NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3RD

CRAIG MUNICIPAL ELECTION RESULTS

Terry Carwile will remain Craig’s mayor for the next two years, after he defeated Ray Beck in yesterday’s municipal election.  Beck will fill out the rest of his term as a city council member.  Three other council seats were up for grabs, and the only incumbent to keep his seat was Gene Bilodeau.  The other two seats went to Tony Bohrer and Jarrod Ogden.  The mayoral race was a fairly close one, with Carwile taking 52% of the vote.

 

MICHIGAN MAN KILLED IN GRAND COUNTY BREAK-IN

A Michigan man was killed in Hot Sulphur Springs late Monday night, after breaking into the home of a Grand County Sheriff’s Deputy, and his prosecutor wife.  According to reports, 31-year old Josh Stevens forced his way into the couple’s home, and was acting belligerently.  It’s not clear if he was armed, but the couple did suffer minor injuries in the altercation.  Both are armed peace officers and opened fire on Stevens, killing him.  Both have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure.  The Colorado Bureau of Investigations and critical incident teams from Moffat, Routt, and Grand Counties are investigating the incident.

 

LAWMAKERS TRY AGAIN TO SET “DRIVING HIGH” LIMITS

Colorado lawmakers are trying for a fourth time to set driving limits for marijuana users.  A bill debated in the House yesterday would say drivers should be considered impaired if their blood contains more than 5 nanograms of THC per milliliter.  THC is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.  The legislature has tried and failed three times to pass a driving-high blood standard.  This year’s version is slightly different. It would allow accused drivers to argue they were sober despite a blood test above the legal threshold.  Frequent pot users argue their blood limits exceed 5 nanograms even while sober. Driving-high bills have passed the House in previous years, but failed in the Senate.  Supporters say that marijuana legalization makes the driving-high bill more important.

 

SHOOTING COMPETITION SCRAPED OVER NEW GUN LAWS

A regional shooting competition that would have brought hundreds of people to Montrose has become the latest casualty of new Colorado gun laws set to kick in just a few days before the competition.  Members of the International Defensive Pistol Association, which has more than 17,000 members in at least 50 countries, had planned a regional championship beginning July 4th at the San Juan Shooting Range in Montrose.  Event coordinator Walt Proulx says impending limitations on magazine capacity would be the biggest problem.  The law bans ownership of any magazine with more than 15 rounds manufactured or purchased after July 1.

 

DISCRIMINATION CRIME TO COME OFF THE BOOKS IN COLORADO

An unenforced discrimination crime in Colorado is likely coming off the books under a bipartisan agreement inspired by a civil-unions bill.  The House voted 47-15 yesterday to remove criminal penalties for discriminating in places of public accommodation. Democrats and Republicans sponsored the bill together after discussions about a new law granting legal recognition to same-sex couples.  Republicans who oppose civil unions have questioned whether business owners could face jail time for refusing to serve gays and lesbians. Discrimination would remain a civil penalty.  Democrats who support civil unions favored repeal. Colorado’s criminal statute for discrimination has never been enforced.  The repeal has already passed the Senate and awaits the signature of Governor John Hickenlooper. The civil unions law takes effect May 1.

 

USDA ADVISING FARMERS ABOUT MISSING OR INACCURATE TAX FORMS

The USDA is working quickly to resolve issues with 2012 IRS 1099 forms issued to farmers who received financial assistance from the Natural Resources Conservation Service. According to USDA’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer, the IRS forms issued in January may either be in the wrong amount, or may not have been issued.  Important data to produce correct 1099 information was left out when a system change took place last May, and NRCS financial experts are working with the USDA’s Controller Operations Division to help get 1099s to the appropriate people as quickly as possible.  Farmers who have questions can call 1-800-421-0323, or click here.

 

WATER-WISE WORKSHOP TO BE HELD NEXT WEEK

The Colorado State University Routt County Extension Office and the Routt County Master Gardeners will host ‘Water-Wise Landscaping’ next week.  Chris Zuschlag will lead the discussion.  Topics will include landscape design theories, xeriscaping principles, and irrigation system planning. The workshop is available to the public for $25 and includes lunch.  It will be held April 11th, from 9:30 to 3:30 at the Ranch at Steamboat.  If you have questions or would like to register, call 879-0825.

In high school sports:
Yesterday:

In girls soccer:
Steamboat topped Eagle Valley (6-0).

Today:
In boys lacrosse:
Steamboat travels to Battle Mountain at 4.

Tomorrow:
In girls lacrosse:
Steamboat is home against Fruita Monument at 4.