LESYSHEN WILL STAND TRIAL FOR MURDER
Steamboat resident Lisa Lesyshen will stand trial for first degree murder in the shooting death of her son, Asher Lesyshen-Kirlan in May of this year. Yesterday, after a preliminary hearing, Routt County District Court Judge Michael O’Hara ruled that evidence was sufficient to hold Lesyshen over for trial for the charges of first degree murder and child abuse resulting in death. Judge O’Hara also found the evidence sufficient to hold her without bond. The hearing was conducted in Denver due to the defendant’s ongoing medical issues. The case was scheduled for arraignment on December 20th.
PARKS AND WILDLIFE SEEKING LANDOWNER OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking nominations for the Wildlife Landowner of the Year Award given out annually to recognize outstanding contributions made by private landowners who provide wildlife habitat and public access for fishing and hunting. The recipient will be honored with an awards ceremony and banquet in conjunction with the National Western Stock Show in January. The first Wildlife Landowner of the Year Award was handed out in 1982 as a part of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Landowner Recognition Program. The program highlights the role of private land management and recognizes landowners who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in wildlife conservation and sound management principles. Nominees for the Wildlife Landowner of the Year must be a resident of Colorado or own at least 160 acres in the state, and be actively engaged in farming or ranching business as an owner, lessor, lessee, or manager. Winners will be selected by Colorado Parks and Wildlife based on a range of criteria, including current land management practices, wildlife habitat improvements, accommodations for public hunting and fishing access and leadership in the promotion of sound wildlife practices on private lands. You can find the nomination form and guidelines by clicking here.
TIPTON INTRODUCES BILL TO GIVE MORE ENERGY MONEY TO SCHOOLS
Representative Scott Tipton has introduced legislation to help cash-strapped states fund K-12 and higher education by expanding responsible energy development and creating jobs, without removing any environmental safeguards. The Education and Energy Act of 2013 (H.R. 3460) would dedicate 33 percent of the federal portion of new oil and gas revenues that are derived from leases for tracts located in a state, back to that state to be used for education. The bill will also distribute 17 percent of the remaining federal portion of mineral revenues to all states. This distribution will apply to new leases offered by the Secretary of the Interior, and to revenues which exceed the budget estimates projected by the federal government for the prior fiscal year. This will allow for a reliable source of educational funding in those states that choose to develop their domestic mineral resources under new leasing authority granted to the Secretary of the Interior. If the federal government receives revenues from domestic oil and gas development beyond that which was anticipated for a given year, those additional amounts will be used for education funding as the states see fit.
STATE ENROLLMENT NUMBERS SHOW RELUCTANCE TO ENROLL IN HEALTH EXCHANGE
New state-by-state enrollment numbers show very few Coloradans have been taking advantage of the state’s health care marketplace due to problems with the Affordable Care Act. According to the information released by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, the total number of completed applications in Colorado was 20,492. Only a little over 3700 people have actually selected a plan through the marketplace. That’s less than the population of Craig. Under the Affordable Care Act, Coloradans with pre-existing conditions, including children, can no longer be denied coverage, but critics say they have to be able to get signed up first.
STEPHENS BLASTS UDALL FOR “PHONY” LEGISLATION
Republican Senate Candidate Amy Stephens yesterday blasted what she called Senator Mark Udall’s phony plan to delay insurance cancellations for only two years. Stephens points out that Udall voted for Obamacare in the first place and is one of the the reasons why millions of Americans are losing their health insurance. In a statement, Stephens said “Senator Udall’s legislation is nothing more than a phony political ploy that will only temporarily delay insurance cancellations instead of actually stopping them.” She says “it’s clear that Udall is more interested in putting off the disastrous consequences of ObamaCare until after his re-election campaign instead of actually standing up for Colorado families, which requires repealing this law and replacing it.” Stephens is running against Udall for a U.S. Senate seat.
TANCREDO CIRCULATING “PLEDGE TO RECALL HICKENLOOPER”
Gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo is not waiting to unseat John Hickenlooper through the election process. Tancredo has started circulating an online petition to recall the current governor. Tancredo is using a “three strikes” theme to spread his message. He says strike one was the indefinite delay of the execution of Nathan Dunlap, strike two was his signature on several unpopular gun laws, and strike three was his support of an unpopular education tax. Others around the state have also expressed frustration with Hickenloopers stand on energy, water, and other rural issues. Five Colorado counties voted to secede from the state, due to Hickenlooper’s and Denver lawmakers’ urban agendas. Tancredo says Coloradans are also tired of outside influences in the political process. He says election results show it’s clear state residents are not swayed by big money from people like New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. You can link to Tancredo’s “Pledge to recall Hickenlooper” by clicking here.
STEPHENS ADDS TO HER CAMPAIGN STAFF
Republican Senate Candidate Amy Stephens is kicking her campaign into high gear. Stephens announced yesterday that Lt. General Edward “Ed” Anderson, a retired military man, will serve as a defense and military affairs advisor for her campaign. After serving in the Army for 39 years, Anderson joined Booz Allen Hamilton where he served as a Principal and as a business leader in multiple areas, including missile defense, space, homeland defense and Army programs. He currently lives in Monument and serves as a National Security Advisor to the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. Anderson issued a statement saying, “Amy Stephens knows that to protect our freedoms, we need a strong national defense and a robust military. She recognizes that our country must do everything possible to ensure that our fighting men and women have the tools and the support they need while serving on the battlefield, and when they return home. I am proud to support her candidacy and look forward to advising her campaign.” Stephens is running against Mark Udall for the U.S. Senate.