NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3RD

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CRAIG RESIDENTS LEARN ABOUT SECESSION MOVEMENT

SECESSION COAbout 60 people attended an open meeting last night about the 51st State Initiative, the attempt by 10 Colorado counties to seceded from the state of Colorado. Speakers included Greg Hare of the 51st State Initiative, and candidate for governor Senator Greg Brophy both spoke.  The secession movement was sparked primarily over new gun laws passed by lawmakers in the latest legislative session.  Proponents also say state lawmakers are ignoring rural Colorado issues and concerns.  Last night’s meeting was sponsored by the local Farm Bureau and the Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots.  You can listen to audio of the entire meeting below.  (5 parts)

Sucession Yes or No? Part 1

Sucession Yes or No? Part 2

Sucession Yes or No? Part 3

Sucession Yes or No? Part 4

Sucession Yes or No? Part 5

 

BROPHY CONTINUES TOUR OF NORTHWEST COLORADO

Greg Brophy 300Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Brophy is in Northwest Colorado this week. Tonight at 7, Brophy will meet with residents at the Meeker Sportsman’s Club at Killowatt Korner in Meeker. Tomorrow he’ll be in Steamboat, where he’ll host a meet and greet at Mountain Brew at 8 in the morning, then in Walden at the River Rock Cafe at noon. Brophy, who lives in Wray, is making a visit to every one of Colorado’s Counties while campaigning for governor.

 

CITY OF STEAMBOAT RELAXES WATER RESTRICTIONS

WATER CONSERVATIONWater restrictions that were enacted last May have been lifted for everyone in the Steamboat area water districts. The restrictions that required residents and businesses over the summer to adhere to a watering schedule and other limits, were lifted when it was apparent that the water storage at Fish Creek reservoir is at a normal seasonal level.  If you have questions, you can call 871-8207.

 

CRAIG POLICE WARN OF ADVERTISING SCAM

SCAMS-300The Craig Police Department is, once again, warning the public about a SCAM involving what is billed as a “business opportunity”. As with many scams, the “company” promises easy money for doing very little in return.  In this particular case, a company solicits people to respond to an ad and offer their private vehicle for use as advertising space, using a decal put on the vehicle to advertise a “sports drink”. After several emails and texts, apparently out of California, an envelope arrives with a check in excess of $2,000, with instructions to deposit it in your personal bank account, keep a moderate amount for expenses, but wire the majority elsewhere.  Citizens are warned that this is a common SCAM that appears in a variety of forms, such as working out of your home or selling some item over the internet. The common clue is the large check with instructions to deposit it in your account and wire the excess somewhere else.  If you believe that you may be the target of a scam, contact your local law enforcement with the information so it can be checked out and you can avoid being a victim.

 

KIDS COUNT REPORT TO BE DISCUSSED AT COMMUNITY MEETING

CONNECTIONS4KIDSConnections 4 Kids, in collaboration with the Colorado Children’s Campaign, is inviting the public to a community presentation of the 2013 KIDS COUNT in Colorado! report!  The report is released each year by the Colorado Children’s Campaign and provides statewide and county-by-county data on a range of factors impacting child health, education and overall well-being. It takes a closer look at how 25 of Colorado’s largest counties compare across 12 child well-being indicators. The goal of this year’s KIDS COUNT is to provide a clearer picture of how kids across Colorado-and locally-are faring and to provide local leaders and those who care about kids with the county-specific data and analysis they need to better serve their community’s children. They will also host a discussion about grassroots advocacy, with tips on how to successfully engage your local policy makers and make your voice be heard.  If you want to attend you must RSVP by October 10th. The event is from 11:30 to 1 October 16th, at The Holiday Inn of Craig.

 

COLORADO PARKS LANDS STILL OPEN DESPITE SHUTDOWN

colorado parksDespite the shutdown of the Federal government, hunting, fishing, camping and wildlife watching opportunities continue in Colorado. Colorado Parks and Wildlife-managed parks and lands are open for business and visitors, and are not affected by the shutdown. Hunters looking for information in their units are encouraged to call Parks customer service representatives at 303-297-1192.

 

SOME LAWMAKERS TO GIVE UP PAY DURING FEDERAL SHUTDOWN

Co-State-Capital-300Several Colorado lawmakers are planning to give up their salaries while the Federal government is shut down.  According to reports, some of the legislators, like Senator Michael Bennett and State Representative Mike Coffman will donate their pay to flood relief efforts, while others, like Congressman Scott Tipton, and State Representative Cory Gardner are asking that their pay be withheld until the government reopens.  Others have also said they would donate their pay to other charities.  According to her staff, Representative Dianna Degette is unlikely to give up her pay.

 

POT ACTIVISTS PROTEST HIGH TAX RATE

MARIJUANA-300Marijuana activists who say Colorado’s proposed tax on pot is too high protested outside a Denver appearance by Governor John Hickenlooper by handing out free joints.  Hickenlooper attended a fundraiser for the campaign to support taxes of at least 25 percent. The taxes are on November ballots.  Colorado voters will consider 15 percent excise taxes to fund school construction. They’ll also be asked to approve 10 to 15 percent sales taxes to fund enforcement of the new marijuana laws.  Some legalization activists say the taxes are too high and will keep pot smokers in the black market. They protested outside the fundraiser by handing out free joints to people over 21. They said beer is taxed less than the proposed pot rate.

 

STEAMBOAT TAX REPORT RELEASED

City-of-SteamboatThe City of Steamboat has published the preliminary August 2013 Sales, Use, and Accommodation Tax Report.  August sales taxes are 6.68% higher than the August 2012 collections, an increase of $97,549. 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 21.98%, businesses in the West Steamboat area saw the greatest increase compared to August last year.

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Hayden Town Board meeting agenda for 10-3

Steamboat City Council meeting agenda for 10-15

Steamboat City Council agenda for 10-29

Sports

In high school sports:
Today:
In volleyball:
Soroco heads to Vail Mountain at 4.

In boys soccer:
Steamboat hosts Battle Mountain at 6.

In boys tennis:
Steamboat goes to Regionals in Grand Junction.

Tomorrow:
In football:
Little Snake River Valley is at HEM at 3.
Steamboat hosts Battle Mountain at 7.
Rangely is home against Vail Christian at 7.
Meeker heads to Paonia at 7.
Hayden goes to West Grand at 7.
Moffat County travels to Summit.  You can catch that game live on KRAI with the pre-game at 5:45 and the kick-off at 6.  You can also listen online.

In volleyball:
Rangely goes to Vail Mountain at 5:30.
Meeker heads to Hothckiss at 6.
Soroco hosts North Park at 4.
Hayden is home against Plateau Valley at 5:30.
Little Snake River Valley goes to the Greybull invite.

In boys tennis:
Steamboat continues at Regionals in Grand Junction.