NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9TH

SUSPECT SOUGHT IN MOFFAT COUNTY SHOOTING

Law enforcement in Moffat County is asking for the public’s help in finding the person responsible for a shooting that left one man hospitalized.  According to a press release, three hunters were riding ATVs on Moffat County Road 109, just east of County Road 103, when one of them was struck in his arm by a high powered rifle round.  The victim was immediately transported to The Memorial Hospital at Craig.  There were reportedly several other hunters in the area, and members of the victim’s party yelled at a group they believed was responsible.  However, that party left the area.  Law enforcement says there was a white truck in the area, possible with an ATV in back, that may be related to the incident.  Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that would lead to the apprehension and conviction of the person responsible.  Calls to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous.  Call 824-3535.

 

KINKAID, GROBE SWORN IN AS NEW MOFFAT COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

Moffat County’s newest commissioners took the oath of office yesterday.  Commissioner Tom Mathers opened the ceremony with a short speech, in which he joked “the swearing in takes place this morning, while the swearing at takes place the rest of your term.”  District Judge Sandra Gardner also spoke a few words before administering the oaths.  New commissioner Chuck Grobe kept his remarks short, saying he will do his best to accurately represent his constituents.  John Kinkaid, also sworn in yesterday, stressed the importance of cooperation between the city and county, and said his goal is to make sure that happens.  Shortly after the ceremony, the two joined Mathers for their first regular meeting.

 

LEGISLATURE TO TACKLE EMOTIONAL ISSUES THIS SESSION

The Democratically controlled Colorado Legislature will tackle some heated topics in the coming months, including gun control, gay rights, and taxes.  The 2013 lawmaking session that begins today features dozens of new members in a Legislature now firmly in Democrats’ control.  Democratic House Speaker Mark Ferrandino and Senate President John Morse say they’ll start with a focus on jobs and the recovering economy. But lawmakers anticipate a quick acceleration to some highly emotional debates.  Democrats are expected to pass civil unions for same-sex couples, and they want to lower tuition for illegal immigrants who graduate from Colorado schools.  They’ll also seek ways to curb access to firearms. Republicans want to explore armed security in more schools. The Legislature is also likely to work on health care and school funding.

 

FORESTERS BURNING WOOD PILES TO PREVENT WILDFIRES

Foresters have begun burning 180,000 piles of trees in an effort to protect homes following a devastating wildfire season in Colorado last year.  The U.S. Forest Service is planning to burn 30 percent of the wood piles this winter. Foresters are waiting for more moisture to destroy the rest.  More than 600 homes were destroyed by wildfires in Colorado last year, and at least five people were killed.

 

ETHICS COMMISSION REFUSES TO DISMISS CASE AGAINST GESSLER

The Colorado Ethics Commission is continuing its investigation into Secretary of State Scott Gessler’s use of public funds.  The commission on Monday refused to dismiss the complaints after Gessler’s lawyers contended the commission could be improperly acting as a criminal court.  Gessler is accused of spending about $1,500 from his office’s discretionary fund to attend a conference of the Republican National Lawyers Association and the Republican National Convention in Florida last November.  Gessler says he spent the money after death threats were made against his family, prompting his early return to Colorado.  An aide also says the office fund is similar to the per diem given state lawmakers where no receipts are necessary.

 

GIRL SCOUTS TEAM WITH WOUNDED WARRIORS

The Girl Scouts of Colorado are teaming up with the Wounded Warriors Program to provide the treats to wounded soldiers returning home from active duty.  The Girl Scouts have set up a website where residents can go to order cookies for the soldiers.  Donations can be made through March 3rd, and every purchase also benefits the Girl Scouts.  If you are interested, you’ll find more information by clicking here.

 

JUDGE DISMISSES UNIVERSITY’S LAWSUIT CHALLENGING OBAMACARE

A federal judge has dismissed Colorado Christian University’s lawsuit challenging the health care overhaul pushed by President Barack Obama’s administration.  The health care law requires coverage of certain preventive services, including birth control. The university in Lakewood filed a lawsuit in 2011 that said its religious beliefs kept it from providing coverage for emergency contraceptives.  Court documents filed yesterday indicate the judge granted the federal government’s request to dismiss the case. The government had argued the case wasn’t ripe for judicial review because it plans to issue new regulations to accommodate religious objections of employers like the university, and the school is protected from any enforcement action against it until at least July 1, 2014.

In high school sports:
Today:

In hockey:
Steamboat goes to Aspen at 6.

Tomorrow:
In wrestling:
Moffat County hosts Grand Valley at 5.