Monday, January 19, 2015

CHSAA Legislative Council Meets January 29

***Press Release***

Annual Hall of fame Banquet Slated for January 30

Aurora, Colo. – The first of two Colorado High Activities Association Legislative Council Meetings is slated for Thursday, January 29, at the Radisson Hotel in Aurora, located at I-225 and Parker Road. The Meeting will be at 8:30 a.m. and will be aired lived as part of the NFHS Network.

        The CHSAA Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014 includes four-time champion Jonathan Archuleta (Alamosa) and the legendary undefeated Manual High School Boys’ Team from 1966, along with Bernie Goss, a wrestling official and all-sports officials assignor from Grand Junction. Joining those three entries into the hall are girls’ athletics pioneer and Colorado Coaches of Girls Sports founder Helen McCall, former media maven Marcia Neville and Dr. Darwin Strickland, who for 50 years has been the physician for high school athletes in Adams County District 12. The Hall of Fame will be aired lived as part of the NFHS Network/Colorado. 

To access all Colorado NFHS Network Broadcasts, CHSAANow.com has a direct link to the site; select Colorado and then the event that is desired.

Prior to the CHSAA Hall of Fame dinner, the CHSAA Board of Directors will be meeting at the hotel, starting at 8:00 a.m.

The CHSAA Legislative Council is the body that determines the rules for the student participants in the state of Colorado and its 75 members represent all the individual athletic conferences, along with representatives from the Colorado Association of School Boards, Colorado Athletic Directors Association and Colorado Association of Secondary School Administrators. They will be voting on two constitutional proposals, 10 administrative proposals and one sports/activities proposals, along with four administrative committee reports, one activities committee report and 10 sport committee reports. In addition, the Legislative Council will hear nominations to replace members on the Board of Directors and nominations for Board President.

All Proposals and Committee reports that will be voted on can be found on the CHSAA website (www.CHSAANow.com) under School Info. The following are brief descriptions of the agenda items:

Constitutional Proposals (requires 2/3 majority vote to pass)

C-1 – Member Schools – This proposal provides for a firm definition of what a school is for membership purposes. This proposal comes from the CHSAA Board of Directors

C-2 – Board of Directors – This proposal from the CHSAA Board of Directors calls for the addition of two members to the CHSAA Board of Directors. One of the at-large members must be female, while the second must be a minority, who may also be female. The proposal sets ups the parameters from which district these members will be selected and the rotation of terms.
       
Administrative Proposals – (Requires majority vote to pass, unless otherwise noted)

ADM-1 – Classification of Schools – This by-law proposal from the Western Slope revises the rules by which schools may elect to play down in classification. The major changes include requiring a school wishing to play down for a second competitive cycle, it must have a a winning percentage of 50% or below. Additionally, regardless of year, any school electing to play down will be ineligible for the playoffs in that sport.
ADM-2 – Coaches Required to Attend Rules Meetings – Submitted by the CHSAA Board of Directors, this proposal would require all coaches to attend a rules clinic sponsored jointly by the CHSAA and coaches’ association prior to the start of the first interscholastic contest. The rule will be mandatory and non-compliance carries restriction penalty on the coach.

ADM-3 – General Eligibility Requirements – From the Colorado Springs Metro 4A League, this proposal would change the fall academic eligibility regain date from the sixth Thursday after Labor Day to a mandatory participation consequence for boys’ golf and tennis, along with girls’ softball.  In essence for the sports that have shorter seasons than the other fall sports, it would require that the academically ineligible student miss the first 50% of that sports contests. If the student is academically eligible at that point, the student could begin play.
ADM-4 – General Eligibility Requirements – The CS Metro 4A has also submitted this by-law proposal which would make the language from the previous proposal with that of the language in a different by-law.

Editor’s Note: Proposals ADM-5, ADM-6 and ADM-7 all address the CHSAA transfer rule. In the event that more than one of these rules passes, the last one passed will be one implemented in the 2015-16 school year.

ADM-5 – Transfer – This proposal from the Denver Prep League would create a consistent 50% penalty on all transfers, regardless of type of transfer. There would be no appeal granted for any transfer, nor would there be any transfer that would result in 100% ineligibility.

