NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH

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OFFICER MONTES EXITS CRAIG PD AFTER INCIDENT IN GRAND JUNCTION

eric montesOn February 16th Officer Eric Montes was involved in an incident in Grand Junction that resulted in his arrest. The Craig Police Department immediately initiated an internal investigation of the incident to determine if any department policy violations had occurred and if so, potential disciplinary action.
The investigation has been completed. Several policy violations were sustained as a result of the incident. As of February 24, 2014 Eric Montes is no longer employed by the Craig Police Department. Pictured: Eric Montes.

10 NORTHWEST COLORADO WRESTLERS MEDAL AT STATE

wrestling-#2Meeker’s TJ Shelton dominated every opponent at the state tournament to win his second consecutive championship. The sophomore wrestler pinned three and defeated another opponent 16-0 during his quest for the title. His Meeker teammates Tristen Pelloni and Devon Pontine wrestled to second place finishes. Taking third place, Jessi Demoor was Moffat County’s sole medalist. Claiming forth place honors were Taylor Lewis of Hayden, Cody Constine of Meeker and Dallas Rohrig of Rifle. Fifth place finishers were Adrian Cereceres of Walden, Brandon Yeager of Steamboat and Jose Prado of Rifle. As a team, Meeker finished third. Complete results of all Northwest Colorado wrestlers and all team scores can be seen below in the sports section.

 

STATE OF THE CHAMBER/COUNTY/CITY HELD FRIDAY NIGHT

Craig-Chamber-150The Craig Chamber, KRAI and 55 Country “State of the Chamber”, “State of the County”, “State of the City” event was held Friday night at the Clarion Inn in Craig.  Various speakers talked about the accomplishments and future plans of the Craig Chamber, Moffat County, and the City of Craig.  Colorado Hospital Association president Steven Summer also presented a special “state of Health Care” presentation.  Vallarta’s Mexican restaurant was named Large Business of the Year, Jacks Bumpers was named Small Business of the Year, Chris Muzik, owner of Spirit Pass, was named Business Person of the Year, and the KRAI and 55 Country Citizen of the Year was given to Melanie Kropinak.  Kropinak was praised for her service on several boards in the community, including the Craig Parks and Rec Advisory Board, the Grand Futures Board, and the Grand Olde West Days Committee.  As a member of the Grand Olde West Days committee, Kropinak was credited with rallying businesses to support the event and for organizing many of the Grand Olde West Days activities, including the concert.

 

MEETING HELD SATURDAY TO DISCUSS SENIOR FACILITY IN CRAIG

seniorsThe Moffat County seniors/community center action group met Saturday to start the process of moving forward on ideas of creating a local center. The meeting was the fourth in a series to poll the community on what they would like to see in the facility, and to form committees to start the work. Around 40 citizens attended the meeting and shared information on how to put the ideas in to an action plan. Sign up sheets were passed around for a general organizational committee, a PR committee, a site investigation committee, a fiscal committee, a demographics and data committee and a naming committee.  The first meeting of the organizational committee will be March 1st at 10 in room 202 of the Bell Tower.

 

LAWMAKERS TO HEAR BULLY/EMERGENCY ROOM PROPOSALS

co-state-capitol-300Lawmakers on the House Education Committee hear a bill today that creates new misdemeanor penalties for cyberbullying that inflict “serious emotional distress on a minor” on social media platforms. People can already face harassment charges for bullying someone with texts or online, but the sponsor of the legislation says having a specific cyberbullying charge will help law enforcement track the frequency of the crime.  Also in the legislature this week, a Senate committee starts work Thursday on a bill to increase regulation on freestanding emergency rooms, clinics that don’t always have relationships with hospitals and turn away patients who can’t afford their services. The bill hearing was originally scheduled for earlier this month, but it was delayed for more time for sponsors to work with the affected businesses.

 

REPUBLICANS PLAN TO LIMIT GOVERNOR’S AUTHORITY ON DEATH ROW REPRIEVES

JOHN-HICKENLOOPER-300Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper’s decision last year to grant an indefinite stay of execution to a convicted mass murderer gave Republicans an opening to attack the governor on the issue. A bill being heard this week would limit a governor’s authority to grant a reprieve to a death-row inmate. The GOP proposal isn’t expected to pass a House committee controlled by Democrats. Last month, Democrats rejected another Republican bill that sought to expedite death-penalty cases.  Pictured:  John Hickenlooper

 

TAXPAYERS UNION SPEAKS OUT AGAINST NEW VOTER LAWS

Ballot-300The Colorado Union of Taxpayers is speaking out against legislation signed by Governor Hickenlooper last year.  The group says House Bill 1303, mandating mail ballots and allowing same-day voter registration, is harmful to the election process.  The bill was a pet bill of democrats, who pushed it through without bipartisan support.  The CUT says a new bill will be introduced today, that would delay the implementation of 1303 for two years, and allow a committee to sort out issues within the bill.  The group says Hickenlooper only did further damage when he signed House Bill 1164 into law last week.  They say that bill will literally decriminalize voter roll tampering in local elections, and abolishes all local Election Rules.  It also removes any minimum residency requirement for local elections.  The CUT says the bill being introduced today will help address concerns with all new election laws.

