NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR SATURDAY, MARCH 23RD

POLICE CATCH WANTED MAN AFTER HOUR LONG CHASE

Law enforcement chased a wanted man through Craig for nearly 45 minutes yesterday afternoon.  According to Craig Police, officers tried to pull over 25 year old Joshua Flaharty of Oak Creek on two felony warrants: one for possession of a controlled substance, the other for possession of an explosive device.  Flaharty was also suspected of making threats to schools in the area.  When officers arrived, Flaharty took off in his Jeep, leading officers on a 40 minute chase along the streets of Craig.  Flaharty eventually left town on Highway 40, and Hayden officers laid stop sticks across the highway.  Flaharty drove through the sticks and passed through Hayden before State troopers finally forced him off the road and into a ditch.  Flaharty suffered minor injuries in the crash, and is now being held at the Moffat County Jail.  The Moffat and Routt County Sheriff’s offices were also involved in the pursuit.

KRAI/55 COUNTRY SPRING EXPO CONTINUES TODAY

The KRAI and 55 Country Spring Expo continues today at the Centennial Mall in Craig.  This year is the Expo’s 30th anniversary.  Vendors from both commercial businesses and non-profit groups have set up booths inside and outside the Centennial Mall to showcase their products and services.  The annual Weenie Dog Races take place this morning at 9:30, and the Diaper Derby is at 11:30.  Registration for each is free and starts a half hour before race time.  The KRAI and 55 Country Spring Expo takes place today from 9 to 4.  To find out more, click the spring expo button at the top of this page.

TIPTON TO VISIT NORTHWEST COLORADO

Congressman Scott Tipton will make his way through Northwest Colorado this week.  Tipton will meet with local politicians, residents, and various groups to visit and hear concerns about current legislation.  He’ll be in Steamboat Tuesday, and in Craig on Wednesday.  You’ll find Tipton’s schedule for the visit below.

Meeting with Routt County Commissioners
When
: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Time
: 8:30 – 9:30 AM (Mountain)
Location
: 522 Lincoln Avenue, Steamboat Springs, CO
What:
Congressman Tipton will meet with the Routt County Commissioners to discuss regional policy issues.

Lunch at the Steamboat Springs Senior Center
When
: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Time
: 11:45 – 12:15 PM (Mountain)
Location
: Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Avenue, Steamboat Springs, CO
What:
Congressman Tipton will visit with constituents having lunch at the Steamboat Springs Senior Center.

Meeting at the Winter Sports Club
When
: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Time
: 4:00 – 5:00 PM (Mountain)
Location
: 845 Howelsen Hill Parkway, Steamboat Springs, CO
What:
Congressman Tipton will meet with staff and students at the Winter Sports Club.

Coffee with Congressman Tipton
When
: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Time
: 9:00—10:00 AM (Mountain)
Location
: Cool Water Grill, 327 W Victory Way, Craig, CO
What:
Constituents are invited to meet Congressman Scott Tipton for a quick, casual cup of coffee and discussion of the issues.

Meeting with Moffatt County Commissioners
When
: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Time
: 12:00 – 1:00 AM (Mountain)
Location
: 221 W. Victory Way, Suite 130 (Downstairs) Craig, CO
What:
Congressman Tipton will meet with the Moffatt County Commissioners to discuss regional policy issues.

Meeting with BLM Hot Shot Fire Crew
When
: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Time
: 2:00 – 3:00 PM (Mountain)
Location
: 455 Emerson Street, Craig, CO
What:
Congressman Tipton will meet with members of the Hot Shot Crew to discuss fire mitigation efforts and forest health.

SKIER VISITS DOWN THIS YEAR

Better snowfall helped draw skiers and snowboarders to the Colorado mountains in January and February, but a ski industry group says skier visits at its member resorts this winter are still below where they were at this time last season.  Colorado Ski Country USA said Friday that skier visits at its members in January and February were up 1.3 percent from the same period last season. But for the overall season through Feb. 28, skier visits are still down 4.2 percent from the same time a year ago after a dryer start to the season.

MARIJUANA REGULATIONS SLOW TO DEVELOP

Marijuana regulation is moving at a snail’s pace in Colorado, where lawmakers held a third hearing on the drug yesterday but agreed to only one vote.  Colorado ad-hoc House-Senate committee to consider marijuana regulation voted unanimously yesterday to approve noncontroversial “responsible vendor” language allowing future pot shops to sign up employees for training in following the still-unwritten rules.  The committee talked into the night about more controversial parts of marijuana legislation, including pot labeling and potency. No votes were taken on those proposals.  The panel didn’t even get to a planned discussion on whether to try to prevent marijuana tourism by limiting the drug to state residents. Another committee meeting was planned next week.

COLORADO’S ADULTERY LAWS REPEALED

A proposal to repeal the crime of adultery from Colorado’s books has been signed into law.  The legislation that Gov. John Hickenlooper signed yesterday removes what Democratic bill sponsors say is an outdated 19-century statute. The bill also would repeal the rarely-used law of contributing to “sexual immorality” by providing a place, such as a hotel room, for unmarried people to have sex.  Bill sponsors say the bill is about keeping government out of people’s bedrooms.  But Republican Sen. Kevin Lundberg, who opposed the bill, argues the law is not archaic and moral standards continue to be important.  Adultery has been illegal in Colorado, but no criminal penalty is specified.

TIPTON INTRODUCES “ALL OF THE ABOVE” LEGISLATION

Rep. Scott Tipton has reintroduced legislation to put a true all-of-the-above domestic energy plan into place.   Tipton says the Planning for American Energy Act would unleash the potential for thousands of new jobs as well as establish a reliable, affordable and secure source of American energy through responsible production. It passed in the House last session as a title under the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act.  Under the legislation, the non-partisan Energy Information Administration provides the projected energy needs of the United States for the next 30 years to the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture on which they then base four year production plans.  The bill allows for energy development on public lands in order to promote the energy and national security of the United States in accordance with the multiple-use management standard established by the Federal Land Policy Management Act.  The Planning for American Energy Act requires that all energy resources including wind, solar, hydropower, geothermal, oil, natural gas, coal, oil shale and minerals needed for energy development be included in the plan.  The goals would be accomplished responsibly, without repealing a single environmental regulation or review process.

STATE’S COLD CASES BEING INVESTIGATED

Colorado authorities are holding regular meetings to try to bring closure to the state’s many cold-case murders.  Officials declined to identify which cases were being reviewed.  The team was assembled in 2009 after state lawmakers rejected funding for a specialized cold-case team at the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.  Authorities decided to meet on their own.  So far, the cold case review board has reviewed 21 cases, and two of them have yielded convictions, both in Boulder County.

 

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