NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5TH

FIRES NEAR RIFLE CONTINUE TO BURN IN RUGGED TERRAIN

Wildfire season is hanging on in western Colorado.  A 991-acre wildfire north of Rifle was 5 percent contained yesterday. It started Wednesday along Highway 13. Strong winds pushed it into the forest on the west side of the Grand Hogback. The terrain is rugged and steep so crews are mainly attacking it from the air.  The fire is not immediately threatening any homes, but there are some scattered homes on the east side of the Hogback.  Colorado River Fire Rescue Chief Mike Morgan believes it was likely human caused.  To the east, the 257-acre Middle Elk Fire is smoldering in the Flat Tops. Crews can’t access the interior so it won’t be completely out until there’s heavy rain or snow. It was started September 20th by an unattended campfire.

 

ONE VEHICLE ACCIDENT RESULTS IN FATALITY

A Denver man was killed in a car accident last night on Highway 131.  The accident occurred south of Taponas at around 8:15 last night.  According to the Colorado State Patrol, 55 year old Mark Hendrixson of Brighton lost control of his vehicle and rolled it.  During the roll, his 72-year old unnamed passenger was partially ejected, and killed.  Hendrixson was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center in serious condition.  The Colorado State Patrol is investigating the crash.  Alcohol may have been a factor.

 

ROMNEY MAKES SURPRISE APPEARANCE IN DENVER AFTER DEBATE

Republican Mitt Romney says the November election against President Barack Obama will be a “close-fought battle.”  He also says Obama is offering a vision for “trickle-down government” and that Americans saw “two very different visions for America” during the first presidential debate Wednesday night in Denver.  The Republican nominee spoke yesterday morning during a surprise appearance at the Colorado Conservative Political Action Committee’s meeting in Denver.  A smiling Romney took the stage to sustained cheers from the audience of conservative activists.  Romney was introduced by four of his five sons. His appearance at the meeting came before a scheduled flight to Virginia, where he and running mate Paul Ryan were to address an evening rally.

 

RECYCLING EVENT IN STEAMBOAT FOCUSES ON HARD-TO-RECYCLE ITEMS

The Yampa Valley Recycling Center is holding a special recycling day tomorrow.  The group is looking to collect hard-to-recycle items, such as electronics and appliances.  Certain items may have a fee applied.  There is a charge for freon removal, and there may be fees for some electronics.  The Council has a list of some of the items considered hard to recycle, including bike tires and tubes, building materials, vehicle batteries, cell phones, and wine corks.  You can get a complete list by clicking here.  The recycling event will take place tomorrow from 9 to noon at Howelson Hill.

 

MOFFAT COUNTY HOMECOMING WEEK WRAPS UP

Moffat County High School wraps up Homecoming week today.  The students will be dressed in the school colors of blue and white.  Students throughout the district will get out earlier than normal today so they can attend this afternoon’s homecoming parade.  The parade starts at 1 at Craig City Park, and follows Victory Way to the Centennial Mall parking lot.  Royalty will be announced prior to tonight’s game.  The homecoming dance will be held at the school tomorrow night.

 

FRIENDS OF THE N.R.A. TO HOLD FUNDRAISING BANQUET TOMORROW

The Yampa Valley Chapter of the Friends of the NRA will have their annual fundraising banquet tomorrow night.  The night begins at 5:30 with cocktails.  A cash bar will be available.  Prior to dinner, guests are invited to make their bids on several items in the silent auction.  The prime rib dinner itself starts at 7 with a live auction to follow.  Proceeds from the event go to the education and conservation of shooting sports.  Organizer Wade Gerber says about half the money comes right back to the community and is used for local scholarships.  Tickets are $45 at the door, or you can get them in advance by getting a hold of a Friends of NRA member.

 

TIPTON’S STAFF TO MEET WITH RESIDENTS IN STEAMBOAT NEXT WEEK

Representative Scott Tipton’s staff will hold office hours in Steamboat next week. Staff will be available to assist constituents, provide information on services available to constituents, and give an update on Congressman Tipton’s work on behalf of the Third District.  Tipton himself won’t be in attendance.  The mobile office hours will be held Thursday from noon to 6 in the Downtown Routt County Courthouse.

In high school sports:
Yesterday:

In boys soccer:
Steamboat fell to Battle Mountain 4-0.
Moffat County beat Grand Valley 4-3.

Today:
In football:
Little Snake River Valley beat Kaycee 72-29.
Soroco vs South Park
Meeker vs Paonia
Hayden fell to West Grand 32-28
Rangely downed Vail Christian 30-6
Steamboat vs Battle Mountain
Moffat County shut out Summit 33-0

In volleyball:
Little Snake River Valley goes to Kaycee.
Hayden travels to Plateau Valley at 6.
Soroco is on the road to North Park at 4.
Meeker hosts Hotchkiss at 5.
Rangely is home against Vail Mountain at 6.

Tomorrow:
In volleyball:
Little Snake River Valley hosts Cokeville.
Hayden plays at Hotchkiss at noon and at Paonia at 6.
Steamboat welcomes Summit at 3.
Meeker is home against Plateau Valley at 3.
Rangely heads to North Park at noon.

In boys soccer:
Steamboat is home against Palisade at 11.

In cross country:
Steamboat and Rangely run at Aspen.

DENVER BRONCOS
The Denver Broncos play at New England Sunday.  You can catch all the action live on 55 Country, with the pre-game at noon and the kick-off at 2:25.