MOFFAT COUNTY BOYS AND GIRLS DISTRICT CHAMPS! DETAILS BELOW IN SPORTS.
JUDGE REVERSES DECISION OF DEFERRED SENTENCE
A plea agreement between prosecutors and a man accused of running over several people with his car while drunk south of Grand Lake last July has been rejected by the Grand County District Court. Under the agreement, Lucas Ackerman would have received deferred sentences for 1 count of Vehicular Homicide and three counts of Vehicular Assault, and would have been immediately penalized for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. The court had already conditionally accepted the agreement, but reversed course Friday, setting an arraignment hearing for March 25th. The 14th judicial District Attorney’s Office says they’re disappointed by the decision, but are preparing for the case ahead of them.
TIPTON VOTES TO CURB UNFUNDED MANDATES
Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO), yesterday, voted to curb unfunded federal mandates on state, local and tribal governments. The Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act (H.R. 899), which passed the House with bipartisan support, would amend the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 to close loopholes that federal agencies use to skirt the regulatory review process. The folllowing is a statement released by Tipton after his vote. “Unfunded federal mandates increase the burden on state, local and tribal governments, further taxing their already cash-strapped budgets and inhibiting their ability to provide services to their communities. This in turn impacts local economies, making it even more difficult for families and businesses to get ahead in an already tough economy,” said Tipton. “To help address this issue, legislation was enacted in 1995 to require extensive agency review of unfunded mandates that cost over $100 million, forcing agencies to conduct a thorough evaluation of the economic impacts, identify alternative approaches, and then choose the lowest cost option. Unfortunately, federal regulatory agencies have discovered ways to routinely take advantage of loopholes in the law to avoid this process. The commonsense Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act closes these loopholes and forces agencies to go through the proper channels and review process, rather than imposing costly unfunded mandates at whim.” Pictured: Scott Tipton
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE AND COAL PRODUCTION NUMBERS DOWN IN NORTHWEST COLORADO
Yampa Valley Data Partners has released this months “Fast Facts”. According to their report, the Routt County unemployment rate dipped to 4.5% in December 2013, the lowest rate since December 2008. Moffat County’s 5.2% unemployment rate in December 2013 remained well below the current Colorado unemployment rate (6.2%) and U.S. rate (6.6%). Those numbers do not reflect the number of people who have stopped looking for work. Moffat County retail sales remained solid on a year-to-date basis despite a 15.2% drop in November 2013 compared to the previous November. Routt County retail sales in November 2013 were up 9.1% compared to the previous November. Year-to-date coal production through November 2013 was down almost 20% in Moffat County, nearly 18% in Routt County, and 31% statewide. Moffat and Routt accounted for roughly half the Colorado coal produced in November.
BIG GAME APPLICATION PROCESS TO BE EXPLAINED AT WORKSHOP
If you are new to hunting in Colorado or need help understanding the big game licensing process, a license application workshop will be held March 12th, in Montrose. The workshop will cover the application process, and Parks and Wildlife staff will assist participants in applying for a big game license. Wildlife officers will be on hand to explain the applications, how to apply on line, how to read preference-point charts and to answer questions. Completion of an approved hunter education course is required prior to submitting an application for a license. The workshop is free but limited to 25 people. To register or for more information, call (970) 252-6000.
HUNTER ED COURSE TO BE OFFERED IN MEEKER
Residents of Meeker and nearby communities will have an opportunity to earn their Hunter Education card by attending a two-day class offered by Colorado Parks and Wildlife at the Meeker Recreation Center. The class will take place the weekend of March 8th and 9th and students must attend both days. Hunter Education is required for those born after January 1st, 1949 who plan on purchasing a hunting license; however, the class may be taken by anyone whether they plan to hunt or not. There is no age limit, however younger pupils must be able to read and understand the material and test, and must be able to handle a firearm safely. Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive their hunter safety card and will be able to purchase a hunting license. Space is limited, so you must pre-register to attend. You can do that by calling 878-3403.
IN HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
In basketball playoff action:
In 2-A, the Meeker girls beat Soroco (62-45). Meeker will take on paonia for the District Championship at 2 this afternoon. Soroco will battle Hotchkiss for 3rd place at 11.
The Rangely boys lost to Paonia (57-46). They’ll play West Grand for 3rd place today at 12:30.
The Meeker boys defeated West Grand (70-46). They’ll play Paonia for the District Championship at 3 this afternoon.
MOFFAT COUNTY BOYS AND GIRLS DISTRICT CHAMPS!
In 3-A, The Moffat County girls beat Olathe 47-44 in the District Championship game today. The girls will host a 4 team regional tournament next weekend at Moffat County High School.
In 3-A, the Moffat County boys defeated Aspen 62-54 in the District Championship game. The boys will also host a 4 team regional tournament next weekend at Moffat County High School.
In 4-A, Steamboat lost to Sand Creek (64-49), ending their season.
In Wyoming 1-A, the Little Snake River Valley boys beat Dubois (61-59). They’ll play Burlington at 1 this afternoon for the Regional Championship. The girls topped Saint Stephens (57-48). They’ll also play Burlington for the Regional Championship at 2:45 this afternoon. Both games take place at Lander High School.