Monthly Archives: October 2012

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7TH

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.

AMBER ALERT FOR MISSING COLORADO GIRL

Police are looking for a 10-year-old girl who disappeared while walking to school Friday morning.  Police said Jessica Ridgeway was last seen in Westminster, Colorado, walking to school in the area of 107th Avenue and Moore Street around 8:30 a.m.  Jessica is 4 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 80 pounds. She has blonde, shoulder-length hair with blue eyes. She was wearing a black jacket and pink and purple glasses.  Police said there was a long delay in reporting the girl missing as she wasn’t missed until after school.  Westminster police, a search dog and dozens of neighbors are searching the area for the girl on Friday night. There is a large greenbelt area to the south of the area she was last seen.  Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Ridgeway is asked to call Westminster police at 303-658-4360.

 

TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO REGISTER TO VOTE

If you have not yet registered to vote in this falls general election, there’s only a few days remaining 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.  If you have a a Colorado driver’s license or ID card, you can register on-line – here.

 

SEVEN VEHICLE ACCIDENT CLOSES I-80

Wyoming State troopers are investigating a seven vehicle crash about 15 miles east of Laramie that claimed at least one life.  Two tractor trailer trucks were consumed by fire in the accident.  Dense fog and black ice, were a contributing factor to the crash, which happened near the Vedauwoo Interchange around 2:30 Saturday morning, causing a section of I-80 to be closed for much of the day.


In high school sports over the weekend:

In football:
Little Snake River Valley beat Kaycee 73-29.
Soroco topped South Park 48-6.
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:
Hayden fell to Plateau Valley .
Little Snake River Valley – Cokeville.
Hayden lost to Paonia 19-25, 11-25, 8-25
Steamboat fell to Summit 29-27, 25-13, 24-26 and 25-15
Meeker – Plateau Valley.
Rangely -North Park.

In boys soccer:
Steamboat – Palisade.

DENVER BRONCOS
The Denver Broncos play at New England today.  You can catch all the action live on 55 Country, with the pre-game at noon and the kick-off at 2:25.

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6TH

In high school sports:

Yesterday:
In football:
Little Snake River Valley beat Kaycee 73-29.
Soroco topped South Park 48-6.
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:
Hayden fell to Plateau Valley in 3 games.

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.

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.

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.

In high school sports:
Yesterday:

In football:
Little Snake River Valley beat Kaycee 73-29.
Soroco topped South Park 48-6.
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:
Hayden fell to Plateau Valley .

Today:
In volleyball:
Little Snake River Valley hosts Cokeville.
Hayden plays at Hotchkiss at noon and at Paonia at 6.
Steamboat welcomes Summit at 3.
Meeker is home against Plateau Valley at 3.
Rangely heads to North Park at noon.

In boys soccer:
Steamboat is home against Palisade at 11.

In cross country:
Steamboat and Rangely run at Aspen.

DENVER BRONCOS
The Denver Broncos play at New England tomorrow.  You can catch all the action live on 55 Country, with the pre-game at noon and the kick-off at 2:25.

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5TH

FIRES NEAR RIFLE CONTINUE TO BURN IN RUGGED TERRAIN

Wildfire season is hanging on in western Colorado.  A 991-acre wildfire north of Rifle was 5 percent contained yesterday. It started Wednesday along Highway 13. Strong winds pushed it into the forest on the west side of the Grand Hogback. The terrain is rugged and steep so crews are mainly attacking it from the air.  The fire is not immediately threatening any homes, but there are some scattered homes on the east side of the Hogback.  Colorado River Fire Rescue Chief Mike Morgan believes it was likely human caused.  To the east, the 257-acre Middle Elk Fire is smoldering in the Flat Tops. Crews can’t access the interior so it won’t be completely out until there’s heavy rain or snow. It was started September 20th by an unattended campfire.

