SERVICE RETURNS FOR VERIZON CUSTOMERS
Verizon customers had their service restored yesterday afternoon. Service had been disrupted since a windstorm Sunday evening. the company says it was likely that storm that caused the disruption by damaging some microwave equipment that serves three cell towers in the Craig area. Service was restored a little before 4 yesterday afternoon.
CNCC STAFF HONORED AT STATE’S COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM’S ANNUAL BANQUET
Three Colorado Northwestern Community College employees were honored at an annual awards banquet for the Community Colleges of Colorado last week. Thom Cassera was honored as the 2013 Administrator of the Year. Caserra heads the maintenance department, which cares for all buildings and grounds on the Rangely Campus. Chris Congemi received Faculty of the Year recognition. Congemi is the lead instructor for CNCC’s NPS Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program. Jennifer Holloway was named the 2012-2013 Classified Employee of the Year. Holloway is the book store manager, student activities coordinator, and Phi Theta Kappa Advisor. The banquet was held February 11th in Denver.
CRAIG POLICE OFFICER ARRESTED IN MESA COUNTY
A Craig Police officer was arrested in Mesa County Sunday. According to a release from the Craig Police Department, Craig Officer Eric Montes was involved in an incident which resulted in his arrest. Officer Montes was charged with disorderly conduct and disrupting government operations. The charges stemmed from a reported disturbance and assault. The Craig Police Department has initiated an internal investigation of the incident to determine if there were any department violations and if disciplinary action may be required. Any internal action will be in addition to any criminal penalties he may face in Mesa County. Officer Montes, who has been with the department since 2009, has been placed on administrative leave pending the results of that investigation. Pictured: Eric Montes
JUDGE DENIES INJUNCTION AGAINST STATE POT AD RULES
A federal judge has denied a request for an injunction against Colorado rules restricting advertising by recreational marijuana shops but says the two publications trying to block the regulations can amend their lawsuit. The judge says High Times and Westword magazines don’t have standing to challenge the regulations because they are not the ones affected by them. The magazines are challenging rules that allow the shops to advertise only in publications expected to have no more than 30 percent of their readers under age 21. The judge says the magazines didn’t cite instances where marijuana stores had chosen not to advertise with them because of the rules. David Lane, an attorney representing the publications, says the lawsuit will be refiled with additional plaintiffs.
BAR BILL DEFEATED AT SPONSOR’S REQUEST
Lawmakers rejected a proposal to allow Colorado cities and towns to extend bar hours after the legislator sponsoring the bill asked them to vote no. The bill from Denver Democratic Representative Crisanta Duran failed in the House yesterday. She told lawmakers she wanted to “go back to the drawing board” with her bill. It was unclear whether she had enough support to pass it. The proposal would have let municipalities decide whether to let bars stay open until 4:30 in the morning. Current law prohibits the sale of alcohol from 2 to 7 in the morning. Opponents argued the legislation could contribute to more drunken driving. Supporters said the goal was to give local governments more control and potentially reduce large, unruly crowds that let out at the traditional closing time.
BILL WOULD ALLOW GAY COUPLE TO FILE JOINT TAX RETURNS
Gay couples in Colorado who are married in another state and in a civil union here could file joint state tax returns under a measure headed to the governor’s desk. The Colorado House passed the measure yesterday on a largely party-line vote with Democrats in favor. The bill already cleared the Senate so it’s now up to Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper to decide whether to sign it. The measure requires gay couples in a civil union to file their Colorado taxes using the same filing status on their federal tax return if they are married in another state. Republicans argued the state measure undermines Colorado’s constitutional ban on gay marriage. Democrats say the legislation is meant to align with updated federal tax law.
BALLOT SIGNATURE CHECK BILL DIES IN COMMITTEE
Lawmakers have killed a bill that would have eased the burden on the Secretary of State by allowing him to check fewer signatures on ballot petitions. The lawmakers were worried the bill would lead to errors in those signature checks. The bill was expected to save the office money. A study showed that it costs the Secretary of State’s office about $80,000 per petition to check. The office is experiencing a shortfall in funds. Secretary of State Scott Gessler says that’s because of new voter laws passed by democrats last year. Democrats say Gessler is mismanaging the office. The bill died in committee on a 5 to nothing vote.
IN HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
Rangely hosts Meeker. The girls tip off at 5:30 and the boys at 7.
Moffat County boys were upset by Gunnison 64-55.
Moffat County girls beat Gunnison 76-26.