NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH

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CRAIG POLICE OFFICER ARRESTED

eric montesA Craig Police officer was arrested in Mesa County yesterday.  According to a release from the Craig Police Department, Craig Officer Eric Montes was involved in an incident which resulted in his arrest. Officer Montes was charged with disorderly conduct and disrupting government operations. The charges stemmed from a reported disturbance and assault. The Craig Police Department has initiated an internal investigation of the incident to determine if there were any department violations and if disciplinary action may be required.  Any internal action will be in addition to any criminal penalties he may face in Mesa County.  Officer Montes, who has been with the department since 2009, has been placed on administrative leave pending the results of that investigation.  Pictured: Eric Montes.

 

KRAI TO FOLLOW NORTHWEST COLORADO WRESTLERS AT STATE

wrestling-129 Northwest Colorado wrestlers are preparing for the State Tournament after placing in the top four at regional tournaments. The Meeker Cowboys will take 10 wrestlers ; Moffat County 6; Steamboat and Hayden will each take 3; Soroco, Rangely and North Park will each take 2 and West Grand will take 1. You’ll be able to follow all the area wrestlers during the State Tournament on 93-7/102-3 KRAI or online beginning Thursday afternoon. Calling the action live from the State Wrestling Tournament will be former SoRoCo State Champion Dennis Fredrickson and, cousin, Anton Fredrickson, who was a State Champion at Hayden High School.  You can see individual results from regionals in the sports section below.  State brackets are now available by clicking here.  To sponsor our State Wrestling broadcast, call 824-6574.
  

VERIZON CUSTOMERS LEFT WITHOUT SERVICE

CELL PHONE BANVerizon customers have been left without service since sometime yesterday.  Verizon representatives say the disruption is due to a microwave outage from high wind.  They’re hoping to have the problem fixed, and service restored, sometime after 5 this evening.

 

BILL WOULD MAKE CONCEALED CARRY PERMITS EASIER TO RENEW

GUNConceal-carry firearm holders would have greater flexibility to renew their permits under a bill given initial approval by Colorado lawmakers.  The state House voted Friday to allow the renewal of conceal-carry permits at any sheriff’s office. Current law requires people to renew their permit with the sheriff’s office that issued it.  The bill sponsored by Democratic Representative Ed Vigil needs one more vote next week to be referred to the Senate.

 

BAR BILL ADVANCES IN THE STATE HOUSE

ALCOHOLA bill advanced Friday in the Colorado House that would allow bars to stay open past 2 in the morning at the discretion of cities and towns.  The proposal would let municipalities decide whether to let bars stay open until 4:30 a.m. Current law prohibits the sale of alcohol from 2 to 7 a.m.  Opponents raised safety concerns, saying it could contribute to drunken driving. Mothers Against Drunk Driving has been lobbying lawmakers to vote down the bill.  Supporters of the bill say the goal is to give local governments more control and potentially reduce large, unruly crowds that let out at the traditional closing time.  House lawmakers advanced the bill Friday with an unrecorded voice vote, setting up a final vote this week to send the proposal to the Senate.

 

BAUMGARDNER’S BILL SHOT DOWN BY DEMOCRATS

randy-baumgardner-300A bill sponsored by Senator Randy Baumgardner (R-Hot Sulphur Springs) was voted down Friday by Democratic Senators on a party-line vote in the Senate State, Veteran, and Military Affairs Committee. Senator Baumgardner’s bill, SB14-090 was a common sense reform to last year’s background check bill that would have expanded background check exceptions for family members to include step relatives. In a statement, Baumgardner said “Senate Democrats are so extreme in their opposition to Second Amendment rights that they refuse to pass the most common sense pieces of legislation.” He said “If Democrats don’t believe that step relations are part of a family, then they are clearly living in an alternate universe.”  Pictured: Randy Baumgardner

 