 

ONE VEHICLE ACCIDENT RESULTS IN FATALITY

A Denver man was killed in a car accident last night on Highway 131.  The accident occurred south of Taponas at around 8:15 last night.  According to the Colorado State Patrol, 55 year old Mark Hendrixson of Brighton lost control of his vehicle and rolled it.  During the roll, his 72-year old unnamed passenger was partially ejected, and killed.  Hendrixson was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center in serious condition.  The Colorado State Patrol is investigating the crash.  Alcohol may have been a factor.

 

ROMNEY MAKES SURPRISE APPEARANCE IN DENVER AFTER DEBATE

Republican Mitt Romney says the November election against President Barack Obama will be a “close-fought battle.”  He also says Obama is offering a vision for “trickle-down government” and that Americans saw “two very different visions for America” during the first presidential debate Wednesday night in Denver.  The Republican nominee spoke yesterday morning during a surprise appearance at the Colorado Conservative Political Action Committee’s meeting in Denver.  A smiling Romney took the stage to sustained cheers from the audience of conservative activists.  Romney was introduced by four of his five sons. His appearance at the meeting came before a scheduled flight to Virginia, where he and running mate Paul Ryan were to address an evening rally.

 

RECYCLING EVENT IN STEAMBOAT FOCUSES ON HARD-TO-RECYCLE ITEMS

The Yampa Valley Recycling Center is holding a special recycling day tomorrow.  The group is looking to collect hard-to-recycle items, such as electronics and appliances.  Certain items may have a fee applied.  There is a charge for freon removal, and there may be fees for some electronics.  The Council has a list of some of the items considered hard to recycle, including bike tires and tubes, building materials, vehicle batteries, cell phones, and wine corks.  You can get a complete list by clicking here.  The recycling event will take place tomorrow from 9 to noon at Howelson Hill.

 

MOFFAT COUNTY HOMECOMING WEEK WRAPS UP

Moffat County High School wraps up Homecoming week today.  The students will be dressed in the school colors of blue and white.  Students throughout the district will get out earlier than normal today so they can attend this afternoon’s homecoming parade.  The parade starts at 1 at Craig City Park, and follows Victory Way to the Centennial Mall parking lot.  Royalty will be announced prior to tonight’s game.  The homecoming dance will be held at the school tomorrow night.

 

FRIENDS OF THE N.R.A. TO HOLD FUNDRAISING BANQUET TOMORROW

The Yampa Valley Chapter of the Friends of the NRA will have their annual fundraising banquet tomorrow night.  The night begins at 5:30 with cocktails.  A cash bar will be available.  Prior to dinner, guests are invited to make their bids on several items in the silent auction.  The prime rib dinner itself starts at 7 with a live auction to follow.  Proceeds from the event go to the education and conservation of shooting sports.  Organizer Wade Gerber says about half the money comes right back to the community and is used for local scholarships.  Tickets are $45 at the door, or you can get them in advance by getting a hold of a Friends of NRA member.

 

TIPTON’S STAFF TO MEET WITH RESIDENTS IN STEAMBOAT NEXT WEEK

Representative Scott Tipton’s staff will hold office hours in Steamboat next week. Staff will be available to assist constituents, provide information on services available to constituents, and give an update on Congressman Tipton’s work on behalf of the Third District.  Tipton himself won’t be in attendance.  The mobile office hours will be held Thursday from noon to 6 in the Downtown Routt County Courthouse.

In high school sports:
Yesterday:

In boys soccer:
Steamboat fell to Battle Mountain 4-0.
Moffat County beat Grand Valley 4-3.

Today:
In football:
Little Snake River Valley beat Kaycee 72-29.
Soroco vs South Park
Meeker vs Paonia
Hayden fell to West Grand 32-28
Rangely downed Vail Christian 30-6
Steamboat vs Battle Mountain
Moffat County shut out Summit 33-0

In volleyball:
Little Snake River Valley goes to Kaycee.
Hayden travels to Plateau Valley at 6.
Soroco is on the road to North Park at 4.
Meeker hosts Hotchkiss at 5.
Rangely is home against Vail Mountain at 6.

