NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR MONDAY, MARCH 4TH

YAMPA MAN ARRESTED FOR THROWING WIFE OUT OF CAR

On Saturday morning the Vail Public Safety Communications Center advised Deputies, with the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, of a Domestic Dispute on US Highway 131. A female caller said she was thrown out of a car, a “few miles” North of Wolcott. She also said the man who threw her out, 28 year old Dax Crowley, was heading North on 131, and that the couple’s two children were in the car with him.  Vail Communications then got a call from Crowley, who said he had a firearm in the vehicle with him. He also informed them that he had unloaded it and had no intention of using it. He wanted a deputy to meet him at his residence in Yampa.  Because Eagle County Sheriff’s Deputies were not able to catch him while on the road, they  requested assistance from the Routt County Sheriff’s Office.  Routt County deputies went to Crowley’s home, and he was taken into custody without incident. The children were unharmed and placed under the protected care of the Routt County Sheriff’s Office until their mother could be reunited with them.  28 year old Dax Crowley, was transported and booked into the Eagle County Detention Facility on two counts of child abuse, a class 2 misdemeanor, reckless endangerment, a class 3 misdemeanor, 3rd degree assault, a class 1 misdemeanor and domestic violence.

 

SEVERAL GUN CONTROL BILLS TO BE HEARD TODAY

Today is a big day for gun control legislation in the Colorado Senate.  There will be hearings on various gun control bills, including limits on ammunition magazines.  There is also a bill to keep guns out of the hands of domestic violence offenders, and a very controversial bill that makes manufacturers liable for gun violence.  Another measure would ban online training for concealed carry permits.  Other bills would make background checks on all guns mandatory, and impose a fee for those checks.  A Republican bill would make it legal to carry concealed weapons on college campuses.  The number of gun bills introduced in this year’s legislature is the most the state has ever seen in one session.

 

AVALANCHE WARNING POSTED ACROSS THE STATE

The combination of sunshine and new snowfall has complicated conditions on the mountains, prompting the Colorado Avalanche Information Center to issue avalanche warnings all over the state.  The Center says most of the state is under a ‘considerable’ warning.  Experts say a majority of recent avalanches are occurring near the Front Range now, due to the massive snow storms over the last two weeks.  One person was killed in an avalanche on Cameron Pass Saturday.  The victim was snowboarding with a friend, who was also injured in the slide.  The victims were snowboarding near Paradise Bowl on Cameron Pass.

 

PARKS AND WILDLIFE TO HOLD MEETING IN GREELEY THURSDAY

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission will travel to Greeley for its March meeting on Thursday morning at 8:30. During the meeting, Commissioners will finalize general regulations for state park and wildlife area use as well as receive updates on stream habitat improvement efforts, falconry regulations and hold an executive session to review legal issues and property acquisitions related to habitat protection.  The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission sets regulations and policies for Colorado’s state parks and wildlife programs.  Members of the public who are unable to attend Parks and Wildlife Commission meetings or workshops can listen to the proceedings online.  To access the live audio feed during the meeting, click on the “listen to live audio” link at the bottom of the commission webpage.

 

STATE SUPREME COURT TO HEAR SCHOOL FUNDING ARGUMENTS THIS WEEK

The Colorado Supreme Court will hear arguments on school funding this week.  Later this week, attorneys argue whether the the current funding formula is unfair to low income students.  It could be months before the Supreme Court issues a ruling, but it could have major effects on the state budget.  The arguments are scheduled to begin Thursday.

 

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT RENEWED

Victim rights advocates from throughout Colorado and the nation applauded yesterday’s renewal of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and the SAFER Act. SAFER is designed to help reduce the national rape kit backlog.  The bipartisan bill passed the House of Representatives Friday in a 286-138 vote and now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law. It passed the Senate February 12th.

 

USDA SETS THRESHOLDS ON INTEREST RATES FOR FARM LOANS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced an interim rule that sets thresholds on the interest rates charged by lenders on guaranteed farm ownership and operating loans. The changes will amend guidelines for interest rates and establish new policies that clearly set the maximum interest rate lenders may charge to borrowers.  USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) guaranteed loans reduce the risk of loss to lenders by guaranteeing up to 95 percent of the loss of principal and interest on a loan. By reducing a lender’s risk, borrowers benefit from a lower rate.  At this time, FSA is also requesting additional comments on the interim policies in the rule, aiming to assure that the benchmark rates required of lenders do not prevent farmers and ranchers from obtaining guaranteed loans. USDA is seeking comments through June 3rd.

In high school sports:
Over the weekend:

At the Wyoming 1-A state tournament:
The Little Snake River Valley boys won the State Championship by beating Ten Sleep (69-58)  The girls lost to Upton in the 3rd place game (60-45).

In Colorado 3-A District playoffs:
The Moffat County boys lost to Roaring Fork in the District Championship game (59-54).

The girls won the District Championship game against Olathe (46-41).

Both Moffat County teams now advance to the State Tournament round of 32/16, where a single loss eliminates a team from the tournament.  As the district champion the Moffat County girls will host a round of 32 and 16 sub-regional tournament on March 8th and 9th.  On Friday the Moffat County girls (19-3) will play Broomfield’s Jefferson Academy (10-12).  With a win they will play the winner of the Kent Denver (18-4) Middle Park (14-7) game on Saturday.

The Moffat County boys (18-4) will travel to Brush to face Classical Academy (14-8) on Friday.  With a win they will play the winner of the Brush (19-3) and Basalt (8-14) game on Saturday.

In 2-A:
The Meeker girls beat Paonia in the District Championship game (61-58).
The Rangely girls took 4th after losing to Hotchkiss (40-38).
The Hayden boys beat Meeker in the District Championship game (64-51).

This weekend the Meeker girls (16-6) and the Hayden boys (20-2) will both play in the single elimination Regional tournament at Grand Junction High School.  On Friday Meeker will take on Dolores (15-6)  and Hayden will play Sangre De Cristo (15-7).  With wins, Meeker will face the winner of the Simla (15-6) Sargent (13-9) game, and Hayden will play the winner of the Dolores (15-6) and Yuma (19-2) game.

This weekend the Rangely girls (12-10) and the Meeker boys (16-6) will both play in the single elimination Regional tournament at Mullen High School.  On Friday Rangely will take on Wray (10-12)  and Meeker will play Haxtun (16-5).  With wins, Meeker will face the winner of the Denver Christian (16-6) Highland (7-15) game, and Rangely will play the winner of the Lutheran (21-0) and Heritage Christian (14-8) game.

In 4-A:
The Steamboat girls lost to Windsor in the second round of the state playoffs (37-24).