Daily Archives: October 31, 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.