NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR MONDAY, DECEMBER 3RD

STEAMBOAT TEEN DIES IN ACCIDENT

A single vehicle rollover accident in Jackson County Sunday afternoon resulted in one fatality. The accident occurred on CO Hwy 127 about 20 miles north of Walden, CO.  A Jeep Wrangler left the road and became airborne before it traveled down a moderately steep embankment, coming to rest on its top. During the accident, the rear seat passenger was ejected.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  The victim was identified as 14 year old Nicholas Pagliaro of Steamboat Springs.  The crash is still under investigation and no charges have been filed.  The vehicle was being driven by 44 year old Peggy Pagliaro of Steamboat.  Neither the driver nor the passenger are believed to have been wearing seat belts at the time of the accident. The driver received very minor injuries.  Neither speed nor impairment are believed to have contributed to the cause of this accident.

KRAI 55 COUNTRY HOLIDAY DRIVE IS WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY

Dozens of volunteers and the entire staff of KRAI and 55 Country are prepping for the two day Holiday Drive this week. The annual event will again be held in front of the west entrance of the Centennial Mall in Craig from 6 to 6 both Wednesday and Thursday. 100% of all donations are passed directly to the benefitting organizations.   Items requested include; new, unwrapped toys; gifts for senior citizens, non-perishable food and cash donations. Whatever is collected will be distributed to; Christmas for Kids; Christmas for Seniors; Interfaith Food Bank and Advocates Crisis Support Services. For more information click here.

 

HOMEMADE EXPLOSIVES DETONATED IN OAK CREEK

Oak Creek police are looking for the person or people responsible for detonating for home made chemical bombs last week.  The four bombs were reported Tuesday and Wednesday.  While no one was hurt by the explosions, the chemicals left after the detonation proved to be extremely corrosive.  If you find something that appears to be a homemade bomb, whether detonated or not, you should call law enforcement immediately.  Police urge citizens not to handle the material.  Anyone with information as to who was responsible for last weeks explosions should call the Oak Creek Police Department.

 

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB’S COWBOY CHRISTMAS WELL ATTENDED

Hundreds of people attended the Boys and Girls Club of Craig’s Cowboy Christmas Saturday night. The annual event was declared “quite a success”. Cowboy Christmas is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Boys and Girls Club of Craig. The highlight of the event was the presentation of the Youth of the Year award to Jose Duarte, who was visibly moved when he accepted the honor to two standing ovations.

TIPTON VOTES TO PASS “STEM” LEGISLATION

Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) has voted to pass the STEM Jobs Act (H.R. 6429) in the House, advancing a commonsense immigration reform effort that would increase green card opportunities for foreign graduates of American graduate schools in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  The bill, which passed with bipartisan support, includes a pro-family provision that would allow spouses and minor children of legal permanent residents to live in the U.S. while waiting for green cards to become available.  “This practical legislation would expand access to citizenship opportunities for immigrants who have earned advanced degrees at American universities in the fields most responsible for the innovation that drives economic growth, creates jobs, and improves the quality of life in this country,” Tipton said. “In addition to strengthening our economy by retaining some of the most talented individuals that were trained at American universities, we will be keeping families together, and encouraging legal immigration. That makes sense, and is the right thing to do.”

CONGRESSMAN URGES BLM TO REFRAIN FROM REGULATION DUPLICATION

Congressman Cory Gardner (R-CO) is pushing back on the Bureau of Land Management’s proposed rules for hydraulic fracturing, saying that they represent a clear violation of state water laws. In a letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Gardner urges him not to let the BLM duplicate existing state regulations or encroach on state water authority.  “BLM’s proposed rules could overstep their statutory authority over water, threatening all water right owners and undercutting the current system of state allocation and administration of water rights,” Gardner wrote. “BLM’s proposal creates federal approvals and mitigations for water source, water use, and water disposal. The rules give BLM veto authority over water use related to oil and natural gas development on federal lands, which is entirely inappropriate and an affront to Colorado system of prior appropriation.” Also of concern is that BLM’s draft rules could actually discourage water recycling and reuse during the fracking process, which would be especially damaging to resources in the arid West. Gardner has always believed that the states, not the federal government, are best suited to manage their own natural resources. BLM plans to finalize its rules by the end of the year. Gardner’s bipartisan letter was signed by 43 members of the House.

WALDEN FOREST OFFICE TO HOLD OPEN HOUSE

The Parks Ranger District will host their Christmas Open House on Friday, Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the District Office in Walden, Colo.  The public is invited to kick off the holiday season with Smokey Bear and local U.S. Forest Service staff.  There will be food, hot/cold drinks and fun activities for all ages to enjoy, including opportunities for kids to have their picture taken with Smokey.  Forest Service staff will be encouraging creativity as they demonstrate how to make beautiful holiday decorations and ornaments at low cost with recycled materials. Visitors will also have a chance to create pine cone bird feeders and there will be activities for younger kids who want or need something a little less involved.  It will be a convenient time for visitors to buy Christmas tree permits, learn the characteristics of various tree species and get advice on how to search for and pick their 2012 Christmas tree.  The annual event is an opportunity for the District to say thank you to the community that they work with year-round and celebrate the holidays at the same time.  For more information on this event please contact the Parks Ranger District office at (970) 723-2700 or stop by at 100 Main St. in Walden.

CEC PLANS TREE PLANTING TRIP IN BROWN’S PARK

The Colorado Environmental Coalition is inviting residents to carpool to Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge later in the week to help plant trees. Cottonwoods provide critical habitat for Western River Ecosystems. Most cottonwood forests throughout the West are endangered by insufficient spring flooding and/or invasive species. About a decade ago Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge began an ambitious, world first project to artificially reseed native cottonwood. Seedlings have thrived and are now ready to be transplanted from the nursery into the existing forest.  Colorado Environmental Coalition has been providing logistical support and volunteers to transplant trees into the forest.  Participants will meet Refuge staff who will provide information about the history and purpose of the project. The trip to the Refuge leaves Steamboat at 7 in the morning December 7th, and leaves Craig at 8.  Participants will return to Craig at about 4:30. Please contact Sasha at 970-824-5241 sasha@ourcolorado.org to register & learn more.

In high school sports:
Over the weekend:
In basketball:
Steamboat’s boys and girls beat Roaring Fork (boys 46-33, girls 41-36), and topped Basalt (boys 51-27, girls 50-31).
At a tournament in Uintah, The Moffat County girls lost to Logan (51-47), lost to Wasatch (41-29), and beat Uintah (37-31).
The Meeker girls beat Hayden (69-19) and Rangely (51-30).
Rangely’s girls also beat Little Snake River Valley (25-22).
Soroco’s girls beat Hayden (48-28).

Today:
In hockey:
Steamboat goes to Summit at 6:30.

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