NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR TUESDAY, JANUARY 8TH

Moffat County Crime Stoppers

In the early morning hours between 7 and 8 on November 3rd, 2012, several hunters were riding ATV’s on Moffat County Road 109, just east of Moffat County Road 3. As they were moving down the county road, one subject was struck in his arm, near the elbow, by a high powered rifle round. This resulted in serious injury to the victim, who was immediately transported to the hospital. Several other hunters were in the vicinity and members of the victim’s hunting party yelled at a group that they believed were responsible for the shot that was fired, but the subjects left the area. One truck seen on a nearby ridge was described only as a “white pickup truck” possibly having an ATV in the truck bed.  Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the apprehension and conviction of the those responsible for this crime.  You may remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 824-3535

AVALANCHE INFORMATION CENTER WARNS OF WEST SLOPE SLIDES

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center says the danger of snow slides continues to be high in western Colorado.  Backcountry travelers triggered several avalanches over the weekend around Red Mountain Pass, but no injuries were reported.  Forecasters said yesterday hikers and skiers could trigger large avalanches in Summit County, the Steamboat area and the northern San Juan mountains. The most dangerous areas are near and above tree line.

 

TIPTON CO-SPONSORS BILL TO FREEZE CONGRESSIONAL PAY

Representative Scott Tipton is fighting to ensure that Members of Congress receive no pay raise. Tipton is an original co-sponsor of the Congressional Pay Freeze Act, which would implement a pay freeze for this Congress. On December 27th, the President issued an executive order to give pay increases to the Vice President, Congress, senior bureaucrats, judges and other federal employees. The Pay Freeze Act would ban any pay increases for the 113th Congress.  Tipton says if the majority of his constituents aren’t receiving pay raises in this economy, then the last thing Washington should be doing is handing out raises to Congress.

 

STATE OIL AND GAS REGULATORS APPROVE GROUNDWATER TESTING RULES

Colorado oil and natural gas regulators have approved a rule making the state the first to require energy companies to do groundwater sampling both before and after they drill.  The sampling of water wells near drilling sites will help show whether supplies of drinking water have been affected by energy development.  The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission approved the rule yesterday as it began a three-day hearing on rule changes. Next, the commission will consider updating how far drilling must be from buildings.  Some environmental groups and Boulder County had expressed concern that the rule allowed for less sampling in the energy-rich Wattenberg Field in northeast Colorado, including Weld County. The commission says an existing program in Weld County provides water well testing to any well owner requesting it.

 

BILL WOULD ALLOW PARENTS TO BUY THEIR ADULT KIDS ALCOHOL

Parents would be able buy alcohol for their children at Colorado bars and restaurants if they were 18 and older but not 21 yet, under a proposal by a Republican lawmaker.  Senator Greg Brophy is introducing the bill for the legislative session that begins tomorrow. He says he thought of the proposal because he and his wife recently took their daughter to dinner to celebrate her 20th birthday, and she couldn’t have a drink with them.  Brophy says he also wants parents of returning servicemen to be able to buy their children drinks at bars or restaurants.  He says the bill would allow parents to buy their adult children drinks in any place that allows on-premise alcohol consumption. Wisconsin has a similar law.

 

DEMOCRATS WANT MORE UNION POWER FOR FIREFIGHTERS

Colorado Democratic lawmakers and firefighters say they’re proposing allowing collective bargaining for firefighters without local government approval.  The proposal comes four years after an identical measure prompted intense debate and an eventual veto from then-Governor Bill Ritter, a Democrat.  The legislation is anticipated tomorrow, the first day of Colorado’s 120-day lawmaking session.  Democratic Senator John Morse says he expects the measure to clear the Legislature, which is controlled in both chambers by his party.  The bigger question is whether Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper will approve. Ritter was dogged by firefighter protesters when he vetoed the union bill in 2009. Unions felt betrayed by the man they’d helped elect.  The Colorado Municipal League opposes the measure. Republican Senator Greg Brophy called the proposal a bad idea that can prove costly for municipalities.

 

PARKS AND WILDLIFE OFFER GRANTS FOR IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is accepting applications from individuals, organizations and local governments to distribute up to $1.7 million for outdoor recreation activities in Colorado. Matching grants are available in 2013 for projects in Colorado that benefit fishing, shooting ranges or boating.  The grant programs are partially funded by federal excise taxes on the sale of boating, hunting and fishing equipment and come to Colorado through the federal Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program.  Projects to improve angler access, fish habitat and angling conditions can receive matching funding from the Fishing Is Fun grant program. During the past quarter century, Fishing Is Fun has provided assistance with nearly 300 projects statewide, including projects to open new ponds and lakes, improve fish habitat in streams and rivers and add trails, shade shelters and parking areas.  More information can be found by clicking here.

 

WORKER DEATHS INCREASE IN COLORADO IN 2011

The Colorado Health Department says there were 87 work-related deaths in 2011, two more than were reported the year before.  The latest figures released yesterday show transportation fatalities were among the top three causes of death, with 34 deaths accounting for 39 percent.  There were 16 deaths from violence, including nine that were self-inflicted, and 16 deaths from accidents involving equipment.

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