TIPTON NOMINATES NORTHWEST COLORADO STUDENTS TO SERVICE ACADEMIES
Yesterday, Representative Scott Tipton (CO-03) announced that 22 students from the 3rd Congressional District have earned his nomination to U.S. Service Academies, including two students from Steamboat, and three from Meeker. The students selected met and exceeded the stringent requirements of the respective Academy and of Tipton’s office. Students that applied were required to submit an essay, test scores, an application, letters of recommendation, transcripts, and complete an in person interview before a panel in order to be considered. Steamboat’s Aiden Gibbs and former Meeker student Kaitlyn Dinwiddie were nominated to the Air Force Academy. Steamboat’s Madison Ruppel and Meeker’s Torrie Gerloff were nominated to West Point. Ruppel was also nominated to Annapolis. Meeker’s John Henderson was nominated to the Merchant Marines. In a statement, Tipton said “these students have worked incredibly hard to earn a nomination, and it’s a true honor to be able to recommend them to our nation’s distinguished service academies.” Pictured: Scott Tipton
DIAMONDS AND SPURS TAKES PLACE TODAY
The Craig Rotary Clubs “Diamonds and Spurs” Dinner and Dance takes place tonight. It’s considered a black tie event, and will include dinner, drinks, a silent auction, and dancing. Tickets are $60 a person. The event takes place at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavillion from 6 to midnight tonight. For more information, or to purchase your ticket, call 826-4444.
PARKS AND WILDLIFE REMIND PEOPLE NOT TO FEED WILDLIFE
Winter is here and that means animals will have to search a little harder for food. Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants to remind people that the best way to help hungry animals is to let them find their next meal on their own. Kevin Madler, a Colorado Parks and Wildlife officer, says “People may mean well, but those who feed deer do more harm than good.” A law passed in 1992 makes it illegal to feed big game animals. This includes deer, elk, pronghorn, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, mountain lions and bears. Feeding wildlife is bad for the animals and dangerous for people, for a number of different reasons. In the wild, deer and elk naturally spread out when grazing or browsing for food. Artificial feeding encourages them to crowd together making it easier to spread disease throughout a herd. Deer are the primary prey of mountain lions and a large gathering of them can attract lions into neighborhoods, putting people and pets at risk. The mountain lions are also then put in danger because it may become necessary to kill them if they become a threat to human health and safety. Wild animals have complex digestive systems and their natural diet is difficult to duplicate. Food from human sources can lead to malnutrition, a disruption in natural migration patterns and death. To report incidents of feeding or other illegal wildlife activity contact a local Colorado Parks and Wildlife officer.
PARKS AND WILDLIFE ACCEPTING GRANTS FOR FISHING AND SHOOTING RANGE PROJECTS
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is accepting applications from individuals, organizations and local governments to distribute up to $650,000 for outdoor recreation activities in Colorado. Matching grants are available in 2014 for projects in Colorado that benefit fishing and recreational shooting ranges. The Fishing Is Fun program is funded by federal excise taxes on the sale of fishing and boating equipment and come to Colorado through the federal Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program. The Shooting Range Development Grant Program is funded by hunting license fee revenues paid for by Colorado hunters and by federal excise taxes on hunting equipment through the federal Wildlife Restoration Program. Projects to improve angler access, fish habitat and angling conditions can receive matching funding from the Fishing Is Fun grant program. The Shooting Range Development grant program started in 2009 and will provide up to $250,000 this grant cycle to aid in the development of new firearm or archery shooting ranges or to improve existing ranges. The application deadline for the 2014 Shooting Range Development program is February 5th. The deadline to apply for the 2014 Fishing Is Fun funding cycle is March 5th. Details on each program can be found by clicking one of the links below:
BENNET/UDALL THANKED FOR EFFORTS IN RESTORING PILT FUNDING
Yesterday, Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and Mark Udall joined over 30 Colorado County Commissioners to discuss Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) during the Colorado Counties Inc. (CCI) Public Lands committee meeting. PILT is designed to offset losses by providing federal payments to local governments that have large tracts of federal land within their jurisdictions. But last week’s budget bill that passed Congress did not provide funding for the program. Colorado receives $32 million in PILT funding, making it one of the highest funded states. Garfield County Commissioner and President of the National Association of Counties Western Interstate Region John Martin, presented letters to Senators Bennet & Udall indicating CCI’s support of PILT funding and thanked them for their continued effort to restore funding. Pictured: Michael Bennet
IN HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
The Soroco boys and girls beat Belleview Christian (B=61-45; G=47-46).
Little Snake River Valley is home against Cokeville. The girls play at 4:30 and the boys at 6.
The Moffat County boys and girls beat Coal Ridge (B=70-51; G=59-48).
The Hayden girls beat Vail Christian (42-38). The boys lost (58-49).
Hayden topped Soroco and Glenwood.
Steamboat beat Battle Mountain (3-1).
In girls swimming:
Moffat County took 3rd at their home meet.
Meeker goes to Plateau Valley. The girls play at 2:30 and the boys at 4.
Little Snake River Valley hosts Farson. The girls start at 1:30 and the boys at 3.
Rangely heads to Debeque. The girls tip off at 1 and the boys at 2:30.
Steamboat travels to Glenwood. The girls play at 1 and the boys at 2:30.
Moffat County is on the road to Grand Valley. You can catch those games live on KRAI with the pre-game at 1:15. The girls tip off at 1:30 and the boys at 3. You can also listen online.
Steamboat hosts Hayden and Rangely at 9.
Meeker heads to Paonia.
Moffat County goes to the Rifle Duals.
Steamboat hosts Mullen at 3.
In Nordic skiing:
Steamboat hosts a meet at 10.
The Denver Broncos will play the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII February 2nd at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. Due to NFL restrictions, 55 Country will not be allowed to carry the game.