NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR TUESDAY, APRIL 16TH

STEAMBOAT COUPLE SHAKEN BUT NOT HURT WHILE IN BOSTON

A Steamboat runner at the Boston Marathon, says she and her husband are unhurt after yesterday’s bombing.  Jennifer Schubert-Akin and her husband Rick Akin are president and vice president of the Steamboat Institute.  Jennifer was running in her 19th consecutive Boston Marathon, her goal to finish in under four hours.  She finished in three hours and 58 minutes, two minutes before the bombs went off.  Jennifer was picking up her race medal at the time, and was worried about her husband, who had started walking back in the direction of the bombs after she finished the race.  Fortunately, Rick traveled to the adjacent block before heading in that direction.  The Akins say they are heartbroken over the loss of life yesterday, and their thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the tragedy.  Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid also has a tie to the Boston area.  Kinkaid’s daughter works in downtown Boston.  The commissioner says his daughter was not hurt in the blasts.

 

RENEWABLE ENERGY BILL SLIPS THROUGH SENATE

A bill to dramatically raise renewable energy requirements for Colorado cooperative electric associations has cleared the state Senate by a single vote.  Senators voted 18-17 yesterday evening after hours of debate. The bill requires the electricity co-ops to get 25 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2020, up from 10 percent.  The measure limits consumer rate hikes to pay for the renewable energy upgrade to 2 percent. But Republicans vigorously opposed the bill, saying it would drive up prices for the mostly rural customers. Two Democrats voted against the bill, too.  The bill expands the definition of renewable energy to include coal-mine methane and gas produced from solid waste.  The bill now heads to the House.

 

CNCC RODEO TEAM RECEIVES HONORS

The Colorado Northwestern Community College’s rodeo team received some unexpected accolades at the Regional Awards Ceremony Saturday night in Grand Junction.  The school hosted a competition April 5th and 6th, and college officials say it was a huge success.  In fact, it was such a success that coaches and students from the region voted the Spartan Showdown the Runner-up Rocky Mountain Region Rodeo of the Year, just two votes behind the College of Southern Idaho.  CNCC Head Rodeo Coach Jed Moore was also named Coach of the Year.  Pepper Lewis, CNCC’s Dax Hadlock’s horse was selected as the AQHA Rocky Mountain Region Horse of the Year.  CNCC will have a presence at this year’s College National Finals Rodeo in Casper this summer.

 

STEAMBOAT CREWS TO SPRING CLEAN CITY’S MEDIANS

City crews in Steamboat will be spring cleaning the Medians along Highway 40 from downtown to Anglers Drive and the Mount Werner Road Medians on next week, weather permitting. The Highway 40 project will be done April 23rd and the Mount Werner Road project will be done on the 24th.  Work will begin after 8 in the morning and should end by 4 in the afternoon, so as to minimize delays. Left lanes will be closed in both directions. Crews are asking drivers to slow down in work areas and drive safely.

 

VOTING CHANGES APPROVED IN STATE HOUSE COMMITTEE

Opponents say a bill creating major changes in the state’s election process will open the door to more voter fraud, but House Democrats approved it anyway.  Supporters say House bill 1303 will make voting easier, but opponents say that’s unnecessary, pointing out that the 2012 election turnout in Colorado was the third highest in the nation.  The measure was crafted without any input from the state’s top election officer, Scott Gessler.  The bill would allow voters to register up to the date of an election, and would make every election a mail-in election.  It also eliminates “inactive status” for those who miss an election.  Democrats dismissed any threat of voter fraud in passing the bill 7-4 in a House committee.  The bill now goes to the full house.

 

SCHOOL FUNDING BILL ADVANCES IN THE LEGISLATURE

An ambitious overhaul to how Colorado handles school funding has advanced another step in the state Legislature.  The House Education Committee voted 7-6 late yesterday for a sweeping overhaul to address years of unequal pupil funding and a school-finance system that doesn’t accommodate education reforms made in recent years.  The bill has already passed the Senate, and legislative leaders in the House say they expect the funding overhaul will make it to the governor’s desk. But there are big questions about whether the funding overhaul will take effect.  The bill hinges on approval by voters of a hefty hike in state income taxes, somewhere around $1 billion. A smaller tax hike for schools was rejected by voters in 2011.

 

SWEETWATER COUNTY SHERIFF WARNS OF PHISHING SCAM

The Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office yesterday issued an alert on a fraudulent email being circulated.  Sheriff Rich Haskell said the bogus email looks like a “Customer Notification” that was sent from American Airlines and supposedly notifies the recipient that a “bought” airline ticket is attached and available. The email provides a link and directs the recipient to download their phony “ticket.”  Haskell says If you click on the link, you’ll find yourself on a fake website that will begin requesting personal or financial information. In many instances, by clicking on the link you will be downloading spyware or a virus.  Officials stressed that people should never open links contained in emails from unknown sources.

In high school sports:
Today:

In baseball:
Moffat County hosts a double header with Steamboat.  The first game starts at 3.
Rangely hosts Grand Valley at 3.

In girls lacrosse:
Steamboat hosts Grand Junction at 4.