NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH

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RECALL ELECTION OF DEMOCRATIC SENATORS TAKES PLACE TODAY

recallA pair of Colorado lawmakers who voted for new firearms restrictions are fighting to keep their jobs today.  Senate President John Morse in Colorado Springs and Senator Angela Giron in Pueblo face recall elections today in a battle that has attracted major players from around the nation, reflecting the sustained intensity over the issue of gun rights.  New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has contributed $350,000 in support of the lawmakers.  Recall backers, meanwhile, have raised nearly a half million dollars, most of which has come from the National Rifle Association.  The recall election is the first among state lawmakers in Colorado’s history.

GOVERNOR WARNS AGAINST RECALL INTERFERENCE

JOHN-HICKENLOOPER-300Governor John Hickenlooper is warning against any attempts to disrupt the recall election.  In a statement yesterday, Hickenlooper said that there have been disturbing reports of people going to the polls not to vote but to “disrupt the process.”  Spokesman Eric Brown says there have been reports of people asking for ballots but walking away without casting them in El Paso and Pueblo counties. He said the missing ballots could be used as a reason to challenge the results of the election.  An El Paso County spokesman says he hasn’t heard of any such problems. The Pueblo County clerk says three people apparently didn’t cast ballots on electronic machines after being given cards to activate them Saturday. Election judges there are now inserting the cards on behalf of voters.

FEDS OPEN HEARING TODAY THAT COULD LEAD TO MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION

MARIJUANA-300The Senate Judiciary Committee will open landmark hearings today in the nation’s capital that could ultimately lead to the legalization of marijuana or at least resolve the deep divide between a federal government that has sent mixed messages on prosecuting users and the growing number of Americans who want the drug to be legal for medicinal or recreational use.  Requested by its committee chairman, Senator Patrick Leahy, the timing was triggered by the announcement last month by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder that federal authorities no longer will interfere as states increasingly adopt laws to either allow medical marijuana or legalize the drug entirely.  In calling for the hearing, Leahy himself questioned whether, at a time of severe budget cutting, federal prosecutions of marijuana users are the best use of taxpayer dollars.  Riffle said he hopes for a breakthrough in the hearing that would lead to changes in federal banking laws, allowing marijuana sellers to accept credit cards and checks, not just cash.

PARKS AND WILDLIFE OFFER HUNTING OPPORTUNITY NEAR MEEKER

hunting-300Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Miller Creek Ranch in Meeker are offering big-game hunters an opportunity to apply for a limited number of private property, elk and mule deer hunts during the 2013 hunting seasons, beginning October 28th.  The hunts are open to all eligible hunters; however, preference will be given to youth and military veterans that apply. There is no cost associated with the application.  Nine hunts will be available to hunters who have already drawn limited deer and elk licenses for Game Management Unit 23. In addition, one bull elk hunt will be available to a big game hunter that plans to purchase an unlimited, over-the-counter bull elk license for the third rifle season.  The Miller Creek Ranch is within the White River mule deer and elk herd units, two of the largest big game populations in the state of Colorado. Applications must be received by October 7th.

The following hunts on the Miller Creek Ranch will be available and hunters should be specific about which of these hunting seasons/opportunities they are interested and eligible to apply for:

1. One unguided antlered/buck deer hunt
Third regular rifle season – Nov. 2 through Nov. 10
OR Fourth limited rifle season – Nov. 13 through Nov. 17
To be eligible, applicants must have drawn a limited deer license in either:
– DM012O3R
– DM012O4R
– DE011P3R
Applicant must confirm eligibility and indicate interest in buck mule deer hunt in the application.
One hunter will be selected from a pool of eligible applicants to hunt a buck deer during only one of the two potential buck deer hunt dates specifically listed above.

2. One unguided antlerless/doe deer hunt
Third regular rifle season – Nov. 2 through Nov. 10
Applicant must have drawn a limited antlerless deer license in either:
– DF012O3R
– DE011P3R
Applicants must confirm eligibility and indicate interest in doe mule deer hunt in the application.
One hunter will be selected from a pool of eligible applicants to hunt a doe deer during the hunt dates specifically listed above.

