NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR FRIDAY, JANUARY 18TH

KRAI/55 COUNTRY GIRLS DAY OUT IS TOMORROW

The KRAI and 55 Country Girls Day Out is tomorrow at the Centennial Mall in Craig.  The day will feature several booths featuring products, services and activities specifically designed to attract women.  Booth spaces are still available by calling 824-6574.  The 2nd annual Girls Day Out starts at 9 tomorrow morning and runs until 4 in the afternoon.  For more information, click on the Girls Day Out banner on this page.

 

TMH HIRES INTERIM DIRECTOR TO REPLACE GEORGE ROHRICH

The Memorial Hospital at Craig has named its interim CEO, after George Rohrich announced his retirement.  Joyce Hein will fill in as Chief Executive Officer while the hospital board and it’s management company, Quorum Health Resources, determine who to hire permanently.  QHR hs initiated a national search for Rohrich’s replacement.  Hospital employees will also have input into the decision.  Hein has been with Quorum since 2007 and has served in interim positions before.  Her health care experience dates back 20 years.  Hein will start Monday.

 

FISH AND WILDLIFE RELEASES RESTORATION PROGRAM PUBLICATION

The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service has released a landmark publication celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, the cornerstone of fish and wildlife conservation in North America. The program provides more than $700 million each year through the sale of hunting and fishing equipment to support habitat conservation and outdoor recreation projects across the nation.  Since its inception in 1937, the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program has generated more than $14 billion, which state fish and wildlife agencies use to purchase public land, improve essential wildlife habitat and create additional outdoor opportunities for everyone. It is funded through an excise tax on hunting- and shooting-related merchandise, fishing supplies and boat fuel. In 2011, hunters, anglers and wildlife watchers spent $145 billion on related gear, trips and other purchases such as licenses, tags, land leases and ownership.  You can take a look at the publication by clicking here.

 

COLORADO DENIED FUNDING TO EXPEDITE BACKGROUND CHECKS

Colorado lawmakers denied a request for about $455,000 to address a dramatic increase in the number of people needing background checks to buy firearms in the aftermath of the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary.  The Joint Budget Committee yesterday voted 4-2 to deny the request from the Department of Public Safety. It means people looking to buy firearms will have to wait longer to make their purchase because there’s a backlog.  The checks typically have taken less than an hour, but now take about a week because more people are interested in buying firearms as lawmakers in Congress and in the state weigh gun-control measures.  Democratic Representative Claire Levy says she doesn’t think people who want to buy guns deserve special funding.  One Republican joined three Democrats to deny the request.

 

AREA RESIDENTS WARNED OF COMPUTER REPAIR SCAMMERS

Sweetwater County Sheriff Rich Haskell has issued a warning concerning a telephone / computer scam making the rounds.  In this ruse, commonly called the “Computer Repair Scam,” “Tech Scam,” or “Tech Support Scam,” scammers cold-call people, particularly seniors, and inform them that their computer has become infected with a virus, has fallen victim to malware, or is otherwise experiencing problems. The caller then encourages the prospective victim to turn on his or her computer so that they may work together to solve the non-existent problem.  Haskell said the scammers often falsely identify themselves as representatives of a legitimate, well-known companies such as Microsoft or anti-virus software manufacturers like Norton or McAfee in an effort to sound legitimate and may know their prospective victim’s name and address.  In addition to providing sensitive identification and financial information to scammers, victims are charged anywhere from $50 to $500 in bogus “repair fees.” Officials say people have been conned out of tens of millions of dollars.  Haskell says if you get an unsolicited call like this, just hang up, even if the caller knows your name and address.

 

CIVIL UNIONS BILL EXPECTED TO BE DEBATED NEXT WEEK IN LEGISLATURE

As expected, a Civil Unions bill will show up in the Colorado Legislature next week.  Democrats’ efforts to pass a civil unions bill were thwarted last year, when Republicans controlled the House.  House speaker, Mark Ferrandino, who is openly gay, wants to have a bill on the governor’s desk soon.  This year both the house and senate are controlled by Democrats.  The bill will get its first hearing Wednesday.

In high school sports:
Yesterday:

In wrestling:
Steamboat fell to Eagle Valley.

In alpine skiing:
Steamboat won their events in Beaver Creek.

Today:
In basketball:
Steamboat hosts Eagle Valley.  The girls play at 6 and the boys at 7:30.
Hayden heads to Hotchkiss.  The girls tip off at 6 and the boys at 7:30.
Little Snake River Valley hosts Rangely.  The girls play at 6 and the boys at 7:30.
Soroco hosts Paonia.  The girls play at 4:30 and the boys at 6.
Meeker is home against West Grand.  Both games start at 6.
Moffat County hosts Basalt.  You can catch all the action live on KRAI, with the pre-game at 5:45.  The girls tip off at 6 and the boys at 7:30.  You can also listen online.

In wrestling:
Moffat County goes to the Green River Tournament.
Rangely hosts a tournament with Meeker attending.

In hockey:
Steamboat is on the road to Battle Mountain at 6.

Tomorrow:
In basketball:
Moffat County hosts Cedaredge.  The girls play at 2 and the boys at 3:30.
Steamboat is on the road to Battle Mountain.  The girls start at 2 and the boys at 3:30.
Soroco heads to Hotchkiss.  The girls play at 1 and the boys at 2:30.
Meeker goes to North Park, both games start at 3.
Hayden travels to Paonia.  The girls tip off at 1:30 and the boys at 3.
Little Snake River Valley plays at Saratoga.
Rangely goes to West Grand.  The girls play at 2:30 and the boys at 4.

In wrestling:
Moffat County continues at the Green River tournament.
Soroco goes to the Lake County tournament.
Rangely continues their tournament with Meeker attending.

In hockey:
Steamboat hosts Kent Denver at 3.

In girls swimming:
Moffat County goes to Summit.

In Nordic skiing:
Steamboat goes to Spring Gulch in Carbondale.

 

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