NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6TH

MOFFAT COUNTY COMMISSIONERS APPROVE ORDINANCE BANNING COMMERCIAL POT OPERATIONS

The Moffat County Commissioners yesterday approved the second reading of a second ordinance banning marijuana operations in the unincorporated areas of the county.  Last week, the commissioners finalized an ordinance that puts a moratorium on so called “marijuana clubs” where private hosts can provide a place for marijuana smokers to congregate.  The clubs do not actually sell marijuana.  The moratorium will sunset at the end of the year.  This week’s ordinance dealt with retail shops and commercial growing operations.  While the measure didn’t include a sunset, the commissioners say they can revisit the ordinance at any time, and can repeal it, whether of their own volition, or through a citizen petition process.  However, repealing the ordinance will not even be considered, until the commissioners fully understand state regulations regarding the drug.  Those state regulations are required to be in place July 1st, or the responsibility will fall upon individual counties.

 

U.N. DRUG AGENCY RECOMMENDS FEDS FIGHT MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION

A U.N. drug agency says the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in Colorado and Washington violates international drug treaties.  The International Narcotics Control Board urged the Barack Obama administration to challenge the legalization measures. It made its appeal in an annual drug report released yesterday.  U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said last week that he was in the last stages of reviewing the state laws.  Holder said he was examining policy options and international implications of the issue.  Marijuana is illegal under federal law.  The federal government could sue the states over legalization or decide not to mount a court challenge.

 

CONNECTIONS FOR KIDS SURVEYS PARENTS

Connections 4 Kids is conducting a survey of local parents of young children.  Connections 4 Kids is seeking information regarding the needs of parents of young children in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties to best serve children birth to age 8 in four domains: health; early learning; social, emotional and mental health; and family support and parent education.  The survey is available online, or in paper form at several area agencies. The deadline for surveys to be completed online or returned to a participating agency or the Connections 4 Kids office is April 9th.  Everyone who completes the survey and provides his or her contact information will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card. There is a limit of one survey per family.  If you have questions, call 824-8282.

 

ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT TUITION BREAK CLOSE TO REALITY

Illegal immigrants are closer to receiving in-state tuition with a bill that’s made it to the farthest point in the Colorado Legislature since it was first introduced 10 years ago.  Democrats argued the bill is an economic driver and that students who grew up in Colorado deserve the lower in-state tuition rate, regardless of immigration status.  The Democratic-controlled House gave initial approval to the bill yesterday with a preliminary voice vote.  The bill is expected to pass and head to the governor’s desk, possibly as soon as this week.   Similar bills have cleared the Senate in recent years, but stalled in the House.  A handful of Republicans support the bill, but others say proposal violates a state law that forbids non-emergency benefits from going to illegal immigrants.

 

WYOMING SHERIFF WARNS OF FACEBOOK SCAM

The Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office has received local reports of a social networking scam cybercrooks often employ on Facebook.  The prospective victim is contacted on Facebook by someone they have already “friended” who says something happened to his/her old account and asks to be “friended” again.  What follows are emails or instant messages purportedly from the “friend” that talk about receiving a large sum of money from a non-existent federal program set up to aid the impoverished and/or the handicapped.  Of course, the object of the scammer is to get personal information from their victim.  Officials recommend, as always, that people never provide such information in response to an unsolicited communication.  If you receive such an email, besides calling authorities, you should also warn your original facebook “friend” that their account may be compromised.

 

INDEPENDENT ETHICS PANEL TO INVESTIGATE COMPLAINTS AGAINST GESSLER

The Colorado Independent Ethics Commission has agreed to appoint an outside investigator to review its ethics probe of Secretary of State Scott Gessler.  Gessler says the independent investigation ordered Monday is necessary because of bias on the part of the agency’s executive director.  The ethics commission last year launched an investigation following allegations Gessler improperly used state funds for political purposes.  He is accused of using the money for a trip to a Republican lawyers’ meeting and a trip to the Republican National Convention. He’s also accused of taking reimbursements from an office expense fund without submitting receipts.  Gessler says the investigation is politically motivated.

 

TSA SAYS PASSENGERS CAN CARRY KNIVES ON PLANES

Airline passengers will be able to carry small knives, souvenir baseball bats, golf clubs and other sports equipment onto planes beginning next month under a policy change announced yesterday by the head of the Transportation Security Administration.  The new policy conforms U.S. security standards to international standards, and allows TSA to concentrate its energies on more serious safety threats, the agency said in a statement.  The announcement, made by TSA Administrator John Pistole at an airline industry gathering in New York, drew an immediate outcry from unions representing flight attendants and other airline workers, who said the items are still dangerous in the hands of the wrong passengers.

In Colorado 3-A District playoffs:
Both Moffat County teams now advance to the State Tournament round of 32/16, where a single loss eliminates a team from the tournament.  As the district champion the Moffat County girls will host a round of 32 and 16 sub-regional tournament on March 8th and 9th.  On Friday the Moffat County girls (19-3) will play Broomfield’s Jefferson Academy (10-12) at 7.  With a win they will play the winner of the Kent Denver (18-4) Middle Park (14-7) game on Saturday at 1.

The Moffat County boys (18-4) will travel to Brush to face Classical Academy (14-8) on Friday at 5.  With a win they will play the winner of the Brush (19-3) and Basalt (8-14) game on Saturday at 1.

You can catch both Friday games live on KRAI.  The pregame starts at 4:45.  You can also listen online at KRAI.com.

In 2-A:
This weekend the Meeker girls (16-6) and the Hayden boys (20-2) will both play in the single elimination Regional tournament at Grand Junction High School.  On Friday Meeker’s girls will take on Dolores (15-6)  at 3:30, and Hayden’s boys will play Sangre De Cristo (15-7) at 5.  With wins, Meeker will face the winner of the Simla (15-6) Sargent (13-9) game at noon, and Hayden will play the winner of the Dolores (15-6) and Yuma (19-2) game at 1:30.

The Rangely girls (12-10) and the Meeker boys (16-6) will both play in the single elimination Regional tournament at Mullen High School.  On Friday Rangely will take on Wray (10-12)  at 6:30, and Meeker will play Haxtun (16-5) at 8.  With wins, Meeker will face the winner of the Denver Christian (16-6) Highland (7-15) game at 1:30, and Rangely will play the winner of the Lutheran (21-0) and Heritage Christian (14-8) game at noon.

 

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