ROUTT COUNTY MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO COCAINE DISTRIBUTION
Yesterday in Routt County District Court Trevor Rice plead guilty to Distribution of 25 to 450 grams of Cocaine, a class 3 felony. Rice faces 4 to 16 years in prison, followed by 5 years of mandatory parole. Given the amount of drugs involved, Rice must be sentenced to a minimum of 4 years in prison. District Attorney Brett Barkey expressed appreciation to the All Crimes Enforcement Team for an outstanding job investigating the case. Sentencing is scheduled for January 17th in Routt County District Court.
STEAMBOAT RELEASES AUGUST TAX REPORT
The City of Steamboat has published the final August 2013 Sales, Use, and Accommodation Tax Report. August sales taxes are 7.36% higher than the August 2012 collections, an increase of $107,619. Sales tax collections for August 2013 exceeded August 2012 in all categories except utilities, with the largest gain seen in sporting goods at 19.33%. With an increase of 22.95%, businesses in the West Steamboat area saw the greatest increase compared to August last year. Accommodation Tax, which is currently used to fund Haymaker debt payments, saw an increase of 12.38% compared to the same time period in 2013, and is up 8.97% year to date.
DEAL TO END SHUTDOWN INCLUDES PROVISIONS FOR COLORADO ROADS
Colorado’s senators say the deal to end the government shutdown includes a provision that would allow the state to get the money it needs to repair roads damaged by flooding. Right before the shutdown, members of both the House and Senate passed bills to lift the $100 million cap on emergency transportation funds for Colorado. But the Senate bill died after the House failed to take it up. Senators Michael Bennet and Mark Udall said yesterday that they were able to get the cap included in the Senate deal after days of negotiations. The cap has previously been removed for other states hit by natural disasters. Governor John Hickenlooper and state transportation officials estimate the flooding caused between $300 and $500 million in damage to roads.
STATE DECIDES TO KEEP POT REGISTRY
Colorado health authorities have rejected for a second time a request from medical marijuana patients to dismantle the medical pot registry. The state Board of Health declined a patient petition yesterday to dismantle the existing registry and start another one because of security breaches. The breaches were outlined in an audit earlier this year. The board did agree to lower annual fees paid by medical marijuana patients. The exact rate will be decided in December. Although marijuana use is now legal for all adults over 21 in Colorado, some 109,000 people are registered to use medical marijuana. Patients pay $35 a year for the right to shop in dispensaries and are also allowed to possess more marijuana. The registry is not supposed to make money, just cover administrative costs.
POT GROUP FILES CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTION REPORT
An organization that gave away free marijuana cigarettes as a way to protest possible taxes in Colorado has filed an unusual campaign finance report, after a watchdog group said the pot qualified as a campaign contribution. The group No Over Taxation reported Tuesday that the joints were worth a total of $1,250 and were paid for by a lawyer funding its campaign. The filing came in response to a complaint from Colorado Ethics Watch, which said the tax opposition group failed to disclose where it got the weed or how much it cost. No Over Taxation gave away the joints at rallies in Denver and Boulder this fall to protest a pending 25 percent tax on retail pot. It says the tax would keep marijuana users in the black market. The report says the joints were donated by Denver attorney Robert Corry. Colorado Ethics Watch withdrew its complaint.
OIL AND GAS OUTSPENDING ANTI-FRACKING GROUPS
The Colorado Oil and Gas Association is spending heavily to defeat four anti-fracking measures pending on municipal ballots across northern Colorado. Drilling supporters have spent more than $600,000 to oppose by groups attempting to limit drilling in Fort Collins, Boulder, Lafayette and Broomfield. That’s nearly 40 times more than the groups themselves have raised. More than 99 percent of the total opposition donations on the fracking measures have come from COGA. Drilling is relatively rare in the counties where the initiatives are based. An October 7th report by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission showed that of 51,398 active wells in the state, 321 were in Boulder County, 254 Larimer County and 97 in Broomfield County.
MARIJUANA ACTIVIST ARRESTED FOR PUBLIC SMOKING
A Colorado marijuana activist who organized joint giveaways and has pushed the bounds of the state’s new pot laws was arrested this week for smoking pot in public. Robert Corry was cited yesterday for smoking at Coors Field during a Colorado Rockies game. According to a police report, an officer asked Corry to hand over the joint, and Corry refused. Corry is among the most prominent marijuana attorneys in the state. He has also earned a reputation for testing the bounds of the law, handing out free joints in Denver and Boulder. The handouts were protests of proposed tax rates on the drug. Public consumption of marijuana in Colorado is punishable by a $100 fine or up to 15 Days in jail. (pictured: Robert Corry)
In high school sports:
Steamboat is home against Glenwood at 6:30.
Meeker goes to Grand Valley at 6:30.
In boys soccer:
Moffat County heads to Delta at 4.
Steamboat hosts Summit at 6.
Steamboat is home against Rifle at 7.
Meeker heads to Roaring Fork at 7.
Soroco welcomes West Grand at 7.
Hayden hosts Vail Christian at 7.
Moffat County hosts Montezuma-Cortez. You can catch that game live on KRAI with the pre-game at 6:45 and the kick-off at 7. You can also listen online.
Steamboat hosts Rifle at 6.
Rangely welcomes Meeker at 5.
Soroco is home against Hotchkiss at 3.
Hayden hosts Vail Mountain at 5:30.
Little Snake River Valley goes to Encampment at 5.
In cross country:
Moffat County and Steamboat go to regionals in Delta at noon.