Daily Archives: October 30, 2012

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS FOR TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30TH

TRICK-OR-TREATING IN NORTHWEST COLORADO

Tomorrow is Halloween, and that means kids will be out trick-or-treating.  Some communities have organized trick-or-treating.  In Craig, kids can canvas downtown for treats from 4 to 6.  They can also stop by the Centennial Mall for more trick-or-treating and a costume contest between 5 and 7.  Trick-or-treating goes on in downtown Steamboat from 5 to 7.  In Meeker, the “Pumpkins, Eats, and Treats” will take place from 4 to 6 on the courthouse lawn.  There will be plenty of food, candy, and games for all ages.  In Oak Creek, kids can hit the downtown shops from 5 until dark.  Other communities will simply observe the standard door-to-door trick or treating.  Health officials remind parents to inspect their children’s candy before letting them eat it.  Toss out all unwrapped or suspicious items.  Police also remind motorists that children will be out in large numbers, and they should watch out for kids, as some won’t be paying attention to traffic.  Organized trick-or-treat events are listed on the events page.

 

REPORT RELEASED YESTERDAY SHOWS REPUBLICANS AS EARLY VOTING LEADERS

Monday reports show Republican early voters in Colorado are still outpacing their Democratic counterparts.  There have been over 800,000 early ballots cast so far, and of those, 38 percent were submitted by Republicans.  36 percent were turned in by Democrats, and 26 percent of the early vote has been cast by unaffiliated or third party voters.  However, because the votes won’t actually be tallied until Election Night, there’s no way to tell which presidential candidate is leading in the state.  Colorado is considered a swing state, and according to polls, has seen increasing support for Mitt Romney, tightening the race to a dead heat.

 

DOLLY PARTON IMAGINATION LIBRARY COMES TO MOFFAT/RIO BLANCO COUNTIES

Moffat County Youth United Way, the teenager component of Moffat County United Way, and Connections 4 Kids, the early childhood council serving Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, have announced the launch of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library locally.  Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a program that offers high-quality, age-appropriate books to children from birth to age 5. The program is free to families in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties. All children who register will receive a free book, mailed to their home, once a month through their fifth birthday.  Connections 4 Kids and Moffat County Youth United Way will host launch events during story time events at local libraries in November. The launch events will include local storytellers reading books from the Imagination Library and are meant to introduce families to the program and sign up young children.  Organizational staff and community volunteers will also host registration days at local preschools and parent groups in the coming weeks.  A schedule of launch events and contact information can be found below.  For more information call 824-8282, ext. 47.

The local launch events are scheduled for:

  • 10 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. Thursday, November 8 at the Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green Street, Craig
  • 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 13 at Rangely Regional Library, 109 East Main Street, Rangely
  • 10 a.m. Wednesday, November 14 at Meeker Public Library, 490 Main Street, Meeker

 

COMMUNITIES CONCERNED ABOUT AFFECTS OF DRILLING ON WATER QUALITY

Communities across the West are demanding limits on oil shale drilling along the Colorado River over concerns the thirst for oil could lead to polluted water supplies for millions of people.  The worries have prompted proposals to limit acreage available for leasing.  Officials in Nevada and Arizona have been sending letters to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar expressing concerns about the need to protect Colorado River water quality and quantity.  Others back a Bureau of Land Management proposal to sharply reduce acreage available for possible leasing in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah.  Chris Treese, spokesman for the Colorado River Water Conservation District, says the concerns are overblown.  Regulators believe the water supply will be protected and any pollution will be diluted by the time it reaches Las Vegas.

 

BIRDING TRAIL MEETING TO BE HELD IN KREMMLING

The new, northwest portion of the Colorado Birding Trail will be the topic of a presentation offered by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, November 8th in Kremmling.  The Colorado Birding Trail is a series of driving loops designed to provide the public with a variety of wildlife viewing opportunities across large portions of the state.  Details about the project will be made available to everyone, and civic-minded landowners can learn how they can diversify their property by sharing with the public the excellent, wildlife viewing opportunities often found only on private land.  By allowing access to a portion of their land as part of the Colorado Birding Trail, landowners will have a unique opportunity to partner with Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the many other agencies involved in the planning of the birding trail.  Staff from Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory will be available to answer questions and take comments, and everyone is invited to enjoy refreshments, dinner and a fun, lively discussion.  If you want further details, call 970-482-1707 ext. 25.

 

VETERANS TO VISIT COLORADO’S STATE PARKS FOR FREE NEXT MONTH

Veterans and current members of the military will receive free admission to Colorado’s 42 state parks in honor of Veterans Day.  The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission says the free admission will be offered Monday, November 12th, the day after Veterans Day.  Gov. Jon Hickenlooper said in a news release yesterday that “we want to honor all service members on Veterans Day for putting their country first, often before family, friends and themselves.”  Proof of service must be presented at the park gate, and all other passengers in the vehicle also will be admitted for free.

 

CLINTON STUMPING FOR OBAMA IN COLORADO

An official with President Obama’s campaign says Bill Clinton is scheduled to campaign for Barack Obama in Colorado today.  The president was supposed to campaign in Colorado Springs today but cancelled his political travel due to Hurricane Sandy.  The storm has thrown the nail-biter of an election into even greater turmoil.  While the president is grounded in Washington DC he will be relying on the former president to carry his message.  Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan is also scheduled to be in Colorado today. He’s due to speak in Greeley, Castle Rock and Canon City.  President Obama and Mitt Romney are both scheduled to swing by later in the week.