ADM-6 – Summer Transfer – This proposal from the CHSAA Board of Directors moves the current consequence from the first 50% of the season to the last 50% of the season and inclusive of the playoffs, so any non-bona fide family move transfer over the summer would result in the player having sub-varsity eligibility for the first 50% of the season, but then having varsity eligibility for the last half of the season and playoffs. All athletic transfer rules and hardship waivers would be remain in place.

ADM-7 – Summer Transfer – From the CHSAA Board of Directors, any transfer from one school to another would result in sub-varsity eligibility only. The CHSAA hardship rules would remain in place.

ADM-8 – Sunday Contact – The CHSAA Board of Directors has submitted a clarification of what schools and coaches can do with social media on Sundays. Under this clarification, contact through social media (such as Twitter and Facebook) would be permitted as long as no call to action is included in the missive. A call to action is a message that contains a request for the recipient to follow through on a request on a Sunday. Additionally, group texts to teams on Sunday which include administrators are permitted, but individual messages are not. NOTE: All of the above remains subject to school district policies which would supersede the CHSAA clarification.

ADM-9 – Registered Officials List – This proposal submitted by the CHSAA Board of Directors is a clarification of the current CHSAA policy in use currently when registering officials.

ADM-10 – Officials Conduct – The CHSAA Board of Directors is submitting a second clarifying proposal which notes that any registered official may be suspended and/or banned from the CHSAA list of registered officials by a recommendation from the officials’ governing board.

Sports/Activities Proposals

S-1 – Maximum Quarters Individual – This proposal from the Pikes Peak Athletic Conference changes the number of quarters allowed in football for individual players.  Based on safety needs established through research provided by nationwide surveys, this proposal establishes limits on player participation quarters in the sport.

There are no Activities proposals.

Administrative Committees

Budget/Property Administration Committee (First reading) – The Budget Committee is recommending a continued gradual increase in the service and participation fees for 2015-17, with the increases equating to 1.5% next year and 1.02% the year following. With continually rising costs of facilities and post-season ticket sales remaining stagnate, there is a need to maintain a minor increase in dues and fees.
Classification and League Organization Committee – The CLOC is recommending classification enrollment ranges for the 2016-18 competition cycle, but notes these may be amended at the committee’s November 2015 meeting. The ranges are based on a balancing of the numbers in each classification based on Boys’ Basketball enrollment numbers. Additionally, the committee is recommending that seven new schools be admitted and confirmed the full membership status of five schools that have served their three-year probationary period. The committee also recommends DSST-Green Valley Ranch and Venture Prep membership in the Confluence League.

Coaching Education & Registration Committee – The committee strengthened two policies regarding reporting of Coaches Test Report Results and Coaching Professional Development Program lists to the CHSAA office. Failure to meet the established dates will result in late fees being applied and the inability of schools to register new coaches.

Officials Fees Committee – The committee is recommending clarification in the fee structure for dual wrestling tournaments that exceed 8 hours in length and clarified the fees for tournaments with 1-4 mats and those with 5-7 mats, noting that in the first, the tournament shall hire one more official than the number of mats and in the second, two more officials than the number of mats. Finally, the committee has noted that all varsity cross country meets shall have at least one registered official at the meet.

Student Leadership – No major changes proposed. The CHSAA Student Leadership Camp is slated for July 27-30 at Colorado State University (Fort Collins), while the CHSAA Student Leadership Conference is slated for Discovery Canyon High School on October 16-17.

Sports Committees

Baseball – The Baseball Committee is recommending a change in pitching regulations, going from innings limits to a pitch count limit.  Additionally, in all classes utilizing Wild Card points, the final cutoff date for MaxPreps information will be May 5 at noon MDT. No changes or appeals will be heard following that date. The rationale for the changes in pitching are related to player health and safety, based on research provided by the NFHS Sports Medicine Committee and other baseball resources which indicate that greater care needs to be given to pitch counts. The change in Wild Card reporting is to ensure that questions related to reported games are addressed prior to that point.

Cross Country – There are no major changes. The committee did note that the State Cross Country Site will be available for a walk/run through on the Friday before the state meet. The State Meet will remain at the Norris Penrose Center for the next four years.

Field Hockey – The committee has recommended a change in the overtime procedures at the state tournament.