Tomorrow:
In volleyball:
Little Snake River Valley hosts Cokeville.
Hayden plays at Hotchkiss at noon and at Paonia at 6.
Steamboat welcomes Summit at 3.
Meeker is home against Plateau Valley at 3.
Rangely heads to North Park at noon.

In boys soccer:
Steamboat is home against Palisade at 11.

In cross country:
Steamboat and Rangely run at Aspen.

DENVER BRONCOS
The Denver Broncos play at New England Sunday.  You can catch all the action live on 55 Country, with the pre-game at noon and the kick-off at 2:25.

 

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4TH

ROMNEY AND OBAMA FOCUS ON ECONOMY IN FIRST DEBATE

In a showdown in Denver, an aggressive Mitt Romney sparred with President Barack Obama in their first campaign debate Wednesday night over taxes, deficits and strong steps needed to create jobs in a sputtering national economy.  In a rare post-debate concession, some Democratic strategists not involved in the campaign conceded the president was not at his best and missed opportunities to challenge his rival.  The former Massachusetts governor virtually lectured Obama at one point after the president accused him of seeking to cut education funds. “Mr. President, you’re entitled to your own airplane and your own house, but not your own facts,” he said.  The economy dominated the evening, as it has in the race for the White House all year.  Pre-debate opinion polls showed Obama with a slight advantage in key battleground states and nationally.  You can voice your opinion on which candidate would best serve Northwest Colorado by answering the survey question to the right.  You can also listen to the interview Mitt Romney gave exclusively to KRAI earlier this year by clicking the link below.

KRAI INTERVIEW WITH MITT ROMNEY

 

CRITICS SAY CANDIDATES SHOULD HAVE DEBATED GUN LAWS

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence says the presidential candidates missed an opportunity to address guns in their debate at the University of Denver.  The campaign and members of eight families who lost relatives in the Aurora theater shootings in July had urged moderator Jim Lehrer to ask the candidates to address gun violence. Instead, Lehrer stuck to other topics he chose before yesterday’s debate.  Tom Teves’ son, Alex, attended the university and was killed in the shootings. After the debate, Teves said that he doubts the topic will come up in any debates, insisting that no one has the courage to speak about it.

 

WILDFIRE CLOSES HIGHWAY 13 NORTH OF RIFLE

Firefighters say a brush fire about 13 miles north of Rifle is threatening a home and some radio towers.  Colorado River Fire Rescue Chief Mike Morgan says no evacuations had been ordered as of yesterday afternoon.  The fire was reported just before 1 yesterday afternoon and grew to more than 100 acres in 20 mph winds with gusts up to 40 mph. The fire had closed part of Colorado Highway 13, but Morgan says the fire is moving away from the road.  The cause of the fire hasn’t been determined, but Morgan says it is likely human caused.  Three water tenders, eight engines and a helicopter were on the scene, with more resources ordered.

 

LOGGING OPERATION SCHEDULED FOR HOWELSON HILL THIS WEEKEND

The City of Steamboat is contracting with local logging company Precision Timber Falling who will be working with Connors Aviation to remove more than 90 mature Douglas-fir trees from the Howelsen Hill Ski Jump Complex Saturday and Sunday, weather dependent. A forest health assessment conducted by the Colorado State Forest Service indicated that many of the Douglas-fir on the hill were infested by Douglas-fir beetles — close relatives of the mountain pine beetles that have affected millions of acres of lodgepole pine forest in Colorado. Removing the trees at Howelsen Hill will help prevent further spread of the beetles.  Logs will be removed by helicopter to minimize the impact on remaining vegetation and existing trails.  Robbie’s Cut, Mile Run and the outrun access of the jumps will be closed to all use while the tree removal operation is in progress.

