NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5TH

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KRAI/55 COUNTRY HOLIDAY DRIVE GOING ON NOW

The KRAI and 55 Country Holiday Drive is going on now at the Centennial Mall in Craig.  Volunteers and radio station staff are standing in front of the mall, waiting for you to bring your donation of non-perishable food, new and unwrapped toys, gifts for seniors and cash.  The drive benefits Advocates Crisis Support Services, the Interfaith Food Bank of Craig, Christmas for Kids, and Christmas for Seniors.  100% of the donations collected stay in Moffat County.  The drive runs until 6 tonight, and again from 6 to 6 tomorrow.  If you’d like to know more about the drive, or if you would like to see a list of specific items needed by the agencies, click here.

 

YAMPA VALLEY DATA PARTNERS REPORTS ON ENERGY ACTIVITY

For August 2012, the number of producing wells in Moffat County decreased by 9% and decreased 43% in Routt County to 679 and 24 respectively. That’s according to a report by Yampa Valley Data Partners.  The percentage decline in the number of producing wells appears more dramatic in Routt County because of the relatively few number of wells. Oil production was down 6% in Moffat and down 58% in Routt. It is highly likely that some of the wells are being taken out of production because of the decline in the commodity price for natural gas. For some wells in northwest Colorado the current commodity price is below production cost. Partners anticipate natural gas prices to continue to decline throughout 2013. In turn, they expect decreased production from the wells in both Moffat and Routt counties. Partners says natural gas current pricing is about the same as it was 18 years ago for a million BTUs and is expected to reach 25 year lows sometime in 2013.

 

TIPTON ATTENDS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY IN WASHINGTON D.C.

Yesterday, Congressman Scott Tipton joined Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet, and Speaker John Boehner in lighting the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. The 73 foot Engelmann Spruce is from the White River National Forest, near Meeker.  Tipton said “It’s a great honor for Coloradans to showcase our state’s natural beauty by giving the gift of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree-the People’s Tree-to our nation”.  Tipton thanked members of the Ute Tribe who attended the ceremony, and acknowledged the important contributions that the Northern, Southern and Ute Mountain Ute Tribes continue to make to the great state of Colorado. Tipton also spoke about the impact that wildfire had on Colorado this past year, the generosity of Coloradans, and the need to return forests to a healthy natural state to prevent future fires.

 

GRAND COUNTY APPROVES PROJECT TO PROVIDE WATER TO NORTHEAST COLORADO

Grand County commissioners have approved a permit for a water project designed to supply about 825,000 residents in northeast Colorado, with conditions to mitigate its environmental impacts.  The commissioners gave their approval yesterday to the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District’s Windy Gap Firming Project, which would include building the Chimney Hollow Reservoir west of Carter Lake near Loveland.  The project still needs approval from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which is expected to issue a final decision next year.  Environmentalists had complained that the project’s plans to divert more Colorado River water from western Colorado to Front Range cities would deplete the river and lead to higher stream temperatures that could threaten trout. Conditions of the permit approved by county commissioners include spending on stream improvement projects and other measures.

 

CONNECTIONS 4 KIDS DISPLAYS YOUTH ARTWORK AT FESTIVAL OF TREES

Connections 4 Kids early childhood council’s entry in Moffat County Youth United Way & Key Club’s Festival of Trees will feature the 20 finalists from the 2012 Cherish the Little Things children’s art show.  The tree’s ornaments are small versions of each of the 20 finalist art pieces.  The Festival of Trees is on display from 8 to 5 Monday through Friday through December 26th in the lobby of the Moffat County Courthouse.  One copy of each Connections 4 Kids children’s ornament will be for sale for $5 each at the Moffat County Clerk & Recorder’s office. The proceeds from those sales will benefit Moffat County Youth United Way & Key Club.  The second annual Cherish the Little Things children’s art showis scheduled for February 7th through the 9th at The Center of Craig.

 

SENATE REPUBLICANS ARE ASSIGNED TO COMMITTEES

Yesterday Senate Minority Leader Bill Cadman announced the committee assignments for the Senate Republicans.  With the complex issues the 69th General Assembly will face in 2013, Cadman says it is critical that the legislative committees have experienced, knowledgeable members representing the voice of the Senate Republicans. In order to accomplish that goal, Cadman reached out to Senators individually to find out where they can best represent Republican efforts and their districts.  Senator Randy Baumgartner was placed on two of those committees; the Business, Labor and Technology Committee, and the Transportation Committee.

 

LOTTERY REPORTS RECORD SALES LAST WEEK’S POWERBALL DRAWING

The Colorado Lottery says last week’s huge Powerball jackpot helped it record its best week ever for sales.  An average week for the Colorado Lottery is about $10 million in sales. The agency says it had sales of $22 million last week, when the Powerball jackpot was $588 million.  The agency reports the figure includes $12.63 million from Powerball sales in Colorado last week, including almost $8.4 million in sales just on Wednesday, when the Powerball drawing was held.  That’s several times the average weekly Powerball sales in Colorado of about $1.5 million.  Colorado uses lottery proceeds to help fund new trails, as well as open space and wildlife protection.

In high school sports:
Yesterday:
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In basketball:
The Hayden girls lost to North Park (40-37).

Tomorrow:
In basketball:
The Steamboat boys and girls host a tournament with Moffat County attending.
The Meeker boys host their shootout with Rangely attending.

DENVER BRONCOS
The Denver Broncos play at Oakland tomorrow.  You can catch all the action on 55 Country with the pre-game at 4:30 and the kick-off at 6:20.

 

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