Briefs: Local News September 11, 2008
Man dies of injury suffered on well pad
• A man who suffered a blow to the head Monday night on a well pad in Garfield County has died, officials said. He has been identified as Talliesin Hayden, 38, of Butte, Mont.
Hayden, an employee of Halliburton, was taken Monday to St. Mary’s Hospital, where he died Wednesday, company officials said. He was among a crew of Halliburton employees providing wireline services, company spokeswoman Diana Gabriel said.
Former superintendent admits tax fraud
• Former Delta County School District superintendent Laddie Livingston of Paonia pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Denver to filing a false tax return for 2002, according to the Denver office of the Internal Revenue Service.
Livingston, 67, officially retired from the school district in 1998, but continued to serve as superintendent until 2004. He was superintendent for 19 years, Delta school district spokesman John Jones said, and in 2002, his pay was $112,350.
Livingston’s 2002 return shows his total income at $102,110, said Bryan Thiel, IRS criminal investigation spokesman. He said Livingston did not report an additional $203,100 he made that year, mostly from retirement checks and bonuses.
Livingston will be sentenced Dec. 2.
Mesa State-CU partnership popular
• The number of students signing up for the first semester of Mesa State College’s engineering program created in partnership with the University of Colorado-Boulder has exceeded expectations by nearly five times the anticipated enrollment.
Mesa State President Tim Foster said the school hoped for 10 to 15 students to enroll in the program, and at this time, almost 50 students have signed up.
The mechanical engineering program, created earlier this year by a $500,000 donation from retired engineer and CU alum S.J. Archuleta, allows Mesa State students to earn a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from CU without leaving Grand Junction.
‘Walk for Hope’ set for Saturday
• The Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation will have the “Walk for Hope” Saturday as part of Suicide Prevention Month. Registration will be at 5 p.m., and the walk will begin at 6 p.m. from Albertson’s on the Redlands to Connected Lakes State Park.
Fly-fishing program at library
• Mesa County Libraries will have a fly-fishing program at 6 p.m. tonight for those wanting to learn casting techniques. There will be a video, then a live demonstration outside by Phil Trimm of Western Anglers. Bring a fishing rod.
Graduations rescheduled for two schools
• District 51 rescheduled the graduation dates for the classes of 2009 at Grand Junction and Fruita Monument high schools after a calendar conflict with the state track meet.
The Grand Junction date, originally scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on May 14, 2009, has been moved forward to 8:30 a.m. May 12.
Fruita Monument’s ceremony was rescheduled from 7 p.m. May 13 to 1 p.m. May 12. Both will take place at Stocker Stadium.