NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24TH

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ROMNEY RALLY AT RED ROCKS MET WITH ENTHUSIASM

10,000 supporters showed up to a Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan rally at Red Rocks Amphitheater yesterday.  The event was sold out, and many supporters were turned away due to lack of space.  During the rally, Romney chastised the Obama administration for its lack of leadership.  He also stressed his campaign message of vowing to get America on track to a “real economic recovery”.  There were musical performances by Kid Rock and Rodney Atkins.  Colorado is a swing state, meaning the candidates are close enough to warrant extra campaigning, while trying to accumulate the necessary electoral votes to win the election.  President Obama will speak in Denver today.

 

CRAIG MIDDLE SCHOOL TRYING TO REACH ITS FOOD DRIVE GOAL

Craig Middle Schoolers need help finishing up their canned food drive.  The drive has been going on all month, and school staff are getting ready to close the drive out.  However, they are well short of their goal, which could mean less Halloween fun for the students.  Earlier this month, staff at the school made a deal with students, that they would be allowed to dress up for Halloween at school, if the drive produced 3,000 cans of food.  As of yesterday, they had collected less than half of that number.  The staff estimates that 3 cans of food per student would put them over the top.  They’re asking for parents help in reaching that goal.  The drive ends Friday, and food needs to be collected by the end of the school day.

 

10 TO 15 CATTLE KILLED IN SEMI ROLLOVER

A semi rollover yesterday in Eagle County resulted in the deaths of about 10 to 15 head of cattle.  The accident occurred a little before 11 yesterday morning on Colorado Highway 133 on McClure Pass.  It’s not clear how the accident occurred, but the crash itself killed several cattle, while others had to be put down due to their injuries.  133 was closed for about 3 and a half hours while the accident was cleaned up.  The driver of the semi suffered minor injuries, but was not hospitalized.  He was issued a citation relating to the accident.

 

OPPONENTS OF FRACKING HOLD A RALLY IN DENVER

A Denver rally organized by opponents of hydraulic fracturing drew about 200 people.  Jakob Dylan of The Wallflowers, actress Daryl Hannah and others ended the rally yesterday by singing “Stand By Me” on stage together at Civic Center Park.  Co-organizer Allison Wolff says the budget for the Frack Free Colorado event was about $45,000. The rally was meant to push for the acceleration of clean-energy alternatives and to educate the public on what Wolff calls the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, which involves blasting water, sand and chemicals underground to free oil and natural gas.  The research arm of the Independent Petroleum Association of America counters that fracking is safe and that both Republicans and Democrats have said U.S. natural gas production supports jobs and the nation’s energy security.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP WANTS DETAILS RELEASED ON FRACKING RESULTS

The Environmental Integrity Project, along with 16 other national, regional, and local organizations, will submit a petition to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today asking it to include the oil and gas extraction industry in its Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reporting requirements.  TRI reporting is already required of most other energy industries including coal. The groups will argue that the loophole for the oil & gas extraction industries makes no sense, given the huge amounts of toxic chemicals involved that have only increased with the rapid rise of fracking. They say since oil and gas facilities are currently not required to report such data, the full scope of environmental and public health risks to citizens and communities is not known.

 

ONE FUGITIVE CAPTURED IN WYOMING/AUTHORITIES SEARCH FOR THREE MORE

A fugitive wanted on multiple felony drug charges was captured Monday afternoon in southern Wyoming.  Sweetwater County Sheriff Rich Haskell said deputies tracked 42 year old Steven Chapman to a residence west of Rock Springs and arrested him there without incident.  Chapman is charged with two counts of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance, and unlawful manufacture of delivery of methamphetamine stemming from an undercover investigation in 2011.  Each of the three counts carries a maximum possible penalty of 20 years in prison, and up to $25,000 in fines.  Haskell said three other fugitives on the Sheriff’s Office “Most Wanted” roster are 25 year old Christopher Rasmussen, wanted for felony probation violation and conspiracy to commit larceny and battery, 21-year old Kelsi Egbert, wanted for felony probation violation and possession of a controlled substance, and 26-year-old Valorie Draney, who is sought on a warrant for a felony probation violation warrant for delivery of a controlled substance.  Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Rasmussen, Egbert, or Draney is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office or other law enforcement agency. Haskell said calls will be handled with discretion.

In high school sports:
Tomorrow:

In volleyball:
Steamboat plays at Battle Mountain at 6:30.

 

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