Mark Valdez, one of two defendants charged with vehicular homicide in the death of Trevor Rawson, has pleaded guilty to reckless manslaughter and transfer or alteration of a hunting/fishing license. The plea was entered Sept. 18 before Judge Jeff Herron in Montrose County. The accident occurred just south of the county line near Crawford, as Rawson was riding his motorcycle on Highway 92 in October 2013.
Both Valdez and co-defendant Kevin Keener were scheduled for a trial beginning in early October. Keener's trial is still on the docket.
On Dec. 4 Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes denied the application of Paonia Holdings, LLC for a change of land use for the property at 41322 Highway 133, with an adjacent residence at 41402 Highway 133 and an ancillary property at 16180 Stevens Gulch Road.
The property is owned by Bowie Resources, LLC, and was formerly used as a coal load-out site.