MEEKER GIRLS ADVANCE TO SEMIFINAL GAME AT STATE TOURNAMENT
State Champion basketball action will continue tomorrow on 93-7/102-3 KRAI, and at KRAI.COM. The Moffat County Boys fell to Colorado Academy 67-62 this morning, and will take on the loser of tonight’s Manitou Springs – Faith Christian game tomorrow afternoon at 1:15. The Meeker girls beat Akron 52-47 to advance to the semi-finals to play the winner of the Lutheran – Paonia game tomorrow night at 7. The Meeker boys fell to Akron 81-64. The boys will play the loser of the Lutheran – Holyoke game tomorrow morning at 10:15. All three brackets are available below in sports. All Meeker and Moffat County State Tournament games on Friday will be broadcast live on 93-7/102-3 KRAI and streamed live at KRAI.COM.
MIGUEL MEZA IS BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB’S YOUTH OF THE YEAR
Miguel Meza has been honored as the Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Colorado. Meza attends the Boys and Girls Club in Craig, and has been a member since the club opened in 2004. The Youth of the Year award recognizes teens for outstanding contributions to their family, school, community and the Boys & Girls Club, as well as personal challenges and obstacles overcome. According to a press release, Meza grew up in a troubled home, and dealt often with bullies at school when he started attending the club. Since then he has become a leader within the club, and plays a key role in bully prevention programs. The designation of Youth of Year is the highest honor that Club members can receive. Miguel will travel to Denver Tuesday to compete at the state Youth Of the Year competition. Pictured: Miguel Meza
STEAMBOAT TEEN COUNCIL TAKING APPLICATIONS
The Steamboat Springs Teen Council is now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school year. The all-teen organization works to give teens a voice in the community. Participants will learn leadership and team-building skills while helping to guide community decisions that affect teens. Students currently in 8th to 11thgrades are encouraged to apply for the next school year. The application deadline is April16th. You can download an application by clicking here.
TIPTON’S WATER RIGHTS BILL TO GET A VOTE IN HOUSE
Congressman Scott Tipton’s (R-CO) legislation to protect private water rights from uncompensated federal takings is expected to receive a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives as early as tomorrow. The bill prohibits agencies from implementing a permit condition that requires the transfer of privately-held water rights to the federal government in order to receive or renew a permit for the use of land. It also prohibits the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture from imposing other conditions that require the transfer of water rights without just compensation. Tipton says his bill upholds longstanding federal deference to state water law, and has no cost to taxpayers. Debate on the bill is expected to start this afternoon. Pictured: Scott Tipton
WAGE GAP BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN WIDENS IN COLORADO
According to a press release, efforts by Democrats to bring the wage disparity among the sexes closer together, have been less than successful. The release by the Bureau of Labor Statistics says Colorado women pocket just 78 cents for ever dollar men make for doing the same job. That’s a decline from 2011. It’s also below the national average, which shows women making 81% of what their male counterparts make. Democrats in Colorado, including Mark Udall, have made the wage gap a part of their campaigns, but haven’t been able to decrease that gap. In Colorado, the ratio of women’s to men’s earnings hit a low of 74.6 percent in 1997. The ratio rose above 80 percent in 2002 and remained there through 2007, but has dipped below that mark in four of the most recent five years.
HOUSE APPROVES BILL TO PROTECT FIREFIGHTERS FROM OBAMACARE MISCLASSIFICATION
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed House Resolution 3979, the Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act by a vote of 410 to 0. The bill would protect volunteer fire departments and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) from being misclassified under Obamacare. As the law currently stands, it requires employers who have 50 or more employees to provide healthcare for all employees. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has classified volunteer firefighters and EMTs as employees, which would have a serious fiscal impact on volunteer departments. Volunteer firefighting forces numbering larger than 50, or municipalities that have more than 50 employees due to volunteer firefighters being considered employees, would be mandated to provide coverage for all volunteer firefighters or EMTs or face a significant tax penalty. The Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act would provide an exemption to those who volunteer as first responders in their communities, towns, and states.
DENVER JUDGE REJECTS GESSLER’S APPEAL IN ETHICS RULING
A Denver judge has rejected Secretary of State Scott Gessler’s appeal in an ethics complaint. Colorado’s Independent Ethics Commission admonished Gessler for using state funds for travel to a GOP elections law conference in Florida in 2012. While there, Gessler also attended the GOP national convention, for which he used campaign funds to pay for. Commissioners noted the state money paid for his plane trip to both events and levied a $1,500 fine against him. Gessler appealed the commission’s finding, maintaining that he did nothing wrong. But District Court Judge Herbert Stern affirmed the commission’s decision yesterday. Gessler likely will appeal again. Gessler has repaid the state about $1,300 but has not paid the ethics fine. Pictured: Scott Gessler
MOTHER AND CHILD GET STUCK NEAR STEAMBOAT MOUNTAIN
Sweetwater County deputies rescued a stranded mother and son in a remote area of Sweetwater County last week. Sweetwater County Sheriff Rich Haskell said the pair were on back roads in the Steamboat Mountain area north of Rock Springs when they became badly stuck. While there was no cell service in the area, they were able to get a distress message out through a special instant messaging service and reach a friend in Cheyenne, who contacted authorities. Road conditions were extremely bad, but a deputy was able to get close enough to the stranded vehicle to rescue the pair and bring them to safety. Haskell warns that outings into the backcountry this time of year can be dangerous. He says “Mud and snow conditions are extremely unfavorable and there’s a great deal of risk involved.”
ONE OF SWEETWATER COUNTY’S MOST WANTED TURNS HIMSELF IN
Sweetwater County Sheriff Rich Haskell said 24-year-old Buck Allen Rushlow turned himself in at the Wyoming Department of Probation & Parole office in Rock Springs on March 6th after a wanted notice for him was announced over the airwaves. Originally charged with Aggravated Assault and Battery and Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance after a 2013 shooting incident in Rock Springs, Rushlow later pled no contest to Reckless Endangering and was placed on probation. In January, 2014, a Petition for Revocation of Probation was filed accusing him of violating his probation and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest. Rushlow remains in custody at the Sweetwater County Detention Center.
All Meeker and Moffat County State Tournament games will be broadcast on air on either 93.7 102.3 KRAI OR 55 Country. Depending on game time conflicts most games will also be streamed live at KRAI.COM.
2A and 3A State Tournament FRIDAY Broadcast Schedule:
All Friday games will be heard on 93.7 102.3 KRAI and at KRAI.COM
- Moffat County Boys lost to Colorado Academy 67-62 – next game against Faith Christian-Manitou Springs at 1:15 Friday afternoon.
- Meeker defeated Akron 52-47 – next game against the winner of the Lutheran-Paonia game Friday night at 7.
- Meeker boys fell to Akron 81-64 – next game against the loser of the Lutheran-Hoyoke game at 10:15 Friday morning.The 2-A boys and girls brackets.
The 3-A boys bracket.