NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23RD

STATE OF THE COUNTY

Moffat County’s annual “State of the County” event was held last night.  Over 70 people attended and were updated on the goals and plans for the Craig Chamber of commerce, City of Craig and Moffat County.  During his keynote address, CNCC President Russell George spoke about the next fifty years for the College and reflected on the history of CNCC, which recently celebrated its fiftieth anniversary as an institution of learning.  The Craig Chamber announced their selection for Large Business of the Year: CNCC; Small Business of the Year: Brothers Custom Processing; and Business Person of the Year: Scott Cook of Cook Chevrolet and Subaru.  The evening ended with the announcement of the KRAI and 55 Country Citizens of the Year: George and Ann Kidder.

IMMIGRANT TUITION BILL GETS INITIAL APPROVAL

An immigrant tuition bill has gotten its first-ever support from Republicans in the Colorado Senate.  The Senate is controlled by the Democrats, but three Republicans spoke in favor of the bill yesterday as the Senate gave initial approval on an unrecorded voice vote.  One more formal vote is required next week before the tuition measure moves to the House, which is expected to approve it, too. Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper has said he backs the bill.  The bill allows Colorado residents to receive in-state tuition rates even if they’re illegal immigrants. Currently those students have to pay higher out-of-state rates.

SEX EDUCATION BILL PASSES COLORADO HOUSE

A proposal to revamp standards for teaching sex education at Colorado schools passed the House with Republicans objecting that the bill infringes on parents’ control, a charge that Democrats deny.  The bill would create new statewide standards for teaching safe sex and abstinence. Parents would be required to opt out, instead of the current requirement that they approve participation for their children.  Republicans say parents and school districts should control what students are taught. Democrats insist the bill still gives them that power.  The bill passed on a 38-27 party-line vote on yesterday, and now goes to the Senate.  The bill would also create a grant program to help schools get federal money to implement expanded instruction.

LAWMAKERS STILL ASKING FOR WILDFIRE RELIEF MONEY

Colorado officials are still begging for money to help repair the damage of last year’s wildfires.  Senator Michael Bennet and Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach yesterday visited a ranch decimated in the Waldo Canyon fire to try to keep pressure on Congress to provide relief to Colorado and other western states that burned in 2012.  Republicans in the House of Representatives stripped funds to repair wildfire damage from the Superstorm Sandy relief package in January.  Bennet, Senator Mark Udall and Representative Jared Polis are urging the federal department of Housing and Urban Development to release money to replace the lost relief funds.  They say there is a backlog of $20 million worth of repairs in Colorado’s badly burnt watersheds.

STATE WRESTLING TOURNAMENT SATURDAY RESULTS

2A CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
160 – Meeker’s TJ Shelton – won 8-2 STATE CHAMPION
LISTEN TO HIS ENTIRE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH HERE

 5TH PLACE MATCHES

Meeker:
113 – Tristin Pelloni – won 12-2 (takes 5th)
132 – J.C. Henderson – won 7-0 (takes 5th)

Rangely:
160 – Colton Combs – lost 15-10 (takes 6th)

3rd PLACE MATCHES

North Park:
170 – Derrick Richard – lost pin (takes 4th)

Hayden:
182 – Ryan Domson – lost 12-4 (takes 4th)

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Consolation 3nd Round

Moffat County:
182 – Jesse Demoor – lost 7-3 (out)

Meeker:
113 – Tristin Pelloni – won pin
152 – Devon Pontine – lost pin (out)
170 – J.R. Crawford – lost 6-4 2OT (out)

Rangely:
160 – Colton Combs – won 4-3

North Park:
220 – Anjel Arrendondo – lost 7-3 (out)

Semifinal Consolation

Meeker:
113 – Tristin Pelloni – lost 3-1 TB1 (will wrestle for 5th)
132 – J.C. Henderson – lost 4-2 (will wrestle for 5th)

Rangely:
160 – Colton Combs – lost 8-7 (will wrestle for 5th)

North Park:
170 – Derrick Richard – won pin (will wrestle for 3rd)

Hayden:
182 – Ryan Domson – won 1-5 (will wrestle for 3rd)

Yesterday:
In basketball:
Moffat County’s boys and girls beat Coal Ridge. (girls= 61-47; boys= 86-59)
The Rangely boys and girls lost to Meeker (boys= 50-33; girls= 51-40).
The Soroco girls beat Hayden (55-32), while the boys lost (82-44).
The Little Snake River Valley boys lost to Ten Sleep in the second round of the regional playoffs (60-45).  The girls beat Burlington (53-39).
The Steamboat boys beat Glenwood (53-47) in the first round of Districts.  The girls fell to Durango (54-49).

Today:
In basketball:
The Little Snake River Valley girls fell to Cokeville 69-54 for the District Championship.  The boys beat Encampment 42-29 in the consolation bracket.