Monthly Archives: September 2012

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH

THREE SPRINGS FIRE CONTAINED

The Three Springs Fire, reported yesterday at 4:37 p.m., spread quickly in dry grass south of U.S. Highway 40 in western Moffat County. At least five separate wildland fires were ignited along the highway from sparks created by a chain dragging behind a vehicle. A single engine air tanker dropped one load of fire retardant to slow the fires spread and give engines and ground crews a chance to fight the wildland fire. No structures were threatened but there were power lines in the area that could potentially have been impacted. Responding to the incident were Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, Artesia Fire Protection District, Bureau of Land Management, and Dinosaur National Monument. The fires were contained at 8:30 p.m. last night. Total acres burned is 107.5 acres, the largest of the blazes is 85 acres.  Two BLM engines returned to continue mop up today. The fires are on BLM public land with a small portion on private and Colorado state land.

 

DINOSAUR EMPLOYEE RECEIVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION

An employee at Dinosaur National Monument has received a national award.  River Office Manager Kelly Kager has received the Andrew Hecht Memorial Public Safety Award.  It’s the highest award bestowed by the National Park Service for outstanding public safety achievement.  It’s presented to an individual for efforts to prevent serious injuries or fatalities to the public.  Park Superintendent Mary Risser says out of the more than 390 National Park Service areas, Kager was selected to receive this award because of her outstanding outreach efforts during the volatile 2011 season on Dinosaur’s rivers.  In 2011, the Green and Yampa rivers saw the highest water levels in decades. The Yampa recorded the second highest flows in a century. For most of May, June, and July, water on the Green was four times as high as normal since the 1960s. These water levels presented vastly different conditions for Dinosaur’s boaters than they were accustomed to. Because of Kelly’s outreach, there were no fatalities or serious injuries on Dinosaur’s rivers.  Kager will receive a plaque and a $500 monetary award.

 

STEAMBOAT POLICE TO HOST SWAT TRAINING THIS WEEKEND

The Steamboat Police Department will host a SWAT Conference and Training on the campus of Colorado Mountain College this weekend.  The training area at Bogue Hall will be blocked off from 8 to 5 Friday through Sunday. People are advised to avoid the training site for their safety and forewarned that there will be periodic loud noises, such as simulated gun shots and small explosions throughout the duration of the conference.  Approximately 60 police officers from across Colorado will attend the conference representing Federal, State, County, and Local law enforcement agencies.

 

SCOTT TIPTON’S HYDROPOWER BILL GETS SENATE HEARING

Congressman Scott Tipton’s legislation to create rural jobs and affordable electricity by streamlining the regulatory process for the development of small hydropower projects will receive a hearing in the Senate Energy and Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power tomorrow.  The hearing begins at 9:30, and will be available via live webcast.  Tipton says he’s encouraged by the Senate hearing, and look forward to testifying on the impact that the legislation would have on Western states, including Colorado, where he says there is great potential to expand production and generate clean and affordable hydroelectricity.  The purpose of the hearing will be to gather testimony on four water bills, including Tipton’s Hydropower and Rural Jobs Act.  The measure passed the House with bipartisan support in March, and has been endorsed by the Family Farm Alliance, the National Water Resources Association, the Association of California Water Agencies and the American Public Power Association.

 

PARKS AND WILDLIFE LOOKING FOR CREWS TO RESEARCH SAGE GROUSE

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is looking for people to track sage grouse for a major research project.  The department is conducting a multi-year research project investigating survival, detectability, lek attendance, and inter-lek movements of male greater sage grouse in Northwest Colorado.  The duties of the advertised positions will vary over the course of the season, and include capturing and marking birds, extensive early morning and late night field work, searching for new leks, and daily data entry, among other things.  Crews are being recruited for two different areas; northwest of Maybell, and the Piceance basin.  The department is looking for a total of 6 people on each team; a field crew leader and 5 field technicians.  If you’re interested, you’ll find application instructions by clicking on the links below.

Maybell area

Piceance area

 

NEW POLL SHOWS RISING SUPPORT FOR MARIJUANA AMENDMENT

A new poll shows a majority of Colorado voters are in favor of Amendment 64.  That’s the measure that would make it legal for adults to possess small amounts of marijuana.  About 51% of respondents to the poll said they would vote for the amendment, while only 40% opposed it.  Although there are more men that are in favor of it, the majority of women polled also said they would vote for it.  The poll was conducted by Survey USA.  If Amendment 64 passes, Colorado would be the first state to allow recreational use of marijuana.  However, federal laws still apply, and trump state laws.  Respondents were nearly equally divided between Republican, Democratic and Independent voters.

 

CNCC AUTO TECH TO MAKE SURE RESIDENTS CARS ARE READY FOR WINTER

Colorado Northwestern Community College in Craig is offering residents a chance to make sure their vehicles are ready for winter.  Students in the Auto Tech Department will get simple hands on training with the event.  Local area professionals will also be on hand, helping to give your car what they call a “winter driving physical”.  They’ll also give helpful winter driving tips.  The check-ups will take place October 6th and 20th from 10 to noon both days, at the CNCC Auto Tech Garage, just north of The Memorial Hospital.  School officials recommend you reserve a spot, by calling 824-1132.

 

HAYDEN HIGH SCHOOL CELEBRATES HOMECOMING WEEK

Hayden’s Homecoming Week continues.  Today is “Twins” day, where students are encouraged to pick a friend and dress alike.  The chili cook-off will be held from 4:45 to 7 in the school’s lobby.  You can get your chili registered by calling the high school at 276-3761.  Those just looking to eat some chili can get a bowl for $5.  Tomorrow is Class T-shirt and Class Colors day.  Macho Volleyball will be at 7 tomorrow night in the gym.

In high school sports:
Today:

In volleyball:
Hayden hosts Soroco at 6:30.
Steamboat travels to Eagle Valley at 6:30.

In boys golf:
Moffat County and Steamboat play at Montezuma Cortez.

 

 

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH

FOREST ROAD CLOSURES ANNOUNCED DUE TO WORK ON FOUR COUNTIES DITCH

A short section of a popular trail on the Routt National Forest near Dumont Lake will close next week to accommodate rehabilitation work on the adjacent Four Counties Ditch.  Forest Trail 1101 will be closed from Dumont Lake to Base Camp Road for the remainder of this fall and a portion of next year, while wetlands rehabilitation work is being done on the Four Counties Ditch. The affected trail has the designation as part of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.  Posted signs will mark the segment of closed trail as such, with Base Camp Road serving as the alternate route.  Dumont Lake is located near the east summit of Rabbit Ears Pass, just northeast of the intersection of Hwy 40 and Forest Road 315.  Multiple work projects are taking place in the area, including repairs to the Muddy Creek dam on Dumont Lake. The Dumont Lake day-use area and picnic site are closed while the dam is being repaired.

 

PACE URGES TIPTON TO DEBATE HIM AT FORT LEWIS COLLEGE

State Representative Sal Pace, who is running for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, is calling on Scott Tipton to accept a debate proposal from his campaign.  Pace would like to debate Tipton at Fort Lewis College in Durango.  Pace says the debate would be the only opportunity for the two candidates to face voters in Southwestern Colorado.  Both candidates are alumni of the college and the campus is close to Tipton’s home in Cortez.  Tipton and Pace have also been invited by KRAI and 55 Country to debate in Northwestern Colorado.

