Trapper Mine has released a statement regarding the incidents this week at the mine site.  According to the release, the mine employee, who was injured in a routine procedure and taken by ambulance to the Memorial Hospital is expected to fully recover.  The name of the person injured was not released.  That accident is being fully investigated by Trapper, local and state authorities, and the Mine Safety and Health Administration.  In addition, the plumes of “smoke” observed on Trapper property are related to a landslide that occurred in October 2006 where a contained coal seam is on fire.  The fire is adjacent to ongoing activity at the mine.  Work is being done to extinguish the fire and bury the smoldering coal seam to the extent possible.  Visible dust, ash and smoke of intermittent short-term duration may be expected.  The complete text of the press release is available below.

Trapper Mine Press Release – August 6, 2013 

Trapper Mine, a surface coal mine located six miles south of Craig, has experienced two recent accidents resulting in injuries to members of the Trapper family.  If an accident occurs, Trapper’s immediate and sole focus is to professionally respond with all the resources available to ensure that involved employees are provided with the best care possible.  Our attention is then directed to other employees and to family members or significant other parties who may be involved and in need of information and support.  After those needs have been met, information may be made available to the public as appropriate. 

On August 5, 2013, at approximately 3:00 a.m., a collision between two pieces of heavy mobile equipment occurred at the mine.  The operator of one vehicle was injured with non-life-threatening injuries.  On September 4, 2013, at approximately 12:00 p.m., a second accident occurred with a maintenance employee injured during a routine procedure.  Both employees are expected to fully recover.  Both accidents were promptly reported and are being fully investigated by Trapper, appropriate local and state authorities, and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). 

In addition, plumes of “smoke” reportedly observed on Trapper property are related to the landslide that occurred in October 2006.  A contained coal seam is on fire.  Mine activity is adjacent to the burn area.  Work is being done to extinguish the fire and bury the smoldering coal seam to the extent possible.  Visible dust, ash and smoke of intermittent short-term duration may be expected.

Trapper Mine is fully committed to the ideal that safety must at all times be Trapper Mine’s primary focus in order to maintain the health and well-being of its employees.


City-of-SteamboatThe City of Steamboat has published their preliminary July Sales, Use, and Accommodation Tax Report.  July sales taxes are 4.84% more than last year’s collections, an increase of $75,517. This follows with the current economic trend in Routt County of moderate steady growth.  Accommodation Tax, which is currently used to fund Haymaker debt payments, saw an increase of 7.22% compared to the same time period in 2012, and is up 8.57% year to date.  Building Use Tax is used to fund capital projects for the City. This tax fluctuates depending on building permits issued, use tax audits completed, and the size and number of developments in the City. July 2013 showed an increase of $34,547 above July 2012, and currently shows an increase of $147,481 year to date.



sheep wagonThe Annual Craig Sheep Wagon Days at the Wyman Living History Museum kicks off next week with 2nd grade school tours followed by a family friendly event. Residents are invited to learn about the sheep industry in Moffat County.  Thursday and Friday there will be hands-on educational stations that cover all stages of raising sheep in Northwest Colorado as well as the history of an ever dwindling industry. Stations will include raising sheep, sheep herders, meat, wool, spinning, weaving, butter making, touring sheep wagons and more.  Saturday will include all of the educational stations as well as a bagpiper, live music, vendors, a hay maze, antique tractor pulls, bounce houses, fishing in the oxbow, concession and more.  The Wyman museum will also be open during the event.  The hours of each day’s activities can be found below.

Thursday September 12th 8am to 3pm,

Friday September 13th 8am to 2pm

Saturday September 14th 10am to 4pm.



CONNECTIONS4KIDSParenting the Love and Logic Way will be offered in Craig beginning October 1st.   Love and Logic provides simple and practical techniques to help parents with kids of all ages raise responsible kids, have more fun in their role and easily and immediately change their children’s behavior.  Moffat County Department of Social Services and Connections 4 Kids, the early childhood council serving Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, are offering the six-week class.  The class will be held from 6 to 8 on Tuesday evenings from October 1st to November 5th at The Center of Craig.  The class is offered free of charge to parents and educators of children of all ages. Educators who attend the class can receive continuing education hours. Complimentary refreshments and on-site child care will also be available.  If you want more information, call 824-1081.



GUNThe first month of background checks on private firearm sales in Colorado resulted in 10 denials for people with criminal records.  Statistics posted online by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation show the denials were in July – the first month universal background checks took effect. A total of 561 people requested criminal background checks on private sales that month. The CBI data did not specify the reason for the denials.  The data is the most recent available.  Private sales are a small fraction of the total number of background checks for gun purchases. CBI processed a total of 19,596 background checks in July. The denial rate of just under 2 percent is similar to the denial rate for private sales.  Democrats passed universal background checks in response to mass shootings last year.



American_Red_Cross 300Today, Colorado Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia will join regional leaders from the American Red Cross and the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in announcing a statewide “Prepare Colorado” movement intended to save lives, reduce suffering in the face of emergencies and improve communities’ ability to bounce back from disasters.  The goal of Prepare Colorado is to make Colorado a national leader in whole-community preparedness.  The Red Cross and its partners at the State will make a call for all sectors of communities – public, private and nonprofit – to commit to taking specific actions to increase the preparedness and disaster resiliency of individuals, households, schools, businesses, organizations and governmental agencies in Colorado.  FEMA officials will speak to how the movement promotes action steps that align with the agency’s new, national emergency preparedness initiative, “America’s Prepareathon.”  To learn more about the effort, click the link below.

Ready Colorado

agenda tile -450MCTA Agenda Sept. 13



In high school sports:
In boys soccer:
Steamboat topped Eagle Valley (2-1).

In boys tennis:
Steamboat beat Durango.

In football:
Little Snake River Valley welcomes Saratoga at 4.
Meeker hosts Coal Ridge at 7.
Steamboat is on the road to Summit County at 7.
Soroco hosts Justice at 7.
Rangely is home against Plateau Valley at 7.
Moffat County travels to Rifle.  You can catch that game live on KRAI with the pre-game at 6:45 and the kick-off at 7.  You can also listen online.

In volleyball:
Meeker goes to Hayden at 6.
Moffat County hosts a 2-day tournament, with Steamboat attending.
Rangely hosts Plateau Valley at 5.
Little Snake River Valley is home against Manila at 7.
Soroco welcomes Debeque at 4:30.

In boys tennis:
Steamboat heads to a tournament at Colorado Mesa University.

In cross country:
Moffat County attends a meet in Grand Junction.

In football:
Hayden goes to Day Spring Christian at 1.

In volleyball:
Soroco goes to West Grand at 1.
Little Snake River Valley hosts Farson at 3.
Rangely heads to Hotchkiss at 3.
Moffat County continues hosting their tournament with Steamboat attending.
Hayden travels to Vail Mountain at 1.
Meeker heads to Vail Christian at 3.

In boys soccer:
Steamboat goes to Rifle at 11.

In cross country:
Rangely and Steamboat run at Battle Mountain at 10.

In tennis:
Steamboat continues at a tournament at Colorado Mesa University.

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