Monthly Archives: October 2012

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31ST


TRICK-OR-TREATING TAKES PLACE TONIGHT

Organized trick-or-treating takes place in several communities today.  In Craig, kids can canvas downtown for treats from 4 to 6, and the Centennial Mall between 5 and 7.  Trick-or-treating in downtown Steamboat will be from 5 to 7. In Meeker, the “Pumpkins, Eats, and Treats” will take place from 4 to 6 on the courthouse lawn.  In Oak Creek, kids can hit the downtown shops from 5 until dark. Other communities will simply observe the standard door-to-door trick or treating. Health officials remind parents to inspect their children’s candy before letting them eat it. Toss out all unwrapped or suspicious items. Police also remind motorists that children will be out in large numbers, and in many cases won’t be paying attention to traffic. Organized trick-or-treat events are listed on the events page.

 

CAPITAL CHRISTMAS TREE TO STOP IN CRAIG AND STEAMBOAT

Craig has been added to the list of stops for the Capital Christmas Tree.  This year’s tree will be cut from the White River National Forest near Meeker, and then will travel the country, before being displayed at the White House.  The tree will be cut Friday, and the Meeker Chamber and the Meeker Rec Center are offering to take a limited number of people to watch the cutting.  If you’re interested in going on that trip, call 878-3403.  The tree will be displayed in Meeker over the weekend.  Tuesday, it starts its trip to the White House, with the first stop being in Craig.  Craig residents will be able to view the tree at 1:30 while it’s parked on the road between East Kum & Go and the fairgrounds.  After a couple of hours, it will head to Steamboat, where it will be displayed at the Howelson Hill Rodeo Arena from 6 to 8.  Steamboat’s celebration will include hot chocolate, holiday music, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.  Those showing up are encouraged to wear an ugly Christmas sweater for the community photo at 6:30.

 

SWINGING BRIDGE TO CLOSE FOR REPAIRS

The Swinging Bridge in Moffat County needs some repairs.  The Moffat County Commissioners yesterday, signed a resolution to close the bridge while the repairs are being done.  State inspectors have said the bridge has critical maintenance issues that need dealt with.  The work will start as soon as possible, and will be finished within three weeks.  A detour across the Taylor Flats Bridge will be available, as there will likely be hunters in the area.  The bridge was recently replaced.  The closure will only be in effect during work hours, which are Monday through Thursday from 9 to 3.

 

CRAIG VETERANS CLINIC GETTING MORE DOSES OF FLU SHOTS

Due to unusually high demand the Major William Adams Veterans TeleHealth clinic in Craig has requested and received an extra 100 flu shots. These shots are free to any Veteran who can provide proof of service. Veterans do not have to be enrolled with the TeleHealth Clinic in order to receive them.  Last season, between October 2011 and May 2012 the Grand Junction VA Medical Center and it’s four satellite clinics gave just over 6,000 total flu shots.  At the current rate, staff expect to reach 5,400 by Friday.  The Craig clinic is located at 785 Russell Street.  The phone number is 824-6721.

 

LEAP PROGRAM NOW TAKING APPLICATIONS FROM LOW INCOME RESIDENTS

Colorado’s Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP), which provides financial assistance with home heating bills, will begin accepting applications tomorrow and will continue to do so until April 30th.  LEAP is a federally funded program that provides cash assistance to help families and individuals pay a portion of winter home heating costs. The program pays the highest benefits to those with the highest heating bills and lowest incomes by family size. The applicant’s income cannot exceed 150 percent of the federal poverty index, which is about $2,882 per month for a family of four.  According to Aggie Berens, manager of LEAP, the average benefit is estimated to be $302 per household. Last year, more than 125,000 Coloradans applied for LEAP, and over 100,000 households received an average benefit of $344.  To qualify, applicants must be pay their own heating costs, be a permanent legal resident of Colorado or have household members that are U.S. citizens.  For more details, click here.

 

TEENS ON TOUR REGISTRATION DEADLINE APPROACHING

The registration deadline for the Steamboat Parks & Rec Department’s Teens on Tour over night trip to Denver is tomorrow.  The program is for teens in 6th, 7th and 8th grades. The program is offered during school days off on Thursday, November 8th and Friday, November 9th. The trip includes shopping at the Flatirons Mall, swimming at SpringHill Suites, three games of Laser Tag at Laser Quest and entry to Jump Street Littleton, an indoor Trampoline park.  The registration fee is $100 and covers transportation, activity fees, dinner Thursday, breakfast and lunch Friday and hotel accommodations. Participants must bring a sack lunch for Thursday.  You can register online, or by calling Steamboat Parks & Rec.  You’ll find a link to the registration form here.  You can also call  Registration must be done by 5:30 tomorrow.

 

BILL CLINTON CAMPAIGNS FOR OBAMA IN COLORADO

Former President Bill Clinton stumped for President Barack Obama at two stops in Colorado yesterday, as Hurricane Sandy prompted the president to cancel his own event.  Clinton derided Republican Mitt Romney as vague and backward in remarks to a small crowd of Democrats at a high school just north of Denver. Clinton had another rally at a Denver school.  The hurricane also prompted Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan to scrap a Colorado trip planned for yesterday. Obama and Ryan both rescheduled events for tomorrow, a day before early voting ends in Colorado.

 

FOREST SERVICE WARNS SHOOTERS TO AVOID USING TRACER BULLETS

The U.S. Forest Service is warning shooters to avoid the use of tracer bullets after a small wildfire broke out over the weekend on the Eastern Plains.  U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Reghan Cloudman says fire crews were able to quickly put out the blaze and there was limited damage.  Nearly a dozen fires have been caused by recreational shooters on the eastern Colorado grasslands this year.

 

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS FOR TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30TH

TRICK-OR-TREATING IN NORTHWEST COLORADO

Tomorrow is Halloween, and that means kids will be out trick-or-treating.  Some communities have organized trick-or-treating.  In Craig, kids can canvas downtown for treats from 4 to 6.  They can also stop by the Centennial Mall for more trick-or-treating and a costume contest between 5 and 7.  Trick-or-treating goes on in downtown Steamboat from 5 to 7.  In Meeker, the “Pumpkins, Eats, and Treats” will take place from 4 to 6 on the courthouse lawn.  There will be plenty of food, candy, and games for all ages.  In Oak Creek, kids can hit the downtown shops from 5 until dark.  Other communities will simply observe the standard door-to-door trick or treating.  Health officials remind parents to inspect their children’s candy before letting them eat it.  Toss out all unwrapped or suspicious items.  Police also remind motorists that children will be out in large numbers, and they should watch out for kids, as some won’t be paying attention to traffic.  Organized trick-or-treat events are listed on the events page.

 

REPORT RELEASED YESTERDAY SHOWS REPUBLICANS AS EARLY VOTING LEADERS

Monday reports show Republican early voters in Colorado are still outpacing their Democratic counterparts.  There have been over 800,000 early ballots cast so far, and of those, 38 percent were submitted by Republicans.  36 percent were turned in by Democrats, and 26 percent of the early vote has been cast by unaffiliated or third party voters.  However, because the votes won’t actually be tallied until Election Night, there’s no way to tell which presidential candidate is leading in the state.  Colorado is considered a swing state, and according to polls, has seen increasing support for Mitt Romney, tightening the race to a dead heat.

 

DOLLY PARTON IMAGINATION LIBRARY COMES TO MOFFAT/RIO BLANCO COUNTIES

Moffat County Youth United Way, the teenager component of Moffat County United Way, and Connections 4 Kids, the early childhood council serving Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, have announced the launch of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library locally.  Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a program that offers high-quality, age-appropriate books to children from birth to age 5. The program is free to families in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties. All children who register will receive a free book, mailed to their home, once a month through their fifth birthday.  Connections 4 Kids and Moffat County Youth United Way will host launch events during story time events at local libraries in November. The launch events will include local storytellers reading books from the Imagination Library and are meant to introduce families to the program and sign up young children.  Organizational staff and community volunteers will also host registration days at local preschools and parent groups in the coming weeks.  A schedule of launch events and contact information can be found below.  For more information call 824-8282, ext. 47.