Football – The committee has provided its support of the quarters recommendation coming from the Pikes Peak Athletic Conference, The committee forwarded recommendations in the wild card defeat points tables in all classifications, established a media zone five yards outside each side of the coaching box and in 5A, added language to help that when two like seeds meet in a contest and have equal home contests to that point, a coin flip will determine which team is the host. Other recommendations made by the committee include adding clarifying language for seeding purposes in 2A and 3A and then noted that when an A6 team forfeits a contest it will receive zero defeat points for that game, but its opponent will receive appropriate victory points for the win.

Golf – The committee has recommended making the use of iWannamaker Golf Scoring System mandatory for all regular season and post season events. The committee also recommended that the USGA Modified Stableford Modified Scoring System be employed in as many regular season events as possible to help with pace of play.  The committee re-aligned the 3A boys’ gold regionals for in terms of members and strength of golf schools. The committee also clarified the seeding of the 5A Boys and Girls regions and the availability of a private course if it will be used for a post season event, noting that at least two practice rounds must be provided for teams in those tournaments held at the private course.

Gymnastics – The committee is recommending that the 7th and 8th place finishers at the state meet be awarded medals instead of ribbons.
Soccer – The committee is recommending that the 7-1-5 Mercy Rule in the NFHS Rule book be mandatory and must follow the steps listed in the CHSAA Soccer Bulletin. This change will be effective immediately.

Softball – The committee is recommending that 18 teams qualify for the state tournament, with 5 being the regular season district champions, 5 being the runners-up in each of those districts and 8 will be at-large teams. In 4A and 5A, the committee is recommending a change in the way sites are determined by the host teams for those events, establishing a priority list for approved sites. Host schools that cannot meet those requirements shall relinquish their ability to host.
Tennis – The committee is recommending corrective action for those teams that have two or more complaints filed against their teams’ lineups during the season.  A committee will evaluate the players in question during a match and if a team is found to be stacking its lineup, sanctions could be applied. The committee also provided its support for three classifications in the sport for the sport in the next cycle.

Volleyball – The committee’s sole major change is a recommendation to make all matches at the state tournament best 3 of 5, allowing the teams that qualify  to play full matches at state regardless if those matches will have an impact on pool play.

The Legislative Council will start at 8:30 a.m. with its traditional Speak Out session where members of the public may ask to speak to the Legislative Council on pertinent issues. Speakers are limited to five minutes and may gain access to the podium by contacting CHSAA’s Bethany Brookens (303) 344-5050 by Friday, January 23 at 4:00 p.m.

Friday, December 12, 2014

RE-1 Valley Board of Education Meets Dec 15

The RE1 Valley Board of Education meeting will be held Monday, December 15, 2014 at 6 pm in the board room at the Hagen Administration center.




Northeast Colorado Ranked Wrestlers - Week 2

All rankings courtesy of Tim Yount's On The Mat Rankings. For the full rankings subscribe by clicking http://www.cowrestling.com/OTMrankings.htm (Well worth it!)