 

TIPTON RECEIVES “SMALL BUSINESS” AWARD

The National Federation of Independent Business presented Congressman Scott Tipton with the Guardian of Small Business Award recognizing his commitment to fighting for economic growth in Congress.  Tipton is a member of the House Small Business Committee and serves as chairman of the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade. According to the NFIB scorecard, Tipton voted in favor of key small business issues 100% of the time.  Tipton says as a lifetime small business owner, he’s honored.  NFIB’s president and CEO Dan Danner says the record shows that Tipton is a true champion of small business.  He said the award reflects appreciation for supporting the NFIB pro-growth agenda for small business.

 

CMEDP TO HOLD WORKSHOP ON FINDING GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS

The Craig Economic Development Partnership will hold a workshop Wednesday to show businesses how to contract with the Federal Government.  The workshop will be done in two segments.  The first, “Grow Your Business by Contracting with the Government” will be from 11:30 to 1.  The second, “Finding Government Contract Bid Opportunities” will be from 1:30 to 3.  Both sessions will be held in the Bell Tower Building of Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig Campus.  Topics covered include eligibility requirements of a contractor, rules of purchasing, process of purchasing, how to find opportunities, and bid/match solicitation software.  The Craig Chamber is co-sponsoring.  If you would like to register for the event, call 620-4370.

 

HAYDEN HIGH SCHOOL CELEBRATES HOMECOMING THIS WEEK

Hayden High School celebrates Homecoming this week.  Today’s dress-up day is “Western”.  There’ll be root beer floats served at lunch.  Tomorrow is “Twins” day, where students are encouraged to dress the same as one of their friends.  A chili cook-off will be held in the lobby from 4:45 to 7 tomorrow.  The cost is $5 per bowl.  You can register your chili by calling 276-3761.

 

LAWMAKERS WILL AGAIN TRY TO ESTABLISH MARIJUANA DUI LIMIT

Colorado lawmakers will try a fourth time to pass a law setting a standard for what’s considered too stoned to drive.  A transportation committee voted 10-6 Friday to introduce a bill next year. It would mean drivers with 5 nanograms or more of THC per milliliter of blood would be considered too impaired to drive. THC is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.  Lawmakers have rejected the proposal three times.  Republican Senator Steve King says he’s bringing the bill forward again because public safety is at stake. But opponents worry medical marijuana users will be wrongly convicted of driving under the influence.  Colorado is among 16 states that allow medical marijuana use.  Nevada and Ohio have a 2 nanogram THC limit for driving.

 

THREE WYOMING TEENS ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH MURDER

Three teens have been arrested in connection with the death of a 17-year-old boy whose body was found buried north of Rock Springs last month.  Sweetwater County Sheriff Rich Haskell and Rock Springs Police Chief Mike Lowell say 18-year-olds Brady Jacob Trevino and Jose Antonio Campos, both of Rock Springs, and a 17-year-old Green River boy were arrested Friday.  Trevino faces charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in the death of Rigoberto “Rigo” Alvarado. Campos and the 17-year-old are each charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.  Authorities say Alvarado’s girlfriend told investigators she last saw Alvarado when he left her home to meet with Trevino the night of July 29.

 

NATIONAL GROUP PUSHING FOR TRAFFIC CAMERAS IN COLORADO

A national nonprofit is creating a new chapter in Colorado and is working with several groups to promote the use of red light cameras in an effort to prevent traffic accidents.  The Chicago-based Traffic Safety Coalition has chapters across the country advocating for the cameras, which take pictures of vehicles that blow through red lights. The coalition says cameras have helped cut the number of crashes caused by failure to stop at red lights in several cities.  But not everyone is on board. Republican Sen. Scott Renfroe of Greeley says “we don’t have the data to prove cameras have increased safety.” He tried unsuccessfully to introduce legislation this year that would have banned the cameras.  Other critics argue the cameras are used by cities merely to collect revenue from traffic tickets.

In high school sports:
Over the weekend:

In football:
Hayden topped Rocky Mountain Lutheran 48-6.
Soroco won against Plateau Valley 63-0.
Rangely beat Nucla 61-6.
Moffat County beat Steamboat 56-27.
Little Snake River Valley defeated Guernsey-Sunrise 58-31.

In Volleyball:
Hayden fell to West Grand Friday (21-25, 19-25, 21-25) and North Park Saturday (21-25, 25-11, 26-24, 23-25, 9-15).
Meeker lost to Paonia (25-18, 14-25, 19-25, 23-25) and beat Hotchkiss (25-21, 25-19, 26-25).
Steamboat took out Summit (25-18, 25-21, 25-21).
Rangely topped Soroco (20-25, 25-13, 26-24, 25-18).
Moffat County lost to Roaring Fork (9-25, 16-25, 15-25).

In boys soccer:
Steamboat fell to Palisade 4-2.
Moffat County lost to Berthoud 3-1.

In tennis:
Steamboat was defeated by Aspen 4-3, and beat Evergreen 5-2.

Today:
In boys tennis:
Steamboat plays at Fossil Ridge.

Tomorrow:
In volleyball:
Hayden hosts Soroco at 6:30.
Steamboat travels to Eagle Valley at 6:30.

In boys golf:
Moffat County and Steamboat play at Montezuma Cortez.

DENVER BRONCOS
The Denver Broncos play the Falcons at Atlanta tonight.  You can catch all the action live on 55 country (that’s AM 5-50) with the pregame at 4:30 and the kick-off at 6:30.

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH

Yampa Valley Crane Festival

The inaugural Yampa Valley Crane Festival continues today through Wednesday in Steamboat and Hayden.

Sunday’s Yampa Valley Crane Festival programming focuses on family crane viewing and educational programs, plus a photography workshop. Sunday’s Crane Festival headquarters is The Nature Conservancy’s Carpenter Ranch in Hayden.

All events are FREE.  For a detailed schedule of activities visit EVENTS.

 

LOVE INC. PIG ROAST TODAY

Love Inc. is having their annual pig roast and silent auction fundraiser today at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.  Tickets are $11 for individuals $37 for families.  The event is today from 11:30am to 1:30pm.

 

Growth in Colorado Agricultural Exports

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.

TRAIL IN ROUTT NATIONAL FOREST TO CLOSE FOR ROAD WORK

A short section of a popular trail on the Routt National Forest near Dumont Lake will close next week to accommodate rehabilitation work on the adjacent Four Counties Ditch.  Forest Trail 1101 will be closed from Dumont Lake to Base Camp Road (Forest Road 311) for the remainder of this fall and a portion of next year, while wetlands rehabilitation work is being done on the Four Counties Ditch.  The affected trail has the designation as part of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.  Posted signs will mark the segment of closed trail as such, with Base Camp Road serving as the alternate route.  Dumont Lake is located near the east summit of Rabbit Ears Pass, just northeast of the intersection of Hwy 40 and Forest Road 315.  Multiple work projects are taking place in the area, including repairs to the Muddy Creek dam on Dumont Lake.  The Dumont Lake day-use area and picnic site are closed while the dam is being repaired.  All resulting closures are short-term impacts to area recreationists who will ultimately greatly benefit from the improvements.

 

Weekend High School Results:
In football:
Moffat County beat Steamboat 56-27.
Hayden topped Rocky Mountain Lutheran 48-6.
Soroco won against Plateau Valley 63-0.
Rangely beat Nucla 61-6
Little Snake River over Guernsey-Sunrise 58-31

In boys soccer:
Steamboat fell to Palisade 4-2.

