MOFFAT COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL TAKES FAN VOTE IN CHSAA CONTEST
The Colorado High School Activities Association yesterday announced the winners of its inaugural “You Can Play, Colorado!” contest-a program focused on stopping bullying and delivering messages of inclusion and acceptance for all students participating in high school activities such as sports, speech, music and student leadership. Moffat County High School was one of those winners. Videos were submitted from every region across Colorado. A judging panel reviewed each video and selected several schools to receive prize money toward their school programs. The judging panel picked their overall winners, while an online vote through the CHSAA website picked fan favorites. The 3-A winner of the Fan Vote was Moffat County High School. You can see the video the school submitted below.
HAYDEN CLUB COLLECTING OLD SHOES
Hayden High School Travel Club is conducting a shoe collection drive on March 24th through the 26th to raise funds for a trip to Spain and Italy while benefiting microenterprise ventures in developing nations and keeping old shoes out of local landfills. Individuals can help by donating gently worn, used shoes at Craig Walmart on March 24th, and at the Steamboat Walmart on March 26th. In the US alone, approximately 630 million pairs of shoes are thrown away per year. The materials used to manufacture a pair of shoes are created from chemical compounds that will create health hazards if left to disintegrate openly or in landfills. By donating your gently worn, used shoes to the Hayden High School Travel Club, the shoes will be recycled. All donated shoes will be redistributed to microenterprise partners through Funds2Orgs and used in developing nations for impoverished people to start, maintain, and grow a unique business opportunity to feed, clothe, and house their families.
SIERRA CLUB PRAISES REGULATIONS ON OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
The Sierra Club is praising the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission’s decision to force costly rules and regulation upon oil and gas companies operating in the state. The BLM held a forum yesterday to start the rule making process for Onshore Oil and Gas Rule No. 9 pertaining to methane emissions from oil and gas operations, including emissions from venting and flaring. Environmentalists claim the rules for methane emissions would help maintain clean air and protect the health of residential communities and the environment. However, land managers and industry representatives say the rules are largely unnecessary and extremely costly. The rules make Colorado the only state in the nation that regulates methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. The Sierra Club says the rules will help eliminate dangerous smog throughout the state.
GROUP SPENDS NEARLY $1 MILLION IN ATTEMPT TO UNSEAT UDALL
Americans for Prosperity, a non-profit group, has launched an advertising campaign against Senator Mark Udall, highlighting the lawmakers flaws. Udall is attempting to defend his seat against up and coming Republican Cory Gardner. The ad campaign launched against Udall focuses on his vote for Obamacare, and the lie he and other Democrats, including President Obama, told when they assured people they would be able to keep their current health insurance plans under the new health care law. In response, Udall is blasting the AFP for spending nearly $1 million dollars on the campaign, and their support of gardner, who Udall says is in the pocket of corporate big wigs. Americans for Prosperity says the ads have nothing to do with Gardner, but rather are aimed at unseating Udall. The Colorado head of AFP, Dustin Zvonek says, “Our focus isn’t the political race, as much as they want to make it about the political race. Our opponent is Obamacare; our focus is purely on the policy side.”
IRS URGES RESIDENTS TO FILE PAST RETURNS
Refunds totaling almost $760 million may be waiting for an estimated 918,600 taxpayers who did not file a federal income tax return for 2010. That’s according to the Internal Revenue Service. However, to collect the money, a return for 2010 must be filed with the IRS no later than April 15th. The IRS estimates that half the potential refunds for 2010 are more than $571. Some people may not have filed because they had too little income to require filing a tax return even though they had taxes withheld from their wages or made quarterly estimated payments. In cases where a return was not filed, the law provides most taxpayers with a three-year window of opportunity for claiming a refund. If no return is filed to claim a refund within three years, the money becomes property of the U.S. Treasury. Current and prior year tax forms and instructions are available on the Forms and Publications page of the IRS website.
WOMAN ACCUSED OF DRUG DEALING ON SWEETWATER COUNTY’S MOST WANTED LIST
A 32-year-old woman from California who lived in Utah for a time before winding up in Rock Springs is being sought on felony drug charges. The latest addition to the Sweetwater County’s Most Wanted List is Kristina Burris. She is wanted for Unlawful Manufacture or Delivery of Methamphetamine as the result of a 2013 investigation. Burris is a white female with brown hair and brown eyes, 5’6″ in height, weight about 110 pounds. The charge against her carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, plus a $25,000 fine. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office or other local law enforcement agency.
In high school sports:
In girls soccer:
Rangely goes to Roaring Fork at 4.
In girls soccer:
Steamboat goes to Eagle Valley at 6.
Rangely heads to Basalt at 4.
In boys lacrosse:
Steamboat plays against Telluride in Grand Junction at 3.
In girls lacrosse:
Steamboat hosts Eagle Valley at 4.
In boys swimming:
Moffat County goes to an Invitational in Montrose.