 

NEW POLL SHOWS PACE IS CLOSING THE GAP WITH TIPTON

Yesterday, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released a new Grove Insight poll, which shows the race for Colorado’s Third Congressional District in a statistical tie. The poll shows Sal Pace climbing to well within the margin of error, running 39-42 against the incumbent.  In all the public polling available, incumbent Congressman Scott Tipton has never broken 50%, however Pace hasn’t yet hit 40%. Additionally, in this particular poll, almost half of all respondents-46%-gave Congressman Tipton a negative evaluation of his time in office, with only 37% approving.  The poll by Grove Insight was conducted September 25th through the 27th.  A link to the full results can be found here.

 

GESSLER SENDS OUT THANK YOU LETTERS TO REGISTERED VOTERS

Colorado registered voters who received letters questioning their citizenship are getting follow-up letters thanking them for responding and letting them know their status is verified.  The letters went to 3,903 registered voters in August in a contentious effort by Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler to find illegally registered non-citizens on the state’s voter roll. Gessler says a federal immigration database found that 141 voters on the list are not citizens – about .004 percent of the state’s nearly 3.5 million voters.  Gessler’s office says they want to reassure voters who received letters that their status has been verified and correct a misperception from critics that eligible voters may have been purged.  Gessler mailed letters last week to 1,104 people who responded with proof of citizenship.

 

MOFFAT COUNTY HOMECOMING ACTIVITIES INCLUDE ALUMNI DINNER TONIGHT

The Moffat County High School Booster Club is holding a dinner to honor alumni tonight.  Featured guests will be the 1967 football team.  The dinner is part of Moffat County’s homecoming week activities.  It starts at 6 tonight at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavillion.  Later tonight, students will take part in the annual bonfire.  Last year’s bonfire was cancelled due to extreme fire conditions.  Tomorrow’s homecoming parade starts at 1 at Craig City Park, and runs along Victory Way to the Centennial Mall parking lot. 

In high school sports:
Today:

In boys soccer:
Steamboat travels to Battle Mountain for a game at 6.
Moffat County welcomes Grand Valley at 4.

In volleyball:
Soroco hosts Vail Mountain at 4.

Tomorrow:
In football:
Little Snake River Valley plays at Kaycee at 1.
Soroco is home against Vail Christian at 7.
Meeker welcomes Paonia at 7.
Hayden hosts West Grand at 7.
Rangely plays at Vail Mountain at 7.
Steamboat heads to Battle Mountain at 7.
Moffat County is home against Summit.  You can catch that game 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:
Little Snake River Valley goes to Kaycee.
Hayden travels to Plateau Valley at 6.
Soroco is on the road to North Park at 4.
Meeker hosts Hotchkiss at 5.
Rangely is home against Vail Mountain at 6.

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3RD


HIGHWAY 13 CLOSED IN BOTH DIRECTIONS NORTH OF RIFLE

A wildfire closed highway 13 north of Rifle for about 3 hours earlier today.  The fire, about 100 acres in size threatened one structure and a communication tower.  Highway 13 was which was closed in both directions for 13 miles beginning 2 miles north of Rifle was reopened shortly after 4pm.

 

 

HAMPTON INN IN CRAIG SETTLES DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT

The Hampton Inn & Suites Craig has agreed to pay $85,000 in back pay and compensatory damages to non-Hispanic employees who alleged they were fired because the owners believed non-Hispanics are lazy.  The franchise is owned by Rawlins-based Century Shree Corporation. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleged the company fired at least three Caucasian housekeeping and laundry workers and replaced them with Latino workers, believing Hispanics work harder.  Century Shree’s lawyer Tim Kingston said yesterday the alleged discrimination was by one “rogue” employee who has been discharged and that the owners deny wrongdoing.  The company has agreed to offer the fired workers reinstatement to their jobs, and the owners, managers and supervisors of the company will undergo training on federal anti-discrimination laws.