The local launch events are scheduled for:

  • 10 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. Thursday, November 8 at the Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green Street, Craig
  • 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 13 at Rangely Regional Library, 109 East Main Street, Rangely
  • 10 a.m. Wednesday, November 14 at Meeker Public Library, 490 Main Street, Meeker

 

COMMUNITIES CONCERNED ABOUT AFFECTS OF DRILLING ON WATER QUALITY

Communities across the West are demanding limits on oil shale drilling along the Colorado River over concerns the thirst for oil could lead to polluted water supplies for millions of people.  The worries have prompted proposals to limit acreage available for leasing.  Officials in Nevada and Arizona have been sending letters to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar expressing concerns about the need to protect Colorado River water quality and quantity.  Others back a Bureau of Land Management proposal to sharply reduce acreage available for possible leasing in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah.  Chris Treese, spokesman for the Colorado River Water Conservation District, says the concerns are overblown.  Regulators believe the water supply will be protected and any pollution will be diluted by the time it reaches Las Vegas.

 

BIRDING TRAIL MEETING TO BE HELD IN KREMMLING

The new, northwest portion of the Colorado Birding Trail will be the topic of a presentation offered by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, November 8th in Kremmling.  The Colorado Birding Trail is a series of driving loops designed to provide the public with a variety of wildlife viewing opportunities across large portions of the state.  Details about the project will be made available to everyone, and civic-minded landowners can learn how they can diversify their property by sharing with the public the excellent, wildlife viewing opportunities often found only on private land.  By allowing access to a portion of their land as part of the Colorado Birding Trail, landowners will have a unique opportunity to partner with Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the many other agencies involved in the planning of the birding trail.  Staff from Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory will be available to answer questions and take comments, and everyone is invited to enjoy refreshments, dinner and a fun, lively discussion.  If you want further details, call 970-482-1707 ext. 25.

 

VETERANS TO VISIT COLORADO’S STATE PARKS FOR FREE NEXT MONTH

Veterans and current members of the military will receive free admission to Colorado’s 42 state parks in honor of Veterans Day.  The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission says the free admission will be offered Monday, November 12th, the day after Veterans Day.  Gov. Jon Hickenlooper said in a news release yesterday that “we want to honor all service members on Veterans Day for putting their country first, often before family, friends and themselves.”  Proof of service must be presented at the park gate, and all other passengers in the vehicle also will be admitted for free.

 

CLINTON STUMPING FOR OBAMA IN COLORADO

An official with President Obama’s campaign says Bill Clinton is scheduled to campaign for Barack Obama in Colorado today.  The president was supposed to campaign in Colorado Springs today but cancelled his political travel due to Hurricane Sandy.  The storm has thrown the nail-biter of an election into even greater turmoil.  While the president is grounded in Washington DC he will be relying on the former president to carry his message.  Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan is also scheduled to be in Colorado today. He’s due to speak in Greeley, Castle Rock and Canon City.  President Obama and Mitt Romney are both scheduled to swing by later in the week.

 

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR MONDAY, OCTOBER 29TH

FATAL CRASH ON FOREST ROAD CLAIMS A 43-YEAR OLD MAN

The Colorado State Patrol is investigating a one-vehicle crash that happened at around 5:45 Saturday morning on Forest Service Road 700, 12 miles east of Highway 131 near Wolcott.  A 2007 Land Rover, driven by a 43 year-old man from Breckenridge, was traveling east on icy and snow-packed road at the time of the crash. The vehicle went off the left side of the road before rolling 134 feet down an embankment. The vehicle came to rest on its top. The driver was not wearing his seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle as it rolled. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The name of the driver is being withheld since the family has not been notified. Speed is believed to be a factor in the cause of the crash.

 

AIR TRAVEL TO EAST COAST WILL SEE SOME DISRUPTIONS

If you plan to travel to the eastern states during the coming week, be aware that air traffic is likely to be interrupted as Hurricane Sandy impacts the east coast. Most airlines have issued advisories for their ticketed passengers that will travel into effected area airports. Travelers are encouraged to contact their airline or their airline’s website for the most current information regarding the airlines re-booking, cancellation, flight delay policies and latest news on possible closures or interruptions. Last night Denver International Airport officials said they are expecting 60 flights to be canceled today.  Links to a number of airlines news/travel advisory pages can be found below.

United Airlines
Frontier Airlines
Southwest Airlines

OBAMA CANCELS STOP IN COLORADO, OTHER RALLIES PLANNED

President Obama has cancelled a campaign stop in Colorado tomorrow.  The cancellation was due to complications of air travel on the east coast caused by Hurricane Sandy.  The announcement was made Saturday night.  The president also cancelled a stop in Virginia tomorrow.  Obama still plans to come to the state this week.  He has a stop scheduled in Boulder Thursday.  Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan will be in Colorado tomorrow to rally in three cities; Greely, Castle Rock, and Canon City.

 

TEMPS AND MOISTURE HELP STEAMBOAT TO BEGIN SNOWMAKING

A storm which brought fourteen inches of fresh snow last week, along with temperatures prime for beginning to build the resort’s winter base, helped kick off the start of snowmaking at the Steamboat Ski Area around 2:30 Friday afternoon. Snowmaking crews turned on the high efficiency, low energy tower guns and air/water guns from the resort’s fleet on several trails to begin snowmaking efforts in anticipation of Opening Day, November 21st. Cold temperatures and moisture in the air created the perfect weather combination for crews to begin building the resort’s base, starting with Heavenly Daze and working down the mountain towards the base area. Future snowmaking efforts will continue as weather permits.

 

SLASH BURNING TO BEGIN IN ROUTT/MEDICINE BOW NATIONAL FOREST

Fire crews from the Medicine Bow and Routt National Forest have begun burning slash piles in multiple locations. The decision to burn piles was made due to recent weather which has allowed for safe burning of piles and the elimination of any threat of fire spreading to surrounding vegetation. Most areas in both forests received plentiful moisture from the recent snowstorms. Pile burning will continue all fall and winter, as long as weather permits. Plans are in place for slash pile burns in both Wyoming and Colorado. It’s estimated that there are over 5,000 piles In the Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests. Forest users and the public should be aware that smoke from these burns will often be visible and is expected. Questions should be directed to your local Ranger District Office.

 

C-DOT OFFERS WINTER DRIVING TIPS

As part of Winter Weather Awareness Week, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) last week released to motorists a list of the numerous free resources CDOT provides for obtaining traffic, road condition, and highway information. CDOT urges motorists to utilize these resources before traveling to ensure they know what to expect and know the most current information.  C-DOT’s slogan this winter is “Ice and Snow, Take it Slow!”  Resources include social media pages, such as Twitter and Facebook, e-mail and text alerts, and web access to road conditions.  You’ll find links to the various resources below.

www.cotrip.org
www.coloradodot.info

www.facebook.com/coloradodot
www.coloradodot.info/travel/winter-driving


In high school sports:
Over the weekend:

In football:
Little Snake River Valley beat Hulett 53-18 in the 1st round of the state playoffs.
Steamboat defeated Lutheran 21-20.
Meeker lost to Hotchkiss 35-12.
Moffat County beat Battle Mountain 48-14.
Rangely lost to Kiowa 40-13.
Hayden beat Simla 52-12.

