Daily Archives: October 19, 2012

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19TH

Today’s Football Scores:
Little Snake River Valley vs Farson-Eden
Hayden beat Vail Christian 21-6
Steamboat fell to Rifle 56-0
Soroco slipped to West Grand 60-28
Meeker vs Roaring Fork
Rangely downed South Park 50-26
Moffat County defeated Montezuma-Cortez 42-19

 

HAMILTON POST OFFICE WILL OPERATE ON REVISED HOURS

The US Postal Service has released proposed new hours for the Hamilton Post Office.  The Service sent out surveys to area residents, asking them what should be done with the office to save the agency money.  90% of those surveyed said they would rather see the office realign its hours, than close up, or switch to delivery only.  After reviewing the surveys, the proposal is to have the office open for two hours a day on the weekdays; 11:30 to 1:30.  Saturday’s hours of 7:30 to 1:30 would not change, and residents will still be able to access their post office boxes during the same time periods they always have.  The decision is not final.  The Postal Service held a meeting with Hamilton residents yesterday to go over the proposal, and will make any adjustments that are needed to the plan.

 

COLORADO ENVIRONMENTAL COALITION PLANS TREE PLANTING TRIP

The Colorado Environmental Coalition is planning a trip to Brown’s Park early next month, to plant cottonwoods.  Cottonwood trees provide critical habitat for Wester River Ecosystems, and the Coalition says most are endangered by insufficient spring flooding.  The project to start reseeding cottonwoods started about 10 years ago, and seedlings they planted then are thriving now.  The trees get their start in a nursery, and when strong enough, are transplanted to the forest.  Next month’s project will take place November 2nd and 3rd.  A group will leave Steamboat at 7 in the morning to meet in Craig.  Those leaving from Craig need be ready by 8.  Volunteers will be back in Craig by 4:30.  To find out meeting locations and other information, call 824-5241.

 

PARKS AND WILDLIFE TO STOCK WESTERN WATERS WITH TROUT

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be stocking a large number of 10-inch rainbow trout into lakes and reservoirs across the Grand Valley and in the Rifle and Silt areas over the next several weeks as the agency wraps-up their fall stocking schedule.  Cooler weather and current water quality conditions are favorable for stocking, and anglers looking for great opportunities this fall will soon be able to take advantage at many of their favorite fishing holes.  Colorado Parks and Wildlife recommends fishing as a great, family activity and encourages everyone to take advantage of the cool weather and great fishing opportunities across the state.  A list of the waters scheduled to be stocked in the near future can be found below.

- Mack Mesa Lake at Highline State Park
- Fruita Red Rocks Lake at James M. Robb Colorado River State Park (Fruita Section)
- Snooks Bottom Lake
- West Lake
- Corn Lake (James M. Robb Colorado River State Park (Corn Lake Section)
- Palisade River Bend Park Pond
- Old Orchard and Roans Pothole Ponds at James M. Robb Colorado River State Park (Island Acres Section)
- Parachute Pond – Rifle Pond South
- Rifle Gap Reservoir at Rifle Gap State Park
- Harvey Gap Reservoir at Harvey Gap State Park

COLORADO PARKS AND WILDLIFE

 

CRAIG CHAMBER’S CRABFEST TO BE HELD TOMORROW

The Craig Chamber’s Crabfest is tomorrow.  The event is a fundraiser for the Chamber.  Organizers promise a pound and a half of King Crab Legs to each diner, and it comes with potatoes, corn on the cob, biscuits and a dessert buffet.  Comedyworks Comedian David Testroet will entertain the crowd, and there will be auction items to bid on.  The Crabfest is tomorrow night at 6 at the Boys and Girls Club of Craig.  Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at the Craig Chamber.

 

HICKENLOOPER PROCLAIMS WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK

Governor Hickenlooper has proclaimed next week Winter Weather Awareness Week.  The proclamation makes aware the various types of dangers that come with harsh winter weather.  It says Avalanches have claimed hundreds of lives over the past several decades.  It also mentions the dangers of hypothermia, exhaustion and auto accidents.  The proclamation acknowledges the government’s role in preparing for and informing residents of dangerous winter conditions.  The National Weather Service offers winter preparedness and winter safety tips on its website.

 

RIVER STUDY PROJECT RECEIVES AWARD FROM INTERIOR DEPARTMENT

The State of Colorado, and the other cooperating partners in the Colorado River Supply and Demand Basin Study were presented yesterday with the prestigious “Partners in Conservation Award” by the Department of the Interior. This award was presented by Deputy Secretary David Hayes in recognition of the cooperation between these different entities on one of the most pressing natural resources issues in the Unites States – the future of the Colorado River basin.  The Colorado River Basin Study is the most comprehensive effort to date to quantify and address future supply and demand imbalances in the Colorado River Basin. The Basin Study evaluates the reliability of the water dependent resources, and also outlines potential options and strategies to meet or reduce imbalances that are consistent with the existing legal framework governing the use and operation of the Colorado River. To date, the Basin Study has published a number of interim reports and appendices, and the final report of the Basin Study is scheduled to be published by the end of November.

 

NEW RESOURCE GIVES ADVICE ON WIND PROJECTS IN THE STATE

A new resource created for Colorado agricultural producers and rural dwellers eliminates guess-work for landowners interested in harnessing wind power. The resource video and booklet, entitled Colorado Wind Energy Installation Guide for Agriculture and Rural Applications, explains how to evaluate a site’s wind energy potential, select the right wind turbine and tower combination, and install and commission a new wind system.  Partially funded by a Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Advancing Colorado’s Renewable Energy (ACRE) grant, the guide serves as a “how-to” resource to help agricultural operators and rural landowners through the process of identifying and installing the most cost-effective system for their operation, beginning with the most important variable – determining the average wind speed at a site.  The booklet and video cover the three phases of any wind project: economic feasibility determination, pre-installation preparation, and installation and commissioning. Aspects such as site preparation, soil testing, foundation engineering, grid interconnection and permitting are also discussed.  You can view the book by clicking here.

In high school sports:
Yesterday:

In boys soccer:
Steamboat fell to Summit 3-0.

In volleyball:
Steamboat lost to Glenwood (16-25, 25-21, 18-25, 25-22, 13-15).
Meeker beat Grand Valley (25-20, 26-24, 25-23).

Today:
In football:
Little Snake River Valley goes to Farson-Eden at noon.
Hayden travels to Vail Christian at 7.
Steamboat is at Rifle at 7.
Soroco goes to West Grand at 7.
Meeker hosts Roaring Fork at 7.
Rangely welcomes South Park at 7.
Moffat County is on the road to Montezuma-Cortez.  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:
Little Snake River Valley plays Meeteetse in a regional playoff game at 2:30 at Lander High School.
Hayden plays at Vail Mountain at 6.
Soroco goes to Hotchkiss at 1.
Meeker is home against Rangely at 6.

Tomorrow:
In volleyball:
Little Snake River Valley continues at Regionals at Lander High School.
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.