NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR FRIDAY, MARCH 8TH

CROSSAN’S MARKET GETS HISTORICAL FUNDS FOR REHABILITATION

The State Historical Fund (SHF), a program of History Colorado, has awarded 34 competitive grants for historic preservation totaling over $6 million for the fiscal year 2013 grant round. These new grants join 215 already active grant projects, for a total of nearly $25 million in direct investment in the State of Colorado.  One of those grants went to Historic Routt County in the amount of $200,000 to help restore the old Crossan’s Market in Yampa.  Crossan’s was on of the Yampa Valley’s first general stores, having sat on the corner of First and Main in Yampa for over a century.  The grant provides for the emergency stabilization and initial rehabilitation of the building.  The preservation project is expected to take several years, and is now in its initial stage.  Eventually, Yampa officials would like to turn the building into their new Town Hall and Visitor’s Center.

 

PARKS AND WILDLIFE WANTS LOCAL INPUT FOR FISH ISSUES

Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants input and comments for fish management options in various, local waters and will hold two “State of the Fish” meetings to allow members of the public to ask questions and provide suggestions about the management of these fisheries.  The meeting will function as a “data workshop” which is described as being effective in encouraging discussion and interaction between the agency and sportsmen.  The first meeting will occur at the Granby library, Wednesday evening at 6:30, followed by a meeting March 18th at 6:30 in the Silverthorne library.  Colorado Parks and Wildlife also reminds the public that fishing licenses go on sale March 13th and are valid for one year – April 1st through March 31st of the following year.  Licenses can be purchased at any CPW office, license agent, by phone or online.

 

SUNDAY WE RETURN TO DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME

This weekend is time change weekend.  Sunday morning, we return to Daylight Savings Time.  Remember the key phrase…”Spring forward, Fall back”.  So set your clocks forward one hour before going to bed tomorrow night.  Fire officials also remind residents that batteries should be replaced in smoke alarms every 6 months.  They recommend using the time change as your reminder.

 

SEVEN GUN BILLS HEADED TO SENATE FLOOR TODAY

With the legislative session now at its half way point, lawmakers are engaged in heated debates over gun legislation.  Seven gun control bills will get full debate today on the Senate floor.  The bills can be amended during those debates.  They can then advance, or die.  While it has been largely assumed most of the bills would pass due to Democratic control of the legislature, there has been some debate as to whether those bills will be voted on along party lines.  Recently, some democrats have voiced opposition to magazine limits and manufacturer liability bills.  Only three democrats would have to join Republicans in defeating them.  A Republican bill to allow people to carry concealed weapons on college campuses is also expected to be defeated.

 

LAWMAKERS FORM POT REGULATION COMMITTEE

Marijuana regulation is such a big job facing the Colorado Legislature that leaders have created a new committee to do nothing but work out laws for the newly legal drug.  A group of senators and House members were named yesterday to take up the looming marijuana regulation bill. Because the ad-hoc committee included lawmakers from both chambers, it’ll be known as a “Joint Committee” – no pun intended.  The 10 lawmakers will debate how state-sanctioned marijuana should be grown, taxed and sold. The panel will also debate ways to prevent negative consequences of marijuana legalization, including ways to keep the drug from children.  A constitutional amendment approved by voters last year allows adults over 21 to possess small amounts of marijuana. It also directs the state to authorize retail sales.

 

SALUTE TO SERVICE PROGRAM SEARCHES FOR SENIOR VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

The search is on for Colorado’s outstanding senior volunteer.  The Salute to Senior Service program, sponsored by Home Instead, Inc., the franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network, honors the contributions of adults 65 and older who give at least 15 hours a month of volunteer service to their favorite causes.  Nominations for outstanding senior volunteers will be accepted until March 31st. State winners then will be selected by popular vote at SalutetoSeniorService.com. Online voting will take place from April 15th to April 30th. From those state winners, a panel of senior care experts will pick the national Salute to Senior Service honoree.  Home Instead, Inc. will donate $500 to each of the state winners’ favorite nonprofit organizations and their stories will be posted on the Salute to Senior Service Wall of Fame. In addition, $5,000 will be donated to the national winner’s nonprofit charity of choice.  You can complete and submit a nomination form online by clicking here.

 

LEGISLATURE DEBATES COMPENSATION FOR THE WRONGFULLY ACCUSED

How much does Colorado owe people imprisoned for crimes they didn’t commit?  How about $70,000 a year? A state House committee started work yesterday on a proposal to set compensation rates for people wrongly incarcerated.  The bill was inspired by a western Colorado man who is surviving on food stamps and donations after serving a decade in prison for a rape and murder he didn’t commit.  Robert Dewey was exonerated last year by DNA evidence and plans to visit the Colorado Capitol to argue in favor of compensation for the wrongly imprisoned.  The bill up for debate in a House committee sets compensation at $70,000 a year in prison, and $25,000 a year for people who were wrongly on parole, probation or a sex offender registry.

In high school sports:
Today:

In the 3-A state basketball tournament:
The Moffat County boys beat Classical Academy 66-61. They’ll play the winner of the Brush/Basalt game tomorrow at 1pm pregame at 12:45pm on 93.7/102.3 KRAI and online at krai.com.

The girls beat Jefferson Academy 53-40. They will play Kent Denver tomorrow at 1pm pregame at 12:45pm.  The game will be carried on 55Country (AM 550) ONLY.

 

At 2-A Regionals:
At Grand Junction Central High School:
The Meeker girls play Delores at 3:30.
The Hayden boys play Sangre De Cristo at 5.

At Mullen High School:
The Rangely girls take on Wray at 6:30.
The Meeker boys play Haxtun at 8.