NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR MONDAY, DECEMBER 10TH

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CRAIG MAN SUSPECTED OF MURDER

A suspect was taken into custody at the scene, following the death of 43 year old Shane Arrendondo. The Craig Police Department, which is heading up the investigation, is still gathering facts following an apparent assault in the parking lot on the west side of the 400 block of Yampa Avenue. The suspect, 51 year old Leroy Fief was booked into the Moffat County Jail on suspicion of 1st degree murder. According to a press statement, the incident occurred shortly after midnight Saturday night. At the scene officers administered first aid to the victim until emergency medical services arrived.  Arrendondo was taken to “The Memorial Hospital” where he was pronounced dead.  The Police Department is requesting that anyone with information about suspicious activity or a confrontation in the area of the parking lot around that time, contact them at 826-2367.

THE HUNT FOR THE YULE LOG BEGINS

The 33rd Annual Yule Log Hunt, sponsored by the Tread of Pioneers Museum and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, begins today.  As well as posting the clues here, KRAI and 55 Country will also air the clues each day. A new clue will be released each weekday.  The 2012 hunt starts at the site of last year’s hiding place near Casey’s Pond. Clues often include information that refers to community history or past events. Unless the Log is found sooner, the 10th and final clue will be released on Friday, December 21st.  When the log is found, the finder should immediately call the Tread of Pioneers Museum at 879-2214 to end the search and have their name announced.  The winner will get a $150 Steamboat Chamber gift certificate and a framed piece of historical artwork.  Today’s clue is:
Sink or swim, this was the place.
Fish for clues near the seniors’ space.
Under the trees the log did wait.
Begin the hunt, take the bait.

 

COLORADO COMPETES MASTER PLAN ADOPTED

The Colorado Commission on Higher Education formally adopted “Colorado Competes”, the statewide master plan for higher education.  This action is the culmination of over 18 months of work since the passage of Senate Bill 11-052, which charged the Commission to collaborate with all of the colleges and universities in creating a statewide master plan with clear state level goals that could be tied to individual performance contracts between the Commission and the governing boards.   “The Commission’s work on the master plan with leaders from Colorado’s colleges and universities is nearing completion and will help ensure that Colorado has an educated workforce to meet the needs of our economy. Our system of higher education and our ability to create human capital is key to the future of our state,” said Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia. “Each governing board will now work toward achieving these goals based on the uniquely tailored performance contracts which respect the institutions’ important roles and missions. We thank all of the institutions for their partnership and leadership in helping more students earn a college credential.”   The performance contracts will establish transparent benchmarks to gauge how Colorado public institutions of higher education are performing in meeting the needs of the state and will be the basis for future performance funding from the state. Each governing board has or is nearing completion of selecting the specific performance indicators which will meet the statewide goals adopted in the master plan. These statewide goals include:

  • Increase the attainment of high-quality postsecondary credentials by at least 1,000 new certificates and degrees each year with a target of reaching 66 percent postsecondary credential attainment for Colorado citizens aged 25-34 by 2025.
  • Improve student success through better outcomes in basic skills education, enhanced student support services and reduced average time to credential for all students.
  •  Reduce attainment gaps among students from underserved communities to ensure that the system reflects the changing demographics of the state.

The Commission is also committed to developing resources through increases in state funding, which will allow public institutions of higher education to meet projected enrollment demands while promoting affordability, accessibility and efficiency.  Each governing board has its own strategic plan for its respective institutions which is specifically designed to address its needs. Final performance contracts will be completed and signed by the Commission and governing boards by the end of December.  A copy of the master plan is available on the Department of Higher Education’s website here.

 

2012 Colorado Livestock Disease Recap

The Colorado Department of Agriculture and Colorado producers have had a busy summer protecting livestock from diseases that affected this state’s largest agricultural sector – animal industry.  “The collaboration between livestock producers, private practice veterinarians, our veterinary diagnostic laboratories and our Department were important in reducing the risks and mitigating the effects of livestock disease in our state,” said CDA’s State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr.  “In the EHV-1, EHD and anthrax disease investigations, the timely and effective laboratory diagnostics at the Colorado State University’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory were vitally important.”  Overall update for 2012 to date:

Anthrax
This investigation began in August, 2012. In all, approximately 55 cattle died due to an anthrax outbreak; four Logan County premises were quarantined and subsequently released after fulfilling disease control requirements.  Anthrax can develop naturally in soil; the spores can become active in association with periods of marked climatic or ecologic change such as heavy rainfall, flooding or drought which can then expose the anthrax spores to grazing livestock. In these areas the spores apparently revert to the vegetative form and multiply to infectious levels so that cattle, horses, mules, sheep and goats may readily become infected when grazing such areas.

