MOFFAT COUNTY BOYS ADVANCE TO GREAT 8 AT STATE
The Moffat County boys basketball teams had little trouble beating Bishop Machebeuf 84-72 Saturday afternoon to advance to the final 8 at the State Tournament at the Air Force Academy. The Moffat County girls lost a heartbreaker to Bishop Machebeuf 54 to 48 in OT ending their season. The number 5 seeded Moffat County boys will face off against the number 4 seed Colorado Academy this Thursday in the quarterfinal round. 93.7 102.3 KRAI and KRAI.COM will follow the boys live through the tournament Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Look here for the 3A State Championship Basketball boys and girls brackets.
RETURN TO DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME
This weekend is “time change weekend.” Remember the key phrase, “Spring Forward, Fall Back”. We return to Daylight Savings Time tomorrow. So set your clocks forward one hour before going to bed tonight. Firefighters also recommend you use the time change as a reminder to change the batteries in your smoke alarms.
FATE OF MEEKER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TO BE DISCUSSED TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY
Rio Blanco County citizens are being urged to attend meetings Tuesday and Wednesday in Rangely and Meeker to voice their opinions on a proposed plan to demolish part of the 75 year old Meeker Elementary School to build a new Justice Center. A group of citizens opposing the plan want to preserve more of the school, due to its history. The plan is to create a visitor’s center with the parts of the old school that are left standing after the construction of the center. Tuesday and Wednesday’s meetings are considered the public’s last opportunity to voice their opinions on the plan. The meetings will be held Tuesday night at 6 at the CNCC Weiss Center in Rangely, and Wednesday night at 6 at the Fairfield Center in Meeker.
ANTLER HUNTERS REMINDED TO STEER CLEAR OF DINOSAUR NATIONAL MONUMENT
In recent years, antler collecting has become a lucrative endeavor for many people – with antlers being used for everything from chandeliers to dog chews. The National Park Service would like to remind antler hunters on adjacent lands that all items, including deer and elk antlers, within Dinosaur National Monument are protected by law and may not be removed for any reason. In addition to antlers, this also includes archeological remains, fossils, and items, such as rocks, feathers, nests, and plant material. Collecting antlers is a violation of federal law covering possessing, removing, or disturbing wildlife parts such as antlers. The penalty is a fine up to $5000 and/or up to six months in prison. The monument’s boundary is generally well-marked by fence and boundary signs, but antler hunters are responsible for knowing who manages the property they are on and what rules and regulations govern the use of that property.
AVALANCHE CLOSES HIGHWAY 40 FOR ABOUT 6 HOURS
An avalanche on Highway 40 just east of Winter Park shut the road down for several hours yesterday. A handful of motorists on the highway found themselves stranded for about 6 hours, while the Colorado Department of Transportation worked to clear the snow. Nobody was hurt. There were warnings issued before the slide, but C-DOT officials say some people ignored the warnings and continued up the pass. The avalanche occurred around three in the afternoon, and highway workers had the highway reopened at around 9.
BILL WOULD FAST TRACK VETERANS TRAINING FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES
Senators Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Mike Enzi of Wyoming have introduced a bipartisan bill that would streamline civilian paramedic training for veterans who already have emergency medical experience from their military service, making it easier for them to secure jobs as paramedics when they return home. The bill was drafted in hopes it would work to help reduce the shortage of emergency medical personnel in many rural communities. Rural communities in Colorado and around the country have long faced critical shortages in emergency medical personnel, threatening the safety of rural residents. Meanwhile, thousands of men and women in the military receive emergency medical training as part of their duties. But when they return home, their military-based medical training is often not counted toward training and certification as civilian paramedics. Many existing programs require all students to begin with an entry-level curriculum. This bill would authorize federal grants for universities, colleges, technical schools, and State EMS agencies to develop an appropriate curriculum to train these veterans and fast-track their eligibility for paramedic certification.
IN HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
In basketball playoff action:
At the Wyoming 1-A State Tournament, the Little Snake River Valley girls lost to Burlington 33-29 in the 3rd place game. The Little Snake River Valley boys fell to 83-59 in the state championship game. You can view the boys and girls brackets here.
At the 2-A Regional Tournament in Palisade, the Meeker girls topped SoRoCo 49-37 for the Regional Championship. The Meeker boys defeated Paonia 65-59 to claim the Regional Championship title. The regional brackets for the boys and girls.
At the 3-A Regional Tournament at Moffat County High School, The Moffat County girls fell to Bishop Machebeuf 54-48 in OT. The Moffat County boys beat Bishop Machebeuf 84-72 for the right to advance to the Great 8 Thursday. 93-7 102-3 KRAI will carry all Moffat County boys games live from the State Tournament. You can also listen online. Look here for the 3A State Championship Basketball boys and girls brackets.