SPRING EXPO IS SATURDAY
The 93-7/102-3 KRAI and 55 Country Spring Expo is Saturday at the Centennial Mall in Craig. The event will bring together local and regional businesses and non profit organizations for a full day at the mall, to show off their latest products and services. This year will again see the Weenie Dog Races and the Crawling Baby Races. The hours of this year’s Expo are from 9 to 4 Saturday. If you would like more information, or if you would like to reserve a booth space, click here.
SKI RESORTS NOT THE ONLY ONES TO BENEFIT BY WATER RIGHTS BILL
President Obama’s threat to veto Congressman Scott Tipton’s Water Rights Protection Act could be devastating to Colorado’s farmers and ranchers. That’s according to Tipton, who says it seems some people, including the president, may be getting poor information about the bill. Tipton says it seems many people think the bill is simply about ski resorts. But he says it goes much further than that. He says what the president may not understand, is that the bill addresses all private water rights, including those of farmers and ranchers. Tipton says the legislation makes water rights uniform across the board. The bill has passed the House with bipartisan support.
STEAMBOAT ANNOUNCES “SHARE THE ROAD” PROGRAM
The City of Steamboat, Routt County and Livewell Northwest Colorado have teamed up to educate residents and visitors about shared responsibility for safety on local roads, sidewalks and trails. Livewell awarded a mini-grant to the City to create educational material for distribution throughout the community. Two educational graphics have been developed over the course of the past year. The first is a poster targeted at youth regarding general rules of the road specifically as it pertains to bicycle riding. The posters were distributed to a number of local schools in Steamboat, Oak Creek, and Hayden in an attempt to share the importance of roadway etiquette. The second graphic plays off of the already popular Routt County specific Share the Road bumper sticker, but insets local roadway scenes. For more information about the effort, call 871-8293.
LAWMAKERS TO GET ECONOMIC PROJECTIONS
Economists will give lawmakers the latest picture of how Colorado’s economy is performing as they start to finalize next year’s budget. The projections of the state’s tax receipts will have major implications on how much money schools will get and whether lawmakers will be able to implement various reforms, including funding for English-language learners, teacher evaluations, and restoring recession-era budget cuts. Taxes from the state’s new recreational marijuana industry are also part of the mix when economists release the state’s revenue projections today. Lawmakers will debate and vote on the budget next month.
STATE CLARIFIES MARIJUANA PACKAGING RULES
Colorado clarified its marijuana packaging requirements yesterday, giving medical pot the same rules as recreational pot. But Governor John Hickenlooper says it’s too soon to consider a new law limiting potency or making other big changes to the marijuana market. The new law requires edible marijuana sold to medical marijuana patients to meet the same packaging standards as pot sold to recreational customers. The packaging must be opaque and childproof. Another new law signed Monday allows local governments that want to run criminal background checks on people working in the marijuana industry to submit fingerprints to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. Everyone working in the industry already completes state-level background checks.
RULING TO ALLOW SCHOOL VOUCHERS WILL BE REVIEWED
The Colorado Supreme Court has agreed to review a Court of Appeals ruling that allowed one of Colorado’s first school voucher programs. The Supreme Court said yesterday constitutional issues are involved. The appeals court said last year the Choice Scholarship Program does not violate the state Constitution. In the original ruling, Denver District Judge Michael Martinez sided with a group of parents and the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado. They argued the voucher program in Douglas County violated the separation of church and state because it gives scholarship checks that parents can use at religious schools. ACLU spokesman Mark Silverstein says the state Constitution bars the voucher program, even though the U.S. Supreme Court allows it.
STATE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DROPS IN JANUARY
Colorado’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.1 percent in January, continuing a downward trend from last year. In December, Colorado posted an unemployment rate of 6.2 percent. The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment said yesterday employers added 7,300 nonfarm payroll jobs from December to January, for a total of 2.4 million jobs. The Colorado unemployment rate peaked at 9.1 percent in October 2010 and has declined since then. The national unemployment dropped to 6.6 percent for the same period. The numbers do not reflect the amount of people who have stopped looking for work.
SWEETWATER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE OFFERS CIVILIAN HANDGUN TRAINING
The Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office has released their schedule for Civilian Handgun Training Courses. Topics covered include grip, stance, sight picture, trigger control, holster considerations, home firearms storage, and most importantly, safety. There is a $30.00 charge for the course. Participants are required to supply a handgun, 100 rounds of ammunition, eye and ear protection, and comfortable clothing appropriate for weather conditions. Water, snacks, a hat, sun block, and a sturdy belt and belt holster are strongly recommended. Each course is divided into two blocks: a classroom session on a Thursday evening at the County Emergency Management training room, followed by a range session at the Sweetwater County Firearms Range Complex south of Rock Springs the following Saturday. Those who wish to sign up can contact the Sheriff’s Office at (307) 352-4901. You’ll find the schedule below.
- Thursday, April 24, and Saturday, April 26
- Thursday, May 29, and Sunday, June 1
- Thursday, June 12, and Saturday, June 15 (Women Only)
- Thursday, June 26, and Saturday, June 28
- Thursday, July 24, and Saturday, July 26
- Thursday, August 7, and Saturday, August 9
- Thursday, August 28, Saturday, August 30
- Thursday, September 11, and Saturday, September 13
- Thursday, September 25, and Saturday, September 27
The Thursday classroom sessions begin at 6:00 PM and run until 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM.
In high school sports:
Today’s Moffat County girls soccer game against Grand Valley has been postponed until next month.