NEWS AND SPORTS FOR THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH

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REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING TOURNAMENTS BEGIN TOMORROW

wrestling-1The high school regional wrestling tournaments get underway tomorrow. Moffat County will field a full team at the 3-A tournament in Middle Park, with 2 wrestlers ranked in the top 10 in the state at their weight. Steamboat is sending 4 wrestlers to the 4-A tournament in Montrose, with one ranked in the top 10. Hayden, Meeker, Soroco and Rangely will participate in the 2-A tournament in Grand Junction. Meeker has 6 wrestlers ranked in the top ten, Hayden has 4, and Rangely and Soroco each have 1. The regional tournaments take place tomorrow and Saturday. Listen to 93.7 102.3 KRAI or KRAI.COM beginning a week from today for live action from the State Wrestling Tournament in Denver, with new broadcast team Dennis and Anton Fredrickson.

 

FISH AND WILDLIFE PUSHES BACK DECISION ON GUNNISON SAGE GROUSE

us-fish-wildlife-300The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided to extend, by six weeks, the final decision on whether or not to list the Gunnison Sage Grouse as an endangered or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.  The Gunnison and Greater Sage Grouse have been targeted for listing, but local and state land managers say they have made efforts to ensure the bird’s survival, and that federal intervention is unnecessary.  Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell made a visit to Moffat County recently to observe conservation effort for the Greater Sage Grouse.  The extension is expected to allow Fish and Wildlife to give full consideration to local conservation efforts, before the decision is made.

 

TIPTON VOTES AGAINST RAISING DEBT CEILING

SCOTT-TIPTON-300Congressman Scott Tipton was one of the lawmakers who voted against raising the debt ceiling Tuesday.  Democrats were able to push the measure through.  Tipton says the country already has a $17 trillion debt, which makes it hard to sustain jobs and compete on the world market.  But he says the president and Democratic leaders rejected republican compromises, and pushed the measure through without bipartisan agreement.  Colorado Congressman Cory Gardner also voted against raising the debt ceiling.

 

STEAMBOAT YOUTH CORPS TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR SUMMER CREWS

steamboatThe Steamboat Community Youth Corps (CYC) is accepting applications for crew leaders and crew members for the upcoming summer. CYC offers youth of the Yampa Valley an opportunity to earn while they learn by contributing to community improvement projects.  Crew Leaders and Assistant Crew Leaders will supervise crews of young adults 14 to 16 years old, and will live and work outside on conservation projects on public lands and within the community. Candidates must be available from May 19th until August 15, 2014.  Applications for crew members must be returned by May 1st.  You’ll find links to both applications below.

Crew member application

Crew leader application

 

DEMOCRATS AGAIN TURN BACK REPEAL OF MAGAZINE LIMITS

AR GUNDemocrats stopped another Republican bill that tried to repeal limits on the size of ammunition magazines.  Democrats passed the law last year. It prohibits the sale of magazines that hold more than 15 rounds. The law was passed in response to mass shootings in Colorado and Connecticut.  A Senate committee rejected the proposal on a 3-2 party-line vote yesterday.  Democrats say the purpose of the law is to minimize damage from mass shooters who use larger magazines to inflict the most harm in a short amount of time. But Republicans say the law is unenforceable, restricts the rights of law-abiding citizens, and doesn’t stop criminals who are intent on doing harm.  A House committee controlled by Democrats also rejected another repeal bill earlier this week.

SPORTS

IN HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
Today:
In basketball:
Rangely’s boys host Soroco at 5:30.
Steamboat goes to Battle Mountain.  The girls play at 5:30 and the boys at 7.

In alpine and Nordic skiing:
Steamboat competes at the State Championships.

Tomorrow:
In basketball:
Moffat County hosts Cedaredge.  The girls tip off at 6 and the boys at 7:30.
Hayden is home against Plateau Valley.  The girls play at 5:30 and the boys at 7.
Meeker goes to Hotchkiss.  The girls play at 6 and the boys at 7:30.
Rangely is on the road to Paonia.  The girls tip off at 5:30 and the boys at 7.
The Soroco boys host Debeque at 2.
Little Snake River Valley heads to Cokeville.  The girls play at 5:30 and the boys at 7.

In wrestling:
Steamboat competes in the 4-A Regional tournament in Montrose.
Moffat County goes to the 3-A regional tournament in Middle Park.
Hayden, Soroco, Rangely, and Meeker go to the 2-A regional tournament in Grand Junction.

In hockey:
Steamboat goes to Ralston Valley at 8.

In girls swimming:
Moffat County heads to the State Meet.

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