DANNER TAKES OVER CMEDP DIRECTORSHIP
Craig Moffat Economic Development Partnership has hired Audrey Danner as interim Executive Director to continue the economic development efforts for Moffat County. The move comes after the EDP parted ways with Betsy Nauman-Cook, something the EDP did not address in their press release. Instead the group decided to focus on future activities, such as the Strengthening Our Economies Together, or SET training, which is expected to build economic development ideas on the local strengths of Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco Counties. The move is not expected to affect the EDP’s office hours, or the Marianna Raftopoulis Business Incubator and One Stop Business Center. The next SET training is open to the public, but you must be registered. There is no charge. It will be held March 6th from 9 to 3 in Steamboat. You can register by calling 824-7689.
FLOOD PLAN CHANGES AFTER SHORING UP BURGESS CREEK
FEMA has made revisions to the mapped flood boundaries of Burgess Creek in order to reflect changes made to the existing flood control structure adjacent to Ski Time Square and the Torian Plum Creekside Building. The project was done to divert more flow from the main channel of Burgess Creek to a bypass culvert, and to re-grade a portion of the channel that is adjacent to the Torian Plum Creekside Building. This reduced the base flood elevation at critical points along the creek and in turn reduced the risk for potential flood hazards to the Torian Plum Creekside building and adjacent areas. The Flood Insurance Study for Routt County and the Flood Insurance Rate Map have been revised to reflect changes to Burgess Creek from approximately just upstream of Ski Time Square Drive to approximately 400-feet downstream of Ski Time Square Drive. There is a public appeal period lasting until July 8, 2013, during which time citizens may request that FEMA reconsider the their determination based on scientific or technical data. If all appeals are resolved or no appeals are made the LOMR will become effective on July 8, 2013. If you need more information, call 871-8260.
SAGE GROUSE TOURS PLANNED FOR LATER THIS MONTH
A group of environmental organizations is once again offering sight seeing tours in Moffat County. The tours will give people a chance to observe the mating rituals of the Greater Sage Grouse. The trips are being organized by Conservation Colorado, Rocky Mountain Wild, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Friends of Northwest Colorado, and the Wilderness Society. There are several trips scheduled between March 18th and April 7th. All leave Craig at around 4:30 in the morning. To reserve a seat on one of the tours, call 824-5241.
HOUSE COMMITTEE APPROVES CIVIL UNIONS BILL
Civil unions for gay couples advanced a Colorado House committee with one Republican joining Democrats in support of a bill that’s expected to become law this year. The measure passed the House Judiciary Committee yesterday on an 8-3 vote. The bill grants same-sex couples rights similar to marriage. Republican Representative Carole Murray choked up before the vote, telling her colleagues that her upbringing taught her not to judge others. House Republicans have defeated the bill the previous two years, but it’s expected to become law this year because Democrats supporting the proposal control the Legislature. Governor John Hickenlooper is expected to sign it. About a dozen states already allow either civil unions or gay marriage. The bill still needs to be considered by the full House.
TASK FORCE DELIVERS RECOMMENDATIONS ON POT REGULATION
The state task force charged with developing recommendations for implementing Amendment 64 held its final meeting yesterday, completing more than two months of steady work. The group, formed by Governor John Hickenlooper after he signed Amendment 64 into law last year, has finalized its slate of recommendations. While the details of the final meeting haven’t been released, one of the biggest problems the task force had to deal with is how to tax the newly legal drug. Voters wanted excise taxes to go to school construction, but pot taxes will also have to pay for safety enforcement and drug education measures. Estimates vary widely on how large the marijuana market will be. The task force’s recommendations will now be delivered to the Colorado Legislature, where state lawmakers will consider them as they begin to craft laws to implement Amendment 64.
MARCH DECLARED RED CROSS MONTH
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has proclaimed March “Red Cross Month” in Colorado, in keeping with a national tradition. During Red Cross Month, the American Red Cross recognizes the many everyday heroes who give of themselves and in some way help their community. March was first proclaimed as Red Cross Month 70 years ago by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year in this country, providing shelter, food, emotional support and other necessities to those affected. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families – in war zones, military hospitals and on military installations around the world; collects and distributes about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and trains more than seven million people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills every year. Here in the Colorado, local Red Cross chapters responded to more than 400 local emergencies, assisted more than 3,000 military families and trained more than 70,000 people in lifesaving skills last year.
In high school sports:
At the Wyoming 1-A State tournament in Casper:
The Little Snake River Valley girls beat Arvada-Clearmont (35-24). The boys topped Upton (66-37).
In Colorado 3-A:
The Moffat County girls defeated Basalt in the first round of the district tournament (56-26). The boys beat Gunnison (71-52).
At the Wyoming 1-A state tournament:
The Little Snake River Valley girls fell to Lingle-Fort Laramie 51-49 and now play for 3rd place Saturday morning at 10:30.
The Little Snake River Valley boys take on Burlington at 9pm.
DISTRICT 5 – BOYS SEMIFINALS
FINAL: #2 Meeker beat #3 West Grand 68-48
FINAL: #1 Hayden beat #4 Paonia 60-47
DISTRICT 5 – GIRLS SEMIFINALS
FINAL: #2 Meeker beat #3 Hotchkiss 42-29
FINAL: #1 Paonia beat #4 Rangely 38-34
Moffat County’s girls slipped by Roaring Fork 39-38 at Palisade High School to advance to play Olathe for the District Championship Saturday afternoon. 93.7 102.3 KRAI and KRAI.COM will broadcast that game live beginning with our pregame at 1:45.
Moffat County’s boys edged Aspen 59-52 at Palisade High School to advance to play Roaring Fork for the District Championship Saturday afternoon. 93.7 102.3 KRAI and KRAI.COM will broadcast that game live beginning with our pregame at 3:30.
The Steamboat girls fell to Windsor 37-24 in the second round of the state playoffs.