NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH

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REGIONAL WRESTLING TOURNAMENTS BEGIN TODAY

wrestling-1Regional tournament action begins in high school wrestling today.  Moffat County attends the 3-A tournament in Granby. Steamboat is set to take the mat at the 4-A tournament in Montrose. Hayden, Meeker, SoRoCo and Rangely will participate in the 2-A tournament in Grand Junction. The regional tournaments take place today and tomorrow. Complete results from todays 2A, 3A and 4A regional tournaments ARE POSTED BELOW IN SPORTS.  listen to 93.7 102.3 KRAI or KRAI.COM beginning Thursday next week for live action from the State Wrestling Tournament in Denver, with new broadcast team Dennis and Anton Fredrickson.

 

DOG OWNERS REMINDED TO KEEP ANIMALS FROM HARASSING WILDLIFE

PARKS AND WILDLIFEColorado Parks and Wildlife is issuing a warning to people whose dogs chase wildlife: Keep them under control and away from deer, elk and other wild animals, or face the possibility of steep fines and the loss of a beloved pet.  Dogs that chase wild animals can cause them extreme stress and injuries from bites, say wildlife officials. They add that by late winter, many big game animals susceptible to dog harassment are pregnant females. As they run to escape, deer and elk expend crucial energy that can lead to an increase in the mortality rate of the animals or their unborn calves and fawns.  Dogs that are allowed to interact with wildlife are also at a significant risk of being injured or killed by a wild animal, or at risk of being put down by a peace officer enforcing state wildlife laws.  Wildlife managers say that although it may be legal to let dogs run free in some recreation areas, they strongly recommend keeping pets on a leash whenever encounters with animals are likely.  Libbie Miller, District Wildlife Manager in Steamboat says that in Steamboat this year, officers have received numerous calls from the public reporting dogs that are harassing wildlife.  In Colorado, the fine for knowingly or negligently allowing a dog to harass wildlife is $274, including surcharges.

 

PARKS AND WILDLIFE OFFERING YOUTH TURKEY HUNTS

TURKEY-WITH-GUN-300Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering three young hunters a chance to win a mentored spring turkey hunt on private land near Meeker. The hunt is made possible with the help and support of local landowners in partnership with state wildlife managers.  As part of the agency’s Hunter Outreach Program, the opportunity is a continuing effort to instill an interest and respect for wildlife, the outdoors and the traditions of hunting in Colorado’s youth.  Applicants 18 and under that posses a valid hunter safety card must send a letter of interest by March 31st.  The letter should indicate an interest in the hunt and include the youth’s name, address and Hunter Education card number. It must also include a phone number for the applicant’s parent or guardian.  In addition, each letter must include an essay of 500 words or less about hunting and why the applicant should be selected. The essay must be written by the applicant and in their own words.  All youth hunters are encouraged to apply; however, those that have little or no experience will be given priority over experienced hunters.  The three winning participants will be notified by April 4.  For information on where to send the letter, call 878-6090.

 

ROLLOVER ACCIDENT NORTH OF CRAIG SENDS 2 TO HOSPITAL

roll-over-300A single vehicle rollover yesterday resulted in 2 adults being transported to the hospital. The accident occurred just after noon about 25 miles north of Craig on Highway 13. There were four adults in the vehicle, two of which escaped with bumps and bruises.  The two taken to the hospital were not believed to have sustained serious injuries.  The State Patrol, the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, Craig Fire Rescue, and EMTs from The Memorial Hospital in Craig all responded.

 

HICKENLOOPER ADMITS PROCESS FOR PASSING SB-252 WAS FLAWED

JOHN-HICKENLOOPER-300Governor John Hickenlooper has admitted that the process for passing last year’s Senate Bill 252, the Rural Electric Mandate, was flawed.  The governor says there should have been more testimony allowed from interested parties, including power plant and rural electric company representatives.  However, it doesn’t appear he’s willing to go back through he process.  Instead, he says from here on out, if a bill comes through his office that didn’t include participation from all parties involved, it will be vetoed.  Hickenlooper spoke to representatives of 5 counties that proposed seceding from the state.  Those counties’ residents were upset with Denver lawmakers using a one size fits all approach to energy development and production, gun laws, pollution control, and transportation issues.  Pictured: John Hickenlooper

 

STATE HEALTH EXCHANGE DIRECTOR INDICTED FOR FRAUD

HEALTH-SYMBOL-300The director of Colorado’s Health Exchange has reportedly been indicted in federal court in Montana for theft and fraud from the non-profit she previously worked for in Billings.  Earlier this month, Christa Ann McClure pleaded not guilty to eight counts of theft and fraud from a housing agency.  According to a Connect for Health Spokesman the health exchange did a criminal background check before hiring McClure, but no red flags arose.  The spokesman went on to say that McClure should have let her new employer know about the charges much earlier than she did.  McClure has been placed on administration leave while the charges play out.  The indictment says McClure used her power to charge people non-existent fees, paid herself extra “consulting” fees while getting a regular salary, inflated her hours, and made payments to family members to pay for her own personal expenses.  It does not say how much was embezzled.

