NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH

ESCAPEES FROM VERNAL, UTAH JAIL ON THE LOOSE

The Uintah County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public that two state inmates escaped from the County Jail in Vernal, Utah early this morning. The first fugitive is Dallas Ephraim Derrick. He is 31 and stands 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds.  He has brown hair but he 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 Max 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 of 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 is asked to call the Uintah County Sheriff’s Office at 435-789-2511.

COLORADO LAWMAKERS LOOK FOR ANSWERS REGARDING BROADBAND PROVIDER

Colorado Congressmen Cory Gardner, Scott Tipton, Mike Coffman and Doug Lamborn are asking for clarification on the goals and activities of the Eagle-Net Alliance, a government entity intended to “bring high-speed Internet to every public school in Colorado through public-private partnerships.”  In a strongly worded letter to Lawrence E. Strickling, the Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information at the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the four members ask why Eagle-Net is overbuilding existing networks at the expense of longstanding rural telecom providers and why truly underserved communities are being ignored.  Gardner says “taxpayers should not be forced to subsidize a program that is putting Colorado’s rural telecom industry out of business.”  Tipton added “we must ensure that the grant awarded to Eagle-Net is being used to expand broadband access to rural areas in Colorado that are currently underserved, and not to give Eagle-Net an unfair competitive advantage in regions where existing providers are already meeting that need.”  The entire letter can be read by clicking here.

 

FREE ONLINE CARPOOL SERVICE BEING MADE AVAILABLE TO NWCO RESIDENTS

Starting next month, a free online carpool service will be available to Northwest Colroado residents, thanks in part to Yampa Valley Data Partners.  YVDP will host the site, which is run by carpoolworld.com, and will pay the $120 annual fee, so residents don’t have to.  The site will allow people to go online and find those looking for a ride, and those offering rides.  It is endorsed by the Moffat, Routt, and Rio Blanco County Commissioners, but not funded by them.  Users will have to sign a liability waiver.  The site should be up and running October 1st, and will be accessible through the Yampa Valley Data Partners website.

 

CHILD CARE LICENSING MEETING TO BE HELD IN MEEKER NEXT WEEK

The Colorado Department of Human Services’ Division of Child Care, in collaboration with other community partners, is hosting an early childhood provider recruitment meeting in Meeker next week.  Community members interested in becoming licensed to provide child care are encouraged to attend to learn about licensing requirements and the process to become a licensed provider. In addition, staff from the Rio Blanco County Department of Social Services, the Family Development Center’s Child Care and Newborn Networks, and Connections 4 Kids early childhood council will talk about their services and offerings for licensed providers. The event will also include a question-and-answer period.  The meeting will be from 6:30 to 7:30 September 26th in the downstairs meeting room at Meeker Town Hall.

 

STEAMBOAT SKI RESORT PREPARES TO CLOSE OUT SUMMER SEASON

The Steamboat Ski Resort is getting ready to shut down for the summer.  They’re planning their first ever Steamboat SummerEndo to highlight closing weekend.  The ski resort is becoming a popular summer destination, offering activities such as mountain biking, hiking, and more.  The Steamboat SummerEndo will feature three nights of free concerts, 50% off Bike Park tickets, and the Quick & Chainless Downhill Bike Race.  The resorts closing weekend is September 28th through the 30th.

 

CRAIG COMMUNITY CONCERTS KICKS OF 2012-2013 SEASON

The Craig Community Concert Association kicks off their 2012-2013 season tonight.  Wonder Voice, an A Capella singing group, will perform tonight at Moffat County High School at 7 tonight.  Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students.  You can also buy season tickets, which are $40 for adults, $10 for students, and $90 for a family.  Several other acts are also booked.  You can see performance videos of upcoming acts, including Wonder Voice, by clicking here.

 

HAYDEN HIGH SCHOOL’S HOMECOMING WEEK CONTINUES

Hayden High School’s Homecoming week continues.  Today is “Class Colors Day”  Macho Volleyball will be held at 7 tonight in the High School Gym.  Tomorrow is Opposite Gender Day; girls should dress like boys, and boys should dress like girls.  At 6 tomorrow night, the high school staff will host a student cookout, where high school students will be able to eat for free.  The Powder Puff Football Game starts at 7, and the bonfire will be held at 8:15.

 

GRAND LAKE FIREWORKS SHOW TO TAKE PLACE DURING CONSTITUTION WEEK

Although the summer fire ban this year prevented fireworks displays for 4th of July, patriots have another chance to celebrate in style during Constitution Week at Grand Lake.  All week, the city is commemorating the 225th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution with week-long events, culminating in a full day of activities Saturday.  Saturday will kick off with a Patriotic Parade on Grand Avenue, and will include a pie bake sale, complete with pie eating and pie throwing contests, constitution education and family fun activities in Town Park.  Keynote speaker Bill Hamilton will give a speech at 2, and at 8 the Forefather’s Fireworks Extravaganza will light up the town.

 

CIVIL UNION SUPPORTERS TARGET G.O.P. CANDIDATES

Supporters of same-sex civil union legislation are trying to unseat a Republican lawmaker whose narrow victory two years ago gave the GOP control of the Colorado House and the fate of the proposal.  A group called “Fight Back Colorado” announced yesterday that Representative Robert Ramirez will be the first lawmaker they target with mailers to voters.  The group formed in June with the goal of helping defeat Republicans who oppose civil unions.  Ramirez never voted on the legislation but the group claims he expressed opposition.  Ramirez defeated a Democrat by 197 votes in 2010. The victory gave Republicans a 33-32 edge in the House and the leverage to stop civil unions the last two years.  The group will announce other lawmakers it will target in the coming weeks.

In high school sports:
Yesterday:

In volleyball:
Hayden beat Soroco (26-24, 25-11, 25-16).
Steamboat topped Eagle Valley (25-15, 25-21, 17-25, 25-18).

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

In boys soccer:
Steamboat heads to Glenwood at 6.

 

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