HUNTER ED COURSE TO TAKE PLACE IN MEEKER
Residents of Meeker and nearby communities will have an opportunity to earn their Hunter Education card by attending a two-day class offered by Colorado Parks and Wildlife at the Meeker Recreation Center. The class will take place the weekend of March 8th and 9th and students must attend both days. Hunter Education is required for those born after January 1st, 1949 who plan on purchasing a hunting license; however, the class may be taken by anyone whether they plan to hunt or not. There is no age limit, however younger pupils must be able to read and understand the material and test, and must be able to handle a firearm safely. Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive their hunter safety card and will be able to purchase a hunting license. Space is limited, so you must pre-register to attend. You can do that by calling 878-3403.
STEAMBOAT FORESTER HONORED
John Twitchell, district forester for the Colorado State Forest Service Steamboat Springs District, was recently honored by the Society of American Foresters through designation as an SAF Fellow. Only select society members who have provided outstanding contributions to the forestry profession are recognized with the title. Twitchell has been an SAF member since 1984, and has worked as the district forester for the Steamboat District since 2005. In his more than 30 years as a forester, Twitchell has owned his own logging company, worked as a private forest industry consultant, and managed the 72,000-acre Colorado State Forest timber program, among many other endeavors and accomplishments.
TIPTON VOTES TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL SCRUTINY OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS
Underscoring that excess regulation impacts small businesses’ ability to create jobs and grow the economy, Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO), yesterday, voted to pass legislation to provide additional review and scrutiny in the regulatory process. The passage of the All Economic Regulations are Transparent Act (H.R. 2804) follows Tipton’s tour of small businesses in Grand Junction last week where he met with employers to discuss the impact of regulation and ways to improve the regulatory process to foster a healthy economy. There are nearly 175,000 pages of federal regulations that cost the U.S. economy approximately $1.8 trillion annually. Despite those figures, by the end of 2013 the Obama Administration had over 4,000 new regulations coming down the pipeline. In a statement, Tipton said “When federal agencies implement costly and burdensome regulations at whim and fail to update outdated and duplicative rules, the economy suffers, jobs are lost, and Americans lose their competitive edge in the global marketplace”. You can see video of Tipton’s testimony below. Pictured: Scott Tipton
TIPTON SPEAKS AGAINST OBAMACARE ON HOUSE FLOOR
On the heels of the recent non-partisan report that the un-Affordable Care Act will increase premium costs for 11 million small business employees, yesterday, Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in favor of passing an alternative solution that would create a more affordable and accessible healthcare system. You can see video of Tipton’s speech below. Pictured: Scott Tipton
HICKENLOOPER SIGNS BILL TO ALLOW COMMUNITY COLLEGES TO OFFER 4-YEAR DEGREES
Governor John Hickenlooper has signed legislation authorizing community colleges to offer four year degrees in career and technical fields. Twenty-one other states now offer four-year degrees at community colleges. The legislation, Senate Bill 14-004, sponsored by Senator Nancy Todd, Representative Jim Wilson and Representative Jenise May, authorizes community colleges to offer four-year bachelor of applied science degrees (BAS). That covers a wide array of fields, including dental hygiene, culinary arts, and water quality management. This legislation was initiated by the Colorado Community College System (CCCS) to address the gap in Colorado higher education whereby students who want to pursue career and technical studies do not have access to a four-year degree in their field. Pictured: John Hickenlooper
IRS PRESSED TO PROVIDE TAX FILING TOOLS TO RURAL COMMUNITIES
Citing the upcoming deadline for Coloradans’ to file their income tax returns, the Internal Revenue Service is being pressured to swiftly ensure it supplies rural Coloradans with ready access to paper tax forms and other essential resources. The push follows numerous complaints from residents in Eagle, Gunnison, Garfield and Montrose counties – and rural areas across the state – who have raised concerns that the IRS has not provided their local libraries with tax forms and instructions. The IRS has been asked by state lawmakers to quickly address the issue and ensure Colorado’s senior citizens, rural residents and those lacking Internet access have the documents they need to file their returns in a timely manner.
MAN FACES LIFE IN PRISON AFTER WILD CAR CHASE ON I-80
Bond has been set on a Rock Springs man charged with a total of nine counts that could land him in prison for life if convicted. 42-year old Clifton Galati is charged with Aggravated Assault and Battery, DUI with a Minor Child Passenger, 2 counts of Abandoning or Endangering Children, Reckless Driving, Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Police Officers, Reckless Endangering, Driving on Divided Highways, and Unlawful Use of Methamphetamine. The charges stem from an incident Wednesday, in which officers were notified of a vehicle driving the wrong way on I-80, with only one working headlight. Shortly after, they received another call from a woman who identified herself as the driver of that vehicle’s wife, who said she was left by her husband on the side of the road. A dangerous and destructive chase ensued, and when the vehicle was finally stopped, deputies discovered the couple’s children hiding under a blanket in the back seat. They were shaken, but nobody was injured in the incident. Due to previous felony convictions, Galati faces up to life in prison if found guilty of the charges against him.
IN HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
Little Snake River Valley boys beat HEM (53-33) in playoff action. The girls beat Farson-Eden (55-43).
In basketball playoff action:
The Meeker girls downed Soroco 62-45
The Rangely boys play against Paonia at 7:30.
The Meeker boys take on West Grand at 4:30.
In 3-A, The Moffat County girls beat number one ranked Grand Valley 52-42 to advance to play number 2 ranked Olathe in the District Championship game tomorrow at 4 pm. Pre-game time 3:45.
In 3-A, the Moffat County boys defeated number three ranked Grand Valley 80-67. They play number one ranked Aspen in the District Championship game tomorrow at 5:45. Pre-game time 5:30.
93.7 102.3 KRAI and KRAI.COM will carry both Moffat County games tomorrow.
In 4-A, The Steamboat boys play at Sand Creek at 8.
In Wyoming 1-A Regional Games:
The Little Snake River Valley boys beat Dubois 61-59. They will play Burlington in the championship game Saturday at 1.
The Little Snake River Valley girls play Saint Stephens at 7:30.