NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR FRIDAY, MARCH 21ST

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SPRING EXPO IS TOMORROW AT CENTENNIAL MALL IN CRAIG

Spring-Expo-300The 93-7/102-3 KRAI and 55 Country Spring Expo is tomorrow at the Centennial Mall in Craig, marking the first full weekend of Spring.  The 31st annual event will feature vendors from local businesses and non-profit organizations showing off their products and services to the public.  There will be plenty of prize drawings throughout the day, and many booths will have free give-aways.  There will also be food available.  The annual weenie dog races take place at 9:30, with registration starting at 9.  The crawling baby races begin at 11, with registration at 10:30.  The 93-7/102-3 KRAI and 55 Country Spring Expo runs from 9 to 4 tomorrow.  For more information click here.

 

CANNABIS FORUM TO BE HELD TONIGHT IN CRAIG

MARIJUANA-300A Cannabis Industry Development Forum will be held tonight in Craig.  Maybell resident Kris Brannan has approached the Moffat County Commissioners about rescinding their moratorium on grow operations and retail stores in the county in order to take advantage of the economic benefits of the industry.  Brannan stressed she is focusing solely on the County’s moratorium, with no interest in repealing the City of Craig’s moratorium.  Tonight forum is intended to bring residents together to start a discussion on topics such as laws on cultivating, dispensaries and retail stores, along with the future of the industry and it’s economic impacts on the county.  Brannan is also gathering signatures on a petition to encourage the commissioners to put a question on the ballot that would allow the industry to take a foothold in the county.  The petition is non-binding, however and the ultimate decision will be made by the commissioners.  The forum runs from 6 to 8 tonight at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavillion.

 

SAFARI CLUB INTERNATIONAL TO HOLD BANQUET IN CRAIG TOMORROW

SCI-300The Yampa Valley Chapter of Safari Club International will hold their annual fundraising banquet tomorrow.  70% of all money raised stays in the community to help in humanitarian, education and conservation programs.  Money is also used to support local 4-H shooting sports and Disabled Vets programs.  Tickets for tomorrow’s event are $45 for singles and $80 for couples.  The banquet starts at 5:30 tomorrow night at the Clarion Inn and Suites in Craig.

 

PARKS AND WILDLIFE OFFERS YOUTH TURKEY HUNT NEAR CRAIG

colorado parksColorado Parks and Wildlife is offering two young hunters a chance to win a mentored spring turkey hunt on private land west of Craig, May 3rd and 4th. The hunt is offered through the agency’s Hunter Outreach Program and made possible with the help and support of local landowners working in partnership with state wildlife managers.  A continuing goal of the Hunter Outreach Program is to instill an interest and respect for wildlife, the outdoors and the traditions of hunting in Colorado’s youth.  Applicants must be 18 or younger and posses a valid hunter safety card.  Applicants also need to send an essay of 500 words or less about hunting and why they 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.  Letters and applications must be submitted by April 15th.  For more information, click here.

 

LAWMAKER PROPOSES BANNING OIL-BAN COMMUNITIES FROM RECEIVING INDUSTRY TAX MONEY

oil-and-gas-industry-300Saying it isn’t fair or legitimate for communities that ban responsible oil and gas development to receive the tax revenue benefits of oil and gas production taking place in other parts of Colorado, State Representative Jerry Sonnenberg and former House Speaker Frank McNulty announced yesterday that they will file an initiative for the 2014 ballot that would bar the State from directing energy taxes to communities that ban energy development.  If passed by the voters in November, this initiative would prohibit local jurisdictions from receiving energy funds while bans or moratoriums are in effect.  According to State economists, severance tax revenues are surging thanks to growth in the oil and gas sector spurred by advances in hydraulic fracturing.  A significant share of these revenues are given out to communities by the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) through a process where cities and counties make grant requests for a range of programs and projects.  Supporters of the measure say in the last several years, some of the most ardently anti-oil and gas development local jurisdictions have been the most eager chasers of severance tax dollars through the DOLA grant program.  Sonnenberg expressed confidence that they will be able to mobilize support to get the measure on the ballot and win its passage.

 

HOUSE APPROVES MEASURE TO REDEFINE TOBACCO PRODUCTS TO BE KEPT FROM MINORS

world_no_tobacco_day_2010The Colorado House has voted to expand the definition of tobacco products that are off-limits to minors.  The unrecorded voice vote yesterday sets up a more formal vote later.  The measure has already been approved by the Senate.  Colorado already bans electronic cigarettes for minors, though Democratic sponsors say the law needs further clarification to ban any nicotine-delivery device.  Lawmakers say they fear that current tobacco law doesn’t adequately keep nicotine out of the hands of kids.  The bill doesn’t address the age of buying tobacco, which was rejected Wednesday by a House committee.

agenda tile -450Steamboat City Council Agenda for 04-01

SPORTS

In high school sports:
Today:
In girls soccer:
Steamboat goes to Eagle Valley at 6.
Rangely heads to Basalt at 4.

In boys lacrosse:
Steamboat plays against Telluride in Grand Junction at 3.

In girls lacrosse:
Steamboat hosts Eagle Valley at 4.

In boys swimming:
Moffat County goes to an Invitational in Montrose.

Tomorrow:
In baseball:
Meeker goes to Rangely for a double header at 11.
Moffat County heads to Grand Valley for a double header at 11.
Steamboat travels to Eagle Valley for a double header at 11.

In girls soccer:
Rangely hosts Grand Valley at 1.
Moffat County hosts Vail Mountain at 11.
Steamboat plays at Grand Junction at 11.

In boys lacrosse:
Steamboat goes to Durango at 11.

In track:
Meeker goes to the Hotchkiss Invite.
Rangely, Steamboat and Moffat County compete in Grand Junction.
Soroco heads to Castle View at 9.

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