NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17TH

GEORGE AND ANN KIDDER HONORED AS VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR

The annual luncheon for Moffat County, the City of Craig and the Moffat County United Way agency volunteers, was held earlier today.  During the luncheon, volunteers that have served ten years or more were recognized with certificates of appreciation, and George and Ann Kidder were honored as Volunteers of the Year.  Moffat County Commissioner Chuck Grobe gave the following tribute to the Kidders:

“Not only are our Volunteers of the Year caring and dedicated volunteers; they are role models and avid supporters of people in our community.  This year’s recipients of our Volunteer of the Year dedicate hundreds of hours to our community each holiday season.  Beginning the day after Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve this couple generously gives of their time and resources, putting smiles on children’s faces and helping them ”Believe” in the most magical time of the year. Our volunteers participate in 25-30 Santa and Mrs. Claus engagements for the young and young at heart.  Horizons, Boys & Girls Club, 93.7 102.3 KRAI & 55 Country Holiday Drive, Colowyo Christmas, Craig and Rifle Holiday Parades, Sandrock Ridge Care & Rehab, and Sunrise Daycare are a few of the organizations who see the couple annually. Additionally they make visits on Christmas Eve to many families in our community, doing all of this during the busiest time of the year and from the goodness of their hearts.   These volunteers are business owners in our community and have been married for over 23 years with 7 children and 10 grandchildren between the two of them.  They contribute as many hours with their involvement in the Colorado Cruisers Car Club.  They are very active in helping with the annual car show held in Craig. They love living in a small town and see their display of Santa and Mrs. Claus as their way of giving back to our Community.  They are a large part of our holiday season, and they truly live their lives for others.  George & Ann Kidder’s dedication and commitment to volunteering and philanthropy make them the perfect Volunteers of the Year.   We are honored to bestow our 2012 Volunteer of the Year award to George and Ann Kidder or better known as Santa and Mrs. Claus.”  Pictured ( Anne and George Kidder)

 

COMMISSIONERS TABLE LIQUOR LICENSE DECISION

The Moffat County Commissioners yesterday tabled a decision to grant a temporary liquor license for a fundraising concert for Grand Olde West Days.  No one from the Grand Olde West Days Committee showed up, and there were certain questions the concert organizer was not able to answer.  For example, it was unclear yesterday whether or not the event would be covered under the Grand Olde West Days insurance.  The commissioners had further question about security, too, as the concert will be open to anyone 18 and older, but will also feature alcohol sales.  The concert is scheduled for April 27th at Loudy Simpson Ice Arena, and will go on whether or not alcohol sales are approved.  The issue will be revisited again at next week’s meeting, when the commissioners have gotten answers to all of their questions.

 

DINOSAUR TO WAIVE ADMISSION FEES FOR NATIONAL PARK WEEK

To encourage people to explore America’s natural beauty, rich history and culture, the National Park Service will waive admission fees during National Park Week, from Monday, April 22nd through Friday, April 26th. This includes Dinosaur National Monument.  National Park Week is billed as a chance for all Americans to get active while experiencing the amazing places that make up the national park system for free.  For those planning a visit to the Monument during National Park Week, the Quarry Visitor Center on the Utah side is open daily from 9 to 5. The visitor center features exhibits, a park film and bookstore and also serves as the departure point for car caravans to the Quarry Exhibit Hall with its wall of dinosaur fossils. Caravans leave from the visitor center at scheduled times throughout the day.  On the Colorado side of the monument, the Harpers Corner Road is open. The Harpers Corner Road is a scenic 32-mile one way drive that leaves U.S. Highway 40 two miles east of Dinosaur, and provides access to several trails and views into the Green and Yampa River canyons. The Canyon Visitor Center, which is located at the start of the Harpers Corner Road, is open on Saturdays and Sundays.  If you need more information about the monument, click here.

 

DEMOCRATS GET PARTIAL VICTORY IN OIL AND GAS REGULATION

Democrats who came to Denver hoping for a new era of oil and gas oversight this year are having to settle for partial victories taking on the state’s most powerful industry.  The state Senate approved a bill yesterday evening to study how gas and oil drilling sites are inspected.  The measure aims to give thousands of drilling sites across Colorado more thorough inspections. However, the bill is a far cry from its original form, which mandated annual inspections at drilling sites, which now are checked less than once every three years.  The case of the revised inspections bill is just the latest case of Democrats seeing mixed success on bills to exert greater influence over the oil and gas lobby.

 

FOREST HEALTH HEARING TO BE HELD IN DENVER

On May 2nd, Congressional Western Caucus Co-Chairmen Steve Pearce and Cynthia Lummis, along with the Colorado Members of the Congressional Western Caucus will hold a hearing in Denver entitled “Seeking State Solutions: Forest Health, Wildfires, and Habitat Protection”.  Members and witnesses will examine the Obama Administration’s forest management policies and how states can contribute to keeping our forests safe and protecting our communities. Western Caucus members will hear from local and state officials and work together to achieve shared objectives of a healthy landscape.  The hearing is expected to shed light on real world examples, the extent of the problems with the current forest management structure, and help facilitate a discussion on what needs to be done to keep our forests healthy for generations to come.

 

TIPTON PRESSES BUREAU ON CASH-INCENTIVE SURVEYS

Yesterday, Congressman Scott Tipton pressed Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Michael Connor on his agency’s questionable use of taxpayer dollars to fund cash-laced government surveys. The questioning took place during a House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power hearing.  The committee assured Tipton that they would look into the practice of cash-incentive surveys.  The House last year voted to ban the practice, and Tipton wants to make sure that no similar surveys are sent out during this fiscal year.  Tipton says sending cash in the mail to solicit responses to federal agency surveys is a blatant waste and abuse of taxpayer dollars.  He goes on to say that collecting data this way is disingenuous, and fails to provide the unbiased feedback needed to give an accurate snapshot of public opinion.

 

LEGISLATIVE TASK FORCE TO TACKLE INVOLUNTARY COMMITMENT ISSUES

A task force would study how to consolidate Colorado laws for placing someone in involuntary commitment under a bill advanced by House lawmakers.  The bill given initial approval yesterday in a House committee would create a group to meet later this year and make recommendations to lawmakers by November 1st.  Colorado has three different statutory processes for placing someone in involuntary commitment for mental health, alcohol, and substance abuse. Democratic Representative Beth McCann says the goal is to eliminate confusion and make it easier for judges to understand the basis for emergency holds.  Governor John Hickenlooper and state health officials called for the proposal when they outlined initiatives to revamp Colorado’s mental health services in response to the shootings at a suburban Denver movie theater.

In high school sports:
Yesterday:

In baseball:
Moffat County’s double header with Steamboat was postponed.

Tomorrow:
In baseball:
Meeker goes to Grand Valley at 6.

In girls soccer:
Steamboat is on the road to Rifle at 6.
Rangely goes to Roaring Fork at 4.

 

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