NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH

HAYDEN TOWN COUNCIL IS SET WITHOUT AN ELECTION

The town of Hayden will NOT have an election for their town council this year.  According to town officials, they won’t need one.  That’s because none of the candidates running this year have any opposition.  Without challengers, the candidates will simply take their seats in the new year.  There were 4 seats up for election this year, including Mayor Jim Haskins seat.  He’ll serve his second term starting in January.  Also returning to the board are Bill Hayden and Richard Hagins.  Jim Folley will take the seat being vacated by Tom Rogalski.

 

ROUTT COUNTY ROAD AND BRIDGE COMPLETES CULVERT REPLACEMENT

Routt County Road and Bridge has good news for those that use Routt County Road 33.  The road is now open.  The department had been working on a culvert replacement on the road, and traffic was limited during the work.  Now crews say their done with the replacement project and they’ve reopened the road.  Questions or concerns regarding the work should be directed to the Road and Bridge Department at 879-0831.

 

METAL CONCENTRATIONS RISING IN ROCKY MOUNTAIN WATERSHED

Researchers say warmer air temperatures are causing significant increases in zinc and other metal concentrations in the Rocky Mountain watershed.  According to the reports, rising concentrations of zinc and other metals in the upper Snake River west of the Continental Divide near Keystone may be caused by falling water tables, melting permafrost and other problems caused by warmer air temperatures.  High concentrations of dissolved metals in the upper Snake River watershed are also being blamed on acid drainage from past and present mining activities.  The studies were led by the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Colorado, Boulder.

 

JUDGE DENIES LAWSUIT FILED BY MARIJUANA ADVOCATES

Marijuana advocates have lost their bid to get language in the Colorado Blue Book restored.  The Blue Book is a publication that educates voters on the amendments that will show up on the upcoming general election ballot.  Marijuana supporters say a Colorado legislative committee wrongly took out some of the language supporting the measure.  However a Denver Judge says he can’t intervene in a Legislative process, and therefore dismissed a lawsuit filed to get the language back in.  Amendment 64 would allow anyone 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana, and allow an individual to grow up to 6 plants for personal use.

 

ANTI-ABORTION MEASURE WON’T MAKE THE NOVEMBER BALLOT

The Colorado Secretary of State’s office says a proposed anti-abortion amendment will not be on the November ballot, despite any legal action from proponents to prove they collected enough voter signatures.  Secretary of State spokesman Andrew Cole says the deadline for ballot certification was Monday. Even if a judge rules personhood sponsors’ petition was sufficient, the measure would have to wait for the 2014 general election.  Secretary of State Scott Gessler announced last month that backers of the divisive “personhood” amendment fell about 3,900 valid signatures short of the some 86,000 needed.  The measure would amend the state constitution to extend protection of life to “all human beings at any stage of development.”

 

HICKENLOOPER AND FORMER GOVERNORS SUPPORT AMENDMENT S

Governor John Hickenlooper has gathered the support of his two predecessors to promote Amendment S, which will show up on this year’s ballot.  The amendment is intended to reform the state’s personnel system.  Former Governors Bill Ritter and Bill Owens joined Hickenlooper yesterday at a press conference explaining why the Amendment should be passed.  The measure is driven by the legislature, and lawmakers say it’s needed to modernize and make flexible the state’s rigid personnel rules.  It is said to limit the state’s ability to hire some workers and contractors.

 

WYOMING AUTHORITIES RECOVER 2ND DROWNING VICTIM

Members of the Sweetwater Dive Team recovered the body of a second probable drowning victim from Washakie (WASH-uh-key) Reservoir on the Wind River Indian Reservation last week.  According to Sweetwater County Sheriff Rich Haskell, on September 3 22 year old Chelsea Friday and 18-year-old Theron Quiver were swimming in the Washakie Reservoir, about six miles west of Fort Washakie, when they went beneath the surface and did not come up.  Friday’s body was recovered by Fremont County authorities the nest day, but searchers were unable to locate Quiver.  Haskell said the Sweetwater Dive Team traveled to the reservoir at the request of officials in Fremont County and began their dive operation around midday. They located Quiver’s body near the dam.  Haskell said the investigation into the deaths is being conducted by the Wind River Police Department, the Fremont County Coroner’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

 

CNCC FOUNDATION TO HOLD FOUNDATION DINNER SATURDAY

The Colorado Northwestern Community College Foundation is holding their Foundation dinner this weekend.  The dinner will be catered by Tin Cup Grill and valet parking will be available.  There will be live music by Anthony Tremaine, auctions, dinner and drinks.  Tickets are $30 per person and can be found at the CNCC book store, the Foundation office, or at the Craig Chamber.  The event takes place Saturday night from 6 to 10 in the CNCC Craig Campus Commons.

In high school sports:
Today:

In Volleyball:
Hayden hosts Little Snake River Valley at 7:30.
Moffat County is home against Coal Ridge at 6.

In boys soccer:
Moffat County hosts Colorado Rocky Mountain at 4.
Steamboat welcomes Summit at 6.

In boys golf:
Steamboat hosts a tournament with Moffat County attending.

Tomorrow:
In football:
Hayden plays at Rocky Mountain Lutheran at 7:30.
Soroco hosts Plateau Valley at 7.
Rangely is home against Nucla at 7.
Moffat County plays at Steamboat.  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:
Hayden goes to West Grand at 6.
Meeker plays at Plateau Valley at 6.
Rangely welcomes Soroco at 5.

In boys soccer:
Steamboat heads to Palisade at 6.

In boys golf:
Rangely hosts a tournament.

In cross country:
Moffat County and Steamboat run at Heritage.
Meeker goes to Grand Junction.

In high school rodeo:
Moffat County competes at Hotchkiss.