CRAIG FIRE RESCUE PULLS TWO PEOPLE OFF OF STUCK ELEVATOR
The Craig Fire Department responded to Tri-State Generation and Transmission Wednesday for an elevator rescue. According to Fire Chief Bill Johnston 2 contracted employees were riding an outdoor elevator, when it got stuck about 35 feet up. The department used their ladder truck to reach the two, and got them out without incident. The elevator is scheduled for repair.
CRAIG POLICE WARN OF “WARRANT” SCAM
The Craig Police Department is advising that several citizens have been receiving “Scam” phone calls over the last 48 hours in which the caller is claiming to be associated with the “Warrant Division” of the Craig Police Department and indicate that there is a warrant for the person receiving the call. They then advise that the issue can be taken care of if the citizen gives personal information, specifically credit card or bank information for a direct withdrawal, for the required “bond”. They use added intimidation by saying that an officer will be coming to their home to make an arrest if they fail to pay the bond. The calls are displayed as “unknown” or “private” on caller ID. The Craig Police Department does not have a dedicated “Warrant Division” and would not call asking for such information from citizens, nor would other law enforcement agencies. As is always advised, do not give out any personal information over the phone to any unsolicited caller.
TIPTON INTRODUCES WATER RIGHTS PROTECTION ACT
Yesterday, Representatives Scott Tipton and Mark Amodei introduced with bipartisan support the Water Rights Protection Act (WRPA) to protect privately held water rights from federal takings and uphold longstanding state water law. The lawmakers say in recent years the federal government has repeatedly attempted to circumvent long-established state water law in order to hijack water rights. These efforts constitute a gross federal overreach and a violation of private property rights. Tipton says the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is currently pushing the federal government’s latest attempt to ignore state law and take private water rights, despite objections from elected officials, business owners, private property advocates and a U.S. District Court ruling. The Water Rights Protection Act would protect communities, businesses, recreation opportunities, farmers and ranchers as well as other individuals that rely on privately held water rights for their livelihood from federal takings. It would do so by prohibiting federal agencies from confiscating water rights through the use of permits, leases, and other land management arrangements.
MARIJUANA GROUP TO INVEST IN INDUSTRY
A marijuana industry investment group is pouring more than $1 million into cannabis businesses. The ArcView Group’s CEO Troy Dayton said deals are still being made after Tuesday’s meeting in Denver. 22 companies made pitches to ArcView members. Requests range from $100,000 to $24 million. ArcView, which was founded in 2010, is made up of about 80 investors from across the United States and a handful of other countries. Many of the investors are already involved in the marijuana industry, but Dayton says an increasing number are from outside the industry and looking for new investments.
GOVERNOR CONSIDERS SPECIAL SESSION ON FLOODING
Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper is considering calling a special legislative session to deal with issues surrounding the Colorado floods. Some issues of concern include laws to address looting and potential fraud. A final decision on the special session would be made in the next few days. The regular legislative session starts in January. The governor made the comments while announcing that he’d authorized another $65.5 million for flood recovery efforts, bringing the total amount of state funds he’s approved so far to $91.5 million. Hickenlooper also says the estimate to repair Colorado highways damaged by floods is now at $475 million.
BENNETT/UTAH NATIONAL GUARD SAY BIDEN’S COMMENTS UNTRUE
U.S. Senator Michael Bennett and the Utah National Guard have implied that Vice President Joe Biden wasn’t exactly telling the truth, when he told Northern Coloradans during a visit last week that a government shut down would not affect relief efforts due to flooding. The Utah National Guard says their efforts to help have been effectively shut down until next month. The Utah National Guard transported equipment to flood ravaged areas yesterday, but won’t begin work on repairing about 200 miles of highways until after the threat of a shutdown is over. Bennett and Senator Udall have asked that the Guard be exempt from impending furloughs, but that legislation has yet to be acted on. Both say while relief money may not be affected by the shut down, Federal technical and manpower response will be delayed by fuloughs.
FARM BUREAU SAYS IMMIGRANT WORKERS HARD TO FIND
The president of the Colorado Farm Bureau says fruit growers and ranchers are having some crops go unpicked and animals untended because they can’t get a dependable supply of field workers. Don Shawcroft said Wednesday the U.S. Senate needs to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill, a measure that House Republicans have rejected. Shawcroft said under the current visa program, growers aren’t able to get workers when they need them.
HAYDEN HIGHS SCHOOL HOMECOMING WEEK
Friday Sept. 27th:
Dress-up Day: “Black and Orange”
1pm Homecoming Parade
2pm Pep Rally
5:30 Tail Gate Party
Saturday Sept. 28th
9pm to midnight – Homecoming Dance
In high school sports:
Moffat County lost to Coal Ridge (3-0).
Steamboat fell to Glenwood (3-0).
Hayden topped North Park (3-0).
In boys soccer:
Moffat County tied Grand Valley (1-1).
Steamboat beat Rifle (6-0).
Little Snake River Valley is home against Saint Stephens at 3.
Hayden welcomes Rangely at 7.
Soroco goes to Vail Christian at 7.
Meeker hosts Lace County at 7.
Moffat County hosts Eagle Valley. You can catch that game live on KRAI with the pre-game at 6:45 and the kick-off at 7. You can also listen online.
Little Snake River Valley hosts HEM at 7.
Meeker is home against Hotchkiss at 5.
Rangely welcomes Paonia at 5.
In cross country:
Rangely runs at Fruita Monument at 10.
Steamboat goes to Montezuma Cortez at 11.
Steamboat is on the road to Eagle Valley at 1.
Hayden hosts Rangely at 3.
Meeker goes to North Park at noon.
Little Snake River Valley heads to Farson at noon.
In boys soccer:
Moffat County hosts Vail Mountain at 11.
Steamboat heads to Centaurus at 10.
In boys tennis:
Steamboat is home against Kent Denver at 8:30 and Evergreen at 11.
In cross country:
Moffat County goes to Fruita Monument.
Steamboat travels to Rampart.
The Denver Broncos host the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday. You can catch the game live on 55 Country with the pregame at noon and the kickoff at 2:30.