BLM SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR NORTHWEST R.A.C.
The Bureau of Land Management’s Northwest Colorado District is seeking public nominations for five open positions on its Resource Advisory Council, which advises the District on public land issues. The Northwest Resource Advisory Council consists of 15 citizens with diverse interests in public land management, including conservationists, ranchers, outdoor recreationists, state and local government officials, and energy industry representatives. It provides advice to the BLM’s Northwest Colorado District, which includes the Colorado River Valley, Grand Junction, Kremmling, Little Snake and White River field offices. Five positions are open for nomination on the NW RAC this year. Those who can apply include public land ranchers, energy representatives, timber workers, off-highway vehicle users, environmentalists, recreational groups, or elected officials. For more information on the requirements and the nomination process, click here.
CNCC FLIGHT TEAM QUALIFIES FOR NATIONAL COMPETITION
The Colorado Northwestern Community College flight team has qualified for the National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s (NIFA) national competition in May. The team placed second at the regional competition in Prescott, Arizona. The national competition will be held in Columbus, Ohio during the second week in May. You can see a picture of the flight team and their trophies below.
MCHS KEY CLUB COLLECTING FOOD FOR “HAVE A HEART” WEEK
The Moffat County High School Key Club is sponsoring an event this week called “Have a Heart”. The event teaches students to be leaders in their communities through community service. The week will end with a canned food drive Friday, at the high school basketball games. All food collected will go to the Interfaith Food Bank in Craig. The Key Club is asking anyone who shows up at the games to bring along as many non-perishable food items as they can. The J-V games begin at 3 Friday at Moffat County High School.
PARKS AND WILDLIFE WANTS INPUT ON BIG GAME HUNTING SEASONS
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking public input on the structure of the big game hunting seasons for 2015 through 2019. CPW is holding meetings across the state to gather that input. The next will be held in Montrose next week. Major issues that are considered during the big game season structure process include the number of seasons for each species, the overlap among different seasons, breaks between seasons and the beginning and ending dates of hunting seasons. The preference point system and limited elk hunting units will also be discussed. The season structures are considered every five years. The seasons included are: deer, elk, moose, pronghorn, black bear and mountain lions. CPW wants to hear from all those who have an interest in big game hunting, including businesses, landowners and communities. The meeting will be held February 18th at the Parks and Wildlife Office in Montrose. Another meeting will be held the following day in at the wildlife office in Gunnison.
BILL TO REPEAL MAGAZINE LIMITS FAILS
A Republican bill to repeal last year’s law limiting high capacity magazines failed yesterday. The bill was rejected on a party-line vote. The law makes it illegal to sell ammunition magazines that hold more than 15 rounds. It has forced at least one gun accessories manufacturer to leave the state, taking hundreds of employees with them. That didn’t seem to deter Democrats, who have vowed to create more jobs in Colorado. The law also cost the jobs of three Democratic lawmakers, two of which were recalled, and one of which resigned to avoid recall. A similar bill introduced in the senate by Bernie Herpin, the lawmaker who took Senate President John Morse’s seat when he was recalled. It is expected to face a similar fate.
GARDNER BLASTS FURTHER DELAYS IN OBAMACARE
Representative Cory Gardner (CO-4) is again attacking decisions on ObamaCare made by the president, the latest of which will further delay the Employer Mandate povision of the law. Gardner sums it up as “Another day, another Delay.” He says “the administration is now rolling back more deadlines for big business while keeping the law’s squeeze on the middle class and working families.” He says “if President Obama wants to talk about equality in America, he should start by giving the American people the same exemptions he’s giving businesses.” He went on to say that the government shouldn’t be delaying pieces and parts of the law for certain sectors, but rather repealing it in full and “replacing it with something that actually works.”
IN HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
The Hayden girls play at Little Snake River Valley at 6:30.
Steamboat hosts Summit. The girls tip off at 6 and the boys at 7:30.
Moffat County girls beat Aspen 63-16
Moffat County boys edged Aspen 61-59