In tennis:
Steamboat was defeated by Aspen 4-3

In volleyball:
Hayden lost in three games to West Grand on Friday and in five to North Park on Saturday
SoRoCo lost to Rangely on Friday, 20-25, 25-13, 26-24 and 25-18
Steamboat beat Summit in three, 25-18, 25-21 and 25-21.

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15TH

TRAIL IN ROUTT NATIONAL FOREST TO CLOSE FOR ROAD WORK

A short section of a popular trail on the Routt National Forest near Dumont Lake will close next week to accommodate rehabilitation work on the adjacent Four Counties Ditch.

Forest Trail 1101 will be closed from Dumont Lake to Base Camp Road (Forest Road 311) for the remainder of this fall and a portion of next year, while wetlands rehabilitation work is being done on the Four Counties Ditch.  The affected trail has the designation as part of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.

Posted signs will mark the segment of closed trail as such, with Base Camp Road serving as the alternate route.

Dumont Lake is located near the east summit of Rabbit Ears Pass, just northeast of the intersection of Hwy 40 and Forest Road 315.

Multiple work projects are taking place in the area, including repairs to the Muddy Creek dam on Dumont Lake.  The Dumont Lake day-use area and picnic site are closed while the dam is being repaired.  All resulting closures are short-term impacts to area recreationists who will ultimately greatly benefit from the improvements.

 

ARRESTS MADE IN SWEETWATER COUNTY TEEN’S MURDER

Three teenage youths, two from Rock Springs and one from Green River, have been arrested on charges stemming from the murder of 17-year-old Rigoberto “Rigo” Alvarado, whose body was found in a shallow grave north of Rock Springs on August 19.

In a joint release, Sweetwater County Sheriff Rich Haskell and Rock Springs Chief of Police Mike Lowell said Brady Jacob Trevino, 18, of Rock Springs, Jose Antonio Campos, 18, also of Rock Springs, and a 17-year-old male, a resident of Green River whose name officials are currently withholding, were taken into custody without incident on Friday afternoon by arrest teams from the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office and Rock Springs and Green River Police Departments.

Trevino is charged with first degree murder and conspiracy to commit first degree murder.  Campos and the 17-year-old male are each charged with conspiracy to commit first degree murder.

A joint investigation by the Sheriff’s Office and Rock Springs Police Department, augmented by the Green River Police Department, has been underway since Alvarado’s father, Rigoberto Alvarado, Sr., reported him missing to the Rock Springs Police Department on the morning of July 30.

Alvarado was last seen by his family around 8:30 PM on the night of July 29, when he left his family’s home at the Imperial Apartments in Rock Springs in the company of his girlfriend, a minor authorities declined to identify. According to court documents, the girlfriend told investigators the two went to her home in Rock Springs, where they “‘hung out’” until later that night when, at about 11:00 PM, Alvarado “stepped outside of her residence to meet one of his friends, identified as Brady J. Trevino.”

The young woman said she “eventually  fell asleep, while Alvarado was still outside of her residence with Trevino.  When she awoke several hours later, in the early morning hours of Monday, July 30, 2012, Alvarado and Trevino were no longer outside of her residence, and Alvarado was gone. Alvarado never returned to her residence.”

Contacted by investigators, Trevino told them he picked up Alvarado from the girlfriend’s residence “at or around 11:00PM on Sunday, July 29 2012.  While together, Trevino and Alvarado got into an argument. Alvarado left Trevino to ‘walk home’ and ‘cool off,’ and Trevino did not know where Alvarado went. Trevino had not seen Alvarado since that time.”

As described in charging documents, “Preliminary examinations of Alvarado’s, [the girlfriend’s], and Trevino’s mobile phones revealed apparent gaps in text-message and phone-call correspondence between Alvarado, [the girlfriend], and Trevino, beginning on or around Saturday, July 28, 2012 and ending on or around Monday, July 30, 2012…  Further investigation and subsequent examination of these mobile phones and their corresponding cellular telephone record data confirmed multiple text-message and phone-call correspondence between Alvarado, [the girlfriend] and Trevino had been deleted from each of their mobile phones.”

On August 19, a group of people exploring the remains of long-abandoned coal camps and coal mining operations outside of Rock Springs near Lionkol Road came upon the body, later confirmed to be Alvarado’s, and notified authorities.  Authorities excavated the shallow grave and noted that Alvarado’s hands and feet appeared bound behind his back and his face was “partially covered.”

An autopsy was performed on August 21 in Loveland, Colorado, the results of which “indicated the body had suffered multiple injuries including likely blunt force trauma and gunshot wounds, and forensic medical examiners concluded the death a homicide.”  Also, “an additional small-caliber “mushroomed” bullet fragment was located and recovered from the immediate area of the body subsequent to autopsy.”

Detectives and crime scene technicians from the Sheriff’s Office and Rock Springs Police Department searched and processed the scene and recovered a range of physical evidence, including “multiple expended small-caliber ammunition casings and several cigarette butts from the immediate area surrounding the burial vault.”  As noted in court documents, “on or around Wednesday, August 22, 2012, during a secondary canvass of the scene for additional items of possible evidence, an expended small-caliber ammunition casing was located and recovered from the immediate area surrounding the burial vault…  Investigators noted the empty shell casing looked similar to the empty shell casing seized from one of the vehicles located at Trevino’s residence.”

During the course of the investigation, city and county detectives recovered from Trevino’s residence a small-caliber semiautomatic rifle as well as and “an expended small-caliber ammunition casing and a piece of binding material from inside of two vehicles located at Trevino’s residence.”

Detectives noted that “the expended small-caliber ammunition casing seized from inside of one of the vehicles located at Trevino’s residence appeared similar to several of the expended small-caliber ammunition casings located and recovered from the immediate area surround the burial vault” and “the piece of binding material seized from inside of one of the vehicles located at Trevino’s residence looked similar to the binding material found on the recovered body.”

As a result of well over a hundred interviews and combing through Facebook posts, investigators developed information identifying the 17-year-old male and Jose Campos as associates of Trevino and Rigoberto Alvarado.  Detectives also “developed and corroborated [information] identifying Alvarado, Trevino, the 17-year-old male and others as known drug users and associates likely involved in a conspiracy to obtain, possess, use and/or buy and sell illegal drugs, namely marijuana.”

It was also determined that “Trevino’s vehicle traveled to the immediate area of Campos’s apartment on 6 separate occasions over the course of approximately 5 days after Alvarado’s disappearance, beginning on or around Monday, August 13, 2012 and ending on or around Sunday, August 19, 2012.”

During the course of an interview, an incident that occurred around the time of Alvarado’s disappearance was described to detectives wherein “Trevino, Campos and the 17-year-old male were together in Trevino’s vehicle using marijuana belonging to Alvarado. This incident was substantiated through a subsequent interview with [the 17-year-old male]… Through the course of interview, it was determined there was a dispute between Trevino and Alvarado about money and/or drugs owed by one party to another through illegal drug transactions… Through the course of interview, it was further determined Campos likely benefitted from a disputed illegal drug transaction between Alvarado and Trevino.”

In addition, investigators learned that the young woman Alvarado was with the night of his disappearance was Campos’s ex-girlfriend, and “it was further determined Campos had, on more than one occasion and to more than one person, openly expressed his dislike of Alvarado.”

