EAST ELEMENTARY STUDENT WILL SHADOW JEAN WHITE DURING “GIRLS WITH GOALS”
The Colorado Senate Majority Office has chosen the 35 girls around the state that will be sworn in as “senators for a day” during the 2nd annual “Girls With Goals” Day at the state capitol, and one of them is from Craig. East Elementary’s Kinlie Brennise will participate in this year’s Girls With Goals day Monday. During the event, 1 girl from each senate district tags along with her senator, learning about the legislative process. The girls accompany their rep during the morning debate, lunch and a tour of the capitol. Brennise will also get to participate in a mock legislative session, with bills the girls get to propose. At the end of the day, two of the girls will win college scholarships of $425 provided by College in Colorado.
BEARS EARS TEA PARTY PATRIOTS PLAN FOR SEVERAL CANDIDATE GUESTS
The Bears Ears Tea party Patriots will host one of this year’s candidates for the 3rd Congressional district at tonight’s regular meeting. The group will host Tisha Cassida, who is running for the spot now held by Scott Tipton. Cassida is just one of several Northwest Colorado candidates the Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots will host over the next couple of months. In March, the club will host House candidate Ron Roesener and Senate candidate Jean White. In April, they’ll get visits from House candidate Bob Rankin and Senate Candidate Randy Baumgartner. Baumgartner is currently the House District rep, but redistricting has taken him out of the 57th District, a move that prompted him to run for the Senate instead. Tonight’s meeting will be held at 7 at the Center of Craig. The public is invited.
FEBRUARY IS A BIG SNOW MONTH FOR STEAMBOAT SKI AREA
February was blessing for the Steamboat Ski Area. After a lackluster season of snow through January, February has brought the resort nearly 8 feet of fresh snow. Nearly another foot is expected today as another storm passes through the area. The month included a record day of 27 inches of snow falling on the mountain on the 22nd. As of now, the resort reports a 63-inch base at mid mountain, and a 71 inch base at the summit. Recent heavy snow and strong winds have prompted The Colorado Avalanche Information Center to issue an avalanche watch for the Steamboat area for today. Depending on today’s weather, that “watch” could turn into a “warning”, meaning an avalanche is very likely to occur.
STEAMBOAT ANNOUNCES REDUCTION IN FLUORIDE CONTENT OF CITY WATER
The Steamboat water department has put out a notice, letting residents know of a change in the fluoride content of the City’s water. Fluoride is added to city water in most communities as a recommendation from several organizations, including the American Medical Association, the Centers for Disease Control, and the American Dental Association. In November, the fluoride content in Steamboat’s water was reduced to point-7 milligrams per liter, following recommendations from the Environmental Protection Agency. Other communities have done the same. The EPA says the reduction is in recognition that the general population ingests fluoride from other food sources.
DINOSAUR NATIONAL MONUMENT TO RE-INSTITUTE VISITOR FEES
As of today, visitors will again have to pay an entrance fee at Dinosaur National Monument. Monument officials had stopped charging the fee while work was being done to the visitors center, and Park Superintendent Mary Risser said they kept the free entry in place for 5 months after the center was completed, so visitors could see the improvements. However, now that they are gearing up for the busy season, the Monument will bring back the fees. Fees are $10 per vehicle or $5 for a person on a motorcycle or bicycle. Annual Passes are $20.
SENATE COMMITTEE PASSES RURAL BROADBAND ACT
Yesterday, the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy Committee passed the bipartisan Rural Broadband Jobs Act sponsored by Senator Gail Schwartz. Supporters say the bill will improve internet access in underserved areas by mapping rural areas, and developing recommendations for providing reliable broadband availability. Currently, many areas in Colorado only have access to dated or unreliable Internet service, and some areas have no internet access at all. Proponents say the bill will help the state increase access to broadband and ensure businesses in all regions of the Colorado have the opportunity to be competitive and successful. The Office of Information Technology will collaborate with local governments, broadband access providers, and stakeholders to develop recommendations to maximize broadband connectivity in Colorado’s underserved markets.
SENATE PASSES HOSPITAL DISCLOSURE BILL
A hospital disclosure bill Republicans oppose has cleared Colorado’s Democratic Senate after two days of debate. However, the measure faces near-certain defeat in the Republican House. The measure would require hospitals to notify patients of procedures they won’t provide because of moral or religious objection. Such procedures could include abortions or other reproductive health services such as emergency contraception for a rape victim. Hospitals would have to tell patients they have the right to such services elsewhere. The disclosure requirement passed 21-13 on a party-line vote yesterday. It now heads to the House, where Republican opposition could defeat the proposal. The Colorado Hospital Association also opposes the disclosure requirement.
In high school sports:
At the Wyoming State Tournament in Casper:
The Little Snake River Valley girls play Hulett at 9 this morning. The boys play Midwest at noon.
In the 2-A regional playoffs:
The Meeker boys play Del Norte at 7:30 at Colorado Mesa University.
The Meeker girls also play Del Norte at 7 at Durango High School.
The Hayden boys play Peyton at 4:30 at Standley Lake High School.
The Hayden girls play Vanguard at 3, also at Standley Lake High School.
The Rangely girls play Lutheran at Metro State College.