NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS FOR TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH

MORATORIUMS ON TAP FOR TONIGHT’S CRAIG/STEAMBOAT CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS

A couple of moratoriums, temporarily keeping retail pot shops out of town, are on city council agendas tonight in Craig and Steamboat.  The moratoriums would only prevent anyone from establishing a retail shop until the state comes up with regulations to govern the industry.  It does not prevent adults 21 and older from possession or using marijuana once Governor Hickenlooper signs the new law, which is expected to be sometime early next month.  Whether the moratoriums pass tonight or not, retail shops will not be allowed in Colorado until state regulations have been established.  The moratoriums won’t effect current medical marijuana facilities, except to keep them from converting to retail shops.

 

HALF THE COUNTRY PETITIONS TO SECEDE FROM UNITED STATES

Many people are not only unhappy about the results of last week’s presidential election, they’re doing something about it.  According to news reports petitions from more than two dozen states, including Colorado, Utah and Wyoming are circulating, asking to peacefully secede from the United States.  So far, the only state to have collected enough signatures is Texas.  At least 25,000 signatures are needed for each petition to get an official response from the Federal Government.  Texas has gathered 40,000.  So far, reports say Colorado’s petition has generated over 9,000 signatures, which have to be collected within 30 days of the petition’s announcement.  There are also petitions circulating asking the feds to remove pot from the federal Controlled Substance Act, and allow individual states to regulate the drug as they see fit.  That petition HAS garnered enough signatures for a federal response.  You can view the various petitions by clicking here.

 

STEAMBOAT PARKS AND REC BEGINS RIVER RESTORATION PROJECT

Steamboat’s Parks and Rec Department has contracted with Ecological Resource Consultants and Nordic Excavating to conduct a river restoration project on 1100 feet of the Yampa River at the Yampa Valley West Open Space parcel. The project has been designed to improve instream aquatic habitat and stabilize highly eroded river banks. Work should begin sometime this month, and will take about 4 weeks to finish. The planned improvements are a priority within the adopted Yampa River Structural Master Plan.  Funding for the project was secured through the Bureau of Land Management America’s Great Outdoors and Great Outdoors Colorado.  The parcel is located off of highway 40 on the west side of Steamboat, next to the Steamboat Campground.

 

STEAMBOAT INSTITUTE TO HOLD POST ELECTION DISCUSSION

The Steamboat Institute will hold a discussion tonight about the results of last week’s election, and what it means for residents and business owners.  The event, titled “Now what?”, will reflect on the election itself, and what comes next.  The Institute is asking attendees to bring ideas and suggestions to the table.  The Steamboat Institute is a non-profit, non-partisan organization, whose mission is to educate the public on the founding principals of the U.S. and to inspire people to be actively involved.  Young professionals and students under the age of 30 can attend for free.  For everyone else, the charge is $10.  “What now?” takes place from 5:30 to 7 tonight in the lower conference room of the Ranch at Steamboat.  You can RSVP by calling 970-367-6084.

 

ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS MAY QUALIFY FOR OBAMA EXEMPTION

About 200,000 young illegal immigrants in Colorado may qualify for an exemption under a federal program that provides temporary relief and work permits for immigrants who entered the country as children.  Immigrants from Mexico, Eastern Europe, Honduras, Colombia and Guatemala attended meetings in Grand Junction recently to learn about the program.  Many young people waited until after the election to see if the federal program would continue.  If accepted, immigrants in the two-year program will not be deported and could be eligible to work legally, but it would leave them no path to residency or citizenship.

 

HEALTH EXPERTS URGE RESIDENTS TO BE UP TO DATE ON T-DAP VACCINE

Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly-contagious and vaccine-preventable disease that has made a startling comeback across the country. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the ailment is currently responsible for causing the worst epidemic the U.S. has seen in 50 years, including 13 deaths.  Researchers have found that immunity from childhood pertussis vaccinations wears off over time, so the pertussis shots that most adults received as children may no longer fully protect them. The adult T-dap booster vaccine is recommended for adults to help keep them healthy and help prevent them from spreading the disease to others, especially children. The CDC recently updated its immunization guidelines, which now state that all adults aged 19 years and older who have not yet received a dose of Tdap should receive a single dose.  More information about pertussis and the Sounds of Pertussis Campaign can be found by clicking here.