NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21ST

RIO BLANCO COUNTY AUTHORITIES REMIND RESIDENTS ABOUT “CODE RED”

Rio Blanco County has contracted with Emergency Communications Network to license its CodeRED high-speed notification solution. The CodeRED system provides Meeker and Rangely officials the ability to quickly deliver messages to targeted areas or the entire county.  John Hutchins, Rio Blanco County Emergency Coordinator cautioned that such systems are only as good as the telephone number database supporting them.  That means residents who have recently changed phone numbers, they should update that number with the system.  That can be done online by individuals and businesses.  Hutchins says even if you haven’t recently changed numbers, nobody should simply assume their number is registered.  You can make sure your number is listed by clicking here.

 

STATE OF MOFFAT COUNTY TOMORROW IN CRAIG

Moffat County’s State of the County event takes place tomorrow.  Russell George, president of Colorado Northwestern Community College, and former state legislator, will be tomorrow night’s keynote speaker.  Those attending will also hear a State of the County address from Commissioner Tom Mathers, a State of the City speech by Mayor Terry Carwile, and a State of the Chamber address.  Tomorrow night’s event takes place at the Holiday Inn of Craig.  Social hour starts at 6 and dinner starts at 7.  There will be a cash bar available.  Tickets are $40 for Chamber members, and $50 for non-members, and are available at the Chamber.

 

RESERVATIONS FOR DINOSAUR CAMPGROUND CAN NOW BE MADE ONLINE

Reservations for the Split Mountain Group Campground in Dinosaur National Monument are now available for the peak season, April 19th through October 6th, through Recreation.gov.  During the rest of the year, campsites are available on a first come, first served basis.  Previously, monument staff managed reservations for the Split Mountain Campground in house, but could not accept credit cards, and visitors could not make reservations online.  Split Mountain Group Campground is located along the banks of the Green River, about four miles from the dinosaur quarry, and next to the Split Mountain Boat Ramp. The campground has four sites, and during peak season, is open to organized groups.  For more information on the new reservation system, click here.

 

STEAMBOAT PARKS AND REC OFFERS BABYSITTING CLASSES

The Steamboat Parks and Rec Department is offering American Red Cross Babysitting classes for middle schoolers.  Kids will learn the business of babysitting, child development, and correct techniques for playing with, holding, changing, and feeding infants, toddlers, and children. The class will also include infant and child CPR and first aid.  The after school classes start March 12th and run through the beginning of May.  It’s open to all 6th through 8th grade students, and buses will take the students straight from school, to the Howelson Ice Arena, which is where the classes will be held.  Registration is $100, which includes a snack, training materials, and supplies.  The registration deadline is March 7th.  If you’d like to register, or you just want more information, you can call Steamboat Parks and Rec, or click here.

 

STATE TOURISM OFFICE SAYS THEY WON’T PROMOTE POT TOURISM

Earlier this week, the state task force in charge of coming up with recommendations for marijuana regulation suggested the state promote its pot culture in tourism efforts.  Yesterday, the state tourism office responded, saying they would NOT promote the state as a “pot” destination.  While the tourism office uses television and radio ads to promote brewers within the state, Colorado Tourism Office Director Al White said yesterday he doesn’t want marijuana to be tourists prime reason for coming to the state.  He says if people come to ski, and decide to smoke while their here, “I guess that’s what the amendment is all about”.  The task force has recommended that out of state residents should be allowed to smoke marijuana while in the state.

