CRAIG WOMAN CHARGED WITH DEFRAUDING SOCIAL SERVICES
A 41-year old Craig woman has appeared for her first court appearance in Moffat County after an investigation by the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Amy Schmedeke was charged with one count of Theft $1,000 to $20,000, a class four Felony, and one count of Forgery, a class five Felony. It is alleged Schmedeke defrauded the Moffat County Department of Social Services by failing to accurately disclose her household income when she applied for and received Food Assistance Benefits. Possible penalties for Schmedeke if convicted on the charges are 2-6 years on the class 4 Felony and 1-3 years on the class 5 Felony in the Department of Corrections.
CRAIG AND STEAMBOAT LEADERS TO VOTE ON POT SHOP MORATORIUMS TOMORROW
Both the Craig and Steamboat City Councils will likely vote on moratoriums tomorrow that would keep retail marijuana shops from popping up in town, before regulations governing the shops are drawn up by the state. The move is largley seen as unnecessary, as shops won’t be allowed by the state until those regulations are in place. However, leaders in both cities want to be sure they’re not caught off guard. The moratoriums would be temporary, and would also keep current medical marijuana facilities from converting to retail shops. Amendment 64, passed by voters last week, allows for retails shops and grow operations. It also allows adults 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana, and allows them to grow their own limited amount. The moratoriums will not affect the possession law, which is expected to go into effect as soon as the state verifies the election results. That’s expected to happen sometime early next month. Craig and Steamboat will address their moratoriums at their regular meetings tomorrow night.
PARKS AND WILDLIFE APPROVE FISHING REGS, DISCUSS YOUTH HUNT
The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission gave final approval to fishing regulations for next year at the Commission’s November meeting. In addition, Commissioners started review of big-game hunting regulations and received informational updates on wildlife research projects. The fishing regulations for the 2013 fishing season, which begins April 1 of next year, were widely unchanged. Of note, anglers will see new standardizing regulations below Kenny Reservoir near Rangely. Commissioners also began the process of reviewing changes to the big-game regulations for 2013 seasons. They’re considering modifications to the popular late youth elk hunt program. Originally developed to help address overpopulations of elk in western Colorado, the program is transitioning to continue offering hunting opportunity at a time when elk populations have been reduced to desired long-term levels. If approved by the Commission, late youth elk hunters in 2013 will be able to hunt in areas where their licenses are valid, instead of in a specific area set aside by the program. As part of the changes, Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff is also looking at expanding the program to other species. For more information on the upcoming meeting schedule or how to listen to live online broadcasts of meetings, click here.
SENATOR BENNET ASKS FOREST SERVICE FOR BETTER TANKER FLEET
Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet is calling for the modernization of the U.S. Forest Service’s large air tanker fleet to help fight wildfires. The request comes after a summer of devastating wildfires in Colorado and after several new wildfires broke out in the past month. Bennet urged leaders of the Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry and Natural Resources to pursue legislative solutions to help the Forest Service implement its Large Air Tanker Modernization Strategy. The strategy, which was released in January, supports a recapitalization of their large air tanker fleet with new, faster, and more cost-effective aerial tankers. Earlier this year a bill was passed in Congress to help the Forest Service more quickly acquire seven next-generation large air tankers as an initial step.
SECRETARY OF STATE WARNS BUSINESSES OF POSSIBLE SCAM
Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler is notifying Colorado businesses of another possibly deceptive solicitation issued by “Compliance Services.” The entity has mailed solicitations titled “Annual Minutes Requirement Statement Directors and Shareholders” to businesses in Colorado. These solicitations offer to prepare documents to satisfy the annual minutes requirement for a $125.00 fee. Though most corporations are required to keep records of annual minutes, they are not required to file these records with any third party. Although the solicitations contain disclaimers stating that “The preparation of minutes of annual meetings does not satisfy the requirement to file the Periodic Report required by COLORADO REVISED STATUTES,” Gessler says the solicitation is creating confusion. He assures businesses that the minutes of annual meetings are not required to be filed with his office or any other government agency or third party. In addition, records of annual meetings are separate from the annual report filing with the Secretary of State’s Office. Questions or concerns should be posed to the Secretary of State’s office.
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Over the weekend:
Little Snake River Valley lost to Dubois in the State Championship game 54-30.