Monthly Archives: September 2012

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH

ROLLOVER NEAR RANGELY

The Colorado State Patrol yesterday responded to a one vehicle rollover injury crash on Colorado Highway 64 just east of Rangely.  The accident involved a Mitsubishi sport utility vehicle, driven by a 15 year old male from Glenwood Springs.  A 22 year old male from Carbondale, was ejected from the front passenger seat and sustained serious injuries.   The driver and the passenger were initially transported to the hospital in Rangely. The passenger was then airlifted to a hospital in Grand Junction. The driver was stabilized and  transported by ground to the hospital Glenwood Springs.  The driver was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash. The passenger, the only other occupant of the vehicle, was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash.  Alcohol is suspected to be a contributing factor in the crash.

It’s Time to Get Your Annual Flu Vaccination

Dr. Rachel Herlihy, director of the immunization program at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, is urging Coloradans to get their annual flu vaccination. To get immunized for flu, contact your health care provider or visit this link to find a vaccination clinic near you. Many grocery stores and pharmacies also offer these vaccinations, as well as some employers.

Dr. Herlihy said, “When getting your flu vaccine, it’s an excellent time to ask your health provider whether you also should be immunized for pertussis, also called whooping cough. Colorado has seen an epidemic number of whooping cough cases reported, 849 since January.

“We are encouraging adults to ask their doctor about a Tdap vaccination for themselves and to make sure their children are up to date with their vaccinations. It’s especially important for families with very young children, who are more vulnerable to whooping cough. Child care workers also should make sure they are up to date on their whooping cough vaccinations,” she added

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone six months of age and older get the seasonal flu vaccination. The vaccine is available as a shot or a nasal spray. Flu can strike anytime but is most likely to infect people between October and May.

This year’s flu vaccination protects against three strains of influenza: the same strain of 2009 H1N1 that was in last year’s vaccine and two new strains: an H3N2 virus and a B virus. The vaccination is the best way to protect you and your loved ones from flu.

While flu often is treated successfully at home, it is a serious respiratory illness that can result in hospitalization and even death. It is difficult to predict how many persons may become ill from flu during the upcoming flu season, as the timing, severity, and length of the season depends on many factors. During the past three flu seasons in Colorado, flu contributed to an average of 1200 Colorado residents being hospitalized each season. No pediatric deaths due to flu were reported in Colorado residents during the 2011-2012 flu season, but three pediatric flu deaths were reported during the 2010-2011 season and 12 pediatric flu deaths were reported during the 2009-2010 season. People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children; pregnant women; people with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or heart and lung disease; and people 65 years and older.

This year, a new state rule aimed at protecting patients from influenza requires licensed health care facilities to report vaccination rates of their employees. Health care workers can unintentionally pass the flu virus to their patients. The rule requires facilities to reach a threshold of 60 percent of employees vaccinated this year, 75 percent next year, and 90 percent thereafter.

PARKS AND WILDLIFE LETS HUNTERS KNOW ABOUT A PARTIAL CLOSURE IN THE WHITE RIVER NATIONAL FOREST

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is advising hunters heading to Game Management Unit (GMU) 23 in the White River National Forest that the southeast portion of the unit will be temporarily closed by the U.S. Forest Service during the upcoming big-game seasons due to concerns about an active wildfire in the area.

Although recent rainfall has dampened the fire, USFS officials are concerned about the number of weakened trees and snags caused by the heat and flames, as well as concerns that the fire could re-ignite as temperatures rise and rainfall moves out of the area. The closure extends through Dec. 31, but could end sooner if conditions warrant.

USFS officials say the Middle Elk fire was caused by an unattended campfire. Since it was discovered, it has grown to 257 acres, burning in a mix of spruce and fir trees, open areas and high elevation aspen groves west of Forest Road 245, also known as the Buford – New Castle Road. The road is not currently included in the closure and remains open to hunters.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding hunters and other outdoor recreationists to observe closure notices and to follow campfire rules and regulations as they head to their camps.

“This past summer in Colorado, we saw first-hand how serious wildfires can be,” said Ron Velarde, Regional Manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “It is concerning that, even with the loss of life and damage to property that occurred from wildfires just a few months ago, we continue to see examples of irresponsible behavior by a few people, putting many at risk.”

In northwest Colorado this year, wildlife managers have discovered numerous unattended campfires. Officials with the Upper Colorado Inter-Agency Fire Management Unit say they have seen an increase in the number of unattended campfires over previous years. Officials with the USFS report discovering seven unattended campfires over one recent weekend in northwest Colorado.

“It is critical that campfires be attended, and safe,” said Bill de Vergie, Area Wildlife Manger for Colorado Parks and Wildlife in Meeker. “During the seasons, our officers check for hunting violations, but we will also be looking for any unsafe situation, including unattended campfires.”

To make sure your campfire is completely out, please follow these recommended rules:

- Allow the wood to burn completely to ash, if possible
- Pour lots of water on the fire; drown ALL embers, not just the red ones
- Pour until hissing sound stops
- Stir the campfire ashes and embers with a shovel
- Scrape the sticks and logs to remove any embers
- Stir and make sure everything is wet and they are cold to the touch

If you do not have water, use dirt. Mix enough dirt or sand with the embers. Continue adding and stirring until all material is cool. Do not bury the fire as it will continue to smolder and could ignite roots, eventually rising to the surface and starting a wildfire.

Any person responsible for starting a wildfire could be assessed stiff fines and prison time, and may be financially liable for damage caused by a wildfire due to their careless or negligent behavior.

For information about hunting access in GMU 23, contact Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Meeker office at 970-878-6090.

 

COLORADO COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS WIN GRANTS TO IMPROVE QUALITY OF CARE

Eleven community health centers across the state have been awarded grants by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to improve the quality of care and ensure more women are screened for cervical cancer. The grants will help the centers become patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) and increase their rates of cervical cancer screening.

Colorado will receive a total of $577,083 from HHS through the Quality Improvement in Health Centers program, which is awarding grants to 810 health centers nationwide as they work to make changes such as improved care coordination and management, that are necessary to become patient-centered medical homes.

The Colorado health centers receiving funds are listed below:

  • Clinica Campesina Family Health Services, Lafayette: $55,000
  • Plains Medical Center, Inc., Limon: $55,000
  • Plan De Salud Del Valle, Inc., Fort Lupton: $55,000
  • Uncompahgre Combined Clinics, Norwood: $55,000
  • High Plains Community Health Center, Lamar: $55,000
  • Mountain Family Health Center, Nederland: $55,000
  • Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, Inc., Craig: $55,000
  • Valley-Wide Health Systems, Inc., Alamosa: $55,000
  • Denver Health and Hospital Authority, Denver: $55,000
  • Metro Community Provider Network, Englewood: $55,000
  • Pueblo Community Health Center, Pueblo: $27,083

In high school sports over the weekend:
In football:
Hayden beat Rangely 69-30.
Soroco lost to Vail Christian 26-6.
Moffat County fell to Eagle Valley 48-14.
Steamboat over Montezuma-Cortez 47-7
Little Snake River Valley defeated H.E.M. 54-0

In volleyball:
Hayden defeated Soroco (25-17, 33-31, 25-20).
Steamboat beat Eagle Valley (25-23, 25-20, 25-22).
Rangely lost to Paonia (11-25, 16-25, 21-25).
Hayden lost to Rangely 25-14, 25-8, 26-24.
Soroco slipped to West Grand 25-11, 25-17, 25-16.

DENVER BRONCOS
The Denver Broncos host Oakland today.  You can catch all the action live on 55 Country with the pre-game at noon and the kick-off at 2.

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29TH

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCORES FROM FRIDAY:

In football:
Hayden beat Rangely 69-30.
Soroco lost to Vail Christian 26-6.
Moffat County fell to Eagle Valley 48-14.

In volleyball:
Hayden defeated Soroco (25-17, 33-31, 25-20).
Steamboat beat Eagle Valley (25-23, 25-20, 25-22).
Rangely lost to Paonia (11-25, 16-25, 21-25).

PARKS AND WILDLIFE LETS HUNTERS KNOW ABOUT A PARTIAL CLOSURE IN THE WHITE RIVER NATIONAL FOREST

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is advising hunters heading to Game Management Unit (GMU) 23 in the White River National Forest that the southeast portion of the unit will be temporarily closed by the U.S. Forest Service during the upcoming big-game seasons due to concerns about an active wildfire in the area.

Although recent rainfall has dampened the fire, USFS officials are concerned about the number of weakened trees and snags caused by the heat and flames, as well as concerns that the fire could re-ignite as temperatures rise and rainfall moves out of the area. The closure extends through Dec. 31, but could end sooner if conditions warrant.

USFS officials say the Middle Elk fire was caused by an unattended campfire. Since it was discovered, it has grown to 257 acres, burning in a mix of spruce and fir trees, open areas and high elevation aspen groves west of Forest Road 245, also known as the Buford – New Castle Road. The road is not currently included in the closure and remains open to hunters.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding hunters and other outdoor recreationists to observe closure notices and to follow campfire rules and regulations as they head to their camps.

