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.
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.
In high school sports:
Over the weekend:
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.
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.