NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH

M.C. COMMISSIONERS APPROVE FINAL READING OF “POT CLUB” BAN

The Moffat County Commissioners, this week, approved the second reading of an ordinance banning “marijuana clubs” in the unincorporated areas of the county.  While retail sales shops won’t be allowed until state regulations have been drawn up, clubs that allow patrons to bring their own marijuana to smoke have been opening up on the Front Range, prompting local governments across the state to issue moratoriums against them.  Commissioners in Moffat County say they don’t want to be inundated with marijuana business without first knowing what rules the state will hand down, and what rules they might want to strengthen locally.  Another ordinance banning marijuana retail outlets and commercial growing facilities will get its second reading next week.

 

CRAIG POLICE WARN OF MORE SCAMS IN THE AREA

The Craig Police Department is warning residents about a couple of scams that have shown up locally.  The first warning is targeted towards making purchases online.  Police say a resident recently thought he was making a purchase through Craig’s List and Google Wallet.  Scammers prey on familiar sites, often duplicating officials looking images that can fool an unsuspecting customer.  This particular customer ended up losing $4,000 in the fraudulent transaction.  The second warning is regarding mail fraud.  A local citizen received a check in the mail for nearly $4,000, allegedly drawn on an account for a group called “Destiny International”.  The victim was told they won a prize of $150,000 in a national drawing, but had to send a processing fee to complete the transaction.  Any time you are told you have to send money to receive money, you are likely dealing with a scam, and should call local law enforcement immediately.

 

CRAIG MOFFAT EDP PROMOTES “SET” TRAINING

Local organizations are getting together to discuss a recent grant intended to strengthen economic development.  Routt, Moffat and Rio Blanco counties received a USDA grant to train individuals in the area of economic development. The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership says “Strengthening our Economies Together”, or SET, training is a critical part of their goal of economic development that builds on the current and emerging economic strengths of the area.  The program encompasses some 35 hours of training over a 9-month period. The sessions are scheduled for the first Wednesday of the month and will rotate between the three counties. The first session is scheduled for March 6th from 9 to 3 at the Steamboat Community Center. There is no cost associated with the program and lunch, coffee and beverages will be provided.

 

TIPTON TO CONDUCT HEARING ON SMALL BUSINESS ISSUES

Today, the Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade, under the chairmanship of Representative Scott Tipton, will conduct a hearing titled Small Business Trade Agenda: Opportunities in the 113th Congress.  The Subcommittee will meet to receive testimony regarding the issues facing small business exporters and to examine trade policy initiatives for the 113th Congress. Specifically, the Subcommittee will hear directly from small firms about the obstacles and barriers that deter them from exporting.  Total U.S. exports in goods and services reached nearly 14 percent of U.S. GDP in 2012. Considering that only one percent of small businesses currently export, witnesses will provide specific policy recommendations on how Washington can help small companies increase exports and create new American jobs.

 

HOUSE TO CONSIDER TUITION BREAKS FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

Colorado House lawmakers are considering a bill to grant illegal immigrants the same tuition rate as legal state residents.  The proposal is expected to reach the governor’s desk, and it’s already passed the Senate.  With the bill, illegal immigrants who graduate from Colorado high schools would be able to attend college at the in-state rate.  They currently have to pay the more expensive out-of-state rate. Lawmakers have tried to pass the bill several times, but it’s been blocked in previous years by both parties.  The bill’s likely passage highlights a shift in the state. Less than a decade ago, the Democratic-controlled Legislature passed a bill that barred illegal immigrants from receiving any non-emergency state benefits.

 

MORSE STILL PUSHING GUN MANUFACTURER BILL

The Democratic sponsor of a bill to hold manufacturers and sellers of assault-style weapons liable for the violence that occurs with the guns says he’s found a way around a conflict with federal law.  Senate President John Morse introduced his bill yesterday, but gave an overview the day before.  Critics immediately questioned whether Morse’s bill would result in gun dealers essentially having to profile firearms purchasers based upon their appearance.  Under the bill, manufacturers and sellers of semi-automatic rifles could be sued for violent acts committed with the guns if they “negligently entrusted” the assault-style weapon to someone whom they “reasonably should have known might use the weapon” to cause harm. Under the bill, manufacturers and sellers would have to “use the highest degree of care” in selling, storing or transferring weapons.  The bill exempts handguns, shotguns and bolt-action rifles.

 

51 FUGITIVES CAUGHT BY NEW APPREHENSION TEAM IN WYOMING

The new Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Apprehension Team has had a busy first month.  The Team has made a total of 51 arrests since it went into operation on January 22. Charges range from misdemeanor warrants issued by the Circuit Courts in Rock Springs and Green River and by other courts and jurisdictions to felony offenses including drug trafficking, sexual assault, aggravated assault, and robbery.  Most recently, the team has tracked down and arrested three men for multiple counts of 2nd and 3rd degree sexual assault, and 1st and 2nd degree sexual assault of a minor; two of the suspects were captured locally and the third in Natrona County.  29 year old Tabitha Chenoweth was recently added to the list. She is wanted for Unlawful Manufacture or Delivery of Methamphetamine, and Conspiracy to Deliver Methamphetamine. She is described as a white female, 5’9″, and about 160 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.  Sweetwater County Sheriff Rich Haskell is asking that anyone with information about Chenoweth contact the Sheriff’s Office or other law enforcement agency.

In high school sports:
Yesterday:

In basketball:
The Steamboat boys fell to Golden in the first round of the state playoffs (58-44).

Today:
In basketball:
At the Wyoming 1-A State tournament in Casper:

The Little Snake River Valley girls play Arvada-Clearmont at 10:30.  The boys play Upton at 7:30.

In Colorado 3-A:
In the first round of the district tournament The Moffat County girls beat Basalt 56-26 and the Moffat County boys defeated Gunnison 71-52.  In round 2, the girls play Friday at 3pm and the boys play at 8:15pm.  You can catch the action from both games live on 93.7  102.3 KRAI with the girls pre-game at 2:15. and the boys at 8.  You can also listen online HERE.

Tomorrow:
In 2-A District playoffs:
The Meeker girls take on Hotchkiss at 3.
The Meeker boys play West Grand at 4:30.
The Rangely girls battle Paonia at 6.
The Hayden boys play Paonia at 7:30.

In 4-A:
The Steamboat girls play at Windsor in the second round of the state playoffs at 7.