“This past summer in Colorado, we saw first-hand how serious wildfires can be,” said Ron Velarde, Regional Manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “It is concerning that, even with the loss of life and damage to property that occurred from wildfires just a few months ago, we continue to see examples of irresponsible behavior by a few people, putting many at risk.”

In northwest Colorado this year, wildlife managers have discovered numerous unattended campfires. Officials with the Upper Colorado Inter-Agency Fire Management Unit say they have seen an increase in the number of unattended campfires over previous years. Officials with the USFS report discovering seven unattended campfires over one recent weekend in northwest Colorado.

“It is critical that campfires be attended, and safe,” said Bill de Vergie, Area Wildlife Manger for Colorado Parks and Wildlife in Meeker. “During the seasons, our officers check for hunting violations, but we will also be looking for any unsafe situation, including unattended campfires.”

To make sure your campfire is completely out, please follow these recommended rules:

- Allow the wood to burn completely to ash, if possible
- Pour lots of water on the fire; drown ALL embers, not just the red ones
- Pour until hissing sound stops
- Stir the campfire ashes and embers with a shovel
- Scrape the sticks and logs to remove any embers
- Stir and make sure everything is wet and they are cold to the touch

If you do not have water, use dirt. Mix enough dirt or sand with the embers. Continue adding and stirring until all material is cool. Do not bury the fire as it will continue to smolder and could ignite roots, eventually rising to the surface and starting a wildfire.

Any person responsible for starting a wildfire could be assessed stiff fines and prison time, and may be financially liable for damage caused by a wildfire due to their careless or negligent behavior.

For information about hunting access in GMU 23, contact Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Meeker office at 970-878-6090.

ROCK SPRINGS MAN CHARGED WITH POSSESSING DRUGS IN SHERIFF’S OFFICE PARKING LOT

While using drugs under any circumstances is inadvisable, doing so in the parking lot of a law enforcement agency is a particularly bad idea.

Sweetwater County Sheriff Rich Haskell said that on Wednesday afternoon, a man was spotted smoking methamphetamine in his car parked at the County Office Complex in Rock Springs, which houses both the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office and the Circuit Court of Judge Dan Forgey. A court clerk notified deputies, who confronted the man, identified as Chadwick Cherny, 28, of Rock Springs.

The deputies observed Cherny to be under the influence of a central nervous system stimulant. Cherny admitted he had drugs on his person and handed over “a small plastic ziplock-type bag that contained a white crystalline substance” which he said was methamphetamine.

Cherny was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance.  As of press time he remains in custody at the Sweetwater County Detention Center in lieu of a $600 cash or surety bond.

COLORADO COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS WIN GRANTS TO IMPROVE QUALITY OF CARE

Eleven community health centers across the state have been awarded grants by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to improve the quality of care and ensure more women are screened for cervical cancer. The grants will help the centers become patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) and increase their rates of cervical cancer screening.

Colorado will receive a total of $577,083 from HHS through the Quality Improvement in Health Centers program, which is awarding grants to 810 health centers nationwide as they work to make changes such as improved care coordination and management, that are necessary to become patient-centered medical homes.

The Colorado health centers receiving funds are listed below:

  • Clinica Campesina Family Health Services, Lafayette: $55,000
  • Plains Medical Center, Inc., Limon: $55,000
  • Plan De Salud Del Valle, Inc., Fort Lupton: $55,000
  • Uncompahgre Combined Clinics, Norwood: $55,000
  • High Plains Community Health Center, Lamar: $55,000
  • Mountain Family Health Center, Nederland: $55,000
  • Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, Inc., Craig: $55,000
  • Valley-Wide Health Systems, Inc., Alamosa: $55,000
  • Denver Health and Hospital Authority, Denver: $55,000
  • Metro Community Provider Network, Englewood: $55,000
  • Pueblo Community Health Center, Pueblo: $27,083

In high school sports:
Yesterday:

In football:
Hayden beat Rangely 69-30.
Soroco lost to Vail Christian 26-6.
Moffat County fell to Eagle Valley 48-14.

In volleyball:
Hayden defeated Soroco (25-17, 33-31, 25-20).
Steamboat beat Eagle Valley (25-23, 25-20, 25-22).
Rangely lost to Paonia (11-25, 16-25, 21-25).

Tomorrow:
In football:
Little Snake River Valley hosts H.E.M. at 2.
Steamboat is welcomes Montezuma-Cortez at 1.

In volleyball:
Hayden is home against Rangely at 3.
Moffat County travels to Roaring Fork at 1.
Soroco is on the road to West Grand at 1.
Meeker hosts North Park at 2.

In boys soccer:
Moffat County heads to Vail Mountain at 11.

In cross country:
Moffat County, Rangely and Meeker run at Fruita Monument.
Steamboat hosts a meet.

DENVER BRONCOS
The Denver Broncos host Oakland Sunday.  You can catch all the action live on 55 Country with the pre-game at noon and the kick-off at 2.

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SOPRTS FOR FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH

ROMNEY TO BE BACK IN COLORADO MONDAY

Mitt Romney is coming back to Colorado. The Republican presidential candidate has a Monday evening rally scheduled at Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in Denver.  That’s only a week after Romney held two events along the Front Range.  It’s also two days before the first presidential debate at Denver University on Oct. 3.  Colorado is a vital swing state in the presidential election and the state has seen its share of political luminaries this year.  Romney’s running mate, Paul Ryan, had just held an evening rally in Colorado Springs when the campaign announced Romney’s visit.

 

VETS WITH PTSD WANT MEDICAL MARIJUANA AVAILABLE TO THEM

Medical marijuana cards for people with post-traumatic stress disorder appear unlikely in Colorado, and some veterans are planning to protest the snub from state health officials.  A group of veterans was planning to rally yesterday in Colorado Springs. They say that because PTSD won’t qualify for marijuana cards, the state should adopt legalization for all on the November ballot.  Brian Vicente of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol says a “Veterans for 64″ group is being formed to back the marijuana ballot measure, called Amendment 64.  The group is being established in response to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s second denial of a petition to add PTSD to the list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana.  You can voice your opinion on Amendment 64 by answering our survey question on the front page.

 

TIPTON RECEIVES NATIONAL TAX FIGHTER AWARD

The National Tax Limitation Committee (NTLC) has honored Congressman Scott Tipton with its 112th Congress “Tax Fighter Award.” NTLC President Lewis Uhler presented the award to Congressman Tipton in Washington late last week, saying, “Congressman Tipton’s votes on tax and spending issues in the 112th Congress earned him an ‘A’ grade and the Tax Fighter Award.” Tipton received a 97% on the NTLC scorecard which indicates that he voted on the side of taxpayers on key tax and spending votes.  The award softens his opponent Sal Pace’s continued claims that Tipton has consistently voted for tax raises during his term.

 

ABORTION OPPONENTS CHALLENGE RULING ON SIGNATURES FOR BALLOT MEASURE

Abortion opponents in Colorado are suing to challenge the failure of a petition to put an abortion question on ballots.  Personhood Colorado filed its legal challenge yesterday in Denver District Court. The group had submitted petitions to ask Colorado voters for a third time whether to ban abortions in all circumstances.  The secretary of state ruled in August that Personhood Colorado didn’t submit enough valid signatures and that there wasn’t time for the group to try to complete the petition before this November’s election.  The abortion foes want a judge to review the signatures and clear the measure for ballots as soon as possible, either this November or in 2014.

 

STATE GETS OVER $43 MILLION TO ESTABLISH HEALTH EXCHANGE

The Colorado Health Benefit Exchange will receive a $43,486,747 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to help establish the state’s health insurance exchange. HHS is awarding grants to states who have shown progress in establishing their exchanges. The awards are based on the needs and planned expenditures of each state.  Colorado has previously been awarded a planning grant and an establishment grant to help set up its exchange. Colorado is receiving its second establishment award to continue efforts to set up the services and systems to launch Colorado’s new health insurance exchange. Specifically, funds from the grant will provide the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange the resources to meet deadlines for certification, testing and deployment of systems and operations.

 

COLORADO REPUBLICANS FIRE ELECTION CONSULTING FIRM OVER VOTER FRAUD ALLEGATIONS

Strategic Allied Consulting, the D.C. based firm that was fired by the National Republican Party for voter fraud, has also been fired by Colorado’s republican party.  The state was planning on using the firm for their “get the vote out” efforts, but earlier this week, Florida election officials discovered over 100 potentially phony registration signatures and home addresses, submitted by the firm.  The national committee had paid the firm nearly $3 million to work in a few swing states, including Colorado.  It’s not clear how much money Colorado put into the contract.  No one from the firm has commented on the firing.

 

POSTAL SERVICE URGES VOTERS TO SEND BALLOTS IN EARLY

The U.S. Postal Service is urging residents who vote by mail to get their ballots in early.  USPS Consumer Advocate Laurie Timmons says mail is an increasingly important part of U.S. elections, and mailing ballots back at least three days before they are due will ensure dependable and timely delivery of ballot mail.   She also says American voters outside the contiguous United States or living overseas, whether civilian or military, should check usps.com for suggested ballot mail-back dates.  The Postal Service has been working with local elections officials to make sure election mail is created in a way that allows for efficient processing and delivery.

