The landlines are working again in parts of western Colorado, including Routt County. Phone service was disrupted Monday after a CenturyLink fiber cable was cut in the Breckenridge area. Different areas of the Western Slope were affected including Routt County, but not Moffat County. People couldn’t call 911 either, which was cause for concern. You can find the links to sign up for alerts in Moffat County or Routt County at
- Routt County: http://co-routtcounty.civicplus.com/List.aspx
- Moffat County: http://www.emergencyemail.org/add.asp?src=&lc=81080
Colorado officials are asking ranchers to report sick animals. That’s because more than two dozen cases of vesicular stomatitis virus has been reported, as of last week. The first case was in Weld County on July 3. Other cases have been confirmed in La Plata and Larimer counties. The animals affected have been quarantined. Symptoms of the disease include excessive salivation, lesions, lack of appetite, and lameness. Sometimes it can also affect pigs, sheep, goats, and llamas. It can spread to humans but it rarely does.
A six-year-old girl in Orem, Utah, died after she was hit by a golf ball Monday, at the Sleepy Ridge Golf Course. It was her father who was teeing off and hit the girl in the head. She was flown to Salt Lake City but died that night.
A black bear has been charging hikers near Lake Mary, which is near Brighton, Utah. Officials with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources have set traps to try to catch the bear. Signs are out at the trailheads to warn hikers.
There is a big bike race coming up next month that will roll throughout Routt County. It’s the opening stage of the Colorado Classic. It’s women’s stage race, with some of the top professional cyclists in the world. The race starts and finishes in Steamboat Aug. 22, at the Meadows parking lot. It’s a loop that takes riders from Steamboat Resort, past Oak Creek, through some more Routt County roads for 54.2 miles. Smartwool is the title sponsor of the four-stage race. After Steamboat, it heads over to Avon, then Golden, and finishes in Denver.
There was a mudslide on Highway 133 near Carbondale Tuesday. The road near Penny Hot Springs had to be closed until the rocks and mud could be cleared away. No one was hurt.
Also in Garfield County, property values have gone up about 10 percent in the western part of the county. That includes Carbondale, Glenwood, and New Castle. In Silt and Parachute, property values went up about 20 percent. Property owners received updated valuations in May. About 3% of those who received an increased valuation protested it to the county.
Tonight is the Brews and Boards at Barrel Cathedral. It’s a benefit for the Moffat County Library in Craig. For more information, call 970-824-5116.
The 33rd Silver Bullet Ladies Golf Classic has wrapped up at Yampa Valley Golf Course. Christy Rolando won the tournament this year. Susan Utzinger won the net totals adjusted for handicap. Next Wednesday is the Rally for the Cause, where golfers wear pink, which is the signature color for breast cancer awareness.