NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR MONDAY, MARCH 25TH

Spring Expo 2013

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[img src=http://krai.com/wp-content/flagallery/spring-expo-2013/thumbs/thumbs_baby-winner.jpg]2013 Diaper Derby winner Ariana Ramos, daughter of Mario and Amanda Ramos
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POLICE CATCH WANTED MAN AFTER HOUR LONG CHASE

Law enforcement chased a wanted man through Craig for nearly 45 minutes Friday afternoon. According to Craig Police, officers tried to pull over 25 year old Joshua Flaharty of Oak Creek on two felony warrants: one for possession of a controlled substance, the other for possession of an explosive device. Flaharty was also suspected of making threats to schools in the area. When officers attempted to pull him over, Flaharty took off in his Jeep, leading officers on a 40 minute chase along the streets of Craig. Flaharty eventually left town on Highway 40, and Hayden officers laid stop sticks across the highway. Flaharty drove through the sticks and passed through Hayden before State troopers finally forced him off the road and into a ditch. Flaharty suffered minor injuries in the crash. The Moffat and Routt County Sheriff’s offices were also involved in the pursuit.  Flaharty is also suspected of setting off bottle bombs in Oak Creek last year.  He is being held in the Moffat County Jail on the Routt County Warrants, as well as several traffic violations in Moffat and Routt Counties related to Friday’s chase.

KRAI/55 COUNTRY SPRING EXPO DRAWS SMALLER CROWD

The annual KRAI and 55 Country Spring Expo brought in a smaller than expected crowd over the weekend. According to KRAI and 55 Country management, the low attendance numbers, has them scratching their heads, but was attributed largely to the struggling economy in Northwest Colorado. The first day of the Spring Expo, had the lowest attendance in recent memory. Day two brought in a much larger crowd. The Dachshund Ellie was this weekend’s winner of the Weiner Dog Races.  Ellie is owned by Krista Boatman.  Ariana Ramos, daughter of Mario and Amanda Ramos, won this year’s Diaper Derby. Both winners took home prize packages from Mountain Meat and the Tin Cup Grill.

TIPTON TO VISIT NORTHWEST COLORADO

Congressman Scott Tipton will make his way through Northwest Colorado this week.  Tipton will meet with local politicians, residents, and various groups to visit and hear concerns about current legislation.  He’ll be in Steamboat tomorrow, and in Craig on Wednesday.  You’ll find Tipton’s schedule below:

Meeting with Routt County Commissioners
When
: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Time
: 8:30 – 9:30 AM (Mountain)
Location
: 522 Lincoln Avenue, Steamboat Springs, CO
What:
Congressman Tipton will meet with the Routt County Commissioners to discuss regional policy issues.

Lunch at the Steamboat Springs Senior Center
When
: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Time
: 11:45 – 12:15 PM (Mountain)
Location
: Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Avenue, Steamboat Springs, CO
What:
Congressman Tipton will visit with constituents having lunch at the Steamboat Springs Senior Center.

Meeting at the Winter Sports Club
When
: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Time
: 4:00 – 5:00 PM (Mountain)
Location
: 845 Howelsen Hill Parkway, Steamboat Springs, CO
What:
Congressman Tipton will meet with staff and students at the Winter Sports Club.

Coffee with Congressman Tipton
When
: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Time
: 8:00—9:00 AM (Mountain)
Location
: Cool Water Grill, 327 W Victory Way, Craig, CO
What:
Constituents are invited to meet Congressman Scott Tipton for a quick, casual cup of coffee and discussion of the issues.

Meeting with Moffatt County Commissioners
When
: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Time
: 12:00 – 1:00 AM (Mountain)
Location
: 221 W. Victory Way, Suite 130 (Downstairs) Craig, CO
What:
Congressman Tipton will meet with the Moffatt County Commissioners to discuss regional policy issues.

Meeting with BLM Hot Shot Fire Crew
When
: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Time
: 2:00 – 3:00 PM (Mountain)
Location
: 455 Emerson Street, Craig, CO
What:
Congressman Tipton will meet with members of the Hot Shot Crew to discuss fire mitigation efforts and forest health.

SKIER VISITS DOWN THIS YEAR

Better snowfall helped draw skiers and snowboarders to the Colorado mountains in January and February, but a ski industry group says skier visits at its member resorts this winter are still below where they were at this time last season.  Colorado Ski Country USA said Friday that skier visits at its members in January and February were up 1.3 percent from the same period last season. But for the overall season through Feb. 28, skier visits are still down 4.2 percent from the same time a year ago after a dryer start to the season.

MARIJUANA REGULATIONS SLOW TO DEVELOP

Marijuana regulation is moving at a snail’s pace in Colorado, where lawmakers held a third hearing on the drug Friday but agreed to only one vote.  Colorado ad-hoc House-Senate committee to consider marijuana regulation voted unanimously yesterday to approve noncontroversial “responsible vendor” language allowing future pot shops to sign up employees for training in following the still-unwritten rules.  The committee talked into the night about more controversial parts of marijuana legislation, including pot labeling and potency. No votes were taken on those proposals.  The panel didn’t even get to a planned discussion on whether to try to prevent marijuana tourism by limiting the drug to state residents. Another committee meeting is planned this week.

COLORADO’S ADULTERY LAWS REPEALED

A proposal to repeal the crime of adultery from Colorado’s books has been signed into law.  The legislation that Governor John Hickenlooper signed Friday removes what Democratic bill sponsors say is an outdated 19-century statute. The bill also would repeal the rarely-used law of contributing to “sexual immorality” by providing a place, such as a hotel room, for unmarried people to have sex.  Bill sponsors say the bill is about keeping government out of people’s bedrooms.  But Republican Senator Kevin Lundberg, who opposed the bill, argues the law is not archaic and moral standards continue to be important.  Adultery has been illegal in Colorado, but no criminal penalty is specified.

TIPTON INTRODUCES TRUE “ALL OF THE ABOVE” LEGISLATION

Representative Scott Tipton has reintroduced legislation to put a true all-of-the-above domestic energy plan into place.   Tipton says the Planning for American Energy Act would unleash the potential for thousands of new jobs as well as establish a reliable, affordable and secure source of American energy through responsible production. It passed in the House last session as a title under the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act.  Under the legislation, the non-partisan Energy Information Administration provides the projected energy needs of the United States for the next 30 years to the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture on which they then base four year production plans.  The bill allows for energy development on public lands in order to promote the energy and national security of the United States in accordance with the multiple-use management standard established by the Federal Land Policy Management Act.  The Planning for American Energy Act requires that all energy resources including wind, solar, hydropower, geothermal, oil, natural gas, coal, oil shale and minerals needed for energy development be included in the plan.  The goals would be accomplished responsibly, without repealing a single environmental regulation or review process.

In high school sports:
Over the weekend:

In boys lacrosse:
Steamboat beat Durango (17-3), then beat Aspen (16-0).

In girls Lacrosse:
Steamboat topped Eagle Valley (11-3).

In baseball:
Moffat County split their double header with Grand Valley (15-1; 10-9).

In girls soccer:
Moffat County fell to Vail Mountain (3-1).

In boys swimming:
Moffat County lost to Montrose.

Tomorrow:
In baseball:
Moffat County goes to Rangely at 3.