Daily Archives: September 23, 2012

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.