NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SOPRTS FOR MONDAY, OCTOBER 15TH

TRAVELING NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE WILL ORIGINATE NEAR MEEKER

Colorado lawmakers got together at the State Capital Friday to announce this year’s “People’s Tree”, the Christmas tree that will be displayed outside the White House, will be cut from the White River National Forest near Meeker.  The tree has already been picked out; a 73-inch Engleman Spruce.  It will be cut on November 2nd, and then will travel across the country over the next month, before finally being displayed at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. November 26th.  On November 6th the tree will travel through Meeker, Rangely and Steamboat.  You’ll find a complete schedule of the traveling tree below.

Colorado Tour National Tour
Nov. 6:    Meeker – Rangely – Steamboat Springs
Nov. 7:    Dillon – Glenwood Springs
Nov. 8:    Grand Junction – Montrose
Nov. 9:    Cortez – Durango
Nov. 10:  Pagosa Springs – Alamosa
Nov. 11:  Colorado Springs – Denver
Nov. 12:  Greeley – La Junta
Nov. 13:  Albuquerque, NM
Nov. 14:  Amarillo, Texas
Nov. 15:  Dallas, Texas
Nov. 16:  Oklahoma City, Okla.
Nov. 17:  Kansas City, Mo.
Nov. 18:  St. Louis, Mo.
Nov. 19:  Nashville, Tenn.
Nov. 20:  Atlanta, Ga.
Nov. 21:  Asheville, NC
Nov. 22:  Charlotte, NC
Nov. 23:  Staunton, Va.
Nov. 24:  Allentown and Milford, Pa.
Nov. 25:  Joint Base Andrews, Md.
Nov. 26:  U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

 

 

TIPTON SPEAKS AT HEALTHY FOREST SUMMIT

Congressman Scott Tipton was at last week’s 2012 Forest Summit pushing for state and local control over wildfire mitigation in forests.  Tipton spoke at the event, saying that forest management policy is best determined at the state level.  Tipton brought up this year’s devastating wildfire season, noting that 653 homes and 6 lives were lost this summer.  He says much of the devastation the state saw, could have been prevented with proper mitigation.  But rather than emphasizing that point, Tipton focused on preventing future wildfires.  Tipton says his bill to amend the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 would put forest mitigation projects back in the hands of State officials, who would make decisions based on input from the counties affected.  It has cleared committee, and is up for a vote by the full house.

 

C-DOT CREWS SAY THEY ARE PREPARED FOR WINTER

Crews with the Colorado Department of Transportation say they are ready for whatever winter can throw at them.  C-DOT has nearly $61 million to spend on plowing, sanding and de-icing 3,850 miles of interstates, freeways and state highways.  The agency will use 117 pieces of equipment this season, including 100 snowplows that apply liquid and/or solid de-icers, three 6,000-gallon tankers that apply liquid de-icers and 17 broom trucks to sweep up or pick up material after a storm.  But even with all that equipment, CDOT Executive Director Don Hunt says the department needs motorists’ help to keep the roads safe. He says drivers should slow down on wet or snowy roads and near snowplows.

 

ROMNEY GAINING GROUND ON OBAMA IN COLORADO

Mitt Romney seems to be gaining ground on President Obama in Colorado.  A new poll shows Romney actually has a 48% to 47% lead on the president.  The results mean the race is virtually tied, and that both candidates must keep Colorado in their focus on the campaign trail, especially with polls being so close in Florida.  5 weeks ago, polls showed Obama with a 1% lead.  The poll was conducted by Survey USA.  Experts believe Obama’s poor performance in his first debate is part of the reason for the switch.  5% of Colorado voters say they’re still undecided about who they will vote for next month.

 

NEW POLL SHOWS SUPPORT FOR MARIJUANA AMENDMENT IS FADING

A new poll by the Denver Post shows that Amendment 64 is losing support.  The latest poll shows the pro-marijuana measure has actually dipped below 50% support among Colorado voters.  The amendment would allow residents 21 or older to possess small amounts of marijuana for recreational purposes, and sets up a penalty system that would treat violations similar to alcohol infractions.  The measure would also allow adults to grow their own plants.  The measure does seem to still have majority support though, with 48% saying they are in favor of it, while 43% oppose it.    Amendment 64 will be on next month’s general election ballot.

 

BIDEN CANCELS BOULDER APPEARANCE

Vice President Joe Biden has canceled a campaign appearance in Boulder that had been planned for tomorrow, but he is still scheduled to speak in Greeley on Wednesday morning.  Campaign spokeswoman Kim Parker says a scheduling conflict will prevent Biden from attending a fundraiser at the Chautauqua Auditorium, and the appearance has been postponed until further notice.  The vice president is still scheduled to appear at the Exhibition Hall at the Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley on Wednesday, where the campaign says he will address the state of the economy.

In high school sports:
Over the weekend:

In football:
Little Snake River Valley beat Midwest 40-39.
Steamboat lost to Palisade 52-7.
Soroco fell to Rangely 54-7.
Meeker was defeated by Cedaredge 39-13.
Hayden beat South Park by forfeit.

In girls volleyball:
Steamboat fell to Palisade (16-25, 18-25, 23-25), and to Delta (25-11, 25-15, 25-17), then beat Rifle (25-17, 23-25, 25-19, 25-14).
Meeker lost to Paonia (25-16, 20-25, 18-25, 15-25).
Little Snake River Valley beat Encampment (25-15, 25-22, 25-20).
Hayden lost to West Grand (25-17, 25-19, 25-16).

In boys soccer:
Moffat County topped Aspen 5-0.
Steamboat beat Glenwood 4-1.

In boys tennis:
Steamboat took 8th at state.

Today:
In boys soccer:
Moffat County hosts Roaring Fork at 4.

Tomorrow:
In volleyball:
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.

DENVER BRONCOS
The Denver Broncos play at San Diego tonight.  You can catch all the action on 55 Country with the pregame at 4:30 and the kick-off at 6:30.