Daily Archives: September 22, 2012



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.


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.


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:

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.


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.

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.