COMMISSIONER, COUNCILMAN SPEAK AT DENVER RALLY
Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid and Craig City Councilman Ray Beck were two of the speakers yesterday on the steps of the Capitol during a rally against the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed new emissions rules for existing power plants. There were about 100 people at the rally. During the EPA’s actual “listening” session, about 80% of those who commented were pro-coal. Speakers represented interests in Colorado, North Dakota, Wyoming and Montana.
GUILTY PLEA ENTERED IN METH DISTRIBUTION CASE
Yesterday, Conny Mullis plead guilty to one count of Possession with intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, a Class 3 Felony in Moffat County District Court. Mullis will receive a stipulated 20 year prison sentence as a result of the plea. Earlier this month his co-defendant Maria Saenz plead guilty to 2 counts of Distribution of Methamphetamine, and will receive a prison sentence of 4 to 6 years when she is sentenced on December 10th. The pleas follow a June 18th counter-drug operation in which officers of the All Crimes Enforcement Team (ACET), the Craig Police Department, and the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office executed search warrants on two residences. Officers seized over two hundred grams of methamphetamine and over $5,000 worth of drug money.
AGENCIES CALLING FOR BETTER SCIENCE ON SAGE GROUSE HABITAT
The County Commissioners from Rio Blanco, Garfield, Moffat, and Mesa Counties along with representatives from The White River & Douglas Creek Conservation Districts, The Colorado Cattlemen’s Association , Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado (AGNC), CLUB 20 , the Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce and Grand Junction Economic Partnership (GJEP) will be meeting today at 11 at the Visitor Center in Rifle. The groups will officially request Governor John Hickenlooper and the Colorado Department of Natural Resources become active participants in Greater sage-grouse planning efforts, and demand that the BLM develop broader alternatives for analysis and public comment that consider habitat disturbance while protecting employment, tax revenues and other socio-economic issues in the region. The cooperating agencies and concerned stakeholders are highly concerned they are not being listened to as the BLM drafts management plan amendments for lands considered to be the bird’s habitat. At least two of Moffat County’s Commissioners will be there for the event.
DINOSAUR OFFERS RIVER PERMITS ONLINE
Changes are coming to the river permit lottery at Dinosaur National Monument. Starting with the 2014 season, if you want to participate in the lottery for a high season permit to take a multi-day float trip on the Yampa or Green Rivers, you can apply online for your permit. This change is part of the monument’s effort to better serve visitors and to go “green” by incorporating a paperless online system. From December 1st to January 31st, applicants can apply online instead of filling out a form and mailing it in with a check to the monument’s river office. Through the online system, applicants can also pay using a credit or debit card. The site does require each applicant to register and create a profile with their unique email address and a password so that they can process payments. Previously, a potential river user could file only one application for only one possible launch date on one river. For the 2014 season, applicants can still file only one application, but they may choose up to four possible launch date/river choices on the application. The Yampa and Green Rivers are still combined in one drawing system. The website is Recreation.gov.
PUMPKIN DECORATION RESULTS IN I.D. OF GRAFFITI SUSPECT
Police say a man’s pumpkin decoration made him the suspect in several cases where properties were vandalized with graffiti in Steamboat. Authorities say they followed a pattern of graffiti on properties downtown to the home of 22-year-old Bo Wenger on Wednesday morning. There they found a pumpkin with graffiti similar to that seen on buildings, homes, and other properties that had been tagged Tuesday night. Sgt. John McCartin says police contacted Wenger and he acknowledged he was responsible for the graffiti. Wenger was booked into the Routt County jail. He faces a charge of felony criminal mischief with damage exceeding more than $1,000.
Today is Halloween. That means Trick-or-Treating this evening. Across Northwest Colorado organized Trick-or-Treating takes place in several areas, including in downtown in Craig and Steamboat, inside the Centennial Mall, at the Meeker Courthouse, churches and the Boys and Girls Club in Craig. For a complete list of Halloween activities click here. Triple-A has also provided some Halloween Safety tips, which can be found below.
- Slow down in residential neighborhoods and obey all traffic signs and signals. Drive at least 5 mph below the posted speed limit to give yourself extra time to react to children who may dart into the street.
- Look for children crossing the street. They may not be paying attention to traffic and cross the street mid-block or between parked cars.
- Carefully enter and exit driveways and alleys.
- Turn on your headlights to make yourself more visible – even in the daylight.
- Broaden your scanning by looking for children left and right into yards and front porches.
INTERSECTION AT OAK AND 8TH IN STEAMBOAT TO CLOSE FOR FIBER WORK
The Oak and 8th Street intersection will be partially closed on tomorrow to accommodate installation of conduit for the City’s fiber optic network. The City’s contractor, Duckels Construction, will be cutting the road at this intersection to install the conduit, and will implement a tapered traffic plan which will allow work on a portion of the road, while enabling the road to remain open. Some of the parking spaces on Oak Street will be used to aid in tapering down the traffic and will be unavailable during the construction.
OWL HOOT TRAIL IN STEAMBOAT REOPENED
Owl Hoot Trail, the roadway serving the recently completed senior living center in Steamboat, is now open to the public. Owl Hoot Trail is located off Walton Creek Road across from Chinook Lane on the south end of Steamboat. The road has been closed for the past year so that it could serve as a construction access road for the new senior living center. With construction now complete, the road is open for use to the public.
GARDNER BLASTS SEBELIUS FOR NON-ANSWERS AT OBAMACARE HEARING
Representative Cory Gardner was one of the lawmakers questioning Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about Obamacare at a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing yesterday. The congressman was not satisfied with Sebelius’ responses, and after the questioning released the following statement: Gardner said “Secretary Sebelius must explain to the American people her responses at the hearing. When I asked her why she wouldn’t join the healthcare exchanges like millions of Americans are being forced to do, she said claimed that it was ‘illegal for me.’” He went on to ask, “Is she lying, or is she unsure about the very law she is in charge of administering? What is illegal about her enrolling in the exchange? If she is misinformed, and unaware of the fact that she is eligible to join, I urge her to visit healthcare.gov where it clearly shows she meets the three criteria listed. He said, “My constituents are tired of the constant stream of misinformation, or lack of information, that comes from this White House. Congress must be given the information it needs to perform its oversight responsibilities. In the meantime, I urge Secretary Sebelius to admit she was not telling the truth, or unaware of the law.” Republican Senate candidate Amy Stephens called on Sebelius to resign following the disastrous testimony.
BUCK PLANS TO VOTE AGAINST RESEARCH INTO SECESSION
Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, says he will vote against a proposal for his county and 10 others to pursue research into what it would take to secede from Colorado. Buck said yesterday it makes more sense to defeat politicians who he said are out of touch and have left some northern Colorado residents feeling ignored. Voters in the 11 counties will cast ballots Tuesday on whether their county commissioners should look into forming a new state. The vote is only an initial step. Secession eventually would need congressional approval. No state has successfully broken off since West Virginia in 1863. Buck is one of at least three Republicans seeking their party’s nomination to oppose Democratic Senator Mark Udall in 2014.
In high school sports:
Little Snake River Valley plays Kaycee at 3:30 at the state tournament in Casper.
Little Snake River Valley plays at Guernsey-Sunrise at 2 in the first round of the state playoffs.
Steamboat goes to Delta at 7.
Moffat County hosts Palisade. 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.
Little Snake River Valley continues at the state tournament in Casper.