NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR SATURDAY, APRIL 6TH

MOFFAT COUNTY COMMISSIONERS TO TESTIFY ON ENERGY BILL

All three of Moffat County’s Commissioners will travel to Denver Monday to testify against Senate Bill 252.  The proposed bill would expand the state’s renewable-energy mandates on public utilities and their customers.  It would increase from 10 to 25 percent the share of retail electric sales that the state’s rural electric cooperative associations, including Tri-State Generation and Transmission, must derive from renewable energy sources.  The new mandate would apply to electric co-ops  beginning in 2020.  Opponents of the bill say farmers and ranchers in the state’s plains and mountain communities will take a direct hit, and it could land especially hard on rural homes and businesses.

 

ROUTT COUNTY SHERIFF TO HOLD TOWN MEETING ON GUN LAWS

Routt County Sheriff Garrett Wiggins will hold a Town Hall Meeting Monday, to talk about the latest gun control measures.  The sheriff will go over what the new laws mean to residents of Routt County.  Wiggins has already stated that he would not be enforcing some of the new legislation, primarily because the majority of it is unenforceable.  The meeting comes a day before the Steamboat Institute will present “A Woman’s Right to Choose Self Protection”, a seminar on led by attorney Gayle Trotter.  Wiggins’ meeting will be held at 6 Monday night in the Steamboat Community Center.  The Steamboat Institute’s seminar will be at 5:30 Tuesday night at The Ranch at Steamboat.

MARIJUANA TAX RATES COULD BE ABOVE 30%

Marijuana in Colorado could be taxed at rates above 30 percent. That’s according to a panel of state lawmakers that agreed Friday to ask voters to approve a 15 percent excise tax, plus a 15 percent sales tax on the newly legal drug.  Those taxes would be in addition to the statewide 2.9 percent sales tax and any additional local sales taxes.  The tax proposals came from a House-Senate committee that has been reviewing proposals on how marijuana should be regulated.  The panel also agreed Friday to limit pot purchases by out-of-state visitors to an eighth of an ounce. Residents could buy a quarter of an ounce.  The marijuana committee concludes work Monday. Lawmakers will consider whether pot sellers should have to grow most of their product.

PANEL TO LOOK AT MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES IN VETERANS

The first meeting of a panel organized to take a comprehensive look at mental health issues affecting veterans, with the specific goal of reducing the high rate of veteran suicide was held yesterday. The panel is comprised of mental health and medical professionals, members of the military and experts who work with veterans from throughout the state.  In February, the Department of Veterans Affairs released a report finding that 22 veterans commit suicide each day.  The panel plans to provide a list of recommendations for how to improve mental health services for veterans later this spring.

 

GARDNER INTRODUCES ANIMAL DRUG BILL

Congressman Cory Gardner announced yesterday that he will be introducing legislation to reauthorize the Animal Generic Drug User Fee Act, which supports the testing and review of generic animal drug applications by the Food and Drug Administration.  Gardner says the legislation is essential to ensuring that producers in Colorado and throughout the country have access to safe and effective animal drugs to treat their herds.  He also says it’s critical to the work of veterinarians and animal care givers across the state and nationwide.  Congressman John Shimkus of Illinois is introducing companion legislation, which deals with the approval process for brand name drugs. Gardner’s bill covers generic drugs. A legislative hearing on these bills will be held in the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health on Tuesday.

In high school sports:
Yesterday:

In girls soccer:
Rangely lost to Vail Christian (4-0).

In boys lacrosse:
Steamboat beat Golden (14-0).

In girls lacrosse:
Steamboat fell to Battle Mountain (13-5).

In girls tennis:
Steamboat beat Aspen (7-0).

Tomorrow:
In baseball:
Meeker plays a double header at Paonia.
Steamboat is in Battle Mountain for a Double Header, with the first game starting at 11.
Rangely goes to Hotchkiss for a double header.  The first game starts at 11.

In boys lacrosse:
Steamboat goes to Cheyenne Mountain at 2.

In girls soccer:
Steamboat is on the road to Delta at 11.
Rangely goes to Vail Mountain at 1.

In track:
Hayden, Steamboat and Soroco go to Eagle Valley at 9.
Meeker and Rangely run in Palisade at 9.

In girls tennis:
Steamboat hosts Fruita Monument at noon and Air Academy at 2:30.

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