Officials are predicting that the Yampa and Elk rivers have likely reached their peak flows for the season. A representative with the Colorado Basin River Forecast Center says there is a chance for some rain this weekend, but it would take heavy precipitation over the Yampa and Elk rivers to cause the flow to peak later. The Yampa’s peak flow this year was recorded at 2,570 cubic feet per second, which if confirmed, would be the lowest peak since 2012. Elk river flow may increase slightly over the next week, but then it will most likely decrease for the remainder of the season.
Craig Police recognized a 9 year-old-boy for a good deed recently. The Craig Press reports that Braxton Stewart found a $50 bill on the sidewalk, and after speaking with relatives, he turned the bill over to the Police Department’s lost and found. When no one came to claim the money, police returned the money to Braxton, per department policy. He was also awarded the “Outstanding Citizenship Award” for his selfless action.
A man had to be taken to the hospital, after he tried to escape law enforcement by jumping into the Eagle River Wednesday morning. The Craig Press reports that a caller reported a drunk driver just after 9:30. After locating the reported vehicle, a Colorado State Patrol trooper began a pursuit but had to withdraw do to safety precautions. Officers later located and spiked stripped the vehicle the suspect then pulled over and fled into the river. He avoided several attempts at rescue, but after 45 minutes, he had a change of heart. Once removed, the man was transported to the hospital via helicopter.
A separate man who jumped into the river on Tuesday night near Palisade after fleeing state troopers is believed to have drowned. The suspect went under the water and never resurfaced. Attempts to recover the body where not successful.
The price of gas is still climbing. AAA reports a nine-cent jump in gasoline prices across the state over the past week, with the average price per gallon now up to $2.75, up nearly 15 cents from last month’s average. According to AAA, the Trump Administration’s recent move to pull the United States out of the multi-nation Iran nuclear deal is one factor in the price hike.
Colorado may soon allow political candidates to accept campaign contributions in cryptocurrency, like bitcoin. The Denver Post reports that the donations would be considered cash and would be subject to state limits. Secretary of State Wayne Williams made the proposal in draft rules presented this week, following similar moves by the Election Commission and others states like New Hampshire, which began to allow candidates to accept donations of cryptocurrency in 2014. The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office is accepting comments on the proposed rule through next week.
The Senate voted yesterday to confirm Gina Haspel as Director of the CIA. Haspel was a slightly controversial nominee, due to her role in a CIA detention and interrogation program. After voting for her confirmation, Senator Cory Gardner said in a statement that Gina Haspel is the right person to serve as our nation’s next Director of the CIA. She has the backing of both Republicans and Democrats in the Senate, but most importantly she has the unequivocal support from the courageous men and women that served alongside her at the CIA. Under her leadership, the CIA will continue their important work to keep our country safe. Senator Michael Bennet, who voted against Haspel said on twitter that he voted no because of concern over the President’s stated position on torture, and that those so-called interrogation techniques harmed our nation’s standing in the world. Bennet says it is critical to move past that dark period of the agency’s history.
Weather for Northwest Colorado, Mostly clear and dry through Friday morning with scattered thunderstorms mixed with some rain expected Friday afternoon through tomorrow afternoon, breezy Friday with highs in the high 60’s to low 70’s, lows in the mid to upper 30’s, and highs Saturday in the low to mid 60’s
The Moffat County High School Track and Field team is in Lakewood competing in the CHSAA State Championships through tomorrow, the Bulldogs qualified in 13 events.
The Moffat County boys swim team is also competing in the State Championships this weekend at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.
And Craig Parks and Recreation, CNCC, and Moffat County High School are hosting a soccer clinic at 9 tomorrow morning, at Woodbury Sports Complex.