News briefs for April 12

Jantz petitioning onto primary ballot

Moffat County sheriff candidate Tim Jantz said this week he will skip next week's Republican Party assembly and petition his way onto August's primary ballot.

Jantz participated in the precinct caucuses, a precursor to the assembly, but he said he has decided to petition onto the ballot instead of seeking the party's nomination at the assembly.

Jantz said gathering petitions was "just more my style" than going through the assembly.

Jantz's decision leaves Moffat County Undersheriff Jerry Hoberg as the only sheriff's candidate participating in the Republican Party assembly.

Vic Alton will not be involved in the party assembly or primary because he is running for sheriff as an independent.

In the Moffat County commissioners' race, two candidates are participating in the assembly, and one is petitioning onto the primary ballot.

Vicki Burns and Dan W. Martin will be in the assembly, and Tom Mathers is petitioning onto the ballot.

Jantz and Mathers will have to collect about 500 signatures and turn them in to the Moffat County Clerk and Recorder's Office by May 25.

Dinosaur store sells 200K Powerball ticket

Gateway Services Conoco in Dinosaur sold a $200,000 ticket for the Powerball drawing April 1. The winning ticket was the highest prize in Colorado for the drawing. The winner, who claimed his prize this week, matched five of the five numbers but not the Powerball number.

For selling the ticket, Gate--way Services Conoco was rewarded with a $2,000 bonus.

In Moffat County, more than $5 million in lottery proceeds have been used to improve community areas, open space and recreation facilities such as the Yampa River System, Moffat County Fairgrounds and Park Pavilions Stages in Dinosaur.

High school students not going door to door

Moffat County High School student council members are participating in the "Books for the Bayou" program, collecting books during the past month to restock libraries in Louisiana ravaged by hurricanes. The students are working with the Craig and Steamboat Springs Rotary clubs.

School officials heard reports that people posing as high school students went door to door collecting money for the project. Officials urge community members not to give money to these people and to call police if someone claims this is what they are doing. The district does not approve door-to-door fundraisers.

EnCana hosts Energy Expo on May 3 in Rifle

For the fourth consecutive year, EnCana Oil & Gas brings its Energy Expo to Rifle, from noon to 6 p.m. May 3 at the Garfield County Fairgrounds.

The expo serves as an opportunity for the community to learn about the oil and gas industry. EnCana officials, along with other industry representatives, will be on hand to answer questions. For information about the expo, call EnCana at (970) 285-2600.

Louisiana residents should send in ballots

The U.S. Postal Service urges displaced residents from Louisiana to mail their absentee ballots soon.

For the April 22 New Orleans municipal election, absentee ballots must be received by the New Orleans Registrar's Office or the Secretary of State's Office by April 21. These ballots should be mailed by Monday to be delivered on time. New laws provide for a one-day extension of these deadlines.

Call1-800-883-2805 or visit elections@sos.louisiana.gov.

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