Breaking News: Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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Interior: Budget rider affects some sage-grouse efforts, not others

By Dennis Webb

The Interior Department says a federal budget bill rider will have some consequences for greater sage-grouse management, and for landowners living in Gunnison sage-grouse country, but won’t affect efforts to develop federal and state plans to conserve sagebrush habitat in 11 states. The provision in the omnibus budget measure signed by President Obama this week bars the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from writing and issuing rules related to sage-grouse, the Interior Department said ...

Obama pardons two with local ties

By Charles Ashby

President Barack Obama today granted clemency to 20 individuals, consisting of eight commutations and 12 pardons, including two men from the region. David Neil Mercer of Grand Junction was pardoned for violating the Archaeological Resources Act in Utah in 1997, for which he received a sentence of 36 months probation, a $2,500 fine and was ordered to pay $1,437 in restitution. Albert Byron Stork of Delta was pardoned for filing a false tax return in Colorado in 1987, for which he received ...

Saturday will be opening day for Powderhorn

By Staff

The recent snowfall on Grand Mesa has been enough for Powderhorn Mountain Resort to announce that they’ll open for the ski season Saturday. First chair will be 9 a.m. and trails on the lower part of the mountain will be open to skiing and riding. More trails will be open as conditions allow, the resort said in a press release today. The Sunset Grill, Ski & Ride Center, rental department and the Alpine Trader will also be open. The tubing hill will open at a later date. The ...

Colorado teen to get 10 years for killing father

By The AP

EAGLE — A 14-year-old Colorado boy will spend 10 years behind bars after pleading guilty to killing his father and trying to conceal the slaying for six days by keeping the body at home and telling the man’s employer he was sick. The boy entered the plea Tuesday under a deal with prosecutors and will be sentenced Thursday, The Vail Daily reported. He will serve seven years in youth prison before entering adult prison on his 21st birthday to serve the last three years of his ...

10 Things to know for Wednesday, Dec. 17

By The AP

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. PAKISTAN SCHOOL SCENE OF HEART-WRENCHING LOSS Images of blood-soaked floors, torn notebooks and blown up children’s clothes show horrors of the attack that killed nearly 150 people in Peshawar. PAKISTAN 2. SYDNEY GUNMAN DROPPED OFF SURVEILLANCE Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the 50-year-old man who took 17 people hostage at a cafe on Monday was on a terror watch ...

Hunter shot, killed by friend who slipped in mud rural Utah

By The AP

LOGAN, Utah — Authorities say a 57-year-old hunter is dead after one of his companions slipped in the mud and accidentally shot him in the back in northern Utah. Cache County deputies say the man was shot about 2 p.m. Tuesday in a remote area west of the tiny town of Paradise, about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. He was later identified as Norman Newbold of Syracuse, Utah. Deputies say four men were hunting pheasants at a sportsman’s club when one man slipped and ...

Eagle County Sheriff’s Office investigating shooting

By The AP

BURNS — The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after an apartment resident shot and killed a reported intruder. Authorities say they got a call from the owner of the apartment on Dec. 12 saying a tenant knocked on their door and told them that an intruder tried to break into his apartment. The tenant told authorities he shot the intruder. Deputies say they found 32-year-old Brooks Hampton dead. Authorities say they are still investigating and no charges have been ...

89-year-old man charged in fatal crash incompetent

By The AP

ASPEN — An 89-year-old man accused of crashing into and killing a motorcyclist in Basalt has been deemed mentally incompetent, putting the criminal case against him in limbo. Deputy District Attorney Andrea Bryan told a judge Tuesday that prosecutors need to figure out what to next given the Colorado Mental Health Institute’s conclusion on John Walls of Carbondale. Walls is charged with careless driving causing death and reckless endangerment in the August crash that killed ...

Prosecutors charge man living secretly in rafters

By The AP

DENVER — Prosecutors have charged a man who was living secretly in the rafters above a Denver restaurant after he crashed through the ceiling, triggered a flood and got trapped in a wall. The Denver District Attorney’s Office says 36-year-old Stephen Graves is facing charges of burglary and criminal mischief. He is scheduled to appear in court Thursday. Officers responded to a report of a man falling through the ceiling at the Yard House late on Dec. 9. They saw a man walking ...

Colorado to receive $65M mental health care grant

By The AP

DENVER — Colorado will receive $65 million in federal funds to help bring mental health treatment into the offices of primary care doctors. The Denver Post reports Gov. John Hickenlooper announced the grant Tuesday after months of work by a team of experts trying to figure out ways to improve ties between mental health care and other medical care. The money, which will be spent over the next four years, is part of a plan to make sure more residents receive mental health care when ...

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