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14th-judicial-district-300District Attorney Brett Barkey today announced that his office would not be seeking the death penalty against Lisa Lesyshen for the May 29th killing of her nine-year-old son, Asher Lesyshen-Kirlan. Barkey said after an investigation that included interviews with the Routt County Sheriff’s Office and Lesyshen’s husband Michael Kirlan, he decided seeking the death penalty would not be appropriate in this case.   Lesyshen is accused of shooting her son Asher, and then herself while distraught over marital issues.  She survived, but her son did not.  The case is set for arraignment on charges of murder in the first degree and child abuse resulting in death February 13th. The location of the arraignment is yet to be determined.



FOLKSCraig resident Neil Folks presented the Moffat County Commissioners yesterday with an update on comments his group has received about the need for a senior facility.  Folks said that his group received over 100 comments from over 100 people on the issue, and all of the comments were positive.  If a facility is to be created, one of the issues is where to locate it.  Folks says there is a lot of interest in the Shadow Mountain Clubhouse, currently owned by the American Legion.  Folks says the American Legion is very receptive to the idea.  At this point the focus is on senior needs, but many have also indicated they would like to see the facility used for multiple purposes.  The idea is still just that…an idea, but seems to be gaining support throughout the community.  Neither the City of Craig, nor Moffat County are involved in the project, but have so far encouraged the group to continue their research.  Pictured: Neil Folks



LOGGINGLogging operations will be occurring on the Laramie Ranger District along Spruce Gulch Road, also known as Forest Road 530, in the southern Snowy Range throughout much of the winter. The treated portion of the road and the overlapping segment of Snowmobile Trail R between the junctions with Forest Roads 898 and 530C will be temporarily closed, during those operations.  The closure will be in effect between from 7 to 5 Monday through Saturday, except for Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and other federal holidays. Operations are anticipated to be completed by around the end of February 2014.  For more information, click here.



Co-Oil-Gas-300Colorado’s oil and gas regulators have approved new rules for reporting oil and chemical spills.  The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission voted unanimously yesterday that companies must report any spill of five barrels or more within 24 hours. That’s down from 20 barrels.  Drillers must also report a spill of as little as one barrel if it occurs outside of a containment area.  Todd Hartman of the state Department of Natural Resources says the industry used to have as many as 10 days to report a spill.  A barrel contains 42 gallons.  Regulators didn’t change an existing requirement that any spill that threatens the state water supply be reported within 24 hours.



christmas-tree-indoor-#2-30The most joyous of times can also be deadly. The Routt County Office of Emergency Management uses the Christmas season as an example.  According to the National Fire Protection Association, Christmas trees are involved in approximately 400 fires annually, typically resulting in more than a dozen deaths, dozens of injuries and more than $10 million in property loss and damage. Short-circuiting tree lights are cited as the leading cause.  The Routt County Office of Emergency Management is offering some safety tips that will minimize the risk of fire and injuries.  Those include never using candles on or near trees or decorations, using non-flammable decorations, and using LED lights.  It’s also recommended that tree lights be turned off at night or when no one is home.  You’ll find many more safety tips below.


· Never use lighted candles on a tree or near other evergreens.

· Always use non-flammable holders.

· Keep candles away from other decorations and wrapping paper.

· Place candles where they cannot be knocked down or blown over.


· Use only non-combustible or flame-resistant materials.

· Wear gloves while decorating with spun glass “angel hair” to avoid irritation to eyes and skin.

· Choose tinsel or artificial icicles or plastic or non-leaded metals. Leaded materials are hazardous if ingested by children.

· In homes with small children, take special care to:

o Avoid decorations that are sharp or breakable.

o Keep trimmings with small removable parts out of the reach of children. Pieces could be swallowed or inhaled.

o Avoid trimmings that resemble candy or food. A child could eat them!


· Before lighting any fire, remove all greens, boughs, papers, and other decorations from fireplace area. Check to see that flue is open.

· Keep a screen before the fireplace all the time a fire is burning.

· Use care with “fire salts” which produce colored flames when thrown on wood fires. They contain heavy metals which can cause intense gastrointestinal irritation or vomiting if eaten. Keep away from children.

· Do not burn wrapping papers in the fireplace. A flash fire may result as wrappings ignite suddenly and burn intensely.


· When making paper decorations, look for materials labeled non-combustible or flame-resistant.

· Never place trimming near open flames or electrical connections.

· Remove all wrapping papers from tree and fireplace areas immediately after presents are opened.

· Do not burn papers in the fireplace. A flash fire may result as wrappings ignite suddenly and burn intensely.


· Many artificial trees are fire resistant. If you buy one, look for a statement specifying this protection.

· A fresh tree will stay green longer and be less of a fire hazard than a dry tree. To check for freshness, remember:

o A fresh tree is green.

o Fresh needles are hard to pull from branches.

o When bent between your fingers, fresh needles do not break.

o The trunk butt of a fresh tree is sticky with resin.

o When the trunk of a tree is bounced on the ground, a shower of falling needles shows that tree is too dry.

· Place tree away from fireplaces, radiators and other heat sources. Heated rooms dry trees out rapidly, creating fire hazards.

· Cut off about two inches of the trunk to expose fresh wood for better water absorption. Trim away branches as necessary to set tree trunk in the base of a sturdy, water-holding stand with wide spread feet. Keep the stand filled with water while the tree is indoors.

· Place the tree out of the way of traffic and do not block doorways. Use thin guy-wires to secure a large tree to walls or ceiling. These wires are almost invisible.