BENNET TO HOLD FARM BILL DISCUSSION IN HAYDEN

MICHAEL-BENNETAfter holding a pre-Farm Bill listening session in Hayden a few years back, Senator Michael Bennet will be in Hayden Thursday, to discuss the Farm Bill that was passed last week and answer questions about its implications. A staffer from the Senate Agriculture Committee will also be on hand to help answer technical questions about the bill. Everyone is invited to attend. Topics covered in the bill will range from conservation to crop insurance to forestry. Thursday’s event is scheduled for 4 in the afternoon at the Haven Community Center.  Pictured:  Michael Bennet

 

SWEETWATER COUNTY SHERIFF ANNOUNCED BID FOR REELECTION

sweetwater-county-sheriff-3Sweetwater County Sheriff Rich Haskell Friday announced his candidacy for reelection as Sheriff of Sweetwater County. A veteran of 36 years of law enforcement service with the Sheriff’s Office, Haskell has served as Sheriff since first being elected in 2006 and assuming office in 2007. Haskell, a Republican, said he set himself two goals when he took office seven years ago – to restore the agency’s morale and spirit, and to bring the Sheriff’s Office’s level of effectiveness up to the standards the people of the County deserve. The office has, since 2007, grown to an agency of 105 patrol deputies, bomb squad technicians, K9 drug detection teams, operations supervisors, detention officers, detectives, process servers, animal control officers, registered nurses, control room operators, detention maintenance personnel, detention center support personnel, and clerical staff with an annual budget of over $10 million. A staunch defender of the Second Amendment, Haskell underscores his belief in the rights of law-abiding gun owners in Sweetwater County through his ongoing support of the Sheriff’s Office Civilian Handgun Course, which provides handgun training and qualifies graduates’ training requirements in applying for concealed carry permits. In a statement, Haskell said, “Thanks to the professionalism and commitment of the men and women of the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office, we have not only maintained but continue improving the level of law enforcement service the people of Sweetwater County are entitled to.”

 

C-DOT ENCOURAGES GROUPS TO ADOPT A HIGHWAY

C-DOTRoadside litter costs millions of dollars annually to control. The Colorado Department of Transportation relies on thousands of volunteers in the Adopt a Highway Program to help CDOT’s maintenance forces keep state roadsides clean. But there are still more than 4,000 miles left to be adopted-and more volunteers are needed to help keep Colorado beautiful by picking up litter along state highways.  Through CDOT’s Adopt and Highway Program, the adopting group typically agrees to pick up litter from both sides of a highway for a two-mile section at a minimum of four times per year. However, each segment has its own special needs. A few segments may be longer or shorter than two miles or they may be in an area that doesn’t need attention more than twice in a year. Some groups have adopted several sections of highway.  Adopting groups are encouraged to sort litter when picking up, taking recyclable materials to recycling centers. The group may keep any money collected from their recycling efforts.  CDOT makes it easy for volunteers to clean up the roadsides. The department will provide a sign crediting the group for volunteering on adopted section of highway; provide litter bags, safety vests and safety videos; and haul the litter bags away after the group places the full bags at the edge of the roadway.

agenda tile -450 Steamboat Springs Board of Education Meeting on February 26th

Hayden Town Council Meeting February 20, 2014

SPORTS

Over the weekend:
In wrestling:
29 wrestlers will make the trip to the State Tournament (top 4 placers)this week in Denver.  You can see a listing of how wrestlers finished at Regionals below.

Area wrestlers placing in the top 6 at Regional Tournaments are listed below.  Those heading to State are in red.

