NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR MONDAY, MARCH 18TH

FOREST ROAD CLOSED DUE TO UNAUTHORIZED PLOWING

A recent incident involving the unauthorized plowing of a road on the Medicine Bow National Forest has resulted in the temporary closure of the road to motorized wheeled vehicles, as well as disruption of recreation uses on the road.  Over a mile of the Barber Lake Road (Forest Road 351) on the Laramie Ranger District was plowed from Highway 130, and in addition to causing an inconvenience to other users, the responsible party has been cited by U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement for the plowing.  Until conditions permit or until May 15, the road will be closed to wheeled vehicles to protect the road base. Recreationists should be aware that the snow-packed, center portion of the road, which was used by both skiers and snowmobilers, no longer exists, necessitating alternate routes and caution when approaching the area from the northwest.  Cabin owners and users of the National Forest are reminded that snow removal or maintenance on a National Forest System road requires a permit and an agreement of liability for damages that occur as a result of snow removal activities or resulting traffic on the road.

 

M.C. COMMISIONER TRYING TO GET ON DOLA COMMITTEE

Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid has applied to serve as a volunteer on the Department of Local Affairs’ Direct Distribution Oversight Committee.  Colorado Counties Incorporated put out a call for two county commissioners across the state to serve on the committee.  Kinkaid says, while he’s sure the operations of the committee are playing fair, it couldn’t hurt to have a representative from Moffat County on the committee.  The CCI will make their recommendation to the state.  Kinkaid says while the CCI was impressed with his letter of interest, the decision has not yet been make.  CCI also helped Kinkaid gain a spot on the NACo Energy Environment and Land Use Steering Committee.

YAMPA VALLEY ELECTRIC PLANS OUTAGE WEST OF LAY

Yampa Valley Electric Association is planning an outage today.  The outage is only expected to effect those who work or live west of Lay.  YVEA needs to repair some equipment in the Maybell substation.  The outage is expected to last from 4 to 6 this evening.

N.W.C.C.G. GETS $55,000 FOR DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY

The Northwest Colorado Council of Governments received a roughly $55,000 grant from the Economic Development Administration. The Council will be able to use the resources to conceive and implement an economic development strategy for the region, which covers Eagle, Grand, Jackson, Pitkin, and Summit counties.  The grants are intended to provide local areas with resources to help them determine and develop the best ways to generate economic activity in their individual regions. The resources are expected to result in strategies that will reap economic rewards into the future. They also allow local communities to create and prioritize economic plans tailored to fit their own unique needs and assets.  For more information on these types of grants, click here.

 

COLORADO SHERIFF VOWS NOT TO ENFORCE NEW GUN LAWS

Weld County Sheriff John Cooke says he won’t enforce two gun-control measures waiting to be signed into law by Governor John Hickenlooper.  Cooke says Democratic lawmakers are scrambling after recent mass shootings in the country, and the bills are “feel-good, knee-jerk reactions that are unenforceable.”  One bill expands background checks on firearm purchases, and the other limits ammunition magazines to 15 rounds.  Cooke says the bill requiring a $10 background check to legally transfer a gun wouldn’t keep firearms out of the hands of those who use them for violence. And the other bill will technically ban all magazines because of a provision that outlaws any magazine that can be altered. He says all magazines can be altered to a higher capacity.

LEGISLATION PROPOSED TO ABOLISH COLORADO DEATH PENALTY

Repealing the death penalty in Colorado will be under review with a bill introduced in the state Legislature.  The proposal to abolish capital punishment got introduced in the House on Friday.  There are currently three men on Colorado’s death row. But if the bill becomes law it would not apply to current cases, including the man charged in last summer’s Aurora theater shootings. Prosecutors are weighing whether to seek the death penalty in that case.  One of the three men on death row, Nathan Dunlap, has exhausted his appeals and an execution date could be set soon. He was convicted in the shooting deaths of four people at an Aurora Chuck E. Cheese in 1993.  The last time Colorado executed someone was 1997.

FRACKING LEGISLATION TO BE DEBATED THIS WEEK

Legislation on oil and gas drilling gets its first review Thursday in the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources & Energy Committee. Democrats have hinted there could be more legislation proposed this week on the controversial drilling procedure of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Communities including Longmont and Fort Collins have clashed with the state by banning the procedure, and many say the dispute must eventually be resolved by the state Legislature.

SUTHERS PLANS TRIP TO MEXICO TO TALK TRAFFICKING

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers is headed to Mexico City to meet with Mexican Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam to discuss drug trafficking, human trafficking and judicial reform in Mexico.  Joining him for the meeting on Tuesday will be state attorneys general representing California, Idaho, Nevada and New Mexico.  Suthers says western states and Mexico can benefit by working together and sharing ideas.

In high school sports:
Over the weekend:

In baseball:
Moffat County lost both games of a double header to Olathe (9-8; 13-5)
Steamboat fell to Hotchkiss (5-4).

In girls soccer:
Steamboat lost to Palisade (1-0).

In boys lacrosse:
Steamboat beat Green Mountain (7-3) and Eagle Valley (18-4).

In girls lacrosse:
Steamboat fell to Pine Creek (10-9).

Today:
In Girls Lacrosse:
Steamboat is in Aspen at 4

Tomorrow:
In girls soccer:
Moffat County hosts Grand valley at 4.

In Boys Lacrosse:
Steamboat goes to Aspen at 4.

 

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