FUNDRAISER FOR LATHROPS TODAY AT LOUDY SIMPSON ICE ARENA
A Skate and Soup fundraiser will be held today in Craig, to help out a family that had their house burn earlier this month. Steve and Tracy Lathrop’s home was destroyed after it caught fire while Steve was trying to thaw pipes underneath the home with a propane torch. A bank account has been set up for the Lathrops at Bank of the West, to help them get reestablished. Today’s fundraiser will feature skating and soup that can be purchased, with the proceeds going to that fund. It runs from 1 to 4 today at Loudy Simpson Ice Arena. For more information you can call 620-6490.
CRAIG ELKS HOLDING KIDS HOOP SHOOT TODAY
The Craig Elks Lodge is hosting their annual kids basketball competition this weekend. The Hoop Shoot is for kids ages 8 to 13. The events starts at 9 tomorrow morning, and will be held at Sandrock Elementary School. Participants should get there early. If you need more information, call 620-0874.
BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS OF CRAIG AND STEAMBOAT SEEKING DONATIONS
The Board of Directors along with the Boys and Girls Club Leadership Circle say they made huge strides 2013 in impacting the lives of kids in Craig and Steamboat. Now, they are challenging community members to Step Up to the Match. The funds you contribute will be matched so that your gift becomes even more valuable. The club says with your support, they can serve more youth, with more impact, more often. They’re fundraising goal is $50,000. Donations will be used to fund programming that supports academic success, character and leadership, and healthy lifestyles.
ROCK SPRINGS MAN SENTENCED TO FOUR LIFE SENTENCES FOR SEX CRIMES
A Rock Springs man was sentenced to four separate life prison terms in District Court in Green River on December 18. Sweetwater County Sheriff Rich Haskell said Byron Nelson Griggs, 28, was arrested by county detectives on June 26, 2012, for Sexual Abuse of a Minor in the First Degree. He was found guilty after a four-day trial on August 13 on all four counts of his charges. Judge Richard Lavery handed down the sentences Wednesday. “There is no possibility of parole in this case,” Haskell said. “This man will spend the rest of his life behind bars.” Prior to the Sweetwater County case, in 2004, Griggs was convicted in Laramie County, Wyoming, of Second Degree Sexual Assault. The Sheriff’s Office lead investigator in the case, Corporal Jason Mower, testified at Griggs’s trial in August, as did two minor victims. Haskell said his agency worked with the Wyoming Department of Family Services in the investigation and Deputy County Attorney Suzannah Gambell handled the prosecution. Judge Lavery remanded Griggs to the custody of the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office pending his transfer to the Wyoming Department of Corrections.
FIRING RANGE IN HOT SULPHUR SPRINGS CLOSES FOR WINTER
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding shooting enthusiast that the Byers Canyon Shooting Range in Hot Sulphur Springs will once again close Jan. 2, 2014 due to the agency’s continuing efforts to protect wintering elk and deer herds. Because the animals have moved onto their winter range in and around the shooting facility during especially cold conditions this year, wildlife officials remind the public to give them plenty of space to help prevent additional stress that can lead to mortality, including the deaths of displaced animals due to road and railroad collisions. “We’ve experienced very cold temperatures in this area recently,” said Property Technician Doug Gillham from Hot Sulphur Springs. “We ask everyone to respect the closure and remember that it exists to protect wildlife by keeping noise and human activity at a minimum over the winter months.” Gillham says that the closure benefits area residents as well, reducing the number of wintering elk and deer that are forced onto private land in search of safety and food. “Big game herds that are pressured by human activity often move onto private land,” added Gillham. “That can lead to conflicts and damage, so it preferable that the animals stay on their traditional winter range.” The shooting range will remain closed until the animals move toward higher ground in the spring, which typically occurs in early April. The Byers Canyon Shooting Range, which is owned and operated by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, is very popular with sportsmen from across the western slope, including the Front Range due to its proximity to the Denver metro area. For more information about Colorado Parks and Wildlife shooting ranges and alternative places to shoot, click here.
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE GOING DOWN IN COLORADO
Nonfarm payroll jobs increased 4,200 over the month from October to November to 2,378,900 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 2,900 and government increased 1,300. According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate decreased three tenths of a percentage point in November to 6.5 percent. This is the lowest unemployment rate since reaching 6.1 percent in December 2008. The last time the unemployment rate changed three tenths of a percentage point in one month was when it increased from 8.1 percent in April 2009 to 8.4 percent in May 2009. The number of people participating in the labor force decreased 5,800 over the month and the number of people reporting themselves as employed increased 2,700. The decline in the labor force and increase in total employment caused the number of unemployed to decrease 8,500 and the unemployment rate to decrease to 6.5 percent. The national unemployment rate decreased to 7.0 percent. Over the year, the average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls decreased from 34.8 to 34.6 hours and average hourly earnings decreased from $27.77 to $26.07. The largest over the month private sector job gains were in education and health services, manufacturing and trade, transportation and utilities. The largest over the month declines were in leisure and hospitality and financial activities. Over the year, nonfarm payroll jobs increased 46,000. Private sector payroll jobs increased 36,500 and government increased 9,500. The largest private sector job gains were in professional and business services, education and health services, and construction. Financial activities and information declined. Over the year, the unemployment rate declined one and one tenth of one percentage point from 7.6 percent in November 2012. The number of Coloradans participating in the labor force decreased 3,900, total employment increased 28,100 and the number of unemployed decreased 32,000. The national unemployment rate declined from 7.8 percent in November 2012 to 7.0 percent in November 2013.
IN HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
Rangely’s girls fell to North Park (42-34).
Steamboat’s boys (56-40) and girls (57-25) lost to Glenwood.
Little Snake River Valley boys lost to Saratoga (56-39).
Moffat County boys (74-27) and girls beat Olathe (54-43).
Steamboat fell to Columbine (2-1).
Moffat County hosts Gunnison. The girls play at 2 and the boys at 3:30.
Rangely competes at the Wray Invitational.
Meeker and Hayden go to the West Grand Tournament.
Moffat County goes to the Warrior Classic in Grand Junction.
Steamboat hosts Cherry Creek at 1.
In girls swimming:
Moffat County continues at a meet in Montrose.