NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH

Meeker Capitor Christmas Tree Celebration

[img src=http://krai.com/wp-content/flagallery/meeker-capitor-christmas-tree-celebration/thumbs/thumbs_capitol-christmas-tree-in-meeker.jpg]30Meeker Capitol Christmas Tree Celebration - Tree on Display
[img src=http://krai.com/wp-content/flagallery/meeker-capitor-christmas-tree-celebration/thumbs/thumbs_capitol-christmas-tree-in-meeker-2.jpg]30Meeker Capitol Christmas Tree Celebration - Tree on Display
[img src=http://krai.com/wp-content/flagallery/meeker-capitor-christmas-tree-celebration/thumbs/thumbs_ute-dancers-1.jpg]30Meeker Capitol Christmas Tree Celebration - Ute Tribe Dancers
[img src=http://krai.com/wp-content/flagallery/meeker-capitor-christmas-tree-celebration/thumbs/thumbs_ute-dancers-3.jpg]30Meeker Capitol Christmas Tree Celebration - Ute Tribe Dancer
[img src=http://krai.com/wp-content/flagallery/meeker-capitor-christmas-tree-celebration/thumbs/thumbs_ute-dancers-2.jpg]30Meeker Capitol Christmas Tree Celebration - Ute Tribe Dancers
[img src=http://krai.com/wp-content/flagallery/meeker-capitor-christmas-tree-celebration/thumbs/thumbs_kids-on-the-rock.jpg]30Meeker Capitol Christmas Tree Celebration - Kids Watching the Celebration
[img src=http://krai.com/wp-content/flagallery/meeker-capitor-christmas-tree-celebration/thumbs/thumbs_ute-dancers-w-santa-in-front-of-tree_0.jpg]30Meeker Capitol Christmas Tree Celebration - Ute Tribe Dancers with Santa and Mrs. Claus
[img src=http://krai.com/wp-content/flagallery/meeker-capitor-christmas-tree-celebration/thumbs/thumbs_signing-the-capitol-christmas-tree-banner-2.jpg]30Meeker Capitol Christmas Tree Celebration - Signing The Official Tree Banner
[img src=http://krai.com/wp-content/flagallery/meeker-capitor-christmas-tree-celebration/thumbs/thumbs_signing-the-capitol-christmas-tree-banner-3.jpg]20Meeker Capitol Christmas Tree Celebration - Signing The Official Tree Banner
[img src=http://krai.com/wp-content/flagallery/meeker-capitor-christmas-tree-celebration/thumbs/thumbs_signing-the-capitol-christmas-tree-banner.jpg]20Meeker Capitol Christmas Tree Celebration - Signing The Official Tree Banner
[img src=http://krai.com/wp-content/flagallery/meeker-capitor-christmas-tree-celebration/thumbs/thumbs_walking-christmas-tree.jpg]30Meeker Capitol Christmas Tree Celebration - The Walking Christmas Tree
[img src=http://krai.com/wp-content/flagallery/meeker-capitor-christmas-tree-celebration/thumbs/thumbs_candy-cane-guy-on-stilts.jpg]20Meeker Capitol Christmas Tree Celebration - Candy Cane Stilt Walker

In high school sports:
Yesterday:

In football:
Little Snake River Valley lost to Dubois in the State Championship game 54-30.

MOFFAT COUNTY WOMAN CHARGED FOR FOOD ASSISTANCE FRAUD

On October 30, 2012, 41-year old Amy Schmedeke appeared for her first court appearance in Moffat County after an investigation by the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.  Schmedeke was charged with one count of Theft $1,000 to $20,000, a class four Felony, and one count of Forgery, a class five Felony.  It is alleged Schmedeke defrauded the Moffat County Department of Social Services by failing to accurately disclose her household income when she applied for and received Food Assistance Benefits.  Possible penalties for Schmedekeif convicted on the charges are 2-6 years on the class 4 Felony and 1-3 years on the class 5 Felony in the Department of Corrections.  Schmedeke is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

ACTIVITIES PLANNED FOR VETERANS DAY WEEKEND

Veterans Day is Sunday, and there are a few activities planned around the weekend in Craig and Steamboat. A free Veterans Day Dance will be held at the Steamboat VFW tonight, starting at 7.  Craig firefighters are planning a fireworks show tomorrow. The fireworks that weren’t used during the 4th of July, due to extreme fire conditions, will be set off Sunday night at dark. They’ll be lit off from the hill by the high school.  And at 11 Monday morning, the Doak Walker Care Center will make veterans available for visits from the public.