 

MOFFAT COUNTY UPGRADING ITS VIDEO CONFERENCE SYSTEM

The Moffat County Commissioners will be upgrading the video conference system that allows courtrooms and prisons to talk to each other from various parts of the state.  The current system only allows video conferencing from the courthouse to the public safety center.  The program is part of a statewide effort to save costs when it comes to transporting inmates to and from hearings.  Sometimes those hearings can be many miles away, in another county.  The system will allow the communications without requiring the inmate to be physically present.  While officials caution it won’t eliminate all transport costs, they say it will cut down on those costs significantly.  The county will pay $7,000 for the initial set-up, which originally only included the courthouse.  The cost did not go up when the Public Safety Center became a part of the project.

 

MEETING IN STEAMBOAT WILL FOCUS ON WATER SHORTAGES

Tomorrow night, the Community Agriculture Alliance and the Yampa/White Roundtable are presenting a wealth of speakers to talk about the future of water on the Western Slope.   Organizers say while the Yampa Valley has been in good shape for a long time when it comes to water, this summer’s water shortages and the ensuing administration seen on stretches of the Yampa and Elk rivers is just the beginning. Guest speakers will talk about how other communities are dealing with shortages.  The seminar, called “The Water Gap” will be held in the Colorado Mountain College auditorium tomorrow night from 6 to 9.  The cost is $15 per person.

 

OIL AND GAS CONSERVATION DISCUSSES SETBACK RULES IN STEAMBOAT

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is considering statewide rules on groundwater sampling and monitoring at new well pads.  The commission on Monday also began discussing changing the state’s so-called “setback” rules on how far wells must be from buildings.  During the meeting in Steamboat, commission director Matt Lepore said the proposed rules would have to be published by October 15th in order to be taken up during the commission’s November 15th meeting.  He says that would put the commission on track to vote on whether to approve any new rules January 3rd and then submit them to the Legislature for approval.  One proposal would require a public hearing and commission approval before wellheads can be placed within 750 feet of schools or hospitals.

 

JOHN KINKAID TAKES MONTH OFF TO CAMPAIGN FOR COUNTY COMMISSIONER

One candidate for Moffat County Commissioner is taking the month of October off of work, to focus on his campaign.  John Kinkaid is running as an independent against Dave Derose for the District 1 seat being vacated by Tom Gray.  Gray is term limited.  Kinkaid says there are several issues that face Moffat County in the near future, and he wants to be as well-versed as possible on all of those issues.  Sage Grouse, the county’s financial situation, and addressing energy development decision in the Vermillion basin, are just a few of the issues Kinkaid listed.  The candidate says he will use this month to travel all over the county to talk with residents about what issues are important to them, as well as to try and recruit their vote.  He says he will also be letting voters get to know him, and what he stands for.

 

LOUDY SIMPSON ICE RINK SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY OPENING

Crews are trying to get the Loudy Simpson Ice Arena up and running by next week.  At yesterday’s Moffat County Commissioners meeting, it was reported that there was an equipment failure during a test of the system over the weekend.  However, fail safe measures kept the system from completely breaking down.  Officials say it will be a rather easy fix, and they hope to have the arena open for business Monday.  You can get more information about the ice arena, including operation hours and admission prices by clicking here.

 

JEAN WHITE HONORED WITH COMMON SENSE AWARD

The Colorado Civil Justice League announced this week that State Senator Jean White, of Hayden, was honored with their Common Sense in the Courtroom Award for her work opposing anti-business legislation this past session.  When receiving the award, White said “We need to continue the fight against frivolous lawsuits and those who abuse our justice system”  She says she’s honored to be recognized by the Colorado Civil Justice League and looks forward to working with them in the future.  Last week Senator White was also chosen to serve on the Colorado Extension Advisory Council (CEAC) set up through Colorado State University. CEAC is tasked with determining what issues, concerns and needs are unique to communities across the state, and offer sound and useful solutions.

In high school sports:

Yesterday:
In volleyball:
Moffat County beat Grand Valley (25-23, 25-18, 29-31, 21-25, 15-4).
Steamboat fell to Battle Mountain (25-19, 25-21, 25-10).
Soroco topped Vail Christian (17-25, 26-24, 25-22, 26-24).

