Monthly Archives: October 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.

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18TH

DEBATE WATCH PARTY WELL ATTENDED, NEXT EVENT IS MONDAY

Around 65 people showed up to a debate watch party Tuesday night at the Holiday Inn in Craig.  Organizer Frank Moe says the group of Romney supporters that attended were excited about the event, and went away feeling like Romney did a good job against the president.  He says while they felt Obama did better than in the first debate, Romney was more truthful and less evasive with his answers.  The group received a phone call from James Garcia with the Romney campaign headquarters in Colorado.  Another party is planned for the third and final debate Monday.  The group will first hold a Romney/Ryan rally, complete with a barbecue at the Holiday Inn in Craig from 5 to 7.  Then those who would like to stay for the debate can move indoors.  The watch party itself runs from 7 to 9.  If you have questions, call 756-7109.  You can also answer a survey question on the front page of our website that asks which issues will determine how you vote next month.  The results of that question will be announced after Monday’s debate.

 

CNCC RANGELY CAMPUS CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY

On Saturday, Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Rangely Campus invited alumni, past presidents, faculty, staff, students and the entire community to join the college in celebrating its 50th Anniversary. Highlights of the day included a full agenda of speakers and praise for CNCC and all that it has accomplished since its first classes began in 1962 as Rangely College.  The celebration also included the CNCC Challenge Course dedication and demonstration on a course for student and community learning opportunities that will last for many years to come.  Local artist, Kyle Stewart was commissioned to create a steel sculpture of a CNCC Spartan to be displayed next to the Hefley Gymnasium. The Spartan will be guarding the new courtyard area which will contain the CNCC time capsule for the next 50 years.  Dr. Nathan Ivey, the 2nd CEO of Rangely College and 1st President, was the keynote speaker.

 

STEAMBOAT PARKS AND REC PLANS TRIP FOR TEENS

Registrations for the Teens on Tour overnight trip to Denver in November are being accepted on a first-come first-serve basis at Steamboat Parks, Open Space & Recreation. The program is for teens in 6th, 7th and 8th grades, and will take place 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.  To register, visit the Steamboat Parks and Rec website.

 

DENVER POST ENDORSES SCOTT TIPTON FOR CONGRESS

The Denver Post has given their endorsement to Scott Tipton in the race for the 3rd Congressional District.  The Post is just one of a number of newspapers across the state to endorse the incumbent congressman, including the Pueblo Chiefton and the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel.  The Tipton campaign says the candidate has been crisscrossing the district talking with voters of all political persuasions about what matters to them.  They say Tipton is pleased with the endorsement.  The campaign plans to use any donations between now and election day, for advertising.  Tipton will face democrat Sal Pace in the upcoming election.

 

MSHA ENCOURAGES STICT MINING SAFETY PROCEDURES DURING WINTER MONTHS

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration has launched its annual “Winter Alert” campaign to call attention to the numerous hazards colder weather typically brings to mining operations around the nation. Statistics show that coal mine explosions occur most often during the colder months, October through March.  Low humidity and low barometric pressures, combined with seasonal drying of many areas in underground coal mines, have been major factors in past mine explosions. Colder weather brings other potential hazards, such as limited visibility, icy haulage roads and walkways, and the freezing and thawing of highwalls at surface mines, which can make them unstable.  This winter, MSHA encourages miners and mine operators to understand that “Prevention is the Key to a Safe Workplace” by specifying the actions that can prevent serious accidents. MSHA is asking mine operators to ensure that snow and ice in travelways are removed, apply salt and sand where needed, and frequently examine highwalls for stability.  In underground coal mines, mine operators should make certain that there is adequate ventilation, apply liberal amounts of rock dust, conduct frequent and thorough examinations, and be familiar with emergency procedures that prevent ignitions and explosions.  During regular inspections, MSHA will distribute posters, hardhat stickers and pocket cards with the “Prevention is the Key to a Safe Workplace” theme to miners and mine operators throughout the coal industry.

 

MARIJUANA MEASURE DEBATED IN DENVER LAST NIGHT

A debate in Denver last night focused on the legalization of pot, or more specifically, Amendment 64.  The measure, which will appear on next month’s ballot, would in effect legalize marijuana for recreational purposes.  It would allow adults 21 and older to possess a small amount, and allow them to grow their own.  Penalties for violations would be similar to penalties levied for alcohol violations.  Marijuana tourism was a phrase that was used a lot, with opponents feeling others would come to the state, simply to take advantage of the law.  Supporters say there’s no evidence the newcomers would hurt businesses, and say the so-called tourism would be welcome.  While opponents also said black market dealers would be more prone to use the state’s lenient laws as a cover for their own operations, supporters say the law would make it easier to identify those who act illegally.

In high school sports:
Today:

In boys soccer:
Moffat County hosts Delta at 4.
Steamboat goes to Summit at 6.

In volleyball:
Steamboat heads to Glenwood at 6:30.
Meeker hosts Grand Valley at 6.

Tomorrow:
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 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.

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17TH

WILDLIFE VERSUS VEHICLE ACCIDENTS UP THIS TIME OF YEAR

Colorado wildlife are on the move. They are migrating to wintering habitats, which is why this time of year tends to have the highest incidents of wildlife-vehicle collisions (WVCs).  There is always an increase of incidents during migration season, and particularly during the hours between dusk and dawn. These collisions are not only a matter of safety, but can be quite costly as well.  The Colorado Department of Transportation has recommended the Wildlife Zones study be continued over two more migration seasons to gather additional data that could lend to a more conclusive study. In addition, the Department will supplement these WVC and citation data with day- and nighttime speed studies on select Wildlife Zone corridors.  At the end of the second two-year study period, CDOT will submit a final report to the Legislature in August 2014, indicating whether or not the signing and enforcement program is working to reduce collisions.

 

STEAMBOAT SALES TAX FIGURES NOW AVAILABLE

The City of Steamboat has published their August 2012 Sales, Use, and Accommodation Tax Report. City of Steamboat Springs’ August sales taxes are 2.09% higher than August 2011 collections. Year-to-date through August, the City sales tax is up by 2.16%. The City of Steamboat budgeted for a 7.2% decrease for 2012. The largest percent increase was seen in the Lodging category which was up by 4.75%.  Restaurants and Sporting Goods showed the only decreases which were both down from August 2011 by less than 1% each. All other categories showed an increase from the same time-frame last year.

 

STATE AUDITORS SAY WILDLIFE CONSERVATION PROGRAM NEEDS MORE SCRUTINY

Colorado auditors say the state Department of Revenue does not always adequately review the purpose cited for conservation easement tax credits aimed at promoting land protection.  Auditors said in a report that tax examiners should do a better job of paying attention to what conservation purpose is associated with the tax credit, whether it’s for wildlife protection or land preservation for recreation. The report released yesterday says that ensuring the appropriateness of an easement’s purpose “is one of the cornerstones to the tax credit.”  The Department of Revenue agreed with audit recommendations and says it is working on implementing them.  The credit has been available since 2000. As of 2009, auditors say $640 million in tax credits have been claimed covering about 925,000 acres.

SAL PACE RELEASES FUNDRAISING FIGURES

This week, Sal Pace, the Democratic nominee for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, announced he has raised over $407,000 in the third quarter fundraising, bringing his total raised to over $1.5 million as of September 30, more than any challenger ever has in the 3rd district.  Between July 1st and September 30th, Pace had over 2,200 individual donors, over 90% of which were from Colorado. Pace believes those numbers indicate strong, continued grassroots support for his message of fighting for the middle class, protecting Medicare, and being accountable.  Pace is running against Congressman Scott Tipton in the November general election.

 

RELIGIOUS LEADERS SPLIT OVER POT MEASURE

The argument over the legalization of pot now has religious leaders pitted against each other.  Opponents of the measure are planning an announcement of faith leaders that are against the measure.  In response, proponents are releasing their own list of clergy that are supportive of their efforts.  The measure has seen similar mixed support and resistance from the law enforcement community, lawmakers, and others.  While the majority of Colorado voters polled say they would vote for the measure, it is slowly losing its support.  The latest polls showed support was under 50% for the first time since the measure first came to light.