 

AIR QUALITY CONTROL TALKS CONTINUE THROUGH THE WEEKEND

oil-and-gas-industry-300Colorado health officials extended last week’s air pollution talks through the weekend on a sweeping plan to reduce air pollution from oil and gas drilling.  The Commission is preparing a final pollution update for the state’s booming oil and gas industry. The plan includes the nation’s first statewide limit on methane emissions from oil and gas production, plus new infrared monitoring on leaks from oil and gas storage facilities. State officials say the updated air rules would dramatically reduce emissions of the gases that contribute to ozone pollution. Large energy producers have backed the plan, though some industry groups say the new rules unfairly burden small companies.

 

DEMOCRATS PUSH FOR GOP CONVENTION TO BE HELD IN DENVER

republican and  democrat 300Colorado’s two Democratic Senators are urging Republicans to hold their next national convention in the Mile-High City. Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet wrote a letter to the Republican National Committee touting Denver as a possible home for the 2016 Republican National Convention. They cited the city’s walkable downtown, light rail line from the airport that is due to come online by 2016 and its track record hosting major events. Those include the 2008 Democratic National Convention where Barack Obama was nominated for president. The state’s Democratic governor and Democrat-controlled legislature have also urged Republicans to hold the convention in Denver. It is competing with several other cities to host the event. Other contenders are Las Vegas, Kansas City, Dallas, Phoenix and Columbus, Ohio.

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

Moffat County Commissioners agenda for 02-25

Steamboat Marijuana License Authority agenda for 03-04

Steamboat City Council agenda for 03-04

Steamboat Liquor License Authority agenda for 03-18

Steamboat Marijuana License Authority agenda for 03-18

Steamboat City Council Agenda for 03-18

SPORTS

IN HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
Over the weekend:
In basketball:
The Soroco girls beat Hayden (72-48).  The boys lost (39-37).
The Little Snake River Valley boys and girls defeated Encampment (B=58-47; G=41-29), and HEM (B=62-41; G=38-29).
The Moffat County boys topped Coal Ridge (54-51) then lost to Grand Valley (57-53).  The girls lost to Coal Ridge (74-59), and beat Grand Valley (51-43).
Hayden’s boys and girls beat North Park (B=55-49; G=33-26).

In wrestling:
Northwest Colorado had 10 wrestlers medal at the state tournament over the weekend.  Meeker’s T.J. Shelton was the area’s lone champion.  There were 2 second place medalists, 1 third place finisher, 3 that took fourth place, and 3 that took fifth.  A complete list of individual and team results is below.

State Wrestling Tournament Results

Moffat County
120 – Issic Herod – lost 12-7
120 – Issic Herod – win fall :47
120 – Issic Herod – lost 8-2 OUT
138 – Brayden Peterson – lost 2-1
138 – Brayden Peterson – win 15-1
138 – Brayden Peterson – lost 5-2 OUT
160 – Stelios Peroulis – lost fall 2:29
160 – Stelios Peroulis – win fall 2:40
160 – Stelios Peroulis – lost fall 3:47 OUT
170 – Brett Loyd – lost 8-1
170 – Brett Loyd – lost fall 4:15 OUT
182 – Jessi Demoor – win fall :46
182 – Jessi Demoor – lost 13-7
182 – Jessi Demoor – win fall 4:06
182 – Jessi Demoor – win 9-0
182 – Jessi Demoor – win 7-4
182 – Jessi Demoor – win fall :52 TAKES 3RD PLACE

195 – Brady Springer – lost fall 3:05
195 – Brady Springer – lost fall 2:53 OUT

Meeker
106 – Sheridan Harvey – win pin 2:35
106 – Sheridan Harvey – lost 8-2
106 – Sheridan Harvey – win fall :48
106 – Sheridan Harvey – lost 2-0 OUT
113 – Tristen Pelloni – win pin 3:19
113 – Tristen Pelloni – win 6-4
113 – Tristen Pelloni – win 6-2 OT 
113 – Tristen Pelloni – lost 4-1 TAKES 2ND PLACE