Tomorrow:
In boys soccer:
Steamboat travels to Battle Mountain for a game at 6.
Moffat County welcomes Grand Valley at 4.

In volleyball:
Soroco hosts Vail Mountain at 4.

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2ND

U.S. SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS ROADLESS RULING

The U.S. Supreme Court has turned away an appeal challenging a federal rule that bars development on 50 million acres of roadless areas in national forests.  The justices ruled yesterday they will leave in place a federal appeals court decision that upheld the so-called roadless rule that took effect late in the presidency of Bill Clinton.  The state of Wyoming and the Colorado Mining Association said closing so much forest land to development has had serious consequences for residents of Western states and the logging, mining and drilling industries.  Supporters of the rule said the nation’s forests need protection from development to preserve pristine areas that provide wildlife and natural resource habitat for hunting, fishing and recreation.  The roadless rule enacted under Clinton in 2001 had been upheld earlier by both the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit in separate cases.

 

STEAMBOAT WATER RESTRICTIONS ARE LIFTED

After thirteen weeks of Mandatory Stage 2 Water Restrictions, the water providers in the Steamboat area – the City of Steamboat, the Mount Werner Water District, the Steamboat 2 Metro District, and the Tree Haus Metro District – announced yesterday that they are lifting the mandatory water restrictions enacted at the end of June.  Summer water usage data indicates that, under the restrictions, the community continued to reduce its daily water use through the summer months.  Water managers say the community’s cooperation was appreciated, and due to the conservation efforts, they were able to reduce usage by about 15%.  Rebates for water-efficient replacement toilets, dishwashers, and clothes washers are still available for residents by calling the Mt. Werner Water office at 879-2424.

 

INTERFAITH FOOD BANK NEEDS COMMUNITY HELP TO RESTOCK

The Interfaith Food Bank of Craig is seriously depleted.  Food bank workers say they have received a higher than usual demand for food in the community lately, and are now looking to restock for the winter and upcoming holidays.  Volunteer Barbara Baker said yesterday her shelves are “literally empty”.  She went on to say that in all the years working there she has “never seen it this low.”  A food drive is being conducted at all 4 of Craig’s banks until Friday.  Interfaith Food Bank reps say they need to raise a lot of food during the drive, if they’re going to be able to keep up with the needs of the community.  If you’d like to make a cash or food donation, you can do it at any of Craig’s banks.  You’ll find a list of needed items on the events page.

 

DEER COLLISIONS CAN COST DRIVERS THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS

Collisions between automobiles and deer are responsible for about 150 fatalities and $1.1 billion in property damage every year in the U.S. In fall and winter, when the animals mate, they pay less attention to traffic. The average cost per insurance claim for collision damage is $2,800, with costs varying depending on the type of vehicle and severity of damage. When you factor in auto claims involving bodily injury, the average rises to $10,000.  Not all animal collisions involve automobiles.  In fact, a skate boarder traveling at 40 mph near Denver ended up in the hospital recently, following a collision with a deer. The encounter was captured on helmet cam by a fellow skate boarder. You’ll find that video and a list of defensive driving tips to avoid hitting deer below.

Defensive driving tips to avoid hitting a deer.

  • Be especially attentive from sunset to midnight and during the hours shortly before and after sunrise. These are the highest risk times for deer-vehicle collisions.
  • Drive with caution when moving through deer-crossing zones, in areas known to have a large deer population and in areas where roads divide agricultural fields from forestland. Deer seldom run alone. If you see one deer, others may be nearby.
  • When driving at night, use high beam headlights when there is no oncoming traffic. The high beams will better illuminate the eyes of deer on or near the roadway.
  • Slow down and blow your horn with one long blast to frighten the deer away.
  • Brake firmly when you notice a deer in or near your path, but stay in your lane. Many serious crashes occur when drivers swerve to avoid a deer and hit another vehicle or lose control of their cars.
  • Always wear your seat belt. Most people injured in car/deer crashes were not wearing their seat belt.
  • Do not rely on devices such as deer whistles, deer fences and reflectors to deter deer. These devices have not been proven to reduce deer-vehicle collisions.