Ranked Teams

  • 2A #9 - Sedgwick County/Fleming
  • 3A #1 - Brush
  • 3A #8 - Sterling
Ranked Individuals
  • 103
    • 2A #2 - Tanner Watson, Akron
    • 2A #5 - Eric Rojo, Holyoke
    • 2A #8 - Trevor Elliott, Merino
    • 2A #9 - Luke Muller, Sedgwick County/Fleming
    • 3A #2 - Jacob Beltran, Sterling
    • 3A #9 - Caleb Cox, Brush
  • 113
    • 2A #3 - Logan Durham, Burlington
    • 2A #10 - Levi Muller, Sedgwick County/Fleming
  • 120
    • 2A #4 - Reed Palser, Akron
    • 2A #10 - Spencer Holtorf, Yuma
    • 3A #8 - Macky Sandoval, Brush
    • 3A #13 - Jake Breidenbach, Sterling
  • 126
    • 2A #9 - Jake Rockwell, Wray
    • 2A #17 - Keegan Mann, Sedgwick County/Fleming
    • 2A #21 - Logan Schaffner, Wray
    • 2A #22 - Toby Grinnan, Burlington
    • 3A #1 - Conrad Cole, Brush
    • 4A #8 - Trey Smith, Fort Morgan
  • 132
    • 2A #4 - Marcelino Baptista, Merino
    • 2A #12 - Keith Graham, Sedgwick County/Fleming
    • 2A #16 - Dylan Lousberg, Holyoke
  • 138
    • 2A #5 - Martin Torres, Burlington
    • 2A #9 - David Ruiz, Wray
    • 2A #10 - Joseph Tarin, Wray
    • 2A #13 - Nicholas Ortner, Holyoke
    • 2A #14 - Dillon Underwood, Stratton
    • 2A #15 - Kobryn Mann, Sedgwick County/Fleming
  • 145
    • 2A #6 - Nick Duvall, Sedgwick County/Fleming
    • 2A #8 - Jaxson Hastings, Merino
    • 3A #7 - Arnoldo Maltos-Garcia, Brush
    • 3A #8 - Eric Krier, Sterling
  • 152
    • 2A #2 - Jake Lueth, Wray
    • 2A #10 - Tyler Hottinger, Akron
      3A #2 - Joel Contreras, Sterling
    • 3A #13 - Zane Pfau, Brush
  • 160
    • 2A #4 - Luke Stewart, Holyoke
    • 2A #7 - Nick Vollmer, Merino
    • 3A #2 - Alec Petterson, Brush
    • 4A #2 - Chris Shriver, Fort Morgan
  • 170
    • 2A #7 - Cade Schulz, Wray
    • 2A #10 - Justin Leth, Yuma
    • 3A #12 - Elijia Barraza Jr, Brush
  • 182
    • 2A #6 - Trace Combs, Wray
    • 3A #3 - Kyle Rosenbrock, Brush
    • 4A #10 - John Hochanadel, Fort Morgan
  • 195
    • 2A #5 - Brandon Anderson, Sedgwick County/Fleming
    • 2A #7 - Matt Ewertz, Wiggins
    • 3A #8 - Patrick Holtzhauser, Sterling
  • 220
    • 2A #1 - Levi Davis, Sedgwick County/Fleming
    • 2A #2 - Jon Satterly, Burlington
    • 2A #3 - Trace Elliot, Merino
    • 3A #4 - Jose Rodriguez, Brush
    • 4A #1 - Toby McBride, Fort Morgan
  • 285
    • 2A #3 - Chase Flynn, Stratton
    • 2A #5 - Miguel Huerta, Wray
    • 2A #9 - Jordan Thompson, Sedgwick County/Fleming
    • 2A #10 - DJ Snelling, Yuma
    • 2A #12 - Luis Ledesma, Burlington
    • 3A #1 - Joe Carwin, Brush
    • 4A #3 - Jesus Ibarra, Fort Morgan

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Northeast Colorado Ranked Wrestlers - Preseason Rankings

All rankings courtesy of Tim Yount's On The Mat Rankings. For the full rankings subscribe by clicking http://www.cowrestling.com/OTMrankings.htm (Well worth it!)

