NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30TH

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MOFFAT COUNTY RESIDENTS RALLY BEHIND COAL IN CRAIG

moe_kinkaidgiant_card_epabeck_centergiant_card_epa 2Several Moffat County residents, many of whom are coal miners and power plant workers, are now in Denver to testify and rally at the EPA’s public listening tour.  Dozens showed up to a rally this morning in Craig to send off those who will participate in the Denver rally on the Capitol steps.  The Moffat County Commissioners and a Craig City Councilman are among those who will testify at the hearing.  The “listening tour” is related to the EPA’s latest proposal for regulating emissions from existing coal fired power plants.  It’s feared the regulations could make it impossible for plants to operate.  Those that showed up to this morning’s rally were encouraged to sign over-sized comment cards that will be sent to the EPA in Washington DC.  Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid spoke briefly to the crowd, thanking them for their support.    Photos from this mornings rally in Craig.  Click to enlarge.

Mullis Pleads Guilty of Meth Charges

court-300Conny Gillis Mullis, today, plead guilty to one count of Possession with intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, a Class 3 Felony in Moffat County District Court. Mullis will receive a stipulated 20 year prison sentence as a result of the plea. Earlier this month his co-defendant Maria Saenz plead guilty to 2 counts of Distribution of Methamphetamine, and will receive a prison sentence of between 4-6 years when she is sentenced in Moffat County District Court in December. Mullis is represented by Heidi Troxell of the Colorado State Public Defender’s office, and Ms. Saenz is represented by Leslie Goldstein.  These pleas follow a June 18, 2013 counter-drug operation in which officers of the All Crimes Enforcement Team, the Craig Police Department, and the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office executed search warrants of two residences in Moffat County. Officers seized over two hundred grams of methamphetamine and over $5,000 worth of drug proceeds during those operations.

NO INJURIES IN ROLLOVER ACCIDENT EAST OF CRAIG

roll-over-300Emergency personnel in Craig responded to a rollover accident yesterday just east of Craig.  The accident occurred near the Wyman Museum on Highway 40.  Firefighters say the accident was weather related, and there was only one vehicle involved.  The car rolled off the side of the road.  One lane of Highway 40 was closed briefly, while the site was cleared.  There were no injuries.

 

DELAYED RIVER PROJECT TO START TODAY IN STEAMBOAT

YAMPA RIVERSteamboat’s Parks & Rec Department will conduct a river restoration project on the Yampa River at Dr. Rich Weiss Park starting today. The project along 210 feet of the river should take about two weeks to complete.  It’s designed to construct three access points to the river and re-stabilize previous bank work that is failing. The City has contracted with Ecological Resource Consultants and Nordic Excavating to do the project.  Funding for the project was secured through Great Outdoors Colorado.  Due to high water flows from recent storms and releases from Lake Catamount, the project was postponed until water levels receded and the planned improvements could be done efficiently.

 

STEPHENS CALLS OUT UDALL ON OBAMACARE ISSUES

AMY STEPHENSRepublican Senate candidate Amy Stephens has called on Senator Mark Udall to explain why Coloradans were misled about ObamaCare and will lose access to their insurance.  In her statement, issued yesterday Stephens says “Today we learned that the citizens of Colorado have been completely deceived by supporters of ObamaCare, starting with the President himself. Coloradans were told they could maintain access to their health insurance and doctors, but all along, the law’s supporters including Senator Mark Udall knew that was not true. It is time for Senator Udall to come clean. Why were Coloradans led to believe they would not be harmed, when ObamaCare’s supporters knew all too well they would not be able to keep their plans? Voters in Colorado know that ObamaCare must be repealed and if I am elected to the U.S. Senate, I will work every day to replace it.”  Udall has made his support of Obamacare central to his campaign.

 

HICKENLOOPER WON’T BE QUESTIONED OVER GUN LAWS

GUNA federal judge ruled that Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper can’t be questioned under oath to speak about new gun restrictions for a pending lawsuit seeking to overturn the laws.  U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Michael Watanabe says Hickenlooper has no direct role in enforcing the laws and that his personal views about the laws have no bearing on the lawsuit’s outcome.  Watanabe issued the ruling Monday in response to a request from the lawsuit’s plaintiffs.  The new restrictions limit ammunition magazines to 15 rounds and require background checks for all gun sales and transfers. Hickenlooper signed both bills in March.  Most county sheriffs and other groups are suing to overturn the laws, which they argue violate the Second Amendment.

 

TIPTON CALLS FOR CHANGES IN WATER REGULATION

SCOTT-TIPTON-300Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) stressed the importance of surface water storage in Colorado and other Western states yesterday during a Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power hearing entitled, “A Roadmap for Increasing our Water and Hydropower Supplies: The Need for New and Expanded Multi-Purpose Surface Storage Facilities”. The purpose of yesterday’s hearing was to examine the multi-track, often conflicting and outdated regulatory framework that creates process-related hurdles inhibiting water storage projects from moving forward and making them unviable for private investment.  Tipton noted that the natural cycle of rivers in the West is one of boom and bust, surplus and drought, and underscored the importance of a stable water supply.  He said “Prudent supply management and the ability to store much needed water will allow communities to support jobs that depend on the availability of water, protect food security, control flooding, ensure continued recreational opportunities, provide water for the development of hydropower, and meet environmental protection needs.”

 

COMMITTEE NAMES SUPPORTERS OF PROPOSED POT TAX

MARIJUANA-300Yesterday the Committee for Responsible Regulation, the group backing the Yes on Proposition AA campaign, unveiled new groups and individuals who have officially endorsed the proposed statewide tax on new recreational marijuana activity.  Proposition AA is on the statewide ballot as a result of legislation passed earlier this year to implement Amendment 64. Fifty-five percent of Colorado voters approved Amendment 64 in November 2012, legalizing the retail sale and commercial cultivation of marijuana in the state.  If approved by voters, Proposition AA would enact a 15 percent excise tax on the wholesale distribution of marijuana as well as a 10 percent sales tax at the retail level. Revenue from the excise tax would be dedicated to the Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) program, while funds generated by the sales tax would go toward regulatory oversight and enforcement.  Those who have come out in support of the measure include Governor John Hickenlooper, Attorney General John Suthers, and deputy director of the Colorado Municipal League Kevin Bommer, among others.

agenda tile -450Steamboat Redevelopment Authority meeting agenda for 11-19

Steamboat City Council meeting agenda for 11-12

SPORTS

In high school sports:
Tomorrow:
In volleyball:
Little Snake River Valley plays Kaycee at 3:30 at the state tournament in Casper.

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