TIPTON SUPPORTS SECESSION EFFORT BY RURAL COLORADO
Congressman Scott Tipton is in Northwest Colorado, visiting with constituents in the area. Tipton met with Craig residents last night, and will meet with Steamboat residents today, and Walden residents tomorrow. Before Tipton got to Craig, he talked with us over the phone. He says he mainly wants to talk about federal issues, such as immigration, health care, and the economy. But he also knows that secession is a hot topic. Tipton said yesterday that he supports the effort by rural Colorado. He said it expresses what rural Coloradans have felt for years…that urban Colorado has not listened to the needs and desires of those outside the Denver-Boulder corridor. Tipton will be at Mountain Brew in Steamboat today from 9:30 to 10:30. He’ll visit the Moose Creek Cafe in Walden tomorrow from 10 to 11.
PARKS OFFICIALS REMIND HUNTERS DINOSAUR MONUMENT IS OFF LIMITS
With the opening of hunting seasons on lands surrounding Dinosaur National Monument, hunters are reminded that hunting is not permitted in the monument. Although most of the monument boundary is well marked, hunters are responsible for ensuring they do not hunt within the monument. The Lacey Act and the Code of Federal Regulations strictly prohibit the killing or removal of any animal, living or dead, from inside Dinosaur. Taking and removing any animal parts, including shed antlers, is also prohibited. Violators will be investigated and aggressively prosecuted. They are subject to penalties including fines, restitution, and the forfeiture of vehicles, equipment, and personal property associated with the violations. Wounded wildlife that runs into the monument must be reported to park rangers or state wildlife officers before it is retrieved. If you have questions, call (435) 781-7702.
BLM OFFICIALS URGE HUNTERS TO KNOW HUNTING RULES
With the big game archery season opening this weekend and the rifle seasons just around the corner, Bureau of Land Management offices across Colorado have started receiving numerous calls from hunters with hunting access questions. More than eight million acres of BLM lands in Colorado are open to hunting, but there are a few things for hunters to understand about public access to BLM lands. First, BLM land is open to hunting, but you have to have legal access to hunt it. Outfitting is legal on BLM land as long as the outfitter is permitted through the local BLM office. It is illegal to cross public land at corners. Some areas in the West are “checker-boarded” with public and private lands, or otherwise have sections of public land that are difficult to reach. When the only place tracts of public land touch is at a corner, it may seem like a logical thing to step over the corner from one piece of public land to another. Every year hunters armed with GPS units and maps give it a try. Unfortunately, it is illegal to cross at boundary corners. Hunters also need to remember to keep motorized vehicles on existing or designated roads.
FEDS WON’T PREVENT RECREATIONAL POT USE IN COLORADO
The federal government says it will not sue to stop the states of Colorado and Washington from allowing recreational marijuana use. In a sweeping national policy announcement, the Justice Department outlined eight top priority areas for its enforcement of marijuana laws. They range from preventing the distribution of marijuana to minors to preventing sales revenue from going to criminal enterprises, gangs and cartels and preventing the diversion of marijuana outside of states where it is legal under state law. The announcement follows comments in December by President Barack Obama, who said it does not make sense for the federal government to go after recreational drug users in a state that has legalized recreational use of small amounts of marijuana. You can view all eight of the priority areas for enforcement below.
- Preventing the distribution of marijuana to minors.
- Preventing revenue from the sale of marijuana from going to criminal enterprises, gangs and cartels.
- Preventing the diversion of marijuana from states where it is legal under state law in some form to other states
- Preventing state authorized marijuana activity from being used as a cover or pretext for the trafficking of other illegal drugs or other illegal activity
- Preventing violence and the use of firearms in the cultivation and distribution of marijuana
- Preventing drugged driving and exacerbation of other adverse public health consequences associated with marijuana use.
- Preventing the growing of marijuana on public lands and the attendant public safety and environmental dangers posed by marijuana production on public lands
- Preventing marijuana possession or use on federal property.
TANCREDO DRAWS UP REPUBLICAN “PEACE AGREEMENT”
Republican gubernatorial candidate and former US Congressman Tom Tancredo has announced his challenge to all current and future Republican primary candidates for Governor to join him in signing his ‘Republican Peace Agreement.’ Tancredo explained that a main reason for Republican statewide losses over the past several cycles is due to negative and often vicious primary election races that leave the winner too damaged to go on and defeat the Democrat in the general election. As examples, Tancredo pointed to former Republican Congressman Bob Beauprez’s losing campaign for Governor in 2006 and Republican Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck’s losing campaign for US Senate in 2010. In both campaigns, their defeated Republican Primary opponents irreparably damaged the eventual Republican nominee by, among other negative actions, labeling Beauprez as “Both ways Bob” and charging Ken Buck with conducting a “War on Women.” Tancredo maintains that despite surviving their primary elections, these labels stuck and Democrats simply carried the same themes forward to win their general elections. The agreement would encourage the candidates not to Speak ill of fellow law-abiding Republican candidates and instead direct their criticism at exposing failed Democrat Governor John Hickenlooper. It also asks them to refrain from divisive debates except if Governor Hickenlooper attends. Those who sign the agreement would also be expected to Run their campaigns to demonstrate genuine leadership in reforming Colorado’s broken government and making the case why they will have the best chance at defeating Governor Hickenlooper in November of 2014. It’s not clear if anyone is signing the agreement.
In high school sports:
Steamboat hosts Eagle Valley at 7.
Meeker goes to Grand Valley at 7.
Rangely is home against Dove Creek at 7.
Steamboat, Meeker, Rangely and Moffat County go to Glenwood for a 2-day tournament.
Soroco hosts Vail Mountain at 4.
Little Snake River Valley goes to Saratoga for a 2-day tourney.
In boys tennis:
Steamboat heads to Fossil Ridge at 3:30.
In cross country:
Rangely heads to Delta at 2.
Soroco heads to Gilpen County at 1.
Moffat County plays at Ridgeview Academy. You can catch all the action live on KRAI, with the pre-game at 12:45 and the kickoff at 1. You can also listen online, by clicking the “Listen Live” tile at the top of this page.
Steamboat, Meeker, Rangely and Moffat County continue at the Glenwood tourney.
Little Snake River Valley continues at the Saratoga tourney.
In boys soccer:
Steamboat hosts Delta at 11.
In boys tennis:
Steamboat goes to Poudre at 10.
In cross country:
Moffat County runs at Cheyenne Mountain.