A head-on crash on Highway 40 west of Hayden Friday night sent three people to the hospital. 19-year-old James Stalker of Hayden was flown to Denver for his injuries. Colorado State Patrol says he was driving a Nissan Pathfinder when it traveled into the oncoming lane and collided with a Chevy Silverado, driven by 27-year-old Sergio Martin-Reyes of Steamboat. He and his passenger were taken to the hospital in Craig with minor injuries. Colorado State Patrol is investigating. They say drugs and alcohol is NOT believed to be a factor in the crash, but driver inexperience is.
About $2,000 was taken from the BedRock Depot in Dinosaur sometime late last week. Leona Hemmerich owns the restaurant and gift shop on Brontosauras Blvd. She says the burglar also stole from the tip bags used for her wait staff. She says the building was damaged, and whoever did it was cut and left a trail of blood. The Town Marshal’s office is investigating but her final day on the job is tomorrow. Moffat County Sheriff’s Officers were unable to come out when the call came in about the burglary. Sheriff KC Hume told the Craig Press that only one deputy was on shift that day.
Fire update… The Indian Valley Fire about 16 miles northwest of Meeker is about 65 percent contained. It has burned just under 6,000 acres (5,715) as of Saturday morning. The Sulphur Fire is five miles north of Meeker and it is about 95 percent contained, after burning 977 acres of land. Both fires were started from lightning.
A new fire is burning about eight miles southwest of Rifle on White River National Forest lands in Garfield County. Federal crews are getting help from a helicopter and an air attack with six Single Engine Air Tankers.
Fire crews were called to an office building in Wildhorse Meadows Sunday afternoon. It’s next to the Meadows Parking Lot in Steamboat. Steamboat Springs Fire Chief Mel Stewart suspects it was caused from Brick, which is the pizza restaurant also on the lower level of the building.
Stewart says they quickly got the fire out, and started clean up. No word on the amount of damage.
New mandatory fishing closures are in effect because of low water flow, high temperatures and dry conditions. They include the Fraser River in Grand County, downstream from Tabernash near Windy Gap Reservoir. Also, the north and south forks of the White River from the National Forest boundary in the Rio Blanco Lake State Wildlife area. The Colorado River from State Bridge downstream to Rifle is closed. And the Yampa River is still closed through Steamboat Springs.
The South Routt Economic Development Council is starting a promotion today called Going Out for Business. They hope to bring awareness to residents of local businesses in the towns of Yampa, Phippsburg, Toponas, and Oak Creek.
The Northwest Regional Sportsmen’s Roundtable is having their next caucus meeting tomorrow, July 31. The meeting is in the Dance Hall at the Middle Park Fair and Rodeo in Kremmling. Anyone who has ideas or suggestions for the northwest regional delegates to the statewide Sportsmen’s Roundtable is encouraged to attend. The meeting is from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday.
Motor Vehicle offices in Moffat County will be closed this Wednesday through the weekend. The statewide computer system is being upgraded.
The weather today in Northwest Colorado will be sunny with highs in the mid 80s. Clear skies tonight, with the sun setting at 8:27, and a low of 43 degrees. Temperatures will be around 90 degrees every day for the rest of the week.
In Sports…The Moffat County High School golf team is at a golf camp in Sandi Park, New Mexico, right now. Their first competition is Aug. 13-14 against Fruita Monument.
The mandatory parent meeting for Moffat County High School athletes participating in fall sports is at 6:30 this Tuesday evening. The meeting is at the high school. It’s for parents of athletes in football, boys soccer, cross country, boys golf, and volleyball. Fall sports teams officially begin practices the first week of August. For questions, call 970-824-7036.