Steamboat Police Officer Charged for Lying on Job App

14th-judicial-district-300A Steamboat Police Officer has been charged with a felony for allegedly lying on a job application. The 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office issued a press release yesterday that says Officer Kristin Bantle has been charged with one count of attempting to influence a public servant, a class 4 Continue reading

Boat Donated to Grand County for Water Rescues

grand county sheriffGrand County is getting a boat to patrol and help with rescues on Lake Granby following the death of a swimmer over July 4th weekend. Boulder County resident Richard Paquette says he was watching the news about the search for 31-year-old Christopher Mullinex when he got the idea to donate his 1991 Boston Whaler. Grand Continue reading

Marijuana Tax for Schools Hits Record High

MARIJUANA-300A marijuana tax for schools in Colorado raised more in the first five months in 2015 than it did for all of 2014. May excise tax collections reported this week showed the recreational pot tax for school construction raised $3.5 million, bringing the 2015 total to $13.7 million. The tax brought in just $13.3 million in all of 2014. The Continue reading

Eagle County Employee Jailed for Embezzlement

logo-eagle-county-sheriffA former Eagle County employee has been ordered to spend two years in a prison-based community corrections facility after admitting to embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from taxpayers. 55-year-old Brenda Wright was sentenced Monday for theft and embezzlement of public property, both felonies. She has already Continue reading

Court Rules Against Colorado Nuns

HEALTH-SYMBOL-300The federal health care law doesn’t burden faith-based nonprofit organizations that object to covering birth control in their employee health plans. That’s according to a decision issued yesterday by a federal appeals court in Denver. A group of Colorado nuns and four Christian colleges in Oklahoma sued over the federal health Continue reading

State Panel Looking at Teen Depression

CDPHEA Colorado panel looking at how to prevent school violence started work by hearing alarming data about rates of depression among teenage students. Data presented to the panel yesterday showed about 25 percent of middle and high school students reported being depressed for at least two weeks in 2013. That’s Continue reading

Jewell Visiting Aspen, No Plans to Visit Craig

JEWELLInterior Secretary Sally Jewell will be in Aspen this weekend, but there are no apparent plans to visit Moffat County. The Interior Department’s Office of Surface Mining is in the midst of redoing an environmental assessment of the South Taylor Pit at ColoWyo Coal Mine. A federal judge in Denver ruled the original assessment didn’t do enough to consider the effects of burning coal on Continue reading

Steamboat Spraying for Noxious Weeds on Emerald Mountain

City-of-SteamboatThe City of Steamboat has been awarded a grant from the state of Colorado for the treatment and removal of noxious weeds on Emerald Mountain and Spring Continue reading

Road Work Continues North of Craig

C-DOTRoad work continues this week on Highway 13 north of Craig. Crews are repaving a portion of the highway and repairing and replacing guardrails. This week’s work will focus on the Continue reading

Entry Forms Due Tomorrow for Certain Moffat County Fair Events

Moffat-County-Fair-300Tomorrow is the deadline for many entries at this year’s Moffat County Fair. Entries for certain livestock, such as breeding sheep, breeding beef, dairy and breeding meat goat, rabbit, poultry and dog projects are due tomorrow. 4-H, FFA, and Open Horse Show entries are also due. Those who Continue reading

FSA Loans Available

FSAFarmers and ranchers still have time to apply for low interest loans available through the Farm Service Agency direct farm ownership program. Eligible farmers and ranchers can borrow up to $300,000 to buy farmland, construct or repair buildings, pay closing costs or promote soil and water conservation. The interest rate can be as Continue reading

Marijuana Opponents Using Racketeering Laws

MARIJUANA-300A federal law crafted to fight the mob is giving marijuana opponents a new strategy to stop the expanding industry. Racketeering lawsuits in Colorado are giving pot opponents a way to shut down marijuana businesses without even going to court. One Colorado marijuana shop closed last spring after a group opposed to legal marijuana Continue reading