Daily Archives: September 27, 2012

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH

MOFFAT COUNTY UNITED WAY BEGINS THEIR 2013 CAMPAIGN

The Moffat County United Way 2013 Campaign is underway.  This year, Craig’s banks are the pacesetters, and are challenging the community to help them raise up to $10,000.  The banks themselves will contribute $5,000.  They urge residents, especially those without workplace campaigns, to donate at any of the four local banks during the month of October.  They are also selling United Way bracelets for $2 each, the proceeds of which will go toward the campaign.  The Moffat County United Way’s goal this year is $490,000.  The campaign runs through November 16th.

 

MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION DEBATED LAST NIGHT

Marijuana legalization in Colorado was up for debate at the University of Denver last night.  Proponents of the measure say that marijuana should be regulated like alcohol and taxed to raise money for school construction. Opponents say the pot measure would increase youth drug use and wouldn’t raise that much money.  Colorado is one of three states considering ballot measures this fall to defy federal law and legalize marijuana without a doctor’s recommendation.  Colorado and 16 other states already buck federal drug law for “medical marijuana”.  You can voice your opinion by answering our marijuana survey on the front page.

 

STEAMBOAT SEWER LINE PROJECT TO IMPACT TRAFFIC NEAR LIBRARY

As part of a Steamboat project to replace an existing sewer line, Duckels Construction plans to close 13th Street next week between the intersection at Lincoln Avenue and the northern Library parking lot next to West Lincoln Park. The closure is scheduled to begin Monday and continue through Friday.  The Bud Werner Memorial Library main parking lot will also be closed during the project. 13th Street and the Library parking lot will re-open Friday afternoon through Sunday for the Literary Sojourn. The lot will close again for the week of October 8th through the12th.  To access 13th Street, vehicles will be detoured to Shield Drive and over the James Brown Bridge. There will be alternative parking for the Library, which will operate during normal hours. Pedestrian access will also be available.

 

STATE AND FEDERAL OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS HEALTH FOREST MANAGEMENT

Elected officials, including Governor John Hickenlooper, U.S. Senator Mark Udall and Congressman Scott Tipton will join state lawmakers, policy makers and industry officials at a half-day summit to explore progress and possibilities in managing Colorado’s forests at the History Colorado Center.  The 2012 Forest Summit will include three panels and discuss developments in state and federal legislation, review the condition and needs within the state’s wood products industry and examine forest restoration efforts and management work within mountain communities.  Interested stakeholders working in government, community organizations and the forest products industry are encouraged to attend the event.  It will be October 12th in Denver.  If you’re interested in attending the free event, contact the Colorado Department of Natural Resources at (303) 866-3311 ext. 8657.

 

COLORADO GROUP ASKS LAWMAKERS TO DENY EXTENDING WIND ENERGY TAX CREDITS

The Colorado chapter of Americans for Prosperity (AFP-CO), the nation’s premier free market grassroots organization, sent a letter to the Colorado delegation of the U.S. Congress opposing extending tax breaks for wind energy. AFP-CO urges federal lawmakers from Colorado to oppose extending the wind production tax credit.  State Director Jeff Crank says Washington needs to stop playing favorites in the energy market.  He says an energy policy is needed that can stand on its own in the market, not one that relies on government hand-outs.  The principal federal support for wind energy, the production tax credit, was enacted in 1992 and is scheduled to expire at the end of 2012. In early August, the Senate Finance Committee passed a measure that would renew and dramatically expand several targeted tax credits for renewable energy, including wind power. According to the Committee, this provision is projected to cost $12.1 billion over ten years.

 

SECRETARY OF STATE URGES VOTERS TO DOUBLE CHECK REGISTRATION

Colorado’s election chief says many of the nearly 800 people who registered to vote using a mobile device may not be registered because of a website glitch from September 14th to September 24th.  Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler urged those people yesterday to verify their status and register again if they don’t show up on the system.  The glitch only affected 779 people who tried to register to vote with a mobile device during those days.  Gessler says his office is trying to identify who those people are but they haven’t been able to. He says the glitch happened because of a software fix for the online voter registration website.  Gessler says people affected could also still vote with an emergency registration process.  People can check their registration by clicking here.

In high school sports:
Today:

In volleyball:
Hayden goes to North Park at 4:30.
Moffat County heads to Coal Ridge at 6.
Steamboat is home against Glenwood at 6:30.

In boys soccer:
Moffat County hosts Grand Valley at 4.
Steamboat plays at Rifle at 7.

Tomorrow:
In football:
Hayden heads to Rangely at 7.
Soroco hosts Vail Christian at 7.
Meeker travels to Lake County at 7.
Moffat County is on the road to Eagle Valley.  You can catch that game live in KRAI with the pre-game at 6:45 and the kick-off at 7.  You can also listen online at krai.com.

In volleyball:
Hayden goes to Soroco at 5.
Steamboat is home against Eagle Valley at 6:30.
Rangely plays at Paonia at 6.