Mixed reactions from last night’s debate between Vice President Joe Biden, and his opponent Paul Ryan.  Republicans in the state say Biden didn’t do himself any favors by appearing rude and arrogant, at times giggling while Ryan gave his answers.  Congressman Cory Gardner said in a statement that Paul Ryan presented serious solutions and honest debate for the American people. Joe Biden provided smirks, antics, and failed policies.  In contrast, while Jesse Ferguson of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee didn’t actually praise Biden for his performance, he did say Biden did a good job attacking the Romney campaign’s intended medicare and tax policies.  The general election will be held Tuesday November 6th.



The Medicine Bow-Routt Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) met in Walden September 13th to review natural resource project proposals and make recommendations for approval of funding.  The committee recommended funding for projects to the U.S. Forest Service totaling $142,643. The projects will ultimately benefit National Forest lands in Albany and Carbon counties in Wyoming, as well as Jackson, Rio Blanco and Routt counties in Colorado. Forest Supervisor Phil Cruz approved all projects as recommended by the committee.  The approved projects will use Secure Rural Schools Title II funds from 2012. Most of the projects will be completed in 2013.  The projects are listed below.

Albany County
Wetland Restoration and Protection – Phase II ($14,000)
Watershed Health through ORV Management ($10,345)

Carbon County
Riverside Diversion Project on the Encampment River ($32,000)
Wetland Restoration and Protection – Phase I ($9,500)
Watershed Health through ORV Management ($17,459)

Jackson County
Ellis Trail Reroute ($16,897)

Rio Blanco County
Miller Creek Road Improvements ($36,297)

Routt County
Buffalo Pass Road Improvements ($42,442)



The National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund has endorsed Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan for President and Vice President. NRA’s Executive Vice President, Wayne LaPierre, and NRA Political Victory Fund Chairman, Chris W. Cox, made the announcement last week, during a rally with both Romney and Ryan in attendance.  The group says our current president’s policies have been harmful to the country’s gun owners, and 2nd Amendment rights.  They say America’s 100 million gun owners justifiably fear that a second Obama term would bring an all-out assault on the Second Amendment. They also recognize that victories in the battleground states are crucial for the Romney-Ryan ticket.  The NRA says the actions of President Barack Obama have harmed the Second Amendment for generations to come:

  • He has appointed two anti-gun nominees to the Supreme Court – one of whom has already signed an opinion saying that law-abiding Americans do not have an individual right to own firearms.
  • Obama’s Administration worked on a United Nations Arms Trade Treaty that would undermine our Second Amendment rights.
  • Obama has helped cover-up the deadly Operation Fast and Furious scandal, arming Mexican drug cartels that continue to kill countless innocent American and Mexican citizens.
  • Obama has said that the ability of lawful citizens to carry a firearm for personal protection should be banned nationwide.
  • Obama opposed a law to protect people who use guns in their own homes for self-defense; endorsed a total ban on the manufacturing, sale and possession of all handguns; and supported a 500 percent increase in federal taxes on guns and ammunition.



Colorado’s elections chief says death threats were made against his family in August, prompting his early return from the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.  Secretary of State Scott Gessler said “violently graphical” threats were made against his wife and daughter.  He said he returned home August 31st, a day earlier than planned, at the advice of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.  A Democrat running for the Legislature has blasted Gessler for using state money for travel to the political convention.  The fee for returning to Colorado early was $422.  Gessler said his wife and daughter were briefly moved out of the family home because of the security threat.



The Internal Revenue Service today urged Colorado taxpayers whose tax-filing extension runs out on October 15th to double check their returns for often-overlooked tax benefits and then file their returns electronically using IRS e-file or the Free File system.  Many of the more than 11 million taxpayers who requested an automatic six-month extension this year have yet to file. Though the 15th is the last day for most people, some still have more time, including members of the military and others serving in Iraq, Afghanistan or other combat zone localities who typically have until at least 180 days after they leave the combat zone to both file returns and pay any taxes due.  Details on all filing and payment options are on



Searchers in southeast Wyoming have found the wreckage of a single-engine plane that failed to arrive at the Casper airport as planned after taking off from Texas.  Albany County Undersheriff Rob DeBree says the plane was found in pieces yesterday on the south face of Laramie Peak, and there were no survivors.  Earlier he said four people were on the plane for business. Their names weren’t immediately released.  DeBree says crews plan to recover the wreckage today.  The search for the Piper PA-32 had been led by the Wyoming Civil Air Patrol, a U.S. Air Force helicopter and ground crews.  The plane had been scheduled to land Tuesday evening at the Casper airport after taking off from Marshall, Texas, and stopping for fuel in Dodge City, Kansas.



First lady Michelle Obama has wrapped up her two-day campaign swing through Colorado, trying to keep the battleground state in the president’s column as polls show the race here tightening.  The first lady told crowds in Castle Rock, Durango and Fountain that this year’s race in Colorado will be closer than it was four years ago. That’s when President Barack Obama became the first Democrat since 1992 to carry Colorado.  Michelle Obama urged supporters to spend the final days leading up to the election making sure newly registered voters turn in ballots.  Her appearance comes a week after her husband’s lackluster performance in the first presidential debate at the University of Colorado.  Next week, Vice President Joe Biden is coming to Colorado to rally support in Boulder and Greeley.

In high school sports:

In football:
Moffat County lost to Glenwood 35-18.

In boys soccer:
Moffat County fell to Steamboat 4-1.

In football:
Little Snake River Valley hosts Midwest at 3.
Steamboat hosts Palisade at 7.
Soroco travels to Rangely at 7.
Meeker is on the road to Cedaredge at 7.

In girls volleyball:
Steamboat goes to Palisade at 6.
Meeker is home against Paonia at 6.
Rangely heads to Hotchkiss at 6.

In football:
Hayden hosts West Grand at 1.

In volleyball:
Little Snake River Valley is home against Encampment.
Hayden welcomes West Grand at 2.
Steamboat heads to Delta at 1.
Soroco welcomes Meeker at 1.
Rangely is home against Plateau Valley at 3.

In boys soccer:
Moffat County plays at Aspen at 11.
Steamboat hosts Glenwood at 11.

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