Daily Archives: October 22, 2012

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.

 

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).