 

AG TAX MEASURE PASSES WITHOUT SINGLING OUT MARIJUNA GROWERS

MARIJUANA-300Marijuana growers in Colorado have avoided being singled out in an agriculture tax measure that advanced yesterday.  The bill codifies tax practices for greenhouses and nurseries, which are considered agricultural property and not commercial property in most cases. That makes them eligible for lower property taxes.  The sponsor of the greenhouse bill proposed an amendment to say marijuana growing sites can’t qualify. But a Democratic Senate committee rejected the amendment last week.  The discrepancy left some confusion about the fate of the overall tax measure. Some argued that it was not the right place to debate agriculture tax breaks for pot farmers.  Without the marijuana amendment, the Senate Finance Committee approved the bill 5-0. It awaits a vote by the full Senate.

SPORTS

IN HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
Yesterday:
In basketball:
Rangely’s boys beat Soroco (50-37).
Steamboat’s boys and girls beat Battle Mountain (G=43-35; B=60-44).

Today:
In basketball:
Moffat County girls fell to Cedaredge 58-54.
Moffat County boy
Hayden is home against Plateau Valley.  The girls play at 5:30 and the boys at 7.
Meeker goes to Hotchkiss.  The girls play at 6 and the boys at 7:30.
Rangely is on the road to Paonia.  The girls tip off at 5:30 and the boys at 7.
The Soroco boys host Debeque at 2.
Little Snake River Valley heads to Cokeville.  The girls play at 5:30 and the boys at 7.

In wrestling today:
- Those in red are in semi-final match
– Byes beyond first round not noted
At the 3A Regional Tournament
Moffat County

106 – Devlyn Mossman (disqualified – failed to make weight)
113 – Jay Carrico – bye
113 – Jay Carrico – lost fall 3:41
120 – Issic Herod – bye
120 – Issic Herod – won fall 2:55
126 – Ryan Zimmerman – lost fall 5:12
126 – Ryan Zimmerman – lost fall 1:41
132 – Matt Moschetti  – bye
132 – Matt Moschetti – lost fall :34
132 – Matt Moschetti – won fall 2:27
138 – Brayden Peterson – bye
138 – Brayden Peterson – won fall 1:38
145 – Mike Bingham – bye
145 – Mike Bingham – lost fall 1:54
152 – Hugo Hernandez – bye
152 – Hugo Hernandez – lost fall 2:00
160 – Stelios Peroulis – bye
160 – Stelios Peroulis – won 5-1
170 – Brett Loyd – bye
170 – Brett Loyd – won fall :36
182 – Jessi Demoor – bye
182 – Jessi Demoor – won fall :31
195 – Brady Springer – bye
195 – Brady Springer – lost fall 2:29
220 – Colton Yoast – lost fall :27
220 – Colton Yoast – lost fall 2:21
285 – Raiden Blackwing – bye
285 – Raiden Blackwing – lost fall :35

At the 4A Regional Tournament
Steamboat Springs
106 – Colton Pasternak – lost fall 6:16
106 – Colton Pasternak – won fall 1:24
106 – Colton Pasternak – lost fall :37
113 – Dakota Thvedt – bye
113 – Dakota Thvedt – won tech fall 5:45
120 – Colton Crawford – bye
120 – Colton Crawford – lost tech fall 2:00
120 – Colton Crawfor – won fall 1:37
126 – William Anderson – lost tech fall 2:17
126 – William Anderson – won MD 16-8
126 – William Anderson – lost fall 3:28
132 – Mathew Hansen – bye
132 – Mathew Hansen – lost fall 3:09
132 – Mathew Hansen – won fall 1:48
170 – Dylan Wallace – lost fall 2:33
170 – Dylan Wallace – lost 8-4
182 – Connor O’Brien – won fall 1:12
182 – Connor O’Brien – lost fall 4:13
182 – Connor O’Brien – won fall :27
195 – Brandon Yeager – bye
195 – Brandon Yeager – won fall 1:35
285 – Cole Sittig – won fall 1:22
285 – Cole Sittig – won 6-4