TENNESSEE MEN SENTENCED FOR POACHING IN GARFIELD COUNTY

Two men from Tennessee were sentenced in Garfield County Court earlier this month for their role in a felony, bear poaching incident in August.  51-year old Harley Manley of Martin, Tennessee, pleaded guilty to a charge of killing a black bear before September 1st – the start of the fall, bear hunting season. He was given a mandatory five-year suspension of his hunting privileges, a two-year deferred prison sentence for felony willful destruction, forfeit his bow, ordered to pay a fine of $4,000 and donate $6,000 to Operation Game Thief, a Colorado tip line for wildlife infractions. In addition, the Garfield County judge ordered that Manley be placed under supervised probation.  62-year old David Coleman of Union City, Tennessee, also pleaded guilty to killing a black bear before September 1st, and received a mandatory five-year suspension of his hunting privileges. He was fined $3,000 and ordered to donate $4,000 to OGT.  In exchange for their guilty pleas, the judge dropped additional felony charges of tampering with evidence and other misdemeanor charges against both men.

In high school sports:
Yesterday:

In volleyball:
Steamboat fell to Middle Park (25-23, 26-24, 14-25, 20-25, 6-15).

In boys soccer:
Moffat County lost to Coal Ridge 2-0.

Tomorrow:
In boys soccer:
Moffat County hosts Delta at 4.
Steamboat goes to Summit at 6.

In volleyball:
Steamboat heads to Glenwood at 6:30.
Meeker hosts Grand Valley at 6.

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16TH

DEBATE WATCH PARTY PLANNED FOR TONIGHT IN CRAIG

A debate watch party will be held tonight at the Hampton Inn in Craig.  Supporters of Mitt Romney are throwing a debate watch party complete with dinner drinks, prizes, and according to the group’s flier, a surprise call from the Romney campaign.  Romney visited Craig earlier this year while campaigning.  A pro-coal video is believed to be largely responsible for the visit, as Romney has been pushing a true all of the above energy development strategy that includes coal and other fossil fuels.  Tonight’s debate will be the second for the two candidates.  It will be a town hall style debate.  Poll results show Obama’s number took a hit after the first debate.  If you’d like to join tonight’s debate watch party, show up to the Hampton Inn in Craig by 7 tonight.  Dinner will be hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, and a drink.  If you need more information, call 756-7109.

 

PARKS AND WILDLIFE OFFERING HABITAT GRANTS

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Habitat Partnership Program is now accepting applications from any agency, entity, organization or individual interested in receiving financial assistance for large-scale habitat improvements projects.  The Colorado General Assembly and the Colorado Wildlife Commission established the Habitat Partnership Program in 1990 as a creative way to reduce conflicts between wildlife and agricultural operators by facilitating and encouraging cooperation between landowners, land managers, sportsmen and Colorado Parks and Wildlife.  HPP is offering up to $500,000 with $100,000 being the minimum awarded for large-scale habitat improvements including shrub/tree cutting, water developments, weed control and reseeding. When completed, the projects will reduce conflicts and improve habitat and range conditions.  Anyone interested should submit an application by February 1, 2013.  For an online application, click here.

 

STATE OIL AND GAS COMMISSION MAKES WATER DATA AVAILABLE ONLINE

Water quality information assembled by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is now available to the public through a new tool on the agency’s website.  The database of water samples allows the public to view water quality for specific locations throughout Colorado and marks a significant milestone in the COGCC’s ongoing efforts to monitor, protect and quantify water quality as part of its regulatory oversight of oil and gas development in the state.  The new public site is live with data received since January 1, 2011, consisting of samples from 450 wells or other locations, including springs.  When all of the available data is migrated to the database, and as new sampling data is collected and added, the COGCC database will be among the most comprehensive water quality databases in the nation.  To use the database, click here.

 

GREEN BUILDING TOUR TO TAKE PLACE THIS WEEKEND.

The Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is getting ready for this year’s Green Building Tour.  The group will take people through 3 homes that are considered “green” homes, due to energy saving construction and renovations.  The new Colorado Mountain College building is also on the tour, and in fact will be where the tour begins and ends.  The tour is Sunday from noon to 5.  The cost is $15.  A link to an online registration form can be found here.

VFW SPONSORS LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP ESSAY CONTEST

The VFW in Craig is sponsoring a scholarship contest for local students.  The Voice of Democracy program is a national program that rewards local students for patriotism.  Students are expected to conduct an audio essay on a patriotic theme.  This year’s theme is “Is our constitution still relevant?”  Any high school student can enter the contest.  The top prize is a $30,000 scholarship.  Those interested should record a 3 to 5 minute essay onto a tape or CD.  An entry form and instructions on where to send your entry can be found on the events page.

 

ERICK HOLDER ASKED TO SPEAK AGAINST MARIJUANA INITIATIVE

Officials in the law enforcement community opposed to legalizing marijuana are urging Attorney General Eric Holder to speak out before election day against three state ballot initiatives that would do just that.  In response, Justice Department spokeswoman Allison Price says the department is not going to speculate on the outcome of the various ballot initiatives in each of the states – Colorado, Washington and Oregon.  Among the participants at the press conference were former directors of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.  Federal law prohibits the production, possession and sale of marijuana.

In high school sports:
Yesterday:

In boys soccer:
Moffat County lost to Roaring Fork 5-2.

Today:
In volleyball:
Moffat County plays at Rifle at 6.
Steamboat welcomes Middle Park at 6.
Soroco hosts Glenwood’s J-V squad at 4:30.

In boys soccer:
Moffat County is home against Coal Ridge at 4.

Tomorrow:
In cross country:
Moffat County runs at Delta.

 

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SOPRTS FOR MONDAY, OCTOBER 15TH

TRAVELING NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE WILL ORIGINATE NEAR MEEKER

Colorado lawmakers got together at the State Capital Friday to announce this year’s “People’s Tree”, the Christmas tree that will be displayed outside the White House, will be cut from the White River National Forest near Meeker.  The tree has already been picked out; a 73-inch Engleman Spruce.  It will be cut on November 2nd, and then will travel across the country over the next month, before finally being displayed at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. November 26th.  On November 6th the tree will travel through Meeker, Rangely and Steamboat.  You’ll find a complete schedule of the traveling tree below.

Colorado Tour National Tour
Nov. 6:    Meeker – Rangely – Steamboat Springs
Nov. 7:    Dillon – Glenwood Springs
Nov. 8:    Grand Junction – Montrose
Nov. 9:    Cortez – Durango
Nov. 10:  Pagosa Springs – Alamosa
Nov. 11:  Colorado Springs – Denver
Nov. 12:  Greeley – La Junta
Nov. 13:  Albuquerque, NM
Nov. 14:  Amarillo, Texas
Nov. 15:  Dallas, Texas
Nov. 16:  Oklahoma City, Okla.
Nov. 17:  Kansas City, Mo.
Nov. 18:  St. Louis, Mo.
Nov. 19:  Nashville, Tenn.
Nov. 20:  Atlanta, Ga.
Nov. 21:  Asheville, NC
Nov. 22:  Charlotte, NC
Nov. 23:  Staunton, Va.
Nov. 24:  Allentown and Milford, Pa.
Nov. 25:  Joint Base Andrews, Md.
Nov. 26:  U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

 

 

TIPTON SPEAKS AT HEALTHY FOREST SUMMIT

Congressman Scott Tipton was at last week’s 2012 Forest Summit pushing for state and local control over wildfire mitigation in forests.  Tipton spoke at the event, saying that forest management policy is best determined at the state level.  Tipton brought up this year’s devastating wildfire season, noting that 653 homes and 6 lives were lost this summer.  He says much of the devastation the state saw, could have been prevented with proper mitigation.  But rather than emphasizing that point, Tipton focused on preventing future wildfires.  Tipton says his bill to amend the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 would put forest mitigation projects back in the hands of State officials, who would make decisions based on input from the counties affected.  It has cleared committee, and is up for a vote by the full house.

