NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1ST

TICKETS FOR CRAIG KIWANIS PLAY GO ON SALE TOMORROW

Tickets for the 67th annual Craig Kiwanis Play go on sale tomorrow.  Organizers say they’ve got plenty of material to make this year’s play a memorable one.  Tickets will be sold at J.W. Snacks tomorrow afternoon.  Kiwanian Mike Butler reminds play goers that, again this year, there will be no smoking on both nights.  That includes marijuana.  Amendment 64 legalized recreational pot smoking for Coloradans, however smoking the drug in public is still against the law.  Butler says smoking pot in the Fairgrounds Pavillion will be cause for immediate removal.  The doors for ticket sales at J.W. Snacks will open at 2, and tickets will be sold starting at 3.  The play itself will be held March 1st and 2nd.  Tickets are $20 each or $200 for a table of 10.  Proceeds go to the club’s scholarship fund.

 

BLOOD AND BONE MARROW DRIVE TO BE HELD IN STEAMBOAT NEXT WEEK

A community blood drive will be held in Steamboat next week.  During the drive, Yampa Valley Medical Center will also conduct a bone marrow registry drive to find a match for a member of the community.  Amy Minotto is a young mom and athlete who needs a bone marrow transplant to cure life-threatening bone marrow diseases.  you must be between the ages of 18 and 44 to participate in the bone marrow registry drive.  Both drives take place at Yampa Valley Medical Center Thursday from 12:30 to 6.  You can sign up for either drive by clicking on the appropriate link below.

BLOOD DRIVE

BONE MARROW REGISTRY DRIVE

 

STEAMBOAT SEEKS BOARD MEMBERS FOR STORMWATER MASTER PLAN

Steamboat’s Public Works Department is looking for residents to serve on a task force to review the final Citywide Stormwater Master Plan. The task force would serve as an advisory body to the city by identifying what level of service Steamboat should provide in terms of stormwater infrastructure and the long-term cost liability associated with providing that service. In addition, the task force will be expected to gain an understanding of the city’s revenue sources and financial structure, how operations and capital programs are funded, and if necessary, provide recommendations for funding stormwater operations going forward.  Anyone interested in serving on this task force is encouraged to fill out an application, which is available by clicking here.

 

FOREST SERVICE ANNOUNCES PROCESS FOR DETERMINING WATER RIGHTS FOR SKI AREAS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service announced yesterday a public process to develop a directive regarding water rights on National Forest System lands that have ski areas and other permitted uses. The Forest Service plans to begin the public process this spring.  On December 19th, a U.S. District Court ruled to vacate the 2012 Forest Service directive on ski area water rights. The Court declined to rule on the substance of the Forest Service directive, but indicated the Agency should proceed with public notice and comment for this type of directive.  The Forest Service Directive System consists of manuals and handbooks that codify policy and provide administrative direction for it’s employees to manage Forest lands.  The Forest Service estimates that downhill skiers and snowboarders at 22 ski areas on national forests in Colorado contribute approximately $1.5 billion annually to Colorado’s economy.

 

STATE PREPARES FOR EXPANSION OF HEALTH CARE ASSISTANCE

Colorado is preparing to expand health assistance for low-income adults. State lawmakers are preparing to take a first look at how much that could cost.  A Senate committee plans to examine a Republican proposal to put a condition on the looming Medicaid expansion.  Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper is planning to implement the expansion as part of the federal health care overhaul.  The GOP bill would state that education funds can’t be used to pay for the expansion.  It’s the first time state lawmakers will have a chance to talk about the price tag for expanding health care assistance for the needy.  Hickenlooper has said Colorado can afford the optional expansion, which would help more people receive health insurance.  Some legislators are skeptical.

 

ABORTION BAN MEASURE LIKELY TO FAIL

Colorado lawmakers are considering a Republican proposal to ban abortions and make it a crime to perform them.  Lawmakers heard testimony yesterday on the bill, but a vote on the proposal was delayed until Tuesday so every lawmaker in the committee can vote. Democrats who oppose the measure control the committee, and the bill is expected to fail.  The legislation would ban abortions in Colorado and make it a class 3 felony to perform one.  The bill would exempt cases where a doctor performs an abortion to prevent the death of the mother and when an unborn child dies accidentally during medical treatment.

In high school sports:
Yesterday:

In Wrestling:
Moffat County beat Coal Ridge (48-19) and Steamboat (38-24).
Soroco beat Hayden.

Today:
In basketball:
Moffat County goes to Olathe.  The girls play at 5:30 and the boys at 7:30.
Steamboat hosts Summit.  The girls tip off at 6 and the boys at 7:30.
Soroco is home against Meeker.  Both games start at 7:30.
Hayden hosts Rangely.  The girls play at 7 and the boys at 8:30.
Little Snake River Valley is home against Encampment.

In hockey:
Steamboat is on the road to Regis Jesuit at 5:45.

In girls swimming:
Moffat County swims at Colorado Mesa University.

In alpine skiing:
Steamboat goes to Loveland.

Tomorrow:
In basketball:
Steamboat goes to Rifle.  The girls play at 4 and the boys at 5:30.
Rangely hosts Soroco.  The girls tip off at 2:30 and the boys at 4.
Meeker is home against Hayden.  The girls start at 1:30 and the boys at 3.
Little Snake River Valley hosts Manilla, Utah.
Moffat County hosts Gunnison.  You can catch all the action live on KRAI with the pre-game at 3:45.  The girls tip-off at 4 and the boys at 5:30.

In wrestling:
Steamboat goes to Thomas Jefferson.
Rangely goes to a tournament in Grand Junction.
Soroco is on the road to Center at 9.
Meeker attends a tournament in Coal Ridge

In hockey:
Steamboat is on the road to Dakota Ridge at 6:15.

In girls swimming:
Moffat County continues at Colorado Mesa University.

In Nordic skiing:
Steamboat goes to Lake County at 10.