NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20TH

JOE SALAZAR APOLOGIZES AGAIN FOR INSENSITIVE REMARKS

(KRAI earlier today mistakenly identified John Salazar as the legislator who made the disparaging comments, and apologizes for the mistake.)

Still under fire from insensitive comments made about rape victims, Colorado Representative Joe Salazar has issued yet a second apology.  Salazar was arguing against carrying guns on campus last week, when he said women may not be able to tell if they’re actually in danger of being raped, and might shoot innocent people.  The comments have been blasted all over social media.  Salazar apologized for his comments Monday night, and again apologized yesterday.  (PICTURED: Representative Joe Salazar)

M.C. COMMISSIONERS BUY THREE TRUCKS FOR SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

The Moffat County Commissioners bought three new trucks for the Sheriff’s office yesterday.  The commissioners solicited bids for a new truck, and a new S.U.V. from local car dealerships, and were surprised at the bid that came in from Victory Motors.  Victory’s bid for a pick-up was much lower than competing bids.  So low in fact, that the commissioners decided to ditch their plans for an S.U.V., and buy three trucks from Victory instead.  The cost is just under $45,000 for all three.  A vehicle the county was going to use as a trade-in will instead be transferred to the maintenance department.

 

TASK FORCE RECOMMENDS POT TOURISM

A task force charged with making recommendations regarding sales and use of marijuana in Colorado is encouraging “pot tourism” in the state. Last night the task force said they were recommending that non-Colorado residents should be able to smoke pot while in the state, but that signs telling visitors they can’t take the weed home with them will be put up in airports, and at the state’s borders.  Other recommendations include only allowing Colorado residents to open a marijuana retail shop, not selling through state-run stores, easing state tax filing for marijuana businesses, and relaxing criminal laws against those under 21 who get caught smoking.  Still up for debate are public use rules, and regulations for personal growing.  The legislature will eventually vote on the recommendations.

 

HICKENLOOPER ADDRESSES GUN PANEL

Guns are a part of Colorado’s heritage, but the state should also be at the fore of efforts to curb gun violence.  That’s how Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper introduced a panel on gun violence last night in Denver.  Panelists included Colorado Senate President John Morse and state Representative Rhonda Fields, both of whom are proposing bills to limit access to firearms during this year’s legislative session. Others on the panel yesterday evening included Republican U.S. Representative Doug Lamborn and Republican Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck. Lamborn and Buck oppose gun-control measures backed by Fields and Morse.  Colorado lawmakers are considering several bills dealing with guns, including limiting the size of ammunition magazines and requiring background checks for private gun sales.

 

DEMOCRATS CONSIDER CRIMES AGAINST PREGNANT WOMEN LEGISLATION

Crimes against pregnant woman would be punished with a new statute that Colorado Democrats are proposing.  The debate over punishment for killing a pregnant woman’s child has sparked fervent discussion from both sides of the abortion debate.  Lawmakers say they’re trying to avoid a fight over abortion, and focus on creating a new law to properly punish crimes against pregnant women.  A bill up for a vote in the House Judiciary committee yesterday would create new felony charges for unlawful termination of a pregnancy.  The bill also creates an offense for vehicular unlawful termination of a pregnancy.  Republicans have tried passing bills to create such punishments, but Democrats have argued their proposals create a route to ban or restrict abortions.

 

GARDNER RENEWS PUSH FOR SMALL BUSINESS START-UP SAVINGS ACCOUNTS ACT

Congressman Cory Gardner is renewing his push for legislation that will help small businesses and grow the economy by re-introducing his Small Business Start-up Savings Accounts Act. The bill would allow people to create tax-deductible savings accounts to start or expand small businesses.  According to the Small Business Administration, 60 to 80 percent of all new jobs come from small businesses. Gardner believes that small business success and growth is key to the nation’s economic recovery and future wellbeing. He says he is honored that his bill has received the support of the National Federation of Independent Business, the nation’s largest small business group.  Gardner also introduced a similar piece of legislation in 2011.

 

SURVEY SHOWS CITIZENS BEHIND NEW POSTAL SERVICE SCHEDULE

The U.S. Postal Service released the results of a new survey yesterday showing 80 percent of Americans support the new six-day package, five-day mail delivery schedule announced last week that the Postal Service intends to implement the week of August 5th. The survey, commissioned for the Postal Service, was completed by Ipsos, a leading independent market research company.  Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe says the survey results illustrate strong public support for the new delivery schedule in communities across the country.  He says he believes the American public understands the financial challenges of the Postal Service, and supports the new schedule as a responsible and reasonable approach to address the postal service’s urgent financial situation.  The survey, conducted between February 8-11, shows consistently high support for the new six-day package, five-day mail delivery schedule among urban, suburban, and rural communities as well as among all age groups and income levels.

In high school sports:
Tomorrow:

In wrestling:
Moffat County, Meeker, Hayden, Rangely, Oak Creek, and North Park go to the State Wrestling Tournament.  You can catch all the action live on KRAI with our first coverage beginning at 2:45 tomorrow.  You can also listen online at krai.com.

To become a sponsor of our State Wrestling coverage call 824-6574.

Our planned broadcast schedule is below (end times are approximate):

Thursday February 21st:
2A/3A Preliminaries 2:45 to 6:15pm

Friday February 22nd:
2A/3A Championship Quarterfinals and 1st Round Consolation 9:45am to Noon
2A/3A 2nd Round Consolation and Semifinals 5:30 to 9pm

Saturday February 23rd:
2A/3A 3rd Round Consolation and Semifinal Consolation 10:15am to Noon
2A/3A 5th place and 3rd Place matches 1:45 to 4pm
Parade of Champions and 1st place matches (all classes) 6:15 to 10pm

In basketball:
Little Snake River Valley’s boys take on Saint Stephens in the first round of the playoffs at 7 at Lander Valley High School.  The girls also play Saint Stephens at 5:20.