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Colorado Highway Closures Spread Far and Wide Motorists advised to stay off the roads

C-DOT-300DENVER — Highway closures continue in areas of Denver, portions of northern Colorado and points west of the Front Range today due to flooding, and rock and mudslides.   
Due to the amount of saturation and possible unstable conditions of state highways, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) advises motorists to avoid travel unless absolutely necessary in the following counties: Boulder, Larimer, Weld, Jefferson, Clear Creek and Gilpin.
Weather and flooding in these counties will continue to impact roadways.  Additionally, while a roadway may appear passable, those near water flow may have damage that may not be apparent. Many highways and bridges will remain closed as a precaution until crews are able to evaluate whether or not they are safe for use. 

The following roadways are closed to traffic (both directions unless noted), with updated indicated by bold and italic font:

·         I-25 southbound from Wyoming border to SH 402

·         I-25 northbound from State Highway (SH) 7 to SH 14

·         I-25 northbound /southbound ramps to State Highway 119

·         I-70 eastbound off-ramp to Quebec Street

·         I-70 eastbound off-ramp to southbound I-225

·         I-70 at Beaver Brook has been reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction between US 6 and Hidden Valley. Traffic is in a head-to-head configuration in the eastbound lanes. Expect intermittent 20 minute traffic stops.

·         U.S. 6 (Vasquez Boulevard) between 60th Avenue and 74th Avenue – REOPENED

·         U.S. 34 between Glade Road and Estes Park

·         U.S. 34 eastbound reduced to one lane in each direction from I-25 to Greeley

·         U.S. 36 eastbound from Table Mesa Drive to 96th Street – REOPENED

·         U.S. 36 between Boulder and Estes Park

·         US 85 from 42nd in Evans (MP 264.5) to County Road 44 in LaSalle (MP 258.5)

·         US 85 southbound at Wyoming for commercial vehicles

·         U.S. 287 at Big Thompson River in Loveland from SH 402 to 5th Street

·         U.S. 287 in Fort Collins from MP 347 to MP 348

·         US 287 southbound at Wyoming for commercial vehicles

·         SH 7 between Lyons and Estes Park

·         SH 8 between Morrison and U.S. 285

·         SH 14 between Ted’s Place and Walden

·         SH 30 (Havana Street/Aurora) at Alameda Avenue

·         SH 44 (104th Avenue) at Riverdale Road

·         SH 52 eastbound from County Road (CR) 1 to U.S. 287

·         SH 60 at CR 46

·         SH 66 between 53rd Street (Longmont) and Lyons

·         SH 66 between CR 13 and CR 19

·         SH 72 between 72nd and 80th avenues

·         SH 72 between SH 93 and SH 119 (Coal Creek Canyon)

·         SH 74 between CR 73 (Evergreen) and Morrison

·         SH 83 (Parker Road) between Florida and Jewell avenues

·         SH 93 between 64th Avenue and SH 128

·         SH 119 between Boulder and Nederland (Boulder Canyon)

·         SH 119 between County Line Road and I-25

·         SH 257 between SH 60/Milliken to US 34

·         SH 265 (Old Brighton Road) at Colorado Boulevard (Commerce City) – REOPENED

·         SH 402 US 287 to I-25

Again, CDOT is advising the public to avoid all travel on state highways and bridges in areas where excessive rain and flooding has occurred unless absolutely essential.
Currently CDOT’s is experiencing technical difficulties.  Contact 511 for complete closure information or CDOT Mobile.




power-outage-300A tree was the culprit of this morning’s power outage at Emerald Mountain in Steamboat.  Yampa Valley Electric crews found and fixed the problem a little before 9 this morning.  Only 9 customers were affected, but the outage also took out the towers of several broadcast entities, including the 102.3 KRAI translator.