In volleyball:
Little Snake River Valley topped Upton (25-21, 25-19, 25-19), Hulett (25-22, 25-19, 25-13) and Kaycee (25-17, 23-25, 25-13, 20-25, 15-13) to take 3rd at the State Playoffs in Casper.
At the district tournament in West Grand:
Hayden lost to Vail Mountain (15-25, 7-25, 16-25).
Meeker beat West Grand, Soroco and Paonia (25-22, 18-25, 25-23, 17-25, 16-14) on Friday, and lost to Vail Mountain on Saturday (22-25, 25-20, 24-26, 25-20, 11-15).
Rangely lost to Vail Mountain (25-23, 16-25, 18-25, 25-16, 13-15) Friday and Meeker Saturday.  They also beat Paonia Saturday (25-23, 25-19).
Soroco topped Paonia (25-10, 25-9, 25-9).

In cross country:
Rangely’s William Scoggins took third at the boys 2-A State meet in Colorado Springs.  In 4-A, Moffat County’s Brenna Ciesco took 9th for the girls, while Eryn Leonard placed 10th.

 

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28TH

 

AREA AIR TRAVELERS ENCOURAGED TO PLAN FOR HURRICANE SANDY

If you plan to travel to the eastern states during the coming week, be aware that air traffic is likely to be interrupted as Hurricane Sandy impacts the east coast.  Most airlines have issued advisories for their ticketed passengers that will travel into effected area airports.  Travelers are encouraged to contact their airline or their airline’s website for the most current information regarding the airlines re-booking, cancellation, flight delay policies and latest news on possible closures or interruptions.  Links to a number of airlines news/travel advisory pages can be found below.

United Airlines
Frontier Airlines
Southwest Airlines

 

HIGHWAY 131 ACCIDENT CLAIMS ONE LIFE

The Colorado State Patrol is investigating a one-vehicle crash, which occurred at approximately 5:45 Saturday morning on Forest Service Road 700 approximately 12 miles east of Highway 131 near Wolcott, Colorado.  A 2007 Land Rover, driven by a 43 year-old male from Breckenridge, was traveling eastbound on Forest Service Road 700, which was icy and snow-packed at the time of the crash.  The vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway before rolling 134 feet down an embankment.  The vehicle came to final rest on its top facing east.   The driver was not wearing his seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle as it rolled. He was pronounced dead on scene.    The name of the driver is being withheld since the family has not been notified.  The Eagle County Coroner can be contacted for further information on the driver.  Speed is believed to be a factor in the cause of the crash.

 

Fun Halloween Ideas for the Family

You can help make this Halloween season extra special for your kids by getting them in the spooky spirit with some great Halloween reading, viewing and hands-on activities.

Eerie Reading

With all that homework that comes with a new school year, you may be hard pressed to get your kids to do any extra reading. However, a fun Halloween book will earn their attention. Check out “Professor Gargoyle: Tales From Lovecraft Middle School #1,” by Charles Gilman, the first in a new series about the strange world of a creepy middle school. With a science teacher who morphs into a monster before you even open the book, this is one book you can judge by its cover, and it may also inspire a great costume.

Frightful Viewing

There’s nothing more evocative of the season than a Halloween movie. You can make a night of it at home with some popcorn and an old classic like “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” or take the kids to the theater for a new tale. “Hotel Transylvania,” for example, a 3-D computer-animated film starring Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez, will make Dracula fun for kids.

Creepy Crafting

From carving your own Jack-o-Lanterns to designing your own Halloween costumes to adorning your house and yard with homemade decorations, Halloween presents the perfect opportunity to get creative with crafts.

Encourage your kids to go the do-it-yourself route this year. Not only are homemade costumes so much more unique than store-bought costumes, they can be inexpensive to create and are a lot more satisfying to show off to friends. Safety note: let little ones design their own Jack-o-Lanterns and help you scoop out the pumpkin, but leave the actual carving to an adult.

 

SLASH PILE BURNING SCHEDULED FOR MEDICINE BOW/ROUTT NATIONAL FOREST

Fire crews from the Medicine Bow and Routt National Forest have begun burning slash piles in multiple locations. The decision to burn piles was made due to recent weather which has allowed for safe burning of piles and the elimination of any threat of fire spreading to surrounding vegetation.  Most areas in both forests received plentiful moisture from the recent snowstorms.  Pile burning will continue all fall and winter, as long as weather permits.  Plans are in place for slash pile burns in both Wyoming and Colorado.  It’s estimated that there are over 5,000 piles In the Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests.  Forest users and the public should be aware that smoke from these burns will often be visible and is expected.  Questions should be directed to your local Ranger District Office.

In high school sports this weekend:

In football:

Little Snake River Valley beat Hulett 53-18 in the 1st round of the state playoffs.
Steamboat defeated Lutheran 21-20.
Meeker lost to Hotchkiss 35-12.
Moffat County beat Battle Mountain 48-14.
Hayden defeated Simla 58-12 to advance to the state 8-man play-offs.  The bracket will be seeded and announced Sunday afternoon.
Rangely fell to Kiowa 40-13

In volleyball:

Little Snake River Valley topped Upton at the State Playoffs in Casper (25-21, 25-19, 25-19).

At the district tournament in West Grand:
Hayden lost to Vail Mountain (15-25, 7-25, 16-25).
Meeker beat Paonia (25-22, 18-25, 25-23, 17-25, 16-14).
Rangely lost to Vail Mountain (25-23, 16-25, 18-25, 25-16, 13-15).
Soroco topped Paonia (25-10, 25-9, 25-9).

In cross country:
All teams competed at the state meet in Colorado Springs.

DENVER BRONCOS
The Denver Broncos host the New Orleans Saints Today.  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 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27TH

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In high school sports this weekend:
In football:

  • Little Snake River Valley beat Hulett 53-18 in the 1st round of the state playoffs.
  • Steamboat defeated Lutheran 21-20.
  • Meeker lost to Hotchkiss 35-12.
  • Moffat County beat Battle Mountain 48-14.
  • Hayden defeated Simla 58-12 to advance to the state 8-man play-offs.  The bracket will be seeded and announced Sunday afternoon.
  • Rangely fell to Kiowa 40-13

In volleyball:

  • Little Snake River Valley topped Upton at the State Playoffs in Casper (25-21, 25-19, 25-19).
  • At the district tournament in West Grand:
  • Hayden lost to Vail Mountain (15-25, 7-25, 16-25).
  • Meeker beat Paonia (25-22, 18-25, 25-23, 17-25, 16-14).
  • Rangely lost to Vail Mountain (25-23, 16-25, 18-25, 25-16, 13-15).
  • Soroco topped Paonia (25-10, 25-9, 25-9).

SNOWMAKING BEGINS AT STEAMBOAT SKI AREA

A storm which brought fourteen inches of fresh snow in the past 48-hours along with temperatures prime for beginning to build the resort’s winter base helped kick off the start of snowmaking at the Steamboat Ski Area around 2:30 Friday afternoon.  Snowmaking crews turned on the high efficiency, low energy tower guns and air/water guns from the resort’s fleet on several trails to begin snowmaking efforts in anticipation of Opening Day, November 21st. Cold temperatures and moisture in the air created the perfect weather combination for crews to begin building the resort’s base, starting with Heavenly Daze and working down the mountain towards the base area. Future snowmaking efforts will continue as weather permits.

SLASH PILE BURNING SCHEDULED FOR MEDICINE BOW/ROUTT NATIONAL FOREST

Fire crews from the Medicine Bow and Routt National Forest have begun burning slash piles in multiple locations. The decision to burn piles was made due to recent weather which has allowed for safe burning of piles and the elimination of any threat of fire spreading to surrounding vegetation.  Most areas in both forests received plentiful moisture from the recent snowstorms.  Pile burning will continue all fall and winter, as long as weather permits.  Plans are in place for slash pile burns in both Wyoming and Colorado.  It’s estimated that there are over 5,000 piles In the Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests.  Forest users and the public should be aware that smoke from these burns will often be visible and is expected.  Questions should be directed to your local Ranger District Office.

