NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8TH

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UPDATED FIGURES MAKE THIS YEAR’S HOLIDAY DRIVE 2ND BEST EVER

Updated figures now show this year’s KRAI and 55 Country Holiday Drive was the second most successful year for the drive…ever.  Volunteers and radio station staff stood outside the Centennial Mall in Craig for two days this week, taking donations of non-perishable food, new and unwrapped toys, gifts for seniors and cash to benefit Advocates Crisis Support Services, the Interfaith Food Bank of Craig, Christmas for Kids, and Christmas for Seniors.  This year the drive collected over a hundred gifts for seniors, over 2 tons of food, thousands of toys, and over $25,000 in cash.  This, despite the fact that we are experiencing what is arguably the worst economy since the drive started.  The money will be split among the agencies and 100 percent of it will stay in the area.  The representatives of each agency, KRAI and 55 Country, and the volunteers involved express their thanks to the community for their continued generosity.  You can see pictures from the Holiday Drive in the photo gallery above.

 

YULE LOG HUNT IN STEAMBOAT BEGINS MONDAY

The 33rd Annual Yule Log Hunt, sponsored by the Tread of Pioneers Museum and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, will begin Monday. KRAI will air the clues each day. A new clue will be released each weekday.  The 2012 hunt starts at the site of last year’s hiding place: Casey’s Pond area. Clues often include information that refers to community history or past events. Unless the Log is found sooner, the 10th and final clue will be released on Friday, December 21st.  When the log is found, the winner should immediately call the Tread of Pioneers Museum and ask for Candice or Katie so that others on the hunt do not keep searching.  The winner will get a $150 Steamboat Chamber gift certificate and a framed piece of historical artwork.

 

EAGLE-NET ORDERED TO SUSPEND OPERATIONS

Millions in stimulus money that was flowing to a government-run internet company will be suspended amid operational concerns and criticism that it was building redundant fiber optic lines in Colorado.  The NTIA notified Eagle-Net the grant funding is suspended because of “material non-compliance with the terms and conditions” of the grant. The letter indicates Eagle-Net did not follow through with environmental assessments and did not demonstrate it properly secured federal permits.  Some members of congress and rural telecommunication companies have been voicing concern Eagle-Net has been spending tax dollars to build fiber optic lines in communities where there are already long-established fiber optics.  Eagle-Net has responded with a letter saying “We take this very seriously and are working closely with the NTIA to provide this information in order to resume construction as quickly as possible.

 

STATE ADOPTS MASTER PLAN FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

The Colorado Commission on Higher Education has formally adopted a statewide master plan for higher education, with goals of boosting how many Coloradans earn college degrees.  The commission plans to finalize performance contracts with colleges and universities by year’s end. The contracts will include benchmarks to gauge how institutions are performing in meeting the state’s education goals. They also could be the basis for future performance funding from the state.  The commission wants to have 66 percent of Coloradans ages 25 to 34 achieving certificates or degrees by 2025. Higher education institutions also are being asked to improve academic remediation programs, reduce the average time it’s taking students to earn certificates and degrees, keep college affordable, and reduce attainment gaps among students from underserved communities.

U.S. EXPERIENCING WARMEST YEAR IN NEARLY 80 YEARS

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the first 11 months of this year were the warmest on record for the mainland United States since 1934.  Scientists say the average temperature for the United States is about 57 degrees Fahrenheit, more than 3 degrees above the 20th century average.  Scientists don’t know if the U.S. will break the record of about 2 degrees above average recorded in 1934 because the year is not over yet.

In high school sports:
Yesterday:

In basketball:
The Steamboat boys fell to D’Evelyn (74-34).  The girls lost to Elizabeth (46-20).
Hayden’s boys beat Montrose (66-64).
The Soroco boys lost to Crested Butte (47-28), while the girls beat Longmont Christian (51-15).

Today:
In Wrestling:
Moffat County travels to Rifle.
Steamboat and Meeker go to Soroco at 9.

In basketball:
The Meeker boys continue their shootout with Rangely attending.
The Steamboat boys and girls continue their shootout.

 

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