INTERIOR SECRETARY VISITS MOFFAT COUNTY
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, were joined by a number of other federal, state and local officials earlier today at the Bord Gulch Ranch about 20 miles northwest of Craig. Jewell was here to check out local preservation efforts for the Greater Sage Grouse. The BLM has a plan they say would keep the bird off the Endangered Species List, however local officials retort the plan would lock up 80 percent of federal land in the county and ignores local efforts that have been made to preserve the bird’s habitat. The Moffat County Commissioners and Governor John Hickenlooper invited Jewell to Moffat County to see for herself how well local conservation efforts are working. Following their private tour of the Bord Gulch Ranch by ranch manager, Ray Owens, they gathered to discuss the issue with key players, at the American Legion in Craig. 93.7 102.3 KRAI, 55 Country will have details about today’s visit during our Wednesday newscasts at 6, 7, and 8 am; and 12, 4, 5 and 6pm. You’ll also be able to read our full coverage of the day activities here at KRAI.COM. Pictured top: l-r Governor John Hickenlooper, Secretary Sally Jewell and Commissioner Tom Mathers. Pictured bottom: l-r Bord Gulch Ranch manager Ray Owens and Secretary Sally Jewell . (click photos to enlarge)
BENNET MEETS WITH WESTERN SLOPE LEADERS REGARDING PILT PAYMENTS
Representatives from about 10 counties showed up to a meeting with Colorado Senator Michael Bennet yesterday to discuss restoring PILT payments to Colorado. The PILT, or Payment In Lieu of Taxes, program compensates counties for non-taxable federal land within their boundaries. The money is used to fund various county programs, and it has been suggested by Moffat County Commissioners that the loss of the funds could mean cutbacks in employment. The funds amount to over half a million dollars in Moffat County, and about $1.5 million in Routt County. Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid was at yesterday’s meeting. He says Bennet will try to include the program in the 5-year farm bill. Other lawmakers have been drawing up bills to make the program permanent. Pictured: Michael Bennet
NUMBER OF BACKGROUND CHECKS HITS RECORD IN COLORADO
More people tried to buy a gun in 2013 than in any other year in Colorado. Nearly 400,000 criminal background checks were processed by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for gun purchasers. That’s 16 percent more than in 2012, which also broke a record. Reports for 2013 show only 1.9 percent of those who applied were denied. The denial rate is lower than it was in 2012, when 2.1 percent of sales were rejected. The spike in background checks was due in large part to pending gun control legislation. The new laws also cost three state lawmakers their jobs, with two being recalled and another resigning to avoid a recall.
PROPOSAL WOULD ALLOW ALCOHOL SALES AFTER 2 AM
A proposal in the state legislature would extend the window of time alcohol sales could occur at bars and night clubs. Traditionally bars close at 2 in the morning, and some say pushing patrons out all at the same time increases the risk of bad behavior during that time. They say by allowing alcohol sales past the 2 AM deadline, patrons will stagger out of bars at various times, decreasing the chance of drunks clashing in the parking lots or at other areas of town. The bill is in its infant stage and will spend the next couple of weeks in committee meetings.
CITIZEN DRIVEN PROPOSAL WOULD REQUIRE CLASSES FOR THOSE GETTING MARRIED
A citizen driven proposal would require people to go to a class before they could get married. The Colorado Marriage Education Act would force those getting ready to tie the knot, to spend 10 hours in a classroom learning about their new roles as husband and wife. The law would apply to those getting married for the first time, as well as those who have been through multiple marriages. In fact those who have multiple marriages would have to complete more hours of the course. The measure even includes a tax cut for couples who voluntarily continue the course on an annual basis. The idea is that the classes will reduce the amount of taxpayer money spent on divorces each year. Those pushing the measure will need to gather over 86,000 signatures to get it on the ballot.
GOVERNOR’S FORUM ON AGRICULTURE SCHEDULED FOR NEXT MONTH
The 2014 Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture, themed “Farm to Table: What do Consumers Really Want?,” will highlight emerging trends in Colorado agriculture. The forum will be held next month in Denver, and will include speakers from all facets of Colorado agriculture, including produce growers, dairy producers and climatologists. Director Keith Schneller of the U.S. Agricultural Trade Office in Shanghai, China, will deliver the keynote address. Since he arrived in China in 2003, US agricultural exports to China have sky rocketed from $6 billion per year to more than $28 billion in 2012. The 2014 Governor’s Forum will be hosted by the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program (CALP), the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA), and Colorado State University (CSU). Pictured: John Hickenlooper
IN HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
Meeker hosts Battle Mountain, with both games starting at 5:30.
Steamboat goes to Rifle. The girls tip off at 6 and the boys at 7:30.
Soroco hosts Vail Christian. The girls play at 4:30 and the boys at 6.
Hayden hosts Soroco and Glenwood at 5.