CNCC COMMENCEMENT TO TAKE PLACE MAY 11TH
Colorado Northwestern Community College is preparing for its commencement next weekend. A few activities will lead up to the commencement, including a Nurse pinning ceremony in Craig, and ceremonies in Rangely for the Aviation Technology and Dentistry Departments. The President’s Luncheon takes place at noon on the 11th at the Johnson Dining Hall on the Rangely campus. Commencement takes place at 2 that afternoon, with Jean White as the keynote speaker.
POSTAL CARRIERS REMIND RESIDENTS TO CONTRIBUTE TO FOOD DRIVE
Letter Carriers are asking postal customers “to help the hungry” and donate to the annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive across America on Saturday, May 11th. This is the nation’s largest one-day food drive. All food collected will go to local food bank charities, which will make distribution to area families in need. Customers should fill a plastic bag with food items and set it by their mailbox on Saturday, May 11th for collection. Food items should be non-perishable items, such as dried, canned and packaged products. Items most needed by food banks are canned meats, soup, fruits and vegetables; and packaged non-perishables such as pasta, cereal, powdered milk and vegetables. Nearly a billion pounds of food have been collected by letter carriers and Post Offices over the last 20 years to feed America’s hungry. A total of 10,000 communities and Post Offices in all 50 states are participating this year.
AG DEPARTMENT TO HOLD TOWN HALL MEETING IN CRAIG
The Colorado Department of Agriculture invites the public to attend a town hall meeting in Craig next week focusing on meat processing and inspections. Topics include the inspection process, facility requirements, custom exempt processing facility requirements, and marketing opportunities and assistance. The idea is to find out more about the needs of producers and meat processors and how the department can assist in developing new marketing opportunities. The meeting is open to the public, free of charge, and everyone is invited to participate. The meeting will be Thursday at 3 in the Conference room of the Moffat County Courthouse. For more information, click here.
POLLS SHOW MOST AMERICANS WANT MORE OIL AND GAS PRODUCTION
Western Energy Alliance had publicly released the findings of a national telephone survey of 1,000 high-performing voters evaluating public opinion about domestic oil and natural gas production and the industry practice of hydraulic fracturing. The results confirm voters nationwide support increased domestic energy development and recognize the economic benefits energy brings to our overall economy. Among the key findings, 87% of voters surveyed want domestic production to meet the growing demand for additional sources of energy and more than 78% of voters favor increased development of oil and natural gas in the United States, with 63% strongly favoring. Only 17% of voters oppose the increased development of oil and natural gas. Western Energy Alliance will carry this message to Washington D.C. next week along with 65 industry representatives, ranchers, county commissioners, state legislators, regulators, and others aimed at educating Congress and federal policymakers on the enormous economic and energy potential of the West.
PARKS AND WILDLIFE SAY LEAVE BABY ANIMALS ALONE
Despite the wintry weather in many parts of the state, spring is here, and with it comes the arrival of baby birds and mammals to Colorado. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is now reminding citizens that newborn wildlife may be found in their yards, along trails, or in open spaces, and the best advice is to leave them alone. Each year, Parks and Wildlife receives scores of calls from concerned people about wildlife that have been “abandoned” by adult animals. Many are tempted to “help” a young animal by picking it up or trying to feed it, however it is critical that people understand there is no substitute for their natural parents. Wildlife experts agree that it is quite normal for adult animals to leave their young in a safe place while they go forage for food. And often baby birds are learning to fly or fledging, near their nests when they are deemed abandoned. While well-meaning people sometimes gather up this baby wildlife and bring them to wildlife rehabilitation facilities, it is often the wrong thing to do. Wildlife officials say baby mammals are nearly scentless in order to prevent predators from finding them. When humans touch these animals, they are imparting them with a scent their adults will not recognize or even fear. This can result in true abandonment of healthy offspring. If you suspect a baby animal has been abandoned, call your local wildlife agency and report it.
ANOTHER GUN ACCESSORY MANUFACTURER LEAVES COLORADO
A company that makes gun sights and other firearms accessories says it’s pulling its core operations from Colorado following recent gun control measures and setting up shop in Laramie. HiViz Shooting Systems, based in Fort Collins, manufactures sights, recoil pads and other shooting accessories. The company’s management has been open about its dissatisfaction with recent Colorado gun control legislation. Wyoming Governor Matt Mead announced he welcomes HiViz to Wyoming. The governor’s office says the company intends to set up operations in Laramie with 14 employees with more to come later this year. Mead’s office has been courting firearms companies to relocate to Wyoming.
In high school sports:
In girls soccer:
Moffat County beat Grand Junction Central (1-0).
Steamboat goes to Summit for a double header. The first game starts at 10.
Moffat County goes to Roaring Fork for a double header, with the first game starting at 11.
In boys lacrosse:
Steamboat is home against Grand Junction at 11.
In girls lacrosse:
Steamboat hosts Durango at 10.
Hayden, Rangely, Steamboat, Soroco and Meeker go to Battle Mountain at 9.
Little Snake River Valley runs at the Shane Brock Invite in Lander at 9.