Colorado Northwestern Community College President Russell George will be the keynote speaker at this year’s seventh-annual Craig Chamber of Commerce and KRAI/55 Country State of the County event on February 22nd.  George, who has served as the executive director of the Colorado Department of Transportation, Department of Natural Resources and Division of Wildlife and served as the speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives, will talk about the role of “community” in “community education.”  The State of the County is the Chamber’s annual meeting and was expanded seven years ago from a Chamber-specific luncheon to include State of the City, State of the County and State of the Chamber addresses.  In years past, Governor John Hickenlooper, and Senators Al and Jean White have headlined the event, as well as representatives from the Division of Wildlife, Bureau of Land Management, Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership, Moffat County Tourism Association and more.  The event gives participants the opportunity to hear an overview of local government without sitting through innumerable meetings and wading through the day-to-day information to follow those actions and expenditures that have a direct impact to residents.   Mayor Terry Carwile will give the address for the city of Craig and Commissioner Tom Mathers will represent Moffat County.  In addition to the speeches, the Chamber will present awards for Small and Large Business of the Year and Businessperson of the Year.  The State of the County is at February 22nd at 6 at the Holiday Inn of Craig. Tickets are $40 for Chamber members and $50 for non-members and are available at the Chamber.


Never Leave Your Car Running Unattended

Colorado Auto Theft Investigators (CATI) and Coloradans Against Auto Theft (CAAT) are teaming up on a statewide awareness and enforcement effort to put the brakes on “puffers”—a term coined by car thieves to describe a vehicle left running unattended.

Leaving a vehicle running unattended is illegal in the state of Colorado, yet at least 40 percent of Colorado drivers admit they have left their car running while unattended (Talmey Drake survey). “CATI will lead a concentrated effort by law enforcement agencies across the state to prevent puffer activity crimes by issuing warnings and citations to drivers who leave their vehicles running unattended,” remarked Randy Moody, president of CATI board.

“According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 50 percent of cars stolen have the keys in them,” said Colorado State Patrol Lt. Colonel Scott Hernandez, board member of Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority (CATPA). “As part of a larger effort to make thievesʼ jobs much more difficult and to reduce these statistics, auto theft task forces around the state have plans to take part in ʻPuffer Week.ʼ

Currently, the East Metro Auto Theft Team (EMATT) is spreading the word to warn citizens about the risks of leaving a vehicle running unattended by distributing CAATʼs winter Lockdown campaign educational materials. During Puffer Week, EMATT will take the additional step to follow through on its puffer activity reminders and hand out citations.

Marilyn Alvarez made the mistake of leaving her car running unattended on a cold winter morning last December. “Iʼve seen people on the news who had their car stolen because they left it running unattended, but I had never heard of that happening in my neighborhood,” said Alvarez, who lives in a residential neighborhood in Westminster.

“My car was parked in my assigned space, just a couple feet from my front door. I still canʼt believe that someone stole my car, in my neighborhood, in just a matter of minutes.”

Alvarez did get her car back one week later, but it was trashed on the inside. “I felt violated,” she said. “It didnʼt feel like my car anymore. It was an awful experience that I wouldnʼt wish upon anyone. No matter how cold it is, it is not worth the risk to leave your car running to warm it up.”

CATI represents one of the many partners that make up the CAAT coalition, which receives funding from Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority (CATPA) to combat auto theft through on-going statewide public awareness campaigns, education and citizen engagement. “The goal of the task forces is not only to track down and arrest the car thieves, but also to educate and empower citizens on what they can do to reduce their chances of becoming a victim of auto theft,” remarked Moody. CAAT provided educational flyers that auto theft task forces place on parked vehicles around the community as a reminder for citizens to stay alert and protect themselves.

“Despite the decline in motor vehicle thefts over recent years, cars stolen as a result of puffer activity are still too high, and we believe just one theft due to leaving a car running unattended is too many,” remarked Poe. “Not only is leaving your car running unattended an invitation for thieves, but it is also illegal in the state of Colorado. Puffer Week is an opportunity to remind people to take common sense measures to protect themselves and their vehicles,” he added.


