C-DOT REMINDS MOTORISTS OF ONGOING PROJECTS
US 40 Eastbound/Westbound Northwest of Kremmling (Milemarker 183.9) (through October 2012)
24 Hours- There will be one lane alternating traffic for sanitary sewer main extension and list station construction.
Flaggers directing traffic 24/7 through August 24th. Speed limit reduced to 40 mph through work zone.
US 40 Eastbound/Westbound Winter Park to Empire (Milemarker 229-256) (through September 2012)
7:00 AM-4:00 PM MO-TH and FR until 12:00noon Various shoulder and short term single lane closures for tree cutting and removal operations. Delays possible.
CO 13 Northbound/Southbound at County Road 60 South of Meeker (Milemarker 27-26) (through October 2012)
7:00 AM-7:00 PM MO-FR There will be one lane alternating traffic with flaggers for paving operations. SA work 9/8/12 during the same hours. Speed limit reduced to 35 mph. Width restriction of 14 ft. through work zone during work hours. Delays possible.
CO 131 Northbound/Southbound Choke Cherry South, North of Oak Creek (Milemarker 55.8-58.4) (through November 2012)
6:30 AM-7:30 PM MO-FR There will be one lane alternating traffic at up to 3 locations for paving operations. 10 minute delays possible. Speed limit is 45mph 24/7.
DUI CRACKDOWN NETS OVER 2,700 ARRESTS OVER THE SUMMER
The “100 Days of Heat” summer DUI enforcement campaign ended strong with 1,440 DUI arrests during the national crackdown that took place Aug.17 – Sep.3rd. That’s according to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). Over 88 law enforcement agencies and the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) participated in the 18-day crackdown, which netted an average of 80 DUI arrests each day. The entire “100 Days of Heat” summer-long enforcement push resulted in a total of 2,793 DUI arrests during enforcement periods and checkpoints between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day. That was a 6 percent increase over last summer’s 2,634 DUI arrests.
PARKS AND WILDLIFE APPROVES LION HARVEST QUOTAS
The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission unanimously approved mountain lion harvest quotas for the upcoming lion season in the state at the Commission’s September meeting in Glenwood Springs Friday.
Each year, the commission approves lion quotas, which establish the maximum allowable of harvest for lions in each game management unit. The commission established a statewide quota of 630 for the 2012-2013 season, an increase of 12 over last year. The 2012-2013 season begins on Nov. 21 and runs through March 31, 2013.
In other business, commissioners denied a citizen petition to the Parks and Wildlife Commission requesting approval of the use of crossbows during Colorado’s archery season. Currently crossbows are only allowed during the big-game rifle seasons. Bob Goode of Buena Vista, who submitted the petition, argued that allowing crossbows during archery season could help to recruit new hunters. Several members of the Colorado Bowhunters Association testified against the proposal. Staff from Colorado Parks and Wildlife testified that the current structure, harvest and participation in the existing archery season seem to be functioning properly and, on those grounds, staff did not see any biological or management basis for the change.
The Commission also began work to to implement House Bill 12-1330, which allows individuals with license suspensions of at least 10 years to petition the Commission for reinstatement but only after serving half of their suspension or 15 years of a lifetime suspension. Commissioners discussed a proposed administrative process that will require people requesting reinstatement to submit a package of information, including a letter explaining why the petitioner is unlikely to violate wildlife statutes in the future. Under the draft regulations, individuals who are considered and approved for reinstatement will be required to pay a $300 reinstatement fee, successfully complete a hunter education course and perform 40 hours of service on a Colorado Parks and Wildlife-approved project. The Commission will review the draft regulation for final approval at a future meeting. Individuals whose hunting and fishing license privileges are suspended in Colorado are also prohibited from hunting or fishing in 37 other states under the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact.
TIPTON SPEAKS ON UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS
Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) issued this statement following the Bureau of Labor Statistics announcement that labor force participation rate (number of Americans working or searching for work) fell to a 30 year low in August (63.5%) as would be workers gave up on finding employment. The drop in unemployment to 8.1 % is the result of the drop in work force participation, and marks the 43rd month in a row that unemployment has exceeded 8%.
“We continue to see the weakest economic recovery since the Great Depression, with 14.7% of Americans unemployed, having stopped searching for work, or unable to find full-time employment. We have tried the President’s economic policy, and it’s not working. It’s time for the Senate to at least debate the more than 30 House-passed jobs bills sitting on their doorstep, rather than refusing to take any action. Our country’s economic crisis will not be solved with more big spending, debt and tax increases, but through policies that encourage growth and job creation. Let’s make America competitive in the international market once more by lowering the corporate tax rate (which is the highest in the developed world) to bring jobs back to America’s shores, invest in American energy development to create thousands of jobs, and provide responsible access to capital for small businesses to expand and put Americans back to work.”
In high school sports:
Little Snake River Valley lost to Dubois.
Hayden lost to Day Springs Christian.
Steamboat topped Summit.
Soroco beat Justice.
Meeker fell to Coal Ridge.
Moffat County fell to Rifle.
Little Snake River Valley defeated Encampment.
Steamboat beat Aspen.
Hayden beat Basalt.
In cross country:
The Moffat County girls took third in Grand Junction. The boys took 28th.
Rangely plays at Plateau Valley at 1.
Little Snake River Valley is on the road to Encampment.
Moffat County continues their tournament with Steamboat attending.
Meeker welcomes Vail Christian at 3.
Rangely is home against Hotchkiss at 3.
In boys soccer:
Moffat County goes to Basalt at 11.
Steamboat is home against Rifle at 11.
In boys tennis:
Steamboat heads to Fruita Monument.
In cross country:
Steamboat is on the road to Battle Mountain.
Rangely goes to Basalt.
Moffat County competes at home.
The Denver Broncos host Pittsburgh in the first game of the regular season Sunday. You can catch all the action live on 55 Country with the pre-game at 4 and the kick-off at 6:20.