DISASTER TRAINING PLANNED FOR CRAIG TOMORROW
Moffat County Emergency Management and the Local Emergency Planning Committee in cooperation with emergency responders will conduct a full scale disaster exercise tomorrow, simulating a transportation accident involving hazardous materials. The exercise will begin at around 10 tomorrow morning and last until about 3 in the afternoon. The location for the exercise will be County Road 7 between Hospital Loop Road. The Hospital will be open and fully operational and accessible during the exercise. As a part of the drill the American Red Cross will open a shelter at the Boys &Girls Club at 10 tomorrow morning. The community is invited to participate. Anyone who would like to, is asked to report to the Boys & Girls Club. The Red Cross will be presenting Disaster Orientation Training as well as affording the community the opportunity to experience 1st hand what services they could expect if a real evacuation is needed. As part of the exercise scenario the Shadow Mountain area will be evacuated. Residents are not required to participate or leave their homes, however the Office of Emergency Management is hoping resident will take part. If you have questions, call 824-9153.
STEAMBOAT PUBLIC WORKS TO REPLACE WATER MAIN
On Monday, the Steamboat Public Works Department, in contract with Anson Excavating, will begin replacement of an aged, undersized water main along Pine Street between 5th and 9th Streets. Work will begin at the intersection of Pine & 5th, and will progress down Pine Street to 9th Street. Completion is slated for November 1st. Access to all homes will be maintained at all times. Rolling 1-block closures of Pine Street will be implemented to facilitate the construction, and detours will route motorists and bicyclists along Oak Street and Aspen Street. If you have questions, contact the Steamboat Public Works Department.
TIPTON TO VISIT NORTHWEST COLORADO NEXT WEEK
Residents are invited to join Congressman Scott Tipton for town hall meetings in Craig, Steamboat and Walden next week. At the meetings, Tipton will answer questions and provide an update on key issues including immigration, health care and the economy, as well as provide information on legislation he is working on in Washington to create jobs in Colorado. In Craig, the meeting will take place Thursday at 6 in the conference room of The Memorial Hospital at Craig. Friday’s meeting will be held at Mountain Brew in Steamboat from 9:30 to 10:30. Tipton will meet at the Moose Creek Cafe in Walden Saturday from 10 to 11.
DOG OWNERS ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND EVENT AT STAGECOACH
Dog owners looking for a unique opportunity to spend time with their pet are invited to Stagecoach State Park tomorrow for the “Stagecoach Scurry and Swim.” Sponsored by the Friends of Stagecoach State Park, dogs and their owners have the opportunity to take a mile-long hike on the Lakeside Trail, swim in the reservoir, snack on treats and meet other dogs. A five dollar donation gets dog owners and their pet a goodie bag and an event bandana. In addition, a few photogenic pooches may have their photo featured on state park advertisements. The event offers an enjoyable opportunity for dogs and dog lovers, and helps promote responsible pet ownership, according to the Friends of Stagecoach State Park. Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds dog owners that all dogs must be leashed and a seven dollar state park pass, or a $70 yearly pass is required to enter the park. for more information, call 736-2436.
ENERGY INDUSTRY COMMENTS ON FRACKING RULES
Yesterday, the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) and Western Energy Alliance submitted comments on the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) second draft of the proposed rule to regulate hydraulic fracturing and well construction on federal lands. IPAA president and CEO Barry Russell says the rule undercuts states’ authority to regulate energy production, a realm in which they have been successful for decades. The cost to the industry will be a colossal $345 million a year. He says the bureaucratic burden will discourage independent producers from exploring for natural gas and oil on federal lands. A Western Energy Alliance spokesperson went on to say that the Interior Department cannot point to a single instance of an environmental problem from hydraulic fracturing. She said DOI cannot demonstrate that states are not adequately regulating or that federal regulation is more effective. You can read each company’s full statements by clicking the links below.
STEAMBOAT INSTITUTE’S FREEDOM CONFERENCE TO FEATURE CHENEYS/ COUNTY SHERIFFS
Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz are in Steamboat this weekend for the Steamboat Institute’s 5th Annual Freedom Conference. The two-day conference will feature the Cheneys as key-note speakers tonight. Others slated to speak include Congressman Cory Gardner, the Heritage Foundation’s Peter Brookes, and the Cato Institute’s Khristine Brookes. Sheriff’s from all over the state will also appear to speak about their lawsuit over new gun laws in the state. The conference starts at 11:45 this morning, and runs all day. It picks back up again tomorrow morning at 7:30 and closes out around 2 tomorrow afternoon.
SWEETWATER COUNTY CONDUCTS SEX OFFENDER COMPLIANCE CHECK
Sweetwater County detectives and deputy United States Marshals recently carried out a sweep of registered sex offender compliance checks throughout Sweetwater County as an ongoing part of a special campaign called “Operation Jessica.” Sheriff Rich Haskell said the teams of county and federal officers carried out 80 registered offender compliance checks in Sweetwater County in Rock Springs, Green River, Farson, Wamsutter, and Bairoil. Three registered offenders were found to be non-compliant, which is a felony offense. Charges are being filed against the three men. Under Wyoming law, sex offenders as defined in statute must be in compliance with state law by registering with the state Division of Criminal Investigation through local Sheriff’s Offices. Offenders are photographed and fingerprinted and must also provide a range of information, including address, place of employment, and vehicle information. They must notify authorities if they move or change jobs. Offender’s photographs and other information are then posted on the DCI website.
The Steamboat Springs School District RE-2 Board of Education meeting will be Monday, August 26 at 5:30 pm at the District Office. Click on the link below to be directed to Boardbook and the agenda and packet for the meeting.
In high school sports:
Meeker goes to Grand Mesa Middle School to play Central’s J-V team at 4.
In boys tennis:
Steamboat hosts Boulder at 4.
In boys golf:
Rangely hosts a tournament at 10.
In boys tennis:
Steamboat hosts Rocky Mountain at 10.
The Denver Broncos host Saint Louis in preseason action tomorrow. You can catch all the action live on 55 Country with the pre-game at 4 and the kick-off at 6.