NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SOPRTS FOR THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH

TIPTON’S HYDROELECTRIC BILL GETS A SENATE HEARING

Colorado Representative Scott Tipton was able to get a Senate hearing on his Hydroelectric Power Bill yesterday.  Tipton’s bill aims to use Colorado’s plentiful water supply to generate clean power.  Tipton says the process could bring power to up to a million homes in Colorado alone.  The bill has already passed the House of Representatives.  Tipton says he’s not surprised that it got support from both republicans and democrats in yesterday’s Senate hearing.  He says it’s a win-win situation for everyone.

 

UNITAH COUNTY INMATES ESCAPE

The Uintah County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public that two state inmates escaped from the Uintah County Jail early yesterday morning. The first fugitive is Dallas Derrick. He is 31, stands 5 feet 9 inches tall, and weighs 180 pounds. He has brown hair but has a shaved head and brown eyes. He has a tattoo of a spider web on his left arm and tattoos of a clown and skull on his right arm. Also on the run is 21 year old Jason Braham. He is 5 feet nine inches tall, weighs 185 pounds, has a medium build and no tattoos. His head is also shaved and he has green eyes. They may be driving a stolen green 1996 Yukon, with a ski-Utah license plate – number 612MPM. The sheriff’s office has not released the details of the escape. While the suspects are not known to be dangerous, anyone who spots them should not approach them but should call Central Dispatch or the Uintah County Sheriff’s Office.

 

PEABODY EDUCATION GROUP LOOKS TO HAND OUT $1,000 AWARDS

The Peabody Energy Leaders in Education Program has some award money to give out, and their looking for recipients.  The program honors education professionals who inspire students to succeed.  Award recipients are selected throughout the school year by a committee of top educators and business leaders.  The recognition award comes with $1,000 cash.  Colorado is one of just 5 states Peabody recognizes excellent educators.  Nominations for the awards are being accepted now, and will continue to be accepted through the end of the school year.  If you would like to nominate someone, click here.

 

FISH AND WILDLIFE, NATURAL RESOURCES REACH CONSERVATION AGREEMENT

An agreement has been reached between the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, that is expected to provide long-term regulatory predictability for up to 30 years to Colorado’s farmers, ranchers and forest landowners participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) initiative.  The agreement builds on a $33 million investment NRCS announced last spring dedicated toward producers who develop and implement conservation plans to manage and restore high-priority habitats for seven specific wildlife species across the country. The species are greater sage-grouse, New England cottontail, bog turtle, golden-winged warbler, gopher tortoise, lesser prairie-chicken and the Southwestern willow flycatcher. NRCS, FWS and numerous state and local entities are partnering to implement WLFW.  Under the partnership, federal, state and wildlife experts jointly identified at-risk or listed species that would benefit from targeted habitat restoration investments on private lands. Using the best available science, these wildlife experts prioritized restoration actions on a large regional scale to focus assistance most cost effectively.  The federal government will grant farmers and ranchers regulatory predictability in return for voluntarily making wildlife habitat improvements on their private agricultural and forest lands.

 

TIPTON SPEAKS ON HOUSE FLOOR REGARDING ENDANGERED FISH BILL

Representative Scott Tipton spoke on the House floor yesterday in favor of the Endangered Fish Recovery Programs Extension Act of 2012, a measure to help restore the populations of four endangered fish species in the Colorado River. Tipton is an original co-sponsor of the bill and also spoke on its behalf earlier this year during a committee hearing. The House is expected to vote on the bill today.  H.R. 6060 would ensure compliance with the Endangered Species Act for over 2000 water projects that withdraw water from the Colorado River and provide water for agriculture producers, homes and other businesses, as well as clean, renewable hydroelectric power. The bill also includes spending reforms that eliminate agency inefficiencies and overhead costs, and is cost-free according to the Congressional Budget Office.

 

BELLA VOCE CHORUS PREPARES FOR WEEKEND SHOW

The Craig Chamber of Commerce and the Bella Voce Chorus are bringing an old fashioned comedy show to Craig this weekend.  Organizers say it’s a “Hee Haw” type show with “korny” jokes, laughter, singing and dancing.  Dinner will also be served.  Tickets can be purchased from any Bella Voce Chorus member, or at the Craig Chamber for $25.  The Korn Country dinner and show will be at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavillion Saturday night at 7.   If you need more information, call Heidi Jensen at (970) 824-2738 or Brenda Hershiser at (970) 620-2025.

 

HAYDEN HIGH SCHOOL CONTINUES HOMECOMING WEEK

Hayden High School continues celebrating Homecoming this week.  Today is Opposite Gender Day, where girls are expected to dress like guys, and guys are expected to dress like girls.  The high school staff will hold a Student Cookout tonight at 6.  High school students eat for free.  The Powder Puff football game starts at 7 tonight.  Tomorrow is School Spirit Day.  Students should dress in the school colors of orange and black.  Activities throughout the day include a tug-of-war, and dance lessons.  The Homecoming Parade starts at 1, followed by a pep rally at the football field.  The junior class will sponsor a tailgate party inside the stadium area from 5 to 7.  Coronation will be during halftime of tomorrow night’s game.

In high school sports:
Today:

In Volleyball:
Little Snake River Valley is on the road to H.E.M.

In boys soccer:
Steamboat heads to Glenwood at 6.

Tomorrow:
In football:
Little Snake River Valley hosts Meteetse at 3:30.
Hayden welcomes Soroco at 7.
Rangely heads to West Grand at 7.
Steamboat goes to Glenwood at 7.
Moffat County is home against Delta.  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 at krai.com.

In volleyball:
Steamboat hosts Palisade at 6:30.
Soroco is home against Plateau Valley at 4.
Meeker welcomes Vail Mountain at 6.
Rangely is on the road to West Grand at 5.