Trevino, the 17-year-old male, and Campos provided DNA samples to investigators, and the Wyoming DCI’s State Crime Laboratory began its examination of the evidence collected in Sweetwater County. On August 31 and again on September 7, detectives were notified that the DNA samples from Trevino, the 17-year-old male, and Campos matched the DNA from seven of the cigarette butts found at the crime scene, further that Alvarado’s DNA was also present on two of the seven cigarette butts, mixed with [the 17-year-old male’s] and Campos’s DNA.

There was more to come from the State Lab, authorities said.  As detailed in court documents:

“On or around, Tuesday, September 11, 2012, investigators were notified of the preliminary findings from forensic ballistics comparisons, conducted by personnel from DCI’s State Crime Lab.  The preliminary findings from the forensic ballistics comparisons are generally summarized, in part, as follows:

“The ‘mushroomed’ bullet fragment, recovered by investigators from the area of Alvarado’s person subsequent to autopsy, shared the same classifying characteristics unique to a single firearm in the FBI’s General Rifling Characteristics Database – a small-caliber semi-automatic long-rifle of the same make and model as the firearm seized from Trevino’s residence;

“The expended small-caliber ammunition casing, seized from inside of one of the vehicles located at Trevino’s residence, shared the same classifying characteristics (such as firing pin impression, and extractor and ejector marks) as other known casings test-fired from the small-caliber semi-automatic long-rifle seized from Trevino’s residence.

“The expended small-caliber ammunition casing, located and recovered by investigators during a secondary canvass of the immediate area surrounding burial vault, shared the same classifying characteristics (such as firing pin impression, and extractor and ejector marks) as other known casings test-fired from the small-caliber semi-automatic long-rifle seized from Trevino’s residence.”

Trevino, the 17-year-old male, and Campos will likely have initial court appearances Monday in Circuit Court in Rock Springs, as the investigation continues.

BUSINESS GROUP HONORS SCOTT TIPTON FOR COMMITMENT TO ECONOMIC GROWTH

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) presented Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) with the Guardian of Small Business Award recognizing his commitment to fighting for economic growth in Congress.

Tipton is a member of the House Small Business Committee and serves as chairman of the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade. According to the NFIB scorecard, Tipton voted in favor of key small business issues 100% of the time.

“I’m honored to receive the Guardian of Small Business Award,” Tipton said.  “As a lifetime small business owner, I know firsthand the challenges facing entrepreneurs as they strive to make their businesses successful and create jobs.  My experiences in small business have helped to guide my work to create a stronger economy by getting government out of the way, and encouraging investment, responsible access to capital and more competitive tax rates so that businesses can grow and create new jobs.”

“The record shows that Rep. Tipton is a true champion of small business, having stood strong on the key small-business votes in the 112th Congress,” said NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner. “This award reflects our members’ appreciation for supporting the NFIB pro-growth agenda for small business.”

Yesterday:
In football:
Hayden topped Rocky Mountain Lutheran 48-6.
Soroco won against Plateau Valley 63-0.
Moffat County beat Steamboat 56-27.

In boys soccer:
Steamboat fell to Palisade 4-2.

In tennis:
Steamboat was defeated by Aspen 4-3.

Today:
In football:
Little Snake River Valley goes to Guernsey-Sunrise at 3.

In volleyball:
Hayden is home against North Park at 1.
Moffat County heads to Basalt at 1.
Steamboat welcomes Summit at 1.
Meeker plays at Paonia at 1 and at Hotchkiss at 6.
Rangely hosts Vail Christian at 3.

In boys soccer:
Moffat County travels to Berthoud at 1.

In cross country:
Rangely runs at Eagle Valley.

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH

FIRE RESTRICTIONS LIFTED IN DINOSAUR NATIONAL MONUMENT TODAY

Fire restrictions within Dinosaur National Monument have been lifted, as of today.  According to monument authorities, the cooler weather and increased moisture have lessened the fire danger.  However, monument visitors are still reminded to be cautious with fire as some areas may contain substantial amounts of dry vegetation.  Fire danger remains high, and the potential for wildfire still exists, but with shorter days and higher humidity the risk for catastrophic fires lessens.  Monument officials say campers should continue to use provided fire rings for their camp fires, and smoking should only be done in a cleared area.

 

FIRE RESTRICTIONS TO BE LIFTED ON BLM LAND IN COMING WEEKS

The Bureau of Land Management will also soon lift fire restrictions on public land in Moffat and Rio Blanco Counties.  Restrictions in Brown’s Park National Wildlife Refuge are lifted today.  The rest of the BLM’s holdings in Moffat and Rio Blanco Counties will see their restrictions lifted over the next couple of weeks.  Rio Blanco County will rescind theirs next week, while Moffat County will rescind theirs the following week.  Fire danger is still high in both counties, but BLM officials say it appears the worst is over.

 

DENVER AND WEST SLOPE WATER GROUPS COME TO AGREEMENT

Colorado’s largest water utility and more than 30 western slope providers are expected to begin implementing an agreement balancing the Denver-area’s demand for water with the needs of mountain communities as early as next month.  According to a project spokesman a few more signatures are needed.  Denver Water and nearly three dozen Western Slope water users announced the proposal last year.  Eagle County and its water districts became the first to sign in February.  Under the deal, Denver Water will contribute $25 million to western Colorado projects and limit its service area.  In return, the signers won’t oppose Denver Water’s proposal to expand Gross Reservoir.

 

YAMPA VALLEY CRANE FESTIVAL TO BE HELD IN HAYDEN AND STEAMBOAT

The Yampa Valley Crane Festival starts Sunday.  Events will be held in Steamboat and Hayden.  They include viewing Greater Sandhill Cranes, children’s programs, films, a photography workshop, an art show, and expert talks about cranes.  The keynote speaker will be Dr. George Archibald, co-founder of the International Crane Foundation.  All programs are free and open to the public.  The Festival takes place Sunday through Wednesday.  For a more detailed schedule, click here.

 

TIPTON HELPS PASS STOLEN VALOR ACT OF 1012

Congressman Scott Tipton has helped pass the Stolen Valor Act of 2012 through the House of Representatives.  The act makes it illegal to falsely claim to be a recipient of a military decoration or medal for material gain.  A former similar law was struck down because it didn’t specify whether the offender was using the claim for personal gain.  The measure passed the House 410 to 3.  Tipton says it’s deplorable that someone would portray themselves as a decorated veteran for personal gain, and he was more than happy to cast his vote for the measure.  Violators of the Stolen Valor Act face fines and up to a year in prison.

 

LAWMAKERS URGE FEDERAL HOUSING AGENCY TO RECONSIDER P.A.C.E. RULE

Democratic lawmakers, including Colorado’s Michael Bennet, are urging the Federal Housing Finance Agency to reconsider proposed regulations that could block programs to help homeowners finance energy efficiency upgrades from moving forward.  A letter signed by several lawmakers recommends the adoption of a proposed alternative to a new rule that would allow PACE programs to move forward while protecting government-sponsored enterprises like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with rigorous underwriting criteria.  The PACE financing concept was established by local communities to help homeowners finance energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades by allowing property owners to borrow funds from participating local and state governments. Those funds are then repaid over a multi-year period through an assessment attached to their property tax payments.  Recent actions taken by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which currently back the vast majority of mortgages, have created uncertainty that has led many counties and municipalities to suspend PACE financing to homeowners.

