POLLS SHOW ROMNEY IS GAINING GROUND IN COLORADO
Battleground Colorado is edging slightly closer to Republican Mitt Romney, but President Barack Obama is still leading after last week’s presidential debate at the University of Denver. A poll commissioned by the school showed Obama leading Romney among likely voters by 4 points, 47 percent to 43 percent. The poll had a 4-point margin of error. The DU poll also showed a tossup for the marijuana legalization question. Fifty percent planned to vote for legalizing pot, 40 percent planned to vote against it, and 10 percent weren’t sure. Coloradans were more united on recognizing same-sex couples. Seventy-three percent supported legal recognition of same-sex relationships, either marriage or civil unions. The telephone survey included 604 likely voters. It was conducted October 4th & 5th by Selzer & Company of Des Moines, Iowa. Krai.com ran a similar survey question last week asking residents who they believed would serve Northwest Colorado best. 73% chose Mitt Romney, 10% said Obama, and 15% thought it would make no difference. This week’s survey question asks residents to identify the factors that will contribute to their decision on election day, as it pertains to state and national choices.
TUESDAY IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER FOR UPCOMING ELECTION
If you haven’t registered to vote in this year’s general election, there’s only a short amount of time to get that done. County elections clerks across the state are reminding residents that Tuesday is the last day to register, if you want to be able to vote in next month’s election. If you aren’t sure if you are registered, you can call or stop by your county clerk’s office. You can also check on line by clicking here.
SKI GROUP OFFERS INCENTIVES FOR RECRUITING NEW SKIERS
The organizers of Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month are expanding an initiative designed to get more beginners to the mountains. The “Bring a Friend Challenge” is offering skiers and snowboarders a chance to win gear or ski trips if they get friends who have never gone skiing or riding to enroll in a lesson with a professional instructor between Dec. 17 and March 17. People can register online. Weekly prize drawings are scheduled to begin in January. Industry groups including SnowSports Industries America and the National Ski Areas Association are supporting the initiative. The industry is trying to keep interest in skiing up and their revenues healthy as video games, the Internet and other forms of entertainment compete for people’s free time and money.
TIPTON INTRODUCES BILL TO END CASH SURVEYS
Congressman Scott Tipton, yesterday, continued his fight against what he calls blatant federal waste by introducing the Survey Savings Accountability Act. The bill is expected to save taxpayer dollars by prohibiting federal agencies from sending cash in mass communications, including surveys where cash is included for the benefit of the responder. Some federal agencies currently use this practice to entice responses to opinion surveys, including the Bureau of Reclamation, which in 2011 sent nearly $30,000 in cash in a survey about removing four dams in California and Oregon. The Survey Savings Accountability Act follows Tipton’s Amendment earlier this year to the Energy and Water Appropriations bill to prohibit the Bureau of Reclamation and other agencies covered under the legislation from funding surveys in which money is included or provided for the benefit of the responder. The amendment passed with a strong bipartisan vote of 355-5.
CENTURY LINK AND UNION CAN’T COME TO TERMS
CenturyLink and the union representing 13,000 workers in 13 states in the West and Midwest have failed to reach a contract agreement, but have signed onto a day-to-day extension of the expired pact. The Communications Workers of America made the announcement after the existing labor contract expired Saturday night. CWA spokesman Al Kogler said in a statement that negotiations will continue and workers will remain on the job during the extension. Kogler has said the union opposes a proposed increase in health care premiums and wants to bring more jobs back to the U.S. The union had authorized a strike in the event that a new deal couldn’t be reached with the company. CenturyLink workers in Montana, who are negotiating a separate contract, also agreed to the extension.
PEDIATRICIANS SAY NO TO AMENDMENT 64
The Colorado Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Board of Directors has voted to add their name to an open letter being released by several Colorado pediatricians warning that Amendment 64 poses an unacceptable risk to Colorado’s kids. The signers of the letter analyzed a number of studies on the effects of marijuana on children. The Steamboat Pilot and Today’s editorial board is also on the record as opposing the amendment.
Among the statistics cited in the letter:
- Since medical marijuana dispensaries began operating in 2009, there have been more accidental ingestions of marijuana by young children in Colorado. Between October 2009 and December 2011, there were 14 children (ages 8 months-12 years) seen for accidental marijuana ingestions at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Of these children, 9 had documented exposure to someone else’s medical marijuana, 8 were hospitalized, and 2 required admission to the intensive care unit.
- Chronic use of marijuana before age of 15 leads to worse neurocognitive functioning (i.e. ability to think, to reason, and to work) later in life.
- Using marijuana as a young teenager puts vulnerable individuals at increased risk of developing of psychosis.
- Compared to 2007-2008, there have been 15 more fatal car crashes involving a driver under the influence of marijuana in 2009-2010.
MICHELLE OBAMA TO VISIT COLORADO THIS WEEK
First Lady Michelle Obama will be in Colorado later this week. Obama plans to campaign for her husband, while at the same time using the opportunity to promote early voting in Colorado. Those looking to attend one of the First Lady’s two events will have to travel a ways. The first event is Wednesday in Durango, the second is Thursday in Douglas County.
In high school sports:
Over the weekend:
Little Snake River Valley beat Kaycee 72-29.
Soroco topped South Park 48-6.
Meeker fell to Paonia 21-20.
Hayden lost to West Grand 32-28.
Rangely topped Vail Christian 30-6.
Steamboat defeated Battle Mountain 43-0.
Moffat County beat Summit 33-0.
Little Snake River Valley lost to Kaycee (13-25, 18-25, 27-25, 25-11, 14-16) and to Cokeville (25-15, 25-21, 25-14).
Hayden was defeated by Paonia (25-19, 25-11, 25-8).
Soroco fell to North Park (17-25, 21-25, 25-23, 29-27, 5-15).
Rangely lost to Vail Mountain (17-25, 25-19, 22-25, 17-25) and beat North Park (25-13, 25-18, 15-25, 18-25, 15-13).
Steamboat fell to Summit (27-29, 13-25, 26-24, 15-25).
In boys soccer:
Steamboat beat Palisade 4-2.
In boys tennis:
Steamboat placed 2nd at regionals.
Moffat County goes to Cedaredge at 5.
Steamboat is on the road to Rifle at 6.
In boys soccer:
Moffat County travels to Grand Valley at 4.