 

C-DOT CREWS SAY THEY ARE PREPARED FOR WINTER

Crews with the Colorado Department of Transportation say they are ready for whatever winter can throw at them.  C-DOT has nearly $61 million to spend on plowing, sanding and de-icing 3,850 miles of interstates, freeways and state highways.  The agency will use 117 pieces of equipment this season, including 100 snowplows that apply liquid and/or solid de-icers, three 6,000-gallon tankers that apply liquid de-icers and 17 broom trucks to sweep up or pick up material after a storm.  But even with all that equipment, CDOT Executive Director Don Hunt says the department needs motorists’ help to keep the roads safe. He says drivers should slow down on wet or snowy roads and near snowplows.

 

ROMNEY GAINING GROUND ON OBAMA IN COLORADO

Mitt Romney seems to be gaining ground on President Obama in Colorado.  A new poll shows Romney actually has a 48% to 47% lead on the president.  The results mean the race is virtually tied, and that both candidates must keep Colorado in their focus on the campaign trail, especially with polls being so close in Florida.  5 weeks ago, polls showed Obama with a 1% lead.  The poll was conducted by Survey USA.  Experts believe Obama’s poor performance in his first debate is part of the reason for the switch.  5% of Colorado voters say they’re still undecided about who they will vote for next month.

 

NEW POLL SHOWS SUPPORT FOR MARIJUANA AMENDMENT IS FADING

A new poll by the Denver Post shows that Amendment 64 is losing support.  The latest poll shows the pro-marijuana measure has actually dipped below 50% support among Colorado voters.  The amendment would allow residents 21 or older to possess small amounts of marijuana for recreational purposes, and sets up a penalty system that would treat violations similar to alcohol infractions.  The measure would also allow adults to grow their own plants.  The measure does seem to still have majority support though, with 48% saying they are in favor of it, while 43% oppose it.    Amendment 64 will be on next month’s general election ballot.

 

BIDEN CANCELS BOULDER APPEARANCE

Vice President Joe Biden has canceled a campaign appearance in Boulder that had been planned for tomorrow, but he is still scheduled to speak in Greeley on Wednesday morning.  Campaign spokeswoman Kim Parker says a scheduling conflict will prevent Biden from attending a fundraiser at the Chautauqua Auditorium, and the appearance has been postponed until further notice.  The vice president is still scheduled to appear at the Exhibition Hall at the Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley on Wednesday, where the campaign says he will address the state of the economy.

In high school sports:
Over the weekend:

In football:
Little Snake River Valley beat Midwest 40-39.
Steamboat lost to Palisade 52-7.
Soroco fell to Rangely 54-7.
Meeker was defeated by Cedaredge 39-13.
Hayden beat South Park by forfeit.

In girls volleyball:
Steamboat fell to Palisade (16-25, 18-25, 23-25), and to Delta (25-11, 25-15, 25-17), then beat Rifle (25-17, 23-25, 25-19, 25-14).
Meeker lost to Paonia (25-16, 20-25, 18-25, 15-25).
Little Snake River Valley beat Encampment (25-15, 25-22, 25-20).
Hayden lost to West Grand (25-17, 25-19, 25-16).

In boys soccer:
Moffat County topped Aspen 5-0.
Steamboat beat Glenwood 4-1.

In boys tennis:
Steamboat took 8th at state.

Today:
In boys soccer:
Moffat County hosts Roaring Fork at 4.

Tomorrow:
In volleyball:
Moffat County plays at Rifle at 6.
Steamboat welcomes Middle Park at 6.
Soroco hosts Glenwood’s J-V squad at 4:30.

In boys soccer:
Moffat County is home against Coal Ridge at 4.

DENVER BRONCOS
The Denver Broncos play at San Diego tonight.  You can catch all the action on 55 Country with the pregame at 4:30 and the kick-off at 6:30.

 

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14TH

VOICE YOUR OPINION

You are encouraged to include your opinion in our local on-line survey.  The question is “Which of the following (eight reasons) will most determine how you vote in the state and national election?”  You’ll find the survey in the yellow box directly to the lower-right of this story.  You can also view the survey results to-date.  New survey questions, are posted on a regular basis. If you are reading this on your smart phone you may need to visit KRAI.COM on your computer in order to view and take the survey.

Stay Safe this Hunting Season

Hunting season is underway, and both beginners and old pros are gearing up for adventure. But even the most seasoned hunters don’t know everything about their sport. Hunting can be dangerous, and experts warn that there is such a thing as getting too comfortable with firearms.

“Everyone needs instruction,” says David E. Petzal, co-host of the Outdoor Channel show “The Gun Nuts” and co-author of the new Field & Stream book, The Total Gun Manual: 335 Essential Shooting Skills.  “Admitting what you don’t know is actually one of the most crucial steps toward becoming an expert shooter and a safer hunter.”

With that in mind, Petzal and co-author Phil Bourjaily are providing crucial safety tips to anyone planning to go hunting this season:

• Every time you see a gun, pick one up or point it, assume that it’s loaded and treat it accordingly.

• Make sure your safety is always on and that the barrel is pointing down when you are walking or transporting your gun. When hunting with dogs, be sure the muzzle is level with the ground at the very least and preferably angled up in the air.

• Never shoot at a sound or movement. Be absolutely sure that you’re shooting at an animal and that no people are anywhere near your target.

• Wear at least the required amount of orange so you don’t become another hunter’s target.

• Make sure all animals are dead before strapping them onto your vehicle.

• Wait until your kids are old enough to understand and follow rules before bringing them hunting.

• Never climb a tree or over a fence with a loaded gun.

• Keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to shoot.

• Save those beers until the end of the day, it’s just plain common sense.

• Look well beyond your target before you shoot. High-powered ammunition can travel up to three miles and still be deadly.

• Hunt with a trusted buddy. If you’re alone, make sure that someone knows where you will be and when to expect you back. If you’re hunting with an unsafe shooter, you don’t need an excuse to leave.

• If using a tree stand to hunt, don’t forget to wear a safety belt.

• Be sure all your equipment is working properly and you know how to operate it before hunting.

• Store and transport ammunition separately from guns. Keep everything under lock and key when it’s not in use.

• It doesn’t take much effort to elevate your heart rate into the danger zone. Make sure you exercise regularly for better fitness on your hunt.

Before heading out for your next big hunt, lock and load for your adventure by reviewing life-saving safety rules.

 

Possible Area Scam Alert

Mainstreet Steamboat encourages area businesses to be on the look out for a possible bogus bill arriving in your mail from a company called UST.  The bill is for “telecom maintenance agreement” and is from a company in LaVerne, CA.  They were alerted by Mahogany Ridge.  The bill they received is for $425  It appears to be for a warranty agreement, not for services performed. Mahogany does not have any sort of telecom maintenance agreement.  Businesses are encouraged ask their employees to be more diligent, including bookkeepers who may write checks for bills received, to be certain that the bill is legitimate before just writing the check.

 

Get Your Home Ready for Winter

With winter approaching, many Americans miss a few small, but crucial, ways to prepare their homes for the colder season. “Some homeowners occasionally forget to or don’t realize they should winterize their homes. Prepping your home properly for the season could save you the expense of repairing and painting after a harsh winter.  To Hep prepare, here are is some helpful advice:

Check Fireplaces

Make sure you keep fireplace dampers closed to protect against drafts. Leaving a damper open is the equivalent of leaving a window open.

Installing glass panels over the fireplace will also help keep drafts to a minimum and ultimately save you money on heating costs.

Clean the Gutters

During winter, ice can build up in gutters and in order for the ice to melt and drain properly, the drains must be clear. Take time to clean your gutters now to prevent them from clogging or even bursting once colder temperatures set in.

Clear Outdoor Watering Systems

Water trapped in an outdoor faucet or irrigation system can cause a pipe to burst if ice settles inside. Make it part of your winterizing routine to ensure that outdoor plumbing and pipes are clear before the temperatures start to drop. It can be a tricky task, so you may want to bring in a professional to help.

Keep Off the Snow

Keeping your exterior walls clear of snow, especially on homes that have wood siding, could mean the difference between having to do another paint job or replace siding once the snow melts. This water damage can be easily avoided with regular maintenance.

Use Programmable Thermostats

Installing a programmable thermostat is a great way to prepare for winter. They are reasonably universal to install and allow you to program temperatures that make sense for your home — such as keeping it cooler during the day when no one is home.

Preparation now can save you time and money later. This season, don’t forget to winterize your home.