 

OBAMA TALKS IN GOLDEN, WHILE SUPPORTERS TURNED AWAY

President Barack Obama asked for another term during a campaign appearance in Golden yesterday, saying problems in the economy would take more than four years to correct.  But outside the event, some 200 disappointed fans and curious neighbors were herded away from the packed event, which officials estimated had a crowd of about 8,400.  One Obama supporter who was twice told to leave the park in downtown Golden said organizers should have set up a listening area for those not inside.  Inside, Obama told the crowd he was the first sitting president since Ulysses Grant to visit Golden.

In high school sports:
Yesterday:

In Volleyball:
Hayden lost to Little Snake River Valley in 4 games (23-25, 25-22, 25-13, 25-14).
Moffat County was defeated by Coal Ridge in 3 games (25-12, 25-7, 25-19).

In boys soccer:
Moffat County fell to Colorado Rocky Mountain 4-3.
Steamboat lost to Summit 1-0.

In boys golf:
Steamboat took 2nd at their own tournament.

Today:
In football:
Soroco beat Plateau Valley 63-0
Moffat County defeated Steamboat in a game heard live on KRAI and online at KRAI.COM 56-27
Hayden played at Rocky Mountain Lutheran at 7:30.
Rangely was at home against Nucla at 7.

In Volleyball:
Hayden goes to West Grand at 6.
Meeker plays at Plateau Valley at 6.
Rangely welcomes Soroco at 5.

In boys soccer:
Steamboat heads to Palisade at 6.

In boys golf:
Rangely hosts a tournament.

In cross country:
Moffat County and Steamboat run at Heritage.
Meeker goes to Grand Junction.

In high school rodeo:
Moffat County competes at Hotchkiss.

Tomorrow:
In football:
Little Snake River Valley goes to Guernsey-Sunrise at 3.

In volleyball:
Hayden is home against North Park at 1.
Moffat County heads to Basalt at 1.
Steamboat welcomes Summit at 1.
Meeker plays at Paonia at 1 and at Hotchkiss at 6.
Rangely hosts Vail Christian at 3.

In boys soccer:
Moffat County travels to Berthoud at 1.

In cross country:
Rangely runs at Eagle Valley.

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH

HAYDEN TOWN COUNCIL IS SET WITHOUT AN ELECTION

The town of Hayden will NOT have an election for their town council this year.  According to town officials, they won’t need one.  That’s because none of the candidates running this year have any opposition.  Without challengers, the candidates will simply take their seats in the new year.  There were 4 seats up for election this year, including Mayor Jim Haskins seat.  He’ll serve his second term starting in January.  Also returning to the board are Bill Hayden and Richard Hagins.  Jim Folley will take the seat being vacated by Tom Rogalski.

 

ROUTT COUNTY ROAD AND BRIDGE COMPLETES CULVERT REPLACEMENT

Routt County Road and Bridge has good news for those that use Routt County Road 33.  The road is now open.  The department had been working on a culvert replacement on the road, and traffic was limited during the work.  Now crews say their done with the replacement project and they’ve reopened the road.  Questions or concerns regarding the work should be directed to the Road and Bridge Department at 879-0831.

 

METAL CONCENTRATIONS RISING IN ROCKY MOUNTAIN WATERSHED

Researchers say warmer air temperatures are causing significant increases in zinc and other metal concentrations in the Rocky Mountain watershed.  According to the reports, rising concentrations of zinc and other metals in the upper Snake River west of the Continental Divide near Keystone may be caused by falling water tables, melting permafrost and other problems caused by warmer air temperatures.  High concentrations of dissolved metals in the upper Snake River watershed are also being blamed on acid drainage from past and present mining activities.  The studies were led by the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Colorado, Boulder.

 

JUDGE DENIES LAWSUIT FILED BY MARIJUANA ADVOCATES

Marijuana advocates have lost their bid to get language in the Colorado Blue Book restored.  The Blue Book is a publication that educates voters on the amendments that will show up on the upcoming general election ballot.  Marijuana supporters say a Colorado legislative committee wrongly took out some of the language supporting the measure.  However a Denver Judge says he can’t intervene in a Legislative process, and therefore dismissed a lawsuit filed to get the language back in.  Amendment 64 would allow anyone 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana, and allow an individual to grow up to 6 plants for personal use.

 

ANTI-ABORTION MEASURE WON’T MAKE THE NOVEMBER BALLOT

The Colorado Secretary of State’s office says a proposed anti-abortion amendment will not be on the November ballot, despite any legal action from proponents to prove they collected enough voter signatures.  Secretary of State spokesman Andrew Cole says the deadline for ballot certification was Monday. Even if a judge rules personhood sponsors’ petition was sufficient, the measure would have to wait for the 2014 general election.  Secretary of State Scott Gessler announced last month that backers of the divisive “personhood” amendment fell about 3,900 valid signatures short of the some 86,000 needed.  The measure would amend the state constitution to extend protection of life to “all human beings at any stage of development.”

 

HICKENLOOPER AND FORMER GOVERNORS SUPPORT AMENDMENT S

Governor John Hickenlooper has gathered the support of his two predecessors to promote Amendment S, which will show up on this year’s ballot.  The amendment is intended to reform the state’s personnel system.  Former Governors Bill Ritter and Bill Owens joined Hickenlooper yesterday at a press conference explaining why the Amendment should be passed.  The measure is driven by the legislature, and lawmakers say it’s needed to modernize and make flexible the state’s rigid personnel rules.  It is said to limit the state’s ability to hire some workers and contractors.

 

WYOMING AUTHORITIES RECOVER 2ND DROWNING VICTIM

Members of the Sweetwater Dive Team recovered the body of a second probable drowning victim from Washakie (WASH-uh-key) Reservoir on the Wind River Indian Reservation last week.  According to Sweetwater County Sheriff Rich Haskell, on September 3 22 year old Chelsea Friday and 18-year-old Theron Quiver were swimming in the Washakie Reservoir, about six miles west of Fort Washakie, when they went beneath the surface and did not come up.  Friday’s body was recovered by Fremont County authorities the nest day, but searchers were unable to locate Quiver.  Haskell said the Sweetwater Dive Team traveled to the reservoir at the request of officials in Fremont County and began their dive operation around midday. They located Quiver’s body near the dam.  Haskell said the investigation into the deaths is being conducted by the Wind River Police Department, the Fremont County Coroner’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

 

CNCC FOUNDATION TO HOLD FOUNDATION DINNER SATURDAY

The Colorado Northwestern Community College Foundation is holding their Foundation dinner this weekend.  The dinner will be catered by Tin Cup Grill and valet parking will be available.  There will be live music by Anthony Tremaine, auctions, dinner and drinks.  Tickets are $30 per person and can be found at the CNCC book store, the Foundation office, or at the Craig Chamber.  The event takes place Saturday night from 6 to 10 in the CNCC Craig Campus Commons.

In high school sports:
Today:

In Volleyball:
Hayden hosts Little Snake River Valley at 7:30.
Moffat County is home against Coal Ridge at 6.

In boys soccer:
Moffat County hosts Colorado Rocky Mountain at 4.
Steamboat welcomes Summit at 6.

In boys golf:
Steamboat hosts a tournament with Moffat County attending.

Tomorrow:
In football:
Hayden plays at Rocky Mountain Lutheran at 7:30.
Soroco hosts Plateau Valley at 7.
Rangely is home against Nucla at 7.
Moffat County plays at Steamboat.  You can catch that game live on (93-7/102-3) 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 West Grand at 6.
Meeker plays at Plateau Valley at 6.
Rangely welcomes Soroco at 5.