 

HEALTH EXPERTS URGE COLORADO RESIDENTS TO GET FLU SHOTS

Dr. Rachel Herlihy, director of the immunization program at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, is urging Coloradans to get their annual flu vaccination. Along with community clinics, many grocery stores and pharmacies offer the vaccinations, as well as some employers.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone six months of age and older get the seasonal flu vaccination. The vaccine is available as a shot or a nasal spray. Flu can strike anytime but is most likely to infect people between October and May.  During the past three flu seasons in Colorado, flu contributed to an average of 1200 Colorado residents being hospitalized each season. No pediatric deaths due to flu were reported in Colorado during the 2011-2012 flu season, but three pediatric flu deaths were reported during the 2010-2011 season and 12 pediatric flu deaths were reported during the 2009-2010 season. People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children; pregnant women; people with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or heart and lung disease; and people 65 years and older.

PARKS AND WILDLIFE APPROVE FISHING REGS, DISCUSS YOUTH HUNT

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission gave final approval to fishing regulations for the 2013 fishing season at the Commission’s November meeting in Yuma on Thursday and Friday. In addition, Commissioners started review of big-game hunting regulations and received informational updates on wildlife research projects, financial issues, an agency marketing plan and the Colorado Archery in the Schools Program. Commissioners received a briefing on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Strategic Plan, which is being rewritten to fulfill requirements of legislation that merged the Colorado Division of Wildlife and Colorado State Parks last year. The fishing regulations for the 2013 fishing season, which begins April 1 of next year, were widely unchanged. Anglers will see new regulations extending walleye and saugeye regulations upstream of Lake Pueblo State Park, standardizing regulations below Kenny Reservoir near Rangely and allowing the take of carp at Switzer Lake in Delta County. Commissioners also began the process of reviewing changes to the big-game regulations for 2013 seasons. Commissioners are considering modifications to the popular late youth elk hunt program. The successful program has put thousands of young hunters into the field since its inception. Originally developed to help address overpopulations of elk on agricultural, private lands in western Colorado, the program is transitioning to continue offering hunting opportunity at a time when elk populations have been reduced to desired long-term levels. If approved by the Commission, late youth elk hunters in 2013 will be able to hunt late seasons in the general area and method of take where their unfilled limited cow or either-sex elk licenses are valid, instead of three large quadrants defined for the 2012 seasons. As part of the changes, Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff is working to develop proposals to expand youth opportunity in the state by looking at hunting of species beyond just elk. For more information on the upcoming meeting schedule or how to listen to live online broadcasts of meetings, please see the Commission web page: http://wildlife.state.co.us/ParksWildlifeCommission/Pages/Commission.aspx.

BENNET STATEMENT ON BLM’S PLAN FOR OIL SHALE DEVELOPMENT IN COLORADO

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet released the following statement in response to the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) announcement that it has published its plan to support research and development of oil shale technologies on Colorado’s public lands.  “Colorado enjoys an abundance of energy resources that when developed responsibly will help us diversify our energy portfolio and lessen our dependence on foreign oil.  I welcome today’s announcement and look forward to the research findings of the Interior Department, and industry, to determine whether oil shale may someday become a viable part of our energy strategy.  “Colorado knows all too well what can happen when we rush into oil shale development. This plan will help ensure that any future commercial oil shale enterprise will proceed in an environmentally sound, socially responsible, and economically viable way. In Colorado and throughout the west, we must ensure that development of our energy resources takes into account our water resources, which are critical to farmers, ranchers, and our state’s economy.”

In high school sports:
Yesterday:

In football:
Little Snake River Valley lost to Dubois in the State Championship game 54-30.

DENVER BRONCOS
The Denver Broncos play at Carolina Sunday.  You can catch all the action live on 55 Country with the pre-game at 9 and the kick-off at 11.