NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR WEDNESDAY, MAY 8TH


Plea Agreement Details For Former Routt County Sheriff

Wild West Radio News received the following press release earlier today from the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office:  On May 2, 2013, in Routt County Court, Mr. Garry Wall, former Routt County Sheriff, plead guilty to Driving While Ability Impaired pursuant to a plea agreement.  Mr. Wall’s blood test came back with a blood alcohol level of .056.  There was no suspicion of drug use during this incident, so the blood sample was not tested for drugs.  Because Mr. Wall’s blood alcohol level was between a .05 and .065, the District Attorney’s Office agreed that he should receive a Deferred Judgment and Sentence which will require him to complete two years of supervised probation, to refrain from all use of alcohol and unlawful use or possession of narcotics or dangerous drugs, ten days in jail, an alcohol evaluation and he is to follow any recommended treatment, twenty-four hours of community service, a $100 charitable donation to Advocates Building Peaceful Communities, and fines and costs.  The Deferred Judgment and Sentence shall be in place for two years.  If at the end of that period, Mr. Wall has completed the requirements and committed no new violations of law, the case will be dismissed.

MAY 19TH THROUGH 25TH PROCLAIMED E.M.S. WEEK

The Moffat County Commissioners have proclaimed the week of May 19th through the 25th as EMS week.  The week is being celebrated locally, statewide, and nationally.  The week will kick off on the 19th with an EMS community appreciation barbecue.  There will be hot dogs and hamburgers available, and plenty of demonstrations and activities for both adults and kids.  The barbecue will be free to the community.  It runs from 11 to 2 on the 19th.

 

TIPTON SPEAKS WITH CLUB 20 MEMBERS ABOUT CURRENT LEGISLATION

Yesterday Representative Scott Tipton addressed members of CLUB 20, who are in Washington this week to meet with lawmakers on issues that impact Western Colorado. Tipton addressed a number of topics with the group, including efforts to advance all-of-the-above energy development as a way to lower energy prices and create thousands of jobs in the state.  Tipton also stressed the need for proactive forest management to restore damaged Colorado forests to a healthy natural state in order to prevent wildfire. He has introduced legislation to encourage proactive forest management by streamlining hazardous fuels reduction projects and making up-front investments in forest health, in order to spend fewer taxpayer dollars fighting fires later on. Tipton’s bill places no requirement on state and local officials to act but provides governors and county commissioners with the ability to designate high-risk areas and develop emergency hazardous fuels reduction projects on federal lands. Tipton also raised concerns with the group about the U.S. Forest Service’s spending priorities, citing the fact that Forest Service plans to spend $60 million in acquiring new lands, when it is facing significant challenges managing land it already oversees.

 

SPECIAL OLYMPICS COMES TO CRAIG THIS WEEKEND

Athletes throughout the Western Slope will converge on Craig this weekend for the Special Olympics Western Area Summer Games.  Events include swimming, weight lifting, and track and field events.  The Kiwanis Club of Craig helps to operate the event and is encouraging the community to show up and support the athletes.  The games are free to attend.  They start at 9 Saturday morning at Moffat County High School.

 

WESTERN ENERGY ALLIANCE TO TESTIFY ON HYDRAULIC FRACTURING

Today, John Byrom will represent Western Energy Alliance before the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee regarding hydraulic fracturing on federal lands.  That’s according to a press release from the Alliance that says Byrom will testify that a proposed Bureau of Land Management rule will add redundant regulations for oil and natural gas development on federal and Indian lands, and discourage investment and job creation in the West.  The Alliance maintains that states are the proper place to regulate hydraulic fracturing because they are closer to the communities impacted, and understand the many factors affecting operations. They say state rules specifically tailored to each state’s unique geology, hydrology, infrastructure and other conditions better protect the environment and groundwater than a one-size-fits-all federal rule. They also say states do a better job of balancing environmental protection with economic activity and job creation.  Furthermore, Byrom will testify that by adding to the cost of development and permitting times, the BLM rule will reduce royalty and tax revenue to the American taxpayer, tribes, western states, and local governments as development moves to other areas without federal lands.

 

BILL GIVING DRIVER’S LICENSES TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS PASSES HOUSE

A proposal to give drivers licenses to illegal immigrants has passed the Colorado House.  Senate Bill 251 would allow people to obtain licenses without lawful status.  Illegal immigrants would still have to show identification and pass the normal tests to get a license.  Republicans attempted to add a requirement for a criminal background check to the bill, however Democrats voted that down.

 

DNA COLLECTIONS FOR MISDEMEANOR CRIMES FAILS IN SESSION

A proposal to expand DNA collection for some misdemeanor convictions in Colorado failed during the last days of the session because one of the sponsors couldn’t get enough support for the measure.  Democratic Senate President John Morse said this week he didn’t have enough votes to pass the bill, which had already cleared the House. He asked a committee yesterday to postpone the bill indefinitely, one day before lawmakers adjourn for the year.  Most states, including Colorado, already collect DNA in felony cases. The bill would’ve expanded that to Class 1 criminal misdemeanors, which include some assaults and thefts. Opponents had expressed concern that criminal misdemeanors also include lesser offenses, such as recording a film in a movie theater.  Supporters of the bill argued it would help solve crimes.

In high school sports:
Yesterday:

In girls soccer:
Steamboat fell to Windsor in the first round of the playoffs (3-1).

Today:
In boys lacrosse:
Steamboat hosts Windsor in a first round playoff game at 5.

 

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