In high school sports over the weekend:
In basketball:
The Moffat County boys and girls beat Cedaredge.  (girls= 62-35; boys= 69-59)
The Steamboat girls beat Battle Mountain (62-12), while the boys lost (57-56).
The Rangely boys and girls fell to Paonia (girls= 55-26; boys= 57-53).
The Hayden boys and girls topped Plateau Valley.  (girls= 39-25; boys= 74-47)
The Soroco boys defeated Debeque (77-34).
The Meeker girls topped Hotchkiss (53-31).
The Little Snake River Valley boys and girls beat Encampment (girls= 41-18; boys= 37-28)
In Games heard on 93.7 102.3 KRAI and KRAI.COM.  Moffat County girls beat Roaring Fork 65-44.  The Moffat County boys lost to Roaring Fork 54-51.
Steamboat played Eagle Valley. The girls won 52-30, the boys lost 43-40.
Rangely boys lost to Hotchkiss 54-47
Soroco played Plateau Valley. The girls won 46-26, the boys won 59-46.
The Meeker girls lost to Paonia 62-38
Little Snake River Valley played H.E.M. The girls won 62-23, the boys won 53-22
The Hayden boys defeated Debeque 66-21

In hockey:
Steamboat tied Summit (3-3)
Steamboat lost to Ralston Valley 2-1

In Skiing:
Steamboat’s boys and girls Nordic teams each placed 4th at state.  The girls alpine team took 4th, while the boys alpine team took 7th.

At regional wrestling:

Moffat County will take 3 to the State Tournament beginning Thursday:
120 – Issic Herod 4th
138 – Brayden Peterson 4th
182 – Jessi Demoor 3rd

Meeker will take 8 to State:
113 – Tristin Pelloni 2nd
120 – Kylloe Goedert 4th
126 – Aaron Cochran 3rd
132 – JC Henderson 2nd
138 – Anthony Watt 3rd
152 – Devon Pontine 2nd
160 – TJ Shelton 1st
170 – JR Crawford 3rd

Hayden will take 5 to State:
106 – Judd Magee 4th
113 – Tanner Guire 4th
132 – Kent Miller 4th
160 – Taylor Lewis 4th
182 – Ryan Domson 1st

SoRoCo will Take 2 to State:
120 – Colton Martindale 3rd
195 – Cody Constine 2nd

Rangely will take 4 to State:
145 – Lucas Heinle 4th
152 – Ethan Allred 4th
160 – Colton Coombs 3rd
195 – Drew Collins 4th

North Park will take 4 to State:
126 – TJ Richards 4th
170 – Derrick Richards 2nd
195 – Adrian Cereceres 3rd
220 – Anjel Arrendondo 2nd

Steamboat failed to advance any wrestlers to State

Broadcast coverage of all three days of the 2013 State Wrestling Tournament on 93.7 102.3 KRAI and KRAI.COM will begin this Thursday afternoon at 2:45pm with the 2A and 3A preliminary matches.  Calling the action will be Former NCAA National Champion wrestler Tanner Linsacum and former Moffat County state champion Mark Hastings who will follow the Northwest Colorado wrestlers through the tournament.  If you would like to sponsor our live coverage of the State Tournament contact KRAI at 824-6574.  Our planned broadcast schedule is below (end timeS are approximate):

Thursday February 21st:
2A/3A Preliminaries 2:45 to 6:15pm

Friday February 22nd:
2A/3A Championship Quarterfinals and 1st Round Consolation 9:45am to Noon
2A/3A 2nd Round Consolation and Semifinals 5:30 to 9pm

Saturday February 23rd:
2A/3A 3rd Round Consolation and Semifinal Consolation 10:15am to Noon
2A/3A 5th place and 3rd Place matches 1:45 to 4pm
Parade of Champions and 1st place matches (all classes) 6:15 to 10pm

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