NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR FRIDAY, AUGUST 16TH

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CRAIG MAN’S DEATH RULED NATURAL CAUSES

mckeyMoffat County Coroner Kirk McKey has determined that 52-year old Michael Fedinic, the Craig man that was found in Fortification Creek late last month, died of natural causes.  Although the circumstances surrounding Fedinic’s death are not clear, police have said all along they didn’t suspect foul play.  Fedinic’s body was discovered by kids under a bridge near the intersection of Lincoln Street and Victory Way.  Nearby residents said he had likely been living under the bridge in the days leading up to his death.  Fedinic was previously employed as an oilfield worker and mechanic.  Pictured:  Moffat County Coroner Kirk McKey

 

ROAD CLOSURE DUE TO CULVERT REPLACEMENT

MOFFAT-COUNTY-LOGO-300Next week’s road closure of the intersection at Moffat County Road 35 and State Highway 394 has to do with improvements being made to roads in the area.  Oil and gas traffic in the area have made it necessary to make some improvements.  Monday’s closure will be to allow crews to replace the culvert.  Shell has been making improvements on State Highway 394, in cooperation with Moffat County and the Colorado Department of Transportation.  Traffic south of the culvert will have to access County Road 35 through County Roads 33 and 206.  If you have questions, call the Moffat County Road and Bridge Department.

 

STEAMBOAT SALES TAX REPORT RELEASED

City-of-SteamboatThe City of Steamboat has published the final June 2013 Sales, Use, and Accommodation Tax Report. The city’s June sales taxes are 3.24% greater than last year. The categories of Lodging and Sporting Goods saw the most significant increases over June of 2012. Compared to last year, the Mountain saw a 13.98% increase, with all other areas also showing increases.  Accommodation Tax, which is currently used to fund Haymaker debt payments, saw an increase of 11.74% compared to the same time period in 2012, and is up 8.98% year-to-date.  Building Use Tax is used to fund capital projects for the city. The tax fluctuates depending on building permits issued, use tax audits completed, and the size and number of developments in the City. June 2013 showed a decrease of $1,377 over June 2012, and currently shows an increase of $112,934 year to date.  If you have questions, call 871-8251.

 

BASALT MAN DIES IN ROLLOVER CRASH ON HIGHWAY 133

COLO-STATE-PATROL-2-smallA 52-year-old Basalt man died yesterday after he was ejected from his vehicle during a rollover crash on Highway 133. The man’s name is being held pending notification of his family.  At about 3:20 yesterday, the man drove drove off the right side of the highway, then overcorrected. The vehicle then rolled over ejecting the driver.  The driver did not appear to be wearing his seatbelt and was pronounced dead on scene. Alcohol is being investigated as a possible contributing factor, as the crash is still under investigation.  Southbound Highway 133 was closed at the crash location for 3 and a half hours, but traffic was controlled and flowed in both directions in the northbound lane.  The Colorado State Patrol would like to remind drivers of the importance of wearing a seatbelt. It’s a two-second maneuver that will save your life.

 

GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES WILDFIRE GRANT MONEY

WILDFIREGovernor Hickenlooper announced yesterday more than $4 million in grants intended to reduce wildfire risk in Colorado.  The grants will go to 25 projects and treat more than 6,500 acres of overlapping wildland and urban areas.  The money will help provide communities with equipment that will help treat hazardous fuels on state and private land.  Wildfires have devastated Colorado over the last few summers.

 

GESSLER PRAISES SUPREME COURT RULING

GESSLERColorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler yesterday released a statement after the Supreme Court issued an order denying a request for stay in the case surrounding the recall elections in Senate Districts 3 and 11.  Gessler said “The Supreme Court has settled this issue. Now we know for sure elections will take place on September 10th.”  He also said every eligible voter will have the opportunity to cast a ballot, including military service members, under the plan being put together.  He said voters can rest assured the elections will be conducted with the integrity they expect and deserve.

 

STATE EDUCATION ASSESSMENT RELEASED

coloradoeducationThe state has released the summary findings of the 2013 Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (T-CAP) and Colorado Growth Model Results for this year.  The findings show that overall students are making gains based on the percentage of students scoring proficient and advanced.  Science scores showed the largest gain since 2008 with an increase of 4.6 percentage points.  Writing showed the smallest gain since 2008 with an increase of 1.7 percentage points.  There is a slight narrowing of the achievement gap for key subgroups, but gaps still persist.  For students scoring proficient and advanced since 2008, Hispanic gains are at a higher rate than white students in all content areas. Black students are making a higher rate of gains than white students in writing and science. English language learners are making gains in reading, writing and science compared to non-ELLs.  It also shows that a larger percentage of students who were already proficient made enough growth to stay proficient in 2013 compared to 2012, and that growth needs to be accelerated for non-proficient students.  You can see the full results by clicking here.

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DENVER BRONCOS

The Denver Broncos travel to Seattle tomorrow night for a pre-season game.  You can catch all the action live on 55 Country, with the pre-game at 6 and the kick-off at 8.