NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH

SNOWMOBILER FALLS OFF CLIFF ON RABBIT EARS PASS

A snowmobiler has been rescued after driving off a cliff in the remote backcountry on Rabbit Ears Pass.  Search and Rescue volunteer Darrel Levingston said the 33-year-old snowmobiler from the Granby area was with a group of four riders when friends reported he fell 30 feet off a cliff on Sunday.  Reports say the unidentified man’s injuries are not life-threatening.

 

FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE FOR CONSERVATION PROJECTS

The Colorado Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently approved $9 million in targeted conservation proposals to help Colorado landowners plan and implement locally developed conservation projects that address identified priority resource concerns within the state.  Of the 48 proposals submitted, there were 16 approved projects which will address traditional natural resource issues concerning agriculture such as water quantity, water quality improvement, livestock nutrient management, grazing lands, forest health, and soil resource management. The projects also address emerging natural resource issues including agricultural air emissions, energy conservation, soil health, and market-based approaches to conservation.  The Elkhead Watershed Improvement Project was one of the approved projects.

 

MARIJUANA POTENCY LABELING A TOPIC OF TASK FORCE

Marijuana potency and labeling are among the topics before a Colorado task force set up to suggest marijuana regulations.  The task force was holding its second-to-last meeting yesterday. The group must finish all its work by the end of the week.  The Task force won’t make rules, but they’ll recommend to the governor and the Legislature how Colorado should become one of the nation’s first to regulate marijuana like alcohol.  The task force has already voted on residency requirements and how future pot shops should have to produce weed.  The task force is also poised to decide rules for home marijuana gardening and whether marijuana strength should be listed on commercial labels.

 

POT SMOKERS’ PURCHASES COULD BE HAVE TIGHTER LIMITS THAN POSSESSION

Marijuana consumers in Colorado could be in store for purchasing limits well below what’s they’re allowed to have.  A state task force set up to regulate recreational weed in Colorado agreed yesterday to recommend marijuana purchasing caps. Adults over 21 in Colorado are allowed to have up to an ounce of weed, but the task force recommended that a single transaction at a pot shop should be capped at a lower amount.  Regulators did not agree what the smaller cap should be, punting that decision to the state Legislature, which will ultimately decide all of Colorado’s marijuana rules.  The task force is made up of lawmakers, law enforcement and marijuana advocates. The task force also agreed to labeling requirements to include potency.

 

MARIJUANA GROWERS FACING DILEMMA

It may be called weed, but marijuana is legendarily hard to grow.  Now that the drug has been made legal in Washington and Colorado, growers face a dilemma.  State-sanctioned gardening coaches can help folks cultivate tomatoes or zucchini. But both states have instructed master gardeners and extension agents not to show people the best way to grow marijuana.  That’s leaving some would-be marijuana gardeners looking to the private sector for help raising the temperamental plant.  Marijuana classes are popping up in Colorado as people seek help growing their own pot.  Students run from baby boomers who haven’t grown marijuana since the 1960s to young entrepreneurs who want to become professional pot growers.

 

SENATE GIVE APPROVAL TO ILLEGAL TUITION MEASURE

Illegal immigrants are closer to being eligible for in-state tuition in Colorado.  The state Senate gave final approval to the idea yesterday with the support of the first Republicans in the chamber ever to agree to the tuition measure.  The Senate voted 23-12 to allow Colorado residents to receive in-state tuition rates regardless of immigration status.  The tuition measure has cleared the Democratic Senate before. But yesterday’s vote was the first to include Republicans.  Three members of the GOP voted for the bill. It passed without debate. The tuition measure now heads to the Democratic House.

 

PAYROLL CHANGES TAKING PLACE AT STATE LEVEL

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment is revising the way it calculates payroll job figures.  The department said yesterday it will use employer reports to estimate revisions to the monthly nonfarm payroll jobs figures produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The department says it is one of the first in the nation to use the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages program for its analysis.  Department officials say the new information is more closely aligned with the figures on nonfarm payroll jobs that use total employment figures because one person may hold more than one job.

SENATOR BENNET LOOKING FOR A WASHINGTON INTERN

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet is accepting internship applications from undergraduate students, recent graduates, and graduate students for his Washington, DC and Colorado offices. In addition to his Washington office, internships are available year round in Colorado Springs, Denver, Durango, Fort Collins, Grand Junction and Pueblo.  Washington Interns research legislative issues, meet with Congressional officials and staff, attend hearings and briefings, conduct U.S. Capitol tours, and draft correspondence.  Colorado Interns assist Constituent Advocates as they meet with and assist Coloradans who need help navigating the federal government, represent Senator Bennet at local meetings and events, research legislative issues, and draft correspondence.  Interested students and recent graduates should apply online here.  The deadline to apply for an internship in Washington for either summer session is March 15th. The first summer session begins on May 20th and the second session begins July 8th. This is an unpaid position.

In high school sports:
Today:

In basketball:
The Steamboat girls go to Green Mountain for round one of the state tournament at 7.

In the 2-A District tournament:
The Meeker girls host West Grand, the Rangelygirls welcome Soroco, and the Hayden girls go to Hotchkiss.
The Meeker boys host Soroco, and the Rangely boys travel to West Grand.
The Hayden boys game with Vail Mountain has been canceled, with Vail Mountain forfeiting the game.

Tomorrow:
In basketball:
The Steamboat boys head to Golden at 7:30 for round 1 of the state playoffs.