Ranked Teams

  • 2A #9 - Wray
  • 2A (Listed as close but not ranked) - Sedgwick County/Fleming
  • 3A #1 - Brush
  • 3A #7 - Sterling
Ranked Individuals
  • 103
    • 2A #2 - Tanner Watson, Akron
    • 2A #6 - Eric Rojo - Holyoke
    • 2A #11 - Luke Muller - Sedgwick County/Fleming
    • 3A #2 - Jacob Beltran - Sterling
    • 3A #10 - Caleb Cox, Brush
  • 113
    • 2A #3 - Logan Durham, Burlington
    • 2A #9 - Levi Muller - Sedgwick County/Fleming
  • 120
    • 2A #5 - Reed Palser, Akron
    • 2A #8 - Keegan Mann, Sedgwick County/Fleming
    • 2A #11 - Spencer Holtorf, Yuma
    • 3A #1 - Conrad Cole, Brush
    • 3A #13 - Jake Breidenbach, Sterling
  • 126
    • 2A #8 - Keith Graham, Sedgwick County/Fleming
    • 2A #20 - Logan Schaffner, Wray
    • 2A #21 - Toby Grinnan, Burlington
    • 3A #1 - Colby Duncan, Sterling
    • 3A #7 - Macky Sandoval, Brush
    • 4A #8 - Trey Smith, Fort Morgan
  • 132
    • 2A #13 - Jake Rockwell, Wray
    • 2A #16 - Dylan Lousberg, Holyoke
    • 3A #6 - Corbin Usry, Sterling
  • 138
    • 2A #3 - Marcelino Baptista, Merino
    • 2A #5 - Martin Torres, Burlington
    • 2A #8 - David Ruiz, Wray
    • 2A #9 - Joseph Tarin, Wray
    • 2A #13 - Nicholas Ortner, Holyoke
  • 145
    • 2A #5 - Nick Duvall, Sedgwick County/Fleming
    • 2A #9 - Jaxson Hastings, Merino
    • 2A #13 - Tyler Hottinger, Akron
    • 3A #9 - Arnoldo Maltos-Garcia, Brush
    • 3A #10 - Eric Krier, Sterling
  • 152
    • 2A #2 - Jake Lueth, Wray
      3A #2 - Joel Contreras, Sterling
  • 160
    • 2A #5 - Luke Stewart, Holyoke
    • 3A #2 - Alec Petterson, Brush
    • 4A #2 - Chris Shriver, Fort Morgan
  • 170
    • 2A #6 - Cade Schulz, Wray
    • 2A #11 - Nick Vollmer, Merino
    • 2A #12 - Justin Leth, Yuma
    • 3A #11 - Elijia Barraza Jr, Brush
  • 182
    • 2A #4 - Brandon Anderson, Sedgwick County/Fleming
    • 2A #10 - Trace Combs, Wray
    • 3A #3 - Kyle Rosenbrock, Brush
    • 4A #12 - John Hochanadel, Fort Morgan
  • 195
    • 2A #8 - Matt Ewertz, Wiggins
    • 3A #2 - Jose Rodriguez, Brush
    • 3A #10 - Patrick Holtzhauser, Sterling
  • 220
    • 2A #2 - Levi Davis, Sedgwick County/Fleming
    • 2A #3 - Jon Satterly, Burlington
    • 2A #4 - Trace Elliot, Merino
    • 3A # 8 - Tristan Teter, Brush
    • 4A #1 - Toby McBride, Fort Morgan
  • 285
    • 2A #3 - Chase Flynn, Stratton
    • 2A #6 - Miguel Huerta, Wray
    • 2A #9 - Jordan Thompson, Sedgwick County/Fleming
    • 2A #10 - DJ Snelling, Yuma
    • 2A #12 - Luis Ledesma, Burlington
    • 3A #1 - Joe Carwin, Brush
    • 4A #3 - Jesus Ibarra, Fort Morgan

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

CHSCA to honor 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees

The Colorado High School Coaches Association is proud to announce its Hall of Fame class for the year 2015.  This is the 52nd class to be inducted.

The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held on Saturday, March 28th at the Radisson Hotel Denver Southeast 3155 S. Vaughn Way, Aurora, CO 80014.  A reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. with the dinner and induction starting at 6:30 p.m.  Ticket prices for the event are $42 per person and reservation forms may be obtained from the CHSCA web site at www.colohsca.org or by e-mailing CHSCA executive director John Burke at jburke24@cox.net.

Below is a brief biography of the 5 inductees.

Judy Beardsley – Volleyball –Merino High School
Judy Beardsley coached volleyball at Merino High School for 20 years and led the Rams to a remarkable ten State Championships.  The first was recorded in 1985 and the most recent in 2001. During her tenure at Merino, the teams made the trip to the state tournament every year except one and secured three runners-up trophies in addition to the championships.  From 2003-2010 she served as an assistant coach at Sterling High School, and helped the Tigers secure the State Championship in 2005.  Beardsley served as the Volleyball President for the CHSCA from 2000-2004.  She is a 24-year member of the Colorado High School Coaches Association.  She married Wally Beardsley in 1981, and they have five children: Casey Randa, Bo, Haley, and Alex.    
Patty Childress – Volleyball – Grandview High School

A 1980 graduate of Limon High School, Patty Childress has coached volleyball at Otis, Palisade, Ferndale, Colorado Mesa University, and Grandview.  She has been the Head Volleyball Coach at Grandview since 1998.  Her teams have been to the state tournament every year since 2000, and won the Class 5A Colorado High School State Championship five times.  The Wolves claimed back-to-back titles in 2013 and 2014.  She entered the 2014 season with an overall coaching record of 453-154. 
Childress served as president of the CHSCA in 2003, and has coached in their All-State Games four times.  She was the Dave Sander’s award recipient in 2013.  Patty is married to Gary Childress, the long-time boys’ basketball coach at Grandview, and they have two sons, Spencer and Christian.  Both are graduates and former athletes of Grandview High School.
 Ken Shaw – Basketball – Regis Jesuit High School

