CRAIG STUDENTS TO TAKE PART AT LIBERTY DAY EVENT AT STATE CAPITOL
Ten fifth grade students from Craig elementary schools will travel to Denver tomorrow to join more than 100 students from throughout Colorado to visit the State Capitol for Liberty Day on Friday. Four local students have been invited to recite the Pledge of Allegiance on the House floor at the beginning of the day’s session. Students will also participate in special tours, distribute Constitution booklets and quiz legislators, lobbyists and visitors on the U.S. Constitution. The annual event is sponsored by the Liberty Day Institute. The Daughters of the American Revolution along with other Craig civic organizations and individuals from the community are sponsoring the trip. James Madison, the nation’s fourth president and “Father of the Constitution,” was born on March 16, 1751. In 2000, Congress officially recognized “Liberty Day” as James Madison’s birthday.
TUCKER ALLOWED TO HELP LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS
The Moffat County Commissioners approved the 2014 Fire Plan at yesterday’s meeting. One of the changes to the plan will allow resident Blaine Tucker to again assist fire fighters on wildland fires. Tucker owns a personal aircraft that is capable of making water drops, and has over 30 years experience in doing so. However, over the last couple of years, he has been prevented from helping out, in a territorial dispute with federal land managers. The Moffat County Sheriff’s Office say they have been given permission to use any resources necessary within the county to fight fires, meaning Tucker can continue his drops. The office says the benefits of having Tucker in the air are big. They say the turn-around time alone makes it much easier to get a jump on fires before they have a chance to become a project fire.
LAWMAKERS TO DISCUSS HOW TO SPEND POT TAXES
Colorado doesn’t know how much money it’s going to get from marijuana taxes, but that doesn’t mean it’s too soon to argue about spending it. Colorado’s Joint Budget Committee plans to meet with lawyers today to talk about pot taxes. Recreational marijuana sales began in January, and Colorado earned about $2 million from taxes that month from the new industry. Lawmakers want to know what their options are for spending the money. Voters who approved the pot taxes designated that the first $40 million go to school construction. If there is any remaining money, lawmakers will decide how to spend it. Budget-writers will talk about Colorado’s constitutional spending constraints and what they mean for spending the pot taxes.
REPUBLICANS MAKING INVESTMENT IN COLORADO
The Republican National Committee is pouring new resources into Colorado. Party officials say they will hire 14 more staffers and open a dozen field offices in the Centennial State. The investment comes after Republicans snagged a top-tier recruit to challenge Senator Mark Udall and another prominent Republican stepped into the race against Governor John Hickenlooper. Colorado and national politics were shaken up by Representative Cory Gardner’s surprise entrance into the Republican primary against Udall last month. Former Republican Bob Beauprez announced his entry into the party’s gubernatorial primary last week. Republicans have not won a top-of-the-ticket race in Colorado in a decade. The party hopes to change that in 2014.
HAND-FREE BILL TO GET HEARING IN HOUSE COMMITTEE
Colorado drivers would have to use a hands-free device to use their cell phones under a bill being considered by state lawmakers. House Bill 1225 would make it illegal to use a hand-held phone to make calls or for using apps. The traffic infraction would be punishable by a $50 fine for the first offense and a $100 fine for the second. Lawmakers will hear the proposal in a House committee this afternoon. Twelve states and the District of Columbia ban the use of hand-held cellphones while driving. Colorado already prohibits texting while driving, along with 40 other states.
LAWMAKERS LOOKING FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF PARKS OPERATIONS DURING GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN
Lawmakers are introducing legislation that would require the federal government to reimburse states for the cost of opening national parks during the federal government shutdown. Senator Mark Udall said in a statement that the government shutdown last year forced Colorado taxpayers to foot the bill to reopen Rocky Mountain National Park. Colorado is one of six states that funded park operations during the federal shutdown, paying $202,000 to keep Rocky Mountain National Park open for five days.
ROCK SPRINGS MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULTING WOMAN
A Rock Springs man is in custody charged with multiple offenses after his girlfriend reported he beat her. That’s according to the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office. 50-year old Steven McLaren was arrested near the intersection of U.S. Highway 191 and Yellowstone Road north of Rock springs Monday afternoon. He was booked into the Sweetwater County Detention Center on charges of Aggravated Assault and Battery, Strangulation of a Household Member, Reckless Driving, DWUI, DWUS, and Interference with an Emergency Call. The victim, told deputies McLaren began yelling at her and beating her in the pickup as they drove up Yellowstone Road at a high rate of speed. She said at one point McLaren stopped the pickup sideways on the highway in the path of an oncoming Pepsi truck, telling her “they were going to die today.” She tried to jump out of the pickup, but McLaren stopped her. When he started driving again, the beating continued and McLaren began choking her and hitting her with a Maglite flashlight. Evans told Detective Fischer that she was able to kick the pickup’s gear lever into “park,” then escaped the cab. She ran to the highway, falling down twice on the way, where a truck stopped to help her. Detectives have located and interviewed the driver of the Pepsi truck, but are seeking the drivers of two other vehicles, a dark blue Dodge Super Mega Cab pickup with lifts and/or particularly large tires and chrome wheels, and a black four-door car, with a child’s car seat in the back. McLaren is scheduled for an initial appearance in Circuit Court in Rock Springs on March 12.
All Meeker and Moffat County State Tournament games will be broadcast on air on either 93.7 102.3 KRAI OR 55 Country. Depending on game time conflicts most games will also be streamed live at KRAI.COM.
2A and 3A State Tournament Thursday Broadcast Schedule:
All Thursday games will be heard on 93.7 102.3 KRAI and at KRAI.COM
- Moffat County Boys vs Colorado Academy – pregame 10 am – tip-off 10:15 am
- Meeker girls vs Akron – tip-off at 11:45 am
- Meeker boys vs Akron – tip-off at 1:15 pm
The 3-A boys bracket.