A wildfire closed highway 13 north of Rifle for about 3 hours earlier today. The fire, about 100 acres in size threatened one structure and a communication tower. Highway 13 was which was closed in both directions for 13 miles beginning 2 miles north of Rifle was reopened shortly after 4pm.
HAMPTON INN IN CRAIG SETTLES DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT
The Hampton Inn & Suites Craig has agreed to pay $85,000 in back pay and compensatory damages to non-Hispanic employees who alleged they were fired because the owners believed non-Hispanics are lazy. The franchise is owned by Rawlins-based Century Shree Corporation. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleged the company fired at least three Caucasian housekeeping and laundry workers and replaced them with Latino workers, believing Hispanics work harder. Century Shree’s lawyer Tim Kingston said yesterday the alleged discrimination was by one “rogue” employee who has been discharged and that the owners deny wrongdoing. The company has agreed to offer the fired workers reinstatement to their jobs, and the owners, managers and supervisors of the company will undergo training on federal anti-discrimination laws.
MOFFAT COUNTY UPGRADING ITS VIDEO CONFERENCE SYSTEM
The Moffat County Commissioners will be upgrading the video conference system that allows courtrooms and prisons to talk to each other from various parts of the state. The current system only allows video conferencing from the courthouse to the public safety center. The program is part of a statewide effort to save costs when it comes to transporting inmates to and from hearings. Sometimes those hearings can be many miles away, in another county. The system will allow the communications without requiring the inmate to be physically present. While officials caution it won’t eliminate all transport costs, they say it will cut down on those costs significantly. The county will pay $7,000 for the initial set-up, which originally only included the courthouse. The cost did not go up when the Public Safety Center became a part of the project.
MEETING IN STEAMBOAT WILL FOCUS ON WATER SHORTAGES
Tomorrow night, the Community Agriculture Alliance and the Yampa/White Roundtable are presenting a wealth of speakers to talk about the future of water on the Western Slope. Organizers say while the Yampa Valley has been in good shape for a long time when it comes to water, this summer’s water shortages and the ensuing administration seen on stretches of the Yampa and Elk rivers is just the beginning. Guest speakers will talk about how other communities are dealing with shortages. The seminar, called “The Water Gap” will be held in the Colorado Mountain College auditorium tomorrow night from 6 to 9. The cost is $15 per person.
OIL AND GAS CONSERVATION DISCUSSES SETBACK RULES IN STEAMBOAT
The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is considering statewide rules on groundwater sampling and monitoring at new well pads. The commission on Monday also began discussing changing the state’s so-called “setback” rules on how far wells must be from buildings. During the meeting in Steamboat, commission director Matt Lepore said the proposed rules would have to be published by October 15th in order to be taken up during the commission’s November 15th meeting. He says that would put the commission on track to vote on whether to approve any new rules January 3rd and then submit them to the Legislature for approval. One proposal would require a public hearing and commission approval before wellheads can be placed within 750 feet of schools or hospitals.
JOHN KINKAID TAKES MONTH OFF TO CAMPAIGN FOR COUNTY COMMISSIONER
One candidate for Moffat County Commissioner is taking the month of October off of work, to focus on his campaign. John Kinkaid is running as an independent against Dave Derose for the District 1 seat being vacated by Tom Gray. Gray is term limited. Kinkaid says there are several issues that face Moffat County in the near future, and he wants to be as well-versed as possible on all of those issues. Sage Grouse, the county’s financial situation, and addressing energy development decision in the Vermillion basin, are just a few of the issues Kinkaid listed. The candidate says he will use this month to travel all over the county to talk with residents about what issues are important to them, as well as to try and recruit their vote. He says he will also be letting voters get to know him, and what he stands for.
LOUDY SIMPSON ICE RINK SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY OPENING
Crews are trying to get the Loudy Simpson Ice Arena up and running by next week. At yesterday’s Moffat County Commissioners meeting, it was reported that there was an equipment failure during a test of the system over the weekend. However, fail safe measures kept the system from completely breaking down. Officials say it will be a rather easy fix, and they hope to have the arena open for business Monday. You can get more information about the ice arena, including operation hours and admission prices by clicking here.
JEAN WHITE HONORED WITH COMMON SENSE AWARD
The Colorado Civil Justice League announced this week that State Senator Jean White, of Hayden, was honored with their Common Sense in the Courtroom Award for her work opposing anti-business legislation this past session. When receiving the award, White said “We need to continue the fight against frivolous lawsuits and those who abuse our justice system” She says she’s honored to be recognized by the Colorado Civil Justice League and looks forward to working with them in the future. Last week Senator White was also chosen to serve on the Colorado Extension Advisory Council (CEAC) set up through Colorado State University. CEAC is tasked with determining what issues, concerns and needs are unique to communities across the state, and offer sound and useful solutions.
In high school sports:
Moffat County beat Grand Valley (25-23, 25-18, 29-31, 21-25, 15-4).
Steamboat fell to Battle Mountain (25-19, 25-21, 25-10).
Soroco topped Vail Christian (17-25, 26-24, 25-22, 26-24).
In boys soccer:
Steamboat travels to Battle Mountain for a game at 6.
Moffat County welcomes Grand Valley at 4.
Soroco hosts Vail Mountain at 4.