LOCAL FLOOD RELIEF EFFORT UNDERWAY THIS MORNING
The local effort to collect donations for flood victims on the front range has had such a generous response, that organizers have decided to extend the drive. Those who were not able to make their donations this morning, will have until the end of the week to do so. A collection box will be available at Centennial Bank in Steamboat from 9 to 5 today, tomorrow, and Friday. 55 Country broadcast live from the Centennial Bank parking lot this morning to help drum up support for the drive, which is being conducted by the Steamboat Institute. The first load of items was taken to the Fort Collins/Greeley area this morning, filled with donations from Craig and Steamboat residents. A separate effort, being conducted by the Caroline Dotson family in Craig is collecting items specifically for kids. Items can be dropped off at The Journey, or at the KRAI and 55 Country studios in the Centennial Mall until 4 tomorrow afternoon. For more information about both of these drives, including a list of items needed and links to make cash donations online, click here.
MEEKER FORUM POSTPONED
Last week, in the Weekly News Email from MainStreet Meeker, it was announced that there would be a Downtown Forum meeting tomorrow, to go over the report of findings on suggestions for downtown improvements and priorities. That meeting is being postponed until a future date. Several of the key people who should be at that meeting are out of town or otherwise unavailable. All will be notified when a new date has been set. Organizers are also awaiting a report from Anne Ricker regarding a possible URA district in downtown and would like to include that report in the forum once it is received. If you would like to preview the findings on the suggestions for the downtown improvements, you can view a copy of the report by clicking here.
GUN GROUP SUES HICKENLOOPER OVER NEW LAWS
Colorado’s largest state-based gun lobby has filed a lawsuit against Governor John Hickenlooper in hopes of overturning what it says is unconstitutional legislation requiring extended background checks and restricting the size of ammunition magazines. Dudley Brown, executive director of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, said yesterday the group “will fight to keep the constitutional rights of Coloradans intact by challenging these laws on every front.” The lawsuit was filed in District Court on September 4th. A lawsuit filed by Colorado sheriffs also seeking to overturn the laws is pending in federal court. Democrats argue the gun-control laws, which took effect July 1st, will improve public safety and are an appropriate response to the massacres at an Aurora movie theater last summer and at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in December. Republicans counter that none of the laws passed would have prevented any of those incidents.
GESSLER ANNOUNCES BID FOR GOVERNOR
Colorado Secretary of State, Scott Gessler, has announced his bid for state Governor. Gessler earlier had said he would consider running again for Secretary of State, but has changed his mind. He says he believes Colorado is headed in the wrong direction. He says Colorado needs strong leadership, and is lacking that now. He points to Governor Hickenlooper’s death penalty decision as a prime example. Hickenlooper warned Democrats not to bring a law to his desk that would repeal the death penalty, yet postponed the state’s first execution in over a decade indefinitely. Gessler is only one of a handful of republicans that have announced their intention to run for governor.
SUPPORTERS OF ED TAX COLLECT $1.6 MILLION TO CAMPAIGN
Supporters of a ballot measure that would change school finance in Colorado and raise taxes have doubled their fundraising effort with $1.6 million in contributions over the past two weeks. The group now has raised more than $3.2 million aimed at winning approval for the measure on the November ballot. Two groups opposing the measure did not file their campaign finance reports by Monday, but they still have time to file. The proposed tax would raise nearly $1 billion a year for education upgrades, including expanded kindergarten and preschool, and more attention for disabled students and students learning English.
TIPTON RELEASES STATEMENT ON BUDGET CONTROL ACT
Congressman Scott Tipton issued a statement yesterday after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its annual report on the long-term budget outlook. Tipton says in the wake of the Budget Control Act going into effect and forcing Washington to reduce spending by about 2 percent, Moody’s upgraded the United States’ credit rating, improving the country’s economic standing in the global marketplace. He says this was a positive step, and proof that spending reforms are needed and, when enacted, strengthen our economy. For a look at the full report, click here.
In high school sports:
Meeker hosts Rangely at 7.
Moffat County goes to Gunnison at 6.
Hayden is home against Vail Christian at 5:30.
Soroco welcomes West Grand at 5.
In boys soccer:
Steamboat hosts Glenwood at 6.