Daily Archives: October 18, 2012

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18TH

DEBATE WATCH PARTY WELL ATTENDED, NEXT EVENT IS MONDAY

Around 65 people showed up to a debate watch party Tuesday night at the Holiday Inn in Craig.  Organizer Frank Moe says the group of Romney supporters that attended were excited about the event, and went away feeling like Romney did a good job against the president.  He says while they felt Obama did better than in the first debate, Romney was more truthful and less evasive with his answers.  The group received a phone call from James Garcia with the Romney campaign headquarters in Colorado.  Another party is planned for the third and final debate Monday.  The group will first hold a Romney/Ryan rally, complete with a barbecue at the Holiday Inn in Craig from 5 to 7.  Then those who would like to stay for the debate can move indoors.  The watch party itself runs from 7 to 9.  If you have questions, call 756-7109.  You can also answer a survey question on the front page of our website that asks which issues will determine how you vote next month.  The results of that question will be announced after Monday’s debate.

 

CNCC RANGELY CAMPUS CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY

On Saturday, Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Rangely Campus invited alumni, past presidents, faculty, staff, students and the entire community to join the college in celebrating its 50th Anniversary. Highlights of the day included a full agenda of speakers and praise for CNCC and all that it has accomplished since its first classes began in 1962 as Rangely College.  The celebration also included the CNCC Challenge Course dedication and demonstration on a course for student and community learning opportunities that will last for many years to come.  Local artist, Kyle Stewart was commissioned to create a steel sculpture of a CNCC Spartan to be displayed next to the Hefley Gymnasium. The Spartan will be guarding the new courtyard area which will contain the CNCC time capsule for the next 50 years.  Dr. Nathan Ivey, the 2nd CEO of Rangely College and 1st President, was the keynote speaker.

 

STEAMBOAT PARKS AND REC PLANS TRIP FOR TEENS

Registrations for the Teens on Tour overnight trip to Denver in November are being accepted on a first-come first-serve basis at Steamboat Parks, Open Space & Recreation. The program is for teens in 6th, 7th and 8th grades, and will take place during school days off on Thursday, November 8th and Friday, November 9th. The trip includes shopping at the Flatirons Mall, swimming at SpringHill Suites, three games of Laser Tag at Laser Quest and entry to Jump Street Littleton, an indoor trampoline park.  The registration fee is $100 and covers transportation, activity fees, dinner Thursday, breakfast and lunch Friday and hotel accommodations. Participants must bring a sack lunch for Thursday.  To register, visit the Steamboat Parks and Rec website.

 

DENVER POST ENDORSES SCOTT TIPTON FOR CONGRESS

The Denver Post has given their endorsement to Scott Tipton in the race for the 3rd Congressional District.  The Post is just one of a number of newspapers across the state to endorse the incumbent congressman, including the Pueblo Chiefton and the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel.  The Tipton campaign says the candidate has been crisscrossing the district talking with voters of all political persuasions about what matters to them.  They say Tipton is pleased with the endorsement.  The campaign plans to use any donations between now and election day, for advertising.  Tipton will face democrat Sal Pace in the upcoming election.

 

MSHA ENCOURAGES STICT MINING SAFETY PROCEDURES DURING WINTER MONTHS

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration has launched its annual “Winter Alert” campaign to call attention to the numerous hazards colder weather typically brings to mining operations around the nation. Statistics show that coal mine explosions occur most often during the colder months, October through March.  Low humidity and low barometric pressures, combined with seasonal drying of many areas in underground coal mines, have been major factors in past mine explosions. Colder weather brings other potential hazards, such as limited visibility, icy haulage roads and walkways, and the freezing and thawing of highwalls at surface mines, which can make them unstable.  This winter, MSHA encourages miners and mine operators to understand that “Prevention is the Key to a Safe Workplace” by specifying the actions that can prevent serious accidents. MSHA is asking mine operators to ensure that snow and ice in travelways are removed, apply salt and sand where needed, and frequently examine highwalls for stability.  In underground coal mines, mine operators should make certain that there is adequate ventilation, apply liberal amounts of rock dust, conduct frequent and thorough examinations, and be familiar with emergency procedures that prevent ignitions and explosions.  During regular inspections, MSHA will distribute posters, hardhat stickers and pocket cards with the “Prevention is the Key to a Safe Workplace” theme to miners and mine operators throughout the coal industry.

 

MARIJUANA MEASURE DEBATED IN DENVER LAST NIGHT

A debate in Denver last night focused on the legalization of pot, or more specifically, Amendment 64.  The measure, which will appear on next month’s ballot, would in effect legalize marijuana for recreational purposes.  It would allow adults 21 and older to possess a small amount, and allow them to grow their own.  Penalties for violations would be similar to penalties levied for alcohol violations.  Marijuana tourism was a phrase that was used a lot, with opponents feeling others would come to the state, simply to take advantage of the law.  Supporters say there’s no evidence the newcomers would hurt businesses, and say the so-called tourism would be welcome.  While opponents also said black market dealers would be more prone to use the state’s lenient laws as a cover for their own operations, supporters say the law would make it easier to identify those who act illegally.

In high school sports:
Today:

In boys soccer:
Moffat County hosts Delta at 4.
Steamboat goes to Summit at 6.

In volleyball:
Steamboat heads to Glenwood at 6:30.
Meeker hosts Grand Valley at 6.

Tomorrow:
In football:
Little Snake River Valley goes to Farson-Eden at noon.
Hayden travels to Vail Christian at 7.
Steamboat is at Rifle at 7.
Soroco goes to West Grand at 7.
Meeker hosts Roaring Fork at 7.
Rangely welcomes South Park at 7.
Moffat County is on the road to Montezuma-Cortez.  You can catch that game live on KRAI with the pre-game at 6:45 and the kick-off at 7.  You can also listen online.

In volleyball:
Little Snake River Valley plays Meeteetse in a playoff game at 2:30 at Lander High School.
Hayden plays at Vail Mountain at 6.
Soroco goes to Hotchkiss at 1.
Meeker is home against Rangely at 6.