NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR TUESDAY, APRIL 30TH

PRESCRIBED BURN PLANNED SOUTH OF HAYDEN

Routt National Forest fire crews are assessing the feasibility of conducting a prescribed burn this week near the Indian Run State Wildlife Area south of Hayden.  The project area encompasses 800 acres.  A hazardous fuels and wildlife habitat enhancement project, the burn is meant to reduce fuel loading and minimize damage by wintering big-game herds to adjacent private, agricultural lands. The burn will increase forage quality for deer and elk wintering on National Forest lands.  Burn units are composed of mountain shrubs, grass and some aspen.  Suitable weather and fuel moisture will determine the exact date of the burn.

 

CONNECTIONS 4 KIDS PLANS SEX ABUSE PREVENTION WORKSHOPS

Connections 4 Kids early childhood council is presenting a series of sexual abuse prevention and treatment workshops in May in Craig and Meeker. There are workshops geared toward mental health professionals, other professionals who work with children and parents. Meghan Hurley of River Bridge Regional Center, will lead the workshops to raise awareness about sexual abuse identification and treatment and dispel myths about victims.  The workshops begin May 7th.  If you need to know more, call 824-8282.

 

PARKS AND WILDLIFE LAUNCH FISHING ATLAS

Colorado Parks and Wildlife has launched several new tools for anglers ready to enjoy everything Colorado fishing has to offer.  The Colorado Fishing Atlas, the latest interactive mapping tool offered by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, allows users to search for fishing opportunities by species, specific interest or proximity to your home or destination.  Additional information such as handicap accessible fishing access, stocked waters, boat ramps, special fishing regulations, stream gages, license agents and Gold Medal waters is included.  It also has a printable Fishing Resource Report that provides nearby state and federal management agency offices, emergency facilities, campgrounds and fishing license agents.  Click here to access the online version of the Colorado Fishing Atlas.

 

CNCC TO COLLECT FOOD AND BOOKS DURING GRADUATION

The Beta Epsilon Tau & Alpha Phi Psi Chapters of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Colorado Northwestern Community College are participating in Project Graduation … Feed a Body, Feed a Mind, an initiative designed to help alleviate hunger and illiteracy in the community. Graduating students and their guests are asked to bring non-perishable food items or books to the college commencement ceremony next week.  Donation drop-off sites will be at Nichols, Ross and the Weiss Activity Center.  After the graduation ceremony, the books and food will be given to the Rangely Assembly of God Food Bank.  The graduation ceremony is May 11th at 2.

 

MARIJUANA REGULATION ADVANCE IN COLORADO HOUSE

A series of marijuana regulations and taxes have advanced in the Colorado House.  A regulation measure setting rules for how the newly legal drug can be grown, packaged and sold won final approval in the House yesterday on a vote of 35-29. All Republicans voted against it, saying they wanted to see stricter regulations on the pot industry. The regulation bill now heads to the Senate.  A separate bill to set up pot taxes won initial approval but requires one more vote in the House. The tax measure subjects recreational pot to 25 percent taxes from the state. That includes a 15 percent excise tax, with most of the money headed to school construction. The 10 percent marijuana sales tax is in addition to regular statewide 2.9 percent sales taxes.

 

HOUSE APPROVES STUDY ON GUN RESTRICTIONS FOR MENTALLY ILL

The Colorado House gave initial approval to study possible firearm restrictions on the mentally ill and those with substance abuse problems.  The House moved forward with the bill on an unrecorded voice vote yesterday, with one more vote needed to send it to the Senate. The proposal creates a task force to look at what firearm restrictions, if any, are needed for those who suffer from mental illness and alcohol or drug abuse.  The measure was prompted by the case of the suspect in the Aurora movie theater massacre, who had been seeing a psychiatrist before the shootings.

 

BENNET SAYS BRIGHTEST MINDS WILL BE KEPT IN AMERICA THROUGH IMMIGRATION REFORM

Colorado Senator Michael Bennet says allowing illegal immigrants to stay in the country will keep the brightest minds in America.  That’s according to an opinion piece he wrote that was featured in the Denver Post.  Bennet and the rest of the “Group of Eight”, a bipartisan group working on establishing a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, have introduced the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013.  Along with provisions to secure the border and create a path to citizenship for the 11 million people living in the country illegally, Bennet says the bill includes a number of reforms to help us better retain some of the world’s brightest minds and talent such increasing the number of H-1B visas and making green cards more available for students with advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering and math fields.  Bennet claims one out of every 10 entrepreneurs in Colorado is an immigrant, but doesn’t say how many of those are illegal immigrants.

In high school sports:
Yesterday:

In girls soccer:
Moffat County tied Aspen (1-1).

Tomorrow:
In girls soccer:
Moffat County heads to Fruita Monument at 4.

In girls tennis:
Steamboat goes to regionals in Grand Junction.

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