NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR SATURDAY, APRIL 27TH

DRUG TAKE BACK DAY IN CRAIG

The Craig Police Department is participating in today’s Prescription Drug Take Back Day.  The Drug Enforcement Agency is holding Take Back events nationwide, with participating law enforcement, to help residents clear out their medicine cabinets.  Officials say misuse or abuse of outdated or left-over prescription drugs is a problem that can be fixed by simply clearing out the cabinet.  In the last 5 years, the DEA has disposed of over 2 million pounds of prescription pills nationwide.  You can bring your leftover and outdated pills to the Centennial Mall in Craig from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. today.  The service is free, and completely anonymous.

ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT REPORTING NO LONGER REQUIRED

A requirement that Colorado law enforcement report to federal authorities immigrants suspected of living illegally in the U.S. is coming off the books. Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper on Friday signed a bill that repeals the 2006 law. It passed with bipartisan support during a year lawmakers approved some of the strictest immigration enforcement policies the state had ever seen.  Some see the law as a precursor to more controversial policies later adopted in Arizona and Alabama.  The 2006 law required local law enforcement to notify federal immigration officials during arrests when they suspected someone was in the country illegally.  Those who wanted the law repealed argued it made immigrants afraid of police. They also say the law is now duplicative because a federal program checks fingerprints during arrests to check immigration status.

FOREST SERVICE SETS UP WEBSITE TO DETERMINE FIRE DANGER

The Colorado Forest Service has set up a web site that allows residents to determine the wildfire risk in their neighborhoods.  Forester Rich Homann says the goal is to inform officials and residents about risks, so they can make informed decisions on actions they need to mitigate the danger.  Colorado residents who use the fire risk tool can learn more about what to expect if there is a wildfire in their area. The tool can also be used to get assistance from local agencies.  You can access the site by clicking here.

MARIJUANA PROPOSALS BEING PREPPED FOR NOVEMBER ELECTION

Two very different but related marijuana questions could make their way to this November’s ballot.  The first would impose two separate 15 percent taxes on pot, a wholesale tax and a sales tax.  The second question asks voters whether to repeal Amendment 64, which legalized pot, only in the event that the first question on taxes fails.  House members are scheduled to vote on a 30 percent pot tax and a separate regulation bill on how pot should be grown and sold.  Those close to the issue say to expect a lot of intense behind-the-scenes negotiating in the legislature’s final few days over how to regulate and tax pot, and whether it’s possible to take legalization back to voters.

GARDNER REMINDS FEDERAL EMPLOYEES OF WHISTLE BLOWER PROTECTIONS

In light of recent reports that furloughs by the Federal Aviation Administration are intended to make sequestration “as hard as possible for the public,” Congressman Cory Gardner is encouraging more federal employees to come forward and blow the whistle on this practice. Gardner has introduced a resolution reminding all federal employees that they are protected by whistleblower laws and have nothing to fear exposing politically motivated cuts to their departments.  He also highlighted a report from the Government Accountability Office detailing $95 billion of waste and duplication in the federal government. Gardner says there is plenty of waste and duplication that can be tackled before government starts cutting people’s pay and impeding air travel.

In high school sports:
Yesterday:

In girls soccer:
Rangely fell to Grand Valley (0-11).

Today:
In baseball:
Meeker hosts a double header with Paonia.
Moffat County is home for a double header with Coal Ridge.  The first game starts at 11.
Rangely welcomes Hotchkiss for a double header, with the first game starting at 11.

In girls soccer:
Moffat County is home against Rangely at 11.

In track:
Soroco goes to West Grand at 8:30.
Little Snake River Valley heads to the Saratoga Invite at 9:30.

In boys swimming:
Moffat County goes to Thornton at 7.