The female member of the traveler trio responsible for the Cold Springs Fire pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors in connection with the wildfire, the same fire agency whose chief received a state award mismanaged its budget and asked taxpayers to help make up the difference, and a cyclist survived a hit-and-run and is looking for the person who hit her.
Elizabeth Burdeshaw, 21, a fellow camper of the two male Cold Springs Fire suspects, was sentenced to probation and community service this week. Burdeshaw’s male companions have admitted to investigators they did not extinguish their illegal campfire and are currently still in custody. The Cold Springs Fire near Nederland burned over 500 acres and destroyed eight homes in July.
Boulder Rural Fire Protection District mismanaged funding for years, leading to shortfalls they asked the taxpayers to make up for in a 2015 ballot proposal. The measure passed by a 68 percent vote in November 2105. Accounting errors rather than fraud are attributed to the mismanagement, according to a financial investigator’s report. Last month this same agency’s chief was named Fire Chief of the Year by the lead state firefighting agency. Huh?
A female cyclist was struck by a vehicle that did not stop as she was riding on Olde Stage Road north of Boulder on Oct. 29. Jody LaPar, of Boulder, survived the incident and is looking for the vehicle, believed to be a Ford SUV. The Colorado State Patrol is investigating.