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meeker» An au­topsy is sched­uled Mon­day for the vic­tim of a plane crash Thurs­day in northwest Colorado.

Wit­nesses re­ported hear­ing an ex­plo­sion Thurs­day, and au­thor­i­ties found the body and wreck­age of the plane the next day in a re­mote area about 15 miles west of Meeker.

The Rio Blanco County Sher­iff’s Of­fice said deputies and res­cue crews searched the area again Satur­day.

A wit­ness re­ported hear­ing a plane rev its en­gines be­fore the ex­plo­sion.

Air traf­fic con­trollers con­firmed that a sin­gle-en­gine Bo­nanza 35 fly­ing from Salt Lake City to Granby dis­ap­peared from their radar and searchers found wreck­age us­ing the co­or­di­nates of its last known lo­ca­tion.

Aspen Gay Ski Week to bring in big money

B aspen» The 39th an­nual Aspen Gay Ski Week kicked off Sun­day, and this year’s event prom­ises to be an eco­nomic pow­er­house, the Aspen Times re­ports.

Rev­enue from hotel­room sales for the event has more than dou­bled from $300,000 in 2015 to $700,000 this year. Aspen Gay Ski Week chair­man Kevin McMana­mon said this year’s spike in sales is largely due to the event’s first-time me­dia spon­sor­ship with Logo TV, the “gay epi­cen­ter of cul­ture” chan­nel.

The net­work will broad­cast spe­cial events dur­ing the week, which runs through Jan. 24.

Hus­band re­ports wanted busi­ness owner miss­ing

B ri­fle» A Ri­fle busi­ness owner, wanted for fail­ing to ap­pear in court ear­lier this month, has been re­ported miss­ing, the Post In­de­pen­dent re­ports.

Kyra Fief, who has agreed to pay $104,888 in resti­tu­tion for un­remit­ted sales tax and le­gal fees, failed to ap­pear in Ri­fle Mu­nic­i­pal Court on Jan. 6 af­ter the city asked that the re­main­der of her one-year jail sen­tence be re­in­stated.

Fief ’s hus­band re­ported her miss­ing Jan. 8.

Wal­ter Stowe, pub­lic in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer with the Garfield County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, said foul play is not sus­pected and deputies are not ac­tively search­ing for Fief.

Af­ter Fief agreed to make monthly resti­tu­tion pay­ments of $4,649, Judge Vic­tor Zerbi sus­pended 355 days of her one-year jail sen­tence in Au­gust. Af­ter mak­ing the first pay­ment in Septem­ber, a check for Oc­to­ber’s pay­ment bounced, court ad­min­is­tra­tor Kathy Po­tot­sky told Zerbi in court on Jan. 6. Fief still owes $99,239.

Au­thor­i­ties say DNA tests needed to con­firm ID

B cheyenne» Au­thor­i­ties say it will take DNA test­ing to iden­tify a sus­pect — who later died — in the Fri­day stab­bing of his wife, the cou­ple’s two young sons and his wife’s father in Cheyenne.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors say the man fled in a car and crashed on In­ter­state 25 in north­ern Colorado, then walked back onto the road­way, where he was struck by mul­ti­ple ve­hi­cles and died.

Cheyenne po­lice of­fi­cers had gone to the home late Fri­day af­ter re­ceiv­ing sev­eral hang-up 911 calls. Of­fi­cers found four peo­ple with mul­ti­ple stab wounds from a knife. The vic­tims were taken to a hos­pi­tal and are in sta­ble con­di­tion.

Po­lice say of­fi­cers were told that Ran­dall Van Wo­erkom, 30, at­tacked his fam­ily af­ter he was con­fronted by al­le­ga­tions of in­fi­delity.

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