NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR FRIDAY, AUGUST 24TH

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WESTERN ENERGY ALLIANCE ENDORSES ROMNEY’S ENERGY PLAN

Western Energy Alliance has endorsed the Romney Energy Plan.  According to the group’s Vice President of Government and Public Affairs, Kathleen Sgamma, they are pleased that Romney’s plan recognizes that empowering states, rather than imposing a one-size-fits-all federal government approach is the right way to increase American energy, create jobs, and grown the economy.  Sgamma says their blueprint for western energy prosperity shows how oil and natural gas producers can displace significant imports from unfriendly foreign nations in just six producing states in the West. She says by empowering states and modernizing bureaucratic processes, our nation can unlock energy resources on non-park, non-wilderness federal lands while achieving a better balance between economic growth and environmental protection.  A video showing the group’s position can be seen by clicking here.

 

DR. MILLER HAS HIS LICENSE REVOKED FOR NOT ATTENDING SUBSTANCE ABUSE EVALUATION

It seems what’s next for Craig Doctor Joel Miller, will be determined by Miller himself.  That’s according to a suspension order issued by the Colorado Medical Board that prevents the doctor from practicing.  According to the order Miller’s license was suspended Tuesday for failure to comply with a lawful order of the board.  Specifically the board ordered him to submit to a substance abuse evaluation.  Because Miller refused the evaluation, the board suspended his license, over concern of whether or not his alcohol use is preventing him from providing adequate medical care.  The order says the suspension is in effect until Miller complies with the order.

 

CRAIG POLICE WARN OF IRS SCAM

The Craig Police Department is warning residents of another telephone scam making its way through the area.  Police say citizens have been getting calls from people identifying themselves as IRS workers claiming to have good news.  The caller tells the victim that because they are a “faithful taxpayer” they will receive a refund of thousands of dollars.  Of course all the victim has to do is pay a 10% fee.  Some victims even negotiate their fee to a lower rate.  In the end, they’re directed to pay into pre-paid “Green Dot” cards to transfer the money.  One victim in Craig even received what appeared to be personal checks from people in other states.  Police remind residents that the IRS does NOT contact citizens by phone, nor do they refund monies simply because you are a faithful taxpayer.  If you have received one of these call, you’re encouraged to call your local law enforcement agency.

 

BODY FOUND NEAR ROCK SPRINGS

The Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office have discovered the body of a young man near Rock Springs that they say was murdered.  The man’s identification has not yet been released.  In fact, Deputies are being tight lipped on any of the details, until an identification has been made.  The body was found Sunday, and an autopsy was performed Tuesday in Loveland, Colorado.  The identification process should be finished sometime today.

 

NAACP ENDORSES MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION MEASURE

Colorado’s marijuana legalization measure has a new supporter – the NAACP.  Group members say that marijuana laws disproportionately impact communities of color and low-income individuals.  Colorado is one of three states where voters this fall will consider legalizing marijuana for recreational use.  Colorado’s version would allow marijuana possession in small amounts by adults over 21 without the need for a doctor’s recommendation.  The measure would also allow commercial marijuana sales, with the product subject to a steep excise tax.

 

COLORADO STATE PARKS OFFERS BOATING TIPS

With the long Labor Day weekend coming up, Colorado State Parks is offering boating safety tips.  The agency has created a video, in which Boating Safety Program Manager Kris Wahlers explains how to boat safe, boat smart and boat sober. He says boating safe means checking all your safety equipment, especially life jackets, to make sure it is in good condition. Wahlers said life jackets provide the floatation that saves lives, especially in the chilly waters of Colorado’s lakes, reservoirs and rivers.  Boating safety classes are also available, and required for 14 and 15 year olds.  To see the video, click here.

 

SWEETWATER COUNTY NURSES OFFER TIPS ON AVOIDING WEST NILE VIRUS

Due to a large nationwide outbreak of West Nile Virus the Sweetwater County Community Nursing Service has issued a warning to residents, as well as a few tips on how to avoid contracting the disease.  While the mountain states have not seen nearly the amount of cases as the midwestern and southern states, Wyoming recently recorded its first case of the year.  The nursing service says it’s key to remember the five “D’s”.  Dawn and Dusk are the peak feeding times for mosquitoes, and people should avoid spending a lot of time outdoors during these periods.  Your Dress should include socks, long pants, and long sleeved shirts made of tightly woven material.  You should Drain any shallow or stagnant standing water around areas where people gather.  And using an insect repellent with DEET will decrease your chances of getting bit.

BRONCOS VS. ’49ERS

The Denver Broncos host the San Francisco ’49ers in preseason action Sunday.  You can catch all the action live on 55 country with the pregame at 11 and the kick-off at 1.

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