ELECTION RESULTS FOR NORTHWEST COLORADO
John Kinkaid will take over Tom Gray’s seat for Moffat County Commissioner after yesterday’s election saw him take 54% of the vote over Dave DeRose. Kinkaid ran as an independent. In Routt County Tim Corrigan took 54% of the vote over Jim “Moose” Barrows for County Commissioner District 1. In District 2, Doug Monger beat out Tina Kyprios with 59% of the vote. Routt County’s referendums regarding the reduction of the number of members on the Yampa Town Board, and the Timbers Water and Sanitation District passed, while the referendum regarding the Morrison Water District failed. The closest race in the area seems to have been for 9th Judicial District Attorney, where Democrat Sherry Caloia defeated Martin Beeson by just over 150 votes. In statewide races, Diane Mitsch Bush beat Chuck McConnell for the House District 26 seat. In House District 57 Republican Bob Rankin topped Democrat Jo Ann Baxter with 57% of the vote. Republican Randy Baumgartner will represent Senate District 8 after defeating Democrat Emily Tracy. Colorado voters also passed Amendment 64, allowing for residents to use marijuana recreationally. Amendment 65 also passed, creating new campaign finance limits. Amendment S, which changes the way the state hires contract workers, also passed. All results are considered unofficial until verified by the Colorado Secretary of State.
MARIJUANA LAWS PASSED IN COLORADO, WASHINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS
Colorado wasn’t the only state to pass new marijuana laws yesterday. Residents in Washington also voted in favor of a ballot measure that will make marijuana legal for adults aged 21 and over, removing most criminal and civil penalties and replacing the current policies with a system similar to that used to regulate alcohol. The Marijuana Policy Project says when the laws take effect, these states will be the only places in the country or world with legal, taxed, and regulated marijuana markets. Massachusetts also passed a law that allows the seriously ill to access medical marijuana without fear of arrest. As of now, 18 states and the District of Columbia have laws in place to protect medical marijuana patients, consisting of nearly a third of the national population.
VOTING PROBLEMS EXPERIENCED IN SOME COLORADO PRECINTS
Voters in some Colorado counties faced long lines and problems meeting voting requirements. Elena Nunez of the watchdog group Colorado Common Cause said some voters yesterday were being asked for photo identification papers, which is not required under Colorado law. Voters were still able to use utility bills, bank statements and naturalization documents as valid forms of identification. Poll workers were ordered to stop demanding photo identification. Nunez said a number of voters were given provisional ballots while problems were being resolved. In Arapahoe County, voters faced long lines with wait times of up to two hours. Long lines were also reported in Denver, Jefferson and other large metropolitan counties.
CAPITAL CHRISTMAS TREE VISITS CRAIG
The Capital Christmas Tree attracted a huge crowd at the Moffat County Fairgrounds yesterday. The tree began its trip to Washington D.C. yesterday with stops in Rangely, Craig, and Steamboat. At the Craig celebration, organizers played Christmas music and entertained a crowd of elementary school children who showed up with their teachers. Those that showed up were allowed to sign the large banner that surrounds the trailer hauling the tree. The Capital Christmas Tree was cut from the White River National Forest Friday, and displayed in Meeker during a celebration Saturday. It will travel through the state, before heading east. Pictures from the Meeker celebration can be seen in the photo gallery at the top of this page.
VETERANS DAY ACTIVITIES PLANNED FOR CRAIG
Veterans Day is coming up this weekend, and there are a few activities planned in Craig. There will be a free Veteran’s Day Lunch at the American Legion in the Shadow Mountain Subdivision Friday from 11:30 to 1. All veterans and current military personnel are invited to bring their families along. Craig firefighters are also planning a fireworks show Sunday. The fireworks that weren’t used during the 4th of July, due to extreme fire conditions, will be set off Sunday night at dark. They’ll be lit off from the hill by the high school.