PUBLIC INVITED TO LOCAL RALLY TO SEND OFF THOSE HEADING TO DENVER RALLY
The public is invited to a rally Wednesday in the Craig K-Mart parking lot Wednesday. The rally is being held to support those heading to Denver that morning to protest the Environmental Protection Agency’s new emissions regulations for existing power plants. The regulations are expected to make it impossible to operate a coal fired plant, something that could be devastating to the Northwest Colorado economy. The Moffat County Commissioners and energy reps will testify during the EPA’s “listening tour” in Denver. Those who can’t go to Denver are invited to help send off those who are going, by showing up to the Craig K-Mart parking lot from 5 to 6 Wednesday morning. The caravan to Denver leaves at 6. There will be a free pancake breakfast provided by McDonald’s. If you need more information you can call 620-0743.
COUNTIES BANNING POT SALES WANT TO BENEFIT FROM TAXES ANYWAY
Some Colorado counties don’t want to allow retail sales of marijuana, but they don’t want to be left out when the state starts collecting the tax revenue. Next month, Colorado voters will decide whether to impose a 15 percent excise tax and a 10 percent sales tax on retail sales that start January 1st. The first $40 million in collected revenue would go to school construction needs. But after that, 15 percent of the revenue would go to counties that approved retail sales. Colorado Counties Incorporated, the lobbying organization for counties, wants state lawmakers to consider also distributing the revenue to counties that don’t permit marijuana sales. Colorado Counties argues the impacts of pot sales will be felt statewide, regardless of where pot is sold.
BUS CRASH IN GARFIELD COUNTY INJURES 11
Saturday evening, a little after 7, the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) responded to a single-vehicle crash involving a bus that resulted in 11 injuries in Garfield County. A Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) commuter bus was traveling on Hwy 82, when it encountered a slow-moving tractor ahead of it. The rear of the tractor had running and flashing lights but not a slow moving vehicle emblem as required. The driver of the bus attempted to avoid the tractor by quickly changing lanes, but the driver lost control and the bus began to skid. The bus passed the tractor during the skid, crossed lanes, and the front of the bus struck a concrete barrier on the shoulder. Following the impact the bus rolled onto its side. The bus had 12 adult passengers on board, all but one of them were transported to the hospital. Six passengers were transported to Valley View Hospital. Five passengers were transported to Aspen Valley Hospital. Of the injured, three had serious injuries, and eight had moderate injuries. The male driver of the bus had minor injuries and was cleared and released on scene. The crash remains under investigation.
WYOMING MAN ACCUSED OF BATTERING HIS GIRLFRIEND
Bond was set Friday on a Wamsutter man charged with multiple crimes following attacks that put the victim in the hospital. Sweetwater County Sheriff Rich Haskell said 35-year old Robert Carmine, is charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault, two counts of Battery Against a Household Member, Strangulation of a Household Member, Kidnapping, and Criminal Trespass. The victim was identified as Amber Blount, also of Wamsutter, who was in a dating relationship with Carmine. On October 17th, Carmine is alleged to have kicked or stomped Blount. Carmine also grabbed her by the throat and shoved her against a wall. Charging documents go on to say that a number of witnesses, on October 23rd saw Blount pulled into Carmine’s vehicle, and saw him batter her in the face. Carmine also reportedly tackled Blount and strangled her with both hands while she was on the floor, and punched her in the face. Carmine also locked Blount inside a residence and held a broken beer bottle to her neck, telling her that if she made a sound he would kill her. Haskell says Blount believed she was going to die. She was taken to Memorial Hospital of Carbon County in Rawlins, where she was admitted for a range of injuries and later released. Haskell said county detectives tracked Carmine to a residence in Rock Springs later in the day, where they arrested him without incident. Carmine’s bond was set at $250,000 Friday. A tentative preliminary hearing date has been set for tomorrow. Carmine remains in custody as the investigation continues.
CONFUSION SWIRLS AROUND FIX FOR HEALTH CARE WEBSITE
At last week’s House Energy and Commerce hearing, Representative Cory Gardner (CO-04) asked the witnesses one simple question – who were the best and brightest that President Obama had called-in to fix the mess that is HealthCare.gov? Earlier in the week, President Obama said that a “tech surge” was underway to bring in the “best and brightest” to fix the seemingly endless problems with the federal website. When Representative Gardner asked the witnesses who the best and brightest were, no one could answer the question – including QSSI Group Executive Vice President Andrew Slavvit. Slavitt was apparently oblivious that the White House chose QSSI to lead the surge of the best and brightest. That prompted Gardner to issue a statement in which he says “Obamacare has turned into a real life Abbott and Costello routine. Every new revelation that comes out about the disastrous roll out of this law shows how much of a debacle this really is. When I asked QSSI who was in charge of fixing the website, they had no clue that they in fact were the ones who were in charge. The American people deserve a delay of the individual mandate at the very least, so Congress can figure out how to de-construct this ticking time bomb immediately.”
MAN RECEIVES COMPENSATION FOR WRONGFUL CONVICTION
A man who served 17 years in a Colorado prison for a murder he didn’t commit has begun receiving money from the state under a new compensation law. Colorado paid 52-year-old Robert Dewey $100,000 last month. He’ll get that same amount every year until the state pays him nearly $1.2 million for his time in prison. Dewey is the first exonerated former inmate to begin getting compensation since the law took effect in June. He was arrested in 1994 for the death of 19-year-old Jacie Taylor in Palisade. But new DNA tests revealed he was innocent, resulting in his release from prison last year. The federal government and 29 states have compensation laws for people who are unjustly incarcerated.
FOOD RECALL EXPANDED
Milwaukee-based Garden-Fresh Foods Inc. is recalling 50 more tons of chicken and ham products over concerns of possible listeria contamination, its third recall in two months. The latest recall was announced Friday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Officials were concerned the food was possibly contaminated with listeria, which can lead to miscarriages in pregnant women and serious illness for those with weakened immune systems. There have been no reports of illnesses. The products include several varieties of ham and chicken salads, among other things, sold under the Garden-Fresh, Grandpa’s, Archer Farms and D’Amico & Sons brand names. Garden-Fresh first recalled more than 9 tons of food on September 25th, and recalled an additional 6,700 pounds this month.
In high school sports:
Over the weekend:
Meeker lost to Hotchkiss (28-0).
Moffat County beat Battle Mountain (54-3).
Steamboat fell to Lutheran (61-7).
Little Snake River Valley defeated Ten Sleep (68-44).
Little Snake River Valley beat Dubois (3-0), and Burlington (3-0) at rgionals, then lost the regional championship to Cokeville (3-1).
Moffat County lost to Roaring Fork (3-0), and Rifle (3-0) at districts.
Meeker beat Hotchkiss (3-2) and West Grand (3-2) at districts, then lost to Paonia (3-1).
In cross country:
The Moffat County girls placed 5th at state.