Routt County Search and Rescue received three calls within 24 hours this weekend. The first call was Saturday afternoon. An ATV crashed south of Stagecoach Reservoir. A man was working on the ATV with his back turned to it, when it started moving and rolled over him. The 52-year-old man from Eagle was taken to Denver Health via helicopter. A second call was near Bears Ears, where two hikers had become disoriented and couldn’t find the trail. The hikers called search and rescue just after 5 in the morning. The 34-year-old woman from Texas was carried out on a stretcher, while the man and his dog were able to hike out. The third call was for a mountain biker who had crashed on a trail on Buff Pass. A couple had found the man, and they also were lost, and out of food and water. Search and Rescue volunteer Delbert Bostock says to always be prepared with plenty of water, especially when going in the backcountry.
The recent drought conditions have forced emergency measures for the wild horses in the west, including the Sand Wash Basin in Moffat County. Volunteer groups in Arizona and Colorado are hauling thousands of gallons of water and truckloads of food to remote grazing grounds where springs have run dry and vegetation has disappeared. In the Sand Wash Basin, volunteers are bringing in 5,000 gallons of water each day to the herd of 750 horses. Federal land managers have also started emergency roundups in desert areas of Utah and Nevada. It’s happening right now in western Utah, where 250 wild horses will be removed from the herd of 670. They’ll be sold, or up for adoption.
The Silver Creek Fire has burned to about 100 acres. It’s in the Sarvis Creek Wilderness Area in Routt National Forest. No crews are there because it’s too dangerous, with so many beetle-killed lodgepole pine trees. Lookout crews are trying to determine where to build fire lines.
The complete fire ban has been lifted for Rocky Mountain National Park. It was put in place July 6. Campfires are only allowed in designated campfire rings in picnic areas. And fireworks are never allowed.
The Moffat County Board of commissioners are meeting today. Commissioners are discussing the county’s broadband initiative with Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership Director Michelle Perry. The Colorado Welcome Center at Dinosaur is also on the agenda.
An advisory committee on Chronic Wasting Disease is meeting from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow, at CMC in Rifle. Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials are concerned about the prevalence of Chronic Wasting Disease in the White River mule deer herd. The public is invited.
Vallarta’s Mexican Restaurant has received the community improvement award. It was given by the Craig Association of Realtors.
Colorado Mountain College has been named the 2018 Top Adventure College, by Elevation Outdoors magazine.
The weather today will be mostly sunny, with a high of 93. A few clouds will roll in this evening. Wednesday will be partly cloudy.
There’s open gym again this morning for volleyball at Moffat County High School, starting at 9.
The annual Dive-In Movie at the Craig Pool Complex is Thursday night. “Finding Dory” starts at dusk. It costs $5 to get in for swimming and the movie, which will be shown in the lap pool area. Tube rentals are available. Anyone under 12 needs to be accompanied by an adult. A moonlight family swim is coming up August 9.
New Zealand won the Rugby World Cup Sevens title Sunday in San Francisco. The All Blacks beat England, 33-12.