CAPITAL CHRISTMAS TREE CELEBRATION WELL ATTENDED IN MEEKER
The Capital Christmas Tree celebration in Meeker attracted a huge crowd on Saturday. The tree, which was cut down with great ceremony from the White River National Forest, about 40 miles from Meeker, was on display during Saturday’s celebration. Ute Indian dancers and tribal representatives were on hand to express their connection to nature and the tree itself. The tree, which will be pulled by a semi-tractor driven by former U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell, will begin its trip to Washington D.C. tomorrow, with its first stop in Rangely, where residents can see it at the Ball fields on River Road and Bell from 9 to 11. From there it will move on to Craig, where it can be viewed between Kim & Go East and the fairgrounds on Highway 40 from 1:30 to 2:30. Then the tree will be driven to Howelson Rodeo Grounds in Steamboat, where it will be can been seen between 6 and 8. Pictures from the Meeker Capital Christmas Tree celebration can be seen in the photo gallery above.
BOY GOES MISSING NEAR MEEKER, FOUND SAME NIGHT
A boy who went missing Saturday in the White River National Forest, was found safe and sound that night. Reports say the young boy was helping family move cattle, when he wandered away from the group. The Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office led the search for the boy, and found him at around 11 Saturday night near Dry Creek. The boy had his dog with him the whole time. Other than being cold and hungry, the boy was unharmed and returned to his parents.
TOMORROW IS ELECTION DAY
Election day is tomorrow. Polls will be open from 7 to 7. According to Elisabeth MacNamara, President of the League of Women Voters of the United States.”This election may be the most important of our lifetime. It’s about your job, your health, your community, your future. It’s about voters, like you.” She adds, “It is the one time when we are all equal. It doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor, young or old, liberal or conservative. Election Day is your opportunity to support your community and have a say in America’s future.” The Colorado Secretary of State Office has compiled a list of election day frequently asked questions that are available here. The turnout of those who voted early in Colorado, by party affiliation, as of today, can be accessed here. 93.7/102.3 KRAI and 55 Country and KRAI.COM will have results from contested LOCAL races and issues from Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco counties tomorrow night. Beginning around 8:30pm tomorrow, listen to the radio and check back here for continuously updated results.
OBAMA/ROMNEY WRAPPING UP COLORADO CAMPAIGNS
President Barack Obama has made his last campaign appearance in Colorado. The president spoke before 20,000 supporters at a late-night rally in Aurora in his final stop in the state before Election Day. He mentioned the devastation from Superstorm Sandy and said Aurora knows something about tragedy after this summer’s Batman shooting. Obama urged voters to support him, accusing Mitt Romney of trying to hide his positions and pretending to be the candidate of change. Romney capped off his Colorado campaign with a rally in Englewood Saturday night. Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan will make his final Colorado stop Monday. Following the debates, krai.com asked voters who their choice would be for president. 60% chose Mitt Romney, while 38% picked Obama. There were no undecideds.
GROUP SAYS HICKENLOOPER’S PROPOSED BUDGET LEAVES OUT KEY ELEMENTS
Governor John Hickenlooper’s proposal for the state budget would begin restoring some of the cuts from recent years that have harmed state services. That’s according to the Colorado Center On Law and Policy. But they say his spending plan for the year that begins July 1st does not address a couple of major issues that will certainly face lawmakers as they begin deliberating over the 2013-14 budget later this month. The budget proposed by Hickenlooper would total $20.3 billion and would be a little more than $1 billion, or 5.4 percent, larger than the current budget. But major changes to the budget are still possible, if not likely. Omitted from the budget proposal are two issues that are certain to become part of the mix as the General Assembly considers amendments: scheduled federal budget cuts and the expansion of Medicaid. In addition, Congress could enact some form of federal tax reform that could directly affect state revenue, perhaps in a positive way.
FOREST SERVICE/BLM OFFER FREE ADMISSION TO VETERANS
The U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and National Park Service (NPS) announced they will be waiving entrance and usage fees at most of their day-use recreation sites over the Veterans Day holiday weekend, November 10-12. The agencies are encouraging Coloradans to take advantage of the fee waiver to experience some of Colorado’s pristine public lands. The fee waivers are offered in cooperation with other federal agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. Concessionaire operated day-use sites may be included in the waiver if the permit holder wishes to participate.
In high school sports:
Over the weekend:
Defending Wyoming State Champion Little Snake River Valley dumped Meeteetse 80-24 to advance to the championship football game against Dubois, who defeated Midwest 59-14 in semi-final action. The championship game will be played Friday in Laramie and will be carried live on 55 Country. If you would like to sponsor our game broadcast, contact 55 Country at 970-824-65474.
Steamboat fell to Delta 35-0.
Moffat County lost to Palisade 35-14
Hayden lost to Akron in the first round of the playoffs 44-28.
At Regionals Meeker beat Ignacio (3-2) and then fell to Telluride (2-3) (25-6, 18-25, 25-17, 18-25, 12-15).