CYNTHIA COFFMAN TO VISIT CRAIG MONDAY
Cynthia Coffman, candidate for Colorado Attorney General, will make a visit to northwest Colorado today. Coffman plans to be in Craig for a meet and greet this afternoon. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. The meet and greet will take place at The Memorial Hospital at Craig at 12:30. For more information, call 629-9762. Pictured: Cynthia Coffman
COUNTY ASSEMBLY SHAPES PRIMARY BALLOT
Republicans at the Moffat County Assembly over the weekend shaped what the next primary ballot will look like locally. Delegates voted for their choices to run on the Republican ballot for various open seats in the county. The only contested race on that ballot will be for Moffat County Commissioner. Both Tom Soos and Frank Moe got the necessary votes to get their names on the ballot. K.C. Hume was the only candidate for Moffat County Sheriff to get the necessary votes. Larry Dalton failed to get enough votes to be included, but did get enough support to petition on to the Primary ballot if he chooses. However, that petition must be turned in by the end of today. Those who skipped the County Assembly process but still want to get on the general election ballot, must go through the write-in process after the Primary election. Those running uncontested on the primary ballot include Chuck Cobb for County Assessor, Lila Herod for Clerk and Recorder, Linda Peters for Treasurer, Kirk McKey for Coroner, and Peter Epp for Surveyor.
ACCIDENTS KEEP EMERGENCY WORKERS IN CRAIG BUSY
Craig fire rescue and law enforcement have responded to a couple of accidents over the last couple of days. This morning, a vehicle rolled over on the side of Highway 13, about 4 miles south of Craig. Emergency workers say it appears road conditions were to blame. There were no injuries. The weather was NOT a factor in last night’s 2-car crash at 6th and Rose in Craig. Emergency workers say the accident looked worse than it was. One person was transported to The Memorial Hospital at Craig, with minor injuries.
LAWMAKERS URGE EXTENSION OF PILT PROGRAM
Representatives Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Rob Bishop (R-Utah), Scott Tipton (R-Colo.), Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) and Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) are circulating a “Dear Colleague” letter to the leadership of the House Appropriations Committee and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies in support of the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. The lawmakers say unless Congress acts, counties will receive their last fully funded PILT disbursement in June 2014. The PILT program was created in 1976 to offset costs incurred by counties for services provided to federal employees and families, the public and to the users of tax exempt federal lands. These include education, solid waste disposal, law enforcement, search and rescue, health care, environmental compliance, firefighting, parks and recreation and other important community programs. Without mandatory funding, PILT will revert to a discretionary program, subject to the annual appropriations process, and could go back to pre-2008 funding levels which could devastate local government service delivery in areas with significant federal ownership. Pictured: Scott Tipton
GARDNER INTRODUCES BILL TO PAY BACK STATES FOR SHUTDOWN
Representative Cory Gardner (CO-4) announced Friday that he is introducing the Shutdown Windfall Reimbursement Act when the House returns this week. This legislation addresses a windfall payment the National Park Service (NPS) received from states during the October 2013 government shutdown. Six states across the U.S., including Colorado, made an agreement with the NPS to keep parks open during the Government Shutdown, and as a result, paid the federal government upwards of $2 million. Once the government reopened, Congress retroactively refunded all federal agencies. The NPS kept the additional $2 million from the states and were given a backfill payment from the government funding bill. Gardner says the NPS now has a surplus of $2 million that rightfully belongs to these states, $201,500 of which belongs to Colorado. Companion legislation in the U.S. Senate has been introduced by Senator Jeff Flake from Arizona. A recent article from the Arizona Republic concluded that NPS did in fact retain this money. Pictured: Cory Gardner
ARGUMENTS BEGIN TODAY IN LAWSUIT OVER NEW GUN LAWS
A year ago, Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper signed bills that limited the size of ammunition magazines to 15 rounds, and required new background checks for firearms sold online and between private sellers. Those laws cost two Democratic lawmakers their jobs through recall election. Today, gun rights groups and sheriffs suing to overturn those laws will begin making their arguments in federal court with the start of a two-week trial. The Colorado Attorney General’s Office is representing the state. The laws, which took effect July 1st, were considered by many to be knee-jerk reactions to mass shootings in a suburban Denver movie theater and Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School.
STATE BUDGET BILL MOVES ON TO SENATE
The House spent last week debating the only bill lawmakers are required to pass – an annual budget. The $23 billion budget now heads to the Senate, where the spending plan will be debated and voted on Thursday and Friday. But the House isn’t done talking about money yet. Legislative leaders say the House may start work on two school-funding measures that could determine how much of Colorado’s budget surplus goes to K-12 education to backfill recession-era budget cuts.
LAWMAKERS ANTICIPATE RELEASE OF NUMBERS REGARDING STATE HEALTH EXCHANGE
The Legislature doesn’t directly control Colorado’s state-run health insurance exchange. But state lawmakers will be watching closely this week for a final tally for the opening of an exchange created in 2010. Colorado is expected to among a handful of states to meet White House goals for getting uninsured folks to get insurance coverage by what was to be the end of open enrollment today. President Obama extended the deadline to sign up by about 2 weeks.
COLORADANS URGED TO CLAIM REFUNDS
Thousands of Coloradans are being urged to claim $14 million in tax refunds from 2010 before it’s too late. The IRS estimates that 17,000 Coloradans have not claimed their 2010 refunds and that at least half of these unclaimed refunds are more than $560 each, totaling up to $14 million throughout the state. The deadline to claim a 2010 refund is April 15th. To claim their refund, taxpayers must file a 2010 tax return. Taxpayers seeking a 2010 refund may have their checks held if they have not filed tax returns for 2011 and 2012. IRS Free File is available to individuals making $58,000 or less in 2013. Individuals making more than $58,000 can still use the Free File site to fill out their tax forms and file their tax return. For questions about the status of your refund, click here.
In high school sports:
Over the weekend:
In girls soccer:
Moffat County beat Rangely (8-0).
Steamboat fell to Battle Mountain (4-0).
In boys lacrosse:
Steamboat beat Battle Mountain (15-8).
In girls lacrosse:
Steamboat fell to Battle Mountain (15-0).
In girls tennis:
Steamboat lost to Fossil Ridge (6-1), then beat Thompson Valley (5-2).
Moffat County lost both games of a double header to Gunnison (19-5; 16-3).
Meeker fell in both of their games against Hotchkiss (11-1; 16-1)
In boys Lacrosse:
Steamboat hosts Thompson Valley at 4.
Steamboat goes to Palisade for a doubleheader starting at 4.
Rangely plays a double header at Nucla starting at 3.
In girls lacrosse:
Steamboat hosts Summit at 4.