City-of-SteamboatYou’ll soon notice a new way of parking on Yampa Street in Steamboat. The City is implementing a Pilot Program of back-in angle parking on Yampa Street between 10th and 11th streets.  The committee members of Main Street Steamboat and the Steamboat City Council reviewed and approved the new parking changes. In recent years, the use of back-in/head-out angle parking has increased steadily in cities across North America because it is a safer choice over conventional head-in/back-out angle parking. Overall, back-in angle parking improves the safety of cyclist and drivers by increasing visibility, and makes accessing your car easier and safer.  Back-in/head-out angle parking is similar to both parallel and standard angle parking. As with parallel parking, the driver enters the stall by stopping and backing, but doesn’t have to maneuver the front of the vehicle against the curb. When leaving the stall, the driver can simply pull out of the stall, and has a better view of the oncoming traffic.



sheep wagonThe 15th Annual Craig Sheep Wagon Days will be open to the public tomorrow.  There will be sheep wagon tours, informational displays, a working blacksmith, an antique tractor pull, and educational hands-on stations where people can learn how to churn butter, brand quilt, shear and more.  There will also be a hay maze and food and craft vendors on hand.  The event runs from 10 to 4 tomorrow at the Wyman Living History Museum.  Click here for more information.



football-boxYoung pro football fans will have the opportunity to exhibit their football skills during the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition on September 21st, at Steamboat High School. The competition is free and open to boys and girls ages 6-15 throughout Routt and Moffat Counties and invites youth from Craig, Hayden and South Routt to participate. Steamboat Parks and Rec is hosting the competition, which is administered by USA Football, and allows youngsters to showcase their talents in punting, passing, and kicking with scores based on distance and accuracy.  Entry forms are available online, and will also be available at the event.



FEMA-250The Colorado Congressional delegation sent a letter yesterday to President Obama asking him to approve a request for an emergency declaration due to severe flooding across Colorado. The request was approved, making crucial assistance available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for response and search and rescue efforts.  The declaration triggers federal disaster assistance to supplement state and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from the flooding. The President’s approval authorizes FEMA to coordinate disaster relief efforts and to provide appropriate assistance to save lives and to protect property, public health, and safety.



SCOTT-TIPTON-300Yesterday, Representative Scott Tipton voted to protect taxpayers from fraud under Obamacare. In July the Administration announced that, for the first year, it would not verify the eligibility of applicants for taxpayer-funded Obamacare subsidies before issuing them because a system to do so was not yet in place.  H.R. 2775, the No Subsidies Without Verification Act, of which Congressman Tipton is a co-sponsor, passed the House yesterday and would require a verification system to be in place before subsidies under Obamacare are issued.  The House of Representatives has voted more than 40 times to fully repeal, defund and replace Obamacare and its programs. Eight of these efforts have been signed into law repealing or rescinding funding from Obamacare provisions including the onerous 1099 tax requirement on small businesses.




FFAThe Moffat County FFA Alumni will hold a tailgate barbecue tonight, before the Steamboat football game. They’ll start serving at 6. Burgers, Hot Dogs, Chips and Drink are all on the menu.  The cost is $5.






agenda tile -450Moffat County Tourism Association Agenda Sept. 13


September 19, 2013 Routt County Planning Commission Agenda


In high school sports:
In volleyball:
Moffat County lost to Coal Ridge (3-0).
Hayden beat West Grand (3-1).

In boys soccer:
Steamboat fell to Summit (2-1 double overtime).

In football:
Hayden hosts Rocky Mountain Lutheran at 7.
Rangely travels to Nucla at 7.
Moffat County is home against Steamboat.  You can catch that game live on KRAI with the pre-game at 6:45 and the kickoff at 7.  You can also listen online.

In volleyball:
Soroco goes to Beth Eden at 5.
Little Snake River Valley hosts Encampment at 5.
Rangely heads to Nucla at 5.
Meeker hosts Plateau Valley at 6.

In boys golf:
Rangely hosts a tournament at 10 with Moffat County attending.

In cross country:
Steamboat and Moffat County run at Heritage.

In football:
Little Snake River Valley hosts Meeteetse at 2.
Soroco goes to Plateau Valley at 1.

In volleyball:
Moffat County is home against Basalt at 1.
Meeker heads to Paonia at 1.
Steamboat is on the road to Summit at 1.
Rangely goes to Vail Christian at 3.
Soroco heads to Plateau Valley at 3:30.
Hayden travels to North Park.
Little Snake River Valley competes in the HEM invite.

In boys soccer:
Moffat County hosts Berthoud at 1. (postponed due to flooding near Berthoud)
Steamboat is on the road to Palisade at 11.

In cross country:
Rangely runs at Gunnison at 9.

In boys tennis:
Steamboat goes to Aspen to play Vail Mountain at 3.


The Denver Broncos are on the road to take on the New York Giants Sunday.  You can catch the game live on 55 Country with the pre-game at noon and the kick-off at 2:30.

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