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County precinct caucuses set for Tuesday night

Precinct caucuses for Phillips County registered Republicans and Democrats will be held next Tuesday, March 16.

These caucuses are organized by Colorado’s political parties to begin the process of selecting candidates and policy positions for the 2010 election. Caucuses are open to the public and participation is encouraged by the political parties.

Registered Republicans in Phillips County precincts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 8 (east part of county) will meet for the March 16 caucus at 7 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Holyoke.

Republicans in precincts 5, 6 and 7 will meet at 7 p.m. at the Haxtun Community Center.

Phillips County Democratic caucuses will be held for all eight precincts at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Phillips County Event Center.

In order to vote in any precinct caucus of a political party, the voter must meet the following requirements:

—be a resident of the precinct for at least 30 days.

—be registered to vote no later than Feb. 16, 2010.

—be affiliated with the party holding the caucus by Jan. 19, 2010 (except that any voter who turns 18 or becomes a naturalized citizen during the two months prior to the caucus may vote in the caucus even though he or she hasn’t been affiliated with the political party for the required time period).

Those seeking election to a county post from the Democratic or Republican parties must have filed their intent to seek nomination prior to Tuesday’s precinct caucuses in order to line up delegates for the ensuing county assembly.

Republicans and Democrats who do not go through the caucus and county assembly process may file to be a write-in candidate on the Aug. 10 primary election, if they file their intent by June 4.

At the precinct caucuses, each precinct in each party will elect a […]

Colorado unemployment rate edges up to 7.4 percent

DENVER — Colorado’s unemployment rate rose 0.1 percentage point in January to 7.4 percent, the state Department of Labor and Employment said Wednesday.

That compares with 6.7 percent a year ago.

The number of Coloradans with jobs declined by 4,700 in January to about 2.5 million. The number who looked for a job but couldn’t find one rose by 3,800, to about 196,000.

Donald Mares, director of the Department of Labor and Employment, said he expects Colorado’s unemployment rate to improve this year.

“While the unemployment rate may be volatile throughout 2010 as Coloradans re-enter the labor force, we expect to see the job market strengthen,” he said.

Employment increased in four sectors: trade, transportation and utilities; leisure and hospitality; financial activities; and manufacturing.

Employment declined in education and health services, construction, professional and business services, and government.

The national unemployment rate was 9.7 percent in January, down 0.3 percentage point from December.

Woman killed when boulder hits car near Mount Harris this morning

55-year-old Craig woman was killed early this morning on U.S. Highway 40 near Hayden.

A 55-year-old Craig woman was killed early this morning on U.S. Highway 40 between Hayden and Steamboat Springs when a boulder fell onto the roof of the vehicle she was riding in.

The incident occurred between 7 and 7:30 a.m., Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg said. He described it a “freak accident.” The woman, Karen Lynn Evanoff, was killed instantly, Ryg said.

Evanoff was a passenger in a 2004 Buick headed east on U.S. 40 toward Steamboat, where she worked. The basketball-sized rock came tumbling down Wolf Mountain, where the cliff band hugs the north side of U.S. 40 just past Mount Harris, Ryg said.

Colorado State Patrol Cpl. Eric Wynn said said the boulder struck the car near where the windshield meets the roofline.

The driver of the Buick, who was not identified, was able to pull the car to the side of the road. The driver was not injured.

U.S. 40 is one of two main detour routes around a large rockslide onto Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon.

“This is a very, very rare location for a rockslide,” CDOT spokeswoman Mindy Crane told 9News.

Crane said she hesitated to even call the incident a rockslide.

“It was a rock. One rock,” Crane said.

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State laws gradually going to Marijuana

Marijuana laws loosen gradually around the globe

Marijuana

From the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific, state laws restricting marijuana use are slowly going up in smoke, a newspaper review indicates. Advocates of legalizing marijuana say shifts propelled by culture, politics and generational attitudes have moved the United States to the point that could see the relaxation of 40 years of tough restrictions on medicinal and recreational marijuana use, USA Today reported Tuesday.

“Let’s face reality,” said James Gray, a one-time federal prosecutor who now advocates legalizing marijuana. “Taxing and regulating marijuana will make it less available to children than it is today.”

A Gallup Poll in October indicated 44 percent of respondents said they favored legalizing marijuana. An ABC News-Washington Post poll in January indicated 81 percent said they favored legalizing marijuana for medical use. Last fall, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said raiding medical marijuana facilities would be the lowest priority, a move that prompted many states to re-examine their pot policies.

At least 14 states this year will consider legalizing marijuana for medical purposes or reducing penalties for possessing small amounts for personal use. Fourteen other states and the District of Columbia already eased up their marijuana laws.

Marijuana growing room

“We are absolutely in an important new era in which increasing majorities of Americans are not just questioning the wisdom and efficacy of marijuana prohibition but are demanding alternatives,” Stephen Gutwillig, California director for the Drug Policy Alliance, which favors legalizing marijuana, told USA Today. Even opponents admit it’s harder to persuade lawmakers to hang tough.

“We’re going to multiply the problems we have with alcohol abuse,” said Michael Carroll, president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and police chief of West Goshen Township in Chester County, Pa. “Things are not […]

Skateparks Of Denver

Skateboarding , Bmx and so much more at these super Fun parks!

Aside from the expansive mountains allowing endless snowboarding possibilities, Denver and the greater area is also a skateboarders paradise, offering tons of public parks and limitless street spots that will keep even the most ambitious of skateboarders content. Not sure where to begin? No worries, the Dew Tour has got you covered. Heres a sampling of some of the best parks in the area for all ability levels, so you can spend your time ripping instead of looking for a decent place to skate.

Justin: No foot Can Can

Denver Skatepark Located at 2205 19th St., the concrete park offers something for everyone with two separate sections, street and bowl, and even a picnic area to chill out at in between sessions. The bowls are all different sizes, including a 12-footer complete with a ladder in case you get into trouble. The street course is a mix of hips, ledges, pyramids, stairs and quarterpipes and is truly a gem in the city of Denver. Open year round, the park features lights for twilight skate missions and does not require pads or helmets.

Justin Barnett does a no foot can can for us down in Denver at the Denver Skatepark! We talked to Justin about why he like’s this skatepark over most in colorado. Well Ive been riding for about 4 years and Ive been to many different parks and This park just seems the best to me because there is a wide varity of things here for kids to have some fun,” he said. “ We think this is a very good park all the kids seemed to have alot of fun here!

Golden Heights Skatepark

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