In high school sports:
Yesterday:

In volleyball:
Hayden beat North Park (25-22, 25-17, 25-22).
Moffat County fell to Coal Ridge (10-25, 9-25, 19-25).
Steamboat lost to Glenwood (19-25, 21-25, 27-25, 20-25).

In boys soccer:
Steamboat defeated Rifle 6-0.

Today:
In football:
Hayden heads to Rangely at 7.
Soroco fell to Vail Christian 26-6
Meeker travels to Lake County at 7.
Moffat County lost to Eagle Valley 48-14.

In volleyball:
Hayden goes to Soroco at 5.
Steamboat is home against Eagle Valley at 6:30.
Rangely plays at Paonia at 6.

Tomorrow:
In football:
Little Snake River Valley hosts H.E.M. at 2.
Steamboat is welcomes Montezuma-Cortez at 11.

In volleyball:
Hayden is home against Rangely at 3.
Moffat County travels to Roaring Fork at 1.
Soroco is on the road to West Grand at 1.
Meeker hosts North Park at 2.

In boys soccer:
Moffat County heads to Vail Mountain at 11.

In cross country:
Moffat County, Rangely and Meeker run at Fruita Monument.
Steamboat hosts a meet.

DENVER BRONCOS
The Denver Broncos host Oakland Sunday.  You can catch all the action live on 55 Country with the pre-game at noon and the kick-off at 2.

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH

MOFFAT COUNTY UNITED WAY BEGINS THEIR 2013 CAMPAIGN

The Moffat County United Way 2013 Campaign is underway.  This year, Craig’s banks are the pacesetters, and are challenging the community to help them raise up to $10,000.  The banks themselves will contribute $5,000.  They urge residents, especially those without workplace campaigns, to donate at any of the four local banks during the month of October.  They are also selling United Way bracelets for $2 each, the proceeds of which will go toward the campaign.  The Moffat County United Way’s goal this year is $490,000.  The campaign runs through November 16th.

 

MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION DEBATED LAST NIGHT

Marijuana legalization in Colorado was up for debate at the University of Denver last night.  Proponents of the measure say that marijuana should be regulated like alcohol and taxed to raise money for school construction. Opponents say the pot measure would increase youth drug use and wouldn’t raise that much money.  Colorado is one of three states considering ballot measures this fall to defy federal law and legalize marijuana without a doctor’s recommendation.  Colorado and 16 other states already buck federal drug law for “medical marijuana”.  You can voice your opinion by answering our marijuana survey on the front page.

 

STEAMBOAT SEWER LINE PROJECT TO IMPACT TRAFFIC NEAR LIBRARY

As part of a Steamboat project to replace an existing sewer line, Duckels Construction plans to close 13th Street next week between the intersection at Lincoln Avenue and the northern Library parking lot next to West Lincoln Park. The closure is scheduled to begin Monday and continue through Friday.  The Bud Werner Memorial Library main parking lot will also be closed during the project. 13th Street and the Library parking lot will re-open Friday afternoon through Sunday for the Literary Sojourn. The lot will close again for the week of October 8th through the12th.  To access 13th Street, vehicles will be detoured to Shield Drive and over the James Brown Bridge. There will be alternative parking for the Library, which will operate during normal hours. Pedestrian access will also be available.

 

STATE AND FEDERAL OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS HEALTH FOREST MANAGEMENT

Elected officials, including Governor John Hickenlooper, U.S. Senator Mark Udall and Congressman Scott Tipton will join state lawmakers, policy makers and industry officials at a half-day summit to explore progress and possibilities in managing Colorado’s forests at the History Colorado Center.  The 2012 Forest Summit will include three panels and discuss developments in state and federal legislation, review the condition and needs within the state’s wood products industry and examine forest restoration efforts and management work within mountain communities.  Interested stakeholders working in government, community organizations and the forest products industry are encouraged to attend the event.  It will be October 12th in Denver.  If you’re interested in attending the free event, contact the Colorado Department of Natural Resources at (303) 866-3311 ext. 8657.

 

COLORADO GROUP ASKS LAWMAKERS TO DENY EXTENDING WIND ENERGY TAX CREDITS

The Colorado chapter of Americans for Prosperity (AFP-CO), the nation’s premier free market grassroots organization, sent a letter to the Colorado delegation of the U.S. Congress opposing extending tax breaks for wind energy. AFP-CO urges federal lawmakers from Colorado to oppose extending the wind production tax credit.  State Director Jeff Crank says Washington needs to stop playing favorites in the energy market.  He says an energy policy is needed that can stand on its own in the market, not one that relies on government hand-outs.  The principal federal support for wind energy, the production tax credit, was enacted in 1992 and is scheduled to expire at the end of 2012. In early August, the Senate Finance Committee passed a measure that would renew and dramatically expand several targeted tax credits for renewable energy, including wind power. According to the Committee, this provision is projected to cost $12.1 billion over ten years.

 

SECRETARY OF STATE URGES VOTERS TO DOUBLE CHECK REGISTRATION

Colorado’s election chief says many of the nearly 800 people who registered to vote using a mobile device may not be registered because of a website glitch from September 14th to September 24th.  Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler urged those people yesterday to verify their status and register again if they don’t show up on the system.  The glitch only affected 779 people who tried to register to vote with a mobile device during those days.  Gessler says his office is trying to identify who those people are but they haven’t been able to. He says the glitch happened because of a software fix for the online voter registration website.  Gessler says people affected could also still vote with an emergency registration process.  People can check their registration by clicking here.

In high school sports:
Today:

In volleyball:
Hayden goes to North Park at 4:30.
Moffat County heads to Coal Ridge at 6.
Steamboat is home against Glenwood at 6:30.

In boys soccer:
Moffat County hosts Grand Valley at 4.
Steamboat plays at Rifle at 7.

Tomorrow:
In football:
Hayden heads to Rangely at 7.
Soroco hosts Vail Christian at 7.
Meeker travels to Lake County at 7.
Moffat County is on the road to Eagle Valley.  You can catch that game live in KRAI with the pre-game at 6:45 and the kick-off at 7.  You can also listen online at krai.com.

In volleyball:
Hayden goes to Soroco at 5.
Steamboat is home against Eagle Valley at 6:30.
Rangely plays at Paonia at 6.

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26TH

FIRE BAN LIFTED IN CRAIG/MOFFAT COUNTY

The Moffat County Commissioners and the Craig City Council have lifted Stage 1 fire restrictions.  The Bureau of Land Management lifted their restrictions within the county a couple of weeks ago, but Sheriff Tim Jantz wanted to wait until fall arrived before eliminating the ban on private property within the county.  He and City of Craig officials believe that cooler temperatures and shorter days make the ban no longer necessary.  Jantz says he’s proud of the way Moffat County residents responded to this year’s dry conditions.  He says those that live here know how devastating a wildfire can be, and there were very few contacts regarding illegal fires.  While the ban has been lifted, Jantz says dry conditions still exist, and he would prefer landowners burn their trash after dark.

 

LAWMAKERS CONSIDER WILDFIRE LEGISLATION

Colorado lawmakers have advanced a proposal to tighten standards for controlled burns like one that grew out of control and killed three people and damaged two dozen homes in March.  But they are struggling to come up with a figure that addresses how much money the state should be liable for in cases where it’s responsible for tragedies.  The March wildfire in the foothills southwest of Denver grew from a prescribed burn.  Yesterday, a panel reviewing legislation to introduce next year approved bills to implement a state prescribed burn program and extend tax credits for landowners that conduct fire mitigation. Those ideas still need another committee’s approval and could still be modified.  Lawmakers rejected an idea to raise the state liability cap from $600,000 to $1.2 million.

 

STORM SPARKS SMALL WILDFIRES IN NORTHWEST COLORADO

Monday’s storm cell that moved through Northwest Colorado sparked a few small wildfires in Moffat and Rio Blanco Counties.  All were less than a tenth of an acres, but fire officials say the activity shows wildfires are still a legitimate danger in this part of the state, even though the danger has lessened.  Most of Monday’s fires were on BLM land.  Fire restrictions have been lifted in Moffat, Routt, Rio Blanco, Grand, and Jackson Counties.

 

NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK DAY IS SATURDAY

The Craig Police Department wants all your expired prescription drugs.  The department will take part in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.  The idea is to bring all your outdated prescription drugs to a drop off location, where police will collect and dispose of them.  Outdated over-the-counter medication will also be accepted.  Certain items will NOT be taken, including needles, syringes, mercury thermometers, oxygen containers, radioactive substances, pressurized canisters, and illegal drugs.  In the last two years, agencies in the state have collected over 35,000 pounds of unused medication during these Take Back Days.  Organizers say they are trying to keep prescription drugs out of the hands of teenagers, who often think because a drug is prescribed by a doctor, it’s safe for anyone to take.  Craig’s event will take place Saturday from 10 to 2 in the Centennial Mall parking lot.

