D.A. FILES CHARGES AGAINST DRIVER IN DEADLY ACCIDENT
The District Attorney’s Office has filed charges against Lucas Ackerman as the driver of the vehicle involved in the fatal collision which left one pedestrian dead and four others injured on July 4th south of Grand Lake. Mr. Ackerman has been charged with one count of Vehicular Homicide, three counts of Vehicular Assault, one count of Driving Under the Influence, and two counts of Child Abuse. He will be advised of these charges in Grand County District Court on Thursday.
WET WEATHER CAUSES CONCERN FOR FOREST OFFICIALS
In a dramatic about-face from the recent warm start to fall, a week’s worth of cool, rainy weather has produced wet, muddy conditions on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland (MBRTB). Visitors should be aware of how those conditions affect their travel as they venture out and make weekend plans. Moisture levels vary widely across the MBRTB, with some areas seeing flash flooding warnings and corresponding recreation area closures. The Laramie Ranger District has currently closed Pine, Sugarloaf and Willow campgrounds due to high water levels of nearby watersheds. North Fork Campground is also being evaluated for possible closure. As a whole, roads throughout the MBRTB are soft, wet and muddy prompting words of caution for visitors from Forest officials. Rain showers are expected over much of the MBRTB this weekend. Visitors to the MBRTB should also be aware that there are multiple road/area closures in place throughout the Forest for a wide variety of projects, such as hazard tree removal and timber sales.
A TOTAL OF 15 COUNTIES NOW INCLUDED IN DISASTER DECLARATION
The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management announced today that 12 additional counties have been added to the September 12th presidential emergency disaster declaration for the Colorado flooding in Boulder, El Paso and Larimer counties. That brings the total number of counties included in the disaster declaration to 15. Emergency assistance is designed to supplement state and local efforts to provide life-saving and life-sustaining measures to areas affected by the severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides. Direct federal assistance includes a range of assistance undertaken by federal partners, including urban search and rescue teams, air operations, food, water, cots, generators, and emergency flood control measures. In a separate action on Saturday, President Barack Obama also declared a major disaster declaration for Boulder County. The President’s declaration makes federal assistance available to individuals in Boulder County for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners in their recovery.
CORY GARDNER PROMISES TO MAKE RESOURCES AVAILABLE FOR FLOOD RECOVERY
Representative Cory Gardner spent Friday in briefings, meetings, and touring the extensive flood damage – from the ground and air. He met with Governor Hickenlooper, members of the Colorado Congressional Delegation, local and state officials, and first responders. Gardner says the damage from the floods is truly devastating, and the extensive and massive losses that have taken place will require rebuilding and rehabilitation that will need time and substantial resources, and assistance from the federal government. Gardner is assuring he will work hard to make the necessary resources are available. Gardner also praised the search and rescue workers in the recovery effort.
TIPTON ISSUES STATEMENT ON FLOODS
Congressman Scott Tipton is sending out his well-wishes to Coloradans affected by heavy flooding. In a statement, Tipton said “my thoughts and prayers are with all who have been impacted by the flooding in our state, and my heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones.” Tipton says his office continues to closely monitor the situation and says the Colorado Congressional delegation is working to ensure that resources are available to aid in recovery efforts. Click here for the most up to date information and resources regarding Front Range flooding.
CONNECTIONS 4 KIDS OFFERS DENTAL PROGRAMS
Connections 4 Kids, the early childhood council serving Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, is hosting a series of children’s oral health education opportunities in Craig, Meeker and Rangely for families and care providers this month. Ashley Moon, registered dental hygienist and Cavity-Free at Three trainer, will present the workshops. Attendees will learn that children need healthy teeth and gums for talking, eating and smiling. There are simple things parents can do to help their children take good care of their teeth and have a healthy mouth now and in the future. The events include a free meal, giveaways and continuing education hours for early childhood providers. Connections 4 Kids is also offering trainings to preschool teachers in Moffat and Rio Blanco Counties. A list of the programs can be found below:
* Family child care providers: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 17 at The Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Avenue, Craig.
