NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR SATURDAY, MAY 18TH

POWERBALL JACKPOT: LARGEST EVER

The jackpot for tonight’s multi-state Powerball drawing is up to $600 million! The winning ticket will be worth an estimated $376.9 million in cash. This is now considered to be the highest Powerball jackpot ever! The highest overall jackpot in U.S. history was a $656 million Mega Millions jackpot on March 30, 2012. Prior to that, the highest Powerball jackpot ever was $365 million in 2006.  Officials believe that the jackpot will exceed $600 million. “The Powerball jackpot has reached a level where it is difficult to predict,” says Norman Lingle, Executive Director of the South Dakota Lottery and Chairman of the Powerball Game Group.  The new high-water mark of $600 million for the current Powerball jackpot was achieved after no winning tickets were sold for Wednesday night’s $360 million grand prize. The historic prize is the result of 13 consecutive draws without a winner.  The run-up started as a $40 million prize on April 3, 2013. And if past ticket sales are any indication of what will happen, the jackpot may get bigger by the time the drawing kicks off.  Powerball drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 8:59 p.m. MST. Ticket sales for tonight’s drawing close at 7:30 p.m.

 

TMH Board Selects New CEO

At a special meeting of the TMH Board of Trustees on Friday, the board named James Christian “Chris” Smolik as the new Chief Executive Officer.  Before making their final decision, TMH Board members listened to feedback from physicians and staff regarding Smolik’s second round of interviews. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive.   Board Chairman, Don Cook, took time to thank others for their roles in the selection process. “I do want to thank all of you for the work you did. This was a time-consuming process,” Cook said. “It was a hospital-wide effort to make this happen, and it’s very clear that people took pride in the process. This work greatly helped us. Everything the staff did had an impact on the Board’s final decision.”   Smolik’s first day at TMH will be June 17th. He will assume the top leadership position from Interim CEO, Joyce Hein, who was appointed to serve in late January.   During his interviews with TMH staff, physicians, board members and community members Smolik stressed the importance of a patient-centered culture.  “To achieve this, TMH must be a place employees want to work, doctors want to practice, and patients want to receive care. Every decision is about what is best for the patient,” Smolik said.   Smolik most recently served six years as the CEO of Riverton Memorial Hospital in Riverton, Wyoming, a 70-bed acute care hospital. Prior to moving to Wyoming, he was the CEO at Edinburg Regional Medical Center in Edinburg, Texas.

 

CLEAN-UP DAY IN CRAIG AND STEAMBOAT TODAY

Both Routt and Moffat Counties are holding their Community Clean-up Days today.  Craig residence can drop off tires and appliances free, at Craig City Park between 9am-4pm. No used tires or appliances will be accepted if you are a commercial generator of these items.  The Moffat County Landfill, in the past, would allow free dumping for the day.  However, that system has changed.  Now all county residents are eligible for one free dump voucher per year.  Those vouchers can be used any day of the year. To obtain a voucher stop by the Commissioners office, located in the Courthouse during normal business hours. No vouchers will be issued at the Landfill.  Interstate Batteries will be accepting used auto/commercial batteries for recycling at the north end of City Park. For every auto/commercial battery received Interstate Battery will donate $5 to Relay for Life.  You can also take old electronics, such as computer equipment, to City Park from 10a-2p, where volunteers will dispose of them separately. Due to some of the chemicals in computers, you cannot take them to landfills.  Steamboat’s observance starts with breakfast at the Routt County Courthouse at 8 this morning.  Those that show up will be asked to help clean-up roadways throughout the county.  Volunteers will also enjoy lunch after the work is done.  You’ll find more information about the Steamboat event by clicking here.

John Denver Tribute Concert Tonight In Craig

“Take Me Home” a tribute to the music of John Denver, starring Jim Curry is the final presentation in the current Craig Concert Association season.  Jim Curry, the top performer of John Denver’s music today and a five piece band will perform tonight at Moffat County High School beginning at 7.  Curry was selected as the singing voice of John Denver in the made for TV movie “Take Me Home: The John Denver Story”, which was broadcast in 2000.  Tickets for non-members will be available at the door for $20.   A video of Jim Curry performing is below.

LINCOLN DAY DINNER IN CRAIG TONIGHT

The Moffat County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner will be held in Craig tonight.  The event is a fundraiser for the republican party.  Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler will be the keynote speaker.  The dinner will be held at the Holiday Inn of Craig.  Cocktails start at 5:30 and the dinner will be at around 6.  Tickets are $50 a piece.  For more information call 629-9762.

Moffat County High Graduation Week Schedule

May 21ST – Academic Awards Night/NHS Induction, 6:30pm MCHS Auditorium
May 22nd – Baccalaureate – 7pm -Hosted by Ministerial Association and Young Life
May 23rd – Athletic Awards Night 6:30pm – MCHS Auditorium
(Dude Dent, Top Female Athlete and Sports MVP’s will be awarded)
May 24th – Senior Checkout and Graduation Practice 8am – Graduates don’t be late

May 25th – GRADUATION – 10am Sharp – High School Gym. Graduates report at 9:25am

  • Shuttles run beginning at 9am from K-Mart to the front door of the High School
  • Handicapped access and unique accommodations can be arranged by calling the school office at 824-7036
  • Get there early. Seating is limited. Arriving 30 minutes early is a very sound strategy to find preferred seating
  • Finally, public enthusiasm and applause is expected and anticipated However, please leave the air horns, silly string and beach balls at home


In high school sports:
Today:

In track:
Moffat County, Steamboat, Hayden, Soroco, Rangely and Meeker continue at the state meet in Denver.
Little Snake River Valley continues at the state meet in Casper.

In boys swimming:
Moffat County competes at the State meet in Thornton.

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