NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR THURSDAY, AUGUST 22ND

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SAFEWAY OFFICIALS SAY CRAIG STORE IS NOT CLOSING

SAFEWAYThe Craig Safeway store is NOT closing.  That’s the official word from Corporate headquarters.  The grocery store’s Director of Public Affairs Kris Staaf said this morning that there has been no decision to close the store, and that the only move being made is to sell the pharmacy.  Staaf disputed employee reports that the Craig Safeway is no longer receiving shipments of food, saying those deliveries ARE still being made.  Staaf wouldn’t say who the pharmacy is being sold to, because those negotiations are ongoing.  She did say though that she expects the sale to be final the week of September 21st.  While this is good news for Safeway employees, Staaf was cautious when talking about the store’s future.  She said the store will continue to be evaluated, and sales will have to rise if they plan to stay in business.  She said with many department and convenience stores now selling groceries, the market has been spread thin, and the store may have to undergo some creative changes to improve their bottom line.  The owner of the building that houses Safeway, Kent Nielson, said earlier this week that Safeway does have an active lease, but wouldn’t go into details about the length of the agreement.

KINKAID DRAWS UP ROUGH DRAFT OF SECESSION RESOLUTION

KINKAIDMoffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid has come up with a rough draft of a proposal he wants to introduce at next week’s Commissioners meeting.  This week, all three commissioners expressed their support for the northeastern counties that have introduced ballot questions to secede from Colorado.  Kinkaid went a step further and said that he would like the county to join the movement.  While the copy he dropped off to KRAI yesterday was what he called “a very rough draft”, it outlines the county’s dissatisfaction with the state.  It highlights gun laws and oil and gas regulations as major factors in the decision, similar to proposals in the northeastern counties.  The commissioners will vote on a more polished version of the resolution at Tuesday’s County Commissioners meeting, which starts at 8:30 in the commissioners meeting room of the Moffat County Courthouse.  To learn more about the secession movement, click here.

 

MEEKER RESIDENTS ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND MEETING ON USE OF OLD SCHOOL

meeker-300The Meeker Community Center Task Force will present a detailed proposal next week for repurposing the old Meeker elementary school as a community center for youth, adults and seniors, which would be housed in the old elementary school.  All residents are encouraged to attend to see how the community and county economy can be dramatically improved with heritage tourism and entertainment.  Representatives of the Carbondale Third Street Center will discuss their successful repurposing of a similar school into a center for non-profit organizations, community groups, small startup businesses and many other opportunities.  Patrick Eidman, Preservation Planner from History Colorado will be present to discuss the powerful economic impact of heritage tourism provided by repurposing historic buildings into useful and attractive venues. Grant provider information will be shown that offers substantial funding for such endeavors. Other preservationist and architectural experts will speak on the topic, and a video of the third street center will be shown. A teleconference number will be provided for those wishing to call in for the workshop.  The meeting will be held Monday afternoon at 1 in the Commissioners hearing room.  For more information call 1-888-348-6437.

 

OAK CREEK TO VOTE ON RETAIL MARIJUANA REGULATIONS

marijuana-leaf-300The Oak Creek Town Board will consider a couple of ordinances dealing with retail marijuana at tonight’s meeting.  Unlike their Western Routt counterparts in Hayden, Oak Creek officials won’t be considering moratoriums against the industry, but rather how to introduce it into the community.  The ordinances will deal with licensing and zoning regulations.  The town will decide how they will license operators of recreational marijuana facilities.  They will also decide where grow operations and retail stores will be allowed to set up.  Tonight’s meeting will be held at 7 at the town offices.

 

3RD STAGE OF PRO U.S.A. CYCLING CHALLENGE ENDS IN STEAMBOAT

bike-race-300Slovakia’s Peter Sagan raced to his second stage victory in the first three legs of the USA Pro Challenge, and Australia’s Lachlan Morton retained the overall lead yesterday.  The 23-year-old Sagan, riding for the Italian-based Cannondale, completed the 106.1-mile stage from Breckenridge to Steamboat in 4 hours, 4 minutes, 18 seconds for his 17th win of the season.  Morton, riding for Garmin-Sharp, finished in the main field in the same time as the winner to retain a 2-second lead over Mathias Frank, the BMC rider from Switzerland. Sagan, a four-time Tour de France stage winner, remained third overall – 11 seconds back.  Slovakia’s Luka Mezgec of Argos-Shimano was second in the stage, followed by Canada’s Ryan Anderson of Optum-Kelly Benefit.

 

HICKENLOOPER ENDORSES TAX HIKE FOR EDUCATION

JOHN-HICKENLOOPER-300Last week, Governor John Hickenlooper joined advocates of Initiative 22 at Green Mountain High School in Lakewood to formally launch the campaign to convince Colorado voters to approve the proposal on November 5th.  According to The Associated Press, the Governor said that the measure would be an investment in Colorado’s economic development and that the state would still remain a low-tax state.  The initiative is opposed by Coloradans for Real Education Reform. Colorado Commits to Kids is the organization advocating for the proposal.  The initiative is a $950 million dollar tax increase intended to improve education standards for K-12 students.  Opponents say the measure would cost taxpayers an extra $250 per year.  They say the state has already tried throwing money at the education system, with hopes that test scores would improve, and it didn’t work.  They say it’s the education system that needs reformed, not the tax structure.

 

PELOSI IN DENVER TO FUNDRAISE FOR DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES

PELOSIU.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi held a breakfast fundraiser for former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, who is running against Republican U.S. Representative Mike Coffman.  A Democratic state official says the fundraiser happened at a private residence in Denver yesterday morning. No other details were available.  The 6th District race between Romanoff and Coffman is expected to be one of the closest contests next year with lots of money pouring in from both parties.  Party registration in the district is split nearly evenly three ways between Democrats, Republicans and independents.  Pelosi also hosted a fundraiser for Democratic U.S. Representative Jared Polis yesterday evening.

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In high school sports:
Tomorrow:
In football:
Meeker goes to Grand Mesa Middle School to play Central’s J-V team at 4.

In boys tennis:
Steamboat hosts Boulder at 4.

In boys golf:
Rangely hosts a tournament at10.