NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4TH

ROMNEY AND OBAMA FOCUS ON ECONOMY IN FIRST DEBATE

In a showdown in Denver, an aggressive Mitt Romney sparred with President Barack Obama in their first campaign debate Wednesday night over taxes, deficits and strong steps needed to create jobs in a sputtering national economy.  In a rare post-debate concession, some Democratic strategists not involved in the campaign conceded the president was not at his best and missed opportunities to challenge his rival.  The former Massachusetts governor virtually lectured Obama at one point after the president accused him of seeking to cut education funds. “Mr. President, you’re entitled to your own airplane and your own house, but not your own facts,” he said.  The economy dominated the evening, as it has in the race for the White House all year.  Pre-debate opinion polls showed Obama with a slight advantage in key battleground states and nationally.  You can voice your opinion on which candidate would best serve Northwest Colorado by answering the survey question to the right.  You can also listen to the interview Mitt Romney gave exclusively to KRAI earlier this year by clicking the link below.

KRAI INTERVIEW WITH MITT ROMNEY

 

CRITICS SAY CANDIDATES SHOULD HAVE DEBATED GUN LAWS

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence says the presidential candidates missed an opportunity to address guns in their debate at the University of Denver.  The campaign and members of eight families who lost relatives in the Aurora theater shootings in July had urged moderator Jim Lehrer to ask the candidates to address gun violence. Instead, Lehrer stuck to other topics he chose before yesterday’s debate.  Tom Teves’ son, Alex, attended the university and was killed in the shootings. After the debate, Teves said that he doubts the topic will come up in any debates, insisting that no one has the courage to speak about it.

 

WILDFIRE CLOSES HIGHWAY 13 NORTH OF RIFLE

Firefighters say a brush fire about 13 miles north of Rifle is threatening a home and some radio towers.  Colorado River Fire Rescue Chief Mike Morgan says no evacuations had been ordered as of yesterday afternoon.  The fire was reported just before 1 yesterday afternoon and grew to more than 100 acres in 20 mph winds with gusts up to 40 mph. The fire had closed part of Colorado Highway 13, but Morgan says the fire is moving away from the road.  The cause of the fire hasn’t been determined, but Morgan says it is likely human caused.  Three water tenders, eight engines and a helicopter were on the scene, with more resources ordered.

 

LOGGING OPERATION SCHEDULED FOR HOWELSON HILL THIS WEEKEND

The City of Steamboat is contracting with local logging company Precision Timber Falling who will be working with Connors Aviation to remove more than 90 mature Douglas-fir trees from the Howelsen Hill Ski Jump Complex Saturday and Sunday, weather dependent. A forest health assessment conducted by the Colorado State Forest Service indicated that many of the Douglas-fir on the hill were infested by Douglas-fir beetles — close relatives of the mountain pine beetles that have affected millions of acres of lodgepole pine forest in Colorado. Removing the trees at Howelsen Hill will help prevent further spread of the beetles.  Logs will be removed by helicopter to minimize the impact on remaining vegetation and existing trails.  Robbie’s Cut, Mile Run and the outrun access of the jumps will be closed to all use while the tree removal operation is in progress.

 

NEW POLL SHOWS PACE IS CLOSING THE GAP WITH TIPTON

Yesterday, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released a new Grove Insight poll, which shows the race for Colorado’s Third Congressional District in a statistical tie. The poll shows Sal Pace climbing to well within the margin of error, running 39-42 against the incumbent.  In all the public polling available, incumbent Congressman Scott Tipton has never broken 50%, however Pace hasn’t yet hit 40%. Additionally, in this particular poll, almost half of all respondents-46%-gave Congressman Tipton a negative evaluation of his time in office, with only 37% approving.  The poll by Grove Insight was conducted September 25th through the 27th.  A link to the full results can be found here.

 

GESSLER SENDS OUT THANK YOU LETTERS TO REGISTERED VOTERS

Colorado registered voters who received letters questioning their citizenship are getting follow-up letters thanking them for responding and letting them know their status is verified.  The letters went to 3,903 registered voters in August in a contentious effort by Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler to find illegally registered non-citizens on the state’s voter roll. Gessler says a federal immigration database found that 141 voters on the list are not citizens – about .004 percent of the state’s nearly 3.5 million voters.  Gessler’s office says they want to reassure voters who received letters that their status has been verified and correct a misperception from critics that eligible voters may have been purged.  Gessler mailed letters last week to 1,104 people who responded with proof of citizenship.

 

MOFFAT COUNTY HOMECOMING ACTIVITIES INCLUDE ALUMNI DINNER TONIGHT

The Moffat County High School Booster Club is holding a dinner to honor alumni tonight.  Featured guests will be the 1967 football team.  The dinner is part of Moffat County’s homecoming week activities.  It starts at 6 tonight at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavillion.  Later tonight, students will take part in the annual bonfire.  Last year’s bonfire was cancelled due to extreme fire conditions.  Tomorrow’s homecoming parade starts at 1 at Craig City Park, and runs along Victory Way to the Centennial Mall parking lot. 

In high school sports:
Today:

In boys soccer:
Steamboat travels to Battle Mountain for a game at 6.
Moffat County welcomes Grand Valley at 4.

In volleyball:
Soroco hosts Vail Mountain at 4.

Tomorrow:
In football:
Little Snake River Valley plays at Kaycee at 1.
Soroco is home against Vail Christian at 7.
Meeker welcomes Paonia at 7.
Hayden hosts West Grand at 7.
Rangely plays at Vail Mountain at 7.
Steamboat heads to Battle Mountain at 7.
Moffat County is home against Summit.  You can catch that game live on (93-7/102-3) KRAI with the pre-game at 6:45 and the kick-off at 7.  You can also listen online at krai.com.

In volleyball:
Little Snake River Valley goes to Kaycee.
Hayden travels to Plateau Valley at 6.
Soroco is on the road to North Park at 4.
Meeker hosts Hotchkiss at 5.
Rangely is home against Vail Mountain at 6.

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