RED FLAG WARNINGS ISSUED FOR NORTHWEST COLORADO
As warm, dry weather returns to Northwest Colorado this week, red flag warnings have been issued by the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit. A red flag warning means there is a high potential for wildfires, due to weather conditions. This means private citizens planning to burn weeds or trash on their property need to take extra precautions, including contacting the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office before getting started. You should always check local weather conditions before a burn, and make sure neighbors know your plans. Always keep plenty of water and a shovel with you, in case things threaten to get out of hand. You should also make sure any fire set is completely out before walking away from it. Questions can be directed to your local BLM field office.
ROUTT COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE NOMINATED FOR MILITARY AWARD
The Routt County Sheriff’s Office has been nominated for a Department of Defense Agency award. The 2012 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award is the Department’s highest recognition for employers supporting members of the Guard and Reserve. The Sheriff’s office is just one of over 3,200 employers nominated nationwide. Up to 15 will actually receive the award at a ceremony in Washington D.C. in September. The nominations are made by Guard and Reserve members, or family members acting on their behalf. While most employers support their military employees, the award recognizes those who go above and beyond workplace demands.
DINOSAUR MONUMENT BOTANIST RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD
Another scientist connected with Dinosaur National Monument has received an award from the Interior Department. Tamara Naumann is a botanist at the monument. Earlier this week, she was presented with the Superior Service Award from Intermountain Regional Director John Wessels. Naumann is being recognized for her work in trying to eradicate invasive plants in the area. According to Park Superintendent Mary Risser, Naumann has built an invasive plant management program that is used as a template for regional governmental and non-governmental efforts. Through Naumann’s efforts, Dinosaur is now recognized as a leader in tamarisk and Russian Olive eradication. If you’d like to read more about Naumann’s accomplishments, you can view the full press release here.
CRAIG CHAMBER WARNS OF POSSIBLE “SPORTS POSTER” SCAM
The Craig Chamber of Commerce is warning businesses of a possible scam involving sports sponsorships. The Chamber says several businesses have reported being contacted by Millennium Sports or Millenium Productions, soliciting advertising for a “Craig High School” football schedule poster. Moffat County High School Assistant Principal Jeff Simon has already said the school district does NOT endorse the project. School officials also say they will not receive any of the proceeds. The Better Business Bureau hasn’t specifically mentioned Millenium, but says there are several disreputable companies that attempt similar projects. While the Chamber and BBB stop short of saying “Don’t do business with them”, they DO say to investigate thoroughly any company you plan to do business with.
CHILD HEALTH SCREENINGS OFFERED TOMORROW AND FRIDAY
Parents are encouraged to bring their children by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Craig over the next couple of days for a free health screening. The screenings will cover developmental areas, such as hearing, vision, and cognitive skills. Infants and children up to the age of 5 will be seen. However, you must make an appointment, by calling 824-7457. The screenings will take place from 8 to 3 tomorrow and Friday.
SWEETWATER COUNTY SHERIFF CLEARED OF FUND MISMANAGEMENT CHARGES
Sweetwater County Sheriff Rich Haskell is off the hook with the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation. Haskell’s attorney sent out a press release yesterday, saying the Division has closed its case. Haskell was accused of inappropriate expenditure of public funds and using public funds to pay relatives for services performed for the County. His attorney says Haskell fully cooperated with investigators, and a Special Prosecutor found no violations of the law. He also found Haskell did NOT act in a way that constituted criminal behavior. As a result, no charges will be filed.
BILL TO CHANGE COUNTY COMMISSIONER ELECTIONS DIES IN SENATE
A bill that would change the way county commissioners are elected in Colorado has died in the state Senate. The bill would have let voters in small counties choose to elect their commissioners by district rather than countywide. Reports say county commissioners opposed the measure over worries that if they were elected by district, it would be harder for them to govern for the benefit of the whole county.
“REHEARSAL FOR MURDER” AT MOFFAT COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL THIS WEEKEND
The Moffat County High School Theater Department will perform this weekend. The group will present “Rehearsal for Murder” tomorrow, Friday and Saturday night. Play organizers say while there are a few laughs, it will be a much more dramatic production than what they usually perform. Tickets can be bought at the door of the school’s auditorium for $5. Performances are at 7 each night. Be listening tomorrow morning at 7:30, as Mike Fuller talks with a few of the actors.
In high school sports:
Meeker is on the road to play a double header with Grand Junction’s J-V squad. The first game starts at 2:30.
In girls soccer:
Steamboat hosts Battle Mountain at 6:30.
Rangley goes to Coal Ridge at 6.
In girls lacrosse:
Steamboat heads to Fruita Monument for a game at 4.