Daily Archives: October 9, 2012

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9TH

CRASH NEAR MEEKER KILLS PENNSYLVANIA MAN

A 79-year-old man from Pennsylvania was killed Monday when the vehicle in which he was traveling rolled off highway 13 about 20 miles north of Meeker.  The vehicle a 2005 Ford Excursion was northbound when it crossed into the southbound lane and then drove off the left side of the road and rolled through a fence and landed on its driver’s side.  The front seat passenger, Donald Kelly, was pronounced dead on scene. The 71-year-old male driver and an 82-year-old female passenger were transported to Memorial Hospital in Craig with moderate injuries.   The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but neither alcohol nor drugs are considered factors at this time. It appears as though all occupants were wearing their seatbelts.

STUDY SHOWS SMALL COAL FIRED POWER PLANTS ARE THREATENED BY E.P.A. RULES

Smaller coal fired power plants are in more trouble than first thought, according to recent studies by a group of economists known as the Brattle Group.  The studies show that the impact of the Environmental Protection Agency’s air regulations on coal fired power plants will force many of them to shut down, because of retrofitting costs.  It’s estimated that in order to retrofit and replace those plants violating the EPA’s rules, it will take anywhere from $126 to $144 billion dollars.  The report says that means roughly 80% of the plants that will have to be shut down, will be owned by small privately owned companies.  The industry is already feeling the impacts with 10% of the U.S.’s coal fired power shut down by July of this year.

 

COUNTY CLERKS IN COLORADO WARN OF ELECTION PROBLEMS

Colorado’s county election clerks are sounding alarms about possible voting problems next month.  The clerks sent a four-page letter of complaint Monday to Colorado’s top elections officer, Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler.  Among the fears expressed by the Colorado County Clerks Association was a complaint about new mobile registration applications.  The clerks say those apps weren’t properly tested and required emergency rules. The clerks also took issue with a new policy for overseas voters.  The clerks said that a print-your-own-ballot system for overseas voters was also improperly tested and has led to problems. The clerks requested an in-person meeting with Gessler.

 

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE

Today is the last day to register to vote in the November general election.  Those who aren’t sure if they are registered can call or stop by their County Clerk’s office to find out.  A statewide voter registration website is also available to verify your registration.  Both avenues also offer the opportunity to register if that hasn’t been done.  A link to the website is available here.  The opportunity to register at your county clerks office is available until closing time today.

 

GREEN TOUR PLANNED FOR STEAMBOAT LATER THIS WEEK

The Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is offering tours of residences considered “green buildings”.  This year’s tour will focus on small to mid-sized homes with energy efficient features.  Information will be provided on the iCAST programs and the benefits of energy efficient upgrades.  Funds raised from the tour will go to support the iCAST program in Steamboat, which is expected to help business and home owners retrofit and remodel their buildings for better efficiency.  The cost is $15 per person, or $25 for two.  You can get more information or register for the tour by following this link.

 

PRESENTATION IN STEAMBOAT WILL HELP PEOPLE PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM ON LINE ATTACKS

The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership is letting business owners and residents know about a presentation that will be given in Steamboat this week, that will help them protect themselves against on-line attacks.  According to Randy Rudasics, manager of the Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center at Colorado Mountain College, On line attacks against business and personal reputations are on the rise.  He says faceless, unnamed predators increasingly seek to insult and criticize businesses, employees, reputation and dignity.  Tips, monitoring software and class discussion will be presented to help make people aware of negative feedback.  “Protecting your Reputation On line” will be presented at the Steamboat Smokehouse Thursday from 11:30 to 1.  If you need more information, or would like to sign up for this week’s presentation, call 870-4491.

 

COLORADO LAW ENFORCEMENT SAYS “NO” ON 64

A group of Colorado’s active law enforcement is the latest to come out against Amendment 64.  Amendment 64 would legalize possession small amounts of marijuana for anyone 21 or older.  It seeks to treat marijuana like alcohol, by imposing some of the same penalties for similar infractions.  It also allows a person to grow up to 6 marijuana plants for personal consumption.  Another group of active and former law enforcement personnel called LEAP, came out in favor of the measure earlier this year.  That group is in favor of the legalization of ALL drugs.  The current announcement is one of many from groups speaking out in favor or opposition of the latest legalization attempt.

In high school sports:
Today:

In volleyball:
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.