 

IRS EXTENDS DEADLINE FOR FARMERS AND RANCHERS TO REPLACE LIVESTOCK TAX FREE

The Internal revenue Service says farmers and ranchers who previously were forced to sell livestock due to drought have an extended period of time in which to replace the livestock and defer tax on any gains from the forced sales.  Farmers and ranchers who, due to drought, sell more livestock than they normally would may defer tax on the extra gains from those sales. To qualify, the livestock generally must be replaced within a four-year period. The IRS is authorized to extend this period if the drought continues.  The one-year extension of the replacement period announced yesterday generally applies to capital gains realized by eligible farmers and ranchers on sales of livestock held for draft, dairy or breeding purposes due to drought. Sales of other livestock, such as those raised for slaughter or held for sporting purposes, and poultry are not eligible.

 

INTERFAITH FOOD BANK IN CRAIG NEEDS DONATIONS

The Interfaith Food Bank of Craig is near depletion.  Food bank workers say they need donations to restock before winter hits.  They say the number of people they are helping continues to grow, and they’re hoping you can help.  Between now and October 5th, you can drop off a donation of non-perishable food or cash at any of the banks in Craig.  The donation will go straight to the Interfaith Food Bank.  For a list of suggested items, click here.

 

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT APPEALS ANTI-OBAMACARE RULING

The federal government is appealing an order blocking it from penalizing a Colorado business whose health coverage for employees doesn’t cover birth control.  President Barack Obama’s health care package requires group health plans to offer no-cost preventive care coverage to women for items including birth control. The owners of the heating and air conditioning business Hercules Industries challenged the mandate, saying their Roman Catholic beliefs condemn contraception.  In July, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction barring penalties against Hercules Industries while the lawsuit proceeds.  The government filed notice yesterday that it is appealing the ruling to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

In high school sports:
Yesterday:

In boys soccer:
Moffat County lost to Colorado Rocky Mountain 3-2.
Steamboat topped Eagle Valley 1-0.

Tomorrow:
In volleyball:
Hayden goes to North Park at 4:30.
Moffat County heads to Coal Ridge at 6.
Steamboat is home against Glenwood at 6:30.

In boys soccer:
Moffat County hosts Grand Valley at 4.
Steamboat plays at Rifle at 7.

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SOPRTS FOR TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH

FIRE SEASON NOT OVER

Numerous smoke reports were called in yesterday afternoon to the Craig Inter agency Dispatch Center following the passage of a storm cell. Moffat County received no measurable rain but some areas in Rio Blanco County received up to one third inch of precipitation. Lightning sparked five wildland fires all less than one tenth acre and now contained.  Moffat County had one fire located six and one half miles west of Massadona on Bureau of Land Management public land.
Rio Blanco County had four incidents, two located northwest of Meeker and two south and southwest of Rangely with three on BLM land and one on private land.
BLM engine crews responded to the fires and will return today to check and monitor those incidents.  With cooler temperatures and shorter days the potential for long term large wildfires has decreased, but it doesn’t mean fire season is entirely over. Areas in northwest Colorado are still in drought and vegetation is extremely dry. The last shot of significant moisture, about one half inch, occurred around Sept. 9.  The Moffat County Board of Commissioners determined Stage 1 fire restrictions be rescinded as of noon today reported Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz. There are no fire restrictions in effect in Grand, Jackson, Routt, Moffat, and Rio Blanco Counties.  “We still need people to be careful using fire outdoors,” said Northwest Colorado Fire Management Officer Colt Mortenson. “The indicators continue to show high fire danger.”
The county, state, and federal agencies want people to be able to enjoy camping and recreating this fall while continuing to observe safe outdoor fire practices such as:
- Never leave a campfire unattended and extinguish all fires with water and dirt until cool to the touch
- Do not park vehicles in tall vegetation as hot exhaust systems can ignite wildland fires
- Smoke in areas cleared of flammable debris or vegetation
To report a wildland fire call 911 or 970-826-5037.

BILL INTRODUCED TO EXEMPT “SIT TIME” FROM OIL AND GAS DRIVERS’ TRAVEL LOGS

Utah State Senator Kevin Van Tassell reports that 11 western states including Utah are joining with the Western States Transportation Alliance in support of a bill introduced Thursday by Louisiana Representative Jeff Landry. The bill directs Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood to insure that time spent by truck drivers waiting at oil and natural gas rig sites to unload cargo would not count as on-duty time for drivers.  Van Tassell stated under new potential regulations, should drivers at rig sites be forced to list their time waiting as on-duty time, that would mean that those drivers would have to clock out from work should they reach their hours, even if they are simply waiting to load or unload. For companies, this would mean having to hire extra employees to replace those that have “timed out” and might even have to provide shuttle service to switch out drivers at the end of a shift. R.J. Hicks, Executive Director of the Western States Transportation Alliance explained that regulations were proposed by the Federal Motorcarrier Safety Administration which is a part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Hicks said that for 50 years, drivers could claim an exemption from hours at a rig site while waiting to unload, and that despite an increase in oil and gas activity in recent years, there hasn’t been any corresponding spikes in accidents, violations or fatalities. The industry and transportation advocates asked the U.S.D.O.T. to hold off on implementing the new rules while they offered input. They did so, and Landry submitted a petition signed by 30 other legislators asking that the rule not be implemented.

 

OIL AND GAS COMMISSION TO CONSIDER GROUND WATER RULES ON NEW WELL PADS

The director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission says it’s time to consider statewide rules on baseline groundwater sampling and monitoring at new well pads, which could show when drilling operations have contaminated groundwater supplies and when they haven’t.  The state has been holding meetings with oil and gas industry representatives, community leaders, environmental groups and other stakeholders to discuss revising the state’s so-called “setback” rules on how far wells must be from buildings.  On Friday, commission director Matt Lepore emailed stakeholders an early outline of suggested revisions. The outline includes the water sampling proposal but also a proposed requirement for a public hearing and commission approval before wellheads can be placed within 750 feet of schools or hospitals.  Lepore says there’s much more discussion to come.

 

UTAH ESCAPEES CAUGHT IN NEBRASKA

According To Uintah County Undersheriff John Laursen, on Sunday morning, his office was notified that the Lancaster County, Nebraska Sheriff’s Department had apprehended Dallas Derrick and Jason Graham who escaped from the Uintah County Jail last week. The convicts were found walking away from a stalled vehicle in Lincoln, Nebraska when the deputy approached them to inquire if they needed assistance. According to the deputy, their actions and answers to his questions made him suspicious, which resulted in the individuals being arrested. The pairs stalled vehicle was a different one than the green Yukon they had stolen in Vernal. They are currently being held in the Lancaster County Jail in Lincoln on stolen vehicle charges there.  They also face charges in Wyoming. They will be extradited to Utah.

 

STEAMBOAT PREPARES FOR WORK ON PARKING LOT NEAR WALTON CREEK ROAD

The City of Steamboat and Connell Resources have begun construction to improve and pave the parking lot near the intersection of Highway 40 and Walton Creek Road, near the Yampa River.  In 1999, the city purchased a former gravel pit location from the Polumbus family using Great Outdoors Colorado funds. In 2004, the property parking lot was graveled and landscaping was added to formalize the park. At that point the park was renamed River Creek Park.  In early 2010, the city and the Colorado Department of Transportation entered into an agreement to design and pave the parking area using Colorado Municipal Air Quality grant funds. The parking area includes 63 overall spaces, a bus turn around, and sidewalk connections. The parking lot will be periodically closed from time to time as construction activity occurs. There will also be a few days when the core trail at the intersection of US40 and Walton Creek will require bicyclists and pedestrians to detour.  The project is expected to last until the end of October depending on weather conditions. The overall construction cost is roughly $350,000.

 

STEAMBOAT TO UNVEIL “WALK OF OLYMPIANS”

Steamboat is unveiling its new Walk of Olympians, a series of bronze plaques installed on sidewalks throughout downtown, to celebrate the city’s Olympic heritage and recognize local Olympians.  There will be a celebration and ribbon cutting next week to highlight the displays.  Maps of the Walk will be provided.  Each plaque highlights a different athlete, and is sponsored by a local business or individual.  The celebration takes place October 5th at 5:15 on the corner of 5th and Yampa Streets.

 

PARKS AND WILDLIFE TO HOLD PRESENTATION ON STATE’S BIRD TRAIL

Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory are inviting local landowners to an informational presentation and discussion where they can listen to details about the northwest portion of the statewide Colorado Birding Trail, and how they can share any unique sightings on their property with the public.  The Colorado Birding Trail features a series of driving loops designed to provide the public with a variety of wildlife viewing opportunities across large portions of the state.  The highlights of the trail are the opportunities for landowners to diversify their property and share the excellent wildlife viewing opportunities often found on private land.  The northwestern phase of the birding trail is scheduled for completion in June 2013. The trails in the southwest and southeast portions of the state have been completed.  All landowners interested in participating are encouraged to attend the meeting October 4th at 6 at the Colorado Parks and wildlife office in Meeker.

 

CLYDE THE ELK DIES AT WYMAN MUSEUM

Word came yesterday that Clyde the Elk, a popular icon at the Wyman Living History Museum, has passed away.  Clyde has been a draw at the museum for the last 8 years to kids and adults alike.  Museum officials would like to honor Clyde with a memorial service.  It hasn’t been announced when that might happen.