* Parents and care providers of children of all ages: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, September 19 at The Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Avenue, Craig.
* Family child care providers and parents and care providers of children of all ages: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, September 20 at Mountain Valley Bank, 400 Main Street, Meeker.
* Parents and care providers of children of all ages: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, October 7 at the Weiss Conference Room at Colorado Northwestern Community College, 500 Kennedy Drive, Rangely.
Latest Traffic Advisories For Flooded Areas
Travel to the front range is still not advised as flooding continues to expand. A few highways have reopened and some highways have closed, as high water begins impacting roadways further east.
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is advising motorists to exercise extra caution when traveling across the northern Front Range and points east since some highways may appear structurally sound but may have been damaged by water, rocks, or debris. In addition to driving carefully, motorists should not pull over to view flood damage or water flows because it creates a safety hazard on the highways.
Motorists also are reminded that the route that opened to Estes Park Friday night is only for emergency personnel, Estes Park residents, delivery vehicles, and other essential visitors. CDOT is enforcing checkpoints at varying locations to ensure only those with critical missions can enter and exit the town until more permanent repairs can be made. Rocky Mountain National Park remains closed to tourists.
Many highways and bridges remain closed until further notice as a precaution until crews can evaluate whether or not they are safe for travel.
Status of State Highways:
- I-25 between U.S. 34 & WyomingState Line
- U.S. 85 between Denver area & Wyoming State Line
- State Highway (SH)83 – Parker Road between Florida & Jewell avenues
- SH 392 between I-25 (CR 5) & 17th Street in Windsor
- U.S. 34 between Granby & EstesPark (Trail Ridge Road) – Essential travel only
- I-25 northbound /southbound ramps to State Highway 119 open – travel only allowed east of interchange due to SH 119 closure west of I-25
- U.S. 34 between Greeley & Wiggins
- U.S. 40 at Floyd Hill
- SH 30 (Havana Street) atAlameda Avenue
- SH 144 between U.S. 34 & CR 13
- SH 39 between I-76 in Wiggins & Goodrich
ONGOING CLOSURES/NORTHERN COLORADO
- SH 119 between County Line Road & I-25
- SH 119 between Boulder & Nederland (BoulderCanyon)
- SH 170 between SH 93 & EldoradoCanyonState Park
- U.S. 34 between GladeRoad & EstesPark
- U.S. 36 between Boulder & EstesPark
- U.S. 34 between mile 114 (east of Greeley) & Wiggins (I-76)
- U.S. 287 at Big Thompson River in Loveland between SH 402 & 5th Street
- U.S. 287 between MP 307 (Isabella) & MP 310 (SH 52)
- SH 7 between Lyons & EstesPark
- SH 14 between Ted’s Place & Walden
- SH 60 at CR 46
- SH 66 between 53rd Street (Longmont) & Lyons
- SH 66 between CR 13 & CR 19
- SH 257 between SH 60/Milliken & U.S. 34
DENVER AREA CLOSURES
- I-70 eastbound off-ramp to Quebec Street
- SH 72 (Indiana Street) between 72nd & 80th avenues
- SH 72 between SH 93 & SH 119 (CoalCreekCanyon)
Please note that the above listed closures are only for state highways; additional road and bridge closures should be expected in cities, counties, and towns.
In high school sports:
Over the weekend:
Hayden topped Rocky Mountain Lutheran (48-6).
Rangely beat Miami Yoder (54-6).
Moffat County fell to Steamboat (57-15).
Little Snake River Valley fell to Meeteetse (57-8).
Soroco beat Plateau Valley (53-6).
Soroco lost to Beth Eden (3-0).
Little Snake River Valley defeated Encampment (3-0) and Guernsey (2-0).
Moffat County beat Basalt (3-0).
Steamboat beat Summit (3-1).
Hayden beat North Park (3-2).
Meeker lost to Paonia (3-2).
Rangely fell to Vail Christian (3-0).
In boys soccer:
Steamboat beat Palisade at (3-1).
In boys golf:
Moffat County, Steamboat and Rangely go to Regionals at Eagle Valley.