NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR MONDAY, MAY 13TH

STEAMBOAT WOMAN FAKED CANCER, TURNS SELF IN

A Steamboat woman accused of faking cancer has turned herself into Routt County Authorities.  34-year old Elizabeth Bateman was living and working in Steamboat, and had convinced friends and co-workers that she was dying of cancer.  Her employer Rex’s Grill even held a fundraiser to cover some of her medical expenses.  The event raised $7,000.  Reports say the farce was up when doctors at Yampa Valley Medical Center asked her why her records indicated a cancer diagnosis had never been made.  Bateman left town for New Mexico, but returned this weekend to turn herself in.  The money she took from the fundraiser is enough for a felony theft charge.  Bateman is due in court June 18th.

 

CATTLE KILLED IN ROUTT COUNTY, POSSIBLE MOUNTAIN LION ATTACK

Wildlife officials are trying to determine if a mountain lion is to blame for the deaths of two calves in Routt County.  Jim Haskins with Colorado Parks and Wildlife says the deaths were reported in Phippsburg Thursday. Bears and coyotes also are known to prey on livestock.  There were other cows in the area, so investigators were unable to find any tracks from the predator. No scat could be found in the area either.  Haskins says his office handles two or three cases of calves being killed by predators each year.

 

GOVERNOR VISITS ROUTT COUNTY, SIGNS TWO BILLS

Governor John Hickenlooper was in the Yampa Valley yesterday, and signed two minor bills while on the road.  During a stop in Hayden, the governor signed a bill lowering the amount of spillage a drilling site can experience before having to report it to the state oil and gas commission.  Later he was at the VNA in Steamboat when he signed a bill cutting dental costs for medicaid users.  Hickenlooper was joined by residents, members of the local Democratic party, health officials, and Routt County Commissioners during his visit.

 

OIL AND GAS LEASE SALE PLANNED FOR MOFFAT COUNTY

The Bureau of Land Management Colorado is offering four parcels in northwestern Colorado in its August oil and gas lease sale, and reviewing a proposal to offer nine more in its February 2014 lease sale. Three parcels in the August lease sale cover over 2,100 acres in Moffat County. The BLM will also offer one Forest Service parcel for 381 acres in Garfield County. Maps of these parcels are posted online. The deadline for submitting protests is June 10th. The lease sale is scheduled for Aug. 8th, at the Colorado State Office. A two-week public scoping period begins Monday for a proposal to include nine parcels totaling almost 7,500 acres in Moffat County north of Craig in the February 13th sale. The scoping period affords the public an opportunity to help identify issues and concerns to be addressed in the leasing environmental assessment, which will be available for a 30-day public comment period Aug. 2nd. These parcels are identified as available to oil and gas leasing under the current resource management plan for the Little Snake Field Office. Nineteen additional parcels were nominated totaling nearly 17,000 acres in priority Greater Sage-grouse habitat in Moffat County, but will not be offered in the February lease sale. The State of Colorado receives 49 percent of the proceeds from lease sales, with the remainder going to the U.S. government.

INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENT TO START MONDAY IN STEAMBOAT

Intersection improvements required by the City of Steamboat and the Colorado Department of Transportation, associated with the opening of Natural Grocers at 3rd and Lincoln will begin today. The work will consist of replacement of the signal pole on the northeast corner of the intersection near the Post Office, adding a lane to 3rd Street on the Natural Grocers side, restriping of the intersection, and retiming of the intersection signals. The project will enable coordinated traffic movements at the intersection, and will improve traffic efficiency. Leadership Circle, the developer of the Natural Grocer location, is responsible for the cost of the intersection improvements. Leadership Circle and the City of Steamboat are splitting the cost of the signal improvements. Traffic delays, lane closures, and pedestrian detours should be expected. The public is asked to follow all signage and use caution when entering the construction zone. All work is expected to be complete by the beginning of June.

 

YVEA WARNS RESIDENTS ABOUT PHONE SCAM

A scam in Northwest Colorado targets people and businesses that use Yampa Valley Electric Association. The fraud is happening over the phone. Scammers claim to be from the “electric company” and say they are trying to collect funds. They tell members that if they don’t go buy a Money Pak card, their service will be disconnected. YVEA officials want to remind members to never give personal information over the phone. You should also refuse any offer that asks you to buy a prepaid credit or debit card like Money Pak. YVEA has online bill-pay available on their website.


HICKENLOOPER SIGNS ELECTIONS OVERHAUL

A Colorado elections overhaul that includes same-day voter registration and mailing ballots to all voters has being signed into law. Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper signed the bill Friday afternoon. Democrats who sponsored the legislation say the goal is to enfranchise more voters and make it easier to vote. But Republicans have raised concerns about voter fraud and no GOP lawmakers voted for the bill. With the bill, every registered voter will get a ballot by mail, but they could still vote in person. They could vote at any of the voting centers established by the bill, instead of the current system of going to a designated precinct polling place. The bill will also eliminate the category of “inactive” voters, which restricts their ability to get ballots by mail.

In high school sports:
Over the weekend:

In boys lacrosse:
Steamboat beat Cheyenne Mountain in the second round of the playoffs (10-9).

In girls soccer:
Moffat County fell to Manitou Springs in the 1st round of the playoffs in double overtime (2-1).

In tennis:
Steamboat’s remaining teams fell before the championship rounds at the state tournament.

In track:
Moffat County’s girls finished 3rd at the league championships.  The boys came in 5th.

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