 

FRACKING DISPUTE BETWEEN CITIES AND STATE HEATING UP

A fracking dispute about regulating the drilling procedure is getting more heated.  Some 60 mayors and city council members from 17 communities have asked Governor John Hickenlooper to have the state drop a lawsuit challenging oil and gas drilling rules adopted by the city of Longmont.  At issue is whether the state alone has the power to regulate oil and gas drilling, or whether local communities can add stipulations to how and where drilling can be performed.  Hickenlooper and the energy producers argue that a patchwork of regulations is unworkable.  Communities say local governments should have more say.

In high school sports:
Today:

In volleyball:
Hayden hosts Little Snake River Valley at 6:30.
Soroco is on the road to play Glenwood’s JV squad at 5:30.

In boys soccer:
Moffat County heads to Colorado Rocky Mountain for a game at 4.
Steamboat hosts Eagle Valley at 6.

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24TH

ROMNEY VISITS COLORADO, SAYS HE CAN BRING THE RIGHT CHANGE TO WASHINGTON

Mitt Romney says he’s the man who can finally change Washington.  Romney made his first Colorado appearance since early August last night at a school on the border of Denver and Jefferson County.  He says Barack Obama has admitted he can’t change Washington from the inside and that it can only be changed from the outside. Romney urged the crowd to give the president the chance to be outside Washington again after Nov. 6.  Romney appeared before an enthusiastic crowd after a rough two weeks during which he was criticized for a secret recording in which he admits that the 47 percent who don’t pay income taxes likely won’t vote for him.  He is in Pueblo today.  Last night, the campaign announced that Romney’s running mate, Paul Ryan, will attend two events in Colorado on Wednesday.  Ryan will take part in a town hall at Walker Manufacturing in Fort Collins at noon and then will head to Colorado Springs for a rally at America the Beautiful Park.

 

STATE WATER GROUP TO MEET FOR SEMINAR IN STEAMBOAT

The local office of the Colorado Division of Water Resources will host a third free water seminar October 2nd at the Steamboat Community Center. The seminar will be offered at three times that day; at 9, 2, and 6. Each session will cover how to submit water use records, general water administration, future administration, filing for a water right, issues and concerns that arose this irrigation season, and navigating the water resources website and aquamap. There will be time for questions with the local water commissioner and Division Engineer Erin Light. If you have questions, call 846-0036.

 

HICKENLOOPER SIGNS EMERGENCY LIVESTOCK FEED BILL

Governor John Hickenlooper says drought conditions have prompted him to sign an executive order that suspends permits necessary for the transportation of large bales of hay or baled livestock feed.  The governor announced the order during the inaugural Pedal the Plains bicycle ride yesterday, saying the drought has severely affected the ability of the state’s livestock producers to get the required amount of feed for their animals.  The order will allow the state to issue single-trip, extra-legal permits for divisible loads of “baled hay” or “baled livestock feed” of heights ranging from 14 feet, 6 inches to 15 feet. It will stay in effect until Oct. 21.

 

SENATE ADVANCES SPORTSMEN’S ACT OF 2012

The U-S Senate has advanced a bill that would protect and enhance opportunities for hunting, fishing, and shooting.  The Sportsmen’s Act of 2012 is a package of nearly twenty bills that would increase access and opportunities for sportsmen and women. The legislation includes a provision to allow bowhunters with archery equipment to cross national park lands in order to access adjacent hunting lands. Currently, bowhunters do not enjoy the same rights as those with firearms to access prime hunting lands adjacent to national parks.  It’s supported by several hunting and fishing organizations throughout the U.S.

 

LOVE INC HOLDING COAT DRIVE THIS WEEK

Love INC is conducting a coat drive in Craig this week.  As the weather turns colder, there will be many families in need of coats to get them through the winter.  Love INC will collect the coats this week, and then distribute them as needed throughout the winter.  The drive starts today and ends Friday.  It runs from 1 to 4 every day this week, at Saint Mark’s Church at 6th and Green Streets.  October 1st, the project will move to Hayden.  Organizers will set up at Hayden Congregational Church until the 12th.  Other dates will be announced in the future.

 

CRAIG TEACHER FELT SLIGHTED BY ROMNEY

A Craig teacher is featured in an Obama campaign email.  Obama for America-Colorado has released a video showing Craig teacher Cheryl Arnett’s voicing support for Obama.  The commercial actually focuses on the fact that the teacher was able to meet with Mitt Romney in a roundtable discussion in May, when the candidate was in Craig.  While most participants in that discussion were pleased with the attention and feedback they received at the meeting, Arnett was disappointed.  She said Romney was more interested in talking about his plans for education, rather than listening to the issues she brought to the table.  She said she wasn’t appreciative of the way Romney talked about teacher’s unions, and says his views are old fashioned.  You can see the video by clicking here.

 

WATER BOARD TO HOLD HEARING ON EXTENDING CLOUD SEEDING PERMIT

The Colorado Water Conservation Board is holding a public hearing on a Durango-based company’s request to renew its cloud-seeding permit.  Western Weather Consultants wants to renew its permit for the next five winters so it can do cloud seeding for the water departments of several Colorado municipalities. The goal is to boost precipitation and snowpack to benefit water users, from farmers to ski areas.  The company uses ground-based generators to produce silver iodide crystals that become the center of clouds.  The Colorado Water Conservation Board plans a public hearing tonight in Silverthorne on the request to renew the permit.

In high school sports:
Over the weekend:

In football:
Little Snake River Valley beat Meteetse 56-44.
Hayden topped Soroco 49-7.
Rangely lost to West Grand 42-35.
Steamboat was defeated by Glenwood 55-12.
Moffat County fell to Delta 21-7.
Meeker lost to Del Norte 51-22.

In volleyball:
Steamboat fell to Palisade (21-25, 24-26, 25-27), and Delta (14-25, 20-25, 20-25).
Soroco lost to Plateau Valley (20-25, 21-25, 13-25) and Paonia (25-23, 25-16, 25-17).
Rangely beat West Grand (14-25, 25-16, 25-20, 25-17).
Hayden lost to Vail Christian (25-17, 25-14, 20-25, 21-25, 11-15).
Moffat County fell to Grand Valley (25-27, 26-24, 20-25, 21-25).

In boys soccer:
Moffat County lost to Roaring Fork 4-1.
Steamboat fell to Evergreen 1-0.

In cross country:
The Moffat County girls took 1st at their home meet, while the boys took 2nd.  The Steamboat boys took 1st, while the girls took 2nd.

Tomorrow:
In volleyball:
Hayden hosts Little Snake River Valley at 6:30.
Soroco is on the road to play Glenwood’s JV squad at 5:30.

In boys soccer:
Moffat County heads to Colorado Rocky Mountain for a game at 4.
Steamboat hosts Eagle Valley at 6.

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23RD

ASPEN VIEWING TIPS

The beautiful aspen is the quintessential Colorado tree. We’ve named towns, streets, dogs — even our beer — after this glorious tree. In the summer, the aspens provide shade for our state flower, the columbine; and when fall foliage comes on the scene, Coloradans rejoice as the aspens’ quaking leaves turn their vibrant shade of gold.

The month of September is the ideal time to witness this gilded spectacle on a scenic drive, but you have to time it right: The color lasts only about a week in most places. It’s difficult to predict when exactly the leaves will turn in any given location. The best strategy is select travel dates in advance, but not destinations. Then go wherever the color is. Below are a few road-tripping routes in Northwest Colorado that have become fall-color pilgrimages for aspen lovers:

- Colorado 125 over Willow Creek Pass between Granby and Walden
- US 40 south from Steamboat Springs to Colorado 131 to Yampa; from Yampa, take County Road 7 southwest to Stillwater Reservoir
- Flat Tops Trail Scenic and Historic Byway (Meeker to Yampa via County Road 17 and Forest Road 16 over Ripple Creek Pass)

For additional suggestions visit this link.

 

Growth in Colorado Agricultural Exports Important for State

Colorado’s agricultural exports increased by $107.1 million or 18 percent to $710.1 million in the first six months of 2012 over 2011, led by export increases in meats, dairy, wheat and dry beans.

“Colorado agriculture is the fabric of this state, with quality locally grown products sold from our local farmers markets to markets abroad, rich with opportunity,” said Colorado Agricultural Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar. “We are enthused about the continued growth of Colorado’s agricultural exports to international markets which contribute to Colorado’s economic vitality.”

Colorado’s agricultural export increases were led by Colorado’s leading agricultural commodities.

  • Meat exports increased by $79 million or 22 percent.
  • Dairy exports increased by $14 million or 44 percent, more than doubling dairy exports since 2010.
  • Vegetable (predominately dry edible beans) exports increased nearly $10 million or 188 percent.
  • Wheat exports increased by $2 million, with growth primarily in the Mexican market.

Colorado’s top export markets continue to lead in agricultural exports.

