NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR SATURDAY, APRIL 20TH

DUST MAY IMPACT HOW SNOWPACK MELTS

Dust blown in from the Southwest settled on snow through much of Colorado during this week’s storm and will eventually affect how fast the snowpack melts.  Researchers say it fell in Steamboat, Fort Collins, Summit County, and the San Juan mountains. It was also seen in the Denver area but it’s possible that dust could also be from other areas too.  Chris Landry of the Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies said Friday that if more clean snow keeps falling, the impact of the dust will be delayed. However, he said once this week’s snow layer and another deeper layer of dust from an April 8 storm are exposed, the snowmelt will accelerate because the dust absorbs sunlight.  NOAA researcher Jeffrey Deems compares the effect to wearing a dark t-shirt on a sunny day.

COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR IN CRAIG TODAY

The Community Health Fair in Craig takes place today.  The fair will feature health screenings, presentations, booth activities and healthy snacks.  There will be costs associated with some of the services.  The Community Health Fair runs from 7:30 to 1 today at the Memorial Hospital at Craig.  For more information, click here.

 

“COLORADO, YOU’VE GOT TALENT” IN CRAIG TOMORROW

“Colorado, You’ve Got Talent” is coming to Craig today.  The program offers local citizens the chance to show off their talents, and possible advance to the regional level.   Auditions take place today from 9 to 6 at Victory Motors in Craig.  Those who are interested can fill out the online application by clicking here.  You can also fill out the application at the audition.  The entry fee is $20, but organizers say there are cases in which that fee can be waived.  This is the competition’s 4th year.

 

STATE DEMS PASS TWO MORE GUN CONTROL BILLS

Stronger prohibitions on gun ownership by domestic abusers and required in-person training for concealed-carry permits advanced in the Colorado House.  The Democrat-sponsored measures that received initial approval Friday are opposed by Republicans, but did not garner as much heated debate as other gun legislation Democrats have already passed, including expanded background checks.  One bill would allow some online gun education for permit-seekers but would require them to prove in person handgun competency, such as showing how to safely carry a gun or know where the safety is.  Another bill strengthens a ban on gun ownership by domestic-violence offenders by establishing a process through the courts for them to relinquish their firearms.  The House still needs to take final votes on the bills, and they’re expected to pass by majority Democrats.

LABOR DISPUTE BILL ADVANCED BY HOUSE DEMOCRATS

Workers locked-out by employers as a defensive maneuver during labor disputes would get unemployment benefits with a bill advanced by House Democrats.  The proposal given initial approval Friday is reviled by Republicans who argue the state shouldn’t finance union labor disputes. Democratic Rep. Dominick Moreno, the sponsor of the bill, says it’s about “shared economic consequences” in failed labor negotiations.  Workers who are locked-out by a company at the end of a labor contract are already eligible for unemployment benefits.  But Democrats want to extend that benefit in defensive lockouts. The last example of that was 1996, when Safeway locked-out its employees when King Soopers workers went on strike. The grocers were in joint negotiations with the workers.  The bill needs a final House vote before heading to the Senate.

LAW ENFORCEMENT WARNS OF BOSTON BOMBING SCAMS

The Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office yesterday passed along a Division of Criminal Investigation warning about numerous Internet scams – some new, some recycled – seeking to take advantage of the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing.  Sheriff Rich Haskell said law enforcement information networks have identified multiple fake domains and/or websites and charity efforts engaged in fund-raising activity.  Within hours of the incident, people with unknown intentions registered over 125 domain names associated with the bombings and victims. The majority of these new domains use a combination of the words “Boston,” “Marathon,” “2013,” “bomb,” “explosions,” “attack,” “victims,” and “donate,” and should be viewed with caution.  Scammers are using social networking websites to circulate hoaxes, including information about  the purported deaths of child runners when the fact is that children are not permitted to run in the Boston Marathon.  Phishing emails may provide links to what are claimed to be photos, videos, and information updates on the bombings, but in fact can be linked to malicious websites and the risk of picking up viruses and malware.  Officials offer the following guidelines concerning major events such as the Boston Marathon bombing and solicitations for donations:

·       Be cautious of emails and unfamiliar websites that provide links to information about the bombings, as they may contain viruses.  Mainstream news websites with which you are familiar and use regularly are one thing, but unknown websites and, especially, emails, are another.

·       Never click on links or attachments contained in unsolicited emails.

·       Never reveal personal or financial information in an email.

·       Never send sensitive information over the Internet before checking a website’s security and confirming its legitimacy.

In high school sports:
Yesterday:

In soccer:
Steamboat beat Rifle (8-0).
Moffat County’s game with Grand Junction Central was postponed.

Today:
In baseball:
Meeker hosts a double header with Hotchkiss.
Steamboat hosts a double header with Glenwood.  The first game starts at 11.
Moffat County goes to Basalt for a double header with the first game starting at 11.
Rangely is home for a double header with Paonia.  The first game starts at 11.

In girls soccer:
Moffat County hosts Colorado Rocky Mountain at 11.

In track:
Rangely hosts a meet at 9.

In boys swimming:
Moffat County continues at the Jeffco Invite.