Artificial Snow

· Artificial snow sprays can irritate lungs if inhaled. To avoid injury, read container labels; follow directions carefully.


· Indoors or outside, use only lights that have been tested for safety. Identify these by the label from an independent testing laboratory.

· Check each set of lights, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections. Discard damaged sets or repair them before using.

· Fasten outdoor lights securely to trees, house, walls or other firm support to protect from wind damage.

· Use no more than three standard-size sets of lights per single extension cord.

· Turn off all lights on trees and other decorations when you go to bed or leave the house. Lights could short and start a fire.

· Never use electric lights on a metallic tree.

· The tree can become charged with electricity from faulty lights, and any person touching a branch could be electrocuted! To avoid this danger, use colored spotlights above or beside a tree, never fastened onto it!

· Keep “bubbling” lights away from children. These lights with their bright colors and bubbling movement can tempt curious children to break candle-shaped glass, which can cut, and attempt to drink liquid, which contains a hazardous chemical.

Prevent Theft & Break-ins during the Holidays

· Santa comes down the chimney, not through the door or windows. Keep those locked and your blinds drawn when you aren’t home or are sleeping/otherwise occupied. Most home burglaries happen this time of year, and it would be awful to have the presents stolen along with your other treasured possessions.

Christmas Safety Tips for Children and When You Have a Baby in the House

· Keep holiday plants away from children and pets. Mistletoe, holly berries, and Christmas cactus are poisonous if swallowed.

· If you place your child in a shopping cart, always use the safety belt and never let your child stand in or push a shopping cart.

· As pointed out “Toy Safety” described above, do not give children under the age of 3 toys that contain small or metal parts or toys that break easily. An easy gauge is using an empty toilet paper roll. If a toy can fit through the roll it is too small for the child.

· Include helmets and other protective gear when giving bicycles, skates, or skateboards.

· When Christmastime approaches, you are probably looking forward to celebrating the season with your baby. This may be your baby’s first Christmas or the first real Christmas they may realize what is going on. As you prepare for Christmastime around your house, you need to realize that there may be several hazards for your baby. This is especially true if you have an older baby who is crawling or walking. You need to be mindful of your baby and keep your house safe during Christmas.

· Here are some ways that you can baby proof your house during Christmas and keep your baby safe and secure.

o Keep the Christmas candles to a minimum or just don’t light them. Candles can be really pretty at Christmastime, but they can also be really dangerous. If you love Christmas candles, think about using electric candles or light bulbs instead for the glow. If you still want to decorate your home with Christmas candles, just don’t light them. A baby can grab a candle and get burned badly. If you do burn a candle for Christmas, make sure it is completely out of reach of your baby and there is no way that it can fall over by pulling on a table cloth or doiley.

o Don’t ever leave your baby unattended with a Christmas tree. Keep all your cords and breakable ornaments out of reach of baby. If your baby is crawling, make sure to place the breakable ornaments higher than they can reach, and the same goes for walking. If your baby is walking, you may just want to keep your breakable Christmas ornaments in the box this year.

o Make sure that the Christmas tree is anchored so that your baby can’t flip it over. Don’t place wrapped presents under the tree where your baby can reach them. The wrapping paper and bows will go straight into your baby’s mouth and they can choke on it.

Happy Visiting at Christmas and the Holidays

· Clean up immediately after a holiday party. A toddler could rise early and choke on leftover food or come in contact with alcohol or tobacco.

· Remember that the homes you visit may not be childproofed. Keep an eye out for danger spots.

· Traveling, visiting family members, getting presents, shopping, etc., can all increase your child’s stress levels. Trying to stick to your child’s usual routines, including sleep schedules and timing of naps, can help you and your child enjoy the holidays and reduce stress.

General Rules for Holiday Safety

· Keep matches, lighters, and candles out of the reach of children.

· Avoid smoking near flammable decorations.

· Make an emergency plan to use if a fire breaks out anywhere in the home. See that each family member knows what to do. PRACTICE THE PLAN!

· Avoid wearing loose flowing clothes—particularly long, open sleeves—near open flames – such as those of a fireplace, stove, or candlelit table.

· Never burn candles near evergreens. Burning evergreens in the fireplace can also be hazardous. When dry, greens burn like tinder. Flames can flare out of control, and send sparks flying into a room, or up the chimney to ignite creosote deposits.

· Plan for safety. Remember, there is no substitute for common sense. Look for and eliminate potential danger spots near candles, fireplaces, trees, and/or electrical connections.


AAAAAA Colorado projects 1.6 million Coloradans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the year-end holiday season, an increase of 0.5 percent over last year. Of all the travel holidays, the year-end holiday season remains the least volatile. Only once in the past decade has there been a change in travel volume greater than five percent and that was a decline in 2007 as the recession was just getting started.  The year-end holiday period is defined as December 21st to January 1st.  Gas prices in Colorado have declined by 11 cents since Thanksgiving to a state-wide average of $3.05 near the end of December.  According to the survey of intended travelers, the average distance traveled is expected to be 970 miles.  AAA Colorado reminds everyone planning a trip to prepare your car before you begin your travel and to be extra diligent about the dangers of impaired driving.

agenda tile -450Routt County Planning agenda for 12-19

Hayden Town Council Meeting agenda for 12-19

Steamboat City Council Agenda for 01-07


In wrestling:
Moffat County won their dual against Steamboat (42-39).

In hockey:
Steamboat plays at Aspen at 6.

In basketball:
Little Snake River Valley hosts Rangely.  Both boys and girls play at 6:30.

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