CNCC HOLDS HALLOWEEN DANCE TONIGHT

A Halloween dance will be held at Colorado Northwestern Community College in Craig tonight.  The dance is open to everyone, kids and adults alike.  It will feature a costume contest, music from Total Entertainment, and refreshments.  The cost is $4 per person and $6 per couple.  It starts at 8 tonight, and is expected to run through midnight.  Call the college if you have any questions.

 

DUCKS UNLIMITED TO HOLD FUNDRAISER BANQUET TONIGHT

The Craig Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will hold their fundraising banquet tonight.  The group uses the event to recruit new members, as well as raise funds for their projects.  Tickets for tonight’s event are $35 for singles, and $65 for couples.  The price includes the cost of dinner and a Ducks Unlimited membership.  The banquet starts at 6 tonight at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavillion.  If you need more information, call 629-2380.

In high school sports this weekend:
In football:

  • Little Snake River Valley beat Hulett 53-18 in the 1st round of the state playoffs.
  • Steamboat defeated Lutheran 21-20.
  • Meeker lost to Hotchkiss 35-12.
  • Moffat County beat Battle Mountain 48-14.
  • Hayden defeated Simla 58-12 to advance to the state 8-man play-offs.  The bracket will be seeded and announced Sunday afternoon.
  • Rangely fell to Kiowa 40-13

 

In volleyball:

  • Little Snake River Valley topped Upton at the State Playoffs in Casper (25-21, 25-19, 25-19).
  • At the district tournament in West Grand:
  • Hayden lost to Vail Mountain (15-25, 7-25, 16-25).
  • Meeker beat Paonia (25-22, 18-25, 25-23, 17-25, 16-14).
  • Rangely lost to Vail Mountain (25-23, 16-25, 18-25, 25-16, 13-15).
  • Soroco topped Paonia (25-10, 25-9, 25-9).

In cross country:
All teams head to the state meet in Colorado Springs.

DENVER BRONCOS
The Denver Broncos host the New Orleans Saints 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, OCTOBER 26TH

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Friday’s High School Football Results:
Little Snake River Valley beat Hulett in the 1st round of the state playoffs 53-18.
Steamboat edged Lutheran 21-20
Meeker fell to Hotchkiss 35-12
Moffat County dumped Battle Mountain 48-14

METEOROLOGIST DON DAY PREDICTS A MORE NORMAL WINTER

Northwest Colorado’s recent snowfall is just a taste of what’s to come this winter.  That’s according to meteorologist Don Day, who says we likely won’t be seeing a repeat of last year’s warm, dry winter.  Day says this year we will likely return to normal trends in weather patterns.  He says we should return to normal amounts of precipitation, and colder temperatures will also be back.

 

WILDLIFE OFFICERS REMIND HUNTERS TO BE SURE OF THEIR SHOT

Colorado is in the midst of its main hunting seasons. As the seasons progress, Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds every hunter that good judgment and ethical behavior are critical to ensure a safe and successful hunting experience.  The wildlife agency says that over 250,000 hunters enjoy the big game seasons in the state each year, adding billions of dollars annually to the state’s tourism economy.  The reminder was prompted by several incidents of hunters shooting the wrong game during the first part of the main hunting seasons this year, including moose that have been mistakenly shot by elk hunters and at least one case of a hunter that shot a mule deer he believed was an elk.  Wildlife managers say that accidents usually involve a combination of poor judgment, low-light conditions, a long-distance view of the animal and not using a good pair of binoculars or a spotting scope.  Hunters that mistakenly kill the wrong animal are urged to immediately field dress the animal and contact Colorado Parks and Wildlife as soon as possible. Wildlife officers will seize the animal and donate the meat. Officers will take prompt reporting into consideration when assessing penalties.

 

OBAMA LEADS COLORADO UNAFFILIATED VOTERS

President Barack Obama leads Governor Mitt Romney 48 percent to 45 percent in a live interview survey of likely Colorado voters.  The poll, conducted Tuesday and Wednesday, is the latest in a series of tracking polls released by Keating Research and OnSight Public Affairs. It shows the race for the Centennial State tightening, but Obama continues to maintain a lead among the state’s unaffiliated voters. He leads Romney 52 percent to 38 percent among unaffiliated voters, which make up about a third of the electorate.  The advantage among unaffiliated voters is also significant because both candidates appear to have secured their party’s base voters. Registered Democrats favor Obama 90 percent to 6 percent while Republicans favor Romney 87 percent to 7 percent.

 

FISH AND WILDLIFE LOOKING FOR CONSERVATION PROPOSALS

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking proposals from states and U.S. territories interested in obtaining federal financial assistance to acquire land or conduct planning efforts for endangered species conservation.  The Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund (CESCF) provides grants to states and territories to support participation in a wide array of voluntary conservation projects for species on the Federal Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants, as well as for candidate species. For fiscal year (FY) 2013, the President’s budget request for the Fund includes $60 million in grant funding for conservation activities benefiting federally protected species.  More information about the program can be found by clicking here.

 

MARIJUANA ADVOCATES ARGUE COST OF PROSECUTING POT CRIMES

Colorado’s marijuana debate includes a back-and-forth over pot possession and the criminal justice system.  The marijuana legalization activists counted up arrest numbers for a report released yesterday.  The marijuana activists say that despite claims to the contrary, pot possession in small amounts still lands people in the criminal justice system. Marijuana possession in Colorado is a Class 2 Petty Offense.  Legalization activists say that people charged with pot possession still have to appear in criminal court, and that legalization would save money. Opponents of marijuana legalization planned a rival news conference, an event with mothers who oppose the measure.

 

DEA WARNS COLORADO RESIDENTS OF PHONE SCAM

The Drug Enforcement Agency is warning of scammers preying on internet prescription drug buyers.  The DEA says a caller will identify himself as a drug agent, and demand you pay a fine for purchasing drugs over the internet.  They say the victims often panic and pay their fine by wiring money overseas.  The DEA says they will never contact anyone over the phone regarding infractions.  They say the call is a scam, and should be reported to police.

I-70 SHUT DOWN FOR 4 HOURS YESTERDAY

An unidentified male was seriously injured Thursday evening when the vehicle he was riding in rolled over on Vail Pass. The crash shut down both directions of Interstate 70 for nearly four hours.  At approximately 5:30 p.m., a pickup pulling a trailer lost control near mile marker 184 on the snowy/icy roads and collided with a Volvo station wagon. Both vehicles spun into the center median and rolled.  The driver and two passengers in the pickup – all males – were transported to Vail Valley Medical Center. The driver and front-seat passenger suffered moderate to serious injuries, but they aren’t considered life-threatening. The rear-seat passenger was transported initially to VVMC but was then taken to Denver Health in critical condition.  The driver of the Volvo was uninjured.  The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but weather is considered a possible contributing factor. Neither alcohol nor drugs are considered factors at this time. It appears as though all occupants were wearing seatbelts.


In high school sports:
Yesterday:

In volleyball:
Steamboat lost to Battle Mountain (25-20, 20-25, 12-25, 22-25).
Little Snake River Valley fell to Kaycee in the 1st round of the State Playoffs (25-20, 25-23, 21-25, 17-25, 17-15).

Today:
In football:
Little Snake River Valley beat Hulett in the 1st round of the state playoffs 53-18.
Steamboat edged Lutheran 21-20
Meeker fell to Hotchkiss 35-12
Moffat County dumped Battle Mountain 48-14

In volleyball:
Little Snake River Valley plays Upton at 1 in the consolation round of the State Playoffs in Casper.
At the district tournament in West Grand, Hayden plays Vail Mountain at 9, Rangely at 1:30, and Hotchkiss at 4:30.
Meeker plays West Grand at 10:30, Soroco at 1:30, and Paonia at 3.
Rangely also plays Hotchkiss at 10:30 and Vail Mountain at 3.
Soroco plays Paonia at 9, and West Grand at 4:30.