3. One unguided antlered/bull elk hunt
Third regular OTC rifle season – Nov. 2 through Nov. 10
OR Fourth limited rifle season – Nov. 13 through Nov. 17
All hunters are eligible to apply for this public bull elk hunt during the third rifle season.
Applicants that have drawn a limited, either sex license for EM012O4R are also eligible to apply for this bull elk hunt but would be restricted to the fourth, limited rifle season.
Applicant must confirm that they are planning to purchase an over-the-counter bull elk license for the third rifle elk season, or have already drawn a fourth rifle limited elk license for hunt code EM01204R.
Applicants must indicate interest in the bull elk hunt in application.
One hunter from the pool of eligible applicants will be selected to hunt a bull elk during only one of the two potential bull elk hunt dates specifically listed above for 2013.

4. 7 unguided cow elk hunts
– Third regular OTC rifle season – Nov. 2 through Nov. 10
– Fourth limited rifle season – Nov. 13 through Nov. 17
– Latter portion of the late, private-land-only rifle season:  Oct. 28 through Nov. 30
– Late rifle December PLO cow elk season – Hunt 1:  Dec. 1 through Dec. 6
– Late rifle December PLO cow elk season – Hunt 2:  Dec. 7 through Dec. 12
– Late rifle December PLO cow elk season – Hunt 3:  Dec. 13 through Dec. 18
In order to be eligible to apply for one of the seven public cow elk hunts, applicant must have drawn a limited antlerless or either-sex elk license in either:
– EF012O3R
– EF011O4R
– EF011P5R
– EF023P5R
Applicant must confirm eligibility and must specifically indicate which of the cow elk hunts listed above that they are applying for in the application.

CPW will select seven hunters from pool of eligible applicants to hunt cow elk during any of the potential cow elk hunt dates specifically listed above.
The ten successful applicants will be notified by mail soon after the deadline. In addition, those selected will receive specific dates and details from Colorado Parks and Wildlife, including a hunt packet detailing special travel restrictions and hunting access rules.

For more information or questions, call Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Meeker office at 970-878-6090.

WILDLIFE COMMISSION TO MEET THIS WEEK IN MONTROSE

colorado parksThe Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission will begin work on annual fishing regulation updates and consider more than $10 million in budget reduction proposals for Colorado Parks and Wildlife when the Commission travels to Montrose for its September meeting on Thursday and Friday. In addition, the Commission will discuss revenue generating concepts for the agency, and set 2013-2014 mountain lion harvest limits.  The meeting will be held at the Montrose County Fairgrounds beginning at 8:30 Thursday morning, and is set to conclude just after noon on Friday. A full agenda and meeting details are available here.

TIPTON FIGHTING FOR COLORADO WATER RIGHTS

SCOTT-TIPTON-300A battle is shaping up in Congress over federal efforts to claim western water.  Republican U.S. Representative Scott Tipton says legislation recognizing the water laws of Colorado and other western states could discourage federal efforts to claim water the states need for their own use.  Tipton plans to introduce legislation aimed at clarifying western water law to deter federal preemption of water rights.

STATE PATROL INVESTIGATES I-70 CRASH

COLO-STATE-PATROL-2-smallThe Colorado State Patrol is investigating a two-vehicle crash yesterday afternoon on Interstate 70 near Silt.  A pick-up, driven by 29 year-old Weston Blackie of Arvada, was towing a trailer in the right lane. Blackie lost control of his truck in the heavy rain and spun, coming unattached from the trailer it was hauling.  The trailer slid into oncoming traffic where it was struck by motorcycle ridden by a 46 year-old man from Hampden, Maine.    The motorcyclist was ejected.  Both of the trucks occupants were wearing seatbelts, and were uninjured.  The motorcyclist was flown to Denver Health Medical Center with life threatening injuries.  His name is not being released at this time.

agenda tile -45009-10 Moffat County Commissioner Meeting Agenda 

09-10 Craig City Council Meeting Agenda

MCTA Agenda Sept. 13

09-17-13 STEAMBOAT CITY COUNCIL AGENDA

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In high school sports:
Today:
In boys soccer:
Moffat County heads to Rifle at 4.

In boys golf:
Steamboat goes to a tournament in Aspen at 8.
Moffat County goes to Durango at 9.

Tomorrow:
In boys golf:
Rangely goes to Dos Rios at 10.