NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20TH

COMMISSIONERS WOULD LIKE TO SEE NEW SIGN AT LOUDY SIMPSON

The Moffat County Commissioners are hoping they can get a chunk of money from the Department of Local Affairs for a sign at Loudy Simpson Park.  The Department has said they plan to hand out several $5,000 grants across the state.  The funds would have to be matched locally.  Commissioner Tom Mathers says he would like to use the money for an events sign at the park.  the sign would be similar to the one at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.  The sign would announce the many events that take place at the park, from special events like the Balloon Festival, to regular events like Hockey and baseball game times.

 

ARKANSAS MAN DIES AT STEAMBOAT SKI AREA

An Arkansas man who collapsed while skiing at the Steamboat ski area has died.  Reports say the 64-year-old man may have had a heart attack while skiing with friends on a beginner trail Monday morning. Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg identified the man yesterday as Robert Gawley, of Fayetteville, Arkansas.

 

SPRING EXPO TO BEGIN FRIDAY AT CENTENNIAL MALL

The KRAI and 55 Country Spring Expo takes place this weekend at the Centennial Mall in Craig.  Businesses and non-profit organizations will set up booths inside and outside the mall, showcasing their products and services.  Those who would still like to get a booth can find out how to do that by clicking here.  The Spring Expo takes place Friday from noon to 7 and Saturday from 9 to 4.

 

STEAMBOAT PARKS DEPARTMENT RECRUITING FOR YOUTH CORPS

Steamboat’s Parks, Open Space & Recreation department is accepting applications for the Community Youth Corps. The program allows youth to live and work outside during the summer with the Community Youth Corps. Crew Leaders & Assistant Crew Leaders are needed for supervisory positions.  They’ll be managing crews of 14 -16 year olds on various conservation projects on public lands and within the community. Candidates must be available from May 20th through August 16th. Applications are available online.  You can also call 879-4300 ext. 354 .

 

HUNTING AND FISHING LICENSES NOW ON SALE

Colorado Parks and Wildlife hunting and fishing licenses are on sale now for the 2013-14 seasons at retail outlets, at parks and wildlife offices and on-line.  Anglers are reminded that they must have a new license by April 1st.  License buyers between the ages of 18-64 also must buy a $10 Colorado Habitat Stamp. Money collected from stamp purchases is used to preserve and protect wildlife habitat throughout the state.  Purchase of any hunting or fishing license also includes a search and rescue fee.  Anglers should pick up a 2013-14 fishing brochure to check regulations and to see what’s new. You must know the regulations for the waters you are fishing. Brochures are available at license dealers or any parks and wildlife office, and online.  Colorado Parks and Wildlife is also asking anglers for help again this year to report suspicious activity on state waters, especially reservoirs. Moving fish from one water to another in Colorado is illegal and causes serious damage to a fisheries. If you suspect a “bucket biologist” is transplanting fish, please contact a Parks and Wildlife office or call Operation Game Thief at 1-877-265-6648.

 

LAWMAKERS PONDER CHANGES IN SCHOOL FUNDING FORMULA

Public school funding has bedeviled Colorado lawmakers for years.  The state’s complicated tax law and school-funding formulas have resulted in a system where many schools are left with slipping tax support and slim prospects for even treading water when it comes to education.  That could change under a sweeping overhaul that got its first review yesterday.  The Senate Education Committee has blocked off the biggest room in the Capitol to work on the complicated rewrite.  The bill before lawmakers is just the start of the work, though. The bill relies on approval by voters of a new tax, likely a higher income tax. But the public hasn’t seen details yet.

 

SUTHERS MEETING WITH MEXICAN ATTORNEY GENERAL

Attorneys general from five Western states met with Mexico’s new attorney general yesterday. Colorado Attorney General John Suthers says his counterparts from California, Idaho, Nevada, and New Mexico joined him at yesterday’s meeting with Jesus Murillo Karam in Mexico City.  They talked about drug trafficking, human trafficking and judicial reform.  Suthers says the group has been providing training to Mexican investigators and prosecutors as the country shifts to a more public adversarial trial system.  Murillo Karam, a former governor of Hidalgo, was appointed as Mexico’s attorney general in 2012 by Mexico’s newly elected president, Enrique Pena Nieto.

In high school sports:
Yesterday:

In Boys Lacrosse:
Steamboat fell to Aspen (9-6).

Tomorrow:
In girls soccer:
Steamboat host Eagle Valley at 6.

In girls lacrosse:
Steamboat goes to Eagle Valley at 5:30.

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