NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS FOR TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19TH

CRAIG RELAY FOR LIFE KICK-OFF EVENT TAKES PLACE SATURDAY

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Craig officially gets underway Saturday as event volunteers and Relay participants gather at Centennial Mall for a kickoff rally.  This also will be the first opportunity for survivors and co-survivors to register for the event, which will be held July 19th at Moffat County Fairgrounds. Volunteers will be on hand to help sign up teams, survivors, and any volunteers who wish to participate in this year’s event. The committee will also be selling luminarias as well as baked goods to launch fundraising efforts for the year. Free team registration will be given to those who sign up at the kickoff event.  The world’s largest grassroots fundraising movement, Relay For Life mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and provide participants with an opportunity to fight back against the disease.  Saturday’s kick-off event will be from 11 to 2.

 

DEMOCRATS PUSH THROUGH GUN CONTROL LEGISLATION

Colorado House Democrats passed new ammunition limits and expanded background checks as part of a package of bills responding to recent mass shootings.  The debate on the measures has attracted attention from the White House.  The Democratic-led House voted yesterday to ban large-capacity magazines, placing a limit of 15 rounds for firearms, and eight for shotguns. Lawmakers also passed a requirement for background checks on firearm sales between private parties.  Republicans oppose the measures, saying they restrict Second Amendment rights and won’t prevent mass shootings.  Vice President Joe Biden called four Democrats Friday during a daylong debate on the measures, including two in moderate districts.  Lawmakers also passed bills to ban concealed firearms on colleges, and require gun purchasers to pay for their own background checks.  The Senate still needs to consider the proposals.

 

GUN COMPANY THREATENS TO LEAVE STATE AMID GUN CONTROL LAWS

At least one Colorado company is threatening to leave Colorado if current gun control proposals are passed into law.  Magpul Industries representatives say they will pack up and move if gun control laws restrict their ability to make a profit, by chasing away customers.  The company makes high capacity magazines for both military and civilian use.  However, if the new laws are passed, those products would be illegal.  The move would be a hit on Colorado’s employment, as the company employs about 200 in Colorado, while contracting work out to hundreds of others in the state.  Democrats in the Senate, who have touted job creation as their primary goal, argues the bills actually give companies like Magpul more options to stay in the state.

 

ENERGY INTERESTS TO RELEASE OZONE STUDY FOR UINTAH BASIN

Western Energy Alliance will join the Utah Division of Air Quality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Uintah County Commission, Bingham Research Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and others in Vernal, UT today for a press conference to release the 2011/2012 Uintah Basin Winter Ozone and Air Quality Study.  The organizations formed the partnership in response to elevated levels of ozone in the Uintah Basin. While summer ozone formation is well understood after decades of study and regulatory efforts, the science lags behind on winter ozone, which has only fairly recently been identified as an issue. The Uintah Basin Winter Ozone Study effort, which is continuing through 2013, is expected to significantly advance the scientific understanding of winter ozone formation.  Western Energy Alliance has funded both studies to the tune of $2.125 million.

 

LAWMAKERS CONSIDER CHANGES TO SCHOOL FUNDING FORMULA

Colorado lawmakers are considering changes to the state’s financing of public schools.  A bill was introduced Monday to change the way the state funds schools.  The bill itself is only a precursor to a statewide initiative to increase education funding, and the bill’s sponsor, democratic Senator Mike Johnston, says the bill would only work if that happened.  The bill proposes a new funding formula, that is based on a student’s average attendance, rather than their actual attendance.  It’s based off of the model used in Rhode Island.  It encourages smaller districts to ask for tax increases, by providing matching state funds.  The bill is only in draft form, and Johnston is still gathering feedback on it.

 

DEMOCRATS PROPOSE MAKING CHEATING LEGAL

State lawmakers are considering making cheating on your spouse legal.  Infidelity is a crime in Colorado, but later this week, state legislators will decide whether to repeal the law.  The law is rarely enforced.  Democratic Representative Daniel Kagan is leading the effort to change the law.  He says police don’t belong in people’s bedrooms, and police shouldn’t be delving into personal lives.  The proposal comes up tomorrow in the State House.

STATE WRESTLING TOURNAMENT COVERAGE BEGINS THURSDAY

Broadcast coverage of all three days of the 2013 State Wrestling Tournament on 93.7 102.3 KRAI and KRAI.COM will begin this Thursday afternoon at 2:45pm with the 2A and 3A preliminary matches.  Calling the action will be Former NCAA National Champion wrestler Tanner Linsacum and former Moffat County state champion Mark Hastings who will follow the Northwest Colorado wrestlers through the tournament.  If you would like to sponsor our live coverage of the State Tournament contact KRAI at 824-6574.  Our planned broadcast schedule is below (end times are approximate):

Thursday February 21st:
2A/3A Preliminaries 2:45 to 6:15pm

Friday February 22nd:
2A/3A Championship Quarterfinals and 1st Round Consolation 9:45am to Noon
2A/3A 2nd Round Consolation and Semifinals 5:30 to 9pm

Saturday February 23rd:
2A/3A 3rd Round Consolation and Semifinal Consolation 10:15am to Noon
2A/3A 5th place and 3rd Place matches 1:45 to 4pm
Parade of Champions and 1st place matches (all classes) 6:15 to 10pm

 

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