MIKE KING CITED FOR TRYING TO HUNT ILLEGALLY IN ROUTT COUNTY
The state’s Natural Resources Director has reportedly been cited for trespassing in Routt County. The official citation says Mike King “did unlawfully enter upon private land to hunt wildlife without permission.” King was appointed to his position in 2010, and then reappointed by Governor John Hickenlooper in January of 2011. The citation was written by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and agency that falls under Kings supervision as the state’s Department of Natural Resources Director. It was issued in September of last year. Pictured: Mike King
COMMISSIONERS APPROVE OVERTIME FOR GRAVEL PROJECT
The Moffat County Commissioners have approved overtime for a crew pulling gravel out of a pond at Loudy Simpson Park. The commissioners said if the project isn’t done by the time the water rises this spring, they will be forced to stop. Commissioner Tom Mathers says the money is coming from projects that were budgeted for, but never came to fruition. A state biologist with Fish and Game will be on site soon to help create habitat for fish in the pond. Also at the commissioners meeting yesterday, the board voted to send a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, thanking her for making a personal visit to Moffat County. They also appointed Jean Jones and Richard Beason as alternates to the Moffat County Council on Aging, and Lawrence Sober to the Moffat County Tourism Board.
GROUP WANTS TO MAKE TRAVEL ON YAMPA RIVER IN CRAIG MORE EXCITING
A group is planning to make the trip on the Yampa River between Pebble Beach and Loudy Simpson Park in Craig a little more exciting. The group has the backing of the Moffat County Tourism Association and the Moffat County Commissioners to add items to the river that will create a faster flow. The project would be similar to work done in Steamboat, where river tourism has picked up recently. The project should make river travel more exciting for tubers and kayakers. It still needs to be approved by the Army Corps of Engineers, before the project can begin.
TWO WANTED FOR ARMED ROBBERY IN EAGLE
Two suspects are being sought in connection with two separate robberies in which the suspects brandished a gun and stole a vehicle Monday in Eagle County. According to the Eagle Police Department, 2 people went in to the Comfort Inn in town and waved a gun at the clerk, demanding the money out of the register. The man reportedly ran out with the money and got into the passenger seat of a car that sped away. While officers were investigating the scene, they got another call of a woman being robbed of her money and car at gunpoint at a local car wash. Police are now looking for two vehicles, a maroon and silver Subaru Outback with unknown plates, and the 2011 white Subaru Outback that was stolen at the car wash. Anyone with information is asked to call the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office. If you see either of the vehicles, keep your distance and call your local authorities.
BILL TO ALLOW TEACHERS TO BE ARMED DISCUSSED IN LEGISLATURE
Colorado’s public schools would be allowed to permit teachers to carry concealed weapons under a bill discussed yesterday in the Legislature. The Republican proposal has been made before without success, but the suggestion has additional resonance after last year’s Arapahoe High School shootings, in which a student targeted a teacher. The hearing also comes a week after a poll showed Coloradans narrowly say public schoolteachers should be armed. The Quinnipiac University Poll found that voters favored arming teachers to prevent violence in schools by a 50-45 margin. Democrats say the proposal is a bad idea and that school security should be left to armed officers, not teachers.
STATE PATROL MAKES 315 DUI ARRESTS OVER SUPER BOWL WEEKEND
The Colorado State Patrol says 315 people were arrested on DUI charges over the Super Bowl weekend. Authorities said yesterday that was down from 421 arrests last year. Nearly 100 law enforcement agencies took part in stepped-up patrols from January 31st through February 3rd. Authorities are also promising tougher enforcement over St. Patrick’s Day weekend. The next campaign begins March 14 and lasts through March 17.
IN HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
Steamboat’s boys and girls topped Summit (G=49-28; B=66-35).
The Moffat County boys and girls beat Aspen (B=61-59; G=63-16).
Rangely’s boys host Soroco at 5:30.
Steamboat goes to Battle Mountain. The girls play at 5:30 and the boys at 7.
In alpine and Nordic skiing:
Steamboat competes at the State Championships.