LAWMAKERS VOW IMMIGRATION BILL WILL BE READY WHEN CONGRESS CONVENES
A bipartisan group of senators crafting a sweeping immigration bill vowed yesterday that they would be ready to unveil it when Congress reconvenes in less than two weeks after getting a firsthand look at a crucial component of their legislation: security along the U.S.-Mexico border. The four senators – Republicans John McCain and Jeff Flake of Arizona and Democrats Chuck Schumer of New York and Michael Bennet of Colorado – are members of the so-called Gang of Eight, which is close to finalizing a bill aimed at securing the border and putting 11 million illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship. The lawmakers’ reassurance that their work would be complete by the week of April 8 came after a public feud erupted between the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO over a low-skilled worker provision in the bill – a spat that remained alive Friday as Congress began a two-week recess. But Flake noted yesterday that negotiations over the worker program had resumed; an AFL-CIO negotiator also confirmed the talks were back on.
CRAIG ROTARIANS SEEKING FLAG SPONSORS FOR DOWNTOWN PROJECT
The Rotary Club of Craig is offering residents the opportunity to show community support for Craig and the USA. The group is participating in the 7th year of its American flag project. They’re asking businesses and community members to sponsor flags, and the Rotary Club will display them throughout town on various holidays this year. On Yampa Avenue, the flags are placed on the light poles on both sides of the street from 4th to 6th. On Victory Way, the flags will be placed on both sides of the street starting at Lincoln and heading west every 90 feet. The number of flags that will be posted will depend on the number of flag sponsors. Last year they were able to place 107 flags on both Yampa Avenue and Victory Way. They’re hoping to have even more sponsors this year so the flags can go even farther down the street. To find out how to sponsor a flag, call 826-4444.
CONNECTIONS 4 KIDS OFFERING PARENTING CLASSES
Parenting the Love and Logic Way will be offered in Craig beginning April 9. Love and Logic is a philosophy founded in 1977 by Jim Fay and Doctor Foster Cline. Connections 4 Kids, the early childhood council serving Moffat and Rio Blanco Counties, says Love and Logic provides simple and practical techniques to help parents with kids of all ages raise responsible kids, have more fun in their role and easily and immediately change their children’s behavior. Moffat County Social Services and Connections 4 Kids are offering the six-week class, which will be held from 6 to 8 Tuesday evenings from April 9th to May 14th at the Moffat County Social Services building. The class is offered free of charge, and snacks and child care are provided. For more information, call 824-8282, ext. 47.
SECOND DEATH PENALTY REPEAL BILL SHELVED
The death penalty is staying in Colorado at least for another year. That’s after a state House committee shelved the lone remaining bill that could lead to repealing the punishment. The measure rejected yesterday would have asked voters whether the death penalty should be repealed. The sponsor was a death-penalty supporter, Democratic Representative Rhonda Fields of Aurora. She proposed the ballot measure as a rival to a direct repeal. Fields asked for her bill to be discarded a day after the rival repeal measure failed 6-4 in a separate committee. Two Democrats joined Republicans to preserve the penalty. The death penalty bills were scuttled after Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper indicated he may not support repealing the punishment.
BILL LIMITS TANNING FOR TEENS
Tanning bed limits for minors are closer to approval in Colorado. The state House voted 39-23 to ban people under 15 from using commercial tanning beds without a doctor’s recommendation. Teens from age 15 to 17 would need parental permission every six months to use commercial tanning beds. Colorado is one of the few states with no law limiting tanning bed use by children, though most commercial salons request parental permission for underage clients. The tanning bill limit was opposed by some dermatologists, who said everyone under 18 should be prohibited from commercial tanning beds. The bill now heads to the Senate.
BILLS BEING CRAFTED TO PROTECT HOME OWNERS FROM H.O.A.s
After hundreds of complaints about HOA’s, legislators decided in 2010 to form a department just to gather those complaints. This year, legislators are getting around to crafting bills designed to help protect homeowners when dealing with HOA’s. One bill would require community managers to be licensed through the Division of Real estate. Another bill would force HOA’s to establish a system for collecting debts and give payment options to homeowners who have trouble paying them. The Community Association Institute, an HOA trade group, says it supports the package of bills and called the proposals “balanced and necessary.”
In high school sports:
In girls lacrosse:
Steamboat lost to Battle Mountain (14-3).
In girls soccer:
Steamboat is home against Grand Junction at 1.
Moffat County hosts Vail Christian at 4.
In boys lacrosse:
Steamboat hosts Bountiful at 5:30.
In girls soccer:
Moffat County plays in Rangely at 4.
Soroco runs at the Central Invitational in Grand Junction at noon.
Steamboat goes to Broomfield.
In girls tennis:
Steamboat goes to Poudre at 4.