Torres Found Not Guilty Of Attempted First Degree Murder
Earlier today, a jury returned guilty verdicts to three counts of Reckless Endangerment, and one count of Menacing with a Deadly Weapon in the case of the People of the State of Colorado v. 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 Springs on June 8, 2012. District Attorney Brett Barkey and Deputy District Attorney Eliot Thompson prosecuted the case. Ms. Sheryl Uhlmann of the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office represented Torres. He will be sentenced on December 12, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. 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.”
CRAIG CHAMBER WARNS OF ADVERTISING SCAM
Several area businesses have received a call from a man who says he soliciting advertising for the Moffat County Clerk & Recorder for the community guide magnet. According to Moffat County Clerk & Recorder Lila Herod, the county DOES NOT endorse this project. They don’t receive any of the revenues or pay any of the advertising for local businesses, partner with the distributor in any way or provide a list of businesses to contact. The Better Business Bureau has issued warnings about Premier Impressions and Universal Adcom, along with several other company names this company goes by. The sales tactics are very similar to those the BBB has identified as fraudulent. The Craig Chamber warns all businesses to carefully investigate all companies seeking advertising dollars. Businesses that purchase advertising space should research each company diligently and send requests for specific details on products and distribution plans prior to agreeing to any service. You should report any questionable contacts to the Craig Chamber of Commerce, as well as law enforcement. The Chamber will research its validity and issue warnings as appropriate to prevent our local businesses from being the targets of unethical, questionable or fraudulent businesses.
MOFFAT COUNTY MAY HOST HIGH SCHOOL RODEO FINALS
Moffat County may again get two years of high school rodeo finals. Dave Fleming approached the Moffat County Commissioners yesterday to ask for a donation of $2,500 to help bring the event back to the Moffat County Fairgrounds. Fleming says this year, they will also get the Junior High School Rodeo Finals, as he has convinced the High School Rodeo Association to combine the two events for convenience as well as cost effectiveness. Fleming says with the money from the county, another donation of $2,500 from the city, and $5,000 from the Moffat County Tourism Association, the committee he puts together would need to raise another $4,000 to ensure what he says would be a winning bid. He also says when talking to the Association, they appeared to be most interested in Craig. The move would make for a busy Memorial Day Weekend, as the event would be combined with Grand Olde West Days and Wild West Weekend. The commissioners agreed to the donation, and said they would also likely waive fairground fees for the Association.
SLASH PILES TO BE BURNED IN ROUTT NATIONAL FOREST
Following recent snowfall events, fire crews are beginning to burn slash piles at multiple locations across the Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests in Colorado and Wyoming. It is estimated that there are still thousands of piles remaining on the two National Forests, even after multiple years of this type of work. Forest users and the public should be aware of and expect to see smoke, as many piles will be burned near communities and popular recreation areas. Over the last few years, the two Forests have completed many forest management projects, including removing dead trees from travel corridors and recreation areas, as well as reducing hazardous fuels generated from the bark beetle epidemic. Fuels remaining in these areas have been gathered into piles, either mechanically or by hand. The main objective of the pile burns is to reduce the remaining dead fuels, which is in the best interest of long-term public safety. Questions should be directed to your local Ranger District Office.
BROWN’S PARK SCHOOLHOUSE TO HOST HALLOWEEN EVENT
A Halloween party will be held at the old Brown’s Park Elementary School this weekend. The party is being billed as a Vintage Halloween Gathering, and tours of the old schoolhouse will be offered. There will be homemade candies and baked goodies for everyone. Chili and stew will also be served. There will be plenty of games and play activities for the kids, and a costume contest. You’ll also be able to meet some of the school’s alumni. The event is Saturday from 2 to 9 at the old schoolhouse on Highway 318 west of Maybell.
GARDNER WANTS ANSWERS ON HEALTH EXCHANGE
Representative Cory Gardner (CO-04) sent a letter today to Patty Fontneau, the Executive Director of Connect for Health Colorado, regarding a number of problems with the Connect for Health Colorado website that have been highlighted by recent reports. Long wait times, numerous error messages and intrusive forms are just some of the issues that have been reported. The letter said, in part: “The glitches and inoperability of many of the exchange websites provide no confidence to Americans who are attempting to obtain health insurance as mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Submitting personal health information via a web portal that is not fully operational is of great concern to the American public as well.” Among other issues raised, Gardner also asks for an estimate on the number of people that will be forced to use the website to enroll, and whether or not their website will be able to handle it. You can view the entire letter by clicking here.
EXXON DONATES TO RED CROSS
In response to the devastating disasters that have affected Colorado in recent months, ExxonMobil announced yesterday it will donate $200,000 to support American Red Cross efforts to help Colorado communities prepare for, respond to and recover from current and future floods, wildfires and other natural disasters in the state. XTO Energy has a significant presence in Colorado and more than 250 employees in Denver, Durango, Rifle and Trinidad. ExxonMobil’s donation is being directed to the American Red Cross of Colorado. The Red Cross responds to an average of more than a disaster a day in Colorado, and has helped thousands of people affected by historic wildfires and floods this year. In addition to responding to help people when disasters occur, the Red Cross works to prepare individuals, households, neighborhoods, businesses and organizations so that they are better able to withstand and bounce back from disasters.
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:
Hayden lost to Hotchkiss in a pigtail game, ending their season.
In boys soccer:
Steamboat plays a first round playoff game at Denver North at 3.
Steamboat goes to Battle Mountain at 6:30.