TIPTON’S WATER RIGHTS BILL GET HEARING
Yesterday, Congressman Scott Tipton’s bill to protect Colorado and Western water rights from federal takings received a legislative hearing in the House Natural Resources Water and Power Subcommittee. H.R. 3189, which Tipton introduced earlier this month with bipartisan support from Democratic Representative Jared Polis, has received strong support from a broad coalition of local, state and national stakeholders concerned with recent federal attempts to hijack privately held water rights. The U.S. Forest Service is currently attempting to require the transfer of privately held water rights to the federal government as a permit condition on National Forest System lands. There is no compensation for the transfer of these privately held rights despite the fact that many stakeholders have invested millions of their own capital in developing them. During the hearing, witnesses from Colorado and Utah testified on the need for legislation to protect privately held water rights from federal takings such as this, and spoke in support of the Water Rights Protection Act as the solution to provide needed certainty. More on the Water Rights Protection Act is available by clicking here.
STEAMBOAT CLOSING RESTROOMS THROUGHOUT TOWN FOR WINTER
Due to the temperatures dropping and the risk of pipes freezing the seasonal restrooms in the parks around Steamboat are being winterized and closed for the season. The Rodeo Ground restrooms, the Stables, Whistler Park, Dr. Rich Weiss Park and the Howelsen 9th inning Concession stand are already closed for the winter. Emerald Park, West Lincoln Park, Little Toots Park and Fetcher Park are still open. All of these bathrooms will be closed by November 1st except for Fetcher Park which has heat and will remain open during the winter. Port-O-Lets are still at Howelsen Beach, Ski Town Park, Memorial Park, River Creek Park, Heritage Park, Spring Creek Park, Blackmere Drive, Bear River Park, the Stables and Whistler Park until November first.
OBAMA TO ALLOW STATES TO OPEN NATIONAL PARKS WITH STATE MONEY
The Obama administration said yesterday it will allow states to use their own money to reopen some national parks that have been closed because of the government shutdown. Governors in at least four states, including Colorado, have asked for authority to reopen national parks within their borders because of the economic impacts caused by the park closures. Governor Hickenlooper is proposing that the park service allow Colorado to maintain and patrol Trail Ridge Road, which runs through the national park, connecting Estes Park and Grand Lake. The Colorado Department of Transportation would plow and maintain the road, while Colorado State Patrol would be tasked with sending troopers to keep it safe for use.
AMTRAK SERVICE RETURNS TO WESTERN COLORADO
Amtrak service will resume in western Colorado and Utah this weekend now that tracks damaged by last month’s flooding have been repaired. Amtrak said yesterday that the California Zephyr train, which runs between Chicago to the San Francisco Bay area, will start making stops in cities including Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction in Colorado and Green River and Provo in Utah on Saturday. Passenger trains haven’t been able to travel through those communities and others since September 11th because of heavy rain and flooding in the Moffat Tunnel west of Denver. The Zephyr has continued to run during that time using a detour through Wyoming.
TRUCK ROLLOVER IN SWEETWATER COUNTY SENDS ONE TO HOSPITAL
Sweetwater County deputies are investigating a concrete truck rollover on the Blairtown Road that occurred Tuesday morning. Sheriff Rich Haskell said 41-year-old Michael Schaad was driving a Nucor concrete truck east on Blairtown Road near its intersection with the Little Bitter Creek Road at around 10:30 when the truck left the roadway and rolled onto the driver’s side, blocking part of the road. Deputies and firefighters handled traffic control until the truck could be removed and the roadway cleared. Schaad was treated for minor injuries at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County but not admitted. He was cited for Failure to Maintain a Single Lane of Travel, as the investigation continues.
DENVER MAYOR WANTS TO BAN 420 CELEBRATION
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock wants to ban the city’s huge April 20 marijuana smoke outs as well as free joint handouts in city parks. Hancock tells Colorado Public Radio that he and City Councilman Chris Nevitt will introduce an ordinance on Monday that would better define the city’s ban on public consumption of marijuana. The ordinance would emphasize that all Denver city parks are drug-free zones. Public consumption already is outlawed under Colorado’s law legalizing recreational marijuana. Hancock tells CPR anyone consuming in parks would be cited and possibly arrested. Tens of thousands of people have attended the annual marijuana celebrations at Civic Center Park. Last April’s rally was marred by gunfire that injured two people and scattered the crowd.
SWEETWATER COUNTY SHERIFF WARNS OF SCAM RECURRENCE
Sweetwater County Sheriff Rich Haskell today issued an updated warning concerning a telephone / computer scam that is once again making the rounds in the area. In this ruse, commonly called the “Computer Repair Scam,” or “Tech Support Scam,” scammers cold-call people, particularly seniors, and inform them that their computer has become infected with a virus, has fallen victim to malware, or is otherwise experiencing problems. The caller then encourages the prospective victim to turn on his or her computer so that they may work together to solve the non-existent problem. Haskell noted that there was a rash of such calls locally in January and February of this year. He reiterated that scammers often falsely identify themselves as representatives of a legitimate, well-known companies such as Microsoft or anti-virus software manufacturers like Norton or McAfee in an effort to sound legitimate and may know their prospective victim’s name and address. In addition to providing sensitive identification and financial information to scammers, victims are charged anywhere from $50 to $500 in bogus “repair fees.” Officials say people have been conned out of tens of millions of dollars. Officials say that if you get an unsolicited call like this, just hang up, even if the caller knows your name and address.
In high school sports:
Little Snake River Valley beat HEM (3-0).
Meeker hosts Cedaredge at 6.
Steamboat goes to Palisade at 7.
Little Snake River Valley travels to Wyoming Indian at 7.
Rangely hosts Soroco at 7.
Moffat County heads to Glenwood. You can catch that game live on KRAI with the pregame at 6:45 and the kickoff at 7. You can also listen online.
Steamboat hosts Palisade at 6:30.
Rangely hosts Hotchkiss at 5.
Meeker is home against Paonia at 6.
Hayden welcomes Little Snake River Valley at 6:30.
Steamboat hosts Delta at 6:30.
Rangely heads to Plateau Valley at 3.
Meeker is home against Soroco at 2.
Hayden travels to West Grand at 2.
Little Snake River Valley welcomes Cokeville at 3.
In boys soccer:
Moffat County hosts Aspen at 11.
Steamboat goes to Glenwood at 11.
The Denver Broncos host Jacksonville Sunday. You can catch all the action live on 55 Country, with the pregame at noon and the kickoff at 2.