MATHERS SPEAKS OUT ON DECISION TO PUT SECESSION ISSUE TO PEOPLE
Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers gave an interview to the Colorado Observer this week, explaining his vote in favor of joining the 51st state initiative. Mathers reiterated his disgust with state lawmakers, saying that rural Colorado has no representation at the state capitol. Tuesday, the commissioners voted 2-1 to join the initiative, which would allow several rural counties to secede from the state. Moffat County became the 9 county to join the initiative, and the first on the Western Slope. Three other counties are also considering putting the question on November’s ballot, but must do so by September 5th. Gun control and energy issues are the heart of the secession effort.
CRAIG DOCTOR ACCUSED OF PILL PUSHING IN COURT YESTERDAY
A Craig doctor accused of improperly dispensing drugs that led to the deaths of two patients was in court yesterday in Grand Junction. Doctor Joel Miller faces charges of health care fraud, money-laundering and distributing and dispensing controlled substances. An indictment alleges he tried to defraud health care benefits programs by prescribing painkillers to patients who didn’t necessarily need them at dosages that could cause someone to become addicted. The U.S. attorney’s office in Denver says Miller also is accused of pre-signing prescriptions and allowing office employees to distribute prescriptions in his absence. Miller disputes the charges.
FRANK MOE URGING GOVERNOR TO VISIT CRAIG
Craig resident Frank Moe has written a letter to Governor Hickenlooper, asking him to visit Northwest Colorado. He has also started an online petition to get the state’s top leader to make the trip. In the letter, Moe holds the governor to his statement to the Craig Daily Press about “listening” more to rural issues. He asks that the governor spend some time in the area, and attend some town hall meetings to hear from the citizens of rural Colorado. The letter asks that the governor make the visit within the next 60 days. You can sign Moe’s petition, by clicking here.
TIPTON TO VISIT NORTHWEST COLORADO
Representative Scott Tipton will be in Northwest Colorado over the next few days. Tipton will be conducting town hall meetings in Craig, Steamboat and Walden. He’ll give updates on current legislation on issues such as immigration, health care, and the economy. He’ll also talk about legislation he’s drafting, and answer questions from the audience. Tonight’s meeting is from 6 to 7 at The Memorial Hospital at Craig. Tomorrow, Tipton will meet with residents at Mountain Brew in Steamboat from 9:30 to 10:30. Saturday, he’ll be at the Moose Creek Cafe in Walden from 10 to 11.
EAGLE, ROUTT, GRAND, SUMMIT COUNTIES DESIGNATED DISASTER AREAS
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Eagle County as a primary natural disaster area due to recent drought conditions. The designation also triggered contiguous disaster designations for Garfield, Grand, Lake, Pitkin, Routt, and Summit counties. USDA disaster designations make farmers and ranchers eligible for assistance from the Farm Service Agency. Producers in counties designated as primary or contiguous disaster areas are eligible to be considered for FSA emergency loans. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the disaster declaration to apply for assistance. Local FSA offices can provide farmers and ranchers with additional information.
RECALL ELECTIONS GOING THROUGH MORE HURDLES
Colorado elections administrators aren’t done ironing out the procedure for next month’s legislative recalls in Colorado Springs and Pueblo. A Denver judge is hearing the latest legal wrinkle in the September 10th recall elections for two Democrats, Senators Angela Giron and John Morse. Both are facing recall elections because of their support for gun-control measures. Colorado Libertarians don’t like how the secretary of state has proposed to collect votes from military and overseas voters. State elections officials say the system in place is workable and allows military and overseas voters the most possible time to cast ballots. The recalls are the first for state lawmakers in history.
In high school sports:
In cross country:
Steamboat goes to a meet at Cheyenne Mountain.
In boys golf:
Steamboat and Moffat County are in Montrose for a tournament at 9.
Steamboat hosts Eagle Valley at 7.
Meeker goes to Grand Valley at 7.
Rangely is home against Dove Creek at 7.
Steamboat, Meeker, Rangely and Moffat County go to Glenwood for a 2-day tournament.
Soroco hosts Vail Mountain at 4.
Little Snake River Valley goes to Saratoga for a 2-day tourney.
In boys tennis:
Steamboat heads to Fossil Ridge at 3:30.
In cross country:
Rangely heads to Delta at 2.
The Denver Broncos host Arizona tonight in their final game of the pre-season. You can catch all the action live on 55 Country, with the pregame at 5 and the kick-off at 7.