NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH

NRA LEADER MAKES VISIT TO COLORADO LAWMAKERS

The head of the National Rifle Association was in Denver and met with Colorado officials about gun control.  David Keene met with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, Speaker Mark Ferrandino and Senate President John Morse, all three Democrats.  Ferrandino indicated they would be willing to work with Keene in drawing up legislation.  Morse is sponsoring a bill that would hold gun owners, sellers, and makers liable in court for damage done by semiautomatic rifles in crimes.  However, in their nearly hour-long meeting behind closed doors, they didn’t talk about that bill.  Hickenlooper favors expanded background checks.  Colorado Republicans say expanding background checks to private purchases would require a full registry of gun owners.  They say the gun-liability measure would effectively eliminate certain weapons from being sold.  Keene has said the NRA is “generally supportive” of stronger background checks.  But he says more attention is needed on mental health, which is also a subject of the Colorado Democrats’ gun proposals.

 

STEAMBOAT ANNOUNCES TRAIL CLOSURE FOR TOMORROW

Blackmere Trail, also known as Blackmere Drive, on Emerald Mountain will have a temporary closure in effect tomorrow night from 7:30 pm until 8:30. Due to a new launch location for the 100th Winter Carnival night show fireworks display, the trail will be closed to public access for safety reasons. Signs will be posted at the trail head and Steamboat officials ask that you respect this closure for your safety.

 

CHERISH THE LITTLE THINGS ART SHOW RUNS THROUGH TOMORROW

The Cherish the Little Things art show continues today at the Center of Craig.  The show features art by children in the area.  It’s being presented through tomorrow, and will be a part of tomorrow’s Downtown Art Walk and Taste of Chocolate.  You can use monetary donations to vote for your favorite.  The money will go toward Connections 4 Kids Community art piece.  You can view the art from 2 to 6 this afternoon, and again from 10 to 8 tomorrow.

 

CHARTER TO TAKE OVER CABLEVISION, OPTIMUM

Charter Communications and Cablevision announced yesterday that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Charter will acquire Cablevision’s Bresnan Broadband Holdings, which includes Optimum West, for $1.625 billion in cash. Optimum West manages cable operating systems in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and Utah to over 660,000 homes.  The groups have not said whether programming or pricing would change as a result of the acquisition.

 

KREMMLING RANCHER RECEIVES WILDLIFE AWARD

Duane Scholl of Kremmling, a rancher, businessman, civic leader and the Middle Park Habitat Partnership Program committee chairman is the 2013 recipient of the Joe Gerrans Private Individual Memorial Award.  Joe Gerrans, in whose honor the award is named, was an Area Wildlife Manger for the former Division of Wildlife in Hot Sulphur Springs. In the mid-1980s, after witnessing local ranchers’ frustration with substantial crop losses caused by wildlife and the agency’s struggle resolving those issues, Gerrans began working with Scholl and other local landowners to find a solution. Together, they developed the new and innovative partnership program as a way to address game damage issues and improve working relationships.  With Scholl’s involvement in the new Middle Park HPP committee – the first in the state – it proved to be a success. Three years later, Scholl became the committee’s chairman, a position he holds to this day. One of three people representing livestock growers on the committee, Scholl is known for his fairness and innovative approaches to resolving big-game conflicts.  He received the award last month in Grand Junction.

 

SEX EDUCATION CHANGES BEING CONSIDERED IN LEGISLATURE

Democrats have advanced a proposal to revamp standards for teaching sex education at Colorado schools.  Democratic Representative Crisanta Duran’s bill passed a House committee yesterday on a 6-5 party-line vote. The proposed legislation would create new statewide standards for teaching abstinence and safe sex. Parents would be required to opt out, instead of the current requirement that they approve participation for their children.  The bill would also create a grant program to help schools get federal money to implement expanded instruction if they choose.  Republican Representative Amy Stephens says the bill infringes on local control. But Duran says parents and school districts would still control what students are taught.  The bill still needs to be voted on by the entire House.

 

QUARANTINE ON STOCK SHOW HORSES LIFTED

Colorado agriculture officials have released all quarantine and hold orders associated with a horse that tested positive for a potentially fatal virus.  The affected 6-year-old gelding from Texas was part of a team that pulled a stagecoach during rodeo performances during the National Western Stock Show in January. Other horses from the team were quarantined after the gelding tested positive for equine herpes virus. The Colorado Department of Agriculture said yesterday that the others didn’t test positive, and the quarantine has been released.  The virus isn’t transmissible to people but can sometimes cause death in horses.

In high school sports:
Yesterday:

In basketball:
The Little Snake River Valley boys and girls beat Saratoga (boys= 76-44; girls= 70-34).

In wrestling:
At their own triangular Hayden beat Soroco (54-15) and Steamboat (39-15).  Steamboat topped Soroco (36-24).

Today:
In basketball:
Steamboat goes to Palisade.  The girls play at 6 and the boys at 7:30.
The Rangely boys hosts Vail Mountain at 7.
Soroco is home against North Park.  The girls play at 4:30 and the boys at 6.
Meeker welcomes Plateau Valley.
Hayden hosts West Grand.  The girls play at 5:30 and the boys at 7.

In wrestling:
Moffat County goes to Cedaredge.
Meeker goes to the Paonia Duals.

In hockey:
Steamboat is home against Fountain Valley at 6:30.

In girls swimming:
Moffat County competes at state.

Tomorrow:
In basketball:
Moffat County goes to Basalt.  The girls play at 2 and the boys at 3:30.
Hayden plays at North Park.  The girls start at 2:30 and the boys at 4.
Rangely goes to Vail Christian.  The girls play at 2:30 and the boys at 4.
Steamboat heads to Delta.  The girls tip off at 1 and the boys at 2:30.
Soroco is on the road to West Grand.  The girls play at 1 and the boys at 2:30.
Meeker is on the road to Vail Mountain.

In wrestling:
Rangely and Soroco go to Meeker.

In hockey:
Steamboat hosts Monarch at 3.

In girls swimming:
Moffat County continues at state.

In Nordic skiing:
Steamboat is at Aspen.