Moffat County
120 – Issic Herod 3rd
138 – Brayden Peterson 1st
145 – Mike Bingham 5th
160 – Stelios Peroulis 4th
170 – Brett Loyd 2nd
182 – Jessi Demoor 3rd
195 – Brady Springer 4th

Steamboat Springs
113 – Dakota Thvedt 3rd
132 – Mathew Hansen 6th
182 – Connor O’Brien 6th
195 – Brandon Yeager 2nd
285 – Cole Sittig 4th

Meeker
106 – Sheridan Harvey 2nd
113 – Tristen Pelloni 2nd
120 – Calvin Shepherd 4th
126 – Kylloe Goedert – 4th
132 – Aaron Cochran 4th
138 – JC Henderson 1st
145 – Casey Turner – 5th
152 – Willis Begaye 3rd
160- Devon Pontine 2nd
170 – TJ Shelton 1st
182 – Chase Rule 5th
285 – Tyler Ilgen 3rd

Hayden
126 – Tanner Guire 6th
145 – Kent Miller 3rd
152 – Tommy Wade 6th
160 – Journey Vreeman 4th
170 – Christian Carson 5th
182 – Taylor Lewis 3th
220 – Hunter Rummel 5th

SoRoCo
106 – Lane Martindale 6th
113 – Shad Covalt 6th
126 – Colton Martindale 5th
132 – Andrew Schupner 6th
195 – Cody Constine 1st
285 – Nate Ragan 4th

Rangely
132 – Heath Peters 5th
145 – Lucas Heinle 1st
152 – Caleb Lawson 5th
160 – Ethan Allred 3rd

North Park
138 – TJ Richard 4th
220 – Adrian Cereceres 2nd

West Grand
195 – Travis Etler 3rd

REGIONAL WRESTLING Team Scores

4A Region 4 at Montrose
1. Pueblo County 187.0
2. Discovery Canyon 175.0
3. Delta 172.5
4. Eagle Valley 145.5
5. Palisade 120.5
6. Montrose 95.5
7. Erie 90.5
8. Durango 90.0
8. Rifle 90.0
10. Steamboat Springs 86.5
11. Glenwood Springs 73.0
12. Montezuma Cortez 70.5
13. Wheat Ridge 62.0
14. Battle Mountain 48.0
15. Thomas Jefferson 19.0
16. Summit 16.0

3A Region 1 at Middle Park
1. Olathe 269.0
2. Cedaredge 233.0
3. Buena Vista 173.5
4. Moffat County 121.0
5. Hotchkiss 117.5
6. Coal Ridge 89.0
7. Middle Park 85.0
8. Salida 82.0
9. Grand Valley 76.5
10. Gunnison 70.0
11. Lake County 48.0
12. Basalt 32.0

2A Region 1 at Grand Junction
1. Paonia 248.5
2. Meeker 191.0
3. Norwood 169.0
4. Ignacio 149.5
5. Dolores 92.0
6. Dove Creek 81.0
7. Hayden 70.0
8. Rangley 60.0
9. Soroco 52.0
10. Nucla 33.0
11. North Park 32.0
12. Mancos 22.0
13. West Grand 16.0

In basketball:
The Moffat County girls lost to Cedaredge (58-54).  The boys won (87-64).  Both teams beat Roaring Fork (B=71-50; G=48-38)
The Hayden girls fell to Plateau Valley (49-44).  The boys won (38-31).  Both teams beat Debeque (B=55-29; G=40-14).
The Meeker boys and girls beat Hotchkiss (B=43-42; G=59-34) and Paonia (B=61-52; G=59-45).
The Rangely boys and girls lost to Paonia (B=52-44; G=69-20).  The girls also lost to Hotchkiss (57-29).
The Soroco boys beat Debeque (64-26) and Plateau Valley (50-46).
The Little Snake River Valley boys lost to Cokeville (66-53).  The girls won (31-30).  Both teams beat Farson (B=64-46; G=53-34).
Steamboat’s boys and girls beat Eagle Valley (B=48-29; G=43-41).

In hockey:
Steamboat fell to Ralston Valley (5-1).

Tomorrow:
In basketball:
Rangely hosts Meeker.  The girls tip off at 5:30 and the boys at 7.
Moffat County goes to Gunnison.  You can hear that game live on KRAI with the pre-game at 5:15.  The girls play at 5:30 and the boys at 7.  You can also listen online.

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