NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11TH

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FLAGS FLYING IN HALF STAFF IN OBSERVANCE OF 9/11

HALF STAFFFlags are flying at half staff today, in honor of those killed during the 9-11 terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington D.C., and the thwarted attack in Pennsylvania.  The attacks took place 12 years ago today.  President Obama proclaimed September 11th as Patriot Day in 2009.

 

RECALL ELECTIONS SUCCESSFUL, BOTH LAWMAKERS REMOVED

recallBoth recall elections on the Front Range were successful yesterday.  Senate President John Morse and Senator Angela Giron were both removed from their seats after Colorado Springs and Pueblo voters voted in the first legislative recall election in state history.  Nearly 51% of voters in Morse’s district voted in favor of recall.  He’ll be replaced by Republican Bernie Herpin.   Over 56% of voters in Giron’s district voted in favor of recall.  Republican George Rivera will take over her seat.  The two recalled legislators fell out of favor with their districts by voting for strict gun laws during the last legislative session.  Some say the results of the election could be an indicator of how voters will lean when it comes to secession votes in the several counties that will have the question on November’s ballot.

 

FIRE RESTRICTIONS LIFTED ON ALL MOFFAT COUNTY LANDS

FIRE LOWStage 1 fire restrictions have been lifted on all lands in Moffat County. The Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge and Dinosaur National Monument rescinded fire restrictions as of noon yesterday and the Bureau of Land Management Little Snake Field Office rescinded their restrictions as of midnight. The Moffat County Sheriff’s Office rescinded fire restrictions on all state and private lands yesterday morning.  Recent rain received in Northwest Colorado has significantly reduced fire danger and the potential for large fire growth. Monsoonal rain is expected to continue through the end of this week with a return to drier conditions next week. With hunting seasons now in full swing in northwestern Colorado, hunters in particular are asked to be vigilant with their campfires.

 

FEDS TO ALLOW BANKS TO DEAL WITH MARIJUANA ENTREPRENEURS

MARIJUANA-300A Justice Department official says the federal government will enable financial institutions to transact business with the legitimate marijuana industry without fear of prosecution.  The issue has taken on greater urgency now that Colorado and Washington have become the first states to legalize recreational use of marijuana.  Currently, processing money from marijuana sales puts federally insured banks at risk of drug racketeering charges.  In an appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday, Deputy Attorney General James Cole said the issue was one that the federal government needed to deal with.  The Justice Department announced August 29th that it won’t try to stop Colorado and Washington state from legalizing recreational marijuana use as long as they implement strong enforcement systems. Marijuana is an illegal drug under federal law.

 

OFFICIALS INVESTIGATE SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY AT WYOMING POWER PLANT

sweetwater-county-sheriff-3The Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office is investigating reports of suspicious activity relative to the Jim Bridger Power Plant east of Rock Springs, but the investigation has so far uncovered nothing definitive.  Sheriff Rich Haskell said people in Point of Rocks, a small community on Interstate 80 about four miles from the coal-fired plant, reported that travelers in an out-of-state vehicle who stopped at a local convenience store asked a good number of questions about it. That, combined with reports of aircraft flying low over the plant site in August and early September, plus other reports of people photographing the plant, prompted the investigation.  County detectives worked with federal authorities and air traffic control officials in Salt Lake City in checking the flights. All but a few have been confirmed as routine commercial flights, and those remaining continue to be investigated.   No threats have been made against the plant.  Authorities confirmed that while private security resources have been enhanced at the Jim Bridger Plant, it is not in lockdown, as has been reported.

 

SHADOW MOUNTAIN PROJECT TO BE DISCUSSED AT MEETINGS TONIGHT AND TOMORROW

shadow mountain village meeting-150Meetings will be held over the next two nights regarding the upcoming reconstruction project in the Shadow Mountain subdivision in Craig.  The City of Craig, and Moffat County are collaborating on a project that will see water lines replaced, and road and curb improvements.  The project will create a special tax district, as residents are responsible for a portion of the cost.  Meetings will be held tonight and tomorrow night at the American Legion Hall to discuss the project.  City and County officials will be on hand to answer questions.  Meetings will be held at 7 both nights.  All Shadow Mountain residents and property owners are urged to attend the meetings.  Follow this link for more info .  http://krai.com/events/shadow-mountain-village-construction-project-meetings/

 

STATE PATROL MAKES MORE THAN 1,300 DUI ARRESTS OVER LABOR DAY WEEKEND

COLO-STATE-PATROL-2-smallThe Colorado State Patrol and law enforcement agencies throughout the state say they arrested more than 1,300 impaired drivers during a Labor Day campaign to cut down on accidents.  The state patrol said yesterday the crackdown between August 16th and September 3rd included saturation patrols throughout the state.  The crackdown is one of 12 impaired-driving initiatives that are targeting national holidays and large public events.

 

XCEL LOOKS TO TRIPLE SOLAR POWER OUTPUT

Xcel-Energy-Logo-300Xcel Energy is seeking permission to triple the amount of large-scale solar power produced in Colorado.  A report filed Monday with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission indicates the company also wants to increase wind energy and power from natural gas-fired generators to meet its long-term electricity needs.  The company plans to close its Arapahoe coal-fired power plant in Denver by the end of 2013 and convert its Cherokee plant in Denver to a gas-fired facility by the end of 2017.

 

SWEETWATER COUNTY MAN ARRESTED FOR POSSESSING CHILD PORN

sweetwater-county-sheriff-3A Sweetwater county man was arrested last week and faces federal charges related to possession, production, and distribution of child pornography.  Sweetwater County Sheriff Rich Haskell said court records on the case have been sealed to protect victims and declined to identify the individual.  The arrest was the result of a joint investigation carried out by the Sheriff’s Office, the Rock Springs Police Department, the Wyoming Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the United States Marshals Service.  Authorities said more information would become available in the future as the case moves through the federal criminal justice system.

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MCTA Agenda Sept. 13

09-17-13 STEAMBOAT CITY COUNCIL AGENDA

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In high school sports:
Yesterday:
In boys soccer:
Moffat County lost to Rifle (3-0).

Today:
In boys golf:
Rangely goes to Dos Rios at 10.

Tomorrow:
In volleyball:
Moffat County travels to Coal Ridge at 6.
Hayden hosts West Grand at 6.

In boys soccer:
Steamboat goes to Summit at 6.

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