 

It’s Time to Get Your Annual Flu Vaccination

Dr. Rachel Herlihy, director of the immunization program at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, is urging Coloradans to get their annual flu vaccination. To get immunized for flu, contact your health care provider or visit this link to find a vaccination clinic near you. Many grocery stores and pharmacies also offer these vaccinations, as well as some employers.

Dr. Herlihy said, “When getting your flu vaccine, it’s an excellent time to ask your health provider whether you also should be immunized for pertussis, also called whooping cough. Colorado has seen an epidemic number of whooping cough cases reported, 849 since January.

“We are encouraging adults to ask their doctor about a Tdap vaccination for themselves and to make sure their children are up to date with their vaccinations. It’s especially important for families with very young children, who are more vulnerable to whooping cough. Child care workers also should make sure they are up to date on their whooping cough vaccinations,” she added

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone six months of age and older get the seasonal flu vaccination. The vaccine is available as a shot or a nasal spray. Flu can strike anytime but is most likely to infect people between October and May.

This year’s flu vaccination protects against three strains of influenza: the same strain of 2009 H1N1 that was in last year’s vaccine and two new strains: an H3N2 virus and a B virus. The vaccination is the best way to protect you and your loved ones from flu.

While flu often is treated successfully at home, it is a serious respiratory illness that can result in hospitalization and even death. It is difficult to predict how many persons may become ill from flu during the upcoming flu season, as the timing, severity, and length of the season depends on many factors. During the past three flu seasons in Colorado, flu contributed to an average of 1200 Colorado residents being hospitalized each season. No pediatric deaths due to flu were reported in Colorado residents during the 2011-2012 flu season, but three pediatric flu deaths were reported during the 2010-2011 season and 12 pediatric flu deaths were reported during the 2009-2010 season. People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children; pregnant women; people with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or heart and lung disease; and people 65 years and older.

This year, a new state rule aimed at protecting patients from influenza requires licensed health care facilities to report vaccination rates of their employees. Health care workers can unintentionally pass the flu virus to their patients. The rule requires facilities to reach a threshold of 60 percent of employees vaccinated this year, 75 percent next year, and 90 percent thereafter.

 

In High School Sports Over The Weekend:
In football:
Steamboat lost to Palisade 52-7.
Soroco fell to Rangely 54-7.
Meeker was defeated by Cedaredge 39-13.
Little Snake River edged Midwest 40-39
Hayden vs South Park (Canceled)

In girls volleyball:
Steamboat fell to Palisade (16-25, 18-25, 23-25).
Meeker lost to Paonia (25-16, 20-25, 18-25, 15-25).
Little Snake River Valley beat Encampment (25-15, 25-22, 25-20)
Hayden lost to West Grand  (25-19, 25-16, 25-17)
Steamboat defeated Rifle (25-23, 25-19, 25-14)
Soroco vs Meeker
Rangely vs Plateau Valley

In boys soccer:
Moffat County beat Aspen 5-0.
Steamboat defeated Glenwood 4-1.

 

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13TH

In high school sports:
Yesterday:

In football:
Steamboat lost to Palisade 52-7.
Soroco fell to Rangely 54-7.
Meeker was defeated by Cedaredge 39-13.

In girls volleyball:
Steamboat fell to Palisade (16-25, 18-25, 23-25).
Meeker lost to Paonia (25-16, 20-25, 18-25, 15-25).

 

UNION GIVES PARTIAL REFUNDS AFTER NATIONAL OUTAGE

On Monday, October 8th, both large and small wireless providers across the country experienced a disruption in text (SMS) and picture (MMS) messaging transmission between carrier systems.  It took over 40-hours to ascertain what caused the issue and to correct the problem.  The outage was caused by a data center in Plano, Texas that experienced a disruption in power supply from the local utility.  This center serves as a hub for SMS and MMS traffic nationally.  Brian Woody, Union Telephone’s Chief Customer Relations Officer, noted that many customers of Union Wireless were unfortunately impacted by the SMS and MMS service disruption.  Even though the disruption in service was not caused by or the fault of Union Wireless, the company will be providing a credit of $5 for every customer that currently has an unlimited text and picture messaging plan on Union’s system.  The five-dollar credit will be applied during the October 2012 billing period.

 

NATION’S CHRISTMAS TREE TO START TRAVELING FROM MEEKER

Sen. Mark Udall, Sen. Michael Bennet, and Reps. Diana DeGette, Jared Polis, Scott Tipton, Cory Gardner, Doug Lamborn, Mike Coffman and Ed Perlmutter Friday welcomed the kick-off to the 2012 U.S. Capitol Christmas tree’s journey from Colorado to Washington, D.C.  The “People’s Tree,” a 73-inch Engleman Spruce, will be cut from the White River National Forest’s Blanco Ranger District near Meeker, Colo., on Nov. 2, 2012, and will make its way to the nation’s capital via stops in Colorado and around the country.

“I’m thrilled that Colorado’s White River National Forest was selected to gift a tree from Colorado to the nation.  Our state’s open spaces, outdoor recreation and tourism industry are key parts of what makes Colorado such a special place to live and work.  This tree will be a symbol of what makes Colorado a great state,” Udall said.  “It also is a visible reminder of the challenges facing our forests – from a widespread beetle epidemic to the most severe wildfire season in recent memory – and the work we have ahead of us to ensure their health.”

This is a unique opportunity for Rio Blanco County to highlight Colorado’s great outdoors and natural resources, while also underscoring the importance of keeping our state’s forests healthy and instituting good forest-management practices to mitigate wildfire danger.  The past summer was one of our state’s toughest droughts and most severe fire seasons.  One of the partners for the project, Choose Outdoors, will raise funds during the tour for restoration efforts for the High Park and Waldo Canyon fires.

The nationwide celebration starts in Meeker on Nov. 6.  The tree will be delivered to the U.S. Capitol on Nov. 26 and decorated with 5,000 homemade ornaments from Coloradans before its lighting in December.

Colorado Tour National Tour
Nov. 6:    Meeker – Rangely – Steamboat Springs
Nov. 7:    Dillon – Glenwood Springs
Nov. 8:    Grand Junction – Montrose
Nov. 9:    Cortez – Durango
Nov. 10:  Pagosa Springs – Alamosa
Nov. 11:  Colorado Springs – Denver
Nov. 12:  Greeley – La Junta
Nov. 13:  Albuquerque, NM
Nov. 14:  Amarillo, Texas
Nov. 15:  Dallas, Texas
Nov. 16:  Oklahoma City, Okla.
Nov. 17:  Kansas City, Mo.
Nov. 18:  St. Louis, Mo.
Nov. 19:  Nashville, Tenn.
Nov. 20:  Atlanta, Ga.
Nov. 21:  Asheville, NC
Nov. 22:  Charlotte, NC
Nov. 23:  Staunton, Va.
Nov. 24:  Allentown and Milford, Pa.
Nov. 25:  Joint Base Andrews, Md.
Nov. 26:  U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

 

TIPTON SPEAKS TO 2012 FOREST SUMMIT

Speaking at the 2012 Forest Summit Friday, Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) focused on forest management and wildfire prevention efforts, and urged ‘cooperative problem solving’ to address the challenges facing Colorado forests.

Remarks of Rep. Scott Tipton as prepared for delivery:

I want to thank Governor Hickenlooper and the Colorado Department of Natural Resources for organizing today’s event and for their outstanding leadership on forest management issues. As a strong believer that forest management policy is best determined at the state level, I can’t think of a more appropriate forum in which to have this discussion. I also want to thank our Colorado Senators for their comments and for the leadership that they have shown.

This group needs no reminder that 2012 has been one of the worst years on record for wildfires in the State of Colorado. More than 379,597 acres have burned in Colorado this year, destroying 653 homes and taking six lives. Amidst this terrible tragedy, brave men and women risked their lives to fight these raging fires, and officials at the state and federal level rose to the challenge to stop the destruction and begin mitigation of that which was lost.

The effort and investment required fighting a fire and restoring the land and communities affected is a harsh reminder that it is far more prudent and cost effective to responsibly manage our forests in advance of tragedy. Taking proactive steps to reduce the risk of wildfires by addressing those conditions known to cause them will undoubtedly reduce fires of the magnitude experienced this year in the future.

