NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR MONDAY, MAY 20TH

CHIEFS OF POLICE WILL SUPPORT WHATEVER IS LEGAL

The Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police is taking a very different stance on gun control than the state’s sheriffs.  Over 50 of the states sheriff’s, including Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz and Routt County Sheriff Garret Wiggins, have signed onto a lawsuit challenging stronger gun laws passed during the most recent legislative session.  The sheriff’s maintain that the new laws do nothing to prevent gun crimes in the state, and only infringe on the rights of the state’s law abiding citizens.  As elected officials, they support the rights of their constituents and say those constituents have made it clear their wishes are not the same as Denver lawmakers.  In light of the lawsuits filing, the state’s association of police chiefs issued a statement.  It reads “The Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police supported the gun safety legislation which was passed by the Colorado General Assembly and signed into law by the Governor. We believe the bills were common-sense approaches to protecting our citizens and our law enforcement officers from those seeking to cause harm with guns, while not taking guns from law abiding citizens in any way. Now that the constitutionality of these statutes is being questioned in a lawsuit, we will await and will respect the guidance of the courts.”

 

SMOLIK HIRED AS NEW TMH CEO

At a special meeting of the The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees on Friday, the board named James Christian “Chris” Smolik as the new Chief Executive Officer.  Before making their final decision, TMH Board members listened to feedback from physicians and staff regarding Smolik’s second round of interviews. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive.  Board Chairman, Don Cook, took time to thank others for their roles in the selection process.  During his interviews with TMH staff, physicians, board members and community members Smolik stressed the importance of a patient-centered culture.  Smolik most recently served six years as the CEO of Riverton Memorial Hospital in Riverton, Wyoming, a 70-bed acute care hospital. Prior to moving to Wyoming, he was the CEO at Edinburg Regional Medical Center in Edinburg, Texas.  Smolik’s first day at TMH will be June 17th. He will assume the top leadership position from Interim CEO, Joyce Hein, who was appointed to serve in late January.

FRIDAY FIRE AT GOLDEN ARMS APARTMENTS

One building of Golden Arms Apartments in Craig was evacuated for a brief time Friday afternoon while firefighters put out a blaze in one of the units.  Firefighters say the fire started from an unattended candle in one of the rooms on the second floor.  The damage was contained to the one room.  Firefighter got the call around 2:15, and let everyone back in their homes a little after 3.


PLANNING MEETING TO BE HELD REGARDING EMERALD MOUNTAIN

Steamboat’s Parks and Rec department has launched a master planning effort for Emerald Mountain Park, a 586-acre property acquired by the City in March of 2011. The Park connects Bureau of Land Management and Colorado Parks and Wildlife lands with City Open Space lands. It is covered by a conservation easement with the Yampa Valley Land Trust which guarantees public access and requires preservation and protection of the property’s ecological values while allowing for appropriate passive recreational use.  The goal of the planning effort is to develop a site specific development and management plan for Emerald Mountain Park. The final Park Plan will ensure that new trails and recreational facilities preserve and protect wildlife and natural habitat areas, fill existing recreation gaps in the community, serve youth and families, and are complementary to recreational use on adjacent public lands.  The planning process will encourage community collaboration while guiding a shared and multiple use vision for the park.  A planning meeting will be held Wednesday night at 6 at Centennial Hall.  If you would like more details, call 879-4300, ext. 317.

 

LAY SCHOOL LISTED ON NATIONAL HISTORICAL REGISTER

The Lay school, owned by the Augusta Wallihan Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  The listing was actually done March 20th.  The school was built in 1910 and was used for classes until 1959. The Chapter purchased the building in 2010 and has been fundraising to restore the building.  Work days have been scheduled throughout the summer with hopes of installing a new roof, window conservation and other projects.  The school is the first property to be owned by a Colorado chapter of the NSDAR. When restoration is finished the building will be used as an interpretive center for the history of Lay and Northwest Colorado.  Volunteers who would like to help with the restoration can call 824-9518.

 

SMART BUSINESS ALLIANCE TO HOLD HEALTHCARE SEMINAR

The Smart Business Alliance, which includes the Craig Chamber, CNCC, the Craig/Moffat EDP and the Colorado Workforce Center, will host a seminar tomorrow on health care reform.  The seminar will touch on many topics, including what Obamacare does, various plan requirements, what plans are grandfathered in, what a health benefits exchange is, and more.  Lunch will be provided.  The seminar will be held tomorrow from 11:30 to 1:30 in room 185 of Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig Campus.

 

STEAMBOAT TEEN COUNCIL CHOOSES TEEN OF THE MONTH

 

The Steamboat Springs Teen Council has selected Bailey Pugh as the Teen of the Month for May.  The council says Bailey has been chosen for this honor  because she is an outstanding teen that demonstrates that teens are valuable community assets, acts as a leader and/or a positive role model amongst their peers, and is committed to community service.  Pugh is a Junior at Steamboat High School and is an athlete at her school and very active in the community. Bailey is on the varsity cross country team and also does track and tennis.  She is Wildlife Leader for Young Life.  To date she has raised over $4,000 for Africa and will be going to Uganda for one month this summer with Come Lets Dance.  Bailey was awarded with a $25 Chamber Gift Certificate and is featured on Steamboat’s City Page.

Moffat County High Graduation Week Schedule

 

May 21ST – Academic Awards Night/NHS Induction, 6:30pm MCHS Auditorium
May 22nd – Baccalaureate – 7pm -Hosted by Ministerial Association and Young Life
May 23rd – Athletic Awards Night 6:30pm – MCHS Auditorium
(Dude Dent, Top Female Athlete and Sports MVP’s will be awarded)
May 24th – Senior Checkout and Graduation Practice 8am – Graduates don’t be late

May 25th – GRADUATION – 10am Sharp – High School Gym. Graduates report at 9:25am

  • Shuttles run beginning at 9am from K-Mart to the front door of the High School
  • Handicapped access and unique accommodations can be arranged by calling the school office at 824-7036
  • Get there early. Seating is limited. Arriving 30 minutes early is a very sound strategy to find preferred seating
  • Finally, public enthusiasm and applause is expected and anticipated However, please leave the air horns, silly string and beach balls at home

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