NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR FRIDAY, JANUARY 11TH

FIREFIGHTERS RESPOND TO BLAZE AT OIL SITE NEAR CRAIG AIRPORT

Firefighters put out a blaze at the Voloshin 1 and 2 oil site just south of Craig yesterday afternoon. The fire, near the intersection of Colorado Highway 394 and Moffat County Road 33, about a quarter of a mile south east of the Craig-Moffat Airport started at around 12:30, and was extinguished by 2:15. Upon arriving at the scene, firefighters found that the blaze which started at an oil, natural gas and water separator and had spread to outbuildings. Fearful of an explosion, firefighters called in the oil well manager for assistance and were able to close the valves that that were feeding the separator before attacking the flames and putting out the fire without further incident. The cause of the blaze was determined to be the separator heater, which had apparently failed and ignited the combustibles in the separator. Highway 394 was closed during the incident, and no injuries were reported.

 

FISH AND WILDLIFE RELEASES LAND EXCHANGE PLAN

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comment on a draft environmental assessment regarding Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s proposed “Piceance (PEE-yawnss) State Wildlife Area Property Exchange.”  Colorado Parks and Wildlife is proposing to exchange the Square S State Wildlife Area unit of the Piceance Parcel with appurtenant water rights, a total of 910 acres, for Exxon Mobil Corporation’s three land parcels with appurtenant water rights; a total of 1,191 acres of land.  The Proposed Action would ­­­­­increase the amount of quality riparian habitat, big game habitat, and winter grazing habitat, and would provide hunting access to adjacent Bureau of Land Management land in the White River drainage. Implementation of this exchange would also aid CPW in the management of public lands in the Piceance Basin and White River drainage where energy development is not expected in the foreseeable future.  Public comments will be accepted until February 9th.  To view the plan, click here.

 

HICKENLOOPER SPOTLIGHTS FIRST RESPONDERS WITH STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS

Governor John Hickenlooper thanked those who responded to the state’s deadly wildfires and the Aurora theater shooting during his State of the State address.  Hickenlooper invited some of them to listen to his speech at the state Capitol yesterday. They included National Guard firefighter Duran Cornelius, who fought the High Park Fire, Fire Chief Rich Brown and mayor Steve Bach of Colorado Springs, scene of the Waldo Canyon Fire.  Hickenlooper praised Aurora police and firefighters for improvising to help those wounded in the theater shooting. Police chief Dan Oates, fire chief Mike Garcia and mayor Steve Hogan were invited to represent them.  Hickenlooper also thanked Helen Thorpe for attending. Hickenlooper announced last summer that he and his wife were separating but would continue to spend time together with their son.

 

MARIJUANA OPPONENTS TRYING A DIFFERENT APPROACH

Marijuana legalization opponents are regrouping after voters approved pot in Colorado and Washington.  Some of them are in Denver promoting a new organization that says marijuana should be treated like a health risk and not legalized.  The group is called Project SAM, for “smart approaches to marijuana.”  Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy is among the members.  The idea is to halt the legalization movement by arguing the U.S. can ease the ills of prohibition without legalizing the drug.  Colorado marijuana advocates are planning to protest the Project SAM announcement.  Marijuana activists say the drug is safer than alcohol and tobacco and that legalization doesn’t pose a public health risk.

 

ENERGY SAVING REFERENCE GUIDE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES RELEASED

Small Business Majority has released a reference guide that is jam-packed with information on federal, state and local energy programs and incentives that can help Colorado small businesses cut costs and boost their bottom lines at the time of year when energy bills tend to skyrocket. Aimed at helping small employers get a grasp on all things energy related-from the near-effortless task of shaving a few dollars off their electricity bills to the ongoing process of maximizing their facility’s energy efficiency-Clean Energy Opportunities for Colorado’s Small Businesses is a free guide that can lead small businesses to major cost savings.  The reference guide is meant to show entrepreneurs exactly how to access programs and incentives. It offers details on how specific opportunities work, provides information on who to contact if small business owners are interested in participating, and offers additional resources that can help them save money.  View the guidelines by clicking here.

 

MAN LAUNCHES CAR INTO GARAGE IN WYOMING

Emergency workers responded to a crash in Medicine Bow yesterday, that featured a car going airborne, and landing in a residential garage.  According to Wyoming troopers, 63-year old Steven Richardson was driving over 60 miles an hour in a 30 mile an hour zone, when his vehicle went off the side of the road.  Hitting the curb, the vehicle launched in the air 76 feet, before crash landing in a garage.  Richardson was cited for driving under the influence of a controlled substance.  He was taken to a hospital in Rawlins for treatment of minor injuries.  The garage and car were completely destroyed.

 

HAYDEN DRAMA DEPARTMENT PRESENTS “THE BOARDING HOUSE”

The Hayden High School drama department is providing entertainment this weekend.  The department is presenting an evening of comedy with “The Boarding House”.  Performances will be at 7 tomorrow night, and again at 1:30 Sunday afternoon.  The show will be held in the high school’s auditorium.  If you have questions, or would like to get tickets, call 276-4533.

In high school sports:
Yesterday:

In wrestling:
Moffat County lost to Grand Valley (39-30).

Today:
In basketball:
Steamboat hosts Palisade.  The girls play at 6 and the boys at 7:30.
The Soroco boys play at Vail Mountain at 5.
Meeker heads to Hotchkiss.  The girls play at 6 and the boys at 7.
Hayden travels to West Grand.  The girls tip-off at 5:30 and the boys at 7.
Rangely goes to Paonia.  The girls play at 5:30 and the boys at 7.
Little Snake River Valley goes to Big Piney.

In wrestling:
Rangely heads to the Tournament of Champions in Vernal.

In alpine skiing:
Steamboat hosts an event at Howelson Hill.

Tomorrow:
In basketball:
Steamboat is home against Delta.  The girls tip off at 1 and the boys at 2:30.
Soroco welcomes West Grand.  The girls play at 1 and the boys at 2:30.
Meeker hosts Paonia.  The girls tip off at 4 and the boys at 5:30.
The Hayden boys are on the road to Vail Mountain at 1.
Little Snake River Valley travels to H.E.M.
Rangely hosts Hotchkiss.  The girls play at 2:30 and the boys at 4.
Moffat County hosts Aspen.  The girls play at 2 and the boys at 3:30.

In wrestling:
Steamboat, Meeker and Soroco are on the road to Eagle Valley.
Rangely continues at the Tournament of Champions in Vernal.

In hockey:
Steamboat goes to Cherry Creek for a game at 6.

In girls swimming:
Moffat County hosts a meet at 10.

In Nordic skiing:
Steamboat hosts an event at Howelson Hill at noon.

DENVER BRONCOS
The Denver Broncos host the Baltimore Ravens in a Divisional playoff game.  You can catch all the action live on 55 Country, with the pregame at noon and the kick-off at 2:30.