Tomorrow:
In football:
Rangely goes to Kiowa at 1.
Hayden hosts Simla at 1.

In cross country:
All teams head to the state meet in Colorado Springs.

DENVER BRONCOS
The Denver Broncos host the New Orleans Saints 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 THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25TH

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C-DOT PREPARED FOR WINTER IN NORTHWEST COLORADO

Governor Hickenlooper and the National Weather Service have designated this week “Winter Weather Awareness Week” in Colorado. Appropriately, maintenance crews from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) in the northwest portion of the state are prepared for the impending winter season with an arsenal of tools and equipment to battle the storms.  Northwest Colorado has two winter maintenance patrols; one in Craig and one in Kremmling. Altogether, more than 100 maintenance employees are dedicated to plowing and de-icing more than 1,600 lane miles of highway in Craig, Granby, Hayden, Hot Sulfur Springs, Kremmling, Maybell, Meeker, Rabbit Ears Pass, Rangely, Rifle, Skull Creek, Steamboat, Walden, and Yampa.  Yesterday, Northwest Colorado received its first significant snowfall.  C-DOT has a number of tips on driving safely in the winter:

·       Be sure your windshield wiper fluid reservoirs are full as liquid de-icers may stick to your windshield.

·       Let the snowplow drivers do their jobs by giving them extra room and don’t pass them on the right.

·       Slow down! Even roads that have been treated with liquid de-icers may be slippery.

·       Be prepared. Have a scraper, snow brush, coat, hat, gloves, blanket, first aid kit, flashlight, tire chains, water, and nonperishable food in your car.

·       Make sure your tires have good tread.

For more information about CDOT’s snow removal plan including equipment and products, visit www.coloradodot.info/travel/winter-driving.

 

ADVOCATES CRISIS SUPPORT SERVICES TO HOLD DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS WALK

Advocates Crisis Support Services is holding a walk tomorrow night to raise awareness about domestic violence.  The organization is also bringing awareness to their organization, as they are needing help from the community.  The group says their funding is limited, and their facility could use some help.  Recently they’ve had to make some upgrades and repairs that have been done by volunteers and the staff’s families.  While the Moffat County Commissioners have said they would pitch in some money and man-hours for repairs, there are still things the organization could use.  Those include a new phone system, computers, and even counselors.  Tomorrow’s walk starts at 6 at the VFW in Craig.  Participants will walk along Victory Way to the Moffat County Courthouse, where they’ll hear speeches from survivors of domestic violence and supporters of the organization.

 

EARLY VOTING NUMBERS UP SIGNIFICANTLY IN COLORADO

The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office says over 325,000 state residents have already cast their ballots for the upcoming general election.  That was as of yesterday morning.  The state says 39 percent of those who have voted were republicans, 37 percent were democrats, and 24 percent were unaffiliated.  None of the votes will be counted until Election Day.  The Secretary of State’s Office will release more numbers tomorrow.  The number of early voting ballots turned in at this time during the 2008 presidential election was only 85,000.

 

OBAMA IN COLORADO

President Barack Obama returned to Colorado yesterday as part of a nearly around-the-clock campaigning tour.  The president held an afternoon rally at Denver’s City Park after campaigning in Davenport, Iowa.  He attended a campaign rally in Las Vegas featuring a free concert by pop singer Katy Perry last night.  Today, he’ll head east to Florida, Virginia and Ohio.  Now that the debates are over, krai.com is asking which presidential candidate you support this election year.  You’ll find the survey question in the yellow box on the right hand side of this page.

 

MJK IN CRAIG REOPENS AFTER WEEKEND BURGLARY

MJK Sales Feed and Ace Hardware is back open, after suffering a break-in Sunday night.  Police haven’t released any more details about the break-in.  It was determined early on that along with damaging a few computers and surveillance equipment, the burglars stole two small safes.  The damage was enough to keep the business closed for two days, but the store re-opened yesterday.

 

CNCC TO HOST HALLOWEEN DANCE SATURDAY

A Halloween dance will be held at Colorado Northwestern Community College in Craig Saturday night.  The dance is open to everyone, kids and adults alike.  It will feature a costume contest, music from Total Entertainment, and refreshments.  The cost is $4 per person and $6 per couple.  It starts at 8 Saturday night, and is expected to run through midnight.  Call the college if you have any questions.

 

DUCKS UNLIMITED WILL HOLD FUNDRAISING BANQUET THIS WEEKEND

The Craig Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will hold their fundraising banquet this weekend.  The group uses the event to recruit new members, as well as raise funds for their projects.  Tickets for Saturday night’s event are $35 for singles, and $65 for couples.  The price includes the cost of dinner and a Ducks Unlimited membership.  Those tickets can be purchased at the Craig Chamber.  The banquet starts at 6 Saturday night at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavillion.  If you need more information, call 629-2380.

In high school sports:
Today:

In volleyball:
Steamboat plays at Battle Mountain at 6:30.
Little Snake River Valley plays Kaycee in the 1st round of the State Playoffs.

Tomorrow:
In football:
Steamboat is home against Lutheran at 7.
Meeker heads to Hotchkiss at 7.
Moffat County hosts Battle Mountain.  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.

In volleyball:
At the district tournament in West Grand:
Hayden plays Vail Mountain at 9, Rangely at 1:30, and Hotchkiss at 4:30.
Meeker plays West Grand at 10:30, Soroco at 1:30, and Paonia at 3.
Rangely also plays Hotchkiss at 10:30 and Vail Mountain at 3.
Soroco plays Paonia at 9, and West Grand at 4:30.

 

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24TH

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ROMNEY RALLY AT RED ROCKS MET WITH ENTHUSIASM

10,000 supporters showed up to a Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan rally at Red Rocks Amphitheater yesterday.  The event was sold out, and many supporters were turned away due to lack of space.  During the rally, Romney chastised the Obama administration for its lack of leadership.  He also stressed his campaign message of vowing to get America on track to a “real economic recovery”.  There were musical performances by Kid Rock and Rodney Atkins.  Colorado is a swing state, meaning the candidates are close enough to warrant extra campaigning, while trying to accumulate the necessary electoral votes to win the election.  President Obama will speak in Denver today.

 

CRAIG MIDDLE SCHOOL TRYING TO REACH ITS FOOD DRIVE GOAL

Craig Middle Schoolers need help finishing up their canned food drive.  The drive has been going on all month, and school staff are getting ready to close the drive out.  However, they are well short of their goal, which could mean less Halloween fun for the students.  Earlier this month, staff at the school made a deal with students, that they would be allowed to dress up for Halloween at school, if the drive produced 3,000 cans of food.  As of yesterday, they had collected less than half of that number.  The staff estimates that 3 cans of food per student would put them over the top.  They’re asking for parents help in reaching that goal.  The drive ends Friday, and food needs to be collected by the end of the school day.

 

10 TO 15 CATTLE KILLED IN SEMI ROLLOVER

A semi rollover yesterday in Eagle County resulted in the deaths of about 10 to 15 head of cattle.  The accident occurred a little before 11 yesterday morning on Colorado Highway 133 on McClure Pass.  It’s not clear how the accident occurred, but the crash itself killed several cattle, while others had to be put down due to their injuries.  133 was closed for about 3 and a half hours while the accident was cleaned up.  The driver of the semi suffered minor injuries, but was not hospitalized.  He was issued a citation relating to the accident.