In May I joined with Chairmen from the House Subcommittee on Parks, Forests, and Public Lands as well as Water and Power to hold an oversight hearing in Montrose on the current regulatory framework for federally managed forests and how we can improve on that framework. I see here today many of the faces from that highly informative hearing and I want to thank those of you who joined for your contribution and your comments. I believe that local communities know their forests best and know what needs to be done to restore them to healthy conditions. For that reason, I introduced legislation following the Montrose hearing which would give state governors, county commissioners, and tribes a greater voice in identifying high risk areas and determining the appropriate measures to mitigate that risk.

This legislation builds on the bipartisan Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 and provides the tools necessary to safeguard communities, water supplies, species habitat, and promote a healthy natural environment. Expanding on the tools in the Healthy Forests Restoration Act which have proven to be effective, the Healthy Forest Management and Wildfire Prevention Act can help reduce the cost imposed on taxpayers due to litigation, expedite emergency mitigation procedures, and restore our forests before they go up in flames, when the costs are far greater. My legislation prioritizes conservation and will help reduce the investment required of taxpayers by making public private partnerships more feasible.

The participants of Colorado’s Forest Summit have a long history of cooperative problem solving.  Today’s event gives me hope that we will once again be able to come together to improve forest conditions so that future generations have the same opportunities that we have to enjoy clean air and water, abundant wildlife and vegetation, and all of the benefits that a healthy forest provides.

Background on the Healthy Forest Management and Wildfire Prevention Act:

The Healthy Forest Management and Wildfire Prevention Act (H.R. 6089) would allow governors, in consultation with county commissioners from affected counties as well as affected Indian tribes, to designate high-risk areas and develop emergency hazardous fuels reduction projects for those areas, enabling states to better protect their communities, species habitats, water supplies, and natural areas and help ameliorate those conditions that lead to unhealthy forests and devastating wildfires. The bill has cleared the House Natural Resources Committee and is awaiting a vote in the House.

In addition to providing states with increased discretion over the management of lands within their borders, the Healthy Forest Management and Wildfire Prevention Act would allow treatment projects to move forward under the streamlined review processes set forth in the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003. The Healthy Forest Management and Wildfire Prevention Act protects all valid and existing rights on applicable lands and preserves the current protection framework for wilderness areas and national monuments.  This legislation does not create any new federal spending and has been widely endorsed.

 

Yesterday:
In football:
Steamboat lost to Palisade 52-7.
Soroco fell to Rangely 54-7.
Meeker was defeated by Cedaredge 39-13.

In girls volleyball:
Steamboat fell to Palisade (16-25, 18-25, 23-25).
Meeker lost to Paonia (25-16, 20-25, 18-25, 15-25).

Today:
In football:
Hayden hosts West Grand at 1.

In volleyball:
Little Snake River Valley is home against Encampment.
Hayden welcomes West Grand at 2.
Steamboat heads to Delta at 1.
Soroco welcomes Meeker at 1.
Rangely is home against Plateau Valley at 3.

In boys soccer:
Moffat County plays at Aspen at 11.
Steamboat hosts Glenwood at 11.

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12TH

VICE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE DRAWS MIXED REACTIONS

Mixed reactions from last night’s debate between Vice President Joe Biden, and his opponent Paul Ryan.  Republicans in the state say Biden didn’t do himself any favors by appearing rude and arrogant, at times giggling while Ryan gave his answers.  Congressman Cory Gardner said in a statement that Paul Ryan presented serious solutions and honest debate for the American people. Joe Biden provided smirks, antics, and failed policies.  In contrast, while Jesse Ferguson of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee didn’t actually praise Biden for his performance, he did say Biden did a good job attacking the Romney campaign’s intended medicare and tax policies.  The general election will be held Tuesday November 6th.

 

FOREST PROJECTS IN WYOMING/COLORADO RECOMMENDED FOR FUNDING

The Medicine Bow-Routt Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) met in Walden September 13th to review natural resource project proposals and make recommendations for approval of funding.  The committee recommended funding for projects to the U.S. Forest Service totaling $142,643. The projects will ultimately benefit National Forest lands in Albany and Carbon counties in Wyoming, as well as Jackson, Rio Blanco and Routt counties in Colorado. Forest Supervisor Phil Cruz approved all projects as recommended by the committee.  The approved projects will use Secure Rural Schools Title II funds from 2012. Most of the projects will be completed in 2013.  The projects are listed below.

Albany County
Wetland Restoration and Protection – Phase II ($14,000)
Watershed Health through ORV Management ($10,345)

Carbon County
Riverside Diversion Project on the Encampment River ($32,000)
Wetland Restoration and Protection – Phase I ($9,500)
Watershed Health through ORV Management ($17,459)

Jackson County
Ellis Trail Reroute ($16,897)

Rio Blanco County
Miller Creek Road Improvements ($36,297)

Routt County
Buffalo Pass Road Improvements ($42,442)

 

ROMNEY/RYAN PICK UP N.R.A. ENDORSEMENT

The National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund has endorsed Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan for President and Vice President. NRA’s Executive Vice President, Wayne LaPierre, and NRA Political Victory Fund Chairman, Chris W. Cox, made the announcement last week, during a rally with both Romney and Ryan in attendance.  The group says our current president’s policies have been harmful to the country’s gun owners, and 2nd Amendment rights.  They say America’s 100 million gun owners justifiably fear that a second Obama term would bring an all-out assault on the Second Amendment. They also recognize that victories in the battleground states are crucial for the Romney-Ryan ticket.  The NRA says the actions of President Barack Obama have harmed the Second Amendment for generations to come:

  • He has appointed two anti-gun nominees to the Supreme Court – one of whom has already signed an opinion saying that law-abiding Americans do not have an individual right to own firearms.
  • Obama’s Administration worked on a United Nations Arms Trade Treaty that would undermine our Second Amendment rights.
  • Obama has helped cover-up the deadly Operation Fast and Furious scandal, arming Mexican drug cartels that continue to kill countless innocent American and Mexican citizens.
  • Obama has said that the ability of lawful citizens to carry a firearm for personal protection should be banned nationwide.
  • Obama opposed a law to protect people who use guns in their own homes for self-defense; endorsed a total ban on the manufacturing, sale and possession of all handguns; and supported a 500 percent increase in federal taxes on guns and ammunition.

 

GESSLER’S LIFE AND FAMILY THREATENED AT REPUBLICAN CONVENTION

Colorado’s elections chief says death threats were made against his family in August, prompting his early return from the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.  Secretary of State Scott Gessler said “violently graphical” threats were made against his wife and daughter.  He said he returned home August 31st, a day earlier than planned, at the advice of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.  A Democrat running for the Legislature has blasted Gessler for using state money for travel to the political convention.  The fee for returning to Colorado early was $422.  Gessler said his wife and daughter were briefly moved out of the family home because of the security threat.

 

IRS REMINDS LATE FILERS OF LOOMING TAX DEADLINE

The Internal Revenue Service today urged Colorado taxpayers whose tax-filing extension runs out on October 15th to double check their returns for often-overlooked tax benefits and then file their returns electronically using IRS e-file or the Free File system.  Many of the more than 11 million taxpayers who requested an automatic six-month extension this year have yet to file. Though the 15th is the last day for most people, some still have more time, including members of the military and others serving in Iraq, Afghanistan or other combat zone localities who typically have until at least 180 days after they leave the combat zone to both file returns and pay any taxes due.  Details on all filing and payment options are on IRS.gov.

 

MISSING PLANE FOUND IN PIECES IN WYOMING

Searchers in southeast Wyoming have found the wreckage of a single-engine plane that failed to arrive at the Casper airport as planned after taking off from Texas.  Albany County Undersheriff Rob DeBree says the plane was found in pieces yesterday on the south face of Laramie Peak, and there were no survivors.  Earlier he said four people were on the plane for business. Their names weren’t immediately released.  DeBree says crews plan to recover the wreckage today.  The search for the Piper PA-32 had been led by the Wyoming Civil Air Patrol, a U.S. Air Force helicopter and ground crews.  The plane had been scheduled to land Tuesday evening at the Casper airport after taking off from Marshall, Texas, and stopping for fuel in Dodge City, Kansas.