At the 2A Regional Tournament
Meeker
106 – Sheridan Harvey – bye
106 – Sheridan Harvey – won fall :33
113 – Tristin Pelloni  – bye
113 – Tristen Pelloni – won fall :58
120 – Calvin Shepherd – bye
120 – Calvin Shepherd – won fall :49
126 – Kylloe Goedert – bye
132 – Aaron Cochran – bye
138 – JC Henderson – bye
138 – JC Henderson – won tech fall 5:53
145 – Casey Turner – bye
145 – Casey Turner – won fall 3:55
152 – Willis Begaye – bye
152 – Willis Begaye – won fall :42
160 – Devon Pontine – bye
170 – TJ Shelton – bye
182 – Chase Rule – bye
182 – Chase Rule – lost MD 14-5
285 – Tyler Ilgen – bye

Hayden
106 – Tyler Hockaday – bye
106 – Tyler Hocaday – lost fall 1:25
113 – Michael Ferrier – bye
113 – Michael Ferrier – lost fall :58
120 – Tyler Boyer – did not wrestle
126 – Tanner Guire – bye
126 – Tanner Guire – lost  fall 2:56
132 – Tate Montieth – did not wrestle
145 – Kent Miller – bye
145 – Kent Miller – lost fall 3:55
152 – Tommy Wade – bye
152 – Tommy Wade – lost fall :42
160 – Journey Vreeman – bye
160 – Journey Vreeman – won fall 3:44
170 – Christain Carson – bye
170 – Christian Carson – lost fall 5:00
182 – Taylor Lewis – bye
182 – Taylor Lewis – won 9-8
220 – Hunter Rummel – bye
220 – Hunter Rummel – lost fall 1:03

SoRoCo
106 – Lane Martindale – bye
106 – Lane Martindale – lost tech fall 17-2
113 – Shad Covalt – bye
113 – Shad Covalt – lost fall :53
126 – Colton Martindale – bye
126 – Colton Martindale – lost 6-0
132 – Andrew Schupner – bye
132 – Andrew Schupner – lost fall 1:00
195 – Cody Constine – bye
195 – Cody Constine – won 10-3
220 – Colton Koler – bye
220 – Colton Koler – lost fall :29
285 – Nate Ragan – bye

Rangely
132 – Heath Peters – bye
132 – Heath Peters – lost fall 1:04
138 – Kiki Ruiz – bye
138 – Kiki Ruiz – lost Tech Fall 21-5
145 – Lucas Heinle – bye
145 – Lucas Heinle – won fall 1:35
152 – Caleb Lawson – bye
152 – Caleb Lawson – lost MD 14-6
160 – Ethan Allred – bye
160 – Ethan Allred – won 8-7
195 – Ryan Wilczek – bye
195 – Ryan Wilczek – lost 103

North Park
138 – TJ Richard – bye
138 – TJ Richard – lost 14-10
145 – Wyatt Sabata – lost fall :28
145 – Wyatt Sabata – lost fall :26
182 – Colton Shoemaker – bye
182 – Colton Shoemaker – lost fall :19
220 – Adrian Cereceres –  bye

 

Steamboat competes in the 4-A Regional tournament in Montrose.
Moffat County goes to the 3-A regional tournament in Middle Park.
Hayden, Soroco, Rangely, and Meeker go to the 2-A regional tournament in Grand Junction.

In hockey:
Steamboat goes to Ralston Valley at 8.

In girls swimming:
Moffat County heads to the State Meet.

Tomorrow:
In basketball:
Meeker hosts Paonia.  The girls play at 3:30 and the boys at 5.
Rangely is home against Hothckiss.  The girls tip off at 2:30 and the boys at 4.
Soroco is on the road to Plateau Valley.  The girls play at 1 and the girls at 2:30
Little Snake River Valley heads to Farson.  The girls play at 1:30 and the boys at 3.
Steamboat hosts Eagle Valley:  The girls ply at 2 and the boys at 3:30.
Hayden goes to Debeque.  The girls play at 2:30 and the boys at 4.
Moffat County is home against Roaring Fork.  The girls tip off at 2 and the boys at 3:30.

In wrestling:
Moffat County, Steamboat, Hayden, Rangely, Meeker and Soroco continue at their respective regional tournaments.

In swimming:
Moffat County continues at state.