NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH

FOREST ROAD CLOSURES ANNOUNCED DUE TO WORK ON FOUR COUNTIES DITCH

A short section of a popular trail on the Routt National Forest near Dumont Lake will close next week to accommodate rehabilitation work on the adjacent Four Counties Ditch.  Forest Trail 1101 will be closed from Dumont Lake to Base Camp Road for the remainder of this fall and a portion of next year, while wetlands rehabilitation work is being done on the Four Counties Ditch. The affected trail has the designation as part of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.  Posted signs will mark the segment of closed trail as such, with Base Camp Road serving as the alternate route.  Dumont Lake is located near the east summit of Rabbit Ears Pass, just northeast of the intersection of Hwy 40 and Forest Road 315.  Multiple work projects are taking place in the area, including repairs to the Muddy Creek dam on Dumont Lake. The Dumont Lake day-use area and picnic site are closed while the dam is being repaired.

 

PACE URGES TIPTON TO DEBATE HIM AT FORT LEWIS COLLEGE

State Representative Sal Pace, who is running for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, is calling on Scott Tipton to accept a debate proposal from his campaign.  Pace would like to debate Tipton at Fort Lewis College in Durango.  Pace says the debate would be the only opportunity for the two candidates to face voters in Southwestern Colorado.  Both candidates are alumni of the college and the campus is close to Tipton’s home in Cortez.  Tipton and Pace have also been invited by KRAI and 55 Country to debate in Northwestern Colorado.

 

TIPTON RECEIVES “SMALL BUSINESS” AWARD

The National Federation of Independent Business presented Congressman Scott Tipton with the Guardian of Small Business Award recognizing his commitment to fighting for economic growth in Congress.  Tipton is a member of the House Small Business Committee and serves as chairman of the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade. According to the NFIB scorecard, Tipton voted in favor of key small business issues 100% of the time.  Tipton says as a lifetime small business owner, he’s honored.  NFIB’s president and CEO Dan Danner says the record shows that Tipton is a true champion of small business.  He said the award reflects appreciation for supporting the NFIB pro-growth agenda for small business.

 

CMEDP TO HOLD WORKSHOP ON FINDING GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS

The Craig Economic Development Partnership will hold a workshop Wednesday to show businesses how to contract with the Federal Government.  The workshop will be done in two segments.  The first, “Grow Your Business by Contracting with the Government” will be from 11:30 to 1.  The second, “Finding Government Contract Bid Opportunities” will be from 1:30 to 3.  Both sessions will be held in the Bell Tower Building of Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig Campus.  Topics covered include eligibility requirements of a contractor, rules of purchasing, process of purchasing, how to find opportunities, and bid/match solicitation software.  The Craig Chamber is co-sponsoring.  If you would like to register for the event, call 620-4370.

 

HAYDEN HIGH SCHOOL CELEBRATES HOMECOMING THIS WEEK

Hayden High School celebrates Homecoming this week.  Today’s dress-up day is “Western”.  There’ll be root beer floats served at lunch.  Tomorrow is “Twins” day, where students are encouraged to dress the same as one of their friends.  A chili cook-off will be held in the lobby from 4:45 to 7 tomorrow.  The cost is $5 per bowl.  You can register your chili by calling 276-3761.

 

LAWMAKERS WILL AGAIN TRY TO ESTABLISH MARIJUANA DUI LIMIT

Colorado lawmakers will try a fourth time to pass a law setting a standard for what’s considered too stoned to drive.  A transportation committee voted 10-6 Friday to introduce a bill next year. It would mean drivers with 5 nanograms or more of THC per milliliter of blood would be considered too impaired to drive. THC is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.  Lawmakers have rejected the proposal three times.  Republican Senator Steve King says he’s bringing the bill forward again because public safety is at stake. But opponents worry medical marijuana users will be wrongly convicted of driving under the influence.  Colorado is among 16 states that allow medical marijuana use.  Nevada and Ohio have a 2 nanogram THC limit for driving.

 

THREE WYOMING TEENS ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH MURDER

Three teens have been arrested in connection with the death of a 17-year-old boy whose body was found buried north of Rock Springs last month.  Sweetwater County Sheriff Rich Haskell and Rock Springs Police Chief Mike Lowell say 18-year-olds Brady Jacob Trevino and Jose Antonio Campos, both of Rock Springs, and a 17-year-old Green River boy were arrested Friday.  Trevino faces charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in the death of Rigoberto “Rigo” Alvarado. Campos and the 17-year-old are each charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.  Authorities say Alvarado’s girlfriend told investigators she last saw Alvarado when he left her home to meet with Trevino the night of July 29.

 

NATIONAL GROUP PUSHING FOR TRAFFIC CAMERAS IN COLORADO

A national nonprofit is creating a new chapter in Colorado and is working with several groups to promote the use of red light cameras in an effort to prevent traffic accidents.  The Chicago-based Traffic Safety Coalition has chapters across the country advocating for the cameras, which take pictures of vehicles that blow through red lights. The coalition says cameras have helped cut the number of crashes caused by failure to stop at red lights in several cities.  But not everyone is on board. Republican Sen. Scott Renfroe of Greeley says “we don’t have the data to prove cameras have increased safety.” He tried unsuccessfully to introduce legislation this year that would have banned the cameras.  Other critics argue the cameras are used by cities merely to collect revenue from traffic tickets.

In high school sports:
Over the weekend:

In football:
Hayden topped Rocky Mountain Lutheran 48-6.
Soroco won against Plateau Valley 63-0.
Rangely beat Nucla 61-6.
Moffat County beat Steamboat 56-27.
Little Snake River Valley defeated Guernsey-Sunrise 58-31.

In Volleyball:
Hayden fell to West Grand Friday (21-25, 19-25, 21-25) and North Park Saturday (21-25, 25-11, 26-24, 23-25, 9-15).
Meeker lost to Paonia (25-18, 14-25, 19-25, 23-25) and beat Hotchkiss (25-21, 25-19, 26-25).
Steamboat took out Summit (25-18, 25-21, 25-21).
Rangely topped Soroco (20-25, 25-13, 26-24, 25-18).
Moffat County lost to Roaring Fork (9-25, 16-25, 15-25).

In boys soccer:
Steamboat fell to Palisade 4-2.
Moffat County lost to Berthoud 3-1.

In tennis:
Steamboat was defeated by Aspen 4-3, and beat Evergreen 5-2.

Today:
In boys tennis:
Steamboat plays at Fossil Ridge.

Tomorrow:
In volleyball:
Hayden hosts Soroco at 6:30.
Steamboat travels to Eagle Valley at 6:30.

In boys golf:
Moffat County and Steamboat play at Montezuma Cortez.

DENVER BRONCOS
The Denver Broncos play the Falcons at Atlanta tonight.  You can catch all the action live on 55 country (that’s AM 5-50) with the pregame at 4:30 and the kick-off at 6:30.