 

MICHELLE OBAMA FINISHES TOUR OF COLORADO

First lady Michelle Obama has wrapped up her two-day campaign swing through Colorado, trying to keep the battleground state in the president’s column as polls show the race here tightening.  The first lady told crowds in Castle Rock, Durango and Fountain that this year’s race in Colorado will be closer than it was four years ago. That’s when President Barack Obama became the first Democrat since 1992 to carry Colorado.  Michelle Obama urged supporters to spend the final days leading up to the election making sure newly registered voters turn in ballots.  Her appearance comes a week after her husband’s lackluster performance in the first presidential debate at the University of Colorado.  Next week, Vice President Joe Biden is coming to Colorado to rally support in Boulder and Greeley.

In high school sports:
Yesterday:

In football:
Moffat County lost to Glenwood 35-18.

In boys soccer:
Moffat County fell to Steamboat 4-1.

Today:
In football:
Little Snake River Valley hosts Midwest at 3.
Steamboat hosts Palisade at 7.
Soroco travels to Rangely at 7.
Meeker is on the road to Cedaredge at 7.

In girls volleyball:
Steamboat goes to Palisade at 6.
Meeker is home against Paonia at 6.
Rangely heads to Hotchkiss at 6.

Tomorrow:
In football:
Hayden hosts West Grand at 1.

In volleyball:
Little Snake River Valley is home against Encampment.
Hayden welcomes West Grand at 2.
Steamboat heads to Delta at 1.
Soroco welcomes Meeker at 1.
Rangely is home against Plateau Valley at 3.

In boys soccer:
Moffat County plays at Aspen at 11.
Steamboat hosts Glenwood at 11.

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11TH

One killed in crash near Rifle

A 26-year-old man was killed Wednesday morning when the car he was driving lost control and hit an SUV head on.   At approximately 6:26 a.m. on Wednesday morning, a 1991 Acura Integra was northbound on Garfield County Road 319 when it lost control after going through a curve. The Integra ended up broadside in the southbound lane and collided with a 1985 Jeep Cherokee that was traveling southbound. The driver of the Integra – Eric Jensen, 26, of Palisade – was pronounced dead on scene. The driver of the Jeep Cherokee – Justin Robinson, 37, of Rifle – was transported to Grand River Hospital in Rifle with non-life-threatening injuries. There were no other occupants.   The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but excessive speed is being considered as a possible contributing factor. The driver of the Jeep was wearing his seatbelt, and the driver of the Acura was not wearing his seatbelt properly. The weather was clear and dry at the time of the crash.   The Garfield County Sheriff’s Department, Colorado River Fire Rescue and Garfield County Road and Bridge responded to the scene along with the Colorado State Patrol.

STATE LEADERS TO ATTEND FOREST SUMMIT TOMORROW

State and federal leaders, including Governor John Hickenlooper, U.S. Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Congressman Scott Tipton will join state lawmakers, policy makers and industry officials at a half-day summit tomorrow to explore progress and possibilities in managing Colorado’s forests at the History Colorado Center.  The 2012 Forest Summit will include three panels and discuss developments in state and federal legislation, review the condition and needs within the state’s wood products industry and examine forest restoration efforts and management work within mountain communities.  Interested stakeholders working in government, community organizations and the forest products industry are encouraged to attend. The summit is free and open to the general public; no RSVP is necessary.  The event is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. October 12 in the Mountain View Room at the History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway in Denver. For further details about the event, contact Lisa Dale at the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, 303-866-3311 x-8657 or via email at lisa.dale@state.co.us

 

FOSSIL FUEL ADS ON THE RISE AS ELECTION SEASON HEATS UP

Advertisements opposing fossil fuels and touting “green solutions” far outnumbered messages calling for domestic energy development in 2008. Since then, rising costs and hostile regulations have cost jobs and stunted growth, and the luster of boutique fuels such as solar and wind has faded.  That’s according to a study by the New York Times.  The Times says messages today appeal for more fossil fuel development, and coal and coal miners play significant roles in America’s energy future. There are several organizations now seeking to promote coal use, economic growth and energy affordability on the airwaves and the campaign trail this election season.  The group “Count on Coal” has even launched a YouTube campaign to promote the industry, and educate people about the fossil fuel.

 

STATE HAS LARGEST NUMBER OF REGISTERED VOTERS EVER

Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler says Colorado now has more registered voters than ever.  Gessler said yesterday that preliminary results show there are now about 3.6 million registered voters in the state. That includes more than 79,000 people who registered from September 1st through the deadline Tuesday.  The total of 3.6 million registered voters is up from 3.2 million in 2008 and almost 3.3 million in 2010.  The final tally for 2012 is expected to rise, as last-minute registrations continue to be processed.  Gessler’s office had launched a multimedia campaign in September to encourage people to register.  Gessler also led an effort this year that asked 3,903 people on voter rolls to verify their citizenship. That resulted in finding that 141 non-citizens were illegally registered to vote.

 

CLERKS PREPARING FOR ELECTION DAY AND EARLY VOTING

County clerks are gearing up for the upcoming general election.  Those who have requested a mail-in ballot should start getting them in the mail next week.  Clerks will start mailing them out Monday.  Early voting is October 22nd through November 2nd.  You can vote during courthouse hours, from 8 to 4:45.  Mail-in ballots need to be at the courthouse by Election Day.  If you forget to mail it, you can drop it off at the courthouse until 7 in the evening on Election Day, November 6th.  Polls will be open from 7 to 7 on Election Day.  You can call your local clerk and recorder’s office to find out where your polling location is.  A sample ballot is available by clicking the link below.

2012 General Election Sample Ballot

Where to vote in Moffat County

Routt County early voting info

Routt County sample ballots and polling locations

Rio Blanco County Sample Ballot

Rio Blanco county polling places and voter info

 

FARM SERVICE AGENCY PROGRAM PAYMENTS TO REMAIN ON SCHEDULE

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Trudy Kareus, announced that FSA will issue Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP) payments during the first few weeks of October.  CRP and DCP payments could be affected if producers have not submitted the required Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) forms. Affected producers will need to submit the proper AGI forms before payments can be issued. In addition, producers who signed up for CRP emergency haying and grazing and did not pay in advance will notice that their annual rental payment was reduced by the acreage that was hayed or grazed.  Kareus says those producers who were affected by county office consolidations won’t have their payments affected, as long as all of their eligibility requirements have been met.  For more information on CRP and DCP payments, contact your local FSA office.

 

THIS WEEK IS NATIONAL FIRE PREVENTION WEEK

This week is Fire Prevention Week, and Routt County Emergency Preparedness has some tips to help keep you safe.  Smoke alarms and escape plans can be crucial in surviving a home fire.  Between 2008 and 2010, there were an average of over 366,000 unintended residential fires per year in the U.S., causing over 2,300 deaths, 12,500 injuries and $7 billion in property damage.  The top cause of those residential fires is cooking equipment.  Faulty heating and cooling equipment and portable space heaters are also a major contributor to house fires.  Fire officials say the two best ways to ensure survival in a house fire are keeping your smoke alarm batteries up to date, and sitting down with your family to determine an escape route, and a safe meeting place outside the house.

In high school sports:
Today:

In football:
Moffat County hosts Glenwood in a rare Thursday night game.  You can catch all the action live on (93-7/102-3) KRAI, with the pre-game at 6:45 and the kick-off at 7.  You can also listen online at krai.com.

In volleyball:
Moffat County is home against Aspen at 6.

In boys soccer:
Moffat County goes to Steamboat at 4.

In cross country:
Moffat County, Meeker, Rangely and Steamboat run at Rifle.

Tomorrow:
In football:
Steamboat hosts Palisade at 7.
Soroco travels to Rangely at 7.
Meeker is on the road to Cedaredge at 7.

In girls volleyball:
Steamboat goes to Palisade at 6.
Meeker is home against Paonia at 6.
Rangely heads to Hotchkiss at 6.