 

ROMNEY HOLDS RALLY LEADING UP TO DENVER DEBATE

Mitt Romney is touting the support of a pair of Colorado sports icons as he tries to win the pivotal battleground state of Colorado.  The Republican presidential candidate was introduced by John Elway at a rally last night in Denver. Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton was also in the crowd.  Romney and President Barack Obama will meet for their first debate at the University of Denver tomorrow. Analysts believe it’s a make-or-break moment for Romney after a rough September.  Romney said the debate will let him lay out his vision to voters.  As the debate nears, you can voice your opinion on which candidate would better suit Northwest Colorado by answering the survey question posted on the front page.

 

PARKS AND WILDLIFE TO DISCUSS MOOSE RELOCATION PROGRAM

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is inviting western Colorado residents to a public presentation and discussion about the state of the Grand Mesa moose population, and the current status of the relocation project that brought them here.  Based on the latest moose population estimates, wildlife managers say that the relocation project can be considered a great success.  Funded almost entirely by the sale of hunting and fishing licenses, wildlife managers began relocating Shiras moose from Utah and other areas of Colorado in early 2005.  Wildlife managers relocated 91 moose to the area before the transplant phase concluded in 2007.  During the evening presentation and discussion, Duckett and other wildlife managers will offer interesting information about moose, including a brief history of the species in Colorado, viewing tips and the agency’s plans to maintain a healthy population.

Who: Colorado Parks and Wildlife

What: “State of the Moose” public presentation

When: Wednesday, Oct. 10, 6 p.m.

Where: Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Northwest Region Office – 711 Independent Ave., Grand Junction

 

SURVEY SHOWS LATINOS ARE MORE CONCERNED ABOUT EDUCATION THAN IMMIGRATION LAWS

A new survey shows Latino voters are more interested in the education of their children than immigration laws.  The Colorado Latino Leadership survey says the 582 residents surveyed indicated education was their top priority when it comes to this year’s election.  The economy and health care came next, with immigration laws being 4th on the list.  The group says it shows that Americans, no matter their ethnic background, have similar concerns across the nation.  However, the survey was focused mostly on Denver democrats, with a scattered few coming from other areas of the state.

In high school sports:
Today:

In volleyball:
Moffat County hosts Grand Valley at 6.
Steamboat is home against Battle Mountain at 6:30.
Soroco goes to Vail Christian at 4.

In boys golf:
Steamboat continues at Cobble Creek Golf Course in Montrose.

NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR MONDAY, OCTOBER 1ST

STEAMBOAT TEEN ALERTS MOM ABOUT HOUSE FIRE

Authorities are praising a 14-year-old boy for saving his mother and another resident from a house fire in Steamboat.  Firefighters were called to the fire at about 7 Saturday morning.  Chief Mel Stewart says the boy was awakened by a smoke alarm and found flames in a hallway in the basement apartment. The teen’s mother was asleep in her room, but the fire made it impossible for him to get directly to her.  Stewart says the boy went outside, banged on the bedroom window to wake up his mother and then helped her out through the window.  The tenant upstairs also was alerted and got out of the house, which suffered moderate damage.  Stewart says he gives the boy “a lot of credit.”

 

RED CROSS HELPS HAYDEN WOMAN FORCED OUT OF HER HOME BY FIRE

The American Red Cross jumped to action when a house fire in Hayden forced a woman out of her home yesterday.  The fire was contained for the most part to the home’s furnace room.  Firefighters responded at around 6 yesterday evening and were able to extinguish it quickly.  However, the woman’s 2 cats were killed in the blaze.  The Red Cross provides for essential immediate needs such as housing for the night, food, blankets, comfort kits, clothing and help refilling medications destroyed by house fires.  Although fire fighters believe the home’s furnace was the starting point for the blaze, investigators are still trying to determine the exact cause.

