ROUTT COUNTY CASE AGAINST MIKE KING DROPPED
The 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office has dismissed the trespassing case of State Director of Natural Resources Mike King. King was cited for Entering Private Land to Hunt Without Permission, a misdemeanor. The Office says the facts of the case aren’t clear enough to prosecute. King insisted to prosecutors that he didn’t know who’s land he was on when he was cited. Prosecutors also indicated that the case would be better suited for the civil justice system, rather than the criminal justice system. Pictured: Mike King
GARDNER, BUCK SWAP RACES
Representative Cory Gardner and Senator Ken Buck are switching races. Gardner announced this week that he will challenge Mark Udall for his U.S. Senate seat. That has prompted Buck to drop his bid for the senate and instead run for Gardner’s House seat. In a statement Buck said the primary goal is to unseat Udall, and he feels Gardner is the best candidate to do that. Gardner is only one of several Republicans looking to take Udall’s seat, but is considered the front runner. Others in the race include Owen Hill, Amy Stephens, and Northwest Colorado’s Randy Baumgardner. Pictured: Left – Ken Buck; Right – Cory Gardner
CRASH ON HIGHWAY 9 KILLS 95-YEAR OLD WOMAN
A 1-car crash near Green Mountain Reservoir left one person dead Monday. According to the Colorado State Patrol, a 95-year old unidentified Lakewood woman was on State highway 9 when she went off the side of the road, and down a steep embankment. She suffered life threatening injuries and was flown to Saint Anthony’s Central. She later died from those injuries.
GRAND COUNTY INVESTIGATING MISSING MONEY
Grand County Officials are investigating how half a million dollars disappeared from the county’s building department. Authorities say the money has been filtered out over the last 12 years. The Grand County Sheriff’s Office says nobody has been arrested, however one person was fired from the department. So far, about $160,000 has been recovered, but the investigation is ongoing.
TIPTON VOTES FOR LEGISLATION TO STOP IRS TARGETING
Yesterday, Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) voted for the Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act of 2014 (H.R. 3865), which would prohibit the Administration from implementing proposed rules that would essentially codify the IRS practice of targeting conservative groups with unprecedented scrutiny. The measure passed the House. In 2010, the IRS began targeting certain 501(c)(4) organizations for additional surveillance and audits, as well as deliberately delayed processing the applications of certain groups applying for non-profit status. Subsequent investigations by the House Committee on Ways and Means uncovered that of the groups targeted for additional scrutiny by the IRS, 83 percent were politically conservative, and of those audited, 100 percent were conservative. Tipton, in a statement, said “It was deplorable that the IRS targeted specific groups solely because they had different ideologies than the current Administration. This type of abuse and betrayal of trust by the government is completely unacceptable whether aimed at conservative groups, liberal groups, or any other group that’s trying to express their point of view fully within the scope of the law.” Pictured: Scott Tipton
UDALL INTRODUCES BILL TO GIVE BENEFITS TO MILITARY SAME-SEX COUPLES
Mark Udall, who serves on the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, introduced a proposal yesterday to end what he calls the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ discrimination of lawfully married same-sex couples. Udall’s proposal, which he proposed along with U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), would bring federal law fully into alignment with the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act. Udall has led efforts in Congress to allow same sex benefits, and has pushed for gay marriage to be allowed in the state. He was also a vital part of the effort to end the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” military policy. Pictured: Mark Udall
SHERIFF WARNS OF IRS TAX SCAM
The Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office has issued another warning about a resurgent “delinquent taxes scam” circulating throughout the county. Authorities say there were such calls circulating in November of last year, but are starting up again now because of the onset of income tax season. Sheriff Rich Haskell said his office has received a number of reports from people in Rock Springs and Green River who have received telephone calls from people claiming to be agents of the Internal Revenue Service, demanding payment of delinquent income taxes. The pattern is for the caller to insist on prompt payment through a credit or debit card or a wire transfer. If the person called refuses or begins asking questions, the caller often threatens a visit from law enforcement, arrest, arrest of a spouse, or a driver’s license revocation. The callers use fake names and sometimes even provide a bogus IRS badge number. They may even know the last four digits of their intended victim’s Social Security number, all in an effort to make the swindle sound more convincing. Officials say genuine communications from the IRS begin with a letter, not a phone call. Haskell said those who receive such calls should contact the IRS directly to speak with a genuine official about your tax issues.
In basketball playoff action:
In 2-A, the Meeker girls travel to Soroco at 3.
The Rangely boys play against Paonia at 7:30.
The Meeker boys take on West Grand at 4:30.
In 3-A, The Moffat County boys and girls play Grand Valley at Palisade High School. 93.7 102.3 KRAI will carry both games live. The girls pregame starts at 2:45, with the tip off at 3. Our broadcast for the boys game starts at 8, with tip off at 8:15. You can also listen online. If the girls win tomorrow, they will play in the District Championship game Saturday at 4pm. If they lose tomorrow they will play for 3rd place Saturday at 12:30. If the boys win tomorrow, they will play in the District Championship game Saturday at 5:45. If they lose tomorrow they will play for 3rd place Saturday at 2:15.
93.7 102.3 KRAI and KRAI.COM will carry all the Moffat County boys and girls games this Friday and Saturday.
In 4-A, The Steamboat boys play at Sand Creek at 8.