NEWS: Thursday January 28, 2010

Jan 28th @ 6:48 am in News by Scott Staley

A woman at the Winter X Games is trying to break a world record before competition even begins. Aspen Daily News says Dagny McKinley of Steamboat Springs is trying to set a Guinness world record for most hugs given in a 24-hour period. Her venue of choice is the Winter X Games at Buttermilk Mountain, which opens today. McKinley says she’ll need to deliver more than 5,000 hugs to X Games spectators to set the record. She’s setting up near the public entrance to the competition, under a banner reading “world record attempt.”
Source: Aspen Daily News (Posted 9:02a)

The San Miguel Treasurer’s office was hit with eleven foreclosures since January 1st, and six alone, since Monday. Treasurer and Public Trustee Jan Stout tells the Telluride Watch they expect to see increased numbers over 2009, which ended with 97 open foreclosure files.  However, a lot can happen between a file being opened on a property and its eventual sale.  Most people, although file for foreclosure, end up negotiating with mortgage companies before heading to the courthouse.
Source: Telluride Watch (Posted 9:03a)

There are two resignations within the Montrose Recreation District, one effective immediately. The Daily Press writes that Executive Director Judy Snedeker’s resignation is effective March 1st.  She was hired in June after former Director Dean Palmquist’s contract wasn’t renewed by the rec board.  Snedeker is leaving due to family obligations. Meanwhile, board president Jerilyn Sheldon’s reason for her immediate resignation isn’t known other than she says it was time that she stepped down. Board member Jason Wey will temporarily replace Sheldon. The board intends on discussing during today’s meeting, downsizing from seven to five members.
Source: Daily Press (Posted 5:46a)

While Steven Romero appeared in court yesterday afternoon to be advised of his charge of aggravated animal cruelty, his sister, Melissa Lockhart failed to appear and now sits behind bars in Mesa County Jail. KREX reports that Romero pleaded not guilty.

According to the indictment, between December 29 and December 30, 2009, Romero did knowingly torture, needlessly mutilate, and needlessly kill an animal, known as “Buddy the Dog,” by dragging the dog behind a vehicle at the Colorado National Monument.  The defendant allegedly tied a rope around the bumper of a vehicle on one end and a rope around the dog’s neck on the other end, driving and dragging him until the dog was dead.  Between December 30 and December 31, 2009, Lockhart had knowledge that a felony crime, namely aggravated animal cruelty, was committed by Romero.  Further, the indictment alleges that Lockhart concealed the crime by making false statements to law enforcement, and that she did not make the crime known to a judge or another person in authority.  Steven Clay Romero is charged with one count of aggravated animal cruelty.  If convicted he faces not more than 3 years in federal prison, and up to a $100,000 fine, or both.  Melissa Marie Lockhart is charged with misprision of a felony.  If convicted she faces not more than 3 years in federal prison, and up to a $250,000 fine, or both.  Lockhart also faces state charges of dog theft in Delta, Colorado.

The case was investigated by The National Park Service, which is a division of the Department of Interior, the Delta Police Department, the Fruita Police Department, the Grand Junction Police Department, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.  Romero and Lockhart are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Heldmyer.

These charges are only allegations and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Source: KREX
Source: Press Release
(Posted 5:46a)

The first attempt to regulate Colorado’s medical marijuana industry has passed its first test at the capitol. According to NBC 11 News the Senate Health & Human Services Committee voted 6-1 Wednesday to back a bill aimed at preventing doctors from issuing medical marijuana recommendations to recreational users. Doctors would have to give medical marijuana patients a full exam and provide follow-up care. Backers also wanted patients between 18 and 21 to get a second opinion, but the committee rejected that proposal.
Source: NBC 11 News (Posted 5:44a)

Late vehicle registration fees passed by Colorado lawmakers last year may be scaled back. The Denver Post says two Senate bills would drop the new $25 a month late fee and replace it with a $10 fee that could be waived by county clerks. Another would exempt boat trailers and other non-motorized from the $25 late fee and also replace it with a $10 fee that could be waived.
Source: Denver Post (Posted 5:43a)