A record setting basketball player for the Merino Rams, Shaw turned to coaching after graduating from New Mexico State University in 1974.  His overall career record is 669-223 in 39 seasons.  Shaw’s teams have won state titles at Yuma (1), Sterling (1), and Regis Jesuit (3).  The teams he coached at Rocky Mountain and Smoky Hill were regular entrants into the Colorado State Tournament and each set marks for the best season records in the history of the school.  Ken has been a member of the CHSCA for 41 years and currently serves as an at-large member on the Board of Directors.  Shaw is a regular speaker and clinician at coaching clinics in Colorado and nationally.  Susan broke into Shaw’s world of basketball 27 years ago when the two were married, and they have a son, Kelly, 24, and a daughter, Setera, 20.  Shaw has the third most wins in the history of coaching boy’s basketball in the state of Colorado.  Even with this remarkable winning record, he may be best known for his sporting behavior and gentlemanly sideline mannerisms.

Dennis Tjaden – Volleyball – Boys Basketball – Julesburg High School

A graduate of Wheatland High School in Madrid, Nebraska and Kearney State College, Dennis Tjaden spent most of his 28-year coaching career at Julesburg/Sedgwick County High School.  His head coaching assignments included 23-years in boy’s basketball and 13-years in girl’s volleyball.  That work produced three state basketball championships and two state volleyball titles.  Dennis was a business teacher at Julesburg since joining the staff in 1984 and also took on Athletic Director duties in 1994.  He coached in the CHSCA All-State basketball and volleyball games multiple times and spoke at several CHSCA Coaching Clinics.  He served on the Colorado Athletic Directors Board of Directors from 2000-2007 and on several CHSAA committees including a term on the executive committee.  Dennis and his wife Carla have been married for 30 years and have a daughter, Jessica, 26, and son, Justin, 24.

Jim Trahern – Basketball - Football - Kit Carson High School

A 1997 graduate of Flagler High School, Coach Jim Trahern, started his career in Walsenburg.  After two years he landed in Kit Carson where he has coached for 29 years.  At the helm of the Kit Carson boy’s basketball program, Jim has amassed a 441-225 record with two state championship and two second-place finishes.  His overall record in 26 seasons directing the football program is 161-73, which includes two state runner-up finishes, ten semi-final appearances and 21 trips to the quarterfinals.  He also has been the head track coach for 11 years.  CHSCA has presented Jim with the Don DesCombes Outstanding Service Award 2001, Tom Sutak Basketball Award 2006, and Boy’s Basketball Coach of the Year Award in 2005 and 2008.  He and his wife Susan, also a teacher and coach at Kit Carson, have been married 32 years. Their two sons Jake and Ty were star athletes for the Kit Carson Wildcats, and had stellar careers in basketball at CSU-Pueblo.  Both are teacher-coaches at Burlington High School.  Jake is the Head Boy’s Basketball Coach and Ty the Head Girl’s Basketball Coach.         

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Arrest Made in Sterling Business Burglaries

***Press Release***

Between the early morning hours of September 26, 2014 and the early morning hours of October 13, 2014, burglaries at the following local businesses were reported to the Sterling Police Department: Cocina Alvarado Restaurant, Henry’s Pub and Club, J & L CafĂ©, The Tan Zone and Body by M.E.

Throughout the investigation, which included obtaining and executing search warrants, evidence was collected and stolen property was recovered. In addition, an illegal weapon was seized.

On October 22, 2014, an arrest warrant was obtained in connection with these cases for Pierre Hightower, 35 years of age who is a resident of Sterling.

Mr. Hightower was arrested on October 22, 2014 and is currently being held in the Logan County Jail on the following charges:

  • Second Degree Burglary (4 counts), a class 4 Felony
  • Third Degree Burglary (5 counts), a class 5 Felony
  • Possession of Burglary Tools, a class 5 Felony
  • Theft , a class 6 Felony
  • Criminal Mischief (4 counts) , a class 6 Felony
  • First Degree Criminal Tampering (4 counts), a class 1 Misdemeanor
  • Possession of an Illegal Weapon, a class 1 Misdemeanor
  • Obstruction of Telephone Service, a class 1 Misdemeanor


The Sterling Police Department is continuing its investigation into these crimes and other burglaries; anyone with information is asked to call Sergeant James Rank at 970-522-3512 EXT 4226 or our Investigations Unit at EXT 4214 or 4215.