 

OPPONENTS OF FRACKING HOLD A RALLY IN DENVER

A Denver rally organized by opponents of hydraulic fracturing drew about 200 people.  Jakob Dylan of The Wallflowers, actress Daryl Hannah and others ended the rally yesterday by singing “Stand By Me” on stage together at Civic Center Park.  Co-organizer Allison Wolff says the budget for the Frack Free Colorado event was about $45,000. The rally was meant to push for the acceleration of clean-energy alternatives and to educate the public on what Wolff calls the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, which involves blasting water, sand and chemicals underground to free oil and natural gas.  The research arm of the Independent Petroleum Association of America counters that fracking is safe and that both Republicans and Democrats have said U.S. natural gas production supports jobs and the nation’s energy security.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP WANTS DETAILS RELEASED ON FRACKING RESULTS

The Environmental Integrity Project, along with 16 other national, regional, and local organizations, will submit a petition to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today asking it to include the oil and gas extraction industry in its Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reporting requirements.  TRI reporting is already required of most other energy industries including coal. The groups will argue that the loophole for the oil & gas extraction industries makes no sense, given the huge amounts of toxic chemicals involved that have only increased with the rapid rise of fracking. They say since oil and gas facilities are currently not required to report such data, the full scope of environmental and public health risks to citizens and communities is not known.

 

ONE FUGITIVE CAPTURED IN WYOMING/AUTHORITIES SEARCH FOR THREE MORE

A fugitive wanted on multiple felony drug charges was captured Monday afternoon in southern Wyoming.  Sweetwater County Sheriff Rich Haskell said deputies tracked 42 year old Steven Chapman to a residence west of Rock Springs and arrested him there without incident.  Chapman is charged with two counts of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance, and unlawful manufacture of delivery of methamphetamine stemming from an undercover investigation in 2011.  Each of the three counts carries a maximum possible penalty of 20 years in prison, and up to $25,000 in fines.  Haskell said three other fugitives on the Sheriff’s Office “Most Wanted” roster are 25 year old Christopher Rasmussen, wanted for felony probation violation and conspiracy to commit larceny and battery, 21-year old Kelsi Egbert, wanted for felony probation violation and possession of a controlled substance, and 26-year-old Valorie Draney, who is sought on a warrant for a felony probation violation warrant for delivery of a controlled substance.  Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Rasmussen, Egbert, or Draney is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office or other law enforcement agency. Haskell said calls will be handled with discretion.

In high school sports:
Tomorrow:

In volleyball:
Steamboat plays at Battle Mountain at 6:30.

 

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS FOR TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23RD

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TREES HARVESTED TO ACCOMPANY NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE

Last week, the Colorado State Forest Service harvested 75 subalpine fir trees from the Colorado State Forest near Gould to accompany the official U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C. These companion trees will ultimately spend the holidays in U.S. government offices.  CSFS foresters obtained the trees with the help of North Park students from grades 5-8, and transported them to Fort Collins on October 19th to be prepared for their journey to Washington, D.C., in November.  Earlier this year, the CSFS also provided 5,000 tree “cookies” – ½-inch-wide cross-sections of small tree trunks – to students around Colorado to be decorated as ornaments to adorn the Capitol Christmas Tree and its companion trees. CSFS foresters and volunteers obtained some of these cookies from bark beetle-killed trees or trees that burned in the High Park Fire area near Fort Collins. The ornaments also will make the journey to the Capitol next month.  This year’s Capitol Christmas Tree is being obtained from National Forest land near Meeker. To learn more about the Capitol Christmas Tree or track its journey around Colorado and to Washington, click here.

 

ROMNEY/RYAN SUPPORTERS GATHER FOR DEBATE WATCH PARTY IN CRAIG

About 35 people stuck around for last night’s “Debate Watch” party in Craig.  The group of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan supporters watched together as President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney debated foreign policy on national television.  The event followed a Romney/Ryan Rally at the hotel.  Those who showed up were served hot dogs, hamburgers, and drinks.  “Coal County” t-shirts were given away.  Early voting for the presidential election is going on until November 2nd.  Mail-in ballots must be received by 7 the evening of Election Day.

 

RYAN STUMPING FOR ROMNEY IN COLORADO

Paul Ryan is in Colorado stumping for Mitt Romney surrounding last night’s presidential debate.  The Republican vice presidential candidate was in Pueblo yesterday morning for a speech before traveling to Durango.  He was in Grand Junction yesterday evening where he watched the last debate, which focused on foreign policy.  Ryan’s visit comes during a week when both campaigns are courting voters in Colorado, where the race is expected to be close.  The economy seems to be the biggest factor when determining who voters want as president for the next 4 years.  When asked which issues would most determine their selection for president, 70% of respondents at krai.com overwhelmingly chose the economy as their greatest concern.  48% included the national debt in their concerns, 37% said energy issues were most important, and 33% chose help for the middle class.  Taxes and Health care came next at 29%, with very few choosing social security and the environment.  A new question has been posted that asks “now that the debates are over, who is your choice for president?”  Romney and Ryan will be rallying today in Colorado’s famous Red Rocks amphitheater. President Barack Obama will be back in Colorado tomorrow to speak at Denver’s City Park.

 

BREAK-IN AT MJK SUNDAY NIGHT

MJK Sales and Feed was broken into Sunday night. The Craig Police Department said the burglary occurred sometime after 10:30. In addition to damage to computers and surveillance equipment, two small safes were taken during the break-in. The Police Department is not releasing additional details at this time. Due to the burglary investigation, MJK is closed until further notice.

 

BLM SHARES PHOTOS FROM “GUZZLERS”

The Bureau of Land Management, Colorado is sharing some unique photos of wildlife with the public. Wildlife Biologists at the Royal Gorge Field Office use water tanks or “guzzlers,” to manage grazing and increase water access for wildlife. The BLM placed still cameras or “critter cams,” on public lands along the Front Range to monitor wildlife using the water tanks. Not only do the cameras provide valuable data to the biologists, but they also tend to capture some amazing close-up photos of animals not typically seen on a day-to-day basis.  In one incident, the BLM constructed a fence around one particular guzzler to protect it from migrating cattle, while still allowing large wildlife, such as deer and elk, to jump over the fence and continue to drink the water. A camera placed at this site proved the animals were not using the guzzler due to the fence. The biologists realized that they needed to step in and resolved the problem by removing the fence. Without the cameras the biologists wouldn’t have known there was a problem at the site.  The BLM is now sharing photos with the public. Through the BLM’s various social media avenues, you can view the photos of bear, elk, bighorn sheep, turkeys, bobcats and deer from the “critter cam.”

 

MARIJUANA OPPONENTS AND SUPPORTERS SPEND OVER $3 MILLION IN ADS

Over $3 million has been spent, so far, on advertising for Colorado’s Amendment 64.  The measure, if passed, would make it legal for adults 21 and over to possess small amounts of marijuana for personal recreational use.  It would also allow residents to grow their own marijuana.  At this point, supporters and opponents have spent upwards of $3.7 million to push their positions.  Much of that money has come from outside the state.  If Amendment 64 passes, it won’t trump federal laws, which still consider the drug illegal.  The measure appears on this year’s general election ballot.

 

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR MONDAY, OCTOBER 22ND

TWO SAFES FROM MJK TAKEN IN BURGLARY

MJK Sales and Feed was broken into overnight.  The Craig Police Department said the burglary occurred sometime after 10:30.  In addition to damage to computers and surveillance equipment, two small safes were taken during the break-in.  The Police Department is not releasing additional details at this time.  Due to the burglary investigation, MJK is closed today, but is expected to be open tomorrow.

 

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PUMPKIN PATCH AT WYMAN MUSEUM DRAWS HUNDREDS

Saturday’s Wyman Museum 4th Annual Pumpkin Patch, although smaller in scope than last year, was again a huge success.  Hundreds of people attended the event, most with kids in tow, to select a pumpkin, enjoy rides in a wagon and antique automobile, and enjoy the many other activities featured at the Pumpkin Patch.  The Museum also introduced their new buck elk, J.R,, which they acquired to replace the museum’s recently deceased long time attraction, Clyde the Elk, which was a popular icon at the Wyman Living History Museum over the last 8 years.  Pictures from the event can be seen in the photo gallery above.

