KRAI/55 COUNTRY HOLIDAY DRIVE LESS THAN A WEEK AWAY
The KRAI and 55 Country Holiday Drive is less than a week away. The annual drive benefits Advocates Crisis Support Services, The Interfaith Food Bank of Craig, Christmas for Kids and Christmas for seniors. For two straight days, radio station staff and volunteers will stand outside the Centennial Mall in Craig taking donations on non-perishable food, new and unwrapped toys, gifts for seniors, and cash. 100 percent of all donations stay in Moffat County. The Holiday Drive is December 5th and 6th from 6 to 6 both days. For more information, click the Holiday Drive button above.
HUCKABEE SHOW TO END NEXT MONTH
Mike Huckabee will host his final radio show on December 12th, ending the former Arkansas governor’s foray into daily talk radio that began in April 2012. “The Mike Huckabee Show” currently airs from 10 to noon on 55 Country and more than 200 other stations nationwide. Huckabee said he accomplished his mission to develop a show that “focused on civil discourse on complicated topics as well as human events and stories from the entertainment world.” He thanked the affiliates, listeners and advertisers. 55 Country Owner and General Manager, Frank Hanel, expressed his disappointment that The Mike Huckabee Show was ending. But indicated he is already considering possible replacements for the program. Hanel stated that “if the community wants political and current event talk programming to continue on the station, there are a number of terrific options”, and encouraged listeners to weigh in with their comments and suggestions, and what they would like to hear on 55 Country.
FOREST SERVICE OFFICE IN WALDEN TO HOST OPEN HOUSE
The Parks Ranger District, in conjunction with the North Park Chamber of Commerce, will host their annual Christmas Open House December 6th from 9 to noon at the District Office in Walden. The public is invited to kick off the holiday season with Smokey Bear and local U.S. Forest Service staff. There will be a brunch, beverages, a slide show, and activities for all ages. You can have your picture taken with Smokey Bear. District staff will be encouraging creativity as they demonstrate how to make beautiful holiday decorations and crafts from recycled materials. All visitors will have the opportunity to make an ornament. It will also be a convenient time for visitors to buy Christmas tree permits. For visitors that want to cut their tree in the Forest, staff will teach the characteristics of various tree species and give advice on how to search for and pick their Christmas tree. The District will also have a limited number of pre-cut Christmas trees available on site for sale. If you’d like more information, call (970) 723-2700.
JUDGE RULES AGAINST SHERIFF’S LAWSUIT
A Denver federal judge has ruled that Colorado sheriffs suing the state over new firearm restrictions don’t have standing to proceed with the case. But the ruling Wednesday from Chief Judge Marcia Krieger doesn’t stop the lawsuit. There are still 21 other plaintiffs in the case who are suing and they do have standing. The lawsuit alleges that new limits on ammunition magazines violate the Second Amendment. The law took effect July 1st. Sheriffs in 55 of Colorado’s 64 counties filed a lawsuit in May. Krieger also ruled in favor of technical guidance that the state offered to implement the new law regarding the definition of “readily convertible” magazines. But there are still other technical issues that are still in dispute.
BROPHY ENCOURAGES DEMOCRATS TO REPLACE HUDAK CAREFULLY
Wednesday, embattled State Senator Evie Hudak decided to resign rather than face a nearly-certain recall election. The resignation should trigger Senate District 19 Democrats to convene a vacancy committee and appoint a new State Senator. The recall effort in this case was much larger than the two previous recalls. State Senator Greg Brophy pointed out the significance of a 19,000 signature threshold. He said “Recall elections necessarily require a huge effort. Voters have to be convinced that their interests are so jeopardized that an elected official can no longer be trusted. This continues to point out how important it is for elected officials to listen to their districts. I would hope these recalls send a message to Democrats and Governor Hickenlooper to back away from their extreme agenda. Hopefully, the newly appointed Senator will listen to their constituents and not the party bosses.” Hudak resigned to allow Democrats to appoint her replacement. That allows Democrats to keep their 18-17 majority control of the state Senate.