NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6TH

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Steamboat Sends 14 Athletes To Winter Games

sochi-2014 smallResidents of Steamboat Springs and people all across Colorado will be watching with pride as 14 athletes with ties to Steamboat participate at the 2014 Winter Games. Those competitors include Todd Lodwick, the United States’ first six-time winter Olympian; Billy Demong, a five-time Olympian and defending Olympic Gold medalist in the Nordic Combined; and two sets of siblings, Taylor & Bryan Fletcher and Arielle and Taylor Gold. The 2014 Sochi Winter Games, kick off today.

2014 Olympians with ties to Steamboat Springs:
(name, country, discipline, past Olympics)

Belle Brockhoff, AUS, Snowboarding
Caroline Calve, CAN, Snowboard (2010)
Billy Demong, USA, Nordic Combined (98, 02, 06, 10)
Patrick Deneen, USA, Moguls (2010)
Bryan Fletcher, USA, Nordic Combined
Taylor Fletcher, USA, Nordic Combined (2010)
Arielle Gold, USA, Snowboarding
Taylor Gold, USA, Snowboarding
Jarryd Hughes, AUS, Snowboarding
Ester Ledecka, CZE, Snowboarding
Todd Lodwick, USA, Nordic Combined (94, 98, 02, 06, 10)
Eliza Outtrim, USA, Moguls
Justin Reiter, USA, Snowboarding
Vic Wild, RUS, Snowboarding

 

Leyshen To Be Arraigned

court-300Lisa Lesyshen’s request to be arraigned in person in Routt County was denied yesterday by Routt County District Court Judge Michael O’Hara. The Court instead ordered that the arraignment be held at a court in Denver on February 20th. During the arraignment, Lesyshen will hear the charges against her, and enter a plea to the charges. Lesyshen is charged with first-degree murder and child abuse resulting-in-death stemming from a incident last May, in which she is alleged to have shot and killed her 9-year old son. Lesyshen is being held, without bond, in the infirmary of the Denver County Jail because the Routt County Jail is presently unable to provide the around-the-clock medical care she requires due to the self-inflicted gun shoot injury.

 

Cell Phone Scam You Need To Be Aware Of

SCAMS-300Citizens need to be aware of a new phone scam called the “one ring scam.” And crooks don’t even need your credit card information to steal your money. Scammers are using computers to mass dial cell phone numbers. Your cell phone will ring quickly, just long enough to generate a missed call on your phone…. The con artists hope you are curious enough to call the number back to see who it was, and if you do, the scammers charge your phone bill like a 900 number- 20 dollars for the call and another 9 dollars for every minute you spend on the line with them. The Better Business Bureau says this scam is more effective than others, because it raises no red flags as there is no one trying to sell you anything and no onewho has a foreign accent or doesn’t speak very well. All of those things that we look for are absent,” said a Better Business Bureau Spokesman. Consumers who have been duped by these calls report they are coming from the area codes 268, 809, 876, 284, and 473. In fact a radio station employee experienced a call from one of those area codes yesterday. If you think you might have been a victim of this scam, immediately call your cell phone carrier to document the fraud. The quicker you do that, the better chance you’ll have of having some or all of the charges removed. The Better Business Bureau says the safest thing to do if your phone rings, and it’s a number you don’t recognize, don’t answer it, and do not call it back.

 

Saturday Night Closure of Blackmere and all Emerald Mountain Trails

Blackmere Trail and all trails that access Emerald Mountain will be temporally closed this Saturday night from 6 till 8:45. The trails will be closed to all public access for safety reasons due to fireworks being launched for Winter Carnival. Signs will be posted at the Blackmere trailhead. For more information call the Parks, Open Space & Recreation office at 970-879-4300.

 

Tipton Statement On CBO report

scott-tipton-AT-KRAI-300Congressman Scott Tipton issued the following statement yesterday, on the findings in a new nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office report that the President’s healthcare law could cost the economy the equivalent of more than 2 million workers by 2017.  “The President’s healthcare law is once more proving to be one of the worst policies ever enacted. The report this week from the nonpartisan CBO unfortunately confirms what many of us expected, that the law will cost the economy millions of American jobs. This impact is devastating, as is the increased cost of healthcare and decreased access to care that millions of families are now seeing as a result of the President’s law.  “I continue to fight for an alternative solution that would truly make healthcare accessible and affordable to all Americans through a patient-centered approach that allows for portability and pooling of coverage, and ensures coverage of pre-existing conditions. There are plans that have been introduced in the House of Representatives that are a good start to achieving these ends, including the Empowering Patients First Act (H.R. 2300), of which I am a co-sponsor. I urge my Democrat colleagues to join us in looking closely at these options and taking action to replace the President’s failed healthcare law.”

 

Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant Program

colorado-state-seal-300The Colorado Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications for a second round of awards under the Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant Program. This phase will provide $5.2 million in grants to reduce the risk of wildfire in areas where human development and forested lands overlap, areas often called the wildland-urban interface. The program, created last year by the Colorado General Assembly, is focused on projects that reduce the risk for damage to property, infrastructure, and water supplies, and those that limit the likelihood of wildfires spreading into populated areas. Funds will be directed to non-federal lands within Colorado. The grant deadline is March 13th. For more information and application instruction visit THIS LINK.

 

 

Wyoming Benefits Big From Farm Bill

wyoming-state-flag-EDIT-300The passage of the federal farm bill will be a win for Wyoming’s counties. The sweeping spending plan cleared the U.S. Senate on Tuesday and is expected to be signed into law tomorrow. The bill included a measure that restores a cut to the federal government’s Payments in Lieu of Taxes program. The program, also called PILT, reimburses counties that cannot collect property taxes on federal land inside the county. Wyoming, home to about 30 million acres of federal land, would have been the hardest hit state if the PILT payments were not made. Wyoming received more than $25 million through the program last year.

SPORTS

 

Tomorrow In Wrestling:
Moffat County hosts Battle Mountain and Coal Ridge at 5pm
Rangely is at Crowley County for a dual.

Tomorrow in Swimming:
Moffat County competes at the Conference Championships at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction at 3pm (the Championships continue Saturday)

Tomorrow in Basketball:
Hayden travels to West Grand.  The girls play at 4 the boys at 5:30
Meeker is on the road at Vail Christian.  The girls play at 7 the boys at 8:30
SoRoCo is at North Park
Steamboat hosts Palisade.  The girls tip off at 6.  The boys at 7:30

Tomorrow in Ice Hockey:
Steamboat is at home against Cherry Creek

Tomorrow in Alpine Skiing:
Steamboat is at a meet at Ski Cooper