In boys soccer:
Steamboat heads to Palisade at 6.

In boys golf:
Rangely hosts a tournament.

In cross country:
Moffat County and Steamboat run at Heritage.
Meeker goes to Grand Junction.

In high school rodeo:
Moffat County competes at Hotchkiss.

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EPA ADOPTS STATE’S PLAN FOR REDUCING REGIONAL HAZE

The Colorado Congressional delegation yesterday commended the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final approval of Colorado’s State Implementation Plan (SIP) to reduce regional haze pollution in Colorado’s national parks and wilderness areas. The EPA’s adoption of the state’s plan means the proposal will be implemented through 2018.  Implementation of the SIP are expected to help significantly reduce harmful effects of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and other pollutants in Class I areas in Colorado, which are national parks and wilderness areas protected under the Regional Haze Program. The proposal was reviewed and endorsed by a broad, bipartisan coalition of stakeholder groups and elected officials in Colorado before Governor John Hickenlooper submitted it to the EPA. The strategy gained preliminary approval from the EPA in March.

 

DINOSAUR NATIONAL MONUMENT VISITOR NUMBERS ARE UP

Over 260,000 people have visited Dinosaur National Monument so far this year, an increase of over 54% over 2011. Superintendent Mary Risser says they have seen a tremendous boost in visitation since the Quarry Exhibit Hall opened last October, providing access to view the dinosaur fossils for which the monument is famous.  But, it has not just been visitation to the Quarry Exhibit Hall; they have also seen an increase in the use of many campgrounds, backcountry and in the number of boaters on the monument’s rivers.  The new Quarry Visitor Center will continue to remain open from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm through October 8th. The shuttle bus will also continue to operate and provide access to the Quarry Exhibit Hall through October 8th.

 

STATE HAS SEEN 51 CASES OF WEST NILE VIRUS SO FAR THIS YEAR

Colorado health officials say 51 human cases of West Nile virus have been reported to the state health department as of last Friday, including two deaths in Montrose County.  That’s more than the seven cases reported in 2011 but still far below the peak of 2,847 cases reported in 2003.  Still, the health department was warning residents of the disease yesterday because mosquitoes that carry the disease are still circulating.  State public health veterinarian Elisabeth Lawaczeck is advising people to wear insect repellent, drain standing water and use other methods to avoid mosquito bites when outdoors, such as limiting outdoor activities at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active or wearing long sleeves and pants.

 

OREGON MAN SENTENCED TO LIFE FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER

A judge sentenced an Oregon man to serve life in prison without the possibility of parole for attempted murder in the shooting last summer of another man in western Wyoming. District Judge Nena James of Green River sentenced 34-year-old Roy Fritts, of Union, Ore., on Tuesday. Fritts pleaded guilty this summer to shooting Edmund Thornell, of Costa Mesa, Calif., last August and stealing his van. Fritts and his wife, Jessica Fritts, had been camping with Thornell, then 54, near Flaming Gorge Reservoir before the shooting. A passing family found Thornell and got him medical attention. Police arrested the couple in Utah. A federal judge last month sentenced Jessica Fritts to serve 30 years in prison. Sweetwater County Attorney Brett Johnson said Roy Fritts said little at the sentencing hearing.

 

C-DOT OFFERS WEBSITE TO SEE THE BEST OF THE FALL COLORS

The leaves are already beginning to change colors in Colorado’s high country! Seeing the changing autumn leaves is a longstanding Colorado tradition that generally takes place from mid-September to mid-October each year, and AAA Colorado, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), and Colorado Parks and Wildlife want to let people know where to drive and how to drive safely for some of the best views this season.  Colorado Parks and Wildlife has a website devoted entirely to Colorado’s fall colors, where you can find information about where and when fall colors are blooming, where you can stay overnight, where you can take drive near the fall foliage for the very best views, and more.  Click here to visit the site.

 

CONNECTIONS FOR KIDS OFFERS SCHOLARSHIPS

Connections 4 Kids, the early childhood council serving Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, is offering the Educational Scholarship Program for the fall 2012 semester.  The Educational Scholarship Program is an opportunity offered by Connections 4 Kids through funding from the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation. Early childhood providers who are employed at a licensed child care facility or licensed preschool or are a licensed family child care provider in Moffat County or Rio Blanco County, and are enrolled in coursework to further their related education are eligible and encouraged to apply.  Scholarships, ranging from $300 to $600, are available on a first come-first served basis to qualified applicants. In addition to earning a grade of C or higher in their coursework and providing transcripts, successful applicants must also complete a total of five volunteer hours focused on children birth to age 5.  Details are available by clicking here.

 

CRAIG CHAMBER IS LOOKING FOR BOARD MEMBERS

The Craig Chamber is looking for board members.  The Chamber, which operates the Moffat County Visitor Center and Sportsman Information Center, is governed by a board of 12 elected by the Chamber membership.  Board members are expected to attend regular board meetings, one committee meeting per month and Chamber events as their schedule allows.  The Board is the policy-forming branch of the Chamber. It authorizes the organization’s program of work, approves and monitors its budget and directs the general operations of the Chamber.  Anyone who is interested in serving on the Craig Chamber of Commerce board of directors is encouraged to note their interest by e-mailing director@craig-chamber.com or calling (970) 824-5689 by 10 a.m. Sept. 13.

In high school sports:
Yesterday:

In boys soccer:
Moffat County lost to Rifle 3-2 in overtime.
Steamboat fell to Battle Mountain 5-0.

Today:
In boys golf:
Rangely competes in Gunnison.

In cross country:
Rangely runs in Vernal.

Tomorrow:
In Volleyball:
Hayden hosts Little Snake River Valley at 7:30.
Moffat County is home against Coal Ridge at 6.

In boys soccer:
Moffat County hosts Colorado Rocky Mountain at 4.
Steamboat welcomes Summit at 6.

In boys golf:
Steamboat hosts a tournament with Moffat County attending.

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11TH

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CRAIG POLICE END STANDOFF WITH TEAR GAS

Emergency workers in Craig were involved in a two hour standoff last night.  Craig police say the incident began as a domestic disturbance at a home near 8th and Rose Streets, and escalated into the standoff, which involved the Craig Police Department and the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office.  Craig Fire/Rescue and emergency workers from The Memorial Hospital were also on hand.  By the time the standoff began, the man, who has now been identified as Geoffrey Mansfield, was the only one in the house.  Police used tear gas to work their way into the home and arrest Mansfield.  He was taken to The Memorial Hospital for decontamination.  Law enforcement used the reverse 9-1-1 system to alert neighbors of the standoff, and encourage them to stay indoors.  He is now in custody at the Moffat County Jail.

 

EMERGENCY WORKERS RESPOND TO ACCIDENT INVOLVING COUNTY VEHICLE

Craig firefighters, State Troopers and Moffat County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an accident involving a county vehicle yesterday morning.  Details are few, but firefighters say the accident involved a Moffat County Road and Bridge water truck.  They say they had to extricate one person, who was taken to The Memorial Hospital with unknown injuries.  The accident occurred west of Craig, on Moffat County Road 64, about 3 miles north of the Trap Club.

 

SQUIRREL TAKES OUT POWER TO ENTIRE TOWN OF HAYDEN

A squirrel took out power to the entire town of Hayden earlier today.  According to Yampa Valley Electric crews, a squirrel got into one of the substations and opened some fuses.  The result was a town-wide power outage.  Crews have since fixed the problem, and power has been restored.

