PARKS AND WILDLIFE ADJUSTING PREFERENCE POINT SYSTEM
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is in the process of modernizing and streamlining the program that provides private landowners with a limited number of hunting licenses for the areas where they own property. With the support of a stakeholder committee that traveled the state for two years to hear from hunters, landowners, agricultural groups and others, the complex, legislatively mandated landowner preference program underwent changes last year as part of Senate Bill 13-188. While the original preference program had the intended positive effect and has allowed Colorado to maintain its standing as the top big game hunting destination in the nation, both landowners and sportsmen recognized that the program needed some adjustments to make sure that the program didn’t overly commercialize hunting in Colorado. It took several meetings to craft the recommendations that became Senate Bill 13-188. The bill allowed for increase in voucher distribution but it also set limits on the use of vouchers off of the landowner’s property. In addition, landowners would have to undergo certification and review to show that they were in fact providing habitat for wildlife herds. With support from sportsmen’s groups, agricultural groups, outfitters and Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the program changes were passed in May 2013. Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff is now working on the changes that will support the legislation. Landowners interested in the preference system can find more information, by clicking here.
MERCADO CHOSEN AS TEEN OF THE MONTH
Steamboat Springs Teen Council has selected Sofi Mercado as the Teen of the Month for March 2014. Sofi has been chosen for this honor by members of the Steamboat Springs Teen Council because she is an outstanding teen in the community and embodies certain values of Teen Council. The groups says she demonstrates that teens are valuable community assets, acts as a leader or positive role model around her peers, and is committed to community service. Mercado is a senior at Steamboat High School. Over the past four years, she has volunteered her time working with young children. She teaches children Spanish during summer vacation and baby-sits for free for less fortunate families in town. She does free puppet shows that teach children how to conserve and save water and energy. Ten years from now Mercado hopes to be traveling the world, and helping others in need. She plans on studying social work and art therapy because she wants to help others who are less fortunate. She aspires to work specifically with women who have been oppressed or abused and is passionate about incorporating art therapy into her career.
LIBERTARIAN THROWS HAT INTO GUBERNATORIAL RACE
Libertarian Matthew Hess has announced that he has received his party’s nomination for Colorado Governor. While the gubernatorial race has typically been won by a Republican or Democrat, Hess says Colorado has been subjected to the whims of a partisan power struggle between major parties. He says rights have been trampled, small businesses have suffered, and the people have been oppressed during this struggle. He says the Governor should operate as a check upon the other branches of government but, sadly, this has not been the case. The Office of Governor has become nothing more than a rubber stamp to an out of control legislature. Hess says his election will change that. If elected, Hess would become only the second Colorado Governor that did not come from one of the major parties. Davis Hanson Waite was elected governor as a member of the People’s Party in 1893. Pictured: Matt Hess
TANCREDO PLANS TO REPEAL GUN LAWS
Tom Tancredo is vowing to repeal recently passed gun control policies if elected governor. In a campaign e-mail, Tancredo says that if John Hickenlooper is elected to another term he will pass more freedom killing gun laws, work with Obama to implement Obamacare, and enact more job killing regulations on our businesses and industries. He went on to say that he is the only candidate that can beat John Hickenlooper and repeal the damage he has already done — including repealing his destructive gun control policies. While Tancredo doesn’t specifically mention which of the gun control laws he’ll go after, he has been a staunch opponent of the new gun laws that were enacted last year. Aside from addressing the gun control issue, Tancredo says his plan as governor is to attract new business, create jobs, shrink the bureaucracy, balance the state budget, and introduce bold new ideas to tackle the other complex problems that face Colorado. Pictured: Tom Tancredo
ATTORNEYS DEFEND GUN LAWS
Colorado attorneys defended the state’s new gun restrictions against a lawsuit to overturn them, saying the laws balance Second Amendment rights and public safety concerns. But attorney Richard Westfall, who is representing gun rights advocates, says the laws are based on emotion and not data to prove they are effective. He argues the laws violate the Second Amendment. The comments came yesterday in Denver federal court during opening arguments of a two-week trial. The laws in question, which took effect July 1st, limit the size of ammunition magazines to 15 rounds and expand background checks to firearm sales online and private sellers. Deputy Attorney General Matthew Grove admitted the laws were a response to mass shootings at a suburban Denver movie theater and Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School.
UDALL CALLED OUT FOR CRITICISM OF GARDNER’S FLIP-FLOP
Senator Mark Udall is being called out for his criticism of Representative Cory Gardner’s stance on “personhood”. Gardner is running for Udall’s seat, and recently switched his position on “personhood”, an anti-abortion position that defines life as begun at conception. Udall pointed out the flip-flop as a indicator that Gardner is only doing so to gain support among democratic voters disenchanted with the party. However, Gardner pointed out that when Udall was running for his seat in 2012, Udall flip-flopped on his position of gay marriage, suddenly supporting the idea. Gardner has said in a statement, “It was perhaps best said by Mark Udall, who said a good-faith re-examination of a position you’ve held in the past should be seen as a virtue, not a vice.” Udall’s response was that the two issues are not the same. Pictured: Mark Udall
In high school sports:
In boys Lacrosse:
Steamboat beat Thompson Valley (14-11).
Steamboat goes to Palisade for a doubleheader starting at 4.
Rangely plays a double header at Nucla starting at 3.
In girls lacrosse:
Steamboat hosts Summit at 4.
In girls soccer:
Steamboat hosts Fruita Monument at 6.