C-DOT TO TEST USE OF REMOTE BLASTING IN AVALANCHE ZONES
Colorado highway engineers want the U.S. Forest Service to approve the use of remote-controlled blasters to trigger small snowslides in an attempt to keep big avalanches from blocking Berthoud Pass near Winter Park Resort. If the $1.2 million system works, the Colorado Department of Transportation plans to use it statewide. That would replace the current practice of firing shells from howitzers into avalanche zones. But because the blasters detonated from laptops would be used to set off frequent, small snowslides, some are concerned about the impact on wildlife and alpine ecology. Bill Bowman, director of the University of Colorado’s Mountain Research Station, says it would affect alpine vegetation and forest ecosystems by changing natural cycles of disturbance and recovery.
LUMBER TRUCK SPILL ITS LOAD ON HIGHWAY 40 NEAR KREMMLING
On Friday morning, a little after 10, a Peterbilt belonging to G & P Transportation from California, was pulling a flatbed trailer, hauling construction lumber. The Peterbilt was headed west on Highway 40, about 14 miles west of Kremmling. The truck entered a left hand curve and rolled onto its right side. The lumber separated from the trailer during the rollover and spilled all over the hillside. The truck and trailer traveled off of the right side of the roadway, down the embankment and rolled onto its roof. The driver and passenger were trapped in the remnants of the cab for two and a half hours during extrication efforts. Both were flown by helicopter to Denver area hospitals. The driver, 21 year old Mateo Zamora-Cuaxilotl from California, sustained minor injuries. He was cited for Careless Driving Causing Bodily Injury and numerous commercial motor vehicle violations, including driving without a commercial driver’s license. The passenger, 50 year old Hernan Lopez, also from California, sustained moderate, non-life threatening injuries. He was cited for permitting an unlicensed person to drive a vehicle. The cause of the crash is still under investigation; however excessive speed and driver inexperience are both contributing factors. The highway was closed for about two hours.
UDALL SEEKS RE-ELECTION TO PUSH THROUGH OBAMACARE
Senator Mark Udall has made it absolutely clear he is a supporter of Obamacare. In fact, he has made it a focal point of his re-election campaign. In a fundraising email, Udall blasts Republicans for opposing the plan, which is expected to cost the average family over $20,000 per year. Udall was hoping to raise $10,000 last month for his race. His support of the widely unpopular plan could be the difference in whether or not Udall is re-elected. His Republican opponents oppose Obamacare.
51ST STATE INITIATIVE LAYS OUT ROADMAP TO LOCAL CONTROL
The 51st State Initiative has released, what it calls their “Roadmap and Vision for the 51st State”. The group has laid out a vision of how government should work at all levels, and a plan to return control to the local level. You can view the plan by clicking on the link below. A link has also been provided to the group’s website.
MEDIAN WORK TO GO ON IN STEAMBOAT TUESDAY
The City of Steamboat, partnering with the Urban Redevelopment Authority Advisory Committee, and in contract with Native Excavating, will begin work on the US Highway 40 median enhancement project Tuesday. The project consists of hard surfacing and landscaping the existing medians between JD Hays Way and Pine Grove Road, beautifying the southern entry corridor to Steamboat. Motorists can expect a one lane closure of the inside lanes on both the eastbound and westbound US Highway 40 travel lanes. The lane closures will be lifted at the end of each day and on weekends. The work is expected to be completed by early November, contingent upon weather. All motorists are asked to please use caution and slow down when driving thru the construction zone.
DINOSAUR OFFICIALS INVITE PEOPLE TO VIEW THE STARS
Dinosaur National Monument has some of the darkest night skies in the United States. This darkness allows us to enjoy the stars just as people would have hundreds or even thousands of years ago. From Friday, September 6 through Sunday, September 8, staff at Dinosaur National Monument, along with local astronomers, will offer a variety of programs to help you explore and understand the wonders of our universe. Discover why the skies above the monument are just as important to enjoy and protect as the fossils, stunning scenery, and wild rivers. A variety of programs will be offered both during the day and night. See the activities and times below.
See the Sun
Did your mom ever tell you to never look at the sun? With proper equipment, like our specially designed solar telescopes, feel free to stare as long as you like at sun spots and prominences on the closest star in our sky. Join us on the back patio of the Quarry Visitor Center on Friday, September 6 from noon to 2:00 pm; Saturday, September 7 from noon to 2:00 pm; and Sunday, September 8 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Meet the Telescopes
Learn how different designs and sizes of telescopes can open your eyes to new worlds at the Quarry Visitor Center back patio on Saturday, September 7 from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm; and on Sunday, September 8 from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm.
Be a Junior Astronomer
Explore our solar system and the stars around us though hands-on activities and stories. This program is good for all ages and counts as a Dinosaur Junior Ranger Program. We will meet at the Quarry Exhibit Hall shuttle area on Saturday, September 7; 10:30 am & 2:30 pm and Sunday, September 8; 10:30 am & 2:30 pm
Also, at any time for any age, you can complete at least three pages (five if you are over 12) in our free Junior Ranger Night Explorer Activity book to earn a Night Explorer badge.
Campground Evening Program
Join a ranger at the Green River Campground campfire circle for a 30-45 minute program that will help you make the most of enjoying the sky once the sun sets. Offered on Friday, September 6 at 7:00 PM and Saturday, September 7 at 7:00 PM
Stories Behind the Stars & Telescope Viewing
A variety of telescopes will be available for you to seek out star clusters, nebula, and other galaxies. Rangers and volunteers will offer naked-eye stargazing programs at 9:00, 9:30 & 10:00 PM. Children must be attended at all times and pets are not allowed in the stargazing area. If you have your own telescope and wish to join us, please contact Sonya Berger 435-781-7701. Meet at the south end of the Split Mountain Campground (look for signs) on Friday, September 6 from 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM and Saturday, September 7 from 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
In high school sports:
Over the weekend:
Steamboat fell to Eagle Valley (48-12).
Meeker beat Grand Valley (32-9).
Rangely lost to Dove Creek (46-6).
Hayden beat Belleview Christian (48-6).
Soroco topped Gilpen County (60-6).
Moffat County lost to Ridgeview Academy (20-6).
Rangely beat Grand Valley (25-21; 25-19), then lost to Coal Ridge (15-25; 16-25).
Moffat County fell to Roaring Fork (19-25; 8-25).
Soroco lost to Vail Mountain (25-22; 17-25; 23-25).
Steamboat beat Roaring Fork (25-22, 23-25, 15-13), and then lost to Coal Ridge (16-25, 25-13, 14-16).
In boys soccer:
Steamboat beat Delta (4-2).
In boys tennis:
Steamboat lost to Poudre (5-2).