NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR MONDAY, AUGUST 27TH

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SMALL PLANE CRASH FOUND IN ROUTT COUNTY

Authorities say a man was killed in a small plane crash in Routt County.  Reports say a sheep herder discovered the crash near Milner at about noon on Saturday, and the pilot, whose name has not been released, was the only person on board.  Undersheriff Ray Birch says the man is not from the area, and it is unclear when the single-engine Piper crashed.

 

TIPTON AND GARDNER ASK FOR CRP EXTENSION

Congressmen Cory Gardner and Scott Tipton have asked U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to extend the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres for haying and livestock grazing through November. The pair of Congressmen wrote that an extension would carry Colorado cattlemen through the corn harvest. They say until corn, corn stalks and wheat grass are available for feed, cattle need to be able to graze on CRP land. If this does not occur, they fear many ranchers who have been able to withstand the drought thus far will be forced to sell their livestock in the final days before fall and winter feeds are available.

 

DUI ENFORCEMENT WILL BE STRONG OVER HOLIDAY WEEKEND

Law enforcement will be out in full force over the Labor Day Weekend, cracking down on drunk and drugged drivers.  The Colorado State patrol is teaming up with local law enforcement agencies, planning DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols.  Last year, there were 67 people killed in alcohol related crashes between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day.  That’s a 19% increase from the year before.  Motorists are encouraged to report suspected drunk drivers.

 

FORESTERS SAY DROUGHT COULD AFFECT FALL COLOR SEASON

Foresters are keeping an eye on how dry conditions in the mountains this summer will affect fall foliage.  Chris Forman, Aspen’s city forester, says the yellow leaves popping up in the area could indicate stressed trees and could mean an early and shorter color season.  But Jim Kravitz with the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies says the rain in July and August has helped nourish a lot of the forest. And he predicts the trees’ color will peak the third week of September, which is the time it typically occurs.  He adds that no two seasons are alike and points to a new ACES program that encourages people to take pictures of certain plants, and then write down their locations to create an ongoing record.

 

SWEETWATER COUNTY AUTHORITIES IDENTIFY MURDER VICTIM

Sweetwater County Sheriff’s deputies have identified the body of a teenager found murdered near Rock Springs.  The body of 17 year old Rigoberto Alvarado, Jr. was reported missing by his father on July 30th, after the boy had left his family’s apartment the night before and not returned home.  While deputies aren’t releasing details of the injuries found on Alvarado’s body, they say the teeneager was the victim of a homicide.  A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in the boy’s death.  Any information should be reported to the Sweetwater COunty Sheriff’s Office or the Rock Springs Police Department.

 

ROMNEY TO MAKE CAMPAIGN STOPS IN COLORADO TODAY

Mitt Romney will campaign in Colorado today.  He’ll make stops in Grand Junction, Gunnison, Canon City, and Colorado Springs.  Tomorrow President Obama will make a stop at CSU in Fort Collins. It’s part of a two-day college tour across the country to talk in part, about improving higher education.

In high school sports:
Today:

In boys tennis:
Steamboat hosts Boulder.

Tomorrow:
In boys golf:
Moffat County goes to Grand Junction Central.