Bovine Trichomoniasis
The Department sends monthly updates on “trich” in the state.  As of 10/25/2012, there are currently two positive trich locations in two Colorado counties:  Las Animas and Pueblo. So far this year, there have been 12 trich cases in eight counties: Conejos, Kit Carson, La Plata, Las Animas, Montezuma, Pueblo, Weld and Yuma.  Monitoring and testing herds is a vital step in preventing this disease; in 2008, 43 locations tested positive for trich compared to 13 locations in 2011. Trich is a costly, yet preventable, infection that can affect dairy and beef cattle.  If bulls become infected, the percentage of open cows in a herd can increase from 5 to 30 percent.  It is always important for producers to consult with their herd veterinarian on best management practices for disease control.

Epizootic Hermorrhagic Disease (EHD)
Yak and cattle at seven locations in Colorado tested positive for (EHD) which is a viral disease that affects deer, cattle and, most recently, yak.  Signs of EHD include fever, loss of appetite, weakness, respiratory distress, and swelling of the tongue, and erosive lesions in the mouth.  The disease cannot be transmitted by direct contact and is spread by insects, most commonly midges or gnats.

Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1)
In early May, one Colorado horse tested positive for EHV-1.  Prior to exhibiting signs of disease the affected horse had recently traveled to Colorado from Iowa.  This Douglas County horse was euthanized after showing severe neurological signs associated with the disease.  After the initial case was diagnosed, several exposed horses were monitored closely and fortunately there was no further spread of disease.  Good preventative disease measures instituted by the horse owners helped to control any possible disease spread.  EHV-1 is not transmissible to people; it can be a serious disease of horses that can cause respiratory, neurologic disease and death.  The most common way for EHV-1 to spread is by direct horse-to-horse contact.  The virus can also spread through the air, contaminated tack and equipment, clothing and hands.

Vesicular Stomatitis (VS)
Two quarantines were issued in August after two horses in Las Animas and Conejos County tested positive for VS; the quarantines have now been lifted.  The State Veterinarian’s Office continues its travel requirement for horses, mules, cattle, bison, sheep, goats, swine, and camelids entering the state from states with confirmed cases of VS.  This requirement states that health certificates should include the following statement from the issuing veterinarian, “I have examined the animal(s) represented on this Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) and have found no signs of vesicular stomatitis and they have not originated from a premises under quarantine for vesicular stomatitis.”

West Nile Virus
The number of equine cases of WNV increased in 2012.  The 14 cases were spread throughout a wide area of Colorado as there were horses diagnosed in Delta, Fremont County, La Plata, Larimer, Mesa, Montrose, Pueblo and Weld County.  Horse owners should consider vaccination and insect control as effective tools to prevent disease.

“Livestock move throughout the state and across the country on a daily basis making investigating and monitoring livestock diseases an enormous task but the State Veterinarian’s Office is committed to doing our best to protect the health of the animals and the economy of the livestock industry,” said Dr. Roehr.

In high school sports over the weekend:
In basketball:

The Steamboat boys fell to D’Evelyn, 74-34 and beat Montrose, 42-34
Moffat County Boys beat Meeker 50-46
Hayden’s boys beat Montrose, 66-64 and lost to D’Evelyn 76-47
The Soroco boys lost to Crested Butte, 47-28 and fell to Little Snake River Valley, 79-31
Meeker Boys slipped by Little Snake River 52-50 in OT
SoRoCo girls beat Longmont Christian 51-15
Steamboat girls lost to Elizabeth 46-20 and defeated Green River, 34-30
The Little Snake River girls defeated Midwest 45-21 and beat Meeteetse 55-37

In Wrestling at the Soroco Invitational:
In team results:

1st  Steamboat Springs 123
3rd Meeker 113
4th Rangely 95
5th Hayden 93
9th Soroco 29
10th West Grand 28

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