TROOPERS RESPOND TO ROLLOVER ON MCR 200

Two teenagers were lucky to escape a car accident yesterday without serious injuries.  State Troopers responded to a roll-over accident yesterday on Moffat County Road 200, about 7 miles northeast of Craig.  Troopers say 17-year old Kaylie Clawson was likely driving too fast, when she went off the road and rolled the vehicle.  Kaylie was taken to The Memorial Hospital with non life threatening injuries, while her passenger, 17-year old Austin Edwards was released from the scene without injuries.  Neither were wearing their seat belts.  The investigation into the accident is ongoing.

 

DEBATE WATCH PARTY TO BE HELD TONIGHT AT HOLIDAY INN IN CRAIG

Mitt Romney supporters are invited to a rally at the Holiday Inn in Craig tonight.  Organizers will serve hot dogs and hamburgers at a barbecue in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn.  The event precedes another “Debate Watch Party”.  The last watch party organizers held was a success, with over 65 people showing up.  Today’s barbecue and rally starts at 5, with the watch party set to begin at 7.  Organizers say they are tentatively expecting a message from Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan during the event.  Tonight is the final debate between the two presidential candidates.  A survey question here on KRAI.COM asks voters what issues will be central when making a choice for president this year.  Look for the survey in the Yellow box to the upper right.

 

EARLY VOTING BEGINS TODAY IN COLORADO

Early voting in Colorado starts today.  Mail ballots were sent out earlier this month, and voters have been filling them out and turning them in.  Now polling places are open for voters to cast their ballots early.  If you would like to vote by mail, and have not received a ballot, you have until October 30th to request one.  Mail-in ballots need to be received by County Elections Clerks by 7 in the evening on November 6th.  Early voting ends in Colorado on November 2nd.  So far, the Secretary of State’s office says over 25,000 Coloradans have already cast their ballots.

 

PARKS AND WILDLIFE ACQUIRE CONSERVATION EASEMENT NEAR MAYBELL

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission has approved the acquisition of a 15,000-acre Perpetual Conservation Easement on the Tuttle Ranch in Moffat County. The purchase will help preserve critical habitat and winter range for wildlife while allowing ranching operations to continue.  Consisting of sagebrush steppe, foothills grassland and pinyon-juniper woodlands, the property is home to greater sage-grouse and provides critical winter range for elk, mule deer and pronghorn.  The conservation easement was purchased from the RSH Land Company LLC, with a combination of funds from Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and lottery-funded Great Outdoors Colorado.

 

PAUL RYAN STRESSES IMPORTANCE OF MILITARY MIGHT

Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan is vowing to keep America’s military strong.  The Republican congressman promised supporters in Colorado Springs last night to avoid budget cuts to the armed forces that are scheduled to kick in at the end of the year. Ryan voted for those cuts last year but now complains that President Obama won’t let Republicans substitute other spending cuts for the defense ones.  Ryan said he and Mitt Romney want what he called “peace through strength.” He said that the cuts are emboldening the country’s adversaries.  Ryan will make three more Colorado appearances today. He meets running mate Mitt Romney for a rally tomorrow. President Obama is scheduled to appear in Denver on Wednesday, a reminder of Colorado’s big role in the deadlocked presidential race.

 

SENATOR UDALL URGES RESIDENTS TO SAFEGUARD AGAINST WILDFIRES

Mark Udall encouraged Coloradans today, during Wildfire Awareness Month and the ongoing 2012 wildfire season, to be proactive and safeguard their homes, communities and businesses from the threat of future wildfires.  “As Coloradans make their ways through the fall months, now is the time to look ahead and do all we can to safeguard our homes and communities from the threat of future wildfires,” Udall said. “Simple and effective fire-mitigation methods do not always cost a lot of time or money. In fact, common-sense steps taken while doing your fall yard work can make an enormous difference in the long run.”  Udall also thanked Boulder, Clear Creek, Douglas, El Paso, Jefferson and Larimer counties for their efforts in getting the word out about fire mitigation by recognizing October as Wildfire Awareness Month.

In high school sports:
Over the weekend:

In football:
Little Snake River Valley beat Farson-Eden 48-8.
Hayden topped Vail Christian 49-20.
Steamboat fell to Rifle 56-0.
Soroco lost to West Grand 60-28.
Meeker beat Roaring Fork 35-0.
Rangely won against South Park 50-26.
Moffat County defeated Montezuma-Cortez 42-19.

In volleyball:
Little Snake River Valley beat Meeteetse in a regional playoff game (25-13, 25-12, 25-17) and then lost to Burlington (18-25, 25-20, 22-25, 22-25) and in the consolation semifinal defeated Encampment (25-14, 20-25, 25-18, 21-25).
Hayden lost to Vail Mountain (25-7, 25-16, 25-16) then beat Vail Christian (18-25, 11-25, 25-22, 25-23, 19-17).
Soroco fell to North Park (16-25, 25-20, 11- 25, 12-25) and Hotchkiss (19-25, 19-25, 26-24, 20-25).
Moffat County lost to Olathe (12-25, 13-25, 25-20, 14-25) and Gunnison (11-25, 3-25, 4-25).
Meeker lost to Rangely (20-25, 25-20, 19-25, 21-25), and West Grand (25-27, 22-25, 22-25).
Rangely also lost to Paonia (20-25, 25-19, 18-25, 14-25).

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21ST

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PUMPKIN PATCH A SUCCESS

Saturday’s Wyman Museum 4th Annual Pumpkin Patch, although smaller in scope than last year, was again a huge success.  Hundreds of people attended the event, most with kids in tow, to select a pumpkin, enjoy rides in a wagon and antique automobile, and enjoy the many other activities featured at the Pumpkin Patch.  The Museum also introduced their new buck elk, J.R,, which they acquired to replace the museum’s recently deceased long time attraction, Clyde the Elk, which was a popular icon at the Wyman Living History Museum over the last 8 years.  Pictures from the event can be seen in the photo gallery above.

 

How to Get Your Political Opinion Heard

For most Americans, politics can feel like a spectator sport, especially in an election year when so much news is devoted to the horse race. But there are many ways average citizens can take active and engaged roles in local, state and national politics. Here are ways, some obvious, some not so obvious, to make your political voice heard:

• Vote: According to Census statistics, only 63 percent of citizens ages 18 years or older voted in the last presidential election. Every election you should go to the polls and take your children with you, so they learn an important civics lesson.

• Learn: Read history books to gain perspective and insight. Study the Constitution thoroughly and know your rights. Use Internet search engines to read up on everything from our founding fathers to current issues.

“In fact, a long forgotten clause in the U.S. Constitution, Article 5, can be used to reconvene the Constitutional Convention of 1787 in order to bypass our government and ratify amendments,” says Enns, who is advocating for a new Constitutional Amendment to establish a national initiative process by which citizens could vote on federal legislation and a national recall process by which they could remove congressmen, senators and even the president from office.

• Meet Your Politicians: Did you know many politicians host open office hours when citizens can visit and have questions and concerns addressed? Find out when visiting hours are and make an appointment. Prepare by writing out what you plan to say. If meeting in person is not possible, write, call or email.

• Stay Informed: Be an educated activist by keeping up with current events. Get news about the economy, health care, taxes and other issues that affect you from a variety of unbiased sources. “For example, today our national debt is skyrocketing toward $16 trillion,” says Enns. “And every taxpayer’s share is $139,000, with many therefore believing the government is driving America towards bankruptcy. And regular citizens actually can help change this.”

• Organize: There is strength in numbers. Get your friends together and start an organization. From the Occupy Wall Street movement to the Tea Party, recent years have seen grassroots organizations rise to national prominence. You can use online resources like Facebook and Twitter to quickly and inexpensively disseminate information about your events and issues you care about.