  • Exports to Canada increased 11 percent by $19 million to $191.9 million.
  • Exports to Mexico increased 16 percent by $21 million to $149 million.
  • Exports to Japan increased 48 percent by $32 million to $99.6 million.
  • Exports to China increased 18 percent by $9.8 million to $63 million.
  • Exports to Korea increased 6 percent by $3 million to $56.9 million.
  • Exports to Russia increased 83 percent by $13 million to $28.7 million.

“Agricultural exports are often a major share of Colorado’s total exports to our key international markets,” said Salazar. “It is important that we continue to advocate for further access in global markets for our agricultural products.  Colorado’s agricultural exports have further growth opportunities as we work to open and expand global markets.”

  • Colorado agricultural exports in the first six months of 2012 increased by $194.2 million or 38 percent since the first six months of 2010.
  • Colorado’s agricultural exports accounted for 17.9 percent of Colorado’s total exports.
  • Colorado’s agricultural exports accounted for 19.8 percent of Colorado’s total exports to Canada.
  • Colorado’s agricultural exports accounted for 35.7 percent of Colorado’s total exports to Mexico.
  • Colorado’s agricultural exports accounted for 18.9 percent of Colorado’s total exports to China.
  • Colorado’s agricultural exports accounted for 46 percent of Colorado’s total exports to Japan.
  • Colorado’s agricultural exports accounted for 45.9 percent of Colorado’s total exports to Korea.
  • Colorado’s agricultural exports accounted for 66 percent of Colorado’s total exports to Russia.

Anglers Reminded to Monitor Water Temps

Drought conditions and low water flows throughout the state have Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminding anglers to monitor water temperature when they are out fishing.  Several water-specific recommendations have already been released this summer; however aquatic biologists recognize that fish can be stressed due to temperatures in many different coldwater fishing locations.

“Handling fish in waters that are 68 degrees and above can put undue stress on them, causing mortalities and compromising the fishery as a whole,” said Ken Kehmeier, senior aquatic biologist for the Northeast region. “We ask that anglers keep in mind the production opportunity of a fishery and not solely the fishing opportunity.  Get out and fish, but bring along a thermometer and try to fish early in the day for the best opportunities.”

For more information about fishing in places not affected by low flows including many in Northwest Colordao, visit this link

 

In high school sports over the weekend:

IN FOOTBALL
Little Snake River Valley beat Meteetse 56-44.
Hayden topped Soroco 49-7.
Rangely lost to West Grand 42-35.
Steamboat was defeated by Glenwood 55-12.
Moffat County fell to Delta 21-7
Meeker lost to Del Norte 51-22.

DENVER BRONCOS
The Denver Broncos host the Houston Texans today.  You can catch all the action live on 55 Country with the pre-game at noon and the kick-off at 2:15.

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22ND

WYOMING POLICE DOG TO GET STEM CELL THERAPY

The first veterinary hospital in Wyoming to perform in-house stem cell therapy will try to help a police dog suffering from a painful condition that affects up to 40 percent of the 164 million dogs and cats in the U.S.  The procedure is set for Wednesday, September 26, 2012 from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM at the Desert View Animal Hospital in Rock Springs.   The stem cell therapy will be performed on Blitz, a veteran 10-year-old yellow lab who serves as a drug detection canine with the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office.  Blitz previously suffered a torn cruciate ligament in a rear leg and now has developed arthritis. She joined the Sheriff’s Office in 2008 and has been involved in a number of important drug seizures.  Blitz’s handler, Corporal Matt Bartolotta, says Blitz becomes stiff after a strenuous day. The stem cell therapy should ease his pain and keep him on the job longer, serving the citizens of Sweetwater County.   Fat tissue is removed from the animal, the stem cells are separated from the fat and activated, and then injected into the affected areas.   Within two months of the procedure Blitz should be moving well, with little or no pain.

STEAMBOAT SKI AREA CONTINUES LOGGING PROJECTS

The Steamboat Ski Area will continue logging projects at the resort for pine beetle mitigation this fall.  Logging operations on approximately 40 acres will result in closures and detours of the resorts hiking, mountain biking and Steamboat Bike Park trails beginning Monday, September 24th.   “It is imperative that the public understands the dangers associated with an operation of this scope and abide by all closures and signs, and keep clear of the impacted areas,” said Doug Allen, vice president of mountain operations for the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation. “As we continue to grow and expand our on-mountain activities, the mitigation and logging work we do during the fall season becomes an important part of our winter preparations and future summer planning.”   To help establish safety perimeters around the logging project, the US Forest Service has issued a closure for the area that encompasses Burgess Creek drainage between Why Not Road to Creekside. A helicopter yarding method will be implemented to yard logs from slopes to a centralized log landing location, adding to heightened safety procedures during the fall season.  No biking, hiking, hunting or other access is permitted in this area. The closure goes into effect Monday, September 24th and will continue until the work is completed.   “With the scope of this project and the equipment for removal, it is in the best interest of guests and the ski resort for the National Forest area affected to be closed,” said recreation manager Kent Foster. “We realize this is a short term impact of popular in-close trails, but it has a long term benefit.  Please respect the signs and closure and enjoy other areas during this time. Steamboat’s logging efforts have a history of expedient and smooth progression and we expect the same safe pace will exist during this project.”   During the first week of logging, September 24- 30, Rawhide and Tenderfoot trails in the Steamboat Bike Park will be closed. Creekside and Why Not Road will remain open to bikers, as will Thunderhead hiking trail for hikers. Mountain trails will remain open as conditions permit. Please respect all signs and trail closures while accessing mountain areas.   During upcoming operations, crews will be falling trees and using heavy equipment such as skidders and logging trucks, as well as a helicopter. Removal of logs by helicopter makes the process more environmentally friendly by limiting the ground footprint and decreasing the potential for soil erosion and sedimentation to streams.   This work is being done in response to impacts from the mountain pine beetle which has increased the risk of falling trees. Previous and current logging will result in reduced hazards from falling trees to visitors.   The logging program continues to focus solely on lodgepole pine and will not affect spruce, fir or aspen. Steamboat is fortunate that the forest cover on the mountain is so diverse, making impacts from the pine beetle epidemic less extensive.

WATER SEMINAR TO BE HELD IN STEAMBOAT OCTOBER 2ND

The local office of the Colorado Division of Water Resources will host a third free water seminar on Tuesday Oct. 2 at the Steamboat Community Center. The seminar will be offered at three times that day, 9 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Each session will cover how to submit water use records, general water administration, future administration, filing for a water right, issues and concerns that arose this irrigation season, and navigating the water resources website and aquamap. Time will be reserved for user questions with the local water commissioner and Division Engineer Erin Light. For questions, contact Brian Romig at 846-0036.

In high school sports:
Yesterday:

In football:
Little Snake River Valley beat Meteetse 56-44.
Hayden topped Soroco 49-7.
Rangely lost to West Grand 42-35.
Steamboat was defeated by Glenwood 55-12.
Moffat County fell to Delta 21-7.

 

Today:
In football:
Meeker is on the road to Del Norte at 1.

In volleyball:
Little Snake River Valley goes to Farson Eden.
Hayden is home against Vail Christian at 3.
Moffat County plays at Grand Valley at 3.
Meeker head to Rangely for a game at 3.
Steamboat hosts Delta at 1.
Soroco welcomes Paonia at 1.

In boys soccer:
Moffat County is on the road to Roaring Fork at 11.
Steamboat travels to Evergreen at 2.

In cross country:
Moffat County runs at home, with Steamboat attending.
Rangely goes to Hotchkiss.

DENVER BRONCOS
The Denver Broncos host the Houston Texans Sunday.  You can catch all the action live on 55 Country with the pre-game at noon and the kick-off at 2:15.

 

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST

Friday’s football results:
Little Snake River Valley beat Meteetse 56-44
Hayden over Soroco 49-7
Steamboat fell to Glenwood 55-12
Moffat County slipped to Delta 21-14

WHERE THE SMOKE IN OUR AREA IS COMING FROM

This map shows the pattern of smoke from wildfires.  The red dots are active fires.  Note that we have no active fires in our area. CLICK ON THE MAP TO ENLARGE THE IMAGE.

 

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED IN SAND WASH BASIN DURING NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY

Volunteers are needed on National Public Lands Day, September 29th, to help remove trash and wire from the Sand Wash Wild Horse Herd Management Area northwest of Maybell.  Sand Wash Basin has some of the most colorful wild horses in Colorado and is a popular off-highway vehicle riding area.  Volunteers will spend four hours helping to make the area safer for wild horses, wildlife and people. Because of the distance, the event includes an overnight camping trip the night before with a wienie and marshmallow roast. Camping will be about a mile and a half past the Sand Wash Basin entrance; just look for the NPLD camping sign. Volunteers should meet at the Sand Wash Basin corrals on Moffat County Road 67 at 9 the morning of September 29th.  All volunteers will be treated to a free BBQ, t-shirt, a fee-free day pass to a participating public land, a goody bag, and more.

 

STEAMBOAT PARKS AND REC TO WORK ON SPRING CREEK TRAIL

Steamboat Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department and Routt County Road and Bridge will be conducting trail work on the Spring Creek Trail next week.  The work will take place Monday through Thursday. Equipment will be used to improve trail conditions and remove dead trees. Periodic delays may be necessary. Work hours will be 7:30 in the morning until 5in the evening.  For more information, please contact Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services, at 879-4300.

