Briefs for Jan. 7

The Craig man who police say attempted to murder his girlfriend in November will be in court Monday for a preliminary hearing.

William Daniel Kilpatrick, 24, was arrested Nov. 15 and charged with a litany of crimes, including trying to sexually assault and kill his girlfriend at their home in Craig.

Two weeks after Kilpatrick's arrest, a judge set his bond at $1 million. He has been in jail since.

At the hearing in November, County Judge Mary Lynne James said she would consider lowering Kilpatrick's bond at the preliminary hearing.

Kilpatrick, according to court documents, strangled his girlfriend, threatened her with a knife, dragged her into their house and struck her toddler son.

When police arrested Kilpatrick, they reported finding a letter in his pocket. In the letter, he said he planned to kill his girlfriend and himself, according to the arrest affidavit.

Sheriff's deputies placed Kilpatrick under suicide watch at Moffat County Jail for a few days following his arrest.

Craig museum seeks war items for exhibit

The "Cost of Freedom" is the theme of a new exhibit Craig's Museum of Northwest Colorado is creating.

While conducting personal genealogical research, Museum Director Dan Davidson came upon family stories about ancestors in both the Civil and Revolutionary Wars.

"I realized that there is a truly personal story and cost involved in those serving and to the families left behind, and I thought this might be a fascinating topic for the museum to explore," Davidson said.

The new exhibit will feature stories about the personal and national cost of freedom starting with the Revolutionary War and continuing on to the present-day Iraq conflict.

Although the community has shared memorabilia, letters, uniforms and other war-related artifacts with the museum, the collection lacks items related to the most recent wars, especially the Gulf War and the war in Iraq, museum officials say.

"We would really appreciate it if people have anything from the last few wars that they would be willing to share with us," said Jan Gerber, assistant director at the museum. "We would love to include photos, uniforms, e-mails or letters from this last decade of conflicts over in the Middle East."

If anyone has any uniforms, correspondence or photos they would like to loan to the museum for this exhibit, they should call the museum at 824-6360. The museum, located in downtown Craig, is open Monday through Saturday. Admission is free.

Grant applications deadline nears

The deadline for grant applications for Moffat County United Way, El Pomar Youth Community in Service and Moffat County Human Resource Council is 5 p.m. Jan. 13.

Any nonprofit organization can apply for funding.

To download applications, visit the United Way Web site at www.unitedwaymoffat.org or call 824-6222.

New native fish

population found

Colorado Division of Wildlife aquatic biologists received a surprise gift early last fall: A previously unknown population of the Rio Grande sucker was found in the San Luis Valley.

The discovery is significant because it will boost the division's ongoing effort to develop self-sustaining populations of the fish in the Rio Grande drainage, officials say. The fish is listed as endangered by Colorado, and the federal government keeps the fish on its species watch list. One of the aims of the DOW is to assure that the sucker thrives in the valley and is not listed as an endangered species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

"This is a significant find for our recovery plan," said John Alves, aquatic biologist for the division in the San Luis Valley. "This doubles the number of our reproducing populations from one to two."

The goal of the recovery program is to establish three populations in the Rio Grande drainage, one for each of the three major river drainages --Rio Grande, Conejos and the Closed Basin.

The Rio Grande sucker once thrived in creeks and rivers at elevations from 7,000 feet to 9,000 feet throughout the San Luis Valley. Habitat loss because of "de-watering" of streams for irrigation, degraded water quality and introduction of non-native fish led to the demise of Rio Grande sucker in Colorado.

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