NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19TH

MOCO COMMISH APPROVES MONEY FOR FABRICATION COURSE

The Moffat County Commissioners yesterday gave over $17,000 to the Frontline Business Training Center Partnership to start a fabrication course in Craig.  The Partnership is made up of representatives of several organizations, including the Colorado Workforce Center, Colorado Northwestern Community College, and The Craig/Moffat EDP.  The idea is to provide a training center that can produce skilled employees in moments of need shown by the community.  The Center has already held a course for wait staff, which included not only training in the field, but also taught participants how to respond to questions from visitors to the area.  The Center’s next project is a fabrication course, that will teach all the aspects of the textile industry.  Organizers say there is a shortage of textile workers in the area, with a large need for the repair services and new material.  The group asked for $15,000 in start-up costs, and another $2,400 for leasing of fabrication equipment.  Commissioner Tom Gray was the only dissenting vote.  His concern was that, because the equipment would be leased from a private business without going to bid, it would be perceived as the county providing money for a start-up business.

 

WINTER STORM MAKES FOR SLICK DRIVING CONDITIONS

The current winter storm is expected wind down today, and state transportation officials are reminding drivers to be extra cautious when traveling in Northwest Colorado. Travelers planning on driving Colorado’s highways should be prepared for winter driving conditions. Currently, areas near Craig, Eagle, Granby, Grand Lake, Hot Sulfur Springs, Kremmling, Steamboat, Vail, Walden, and Winter Park have wet and icy highways, with some snowpack on less-traveled highways.  Motorists are advised that bridges, overpasses and ramps will freeze first and should remember the phrase – “Ice and Snow, Take It Slow.”  Motorists can call 511 or visit the cotrip website for current road condition information across the state.

 

18-YEAR OLD PASSENGER IN WYOMING CRASH DIES AT HOSPITAL

49-year-old Loren Veldhuizen of Stevenson, California, the driver of the vehicle involved in the crash at Little America on December 14th, faces multiple felony and misdemeanor charges, including aggravated homicide by vehicle, as one of his passengers at the time of the crash later died.  Sweetwater County Sheriff Rich Haskell said 18 year old Aaron Powers, the nephew of Veldhuizen’s wife Linette Veldhuizen, 49, who was also a passenger in the vehicle, died of crash injuries on December 15 after being flown to the University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City.  Linette Veldhuizen was also flown to the University of Utah Medical Center and remains a patient there.  Loren Veldhuizen, who was admitted to Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County in Rock Springs after the crash, was placed under arrest there on Monday.  Veldhuizen told investigating deputies that he’d been westbound on Interstate 80 and got off at the Little America exit when he “blacked out.”  The pickup traveled across the parking lot at a high rate of speed and crashed into a Little America shop building.  Deputies say the crash was likely a result of Veldhuizen mixing his medication with alcohol.

 

OAK CREEK TRASH COLLECTION TO RESUME NEXT WEEK

Old West Sanitation in Oak Creek is apologizing to its customers for not being able to provide service this week.  A press release from Old West says the weather and road conditions have been preventing them from being able to pick up their customers’ trash.  Regular collection is scheduled to resume next week.  If you have questions, you can call 879-7309.

 

TIPTON APPLAUDS HOUSE PASSAGE OF KATIE’S LAW

Congressman Scott Tipton called yesterday’s passage of the federal version of Katie’s Law (H.R. 6014) in the House “a blow to violent criminals, and a victory for their victims.” Tipton, who has pushed for a federal version of Katie’s law since being elected to Congress, is an original co-sponsor of the bill. The House passed the bill with a voice vote.  H.R. 6014 seeks to authorize the Attorney General to award grants for states to implement minimum and enhanced DNA collection processes. The legislation identifies an offset in federal spending to pay for implementation of the program, so there is no added cost to taxpayers.  Tipton passed Katie’s Law in Colorado when he was a state legislator and it was signed into law.  Katie’s Law is named after Katie Sepich, a young woman who was raped and murdered in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Her killer was arrested following her death, but it wasn’t until three years passed that he was convicted of a felony and his DNA was collected, linking him to Katie’s murder.

 

FORMER GOVERNOR RITTER CONSIDERED FOR OBAMA’S CABINET

Former Governor Bill Ritter through a spokesman says that he has not received a call from the White House about a possible cabinet post.  The Washington Post in a political blog Monday named Ritter as a possible replacement for U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, who is said to be leaving President Barack Obama’s administration next year.  Ritter is director of Colorado State University’s Center for the New Energy Economy.  CSU spokesman Mike Hooker yesterday said Ritter has not been contacted by the White House.  Also mentioned by the blog as possible replacements for Chu are: Tom Steyer, head of Farallon Capital Management; Obama 2008 transition head John Podesta; former North Dakota senator Byron Dorgan; and Susan Tierney, co-head of the 2008 Obama transition team.

8TH CLUE IN STEAMBOAT YULE LOG SEARCH

The 33rd Annual Yule Log Hunt, sponsored by the Tread of Pioneers Museum and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, continues. As well as posting the clues here, KRAI and 55 Country will also air the clues each day. A new clue will be released each weekday. Unless the Log is found sooner, the 10th and final clue will be released on Friday, December 21st. When the log is found, the finder should immediately call the Tread of Pioneers Museum at 879-2214 to end the search and have their name announced. The winner will get a $150 Steamboat Chamber gift certificate and a framed piece of historical artwork. Today’s clue is:

Congregation songs, the first to hear.
It’s clue #8 so you are near.
Out of the ashes, travelers come as guests.
Empty for years, memories stand the tests.

In high school sports:
Today:
In Basketball:
The Soroco girls host Vail Christian at 5.
Meeker hosts Little Snake River Valley.  The girls play at 5:30 and the boys at 7.

Tomorrow:
In wrestling:
Rangely goes to Duchesne, Utah.