NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR THURSDAY, JANUARY 31ST

REPUBLICANS INTRODUCE BILL TO NULLIFY FEDERAL GUN LAWS

Republican lawmakers in Colorado have presented a bill to nullify any federal efforts at gun control.  The bill would prevent state employees from enforcing firearms laws or statutes that are put in place after January 1st of this year.  The bill specifically touches on assault weapon and large capacity magazine bans.  The bill would actually make it a crime for a federal agent to try to enforce such laws in the state, and would give the state attorney general the go ahead to defend any Colorado resident who violates those federal regulations.  Colorado Sheriff’s, as a group, recently issued a statement saying they fully support the 2nd amendment, but that gun control legislation should be tabled for at least a year, to allow emotions from recent tragedies to cool.  In the meantime, Colorado teachers and other state residents have been lining up to get firearms training.  The Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots will have a meeting next month, with Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz as a guest speaker, to talk about the 2nd amendment.  That meeting will take place February 7th at 7 at the Center of Craig.

 

ENERGY PRODUCTION NUMBERS RELEASED BY YVDP

Yampa Valley Data Partners has come out with some new numbers on energy development in Routt and Moffat Counties.  The organization says the number of wells and production of oil and gas in both counties decreased in October of 2012.  That’s compared to numbers from October of 2011.  Coal was a mixed bag, with Moffat County mines upping their production by nearly 13% from the previous year.  In Routt County, coal production continues to decrease at Twenty Mile Coal mine, and while there was no production at the Sage Creek Mine in October, activity there has started to pick up.  Trapper Mine reported a slight decrease in employment.  Moffat and Routt County coal mines produced nearly half of the state’s coal for the month of October.

 

“DRINKING WITH DAD” BILL DEFEATED

A proposal to allow Coloradans between 18 and 21 to drink alcohol with their parents has been overwhelmingly rejected.  The so-called “Drinking With Dad” bill from a Republican senator would have allowed parents to buy alcohol for their children at Colorado bars and restaurants if they were 18 and older but not 21 yet.  Senator Greg Brophy said his proposal would have helped parents teach adult children how to drink responsibly in public. A similar law exists in Wisconsin.  A Senate committee disagreed yesterday, voting 4-1 against Brophy’s “Drinking With Dad” bill.

 

PAY RAISE FOR STATE WORKERS GETS PRELIMINARY APPROVAL

The Colorado General Assembly’s Joint Budget Committee yesterday gave preliminary approval to a pay raise for state workers that goes beyond the Governor’s budget request. The new budget proposal would include a 2% baseline increase plus additional funding for merit raises, for a total potential raise of 4.4% for high performing state employees.  A recent salary survey found that the average Colorado state employee, who has not seen a base pay increase in four years, is on average 9% behind their private sector counterparts.  The cost of living is also predicted to increase by 3%.  While state workers say the raise is long overdue, some feel government employees shouldn’t be getting pay raises off of taxpayer dollars, when the tax payers themselves are getting laid off and taking pay cuts.

 

BILL TO PURGE NON-CITIZEN VOTERS IS DEFEATED

A republican attempt to clear Colorado’s voter rolls of suspected non-citiznes died in committee yesterday.  House Bill 1050 would have required the secretart of state to cancel the registrations of those who have been determined by the Department of Homeland Security to be non-citizens.  Democratic opponents claimed the measure would unfairly target legitimate citizens, and say the Homeland Security Department’s database is flawed.  The bill was defeated along party lines.

 

GESSLER FILES SUIT TO STOP INVESTIGATION

Colorado Secretary of State, Scott Gessler is now suing to halt the investigation into misspending allegations, because he says, it’s hurting his reputation.  Gessler’s attorney says the ethics commission has exceeded its authority because the allegations against him don’t involve influence peddling.  He also says the commission has no jurisdiction in criminal matters.  Gessler is accused of spending taxpayer dollars during the Republican National Convention.  The commission says the trip violates prohibitions on the use of state funds for political purposes.

In high school sports:
Today:

In Wrestling:
In dual action Moffat County defeated Coal Ridge 48-19 and beat Steamboat 38-24.
Hayden hosts a triangular at 5:30 with Soroco and Meeker attending.

Tomorrow:
In basketball:
Moffat County goes to Olathe.  The girls play at 5:30 and the boys at 7:30.
Steamboat hosts Summit.  The girls tip off at 6 and the boys at 7:30.
Soroco is home against Meeker.  Both games start at 7:30.
Hayden hosts Rangely.  The girls play at 7 and the boys at 8:30.
Little Snake River Valley is home against Encampment.

In hockey:
Steamboat is on the road to Regis Jesuit at 5:45.

In girls swimming:
Moffat County swims at Colorado Mesa University.

In alpine skiing:
Steamboat goes to Loveland.