 

GARDNER INVITES HICKENLOOPER TO TOUR MAGPUL

In light of the raging gun control debate on the state and federal level, Congressman Cory Gardner has invited Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to join him on a tour of Magpul Industries, a gun-parts manufacturer, tomorrow morning.  In a letter to Hickenlooper, Gardner wrote: “Striving to keep our children and our communities safe is an admirable goal and one that I believe we share. However, we must be aware of the unintended consequences that can come with good intentions.”  He went on to say that disarming law abiding citizens not only makes communities less safe, but comes with immediate economic consequences.  Magpul has said it would leave Colorado, taking hundreds of jobs with it, if current proposed gun control legislation passes.  Gardner says it would be a shame for that to happen, especially over legislation that won’t even make residents any safer.  Texas Governor Rick Perry and South Carolina Congressman Jeff Duncan have already reached out to Magpul asking the company to relocate to their respective states, which they say are more friendly to the 2nd Amendment.

 

CU REGENTS POSTPONE CONCEALED CARRY MEASURE

University of Colorado regents have voted to postpone a measure that sought their support for the right to carry concealed weapons on campus.  Regents voted 6-2 yesterday to postpone the measure from Republican regents Sue Sharkey and Jim Geddes, who wanted regents to take a stance on whether concealed-carry permit holders could bring weapons on campus.  Permit holders already can do so following a Colorado Supreme Court ruling last year that said CU couldn’t ban them from bringing guns to school because the ban wasn’t approved by the Legislature. CU still bars guns from campus dorms and ticketed events, such as basketball games.  Some state legislators are now trying to pass a bill that would allow public college campuses to ban guns.

In high school sports:
Today:

In wrestling:
Moffat County, Meeker, Hayden, Rangely, Oak Creek, and North Park are at the State Wrestling Tournament.

THURSDAY PRELIMINARY RESULTS
Moffat County:
120 – Issic Herod – lost pin
138 – Brayden Peterson – lost 10-7
182 – Jessi Demoor – won pin

Meeker:
113 – Tristin Pelloni -lost 6-2
120 – Kylloe Goedert – lost pin
126 – Aaron Cochran – won 8-2
132 – JC Henderson – won 9-1
138 – Anthony Watt – lost pin
152 – Devon Pontine – lost 9-6
160 – TJ Shelton – won 16-0
170 – JR Crawford – won 8-4

Hayden:
106 – Judd Magee – lost pin
113 – Tanner Guire – lost 14-1
132 – Kent Miller – lost pin
160 – Taylor Lewis – lost pin
182 – Ryan Domson – won pin

SoRoCo:
120 – Colton Martindale – lost pin
195 – Cody Constine – lost pin

Rangely:
145 – Lucas Heinle – lost 9-3
152 – Ethan Allred – lost pin
160 – Colton Coombs – lost pin
195 – Drew Collins – lost pin

North Park :
126 – TJ Richards – lost pin
170 – Derrick Richards – won pin
195 – Adrian Cereceres – won 5-4
220 – Anjel Arrendondo – lost pin

In basketball:
Little Snake River Valley’s boys take on Saint Stephens in the first round of the playoffs at 7 at Lander Valley High School.  The girls also play Saint Stephens at 5:20.

Tomorrow:
In Wrestling:
Moffat County, Meeker, Hayden, Rangely, Oak Creek, and North Park continue at the State Wrestling Tournament.  You can catch all the action live on KRAI with our coverage picking back up at 9:45 tomorrow morning.  You can also listen online HERE.

In basketball:
Moffat County hosts Coal Ridge.  The girls play at 6 and the boys at 7:30.
Rangely goes to Meeker.  The girls tip off at 5:30 and the boys at 7.
Soroco heads to Hayden.  The girls start at 5 and the boys at 8:30.

 

Our planned broadcast schedule is below (end times are approximate):

Thursday February 21st:
2A/3A Preliminaries 2:45 to 6:15pm

Friday February 22nd:
2A/3A Championship Quarterfinals and 1st Round Consolation 9:45am to Noon
2A/3A 2nd Round Consolation and Semifinals 5:30 to 9pm

Saturday February 23rd:
2A/3A 3rd Round Consolation and Semifinal Consolation 10:15am to Noon
2A/3A 5th place and 3rd Place matches 1:45 to 4pm
Parade of Champions and 1st place matches (all classes) 6:15 to 10pm