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10TH

CRASH NORTH OF MEEKER CLAIMS THE LIFE OF A 79-YEAR OLD MAN

A 79-year-old man from Pennsylvania was killed Monday when the vehicle he was traveling in rolled off Highway 13 about 20 miles north of Meeker. According to the Colorado State Patrol, the driver crossed over into the wrong lane, over-corrected, and rolled through a fence, coming to rest on the driver’s side. The front seat passenger, Donald Kelly, was pronounced dead at the scene. The 71-year-old male driver and an 82-year-old female passenger were transported to The Memorial Hospital in Craig with moderate injuries. The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but neither alcohol nor drugs are considered factors. It appears as though all occupants were wearing their seat belts.

 

MOFFAT COUNTY REQUESTS INFORMATION ON VERMILLION/YAMPA DECISIONS

The Moffat County Commissioners are requesting information from the federal government, and asking them to explain how they have come up with recent land use decisions on federal land in the county.  More specifically, the county wants to see the data that led to the 1996 decision that determined land use within the Vermillion Basin, and the 1987 decision that gave Wild and Scenic designation to segments of the Yampa River.  The Vermillion decision prevents energy development in the area, and the county wants to know how seriously existing leases and grazing rights were considered when the decision was reached.  County officials also say want to know how much existing water rights played a factor in the Yampa River decision.  The Freedom of Information request is being sent to the Little Snake Field Office.

 

MOFFAT COUNTY COMMISSIONERS APPROVE PROPOSED BUDGET

The Moffat County Commissioners have approved their proposed budget for 2013.  The budget remains at just over $900,000 as it is drawn up now.  Officials say revenue was flat, property taxes were down, and sales taxes were up slightly.  Energy production within the county has helped keep revenues flat.  The budget provides for ongoing and new projects.  Improvements to the courthouse will continue.  There will also be improvements to the Loudy Simpson Ice Arena and other county buildings.  The current proposal does not have current numbers from The Memorial Hospital, but rather incorporates last year’s hospital budget.  Officials say the proposed budget should be available on the county’s website for viewing within the next day or two.

 

LAWMAKERS RECOGNIZE WILDFIRE AWARENESS MONTH

Congressmen Scott Tipton, Mike Coffman, Doug Lamborn and Cory Gardner joined together yesterday to recognize October as Wildfire Awareness Month.  The Representatives have been working to reduce the risk of devastating wildfire by addressing the challenges facing Colorado’s forests due to bark beetle, drought and decades of ineffective management as the result of a cumbersome federal regulatory structure.  In July they introduced legislation to increase local involvement in proactive forest management. The Healthy Forest Management and Wildfire Prevention Act would allow governors, in consultation with county commissioners from affected counties as well as affected Indian tribes, to designate high-risk areas and develop emergency hazardous fuels reduction projects for those areas, enabling states to better protect their communities, species habitats, water supplies, and natural areas, and help prevent those conditions that lead to unhealthy forests and devastating wildfires. The bill has cleared the House Natural Resources Committee and is awaiting a vote in the House.

 

DOCTORS COME OUT IN SUPPORT OF AMENDMENT 64

More than 300 doctors have announced their support of Amendment 64.  The measure, if passed, would allow Coloradans to possess small amounts of marijuana for recreational purposes.  It would also allow residents to grow a limited amount plants, again for personal use.  It’s designed to set up regulations that would treat the drug similar to alcohol.  The announcement comes days after the American Academy of Pediatrics announced their opposition to the measure.  Doctors who support Amendment 64 say the effects of alcohol are far worse than the effects of marijuana on the human body.  Amendment 64 will appear on the November general election ballot.

 

FARM SERVICE AGENCY OFFERS MONEY FOR DROUGHT STRICKEN FARMS AND RANCHES

The USDA Farm Service Agency has announced that producers can enroll in the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments, or SURE program for 2011 crop year losses beginning later this month. Under the 2008 Farm Bill, SURE authorizes assistance to farmers and ranchers who suffered crop losses caused by natural disasters occurring through September 30th of last year.  To qualify for a SURE payment, the producer’s operation must be located in a county that was declared a disaster for 2011 and have at least a 10 percent production loss that affects one crop of economic significance. Producers with agricultural operations outside a disaster county are eligible for SURE benefits if they had a production loss greater or equal to 50 percent of the normal production on the farm.  For more information on SURE program eligibility requirements contact your local FSA office or visit the website.

 

BENNETT RENEWS CALL FOR WIND ENERGY TAX CREDIT

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet yesterday called upon Congress to extend the wind production tax credit (PTC) following news that Vestas is announcing additional layoffs at its plant in Brighton. The credit, which is set to expire at the end of the year, is vital to a few thousand Colorado jobs associated with wind energy development projects.  Bennett has been a champion of renewable energy, voting to spend millions in tax credits on wind and solar power projects.  Bennet says Colorado is a wind energy leader, currently generating the third highest percentage of power from wind of any state in the nation. Colorado is home to several wind energy developers and wind turbine manufacturing facilities, employing just under 6,000 workers statewide.  Some lawmakers have said the tax credits show the government is choosing winners in the energy industry by giving preference to wind energy projects.

In high school sports:
Yesterday:

In boys soccer:
Moffat County beat Grand Valley 8-2.

Tomorrow:
In football:
Moffat County hosts Glenwood in a rare Thursday night game.  You can catch all the action live on (93-7/102-3) KRAI, with the pre-game at 6:45 and the kick-off at 7.  You can also listen online at krai.com.

In volleyball:
Moffat County is home against Aspen at 6.

In boys soccer:
Moffat County goes to Steamboat at 4.

In cross country:
Moffat County, Meeker, Rangely and Steamboat run at Rifle.

 

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9TH

CRASH NEAR MEEKER KILLS PENNSYLVANIA MAN

A 79-year-old man from Pennsylvania was killed Monday when the vehicle in which he was traveling rolled off highway 13 about 20 miles north of Meeker.  The vehicle a 2005 Ford Excursion was northbound when it crossed into the southbound lane and then drove off the left side of the road and rolled through a fence and landed on its driver’s side.  The front seat passenger, Donald Kelly, was pronounced dead on scene. The 71-year-old male driver and an 82-year-old female passenger were transported to Memorial Hospital in Craig with moderate injuries.   The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but neither alcohol nor drugs are considered factors at this time. It appears as though all occupants were wearing their seatbelts.

STUDY SHOWS SMALL COAL FIRED POWER PLANTS ARE THREATENED BY E.P.A. RULES

Smaller coal fired power plants are in more trouble than first thought, according to recent studies by a group of economists known as the Brattle Group.  The studies show that the impact of the Environmental Protection Agency’s air regulations on coal fired power plants will force many of them to shut down, because of retrofitting costs.  It’s estimated that in order to retrofit and replace those plants violating the EPA’s rules, it will take anywhere from $126 to $144 billion dollars.  The report says that means roughly 80% of the plants that will have to be shut down, will be owned by small privately owned companies.  The industry is already feeling the impacts with 10% of the U.S.’s coal fired power shut down by July of this year.

 

COUNTY CLERKS IN COLORADO WARN OF ELECTION PROBLEMS

Colorado’s county election clerks are sounding alarms about possible voting problems next month.  The clerks sent a four-page letter of complaint Monday to Colorado’s top elections officer, Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler.  Among the fears expressed by the Colorado County Clerks Association was a complaint about new mobile registration applications.  The clerks say those apps weren’t properly tested and required emergency rules. The clerks also took issue with a new policy for overseas voters.  The clerks said that a print-your-own-ballot system for overseas voters was also improperly tested and has led to problems. The clerks requested an in-person meeting with Gessler.

 

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE

Today is the last day to register to vote in the November general election.  Those who aren’t sure if they are registered can call or stop by their County Clerk’s office to find out.  A statewide voter registration website is also available to verify your registration.  Both avenues also offer the opportunity to register if that hasn’t been done.  A link to the website is available here.  The opportunity to register at your county clerks office is available until closing time today.

 

GREEN TOUR PLANNED FOR STEAMBOAT LATER THIS WEEK

The Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is offering tours of residences considered “green buildings”.  This year’s tour will focus on small to mid-sized homes with energy efficient features.  Information will be provided on the iCAST programs and the benefits of energy efficient upgrades.  Funds raised from the tour will go to support the iCAST program in Steamboat, which is expected to help business and home owners retrofit and remodel their buildings for better efficiency.  The cost is $15 per person, or $25 for two.  You can get more information or register for the tour by following this link.

