ELECTION RESULTS BY COUNTY
MOFFAT AND 5 OTHER COUNTIES VOTE NOT TO ALLOW SECESSION RESEARCH
At least six of 11 rural Colorado counties voted against measures to research creating a 51st state called North Colorado. The unofficial “No” votes yesterday included Weld County, whose commissioners spearheaded the effort, and Moffat County, the only county to join the effort on the Western Slope. They cited popular frustration with state leaders that neglect rural interests. The vote in Moffat County was fairly close, with 54% voting “no” on the issue. Colorado’s Legislature and the U.S. Congress ultimately would have to approve any new state – something considered highly unlikely. But the movement’s leaders claimed victory in attracting attention to their complaints. Early returns suggested Cheyenne, Kit Carson, Phillips and Washington counties were voting for the measures that directed their commissioners to explore secession. Secession votes also took place in Elbert, Lincoln, Logan, Sedgwick and Yuma counties.
(NW) COLORADO VOTERS APPROVE POT TAX
Colorado voters approved a historic statewide ballot measure on Tuesday to establish taxes on legal marijuana wholesale and retail sales. Retail marijuana sales are scheduled to begin on January 1 in localities throughout Colorado, including the state’s largest city, Denver, and they will begin in other cities throughout 2014. Voters in Routt, Moffat, and Rio Blanco Counties overwhelmingly voted for the tax. However, many municipalities and counties have established moratoriums against the retail sales and growing operations. Proposition AA was referred to the ballot by the Colorado General Assembly in accordance with Amendment 64, the initiative approved by state voters in 2012 to regulate marijuana like alcohol. Proposition AA creates a 15% excise tax on wholesale sale of marijuana for adult use, of which the first $40 million raised annually will be directed toward the state’s public school construction program. Proposition AA also establishes a 10% special sales tax on retail marijuana sales, which will be applied in addition to standard state and local sales taxes.
MOFFAT COUNTY SAYS “NO” TO MOST “THIRD TERM” QUESTIONS
Moffat County voters were split on which elected positions could receive a third term. There were several questions on the ballot asking for certain elected officials to be able to run for a third term. The only positions voters agreed to extend those limits on were for County Surveyor and County Coroner. All others were defeated, however some of the votes were very close, including the questions for Sheriff, and Clerk and Recorder. Voters in the Town of Dinosaur voted not to allow retail marijuana shops within city limits. And Voters in the Shadow Mountain Subdivision overwhelmingly voted for a new tax that will cover water line replacement and curb and gutter improvements within the subdivision. The project will be a joint effort by the City of Craig and Moffat County. Sue Voloshin, Tony Peroulis, Darrell Camilletti, and K.C. Hume won their contested School Board races.
STEAMBOAT LODGING AND WEST ROUTT FIRE TAX INCREASES APPROVED
In Routt County the Morrison Creek Water District question failed, while the West Routt Fire Protection District’s tax increase and the Steamboat Lodging tax increase were approved. Tony Connell won a City Council seat in Steamboat. Roger Good and Joseph Andrew won their Steamboat School Board races. Tim Frentress, Brian Hoza, and Medora Fralick were winners in the Hayden School Board race. Rio Blanco County voters said “no” to a mill levy increase for schools. Bud Ridings, Bill de Vergie, Dan Chinn, Todd Schults, Samuel Tolley, and Annette Webber won School Board seats. You can get full results from Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco Counties through the links at the top of this page.
STEAMBOAT MEDIAN PROJECT FINISHED ON TIME
The City of Steamboat’s US-40 Median Improvement project has been successfully finished on time and with significant savings from the original bid price. The city is inviting the public to a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate, tomorrow at 2 at the Rotary Park parking lot. The City would like to thank the URAAC for collaborating with them to get the project completed in one construction season. The completion of the project marks the product of a vision to enhance the entry corridor into Steamboat and to the Base Area, dating back many years.
HIGHWAY 9 PROJECT INTENDED TO CUT DOWN ON WILDLIFE ACCIDENTS
With strong commitments toward human safety and the protection of wildlife, Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials are looking forward to the start of the Colorado Department of Transportation’s SH 9 Colorado River South Wildlife and Safety Improvement Project. The approximately $46 million in highway improvements was recently given a green light after the public, local governments and the Blue Valley Ranch raised and contributed over $9.3 million in required matching funds to meet CDOT’s requirements under their Responsible Acceleration of Maintenance and Partnerships, or RAMP program. Planned improvements along the 10.5-mile stretch south of Kremmling include the straightening of the roadway, improved sightlines, widening of the shoulders and the installation of fencing that directs animals toward five underpasses and two overpasses designed specifically to allow wildlife easier passage across the busy highway. Although currently used in other states and countries where wildlife collisions are a concern, the highway overpasses will be the first of their kind in Colorado.
STEPHENS ENDORSED BY FORMER COLORADO FIRST LADY
Republican Senate Candidate Amy Stephens announced yesterday that former Colorado First Lady Frances Owens has endorsed her campaign. Owens will serve as a campaign co-chairman with former United States Senator Hank Brown. Owens says Stephens is exactly the kind of bold, optimistic and proven leader who can bring middle class values back to Washington. She says Stephens knows how to balance a budget. She knows how to promote fiscally responsible policies that create jobs and how to work across the aisle to get results for Colorado families. Stephens will run against Mark Udall in next year’s election.