LIEUTENANT COLONEL ALLEN WEST TO SPEAK IN STEAMBOAT
The Steamboat Institute’s 2013 Winter Dinner and Military Award ceremony will be held tomorrow night. Lieutenant Colonel Allen West will be the keynote speaker. West is from Florida, and has served as a Congressman there. The Steamboat Institute calls him one of the most authentic voices in conservative politics. During the event, Steamboat’s American Legion and VFW Color Guard will receive a special military award, sponsored by Latham Marine, a Fort Lauderdale based manufacturer of “World Class Marine Hardware and Steering.” The cost for the event is $50 for students and young professionals under the age of 30, $75 for active or former military personnel, and $100 for anyone else. The night includes a 3 course dinner. For more information, click here.
POPULARITY OF SNOWBOARDING DECLINING
Snowboarding’s popularity has been slipping across the nation as younger skiers embrace ski designs borrowed from boarders, like maneuverable twin-tip skis. The National Ski Areas Association says snowboarding participation fell 4.5 percent during the last five years, while skiing grew 6.7 percent. Ski industry insiders say part of the drop is because ski manufacturers are learning from snowboard makers and producing more skis that are more fun. Snowboarding still has one advantage: a lower entry price. Decent skis cost about $650, but a comparable snowboard can be had for about $300, even though they are made in similar ways. Ski boots cost about $600, while snowboard boots run $150 to $300.
DENVER POT SHOPS TO LEAD THE WAY BY OPENING EARLY
Denver will begin issuing retail marijuana licenses to businesses today. The Department of Excise and Licenses will issue the first licenses beginning this morning in a government step that clears the way for marijuana stores to open January 1st. Denver is one of 19 municipalities and seven counties that will allow retail sales of pot to those 21 and older under voter approved Amendment 64. Steamboat is another. The state’s Marijuana Enforcement Division has approved 348 marijuana business licenses in Colorado, but most won’t be open Wednesday because of local licensing requirements. Colorado residents 21 and up can buy one ounce of weed. If you’re from out of state, a quarter of an ounce can only be purchased.
COLORADO AG OFFICIALS REMIND RANCHERS TO TEST CATTLE
The Colorado Department of Agriculture reminds cattle owners to test their herd for Bovine Trichomoniasis. So far this year there have been ten trich cases in six counties, but none in Northwest Colorado. Officials say testing and monitoring herds for trichomoniasis is the best method of controlling it. Trich is a venereal disease of cattle that causes fertility problems, such as early embryonic death or abortion of the calf, and is asymptomatic in bulls. Colorado trich regulations require all non-virgin bulls changing ownership or being transported into Colorado be tested unless the animal is going to slaughter. Bulls on public land grazing permits or with grazing associations must also be tested prior to turn-out. Several diagnostic laboratories across the state offer trich testing; samples must be taken by an accredited veterinarian and results will be available between four to six days. For testing locations, click here.
C-DOT OFFERS WINTER DRIVING TIPS
The Colorado Department of Transportation is offering safe driving tips for winter conditions. The Department says knowing what you’re heading into is a must. You can check road conditions on the department’s website. They also suggest keeping your gas tack at least half full at all times. Not only does that ensure you’ll be able to run the engine periodically to keep warm if you get stuck or break down somewhere, but it adds weight to the vehicle, which provides better traction. The department reiterates that keeping a safety kit with plenty of water, food and warm blankets is always a good idea. They also emphasize that 4-wheel drives do not stop any better in icy conditions than other vehicles. Making sure you have good tires, and resisting driving too fast in whiteout conditions are also tips from C-DOT.