 

PRESENTATION IN STEAMBOAT WILL HELP PEOPLE PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM ON LINE ATTACKS

The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership is letting business owners and residents know about a presentation that will be given in Steamboat this week, that will help them protect themselves against on-line attacks.  According to Randy Rudasics, manager of the Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center at Colorado Mountain College, On line attacks against business and personal reputations are on the rise.  He says faceless, unnamed predators increasingly seek to insult and criticize businesses, employees, reputation and dignity.  Tips, monitoring software and class discussion will be presented to help make people aware of negative feedback.  “Protecting your Reputation On line” will be presented at the Steamboat Smokehouse Thursday from 11:30 to 1.  If you need more information, or would like to sign up for this week’s presentation, call 870-4491.

 

COLORADO LAW ENFORCEMENT SAYS “NO” ON 64

A group of Colorado’s active law enforcement is the latest to come out against Amendment 64.  Amendment 64 would legalize possession small amounts of marijuana for anyone 21 or older.  It seeks to treat marijuana like alcohol, by imposing some of the same penalties for similar infractions.  It also allows a person to grow up to 6 marijuana plants for personal consumption.  Another group of active and former law enforcement personnel called LEAP, came out in favor of the measure earlier this year.  That group is in favor of the legalization of ALL drugs.  The current announcement is one of many from groups speaking out in favor or opposition of the latest legalization attempt.

In high school sports:
Today:

In volleyball:
Moffat County goes to Cedaredge at 5.
Steamboat is on the road to Rifle at 6.

In boys soccer:
Moffat County travels to Grand Valley at 4.

 

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR MONDAY, OCTOBER 8TH

POLLS SHOW ROMNEY IS GAINING GROUND IN COLORADO

Battleground Colorado is edging slightly closer to Republican Mitt Romney, but President Barack Obama is still leading after last week’s presidential debate at the University of Denver.  A poll commissioned by the school showed Obama leading Romney among likely voters by 4 points, 47 percent to 43 percent. The poll had a 4-point margin of error.  The DU poll also showed a tossup for the marijuana legalization question. Fifty percent planned to vote for legalizing pot, 40 percent planned to vote against it, and 10 percent weren’t sure.  Coloradans were more united on recognizing same-sex couples. Seventy-three percent supported legal recognition of same-sex relationships, either marriage or civil unions.  The telephone survey included 604 likely voters. It was conducted October 4th & 5th by Selzer & Company of Des Moines, Iowa.  Krai.com ran a similar survey question last week asking residents who they believed would serve Northwest Colorado best.  73% chose Mitt Romney, 10% said Obama, and 15% thought it would make no difference.  This week’s survey question asks residents to identify the factors that will contribute to their decision on election day, as it pertains to state and national choices.

TUESDAY IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER FOR UPCOMING ELECTION

If you haven’t registered to vote in this year’s general election, there’s only a short amount of time to get that done.  County elections clerks across the state are reminding residents that Tuesday is the last day to register, if you want to be able to vote in next month’s election.  If you aren’t sure if you are registered, you can call or stop by your county clerk’s office.  You can also check on line by clicking here.

SKI GROUP OFFERS INCENTIVES FOR RECRUITING NEW SKIERS

The organizers of Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month are expanding an initiative designed to get more beginners to the mountains.  The “Bring a Friend Challenge” is offering skiers and snowboarders a chance to win gear or ski trips if they get friends who have never gone skiing or riding to enroll in a lesson with a professional instructor between Dec. 17 and March 17.  People can register online. Weekly prize drawings are scheduled to begin in January.  Industry groups including SnowSports Industries America and the National Ski Areas Association are supporting the initiative.  The industry is trying to keep interest in skiing up and their revenues healthy as video games, the Internet and other forms of entertainment compete for people’s free time and money.

TIPTON INTRODUCES BILL TO END CASH SURVEYS

Congressman Scott Tipton, yesterday, continued his fight against what he calls blatant federal waste by introducing the Survey Savings Accountability Act. The bill is expected to save taxpayer dollars by prohibiting federal agencies from sending cash in mass communications, including surveys where cash is included for the benefit of the responder. Some federal agencies currently use this practice to entice responses to opinion surveys, including the Bureau of Reclamation, which in 2011 sent nearly $30,000 in cash in a survey about removing four dams in California and Oregon. The Survey Savings Accountability Act follows Tipton’s Amendment earlier this year to the Energy and Water Appropriations bill to prohibit the Bureau of Reclamation and other agencies covered under the legislation from funding surveys in which money is included or provided for the benefit of the responder.  The amendment passed with a strong bipartisan vote of 355-5.

 

CENTURY LINK AND UNION CAN’T COME TO TERMS

CenturyLink and the union representing 13,000 workers in 13 states in the West and Midwest have failed to reach a contract agreement, but have signed onto a day-to-day extension of the expired pact.  The Communications Workers of America made the announcement after the existing labor contract expired Saturday night. CWA spokesman Al Kogler said in a statement that negotiations will continue and workers will remain on the job during the extension.  Kogler has said the union opposes a proposed increase in health care premiums and wants to bring more jobs back to the U.S. The union had authorized a strike in the event that a new deal couldn’t be reached with the company.  CenturyLink workers in Montana, who are negotiating a separate contract, also agreed to the extension.

 

PEDIATRICIANS SAY NO TO AMENDMENT 64

The Colorado Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Board of Directors has voted to add their name to an open letter being released by several Colorado pediatricians warning that Amendment 64 poses an unacceptable risk to Colorado’s kids.  The signers of the letter analyzed a number of studies on the effects of marijuana on children.  The Steamboat Pilot and Today’s editorial board is also on the record as opposing the amendment.

Among the statistics cited in the letter:

  • Since medical marijuana dispensaries began operating in 2009, there have been more accidental ingestions of marijuana by young children in Colorado. Between October 2009 and December 2011, there were 14 children (ages 8 months-12 years) seen for accidental marijuana ingestions at Children’s Hospital Colorado.  Of these children, 9 had documented exposure to someone else’s medical marijuana, 8 were hospitalized, and 2 required admission to the intensive care unit.
  • Chronic use of marijuana before age of 15 leads to worse neurocognitive functioning (i.e. ability to think, to reason, and to work) later in life.
  • Using marijuana as a young teenager puts vulnerable individuals at increased risk of developing of psychosis.
  • Compared to 2007-2008, there have been 15 more fatal car crashes involving a driver under the influence of marijuana in 2009-2010.

MICHELLE OBAMA TO VISIT COLORADO THIS WEEK

First Lady Michelle Obama will be in Colorado later this week.  Obama plans to campaign for her husband, while at the same time using the opportunity to promote early voting in Colorado.  Those looking to attend one of the First Lady’s two events will have to travel a ways.  The first event is Wednesday in Durango, the second is Thursday in Douglas County.

In high school sports:
Over the weekend:

In football:
Little Snake River Valley beat Kaycee 72-29.
Soroco topped South Park 48-6.
Meeker fell to Paonia 21-20.
Hayden lost to West Grand 32-28.
Rangely topped Vail Christian 30-6.
Steamboat defeated Battle Mountain 43-0.
Moffat County beat Summit 33-0.

In volleyball:
Little Snake River Valley lost to Kaycee (13-25, 18-25, 27-25, 25-11, 14-16) and to Cokeville (25-15, 25-21, 25-14).
Hayden was defeated by Paonia (25-19, 25-11, 25-8).
Soroco fell to North Park (17-25, 21-25, 25-23, 29-27, 5-15).
Rangely lost to Vail Mountain (17-25, 25-19, 22-25, 17-25) and beat North Park (25-13, 25-18, 15-25, 18-25, 15-13).
Steamboat fell to Summit (27-29, 13-25, 26-24, 15-25).

In boys soccer:
Steamboat beat Palisade 4-2.

In boys tennis:
Steamboat placed 2nd at regionals.

Tomorrow:
In volleyball:
Moffat County goes to Cedaredge at 5.
Steamboat is on the road to Rifle at 6.

In boys soccer:
Moffat County travels to Grand Valley at 4.