Friday, October 17, 2014

SourceGas Files Annual Cost Adjustment for Northeast Colorado

***Press Release***


GOLDEN, Colo., October 17, 2014 – SourceGas Distribution LLC has filed its annual Gas Cost Adjustment (GCA) with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for its Northeastern Colorado service area, impacting approximately 6,703 SourceGas customers.   The filing reflects an increase of $8.01 for the typical residential customer’s average monthly bill for the upcoming period, which begins November 1, 2014 and continues through October 31, 2015.  The filing is a pass-through rate, meaning that SourceGas passes along the cost of natural gas to the customer without any profit to the company resulting from the filing. 
In accordance with state law, the company recovers the cost it pays to purchase natural gas on behalf of its customers on a dollar-for-dollar basis, without realizing any profit or loss.  The GCA mechanism ensures that customers pay exactly the same amount the company paid to purchase natural gas for them.  The new rates will take effect November 1, 2014 and will be reflected in the next billing cycle.
“We are still enjoying exceptionally-low natural gas prices,” said Mitch Pebley, Senior Director of Operations for SourceGas.  “Even with this increase, it continues to be the most affordable and best energy value for our customers compared to propane or electricity, with the added benefits of being clean, abundant and domestically produced.” 
For residential customers in the Northeastern Colorado service area, the total of the new volumetric rates will be $0.8258 per therm.  Based on an average monthly usage of 70 therms, the typical household will now pay an average of $68.25 per month instead of approximately $60.24 per month for their natural gas service.  Residential customers who typically use 133 therms in January (when bills are usually the highest) will pay approximately $120.48, an increase of about $15.27, or approximately 14.51 percent, in January 2015, as compared to January 2014. 
A strong contributing factor to the gas cost pass-on is last year’s particularly cold winter, brought on by the polar vortex.  Cold weather increases the usage of all energy sources, prompting an increase in the price of energy across the board.  SourceGas rates are set annually for each upcoming year, and the price spike that resulted from the cold temperatures occurred after the rates for 2014 were set, which is reflected in today’s rate filing.  The difference between the set rate and the actual cost of gas accumulates in a deferred balance account over the 12 months, and is then incorporated into rates to bring the account back to zero.
Fortunately for SourceGas customers, a return to normal winter temperatures, along with other factors such as robust production and increasing storage capacity, are projected to contribute to stabilize natural gas prices. 
According to the American Gas Association, the country’s strong natural gas supply and delivery infrastructure suggest that future demand for natural gas can be met at costs well below the peak market prices of the past decade.
Additionally, while today’s rate filing does reflect an increase, it is still representative of historically low natural gas prices. A price of $0.8258 per therm is still well below a 2008 high of $1.189 per therm for Northeastern Colorado customers.
SourceGas also offers energy efficiency programs that are designed to assist their natural gas customers in Colorado.  The programs include energy audits, rebates on equipment and insulation measures, a program for residential income-qualified customers, and a custom program for larger commercial and industrial gas customers.  SourceGas customers can obtain additional information, rebate guidelines and details on the programs by visiting www.excessisout.com or by calling 1-800-563-0012.
Other options available to help customers keep their energy costs in check include:  balanced billing to stabilize bills, setting thermostats back, installing weather stripping; closing doors to rooms not being used; and inspecting the heating system to ensure it is operating efficiently.   Eligible SourceGas customers may apply for assistance through various state and federally funded initiatives like Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP), which is administered by the Colorado Department of Human Service and supplemented by Energy Outreach Colorado.    For those who are located in areas served by SourceGas, but not yet customers, SourceGas can provide no cost bids, savings calculations and information on conversion and financing opportunities by visiting www.GetGasCO.com or by calling 1-855-583-6959.

About SourceGas
SourceGas is a natural gas local distribution utility headquartered in Golden, Colorado.  The company and its affiliates serve over 415,000 customers and operate over 18,290 miles of distribution, gathering and transmission pipeline, as well as storage facilities, in Arkansas, Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming.  The company and its affiliates also provide gas transportation, in-home HVAC and appliance service and sales, as well as gas commodity sales services to its natural gas customers. More information on SourceGas can be found online at www.SourceGas.com.