BALLOTS BEING MAILED TODAY
Ballots are being mailed out today to all active voters for November’s election. Although the official election date is November 5th, all voters in Moffat County will be voting by mail ballot. That’s a result of House Bill 13-1303, which requires all general, primary, odd-year, coordinated, presidential, special legislative, recall and congressional vacancy elections as mail ballot elections. That doesn’t mean those who like to vote in person won’t be able to do so, but the majority of ballots will be cast by mail. Ballots go out today. Early voting starts October 28th. Voters must have their ballots back by 7 on election night to have them counted. In Moffat County, Shadow Mountain Village residents will be voting on a plan to replace water and sewer lines, as well as curb and sidewalk improvements, a joint effort by the county and the City of Craig.
ROLLOVER CRASH CLOSES HIGHWAY 13 BRIEFLY
Emergency workers responded to a rollover accident about 30 miles south of Craig on Highway 13 yesterday morning. The vehicle was a cargo van, which rolled off the side of the road. Part of the van was in one lane of traffic, forcing the Colorado State Patrol to shut down one lane for a brief period, while the accident was cleared. Nobody was injured in the crash.
“UNBORN HUMAN” MEASURE TO APPEAR ON NEXT YEAR’S BALLOT
A ballot measure about crimes and pregnant women will be on 2014 Colorado ballots. Secretary of State Scott Gessler announced yesterday that anti-abortion backers turned in signatures to put the ballot measure to voters next year. The question would direct state lawmakers to add “unborn human beings” to state criminal code. Supporters say that state law doesn’t adequately punish crimes against pregnant women. The measure is different than previous attempts to add so-called “personhood” measures to the constitution. Those measures have failed twice in Colorado. Abortion-rights advocates say the ballot measure under consideration this year still goes too far. They say the criminal code could curb abortion rights and some infertility treatments.
PUNT, PASS, & KICK COMPETITORS MOVE ON TO NEXT LEVEL
Local winners of the Punt, Pass and Kick Competition in Steamboat did well in the Sectional competition over the weekend. The Sectional Competition was held at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction. Five Steamboat competitors took medals. James Harbison took first in the boys 8 & 9 year old division. Jack Becker won the Boys 10 & 11 year old category. Tyler Doyne finished first in the Boys 12 &13 year old division. William Harbison took 3rd among 6 & 7 year old boys. And Kaetlyn Friedeman was 7th in the Girls 10 & 11 year old division. Winners from 9 Sectional Competitions in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and Utah will go on to the Team Championship Competition December 8th at the Denver Broncos vs. Tennessee Titans game in Denver. From there winners could potentially move on to the National Competition which will take place at an NFL playoff game in January 2014.
MOFFAT COUNTY CELEBRATES HOMECOMING THIS WEEK
Moffat County High School is celebrating homecoming week. The week will include a Powder Puff Football game, a bonfire, royalty coronation, and a parade, which will be held Friday afternoon at 1. The week culminates with the Homecoming Dance Saturday night from 9 to midnight. For a list of events, click here.
JOE ROGERS TO LIE IN STATE AT CAPITAL TODAY
People are being invited to pay their respects to former Lt. Gov. Joe Rogers at the state Capitol today. A procession will arrive at the state Capitol at 11:30 this morning and Rogers’ body will lie in state there until 5 this evening. Rogers died suddenly last week after going to the emergency room. He was 49. The Republican served as Gov. Bill Owens’ first lieutenant governor and was the last lawmaker independently elected to that office. The two clashed in office, leading lawmakers to change the law to allow the governor to pick a running mate. His funeral will be held 11 tomorrow morning in Aurora.
In high school sports:
In boys soccer:
Moffat County lost to Roaring Fork (5-0).
In boys soccer:
Moffat County heads to Coal Ridge at 4.
Moffat County hosts Rifle at 6.
Steamboat goes to Middle Park at 6:30.