NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 10TH

GREYHOUND BUS CATCHES FIRE WEST OF CRAIG

Emergency personnel responded to a bus fire Friday afternoon, that closed part of Highway 40 for a couple of hours.  The Colorado State patrol says the bus driver pulled over about 5 miles west of Craig, to fix a flat tire.  While the tire was being fixed, the Greyhound bus caught fire.  It’s not clear what the cause of the fire was.  There were 17 passengers aboard, but none were hurt.  The bus sustained enough damage to where it could not be driven away.  The passengers were all transported to the Greyhound bus station in Craig, where they were able to make alternate travel arrangements.  The highway was closed for about 2 hours, while authorities put out the fire and cleaned up the mess.

 

2 BILLS FROM GUN CONTROL PACKAGE FAIL

Colorado’s most sweeping gun control package in memory advanced after a marathon 12-hour debate Friday – but it didn’t survive intact.  The gun packages advances only after Democrats withdrew two of the most controversial pieces of the package, a gun ban on college campuses and a measure to hold gun owners liable for damages caused by their weapons.  The surviving pieces included a limit on ammunition magazines and a gun ban for people accused of domestic violence.  Five of seven gun-control measures advanced. One more round of votes is required next week before the measures clear the Senate.

OBAMA TO TAP PEREZ AS LABOR SECRETARY

Two people familiar with the White House deliberations say President Barack Obama is poised to select Justice Department official Thomas Perez as the next labor secretary.  The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the official announcement has not yet been made.  Perez is head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and previously served as Maryland’s labor secretary. He is expected to have solid support from organized labor and the Hispanic community, which is eager to have Hispanic representation in Obama’s cabinet.  Perez was the first Latino elected to the Montgomery County Council in Maryland, where he served from 2002 to 2006.  If confirmed, he would replace Hilda Solis, who resigned in January to return to her native California.  The White House declined to comment.

In high school sports:
In the 3-A state basketball tournament:
The Moffat County boys beat Classical Academy 66-61, then lost to Brush 68-58.

The Moffat County girls beat Jefferson Academy, then fell to Kent Denver 58-50.

At 2-A Regionals:
The Meeker girls beat Dolores 60-24, then lost to Simla 55-51.

The Hayden boys defeated Sangre De Cristo 53-41, then lost to Yuma 50-33.

The Rangely girls topped Wray 47-43, then fell to Lutheran 73-43.

The Meeker boys fell to Haxtun 55-34.

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