Steamboat briefs: Oak Creek Town Board meeting at 7 p.m. today


— The Oak Creek Town Board meets at 7 p.m. today at Oak Creek Town Hall to discuss out-of-town water issues. The town trustees also could discuss the contract for new Oak Creek code enforcement/community service officer Wendy Finley. Finley joined the Oak Creek Police Department in August and has been training with officer Eileen Rossi since that time.

Preliminary hearing set in October in ACET case

Two of the three men arrested in a raid that police say netted about 1 pound of methamphetamine and half a pound of cocaine appeared in Routt County Court on Wednesday.

Public defender Sheryl Uhlmann, representing Jorge Orduno-Acuno, asked Judge James Garrecht to reduce her client's $20,000 bond. The reduction was opposed by 14th Judicial District Deputy District Attorney Rusty Prindle, and Garrecht turned down Uhlmann's motion. Orduno-Acuno's case was bound over to District Court, and a preliminary hearing is set for 1:30 p.m. Oct. 15.

The three men are charged with distribution of a Schedule 2 controlled substance and money laundering. Both charges are Class 3 felonies, punishable by eight to 12 years in jail and a fine of $3,000 to $750,000.

Attorney Randy Salky, representing Ernesto Sanluis-Espinoza, said he wants to reserve the right to set a preliminary hearing but first wanted to look at the evidence, which he said should be available for him today. Sanluis-Espinoza's case was continued to 1 p.m. Sept. 23.

The third suspect, Alexander Ochoa-Espinoza, is scheduled to appear at 1:15 p.m. Friday.

Also Wednesday, Timothy Nelson's case was bound over to District Court. His next appearance is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sept. 30. Nelson is accused of growing marijuana in his Hayden home.

Pilot & Today Editorial Board seeks new members

The Steamboat Pilot & Today is accepting letters of interest from readers who would like to serve as community representatives on the newspaper's Editorial Board. Those representatives will be asked to serve a four-month term from Oct. 6 to Feb. 2, 2010.

The Editorial Board includes two community representatives and four members of the newspaper staff. Newspaper staff members on the board are Publisher Suzanne Schlicht, Editor Brent Boyer, City Editor Mike Lawrence and reporter Tom Ross. The Editorial Board formulates the Our View opinions expressed on the ViewPoints page of the newspaper. The Editorial Board meets at 10 a.m. Tuesdays.

Readers interested in serving on the Editorial Board should send a letter of 500 words or less expressing their interest to Boyer at or P.O. Box 774827, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477. Letters also may be dropped off at the Pilot & Today office at 1901 Curve Plaza. Call Boyer at 871-4221.


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