You are encouraged to give us you opinion on what issues will most determine how you vote in the state and national election, by taking part in our survey, which you can see in the yellow box to the upper right.

 

Fun Halloween Ideas for the Family

Autumn is here, which means Halloween is fast approaching. You can help make this season extra special for your kids by getting them in the spooky spirit with some great Halloween reading, viewing and hands-on activities.

Eerie Reading

With all that homework that comes with a new school year, you may be hard pressed to get your kids to do any extra reading. However, a fun Halloween book will earn their attention. Check out “Professor Gargoyle: Tales From Lovecraft Middle School #1,” by Charles Gilman, the first in a new series about the strange world of a creepy middle school. With a science teacher who morphs into a monster before you even open the book, this is one book you can judge by its cover, and it may also inspire a great costume.

Frightful Viewing

There’s nothing more evocative of the season than a Halloween movie. You can make a night of it at home with some popcorn and an old classic like “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” or take the kids to the theater for a new tale. “Hotel Transylvania,” for example, a 3-D computer-animated film starring Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez, will make Dracula fun for kids.

Creepy Crafting

From carving your own Jack-o-Lanterns to designing your own Halloween costumes to adorning your house and yard with homemade decorations, Halloween presents the perfect opportunity to get creative with crafts.

Encourage your kids to go the do-it-yourself route this year. Not only are homemade costumes so much more unique than store-bought costumes, they can be inexpensive to create and are a lot more satisfying to show off to friends. Safety note: let little ones design their own Jack-o-Lanterns and help you scoop out the pumpkin, but leave the actual carving to an adult.

 

In high school sports over the weekend:
In football:
Little Snake River Valley beat Farson-Eden 48-8.
Hayden topped Vail Christian 49-20.
Steamboat fell to Rifle 56-0.
Soroco lost to West Grand 60-28.
Meeker beat Roaring Fork 35-0.
Rangely won over South Park 50-26.
Moffat County defeated Montezuma-Cortez 42-19.

In volleyball:
Little Snake River Valley beat Meeteetse in a regional playoff game (25-13, 25-12, 25-17) and then lost to Burlington (18-25, 25-20, 22-25, 22-25) and in the consolation semifinal defeated Encampment (25-14, 20-25, 25-18, 21-25)
Hayden lost to Vail Mountain (25-7, 25-16, 25-16)
Soroco fell to North Park (16-25, 25-20, 11- 25, 12-25)
Moffat County lost to Olathe (12-25, 13-25, 25-20, 14-25)
Hayden vs Vail Christian
Moffat County vs Gunnison
Meeker vs West Grand
Rangely vs Paonia

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20TH

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In high school sports:
Yesterday:

In football:
Little Snake River Valley beat Farson-Eden 48-8.
Hayden topped Vail Christian 49-20.
Steamboat fell to Rifle 56-0.
Soroco lost to West Grand 60-28.
Meeker beat Roaring Fork 35-0.
Rangely won against South Park 50-26.
Moffat County defeated Montezuma-Cortez 42-19.

In volleyball:
Little Snake River Valley beat Meeteetse in a regional playoff game (25-13, 25-12, 25-17) and then lost to Burlington (18-25, 25-20, 22-25, 22-25).
Hayden lost to Vail Mountain (25-7, 25-16, 25-16).

TROOPERS RESPOND TO ROLLOVER ON MCR 200

Two teenagers were lucky to escape a car accident yesterday without serious injuries.  State Troopers responded to a roll-over accident yesterday on Moffat County Road 200, about 7 miles northeast of Craig.  Troopers say 17-year old Kaylie Clawson was likely driving too fast, when she went off the road and rolled the vehicle.  Kaylie was taken to The Memorial Hospital with non life threatening injuries, while her passenger, 17-year old Austin Edwards was released from the scene without injuries.  Neither were wearing their seat belts.  The investigation into the accident is ongoing.

 

PARKS AND WILDLIFE ACQUIRE CONSERVATION EASEMENT NEAR MAYBELL

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission has approved the acquisition of a 15,000-acre Perpetual Conservation Easement on the Tuttle Ranch in Moffat County. The purchase will help preserve critical habitat and winter range for wildlife while allowing ranching operations to continue.  Consisting of sagebrush steppe, foothills grassland and pinyon-juniper woodlands, the property is home to greater sage-grouse and provides critical winter range for elk, mule deer and pronghorn.  The conservation easement was purchased from the RSH Land Company LLC, with a combination of funds from Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and lottery-funded Great Outdoors Colorado.

 

CLUB 20 WANTS COLLABORATION IN TELECOMMUNICATIONS

 Advanced telecommunications services, like broadband technologies, are becoming more essential in the delivery of health care and education.  Additionally, advanced telecommunications services are important to businesses, small and large, in attracting new business and retaining existing business in our communities.  Rural Colorado communities are all too often behind their urban counterparts in accessing the kinds of technologies readily available in more populated areas.   Recently proposed changes in the regulatory and legislative framework at the federal and state level could ultimately widen the technology gap between Colorado’s urban and rural communities.

CLUB 20 members would like to see a comprehensive, coordinated plan developed to deliver advanced telecommunications across all Colorado communities.  Right now there are many organizations including the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, the Office of Information Technology, telecommunications providers and the Colorado Legislature who are working individually rather than collectively in the delivery of telecommunications services and the rules by which these services will be delivered.  These individual efforts are creating a patchwork of available services leaving many of our communities without needed service and creating duplicate or even triplicate service to a select few.

Please join us on November 15, 2012, for the first CLUB 20 “Building toward Broadband for Colorado Conference” as we explore this issue. For more information please call us at (970) 242-3264 or email us at admin@club20.org.

STEAMBOAT CHAMBER OFFERS APPLICATIONS FOR SPECIAL EVENT FUNDING

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is now accepting applications for summer 2013 Special Event Funding. The application deadline is Wednesday, December 26th. For application please visit www.steamboatchamber.com/funding or contact Sarah Leonard at 970-875-7006.

 

SENATOR UDALL URGES RESIDENTS TO SAFEGUARD AGAINST WILDFIRES

Mark Udall encouraged Coloradans today, during Wildfire Awareness Month and the ongoing 2012 wildfire season, to be proactive and safeguard their homes, communities and businesses from the threat of future wildfires.  “As Coloradans make their ways through the fall months, now is the time to look ahead and do all we can to safeguard our homes and communities from the threat of future wildfires,” Udall said. “Simple and effective fire-mitigation methods do not always cost a lot of time or money. In fact, common-sense steps taken while doing your fall yard work can make an enormous difference in the long run.”  Udall also thanked Boulder, Clear Creek, Douglas, El Paso, Jefferson and Larimer counties for their efforts in getting the word out about fire mitigation by recognizing October as Wildfire Awareness Month.

In high school sports:
Yesterday:

In football:
Little Snake River Valley beat Farson-Eden 48-8.
Hayden topped Vail Christian 49-20.
Steamboat fell to Rifle 56-0.
Soroco lost to West Grand 60-28.
Meeker beat Roaring Fork 35-0.
Rangely won against South Park 50-26.
Moffat County defeated Montezuma-Cortez 42-19.

In volleyball:
Little Snake River Valley beat Meeteetse in a regional playoff game (25-13, 25-12, 25-17) and then lost to Burlington (18-25, 25-20, 22-25, 22-25).
Hayden lost to Vail Mountain (25-7, 25-16, 25-16).

Tomorrow:
In volleyball:
Little Snake River Valley plays Encampment at Regionals at Lander High School at 11.
Soroco welcomes North Park at 1.
Hayden goes to Vail Christian at 3.
Moffat County hosts Olathe at noon and Gunnison at 3.
Meeker is on the road to West Grand at 3.
Rangely is home against Paonia at 3.