120 – Calvin Shepherd – lost fall 2:42
120 – Calvin Shepherd – win fall 1:42
120 – Calvin Shepherd – lost 15-0 OUT
126 – Kylloe Goedert – lost fall 3:13
126 – Kylloe Goedert – won fall 1:40
126 – Kylloe Goedert – lost 7-1 OUT
132 – Aaron Cochran – lost 6-4
132 – Aaron Cochran – won fall 4:51
132 – Aaron Cochran – win 9-5
132 – Aaron Cochran – lost fall 4:31 OUT
138 – JC Henderson – win fall 1:28
138 – JC Henderson – lost 7-5 3-ot
138 – JC Henderson – win 9-5
138 – JC Henderson – lost 2-1 OUT
152 – Willis Begaye – lost fall 3:59
152 – Willis Begaye – lost OUT
160- Devon Pontine – win pin 2:59
160- Devon Pontine – win 8-3
160- Devon Pontine – win 11-5 
160- Devon Pontine – lost 3-2 3OT TAKES 2nd PLACE
170 – TJ Shelton – win fall 2:42
170 – TJ Shelton – win 16-0
170 – TJ Shelton – win fall 1:07 
170 – TJ Shelton – win fall 4:41 TAKES 1ST PLACE

285 – Tyler Ilgen – win fall 2:00
285 – Tyler Ilgen – lost fall 1:56
285 – Tyler Ilgen – win fall 3:37
285 – Tyler Ilgen – lost fall 1:45 OUT

Hayden
145 – Kent Miller – lost fall :58
145 – Kent Miller – win fall 1:28
145 – Kent Miller – win 5-2
145 – Kent Miller – lost fall 2:51 OUT
160 – Journey Vreeman – lost 10-4
160 – Journey Vreeman – win fall 1:50
160 – Journey Vreeman – lost 3-2 OUT
182 – Taylor Lewis – win fall 1:45
182 – Taylor Lewis – win fall 2:50
182 – Taylor Lewis – lost 14-4
182 – Taylor Lewis – win fall 1:31
182 – Taylor Lewis – lost 10-4 TAKES 4TH PLACE

220 – Hunter Rummel – lost fall 4:47
220 – Hunter Rummel – lost fall 3:46 OUT

SoRoCo
195 – Cody Constine – win fall 4:29
195 – Cody Constine – win 13-5
195 – Cody Constine – lost 4-0 (in medal rounds)
195 – Cody Constine – win fall 1:54 
195 – Cody Constine – lost 5-4 TAKES 4TH PLACE

285 – Nate Ragan – won 4-3
285 – Nate Ragan – lost fall 4:33
285 – Nate Ragan – won fall 1:55
285 – Nate Ragan – lost fall 2:19 OUT

Rangely
145 – Lucas Heinle – lost 3-1
145 – Lucas Heinle – win fall 2:20
145 – Lucas Heinle – lost 7-5 OUT
160 – Ethan Allred – lost fall 4:53
160 – Ethan Allred – win fall 4:54
160 – Ethan Allred – win 9-2
160 – Ethan Allred – lost fall 4:53 OUT

North Park
138 – TJ Richard – lost fall 2:17
138 – TJ Richard – lost fall 1:34 OUT
220 – Adrian Cereceres – won fall 3:31
220 – Adrian Cereceres – lost 7-3
220 – Adrian Cereceres – win 15-6
220 – Adrian Cereceres – win 11-3
220 – Adrian Cereceres – lost fall 1:38
220 – Adrian Cereceres – win 4-2 TAKES 5TH PLACE

West Grand
195 – Travis Etler – lost 7-6
195 – Travis Etler – lost fall :40 OUT

Steamboat Springs
113 – Dakota Thvedt – lost fall 5:10
113 – Dakota Thvedt – lost 2-1 OUT
195 – Brandon Yeager – win pin 5:00
195 – Brandon Yeager – win 4-1
195 – Brandon Yeager – lost 8-3
195 – Brandon Yeager – lost 10-2
195 – Brandon Yeager – win 5-3 TAKES 5TH PLACE

195 – Cole Sittig – lost fall 1:08 OUT

Rifle
132 – Dallas Rohrig – win 6-1
132 – Dallas Rohrig – win 5-1
132 – Dallas Rohrig – lost 6-4
132 – Dallas Rohrig – win 1-0
132 – Dallas Rohrig – lost 7-3 TAKES 4TH PLACE

195 – Clayton Coombs – win fall 1:50
195 – Clayton Coombs – lost fall 1:04
195 – Clayton Coombs – lost fall 3:27 OUT
285 – Jose Prado – win 8-2
285 – Jose Prado – lost 1:01
285 – Jose Prado – win fall :27
285 – Jose Prado – win 5-2 
285 – Jose Prado – lost 6-1
285 – Jose Prado – win 3-1 OT TAKES 5TH PLACE


