A Hayden Man died in a rollover accident three miles east of Hayden Monday afternoon. The single vehicle rollover crash was along Highway 40, near mile marker 111, in Routt County. The driver of the car was 61-year-old Stephen Manzanares of Hayden. No other vehicles were involved. Colorado State Patrol wants to remind all drivers to always wear their seatbelts.
Updates on fires are once again in the news. Firefighters are having to battle new fires, as they work on existing fires.
- More than 100 firefighters, and six different air tankers are fighting the Fawn Fire which is about 30 miles southwest of Meeker in Rio Blanco County. The fire is in a remote area, so no buildings are threatened right now. But close to 900 acres have burned.
- The Sprague Gulch Fire started Monday afternoon, also in Rio Blanco County. It’s active and spreading.
- The Skunk Creek Fire has burned at least 260 acres. It’s also in rugged terrain with oak brush and sage, about 30 miles north of Craig near the Wyoming border.
- The nearly 20,000-acre Divide Fire has been contained. It’s about 23 miles north of Craig. The Thornburg Fire burned over 16-hundred acres and it has also been contained. That one was five miles west of Maybell.
The wild horses in Sand Wash Basin are getting liquid relief. Volunteers are bringing water to help the wild horses and other animals because of the drought and dry weather. Three stock tanks are there, and being filled with water for the 750 wild horses that live in the 160,000 acre area about 45 miles west of Craig.
Vandals have damaged the Hahn’s Peak Fire lookout. Records show the building was built in 1912. It is an historic property that sits at 10,759 feet on top of Hahn’s Peak. Sometime in late June or early July, the door was damaged and 13 windows were broken. The lookout was built to spot fires.
A man who grew up in Steamboat died on the 4th of July in New York City. 25-year-old Jackson Coe fell from a six-story building in Manhattan’s West Village. Coe was a 2011 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School.
The water is warm, and water levels are so low on the Yampa River in Steamboat Springs that the city has announced a voluntary closure for all recreational river use. That means tubers, paddleboarders, swimmers, and anglers. They are being asked to avoid river recreation. Commercial operators are required to shut down.
Repair work will be done this month on the Barrows Chairlift on Howelsen Hill. Steamboat Springs City Council has approved the construction up to $35,000. It means the lift will be running for Ski Free Sundays this winter. The Howler Alpine Slide will not open this summer, though.
A park volunteer in Rocky Mountain National Park was injured by a lightning strike Sunday afternoon. Lightning hit the ground nearby, along the Red Mountain Trail. The volunteer was taken to the hospital.
Today should be another beautiful day in Northwest Colorado, but very warm again. Partly cloudy skies with a high of 95. There might be a stray shower or thunderstorm. The sun will set tonight at 8:42. Wednesday will be mostly cloudy and in the upper 80s.
Carlin King recently competed at the National Championships for 4-H Shooting Sports. The 17-year-old will be a senior at Moffat County High School this fall, and he has been shooting since he was five. He joined the 4-H program four years ago and has qualified for state each time. But this time, he competed on a national level in Grand Island, Nebraska. The Colorado team finished third in trap shooting for shotguns. And they finished third overall in total targets completed, behind Georgia and Texas. Colorado was also fifth in both sporting clays and skeet.
The first semi-final game of the FIFA World Cup is at noon today. France is battling Belgium. A company in Belgium told customers who bought a TV from one of their shops that if the Red Devils score more than 15 goals in the World Cup, they’ll give each customer their money back. Thousands bought a TV. Belgium needs only two more goals to make it happen.