 

COLORADO LEADERS PLAN 9-11 OBSERVANCE

Colorado officials are holding a remembrance ceremony and concert to honor lives lost in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and pay tribute to Colorado emergency crews who responded to summer wildfires and the July 20 theater shootings.  The event in Denver today will include Governor John Hickenlooper and emergency response officials.  The shootings at an Aurora theater on July 20 left 12 dead and 58 injured.  The Waldo Canyon and High Park fires this summer destroyed more than 600 homes and left three people dead.  The 9/11observance will mark the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a plane that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

 

MARIJUANA OPPONENTS SAY COURT HAS NO AUTHORITY OVER BLUE BOOK

Marijuana opponents say the courts have no authority over Colorado’s Blue Book, the voters guide to measures appearing on the upcoming election ballot.  Proponents of a measure to legalize marijuana for recreational use are upset over language that was stricken from the book.  The language was part of the argument for the measure.  They’ve asked the courts to put the language back in, however, an attorney for the Colorado Legislative Council says separation of powers prevent the courts from getting involved.  A hearing has been set for tomorrow to determine jurisdiction.  State officials say the books need to start printing tomorrow night, if they’re going to get them in the mail to voters by the required October 5th deadline.

 

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE GETTING HIGHER FOR NATION’S YOUTH

Generation Opportunity, the largest non-profit, non-partisan organization in the United States engaging and mobilizing young Americans on important economic issues facing the nation, announced non-seasonally adjusted (NSA) 18-29 year old unemployment rate data for August 2012.  The youth unemployment rate for 18-29 year olds specifically for August 2012 is 12.7 percent.  The declining labor participation rate has created an additional 1.7 million young adults that are not counted as “unemployed” by the U.S. Department of Labor because they are not in the labor force, meaning that those young people have given up looking for work due to the lack of jobs.  If the labor force participation rate were factored in the actual 18-29-unemployment rate would rise to 16.7 percent.  The margin of error for the study is plus or minus 3.1%.

 

SCHOOL WON’T BE INVESTIGATED FOR OBAMA COURSE

A conservative group that took issue with a Colorado college offering credit for campaigning for President Barack Obama isn’t happy with the response from state officials.  Americans For Prosperity called for a state investigation after Adams State University offered an independent-study credit for working on the Obama campaign. The school withdrew the course because no students signed up. School officials said students could have gotten credit for working for Republican Mitt Romney, too.  The Department of Higher Education said in a letter that the department would investigate if the course were limited to supporters of a particular party. A spokesman for AFP called the response unacceptable and said the group would take up the matter with Adams State administrators.

In high school sports:
Today:

In boys soccer:
Moffat County hosts Rifle at 4.
Steamboat is home against Battle Mountain at 6.

In boys golf:
Steamboat plays at Meeker Golf Course.

Tomorrow:
In boys golf:
Rangely competes in Gunnison.

In cross country:
Rangely runs in Vernal.

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH

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REVERSE 911 CALL ALERTS NEIGHBORS TO STANDOFF

A domestic violence incident which began around 5:30 this afternoon ended when Craig police took a suspect into custody a couple of hours later.  While responding to a 911 call from 794 Rose Street, police were informed that a man had barricaded himself inside the homes attached garage.  It was not known if he had a weapon.  After unsuccessfully attempting to coerce the man out of the garage, police officers began sending in tear gas canisters which caused the man to move around inside the home.  Officers continued to lob in teargas through windows until the suspect was successfully restrained after being tased.  He was taken by ambulance to The Memorial Hospital for decontamination.  During the standoff, neighbors were alerted to possible danger in the area by a reverse 911 call, and were asked to stay inside their homes.

 

TIPTON, PACE GET HEATED AT CLUB 20 DEBATE

Representative Scott Tipton and his 3rd Congressional District challenger Sal Pace debated in Grand Junction over the weekend.  Energy and the economy were the top subjects, although water, job creation, wildfire management, Medicare, and natural resources were also discussed.  Reports say the debate got heated at times, with Pace accusing Tipton of playing partisan politics by voting to repeal Obamacare, and Tipton in turn accusing Pace of being out of touch with voters.  Tipton is the incumbent in this year’s election.  Pace, is a state lawmaker from Pueblo.  Tisha Casida, an unafilliated candidate, also participated in the debate, which was sponsored by Club 20.

 

PARKS AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION NIX PROPOSAL TO ALLOW CROSSBOW HUNTING DURING ARCHERY SEASON

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.  Several members of the Colorado Bowhunters Association testified against the proposal.

 

DUI CRACKDOWN NETS OVER 1,400 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.

 

MARIJUANA SUPPORTERS CRY FOUL OVER BLUE BOOK OMISSIONS

Supporters of an initiative to legalize marijuana for recreational use in Colorado have filed a petition to delay the printing of this year’s “Blue Book”.   The “Blue Book” is a publication sent out to all Colorado voters, defining each of the measures that will appear on the ballot.  It also gives summaries of the pros and cons of passing the measure, each drawn up by a legislative committee.  Marijuana proponents say the committee overstepped their bounds when they struck from the book, final draft key language in the section describing arguments in favor of the ballot measure.  They say some lawmakers didn’t even know they were voting to omit language.  While the book was expected to go to print this week, it may be delayed if a judge orders the language back in.

 

STEAMBOAT CUB SCOUTS TO HOLD FREE CARNIVAL NIGHT WEDNESDAY

Cub Scouts in Steamboat are hosting a free carnival night for kids this week.  Cub Scout Pack 194 in Steamboat is inviting all boys in 1st through 5th grades and their families to a night of fun and games.  The scouts are hoping to recruit some new members as well.  The group mentions they have plenty of activities planned for the coming year, including field trips, the Pinewood Derby, the Raingutter Regatta and the popular Rocket Launch.  The Carnival night will be held Wednesday starting at 6:30 at the Steamboat Middle School.  There’ll be snacks, games and prizes, and there is no charge to get in.

 

COLORADO JOINS PARTNERSHIP TO CREATE NEW STANDARDIZED TESTS

Colorado officially joined as a governing member the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) which is a 23-state consortium working together to create next generation tests in English language arts and mathematics. While Colorado has been working with PARCC over the past year, the decision to become a full governing member will ensure Colorado has a strong voice in creating the new tests which are slated to launch in Colorado in 2015. To prepare for the national launch of the new, innovative assessments, PARCC just released its first set of item and task prototypes. These are designed to give educators and the public a preview of what some of the assessments items may look like. You can view the item and task prototypes by clicking the link within this story at krai.com. Additional sample test items will be released over the next two years.

In high school sports:
Over the weekend:

In football:
Little Snake fell to Dubois 43-36.
Hayden lost to Day Springs Christian 28-17.
Steamboat topped Summit 21-19.
Soroco beat Justice 64-6.
Meeker fell to Coal Ridge 39-20.
Moffat County fell to Rifle 45-0.
Rangely beat Plateau Valley 62-0.

In volleyball:
Little Snake River Valley defeated Encampment in 3 games (25-11, 25-18, 26-24).
Steamboat beat Aspen in 2 game 25-16 and 25-6.
Meeker topped Vail Christian (25-13, 25-19, 25-23).
Hayden lost to Basalt (25-18, 25-18), Olathe (25-6, 25-13) and Aspen (25-23, 27-25).
Rangely defeated Plateau Valley (25-16, 25-11, 25-20) and Hotchkiss (25-15, 22-25, 25-20, 26-24).
Moffat County beat Basalt, but lost to Olathe, Aspen, and Cedaredge.
Soroco lost to Vail 3-0 and fell 3-0 to West Grand.