Team Scores
2A
1. Paonia 180.0
2. Baca County 112.5
3. Meeker 98.5
4. Sedgwick Co/Fleming 88.5
5. Norwood 84.0
5. Rocky Ford 84.0
7. Swink 78.0
8. Center 69.0
9. Crowley County 67.5
10. Highland 67.0
11. Wray 66.0
12. Yuma 57.5
13. Burlington 56.0
13. Holly 56.0
15. Merino 52.5
16. Stratton 46.0
17. Dove Creek 45.0
17. Ignacio 45.0
19. John Mall 37.0
20. Dolores 35.5
21. Lyons 35.0
22. Wiggins 31.0
23. Eads 25.0
23. Hayden 25.0
25. Fowler 24.0
26. Soroco 22.0
27. Akron 20.0
28. Limon 18.0
29. Calhan 15.0
30. Del Norte 14.0
31. North Park 13.0
31. Nucla 13.0
33. Cheyenne Wells 9.0
33. Sierra Grande 9.0
35. Byers 7.0
35. Rangley 7.0
37. Holyoke 4.0
37. Rye 4.0
39. Denver Lutheran 3.0
39. Hanover 3.0
39. McClave 3.0
39. Peyton 3.0
39. Sargent 3.0
44. Custer County 0.0
44. Kiowa 0.0
44. Las Animas 0.0
44. Mancos 0.0
44. Mountain Valley 0.0
44. West Grand 0.0
Team Scores

3A
1. Valley 154.0
2. Centauri 137.5
3. Brush 117.0
4. Monte Vista 103.5
5. Fort Lupton 88.0
6. Lamar 76.0
7. Sterling 73.5
8. Olathe 68.0
9. Dolores Huerta 60.5
10. Holy Family 58.0
11. Sheridan 55.5
12. Buena Vista 53.5
13. La Junta 49.0
13. Strasburg 49.0
15. Bennett 47.0
16. Pagosa Springs 45.0
17. Alamosa 42.5
18. Platte Valley 38.5
19. Grand Valley 35.0
20. Classical Acad. 34.0
21. Florence 30.0
22. Moffat County 29.0
23. Eaton 27.0
24. Cedaredge 23.5
25. Ellicott 22.0
25. Middle Park 22.0
27. Hotchkiss 21.0
27. Salida 21.0
29. Lake County 15.0
29. University 15.0
31. Jefferson 14.5
32. Gunnison 13.0
33. St. Mary?s 11.0
34. Bayfield 10.5
34. C.s. Christian 10.5
36. Faith Christin 7.0
37. Coal Ridge 4.0
38. Platte Canyon 3.0
39. Manitou Spgs 2.0
39. Ridgeview 2.0
41. Basalt 0.0
41. Clear Creek 0.0
41. Trinidad 0.0

Team Scores
4A
1. Broomfield 127.5
2. Thompson Valley 120.0
3. Windsor 112.0
4. Pueblo County 106.0
4. Pueblo South 106.0
6. Discovery Canyon 94.5
7. Mesa Ridge 60.0
8. Berthoud 51.0
8. Mead 51.0
10. Pueblo East 46.0
11. Air Academy 44.0
11. Pueblo Central 44.0
13. Pueblo Centennial 43.0
14. Longmont 41.5
15. Erie 40.0
16. Elizabeth 39.0
17. Lewis Palmer 36.0
18. Palisade 35.0
19. Durango 33.0
19. Fort Morgan 33.0
19. Montezuma Cortez 33.0
22. Delta 31.0
23. Golden 29.0
23. Montrose 29.0
25. Falcon 28.0
26. Rifle 27.0
27. Mountain View 26.0
28. Glenwood Springs 21.0
28. Weld Central 21.0
30. Palmer Ridge 19.0
31. Conifer 17.0
32. Canon City 13.0
32. Sand Creek 13.0
32. Widefield 13.0
35. Niwot 12.0
35. Roosevelt 12.0
37. Steamboat Springs 11.0
38. Pueblo West 10.0
39. Greeley Central 8.0
39. Mullen 8.0
39. Vista Peak 8.0
42. Woodland Park 6.0
43. Mitchell 5.0
44. Cheyenne Mtn. 4.0
44. Silver Creek 4.0
46. Eagle Valley 3.0
46. Valor Christian 3.0
46. Vista Ridge 3.0
49. Northridge 2.0
49. Wheat Ridge 2.0
51. Summit 1.0
52. Arvada 0.0
52. Battle Mountain 0.0
52. Denver North 0.0
52. Thomas Jefferson 0.0

Tomorrow:
In basketball:
The Steamboat girls travel to Falcon for the 1st round of the playoffs
The Moffat County girls host Coal Ridge in a playoff game.  The Moffat County boys host Cedaredge.  Both games will be carried live on KRAI with the pregame at 5:15.  The girls tip off at 5:30 and the boys at 7.  You can also listen online at krai.com.

 

 

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