NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25TH

CHENEY TO SPEAK IN STEAMBOAT IN AUGUST

Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his eldest daughter, Liz Cheney, are scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the Steamboat Institute Freedom Conference in August.  Jennifer Schubert-Akin, chairman and founding board member of the conservative institute, says she is honored to have the two speak at the fifth-annual conference in Steamboat Springs, adding that the former vice president “has been an eyewitness to history at the highest levels.”  Liz Cheney is a political analyst for Fox News and has served as a deputy assistant secretary of state.  The speech is scheduled for August 23rd, and the conference will continue through the 24th.

 

STATE OF THE COUNTY ADDRESS HELD FRIDAY NIGHT

Moffat County’s annual “State of the County” event was held last night.  Over 70 people attended and were updated on the goals and plans for the Craig Chamber of commerce, City of Craig and Moffat County.  During his keynote address, CNCC President Russell George spoke about the next fifty years for the College and reflected on the history of CNCC, which recently celebrated its fiftieth anniversary as an institution of learning.  The Craig Chamber announced their selection for Large Business of the Year: CNCC; Small Business of the Year: Brothers Custom Processing; and Business Person of the Year: Scott Cook of Cook Chevrolet and Subaru.  The evening ended with the announcement of the KRAI and 55 Country Citizens of the Year: George and Ann Kidder.

 

COMMISSIONER KINKAID TO VISIT D.C. LATER THIS WEEK

Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid will be taking a trip this week to Washington D.C.  It’s a taxpayer funded trip, but Kinkaid wants his constituents to know, he’s not going just to sight see.  Kinkaid will be joining the National Association of Counties’ Environment, Energy and Land Use Steering Committee to in fighting for rights of rural areas, when it comes to energy development.  Kinkaid says he will be visiting all of the state’s congressional delegation offices, and will be touring the White House.  The trip is expected to cost about $3,000.  It runs from March 1st through the 6th.

IMMIGRANT TUITION BILL GETS INITIAL APPROVAL

An immigrant tuition bill has gotten its first-ever support from Republicans in the Colorado Senate.  The Senate is controlled by the Democrats, but three Republicans spoke in favor of the bill yesterday as the Senate gave initial approval on an unrecorded voice vote.  One more formal vote is required next week before the tuition measure moves to the House, which is expected to approve it, too. Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper has said he backs the bill.  The bill allows Colorado residents to receive in-state tuition rates even if they’re illegal immigrants. Currently those students have to pay higher out-of-state rates.

COLORADO GETS $2 MILLION GRANT FOR HEALTH CHANGES

Colorado has won a grant worth just over $2 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to further develop and refine its comprehensive State Health Care Innovation Plan.  The grant is a Pre-Testing Award from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and builds upon Colorado’s proposal to implement and test its Statewide Health Innovations Fostering Transformation program (SHIFT) that will integrate behavioral health and clinical health care. The grant is funded through the State Innovation Models initiative of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation.  The State Innovation Models initiative is for states that are prepared for or committed to planning, designing, testing, and supporting evaluation of new payment and service delivery models in the context of larger health system transformation. Participating states will test innovative payment and service delivery models that have the potential to lower costs for Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), while maintaining or improving quality of care for program beneficiaries. The goal is to create multi-payer models with a broad mission to raise community health status and reduce long-term health risks for beneficiaries.

SEX EDUCATION BILL PASSES COLORADO HOUSE

A proposal to revamp standards for teaching sex education at Colorado schools passed the House with Republicans objecting that the bill infringes on parents’ control, a charge that Democrats deny.  The bill would create new statewide standards for teaching safe sex and abstinence. Parents would be required to opt out, instead of the current requirement that they approve participation for their children.  Republicans say parents and school districts should control what students are taught. Democrats insist the bill still gives them that power.  The bill passed on a 38-27 party-line vote on yesterday, and now goes to the Senate.  The bill would also create a grant program to help schools get federal money to implement expanded instruction.

LAWMAKERS STILL ASKING FOR WILDFIRE RELIEF MONEY

Colorado officials are still begging for money to help repair the damage of last year’s wildfires.  Senator Michael Bennet and Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach yesterday visited a ranch decimated in the Waldo Canyon fire to try to keep pressure on Congress to provide relief to Colorado and other western states that burned in 2012.  Republicans in the House of Representatives stripped funds to repair wildfire damage from the Superstorm Sandy relief package in January.  Bennet, Senator Mark Udall and Representative Jared Polis are urging the federal department of Housing and Urban Development to release money to replace the lost relief funds.  They say there is a backlog of $20 million worth of repairs in Colorado’s badly burnt watersheds.

In high school sports:
Over the weekend:

In Wrestling:
Meeker’s T. J. Shelton wrapped up a state championship, winning the 160 pound division.  North Park’s Derrick Richard and Hayden’s Ryan Domson took home 4th place finishes.  Meeker’s Tristin Pelloni and J.C. Henderson finished with 5th place medals, and Rangely’s Colton Coombs finished 6th.

LISTEN TO TJ SHELTON’S CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH HERE

 

In basketball:
Moffat County’s boys and girls beat Coal Ridge. (girls= 61-47; boys= 86-59)
The Rangely boys and girls lost to Meeker (boys= 50-33; girls= 51-40).
The Soroco girls beat Hayden (55-32), while the boys lost (82-44).
The Little Snake River Valley boys lost to Ten Sleep in the second round of the regional playoffs (60-45), then beat Encampment in the consolation bracket (42-29).  The girls beat Burlington (53-39), then lost to Cokeville in the District Championship game (69-54).
The Steamboat boys beat Glenwood (53-47) in the first round of Districts.  The girls fell to Durango (54-49).

Tomorrow:
In basketball:
The Steamboat girls go to Green Mountain for round one of the state tournament.  Game time 7pm.

 Wednesday:
In Basketball:
The Steamboat boys go to Golden for round one of the state tournament. Game time 7:30pm.

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