COLORADO UNEMPLOYMENT RATE SURPASSES NATIONAL RATE

The Colorado unemployment rate has decreased by 1 tenth of  percentage point over the last month to 8.2 percent.  Nonfarm payroll jobs were unchanged from July to August, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs decreased by 1,700 and government jobs increased by 1,700.  The overall decline in the state’s unemployment rate was due to the number of people who have stopped looking for a job, rather than those who actually found jobs.  Statistics show jobs were gained in financial activities, and professional and business services, while jobs were lost in the trade, transportation, utilities, and leisure and hospitality industries.  The National unemployment rate stands at 8.1%.  This is the first month since September of 2005 that the state’s unemployment rate is higher than the national rate.

 

HISTORIC ROUTT COUNTY NEEDS VOLUNTEERS FOR PUBLIC WORK DAY

Historic Routt County, in partnership with Peabody-Twentymile Coal and the Historical Society of Oak Creek and Phippsburg will be hosting a Volunteer Workday to continue restoration of the historic Foidel Schoolhouse. Phase 1 is complete.  Work on phase 2 will begin at 8 tomorrow morning, and tasks will be organized by Bud Rogers of H.E. Rogers Construction and will include sanding, priming and painting, roof work, windows work, foundation work and more.  No experience is necessary.  You will learn what you need to know on-site. Light breakfast food, juice and coffee will be provided.  At 2 there will be a free barbecue for those taking part.

 

CRAIG CHAMBER TO HOST WORKPLACE DISCRIMINATION SEMINAR

The Craig Chamber is sponsoring an important event for employers next week.  Ben Hase from the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) will present critical information for employers regarding Employment Discrimination.  Topics to be discussed include rights and responsibilities of employers & employees, sexual harassment in the workplace, and an overview of protected classes.  The seminar is free.  It will be held Tuesday at Colorado Northwestern Community College in Room 112.  If you’d like to RSVP, or you need more information, call 824-3246.

 

VARIOUS LAW ENFORCEMENT GROUPS DIFFER ON OPINIONS OF MARIJUANA BALLOT MEASURE

A group of police officers, judges and prosecutors who support Amendment 64, the Colorado ballot measure to regulate marijuana like alcohol, held a press conference yesterday to release a letter of endorsement signed by law enforcers from across the state, and to announce the endorsement of the national police organizations Blacks in Law Enforcement of America and the National Latino Officers Association.  The groups say marijuana laws aren’t working, and say they unfairly target minorities.  They say although usage among the various races is virtually equal, minorities make up the majority of marijuana arrests.  At the same time, the No on 64 campaign chairman, Roger Sherman, says most cops, district attorneys, and school resource officers in Colorado oppose the amendment.  Amendment 64 would make it legal for adults to possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use.

 

LEAF CRUNCHER 5K TO BENEFIT FRIENDS OF MOFFAT COUNTY EDUCATION

Friends of Moffat County Education is holding a race tomorrow to raise funds for their organization.  The Leaf Cruncher 5K is being held the same day as Moffat County Middle and High School’s Cross Country meets to allow participants to run the course, and then cheer on the students.  Registration starts at 7:15 at Loudy Simpson Park in Craig.  The race itself starts at 8, with a Fun Run beginning at 9:30.  There will be prizes handed out.  The race fee is $20 per adult and $5 per child.  Register by clicking here.

 

HAYDEN HIGH SCHOOL WRAPS UP HOMECOMING WEEK

Hayden High School is wrapping up Homecoming Week.  Today is School Spirit Day.  Students are expected to dress in the school’s colors of black and orange.  The Parade will be at 1, with a pep rally to follow at the football field.  The junior class is sponsoring the tailgate party from 5 to 7 in the stadium area.  Coronation will take place at halftime of tonight’s football game.  The homecoming dance will be tomorrow night at 9 at the Hayden Granary.

 

PARK SERVICE LAWYERS SAY WOLVES SHOULD NOT BE USED TO MANAGE ELK IN RMNP

Government lawyers say the National Park Service acted properly when it ruled out using wolves to control the elk population in Rocky Mountain National Park.  The Park Service and the wildlife advocacy group WildEarth Guardians made their cases yesterday before a federal appeals court hearing at the University of Colorado Law School in Denver.  WildEarth Guardians sued the Park Service, saying it failed to give sufficient consideration to the use of wolves. The group also contends that allowing some specially-trained volunteers to help Park Service employees in shooting and killing elk in the park to control the population amounts to hunting, which is prohibited in national parks.  The park sometimes has so many elk that they overgraze the trees, shrubs and grass, leaving other animals without enough food and habitat.

In high school sports:
Yesterday:

In Volleyball:
Little Snake River Valley topped H.E.M. (25-18, 27-29, 21-25, 25-23, 15-11)

In boys soccer:
Steamboat beat Glenwood 3-2 in overtime.

Friday’s results:
In football:
Little Snake River Valley beat Meteetse 56-44
Hayden over Soroco 49-7
Rangely vs West Grand
Steamboat fell to Glenwood 55-12
Moffat County slipped to Delta 21-14

Tomorrow’s action:
In football:
Meeker is on the road to Del Norte at 1.

In volleyball:
Little Snake River Valley goes to Farson Eden.
Hayden is home against Vail Christian at 3.
Moffat County plays at Grand Valley at 3.
Meeker head to Rangely for a game at 3.
Steamboat hosts Delta at 1.
Soroco welcomes Paonia at 1.

In boys soccer:
Moffat County is on the road to Roaring Fork at 11.
Steamboat travels to Evergreen at 2.

In cross country:
Moffat County runs at home, with Steamboat attending.
Rangely goes to Hotchkiss.

DENVER BRONCOS
The Denver Broncos host the Houston Texans Sunday.  You can catch all the action live on 55 Country with the pre-game at noon and the kick-off at 2:30.

 

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SOPRTS FOR THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH

TIPTON’S HYDROELECTRIC BILL GETS A SENATE HEARING

Colorado Representative Scott Tipton was able to get a Senate hearing on his Hydroelectric Power Bill yesterday.  Tipton’s bill aims to use Colorado’s plentiful water supply to generate clean power.  Tipton says the process could bring power to up to a million homes in Colorado alone.  The bill has already passed the House of Representatives.  Tipton says he’s not surprised that it got support from both republicans and democrats in yesterday’s Senate hearing.  He says it’s a win-win situation for everyone.

 

UNITAH COUNTY INMATES ESCAPE

The Uintah County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public that two state inmates escaped from the Uintah County Jail early yesterday morning. The first fugitive is Dallas Derrick. He is 31, stands 5 feet 9 inches tall, and weighs 180 pounds. He has brown hair but has a shaved head and brown eyes. He has a tattoo of a spider web on his left arm and tattoos of a clown and skull on his right arm. Also on the run is 21 year old Jason Braham. He is 5 feet nine inches tall, weighs 185 pounds, has a medium build and no tattoos. His head is also shaved and he has green eyes. They may be driving a stolen green 1996 Yukon, with a ski-Utah license plate – number 612MPM. The sheriff’s office has not released the details of the escape. While the suspects are not known to be dangerous, anyone who spots them should not approach them but should call Central Dispatch or the Uintah County Sheriff’s Office.

 

PEABODY EDUCATION GROUP LOOKS TO HAND OUT $1,000 AWARDS

The Peabody Energy Leaders in Education Program has some award money to give out, and their looking for recipients.  The program honors education professionals who inspire students to succeed.  Award recipients are selected throughout the school year by a committee of top educators and business leaders.  The recognition award comes with $1,000 cash.  Colorado is one of just 5 states Peabody recognizes excellent educators.  Nominations for the awards are being accepted now, and will continue to be accepted through the end of the school year.  If you would like to nominate someone, click here.

 

FISH AND WILDLIFE, NATURAL RESOURCES REACH CONSERVATION AGREEMENT

An agreement has been reached between the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, that is expected to provide long-term regulatory predictability for up to 30 years to Colorado’s farmers, ranchers and forest landowners participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) initiative.  The agreement builds on a $33 million investment NRCS announced last spring dedicated toward producers who develop and implement conservation plans to manage and restore high-priority habitats for seven specific wildlife species across the country. The species are greater sage-grouse, New England cottontail, bog turtle, golden-winged warbler, gopher tortoise, lesser prairie-chicken and the Southwestern willow flycatcher. NRCS, FWS and numerous state and local entities are partnering to implement WLFW.  Under the partnership, federal, state and wildlife experts jointly identified at-risk or listed species that would benefit from targeted habitat restoration investments on private lands. Using the best available science, these wildlife experts prioritized restoration actions on a large regional scale to focus assistance most cost effectively.  The federal government will grant farmers and ranchers regulatory predictability in return for voluntarily making wildlife habitat improvements on their private agricultural and forest lands.

