NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11TH

CHERISH THE LITTLE THINGS “A HUGE SUCCESS”

Connections 4 Kids, the early childhood council of Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, hosted the second annual Cherish the Little Things children’s art show over the weekend, at The Center of Craig.  Coordinator Michelle Balleck says the event was a huge success.  The show featured 307 pieces of art created by 263 Moffat County youths in preschool through high school. The show also included free art workshops for children ages 4 to 18 and a community art project to which every art show guest was invited to contribute.  At the art show, community members voted by their monetary donations on their favorite pieces among 20 finalists in preschool through fifth grade. In addition, Connections 4 Kids sold prints and ornaments with the finalists’ artwork. In all, the show raised about $9,200 for Connections 4 Kids’ programs.  The top vote-getter among the finalists will be featured on the cover of the 2013-2014 Connections 4 Kids calendar, which will be distributed throughout Moffat County. The next top 12 vote-getters will each be placed on their own month, while the seven runners-up will be featured in a tiled fashion on the final month of the school year calendar.  You’ll find the results of the voting below.

On the cover:

  • Trinity Farquharson, a second-grader at Sandrock Elementary School

Featured on their own month:

  • Paxton Rudd, a preschooler at Eagle’s Nest Preschool
  • Mark Jurgensen, a kindergartner at Sandrock Elementary School
  • JacieEvenson, a third-grader at Sandrock Elementary School
  • Kadin Hume, a third-grader at Sandrock Elementary School
  • Megan Neton, a first-grader at Sunset Elementary School
  • Magnum Gustin, a preschooler in the Moffat County School District Preschool Program
  • Cort Murphy, a second-grader at Sandrock Elementary School
  • Madison Crisp, a first-grader at Sandrock Elementary School
  • Kimber Roberts, a fourth-grader at Sandrock Elementary School
  • Christopher Harmon, a fifth-grader at Sandrock Elementary School
  • Ruby Short, a first-grader at East Elementary School
  • Preston Miller, a third-grader at Sandrock Elementary School

Tiled on the final month:

  • Evan Atkin, a second-grader at Sunset Elementary School
  • Yamelit Robles, a third-grader at Sandrock Elementary School
  • Zaylan Kirby, a first-grader at Sunset Elementary School
  • YuridiaPopoca, a second-grader at Sandrock Elementary School
  • Allyson White, a kindergartner at Sunset Elementary School
  • Mandy Cazares, a fifth-grader at Sandrock Elementary School
  • Leah LePlatt, a second-grader at Sandrock Elementary School

SNOWMOBILERS URGED TO AVOID WILDERNESS AREAS

Routt National Forest officials would like to remind snowmobilers that their machines, like all motorized equipment, are illegal in wilderness areas.  Some have chosen to ignore signage in the area explaining where snowmobiling is and isn’t allowed. Last weekend the Forest Service ticketed six people for riding in the wilderness, with a total collateral fee of over $3,000.  Violations are punishable by fines of up to $5,000, six months in jail and the forfeiture of snowmobiles and other items involved.  The 1964 Wilderness Act set aside wilderness as places to enjoy primitive adventure and solitude, as refuges from the sights and sounds of the mechanized world.  Locally, recreationists can enjoy many forms of non-motorized activities in the Mount Zirkel, Sarvis Creek and Flat Tops Wilderness Areas.  The Routt National Forest provides around 350 miles of groomed snowmobile trails and hundreds of thousands of acres of off-trail areas on each of its three ranger districts for snowmobilers to enjoy.

ICE FISHING TOURNAMENT TO BE HELD AT STAGECOACH

Stagecoach State Park will host an ice-fishing tournament Sunday, sponsored by Steamboat Great Outdoors.  The tournament is limited to 200 adult entries with a $25 early registration fee, or $30 if you register the day of the event. There is no fee for youth anglers.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Oak Creek Fire Corps.  The event is limited to trout species only and winners will receive cash prizes.  A valid park pass is required and carpooling is encouraged due to limited parking.  For a list of rules, or registration information, click here.

