JANTZ DECIDES NOT TO RUN FOR COMMISSIONER
Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz has decided not to run for Moffat County Commissioner. Jantz was considering a run for the seat that will be vacated by Tom Mathers in the next general election. Mathers is term limited. Jantz said this morning, he’s not ready to give up his career in law enforcement. He isn’t sure where that will lead him once his term of sheriff is up, but says he spoke with many friends, colleagues, and family members before coming to his decision. Jantz doesn’t rule out a run for commissioner some time in the future, but says now is not the right time. While Jantz’s continued career in law enforcement may take him out of the area, he says Moffat County will always be his home, and he’ll be back. Frank Moe and Glenda Bellio have filed official paperwork to run for Mathers County Commissioner seat. Pictured: Tim Jantz
PARKS AND WILDLIFE WORKING ON BIG GAME SEASON STRUCTURES
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking public input on the structure of the big game hunting seasons for 2015 through 2019. 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 hunting ‘preference point’ system and totally limited elk hunting units will also be discussed as part of this process. Every five years, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission sets the big game season structure. This review process allows the Parks and Wildlife Commission to consider public input along with information from wildlife biologists and managers to shape the structure of deer, elk, pronghorn, moose, black bear and mountain lion seasons for the next five years. Public meetings to gather input will be held at the Parks and Wildlife office in Steamboat February 19th and at Mountain Valley Bank in Meeker February 24th. Both will be held from 6 to 8 in the evening.
CMC’S CRYSTAL OBSERVATORY OPENS JANUARY 31ST
The Crystal Observatory, built by the Colorado Mountain College’s Sky Club in Steamboat, will be up and running by January 31st. Those who stop by will follow a circular trail in the snow that leads through a to-scale model of the solar system sculpted from ice. Along the way, visitors will enjoy views from a telescope and several man-made attractions including a laser light show projected against a snow screen, a snow-sculpture version of Stonehenge and a giant, walk-in, flying saucer carved from the snow. The final stop is the crystal observatory, where the tour’s largest telescope will be located. Surrounding it, enormous stalagmite icicles will create a curved wall of crystal columns. The Crystal Observatory will be open on the CMC campus in Steamboat Springs on select days between January 31st and February 9th, from 7 to 10 in the evening. Tickets are $10, and must be purchased on nights when the observatory is open, on the second level of CMC’s new academic and student services building, where tour guides will lead visitors to the observatory grounds. CMC students, and kids under 6 get in free.
REPUBLICANS TARGETING NEW VOTER LAWS
Colorado Republicans are taking aim at a new requirement that every registered voter get a ballot by mail. Two Republican state senators are proposing bills that would let voters opt out of receiving a ballot by mail, and allow anyone to challenge the validity of ballots cast by mail. Last year, Democrats passed an election-law overhaul that allowed Election Day voter registration and required mail ballots for every registered voter. Voters can still vote in person. Republicans have been critical of the election law changes and have pledged to modify or undo them.
HELICOPTER CRASH KILLS THREE IN GARFIELD COUNTY
Authorities say a helicopter crashed in western Colorado Monday, killing all three people aboard. Garfield County Sheriff’s Deputy Ward Stowe said his office could not immediately release the names of those killed in the crash near Silt. Witnesses who saw the crash believe the helicopter was carrying a crew inspecting power lines, and that the helicopter snagged a line. Stowe said the helicopter bore no identifying marks, so it wasn’t immediately clear who owned it or who might have been operating it. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said that according to preliminary information, the helicopter was being used by a power company for survey work and struck power lines before the crash. Kenitzer said the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board were investigating.
BILL WOULD EXPAND ADULT EDUCATION
A bill that would expand adult basic education in Colorado gained approval from the House Education Committee yesterday afternoon. HB-1085 would provide $1.2 million for programs that not only teach literacy skills but also connect students with workforce training programs. Supporters say linking basic education and workforce training for some of the roughly 400,000 Colorado adults who never finished high school would help them move into careers that lead to self-sufficiency. The bill approved by the House committee yesterday would make Colorado the last state to provide general fund support for adult education. Colorado’s adult education programs are currently funded by federal aid and serve just four percent of the eligible population.
MAYORS MAKE SUPER BOWL BET
The mayors of Seattle and Denver have made their friendly Super Bowl bets, promoting local businesses and causes. In a call yesterday, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said in the unlikely event of a Broncos win, he would send Denver Mayor Michael Hancock salmon, Dungeness crab, and a bicycle made by Rodriguez Bicycles in Seattle. He also says a piece of blown glass from artist Dale Chihuly would be auctioned to benefit Denver’s Road Home program for the homeless. If the Seahawks win, Mayor Hancock says he’ll send a sampling of Denver’s green chile and a hoodie, ball cap and skis handmade by Denver’s locally grown Icelantic Skis. He also says he’ll auction off a Denver-themed item to support the Seattle-based Lifelong AIDS Alliance.
IN HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
Moffat County heads to Roaring Fork. You can hear all the action live on KRAI with the pre-game at 4:15. The girls play at 4:30 and the boys at 6. You can also listen online.
Moffat County hosts a dual with Meeker at 7.
The Denver Broncos will play the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII February 2nd at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. Due to NFL restrictions, 55 Country will not be allowed to carry the game.