NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS FOR FRIDAY, MAY 24TH

PRESCHOOL CLOSES DUE TO VIOLATIONS

Parents in Steamboat are in a bind after they were given a memo from Laurel Street Preschool’s board of directors informing them of a decision to close the facility.  Parents say they were given little notice and are not sure where to go for help.  Board told parents at a meeting yesterday they were making the closure out of concern for the safety of the children.  A daycare license inspector reportedly found numerous violations at the facility.  The violations were apparently too extensive and costly to fix in the given time frame.  The board hopes to be able to reopen the school in the future.

 

GRAND OLDE WEST DAYS KICKS OFF TONIGHT

Grand Olde West Days in Craig officially kicks off tonight with a concert by the Blaine Mitchell Band at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.  The concert starts at 8.  Tomorrow morning there’ll be a tractor pull at 9 at 4th and Ranney.  The Wild West Weekend events in the grandstands at the fairgrounds begins at 6:30 tomorrow.  It includes bronc riding, an equestrian drill team, sheep hooking and mutton busting.  That event will be followed by a barn dance at 8, featuring the band Country Red.  Cowboy Church takes place at the fairgrounds Sunday morning at 8.  The Annual Draft Horse Show and Competition takes place at the fairgrounds at 9 Sunday morning.  The Downtown parade starts at 3 and will be followed by the Grand Futures Street Dance and the Western Barbecue.  Memorial Services will be held at the Craig Cemetery at 11.  The downtown street events Monday will be from 10 to 5.  For more information on the weekend’s events, click the Grand Olde West Days button on this page.

 

WEATHER SERVICE OFFERS STORM SPOTTER TRAINING IN STEAMBOAT

The National Weather Service will provide Storm Spotter training next month in Steamboat.  The training is a great opportunity to learn weather terms and patterns from forecasters, who will, at times, call on those they’ve trained to provide them with information pertinent to their forecasts.  The training is free, and open to everyone.  It takes place June 8th from 1 to 3 in the community room of Yampa Valley Electric Association.  For more information, click here.

 

STEAMBOAT HOSTS HISTORIC BIKE TOUR

The City of Steamboat is providing a free guided bike tour of historic places in Downtown Steamboat tomorrow.  Those who would like to participate should meet at 10 tomorrow morning at the Carver Power Plant on 10th Street.  The tour will take participants to the Steamboat Depot, Lithia Spring, the YVEA building, Howelson Hill, the Tread Of Pioneers Museum and more.  It is expected to last until about noon, and refreshments will be available at the last site.  If you need more information, call 871-8258.

 

SPORTS STORE ASKS FEDS FOR RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION FROM OBAMACARE

In the most prominent challenge of its kind, Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. has asked a federal appeals court for an exemption from part of the federal health care law.  The retailer said yesterday it shouldn’t be required to offer employees health coverage that includes access to the morning-after pill and other contraceptives that the owners oppose on religious grounds.  The Oklahoma City-based arts-and-crafts chain argues that for-profit businesses should have the same exceptions granted to religious groups and some nonprofits.  A lawyer representing the U.S. Department of Justice says allowing Hobby Lobby to exempt itself from the contraception mandate would be tantamount to allowing the company to impose its religious views on its employees, who are entitled to contraception coverage.  Others say forcing the company to provide the birth control would be suppressing a religious view.  They also say it would be yet another example of over-regulating private business.  There’s no indication how soon the eight-judge panel will decide.

 

GESSLER FILES FOR GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDACY

Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler has filed for candidacy in the 2014 gubernatorial election.  Gessler says he had to file now that he has expressed interest in the position, but it doesn’t mean he’ll actually run.  Gessler has come under fire from Democrats, who say he has intimidated voters in his largely successful campaign to weed out fraudulent voters.  Tom Tancredo has also announced his candidacy as a Republican.  Current governor John Hickenlooper will be running for re-election.

 

Moffat County High Graduation Week Schedule

 

May 24th – Senior Checkout and Graduation Practice 8am – Graduates don’t be late

May 25th – GRADUATION – 10am Sharp – High School Gym. Graduates report at 9:25am

  • Shuttles run beginning at 9am from K-Mart to the front door of the High School
  • Handicapped access and unique accommodations can be arranged by calling the school office at 824-7036
  • Get there early. Seating is limited. Arriving 30 minutes early is a very sound strategy to find preferred seating
  • Finally, public enthusiasm and applause is expected and anticipated However, please leave the air horns, silly string and beach balls at home

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