 

NWCOVNA IN CRAIG GETS $55,000 FOR WOMEN’S HEALTH CARE

Eleven community health centers across the state, including the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurses Associations in Craig, have been awarded grants by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to improve the quality of care and ensure more women are screened for cervical cancer. The grants will help the centers become patient-centered medical homes and increase their rates of cervical cancer screening.  Colorado will receive a total of $577,083 from Health and Human Services through the Quality Improvement in Health Centers program, which is awarding grants to 810 health centers nationwide as they work to make changes such as improved care coordination and management, that are necessary to become patient-centered medical homes.  The Craig VNA’s share is $55,000.

 

WYOMING MAN ARRESTED WHILE SMOKING METH IN SHERIFF’S PARKING LOT

While using drugs under any circumstances is inadvisable, doing so in the parking lot of a law enforcement agency is a particularly bad idea.  Sweetwater County Sheriff Rich Haskell says on Wednesday afternoon, a man was spotted smoking methamphetamine in his car parked at the County Office Complex in Rock Springs, which houses both the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office and the Circuit Court of Judge Dan Forgey. A court clerk notified deputies, who confronted the man, identified as 28 year old Chadwick Cherny, of Rock Springs.  Deputies say they observed Cherny to be under the influence of a central nervous system stimulant. Cherny admitted he had drugs on his person and handed over a small bag of what he said was methamphetamine.  He was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance. He’s being held at the Sweetwater County Detention Center.

 

HUNTING AREA CLOSED DUE TO ACTIVE WILDFIRE

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is advising hunters heading to Game Management Unit 23 in the White River National Forest that the southeast portion of the unit will be temporarily closed by the U.S. Forest Service during the upcoming big-game seasons due to concerns about an active wildfire in the area.  Although recent rainfall has dampened the fire, forest officials are concerned about the number of weakened trees and snags caused by the heat and flames, as well as concerns that the fire could re-ignite as temperatures rise and rainfall moves out of the area. The closure extends through December 31st, but could end sooner if conditions warrant.  Forest officials say the Middle Elk fire was caused by an unattended campfire.

 

NWCO RESIDENTS HAVE MIXED OPINIONS ON AMENDMENT 64

A slight majority of those who answered the marijuana survey at krai.com are in favor of passing Amendment 64, the measure that would legalize the drug’s use for recreational purposes.  Although there were only a handful of respondents, 50% say they are in favor of treating the drug like alcohol, while 42% were against the measure.  21% of those responding said they would like current medical marijuana laws overturned.  Amendment 64 would allow Colorado residents to possess up to an ounce of marijuana for recreational purposes.  It would also allow residents to grow their own plants.  The measure will appear on next month’s ballot.  Look for our next survey question later today on the front page.

In high school sports:
Over the weekend:

In football:
Hayden beat Rangely 69-30.
Soroco lost to Vail Christian 26-6.
Meeker topped Lake County 21-6.
Moffat County fell to Eagle Valley 48-14.
Little Snake River Valley beat H.E.M. 54-0.
Steamboat defeated Montezuma-Cortez 47-7.

In volleyball:
Hayden defeated Soroco Friday (25-17, 33-31, 25-20) then lost to Rangely Saturday (14-25, 8-25, 24-26).
Steamboat beat Eagle Valley (25-23, 25-20, 25-22).
Rangely lost to Paonia (11-25, 16-25, 21-25).
Soroco fell to West Grand (11-25, 17-25, 16-25).

In boys soccer:
Moffat County beat Vail Mountain 2-1.

Today:
In boys golf:
Steamboat plays at Cobble Creek Golf Course in Montrose.

Tomorrow:
In volleyball:
Moffat County hosts Grand Valley at 6.
Steamboat is home against Battle Mountain at 6:30.
Soroco goes to Vail Christian at 4.

In boys golf:
Steamboat continues at Cobble Creek Golf Course in Montrose.