 

TIPTON SPEAKS ON HOUSE FLOOR REGARDING ENDANGERED FISH BILL

Representative Scott Tipton spoke on the House floor yesterday in favor of the Endangered Fish Recovery Programs Extension Act of 2012, a measure to help restore the populations of four endangered fish species in the Colorado River. Tipton is an original co-sponsor of the bill and also spoke on its behalf earlier this year during a committee hearing. The House is expected to vote on the bill today.  H.R. 6060 would ensure compliance with the Endangered Species Act for over 2000 water projects that withdraw water from the Colorado River and provide water for agriculture producers, homes and other businesses, as well as clean, renewable hydroelectric power. The bill also includes spending reforms that eliminate agency inefficiencies and overhead costs, and is cost-free according to the Congressional Budget Office.

 

BELLA VOCE CHORUS PREPARES FOR WEEKEND SHOW

The Craig Chamber of Commerce and the Bella Voce Chorus are bringing an old fashioned comedy show to Craig this weekend.  Organizers say it’s a “Hee Haw” type show with “korny” jokes, laughter, singing and dancing.  Dinner will also be served.  Tickets can be purchased from any Bella Voce Chorus member, or at the Craig Chamber for $25.  The Korn Country dinner and show will be at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavillion Saturday night at 7.   If you need more information, call Heidi Jensen at (970) 824-2738 or Brenda Hershiser at (970) 620-2025.

 

HAYDEN HIGH SCHOOL CONTINUES HOMECOMING WEEK

Hayden High School continues celebrating Homecoming this week.  Today is Opposite Gender Day, where girls are expected to dress like guys, and guys are expected to dress like girls.  The high school staff will hold a Student Cookout tonight at 6.  High school students eat for free.  The Powder Puff football game starts at 7 tonight.  Tomorrow is School Spirit Day.  Students should dress in the school colors of orange and black.  Activities throughout the day include a tug-of-war, and dance lessons.  The Homecoming Parade starts at 1, followed by a pep rally at the football field.  The junior class will sponsor a tailgate party inside the stadium area from 5 to 7.  Coronation will be during halftime of tomorrow night’s game.

In high school sports:
Today:

In Volleyball:
Little Snake River Valley is on the road to H.E.M.

In boys soccer:
Steamboat heads to Glenwood at 6.

Tomorrow:
In football:
Little Snake River Valley hosts Meteetse at 3:30.
Hayden welcomes Soroco at 7.
Rangely heads to West Grand at 7.
Steamboat goes to Glenwood at 7.
Moffat County is home against Delta.  You can catch that game live on KRAI with the pre-game at 6:45 and the kick-off at 7.  You can also listen online at krai.com.

In volleyball:
Steamboat hosts Palisade at 6:30.
Soroco is home against Plateau Valley at 4.
Meeker welcomes Vail Mountain at 6.
Rangely is on the road to West Grand at 5.

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH

ESCAPEES FROM VERNAL, UTAH JAIL ON THE LOOSE

The Uintah County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public that two state inmates escaped from the County Jail in Vernal, Utah early this morning. The first fugitive is Dallas Ephraim Derrick. He is 31 and stands 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds.  He has brown hair but he has a shaved head and brown eyes. He has a tattoo of a spider web on his left arm and tattoos of a clown and skull on his right arm. Also on the run is 21 year old Jason Max Braham. He is 5 feet nine inches tall, weighs 185 pounds, has a medium build and no tattoos. His head is also shaved and he has green eyes. They may be driving a stolen green 1996 Yukon, with a ski-Utah license plate number of 612MPM.  The sheriff’s office has not released the details of the escape. While the suspects are not known to be dangerous, anyone who spots them should not approach them but is asked to call the Uintah County Sheriff’s Office at 435-789-2511.

COLORADO LAWMAKERS LOOK FOR ANSWERS REGARDING BROADBAND PROVIDER

Colorado Congressmen Cory Gardner, Scott Tipton, Mike Coffman and Doug Lamborn are asking for clarification on the goals and activities of the Eagle-Net Alliance, a government entity intended to “bring high-speed Internet to every public school in Colorado through public-private partnerships.”  In a strongly worded letter to Lawrence E. Strickling, the Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information at the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the four members ask why Eagle-Net is overbuilding existing networks at the expense of longstanding rural telecom providers and why truly underserved communities are being ignored.  Gardner says “taxpayers should not be forced to subsidize a program that is putting Colorado’s rural telecom industry out of business.”  Tipton added “we must ensure that the grant awarded to Eagle-Net is being used to expand broadband access to rural areas in Colorado that are currently underserved, and not to give Eagle-Net an unfair competitive advantage in regions where existing providers are already meeting that need.”  The entire letter can be read by clicking here.

 

FREE ONLINE CARPOOL SERVICE BEING MADE AVAILABLE TO NWCO RESIDENTS

Starting next month, a free online carpool service will be available to Northwest Colroado residents, thanks in part to Yampa Valley Data Partners.  YVDP will host the site, which is run by carpoolworld.com, and will pay the $120 annual fee, so residents don’t have to.  The site will allow people to go online and find those looking for a ride, and those offering rides.  It is endorsed by the Moffat, Routt, and Rio Blanco County Commissioners, but not funded by them.  Users will have to sign a liability waiver.  The site should be up and running October 1st, and will be accessible through the Yampa Valley Data Partners website.

 

CHILD CARE LICENSING MEETING TO BE HELD IN MEEKER NEXT WEEK

The Colorado Department of Human Services’ Division of Child Care, in collaboration with other community partners, is hosting an early childhood provider recruitment meeting in Meeker next week.  Community members interested in becoming licensed to provide child care are encouraged to attend to learn about licensing requirements and the process to become a licensed provider. In addition, staff from the Rio Blanco County Department of Social Services, the Family Development Center’s Child Care and Newborn Networks, and Connections 4 Kids early childhood council will talk about their services and offerings for licensed providers. The event will also include a question-and-answer period.  The meeting will be from 6:30 to 7:30 September 26th in the downstairs meeting room at Meeker Town Hall.

 

STEAMBOAT SKI RESORT PREPARES TO CLOSE OUT SUMMER SEASON

The Steamboat Ski Resort is getting ready to shut down for the summer.  They’re planning their first ever Steamboat SummerEndo to highlight closing weekend.  The ski resort is becoming a popular summer destination, offering activities such as mountain biking, hiking, and more.  The Steamboat SummerEndo will feature three nights of free concerts, 50% off Bike Park tickets, and the Quick & Chainless Downhill Bike Race.  The resorts closing weekend is September 28th through the 30th.

 

CRAIG COMMUNITY CONCERTS KICKS OF 2012-2013 SEASON

The Craig Community Concert Association kicks off their 2012-2013 season tonight.  Wonder Voice, an A Capella singing group, will perform tonight at Moffat County High School at 7 tonight.  Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students.  You can also buy season tickets, which are $40 for adults, $10 for students, and $90 for a family.  Several other acts are also booked.  You can see performance videos of upcoming acts, including Wonder Voice, by clicking here.

 

HAYDEN HIGH SCHOOL’S HOMECOMING WEEK CONTINUES

Hayden High School’s Homecoming week continues.  Today is “Class Colors Day”  Macho Volleyball will be held at 7 tonight in the High School Gym.  Tomorrow is Opposite Gender Day; girls should dress like boys, and boys should dress like girls.  At 6 tomorrow night, the high school staff will host a student cookout, where high school students will be able to eat for free.  The Powder Puff Football Game starts at 7, and the bonfire will be held at 8:15.

 

GRAND LAKE FIREWORKS SHOW TO TAKE PLACE DURING CONSTITUTION WEEK

Although the summer fire ban this year prevented fireworks displays for 4th of July, patriots have another chance to celebrate in style during Constitution Week at Grand Lake.  All week, the city is commemorating the 225th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution with week-long events, culminating in a full day of activities Saturday.  Saturday will kick off with a Patriotic Parade on Grand Avenue, and will include a pie bake sale, complete with pie eating and pie throwing contests, constitution education and family fun activities in Town Park.  Keynote speaker Bill Hamilton will give a speech at 2, and at 8 the Forefather’s Fireworks Extravaganza will light up the town.

 

CIVIL UNION SUPPORTERS TARGET G.O.P. CANDIDATES

Supporters of same-sex civil union legislation are trying to unseat a Republican lawmaker whose narrow victory two years ago gave the GOP control of the Colorado House and the fate of the proposal.  A group called “Fight Back Colorado” announced yesterday that Representative Robert Ramirez will be the first lawmaker they target with mailers to voters.  The group formed in June with the goal of helping defeat Republicans who oppose civil unions.  Ramirez never voted on the legislation but the group claims he expressed opposition.  Ramirez defeated a Democrat by 197 votes in 2010. The victory gave Republicans a 33-32 edge in the House and the leverage to stop civil unions the last two years.  The group will announce other lawmakers it will target in the coming weeks.

In high school sports:
Yesterday:

In volleyball:
Hayden beat Soroco (26-24, 25-11, 25-16).
Steamboat topped Eagle Valley (25-15, 25-21, 17-25, 25-18).

Tomorrow:
In Volleyball:
Little Snake River Valley is on the road to H.E.M.

In boys soccer:
Steamboat heads to Glenwood at 6.