NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS FOR MONDAY, AUGUST 12TH


MAN SENTENCED FOR VEHICULAR HOMICIDE

David Torroni was sentenced Friday in Grand County after having pled guilty to two counts of Vehicular Homicide and one count of Vehicular Assault. The case arose last November, when Mr. Torroni was traveling from the Steamboat area back to Summit County. Before leaving Steamboat, Mr. Torroni had consumed alcohol and smoked marijuana. On Highway 9 just south of Kremmling, Torroni was speeding and failed to negotiate a corner.  He crossed the center line and struck an oncoming car in which Brian Houle, Megan Ritter, and Todd Craft were traveling. Houle and Ritter died at the scene.  Craft suffered serious injuries.  District Attorney Brett Barkey asked that Torroni be sentenced to prison for 7 years on each count of vehicular homicide, and 5 years for vehicular assault, with those sentences running consecutively for a total of 19 years. Instead, the judge sentenced him to a total of 5 years in prison.

 

TRAIL REOPENS IN DINOSAUR NATIONAL MONUMENT

The Jones Hole Trail in Dinosaur National Monument, which was closed after a major rock slide, reopened over the weekend. A portion of Jones Hole Creek remains closed from the fish hatchery boundary to downstream of the rock slide zone. Anglers will be able to access the creek either on USFWS property or starting downstream of the slide area to the confluence with the Green River.  While the rock slide remains potentially active, a recent analysis by a geomorphologist with the National Park Service Geologic Resources Division determined that the trail lies on the outer edge of any potential impact zone. Signs will be posted along the trail that inform visitors that they are entering an active slide and should not linger in the area. If they hear cracking or popping noises from the cliff face, they should leave the area immediately.  The portion of the creek below the slide, however, is within the impact zone and due to the greater potential for injury from falling rocks, it will remain closed indefinitely.  During several events between June 18th and June 20th, a massive rock estimated to weigh over 6,000 metric tons was released from Weber Sandstone cliffs. The rock fell into and across Jones Hole Creek.

 

LIGHTING SPARKS BRUSH FIRE NORTH OF CRAIG

Lightning started fire in sagebrush and grass on private property near Moffat County Road 22, about 4 miles north of Craig. Craig Fire Rescue responded and contained the fire to about one acre. The fire, which began Friday afternoon around four was extinguished by 6:30.

 

FAIR ENDS IN STYLE, DRAWS LARGE CROWD

The final full day of the Moffat County Fair began Saturday morning with a free pancake breakfast and comedy and magic show for entertainment and concluded with music and dancing. In between the day included the cowboy baby contest, lawnmower races, watermelon eating contest, judging of homemade beverages and salsa, live entertainment, games and more music. Prior to the Junior Livestock Sale the Moffat County Girls Basketball team held a BBQ fundraiser and the 93-7/102-3 KRAI and 55 Country staff served Coke floats free for two and a half hours to hundreds of hungry people. Fair board members declared this years Moffat County Fair a great success.  Pictured:  The KRAI/55 Country Coke float booth at the Moffat County Fair.  Click on photo to enlarge.

 

PRESIDENT SIGNS TIPTON’S HYDROPOWER BILL

Representative Scott Tipton’s effort to increase the production of clean, renewable hydropower and create jobs is now public law. The President signed Tipton’s Hydropower and Rural Jobs Act into law Friday, which will create rural jobs by expanding the production of clean renewable hydropower, including jobs in Colorado. The bill passed the House with overwhelming bipartisan support earlier this year and the Senate this month with unanimous consent.  By eliminating duplicative environmental analysis on existing manmade Bureau of Reclamation conduits that have received a full review under the National Environmental Policy Act, the law streamlines the regulatory process and reduces administrative costs for the installation of small hydropower development projects within those conduits. In doing so, the law encourages increased small hydropower development, which will create new rural jobs in Colorado, add clean, affordable electricity to the grid to power homes and communities, modernize infrastructure, and supply the federal government with additional revenues.  The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has reported that the bill has no cost to taxpayers, and returns revenues to the treasury.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT SOUGHT FOR VOTING CHANGES

Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler intends to select a Uniform Voting System so all voters in all Colorado counties have the same voting experience on the same voting equipment and the processes for issuing, casting and counting votes will be the same throughout the state.  Part of the selection process is asking vendors to propose voting equipment through a Request for Proposal (RFP) that will be issued October 1st.  The RFP will contain “system requirements.” Voting system vendors will document whether or not their products meet with a proposed system.  A working draft of these requirements has been posted on the Secretary of State website for public review and comment.  To review the Invitation to Comment, the Draft Requirements, and the instructions for submitting your comments click here.

 

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