RAFTING BUSINESS HURT BY DROUGHT

Rafting outfitters say business dropped 17 percent last year because of drought and wildfires.  The industry on Thursday reported the lowest number of rafters since 2002 and the second-largest decline since 1990.  Some rivers including the Blue in Summit County and the Eagle above Avon barely ran as drought conditions reduced upstream snowpack.  Others, such as the Cache la Poudre, were choked by wildfire.

SAME SEX CIVIL UNIONS BILL APPROVED BY STATE SENATE

A bill in the Colorado Legislature that would allow civil unions for same-sex couple got initial approval Friday.  The lone republican who voted for the bill, Senator Ellen Roberts of Durango, says she believes that any individual should have the right to giver their property to whomever they choose, and that this bill accomplishes that.  Roberts also says it creates a structured, legalized framework for children to grow up in.  But Senator Steve King of Grand Junction said there could be unintended consequences that can’t be foreseen.  Republicans are also worried the bill would lead to marriage for same-sex couples.  The bill now moves on to the house, where democrats are also in control.

 

WESTERN COLORADO SCHOOL BOARD ALLOWS PRINCIPAL TO BE ARMED

A school board in western Colorado has decided to allow the district superintendent and a principal to carry firearms onto school grounds.  Reports say the seven-member board that oversees schools in Dolores County voted unanimously Wednesday to allow the principal at Dove Creek High School and the superintendent to double as security officers, provided they complete a concealed carry course and receive a permit from the county sheriff’s office.  Superintendent Bruce Hankins and Principal Ty Gray will receive an additional $1 salary for the extra duties.  Lance Clem with the Colorado School Safety Resource Center says state law allows peace officers to carry firearms on school grounds, but it doesn’t address security officers.  Hankins says security talks were under way before the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

JUDGE ALLOWS INVESTIGATION INTO GESSLER TO CONTINUE

A Denver judge has rejected Secretary of State Scott Gessler’s request to block the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission from investigating his spending of office funds.  Gessler sued the commission and sought a temporary restraining order to halt its investigation and prevent release of a report, arguing that the commission had no jurisdiction to investigate his spending.  The judge refused, saying no one has defined ethics. Attorneys are expected to ask the Colorado Supreme Court to decide the issue.  Gessler is accused of using office funds for political purposes by taking a trip to a Republican lawyers’ conference and the Republican National Convention.

HEALTH CHARITY TO PROVIDE GROCERS WITH HEALTHIER FOOD

A national health charity is offering to pay Colorado grocers to provide more healthy food.  The Colorado Health Foundation has set aside $7 million for a loan-and-grant fund to provide better nutrition.  Grocers in underserved urban or rural areas could draw from the fund to expand produce sections or create urban greenhouses.  Grocers say it is hard to find financing for expansion projects in lower-income areas because they risk losing money if they stock perishable produce.

In high school sports:
Yesterday:

In basketball:
Steamboat’s boys and girls beat Palisade.  (boys= 52-40; girls= 65-55). The boys also beat Delta (35-34) while the girls lost (42-35).

The Rangely boys beat Vail Mountain (65-40) and lost to Vail Christian (62-48).

The Soroco boys and girls defeated North Park.  (boys= 75-58; girls= 49-48).  The girls also defeated West Grand (55-47), while the boys lost in overtime (77-74).

The Meeker boys lost to Vail Christian (46-42), while the girls won (72-14).  The boys went on to beat Vail Mountain (60-16).

Hayden’s boys and girls topped West Grand.  (boys= 71-52; girls= 51-36).  The boys also beat North Park (61-35), while the girls lost (41-36).

In wrestling:
Moffat County beat Cedaredge (51-30), Basalt (42-32), and Gunnison (64-6).
At the Meeker Duals, Hayden beat Rangely (36-33), Battle Mountain (42-30), Glenwood (38-30) and Soroco (42-15).  They lost to Meeker (42-21).

In hockey:
Steamboat topped Fountain Valley (5-1), and fell to Monarch (6-4).

Tomorrow:
In basketball:
Moffat County goes to Aspen.  The girls tip off at 6 and the boys at 7.