Daily Archives: September 21, 2012

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.