NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR MONDAY, APRIL 15TH

CRAIG CHAMBER POSTS PETITION AGAINST S.B. 13-252

The Craig Chamber of Commerce is asking residents to join together in opposing Senate Bill 13-252, which targets rural energy producers, increasing their costs for both the providers and customers. Residents can do their part by signing an online petition. Details about the bill and its impacts are on the petition page. Each time someone signs, an e-mail will be sent to every Colorado Senator asking them to stop the legislation. Chamber staff will also personally contact Colorado Senators to share the scope of opposition to the bill. You can increase the impact your signature has by filling out the “Why is this important to you?” section. After signing the petition, you can take advantage of the “e-mail your contacts,” and “share on Facebook” options to gather as many signatures as possible. You can find the petition by clicking here.

 

TEA PARTY TO HOLD TAX RALLY ON COURTHOUSE LAWN TODAY

Today is Tax Day, and the Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots are holding a poster rally today at the Moffat County Courthouse.  Residents are invited to stop by and bring rally signs with them.  Everybody who wants to, will get a chance to make a short speech, but everyone is asked to keep it civil.  The rally starts at 11:45 this morning on the courthouse lawn, and is expected to last until about 1:15.  Later today, former lawmaker Bob Beauprez will be the guest speaker at the Center of Craig, where the Tea Party Patriots will have a sloppy joe dinner.  The dinner is free, but donations are welcome.  Dinner starts at 5, and Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz will introduce Beauprez at 6.  The theme of Beauprez’s speech, is “Where do we go from here?”  Everyone is invited to attend.

 

RABBIT EARS PASS CLOSED FRIDAY MORNING DUE TO ACCIDENTS

Winter conditions caused a series of car crashes on Rabbit Ears Pass yesterday morning.  State Troopers say the first crash occurred when the driver lost control and rolled his vehicle.  Three autos trying to avoid the accident, were involved in another wreck.  A short time later, a semi was rear-ended while climbing the pass.  No one was seriously injured in any of the incidents, and no citations were issued.  The accidents caused Highway 40 to be closed for about 3 hours.

 

BULL SALES FIGURES DOWN FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Sales at the North West Colorado Bull Sale are down more than 50 percent from last year in what could be a sign of uncertainty about the lingering drought.  Saturday’s event in Routt County generated $50,700 in bull sales, down from a record of $112,000 last year. The average price for a bull that sold this year was $2,204, down from $3,200 last year.  Community Agriculture Alliance Executive Director Marsha Daughenbaugh says the drought has caused many people to cull their herds, and other sales in the region have had similar results.  CJ Mucklow, who is regional director for Colorado State University Extension, says ranchers are waiting for the drought to abate before expanding their herds.

 

PRE-REGISTRATION UNDERWAY FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR

Pre-registration is underway for the Community Health Fair that will take place at The Memorial Hospital at Craig Saturday. The Community Health Fair is being sponsored by The Memorial Hospital and the Craig Lions Club. There will be health screenings, presentations, booth activities, and healthy snacks. There may be some cost associated with some of the screenings. The event runs from 7:30 to 1 April 20th at the hospital. If you would like more information click here.

 

RESIDENTS URGED TO USE CAUTION DURING SPRING BURNING PROJECTS

In preparation of the spring growing season land owners have begun ditch and debris burning to clear fields and other areas of dead vegetation.   Fire is often used as a land management tool to promote grass regeneration, replenish nutrients to the soil and remove trash from the land.   Early spring offers optimal conditions for burning. Green-up is underway in grasses but brush and timber are not yet in green-up stage.  The dead vegetation in grass and brush will carry fire through green plants and can pose fire control issues.  Observing the following proactive recommendations provide a safer environment for debris and ditch burning:
Contact the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office before striking the match – 970-824-4495 or             970-824-6501

• Know the predicted weather conditions for your burn day – erratic winds can quickly push a fire out of control in dry fuels

• Don’t burn on windy days

• Notify your neighbors of your plans to burn so they don’t panic and call in a false fire report

• Have a shovel and water with you to extinguish the fire

• Dig a fire line where you want the fire to stop if vegetation is continuous and will carry the fire beyond your planned burn area

• NEVER leave a fire unattended

• Vist http://www.crh.noaa.gov/gjt/  for weather information

Should an agricultural or debris fire damage other private, state or federally managed lands you could receive a fine or be held responsible for the cost of those impacts.

 

PANEL TO STUDY GUN RESTRICTIONS FOR THE MENTALLY ILL

A panel would study how to restrict the mentally ill from having firearms in Colorado under a bill introduced in the state House. The proposal introduced Friday from Democratic Representative Beth McCann would establish a bipartisan panel of lawmakers, mental health professionals, and firearm experts to meet and issue a report to the Colorado Legislature by January 2015. It’s a significant departure from what McCann was considering. She quickly pulled a proposal last week that would have allowed psychologists to refer individuals to the national background check system to prohibit them from having firearms. That proposal was criticized as potentially violating due-process rights. McCann says she wanted to take a more careful approach with her latest bill. It was prompted by the Aurora theater shooting. The suspect had been seeing a university psychologist.

BILL TO CREATE UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE IN COLORADO DIES

An ambitious plan to make Colorado the first state with universal health care has been spiked by its Democratic sponsor. Senator Irene Aguilar of Denver backed off her sweeping bill to have Colorado abandon Medicaid and Medicare entirely and move forward with single-payer health care. The change would have required a big series of new taxes, and Aguilar conceded Friday that she didn’t have enough support to get it done. Democrats are still pushing to expand health assistance to needy adults with a Medicaid expansion, part of the new federal health care law. Governor John Hickenlooper has said that Colorado will expand the health assistance.

ACLU APPEALS SCHOOL VOUCHER DECISION

The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado has filed a petition asking the Colorado Supreme Court to overturn a state appeals court ruling that found the Douglas County schools’ voucher program did not violate the state constitution. The ACLU said Thursday the program, called the Choice Scholarship Program, violates the state constitution because it provides money to religious schools. Americans United for Separation of Church and State also joined the appeal. The school district says the ruling was a huge victory for the students and parents of Douglas County. The Douglas County program offered up to 500 students $4,575 in state funds for tuition at private schools, including religious schools.

In high school sports:
Over the weekend:

In baseball:
Meeker lost both games of a double header with Rangely (16-14; 8-2)
Steamboat lost both games of a double header with Palisade (1-10; 8-18)
Moffat County’s double header with Cedaredge was postponed.

In girls soccer:
Moffat County beat Rifle (7-0), and lost to Coal Ridge (5-1).
Steamboat fell to Wheat Ridge (1-0).

In boys lacrosse:
Steamboat beat Glenwood (21-0), then lost to Valor Christian (11-10).

In girls lacrosse:
Steamboat fell to Grand Junction (14-3), then beat Fruita Monument (14-8).

In girls tennis:
Steamboat topped Evergreen (7-0), fell to Ralston Valley (6-1), and then beat Boulder (6-1).

Tomorrow:
In baseball:
Moffat County hosts a double header with Steamboat.  The first game starts at 3.
Rangely hosts Grand Valley at 3.

In girls lacrosse:
Steamboat hosts Grand Junction at 4.