic Information Systems Department to assist the Howelsen Hill Nordic Center with Public grooming updates.
HUDAK REPLACEMENT NAMED
An Arvada city official has been named a new state senator, replacing one who resigned rather than face a recall election. Former Arvada city councilwoman Rachel Zenzinger was named yesterday to fill the seat of former Senator Evie Hudak. A Democratic vacancy committee made the selection. Hudak resigned last month. The resignation came just days before gun-control opponents planned to turn in signatures seeking to make her the third Colorado Democrat to face recall after the adoption of a slate of gun-control measures. Democrats have a one-seat majority in the Senate. A Hudak recall election would have risked losing the chamber to Republican control. Zenzinger will serve on an interim basis until November 2014, when another election will be held for the district in Denver’s western suburbs.
PROSECUTORS WANT HOMES HEARING TO BE PUBLIC
Prosecutors in the Colorado theater shootings are objecting to a defense request to bar the public and the media from a pretrial hearing about defendant James Holmes’ sanity. In a motion filed yesterday, prosecutors primarily argued that victims of the 2012 massacre should be allowed to attend hearings scheduled next week, but they objected to barring anyone. A psychiatrist who evaluated Holmes’ sanity is expected to testify. Holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges of killing 12 and injuring 70 in a movie theater. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. Holmes underwent a mandatory sanity evaluation last summer. The conclusions haven’t been made public, but prosecutors are asking for further evaluation. At next week’s hearings, the two sides are scheduled to argue whether more evaluation is warranted.
SWEETWATER COUNTY OFFICERS PARTICIPATE IN “SHOP WITH A COP”
Christmas came a little early on Saturday morning for children who attended the annual Kiwanis Shop With a Cop event in Rock Springs. Deputy sheriffs and detention officers from the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office, officers of the Rock Springs and Green River Police Departments, and Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers, along with firefighters from the Rock Springs Fire Department and Sweetwater County Fire District #1, were provided with $125 K-Mart gift cards and teamed up with 35 disadvantaged children. The officers and firefighters then took the kids Christmas shopping at K-Mart. Funds for the event were raised by local Kiwanians. Volunteers from the Rock Springs High School Key Club, Kiwanis, and Trona Valley Credit Union helped wrap presents. As a special treat, Santa Claus, was transported to the store by firefighters, making a surprise visit. Afterward the children treated their families to breakfast with special coupons provided by the Kiwanis Club and McDonald’s.
YULE LOG HUNT UNDERWAY
The Tread of Pioneers Museum’s Annual Yule Log Hunt is underway. Each year museum staff places the log somewhere in the Steamboat area, and then releases a clue a day as to where it can be found. Those clues will be broadcast each weekday on 93.7 102.3 KRAI and 55 Country. Whoever finds the log gets a $150 Steamboat Chamber gift certificate and a framed piece of artwork. Today’s clue is found below.
Local stone from up on high.
100 years now gone by.
Where school and song books do unite.
Continue the hunt, the time is right.
IN HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
The Soroco girls beat North Park (70-30).
The Hayden girls defeated Debeque (52-18).
Meeker’s boys topped Olathe (53-34). The girls lost (28-25).
The Meeker boys host their shootout with Hayden, Soroco, Little Snake River Valley and Rangely attending.
Steamboat’s boys and girls host a tournament with the Moffat County boys attending.