In boys soccer:
Steamboat beat Rifle 4-0.

In cross country:
The Moffat County girls took third in Grand Junction.  The boys took 28th.

Tomorrow:
In boys soccer:
Moffat County hosts Rifle at 4.
Steamboat is home against Battle Mountain at 6.

In boys golf:
Steamboat plays at Meeker Golf Course.

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH

Colorado Joins National Assessment Consortium

Colorado officially joined as a governing member the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) which is a 23-state consortium working together to create next generation tests in English language arts and mathematics. While Colorado has been working with PARCC over the past year, the decision to become a full governing member will ensure Colorado has a strong voice in creating the new tests which are slated to launch in Colorado in 2015.  To prepare for the national launch of the new, innovative assessments, PARCC just released its first set of item and task prototypes. These are designed to give educators and the public a preview of what some of the assessments items may look like.  You can view the item and task prototypes here.  Additional sample test items will be released over the next two years.

 

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The Colorado Department of Transportation is reminding motorists of a few projects they are still working on that could cause delays in your commute.  Those in Northwest Colorado include:

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.

 
The Denver Broncos host Pittsburgh in the first game of the regular season this afternoon.  Most odds makers have the Broncos winning by 1 to 3 points.  You can catch all the action live on 55 Country with the pre-game at 4 and the kick-off at 6:20.

In high school sports over the weekend:

In football:
Little Snake fell to Dubois 43-36.
Hayden lost to Day Springs Christian 28-17.
Steamboat topped Summit 21-19.
Soroco beat Justice 64-6.
Meeker fell to Coal Ridge 39-20.
Moffat County fell to Rifle 45-0.
Rangely beat Plateau Valley 62-0.

In volleyball:
Little Snake River defeated Guernsey in the 1st place game 2-0 (25-22, 26-24) to win the Hanna Invitational.
Steamboat beat Aspen in 2 game 25-16 and 25-6. .
Hayden beat Basalt.
Soroco lost to Vail 3-0 and fell 3-0 to West Grand.

In cross country:
The Moffat County girls took third in Grand Junction.  The boys took 28th.


NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH

C-DOT REMINDS MOTORISTS OF ONGOING PROJECTS

The Colorado Department of Transportation is reminding motorists of a few projects they are still working on that could cause delays in your commute.  Those in Northwest Colorado include:

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:
Friday:

In football:
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.

In volleyball:
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.

Today:
In football:
Rangely plays at Plateau Valley at 1.

In volleyball:
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.

In rodeo:
Moffat County competes at home.

BRONCOS
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.

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7TH

LISTEN TO LOCAL NEWS

SEARCH AND RESCUE FIND LLAMAS, MAN STILL MISSING

Routt County Search and Rescue crews suspect a man they were searching for Wednesday night, may have simply gone home.  According to television reports, a Texas man reported his 79-year old companion missing after getting separated in the Summit Lake area.  The man says he spent the day with the elderly man, and asked him to watch his three llamas, while he went ahead to find a spot to fish on the lake.  When he came back, the man and the llamas were gone.  While crews found the llama, they never found the man.  However, his motorcycle was also missing, leading authorities to believe he just got tired of waiting and left.  The search has been called off.

 

FOREST SERVICE GIVES UPDATE ON ROADS STATUS DUE TO LOGGING OPERATIONS

The U.S. Forest Service continues to remove hazardous, beetle-killed trees along popular roads in the Grand Lake area. The effort has caused temporary closures of roads, trails and dispersed campsites along Stillwater, North Supply and Kawuneeche roads.  Stillwater Road has reopened from Lost Lake to Vagabond Ranch.  However, Stillwater Pass Road is now closed from Vagabond Ranch to Colo. Highway 125.  The closure is expected to last several weeks.  Kauffman Creek Road is also closed for the season due to road damage and multiple contractors working in the area.  Backcountry travel is allowed through this area so long as people remain more than 300 yards from work crews.  North Supply, upper Kawuneeche Road and the road to the Bowen Gulch Interpretive Trailhead have temporarily reopened.

 

PAUL RYAN POINTS OUT OBAMA’S BROKEN PROMISES

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan says Barack Obama fell “woefully short” as president by failing to keep promises he made as a candidate four years ago.  Ryan painted the incumbent Democrat as a big-government liberal yesterday, hours before Obama delivered his acceptance speech at the Democratic convention in North Carolina.  Ryan says Obama failed to reduce home foreclosures, raise incomes and reduce the national debt.  He addressed hundreds of supporters inside an airport hangar in Colorado, a swing state where Obama delivered his convention speech in 2008.

 

CMEDP TO HOLD SEMINAR ON CONTRACTING WITH GOVERNMENT

The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership is inviting business owners and managers to a seminar next week, that will teach them how to grow their business by contracting with the government.  The seminar will include information on how to find government contract bid opportunities.  Topics include the eligibility requirements of a contractor, the rules and processes of purchasing, how to find opportunities and related software.  The seminar is being presented by the CMEDP and the Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center, or P-TAC.  It will be held September 19th in the Bell Tower Building of the Craig campus of CNCC.  Registration is being taken online.  Each session must be registered for separately:
Growing Your Business By Contracting With the Government
Finding Government Contract Bid Opportunities

 

YAMPA VALLEY CRANE FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD IN STEAMBOAT NEXT WEEK

The inaugural Yampa Valley Crane Festival to be held in Steamboat Springs and Hayden next week consists of four days of free events celebrating the Sandhill Crane.  There will be a pre-festival screening of the award-winning film “Born to Fly” on the 13th at 7 in Library Hall. Winners of the children’s coloring contest will be announced that evening.  Other festival activities include viewing Greater Sandhill Cranes, children’s programs, films, a photography workshop, an art show, and expert talks about cranes. Dr. George Archibald, co-founder of the International Crane Foundation, will be the keynote speaker.  The festival runs from September 16-19.  All programs are free and open to the public.

 

TAILGATE PARTY PLANNED BEFORE TONIGHT’S BULLDOG GAME

The Moffat County FFA alumni will host a tailgating party at Moffat County High School tonight.  The Bulldogs have a home game against Rifle tonight, and the alumni are trying to get everyone in “rally” mode.  They’ll serve burgers, beans, chips, dessert and a drink for $5, with proceeds going to the FFA program.  It will be held in the high school parking lot starting at 5.

Yesterday:
In volleyball:
Little Snake River Valley beat H.E.M.

In boys soccer:
Steamboat topped Eagle Valley.

Today:
In football:
Little Snake River Valley hosts Dubois.
Hayden is home against Day Springs Christian at 7.
Steamboat hosts Summit at 7.
Soroco is home against Justice at 7.
Meeker is on the road to Coal Ridge at 7.
Moffat County welcomes Rifle.  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 by clicking the link at the top of the sports page.

In volleyball:
Little Snake River Valley plays at Encampment.
Moffat County hosts a tournament with Steamboat attending.
Meeker hosts Hayden at 5.
Rangely heads to Plateau Valley at 6.

In cross country:
Moffat County runs in Grand Junction.

Tomorrow:
In football:
Rangely plays at Plateau Valley at 1.

In volleyball:
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.

In rodeo:
Moffat County competes at home.

BRONCOS
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.