News briefs for Sept. 27

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BLM schedules burn for Curtis Draw

The Bureau of Land Management Little Snake Field Office is conducting a prescribed burn 25 miles northwest of Maybell.

The 600-acre project is on BLM public land one mile south of Colorado Highway 318 in the Curtis Draw area.

The objective of the prescribed burn is to reduce the amount of hazardous vegetation, or fuel, which consists primarily of sagebrush with some piñion and juniper trees. The project also will improve wildlife habitat and range for grazing.

Prescribed burn projects are scheduled for spring or fall, outside the normal fire season for northwest Colorado.

The Curtis Draw project began Tuesday afternoon and is expected to continue through Friday, depending on weather and burning conditions.

Fire crews will begin by blacklining, or burning vegetation, 100 feet in on parts of the perimeter. This will act as a buffer or holding line by removing flammable fuel.

Three engines and a water truck are assigned to the project. The required prescribed burn plan that specifies the desired weather and fuel conditions, as well as other guidelines for safe and efficient operations is in place.

Call the BLM Little Snake Field Office at 826-5000 for more information.

Court appearance for theft suspect continued

A court appearance for a 19-year-old Craig man charged with burglarizing a local store was continued Tuesday in Moffat County Court.

Adam Koester, who was arrested earlier this month on suspicion of breaking into and stealing items from Cashway Distributors, is charged with first-degree burglary, theft, criminal mischief and providing or permitting juvenile possession of a handgun, all of which are felonies. He also is charged with two misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and carrying a concealed weapon.

His court appearance Tuesday, a hearing on advisement, has been rescheduled to 11 a.m. Oct. 3.

Koester has been appointed a public defender. Attorneys in the case are scheduled to decide next month whether a preliminary hearing will be scheduled in the case.

Police said Koester and a 15-year-old juvenile broke into Cashway on Sept. 18 and robbed the store of several handguns, valued at about $2,400.

Meth defendant's hearing delayed

A status conference for one of the suspects arrested in the December 2005 methamphetamine sweep was delayed Tuesday in 14th Judicial District Court.

Trixie Rae Albaugh, who is charged with meth possession and distribution, was scheduled to appear Tuesday before Chief Judge Michael O'Hara, but the case was continued until next month.

The rescheduled date for Albaugh's next court appearance was not immediately available Tuesday afternoon.

Albaugh has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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