DEBATE WATCH PARTY PLANNED FOR TONIGHT IN CRAIG
A debate watch party will be held tonight at the Hampton Inn in Craig. Supporters of Mitt Romney are throwing a debate watch party complete with dinner drinks, prizes, and according to the group’s flier, a surprise call from the Romney campaign. Romney visited Craig earlier this year while campaigning. A pro-coal video is believed to be largely responsible for the visit, as Romney has been pushing a true all of the above energy development strategy that includes coal and other fossil fuels. Tonight’s debate will be the second for the two candidates. It will be a town hall style debate. Poll results show Obama’s number took a hit after the first debate. If you’d like to join tonight’s debate watch party, show up to the Hampton Inn in Craig by 7 tonight. Dinner will be hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, and a drink. If you need more information, call 756-7109.
PARKS AND WILDLIFE OFFERING HABITAT GRANTS
The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Habitat Partnership Program is now accepting applications from any agency, entity, organization or individual interested in receiving financial assistance for large-scale habitat improvements projects. The Colorado General Assembly and the Colorado Wildlife Commission established the Habitat Partnership Program in 1990 as a creative way to reduce conflicts between wildlife and agricultural operators by facilitating and encouraging cooperation between landowners, land managers, sportsmen and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. HPP is offering up to $500,000 with $100,000 being the minimum awarded for large-scale habitat improvements including shrub/tree cutting, water developments, weed control and reseeding. When completed, the projects will reduce conflicts and improve habitat and range conditions. Anyone interested should submit an application by February 1, 2013. For an online application, click here.
STATE OIL AND GAS COMMISSION MAKES WATER DATA AVAILABLE ONLINE
Water quality information assembled by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is now available to the public through a new tool on the agency’s website. The database of water samples allows the public to view water quality for specific locations throughout Colorado and marks a significant milestone in the COGCC’s ongoing efforts to monitor, protect and quantify water quality as part of its regulatory oversight of oil and gas development in the state. The new public site is live with data received since January 1, 2011, consisting of samples from 450 wells or other locations, including springs. When all of the available data is migrated to the database, and as new sampling data is collected and added, the COGCC database will be among the most comprehensive water quality databases in the nation. To use the database, click here.
GREEN BUILDING TOUR TO TAKE PLACE THIS WEEKEND.
The Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is getting ready for this year’s Green Building Tour. The group will take people through 3 homes that are considered “green” homes, due to energy saving construction and renovations. The new Colorado Mountain College building is also on the tour, and in fact will be where the tour begins and ends. The tour is Sunday from noon to 5. The cost is $15. A link to an online registration form can be found here.
VFW SPONSORS LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP ESSAY CONTEST
The VFW in Craig is sponsoring a scholarship contest for local students. The Voice of Democracy program is a national program that rewards local students for patriotism. Students are expected to conduct an audio essay on a patriotic theme. This year’s theme is “Is our constitution still relevant?” Any high school student can enter the contest. The top prize is a $30,000 scholarship. Those interested should record a 3 to 5 minute essay onto a tape or CD. An entry form and instructions on where to send your entry can be found on the events page.
ERICK HOLDER ASKED TO SPEAK AGAINST MARIJUANA INITIATIVE
Officials in the law enforcement community opposed to legalizing marijuana are urging Attorney General Eric Holder to speak out before election day against three state ballot initiatives that would do just that. In response, Justice Department spokeswoman Allison Price says the department is not going to speculate on the outcome of the various ballot initiatives in each of the states – Colorado, Washington and Oregon. Among the participants at the press conference were former directors of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Federal law prohibits the production, possession and sale of marijuana.
In high school sports:
In boys soccer:
Moffat County lost to Roaring Fork 5-2.
Moffat County plays at Rifle at 6.
Steamboat welcomes Middle Park at 6.
Soroco hosts Glenwood’s J-V squad at 4:30.
In boys soccer:
Moffat County is home against Coal Ridge at 4.
In cross country:
Moffat County runs at Delta.