NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6TH

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MAJOR STEAMBOAT SEWER PROJECT HAS BEGUN

As part of the ongoing maintenance of the Steamboat’s sewer system, the Utilities Department, in contract with Duckels Construction, has begun work to replace approximately 1,000 linear feet of sewer interceptor in West Lincoln Park. The existing piping is being replaced to improve flow in the line leading from the mountain area and downtown to the wastewater treatment plant.  The project will begin on the west side of the park and finish in the Library parking lot. 13th Street will be partially closed for a one week period sometime in October.  The Library will remain open throughout construction; however visitors can expect impacts to the parking lot between the river and the building. The Core Trail will also remain open during construction, which should be complete the first week of November.

 

BLM SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENT ON COAL LEASE PROPOSAL

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on a preliminary Environmental Assessment looking at whether to offer 3,157 acres of federal coal reserves beneath BLM managed lands in Rio Blanco and Moffat counties in a competitive coal lease sale.  Blue Mountain Energy has submitted a coal Lease by Application to BLM for the parcel adjacent to its Deserado Mine, which is seven miles northeast of Rangely, and currently employs 164 people. The area being considered for lease is estimated to contain 21 million tons of saleable coal.  You can view the environmental assessment by clicking here.

 

CMEDP BOARD MEMBERS TO BE ELECTED LATER THIS MONTH

Members of the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership are encouraged to show up to to their annual meeting to elect directors to the board.  All members in good standing are eligible to vote or run for a position.  There are currently 3 officer positions open, each with a 3 year term. Ballots will be cast in person at the annual meeting. If you are interested in a position or need more information, call 620-4370.  The annual meeting will be held Wednesday, September 19th from 11:30 to 1 at the Moffat County Courthouse.

 

PARKS AND WILDLIFE LOOKING FOR NEW WILDLIFE MANAGERS

Colorado Parks and Wildlife has opened the application process for the next training class of district wildlife managers.  The wildlife manager’s role includes law enforcement, resource management, public education and applying biological expertise to benefit wildlife and people. The entry-level position is open to recent college graduates with a background in wildlife management, biology or closely related field. Applications are also accepted from existing, experienced natural resource professionals seeking a career change.  Applications will be accepted through Monday, Sept. 17.  If you would like to apply, click here.

 

CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTION QUESTION WILL APPEAR ON BALLOT

An initiative to encourage Colorado’s congressional delegation to propose a U.S. constitutional amendment to limit campaign contributions and spending will be before voters this November.  The Colorado Secretary of State’s office said yesterday that supporters of the initiative collected enough signatures to put the question on the ballot. The proposal would also instruct state lawmakers to ratify the campaign finance limits if Congress chooses to pass them.  But the ballot question would be symbolic and have no practical effect if it passes because such a measure can’t require state or congressional representatives to support certain policies.  The proposal addresses 2010 U.S. Supreme Court Citizens United ruling lifted many restrictions on spending from corporations and unions in elections.  The question will appear on the Colorado ballot as Amendment 65.

 

MARIJUANA MEASURE MAY NOT LEAD TO IMMEDIATE TAX BENEFITS

A Colorado marijuana legalization measure got a skeptical review from a legislative panel that warns of possible legal challenges if the measure passes.  The panel crafting the so-called “blue book” that explains November ballot measures to voters added a disclaimer yesterday explaining that legalizing marijuana wouldn’t automatically produce a windfall from a new tax on marijuana.  That’s because legislators would have to refer it to voters for approval. Lawmakers say that poses constitutional conflicts that may result in legal challenges. Lawmakers also struck some of the suggested benefits from legalizing marijuana that supporters wanted voters to read.  The panel cannot change ballot language already approved, but they can change how proposals are described to voters.

In high school sports:
Today:

In volleyball:
Little Snake River Valley hosts H.E.M.
Moffat County is home against Rifle at 6.

In boys soccer:
Steamboat is on the road to Eagle Valley at 6.

Tomorrow:
In football:
Little Snake River Valley hosts Dubois.
Hayden is home against Day Springs Christian at 7.
Steamboat hosts Summit at 7.
Soroco is home against Justice at 7.
Meeker is on the road to Coal Ridge at 7.
Moffat County welcomes Rifle.  You can catch that game live in 93.7 & 102.3 KRAI with the pre-game at 6:45 and the kick-off at 7.  You can also listen online by clicking the link at the top of the sports page.

In volleyball:
Little Snake River Valley plays at Encampment.
Moffat County hosts a tournament with Steamboat attending.
Meeker hosts Hayden at 5.
Rangely heads to Plateau Valley at 6.

In cross country:
Moffat County runs in Grand Junction.