HICKENLOOPER GIVES VAGUE ANSWERS TO COMMUNITY QUESTIONS
Governor Hickenlooper attended an open mic meeting with residents of Northwest Colorado earlier today. An estimated 250 people attended in person and hundreds more listened to a live broadcast of the meeting on 93.7 102.3 KRAI, 55 Country and at KRAI.COM. The governor is touring rural areas of the state in an effort to, what he calls “lean in and listen”, to issues rural Coloradans say he has been neglecting. At today’s meeting, Hickenlooper was vague about his continual support of what are seen as liberal urban agendas when it comes to energy, gun control, and land use issues. The full audio of today’s meeting is available here. The audio will remain available in the “Audio” section of this website, located on the tab at the top of the page, for the foreseeable future.
PARKS AND WILDLIFE OFFER HUNTING AND FISHING GRANTS
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering a one-time grant opportunity to agency partners that engage in hunting and angling outreach and education. The Partners in Outdoors Grants are available to non-profits, public shooting ranges, and local city and county governments in Colorado. With a total of $150,000 in funds available, eligible partners can apply for grants ranging from $10,000 to $25,000. The program has a relatively brief timeline. Grant applications are due by December 31st, and awards will be finalized by January, with notification letters sent out in February. For more information about the program and application process, click here.
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE GOES DOWN IN COLORADO, RISES NATIONALLY
According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate in Colorado decreased one tenth of a percentage point in October to 6.8 percent. This is the lowest unemployment rate since reaching 6.7 percent in January 2009. Of course part of the reason for the lower number is the lack of people now participating in the workforce. 13,400 stopped looking for work over the month. The larger decline in the labor force than in total employment caused the number of unemployed to decrease 6,100 and the unemployment rate to decrease to 6.8 percent. The national unemployment rate increased to 7.3 percent.
PARADE OF LIGHTS TAKES PLACE SATURDAY IN CRAIG
Entries are being accepted for the Parade of Lights in Craig. The parade takes place Saturday through downtown Craig, and then along Victory Way to the Centennial Mall parking lot. The ceremonial lighting of the Christmas Tree in Alice Pleasant Park will take place just before the parade begins. The Parade of Lights is considered Craig’s annual kick-off to the holiday season. It’s sponsored by the Craig Lions Club and The Downtown Business Association. Parade entries need to be in as soon as possible. For more information call 824-7898. The parade starts at 6 Saturday evening.
KRAI TO BROADCAST “CHRISTMAS ACROSS THE LANDS” BLACK FRIDAY
For the third year in a row, 93-7/102-3 KRAI will present the twelve hour Christmas program “Christmas Across the Lands” on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. Christmas Across the Lands, which features Christmas trivia, touching stories and new and classic Christmas songs, will be broadcast from 6 in the morning to 6 in the evening and will also be heard on line. To get you in the holiday spirit, the KRAI Continuous Christmas Channel is playing non-stop Christmas music, around the clock, now through the end of the year.
WYOMING SHERIFF WARNS OF DISASTER SCAMS
In the aftermath of terrible disasters like Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines or the recent midwest tornadoes, many people want to help with donations to help get aid to the victims. Unfortunately, con artists and crooks depend on that very sympathy, generosity, and willingness to donate to create victims of their own. Sweetwater County Sheriff Rich Haskell is offering some basic tips to make sure your money finds its way into the right hands. First, do a little research. Websites like Charity Navigator and Charity Watch, both of which come recommended by the Federal Trade Commission, provide a wealth of information on legitimate charities working to help disaster victims and even provide details of how donations are spent. Second, avoid shortcuts. When you receive an email requesting a donation, don’t just reach for your credit card then click a link that’s been provided. Instead, go directly to the website of the organization and make your donation directly. Third, be alert. Legitimate charities don’t need your Social Security number or bank account information and they won’t ask for it, either. Crooks will. Haskell says “kindness and generosity shouldn’t result in becoming the victim of a con artist.” He says a little caution will go a long way toward protecting yourself.
The Denver Broncos blew a 24 point lead to lose to the New England Patriots yesterday 34-31. The Broncos next game will be at Kansas City Sunday. You can catch that game live on 55 Country, with the pregame at 9 and the kickoff at 11.