craig-fire-rescue-300Craig Firefighters were busy yesterday responding to various calls.  At a little after three yesterday afternoon, they responded to a wildland fire at Moffat County Roads 18 and 18 North.  Firefighters say lightning sparked the blaze, which was able to consume 50 to 75 acres before being put out.  A couple of hours later, they went to a call at a residence in the 800 block of Green Street.  A grease fire flared up in the kitchen of the home.  Firefighters say the resident put it out with a fire extinguisher before they got there.  They checked the kitchen to make sure there was no danger of reignition, and left.  The damage was limited to the stove and the surrounding cabinets.


Trapper-Mine-300Trapper Mine has released a statement regarding the incidents last week at the mine site. According to the release, the mine employee, who was injured in a routine procedure and taken by ambulance to the Memorial Hospital is expected to fully recover. The name of the person injured was not released. That accident is being fully investigated by Trapper, local and state authorities, and the Mine Safety and Health Administration. In addition, the plumes of “smoke” observed on Trapper property are related to a landslide that occurred in October 2006 where a contained coal seam is on fire. The fire is adjacent to ongoing activity at the mine. Work is being done to extinguish the fire and bury the smoldering coal seam to the extent possible. Visible dust, ash and smoke may be expected. The complete text of the press release can be seen below.

Trapper Mine Press Release – August 6, 2013 

Trapper Mine, a surface coal mine located six miles south of Craig, has experienced two recent accidents resulting in injuries to members of the Trapper family.  If an accident occurs, Trapper’s immediate and sole focus is to professionally respond with all the resources available to ensure that involved employees are provided with the best care possible.  Our attention is then directed to other employees and to family members or significant other parties who may be involved and in need of information and support.  After those needs have been met, information may be made available to the public as appropriate.

On August 5, 2013, at approximately 3:00 a.m., a collision between two pieces of heavy mobile equipment occurred at the mine.  The operator of one vehicle was injured with non-life-threatening injuries.  On September 4, 2013, at approximately 12:00 p.m., a second accident occurred with a maintenance employee injured during a routine procedure.  Both employees are expected to fully recover.  Both accidents were promptly reported and are being fully investigated by Trapper, appropriate local and state authorities, and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).

In addition, plumes of “smoke” reportedly observed on Trapper property are related to the landslide that occurred in October 2006.  A contained coal seam is on fire.  Mine activity is adjacent to the burn area.  Work is being done to extinguish the fire and bury the smoldering coal seam to the extent possible.  Visible dust, ash and smoke of intermittent short-term duration may be expected.

Trapper Mine is fully committed to the ideal that safety must at all times be Trapper Mine’s primary focus in order to maintain the health and well-being of its employees.


COLO-STATE-PATROL-2-smallYesterday, at a little before 11:30, a Freightliner belonging to CDC Transport, crashed while pulling a box trailer with a load of bagged calcium chloride powder. The truck was on US Highway 40 descending Rabbit Ears Pass, about 6 miles east of Steamboat Springs. The driver entered a left hand curve, rolled the truck onto its right side and slid off of the side of the roadway into the embankment. The fuel tanks ruptured during the rollover and spilled about 150 gallons of diesel fuel.  The driver was identified as 44 year old Fidel Pena of Florida, and sustained minor injuries as a result of the crash. Pena was transported to Yampa Valley Medical Center and was issued a ticket for Careless Driving after he returned to the scene.  The cause of the crash is still under investigation; however excessive speed and driver unfamiliarity with the area are both contributing factors.  The truck’s cargo was not hazardous and was left overnight while clean up arrangements were made.



Vehicle-Accident-300A 31-year-old Kremmling man faces felony charges after crashing his car on a dirt county road late Saturday evening. Two of the driver’s passengers were airlifted to Denver with serious injuries. At around 10:45, a pick-up truck was driven off Grand County Road 162 and rolled twice, partially ejecting one of its occupants. Two male passengers were flown to St. Anthony Hospital in Denver, and a small child was uninjured in the crash. The driver was transported to Kremmling Hospital, where he was arrested and then booked into the Grand County Jail. He faces felony vehicular assault charges, among others. Alcohol is being investigated as a possible contributing factor in the crash, and it is believed only the child was properly restrained in the vehicle.



club 20-229CLUB 20, a business advocacy group for Colorado’s 22 Western Counties, Friday afternoon passed a resolution supporting the “bipartisan nature” and “broad coalition” of the Senate’s immigration overhaul bill, which was written by the “Gang of 8” Senators. The resolution – passed by unanimous consent at Friday’s fall meeting of the Board – encouraged the Colorado Congressional delegation to support the principles of the bill. Club 20 says the bill, which passed the Senate in June, makes important fixes to an outdated visa system, provides significantly more tools and resources to secure the border, establishes a sensible system for the future flow of immigration, and creates a tough but fair path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. The House of Representatives has not yet voted upon the bill or an alternative.



colorado parksEvery hunting season, officers for Colorado Parks and Wildlife hand out thousands of tickets for violations that cost hunters hundreds of thousands of dollars. While some of those tickets are for flagrant violations of wildlife regulations and hunting laws, many more are for minor violations that could have been avoided.  Hunters are reminded that not only can they be fined for violations, they can also lose their hunting privileges in Colorado and the 34 other states that cooperatively participate in a wildlife compact agreement.  Wildlife officials say hunters need to set aside some time to review the Colorado Big Game Brochure. The brochure explains many of the common violations and how to avoid them.  A list of some of the most common violations has been provided below.

  • Not wearing fluorescent orange: You must wear at least 500 inches of daylight fluorescent orange, plus a head covering of the same color that can be seen from all directions. Camouflage orange or mesh orange do not qualify.
  • Carrying loaded firearms in or on vehicles: Rifles must not have ammunition in the chamber while in or on any motor vehicles. For those riding ATVs, weapons (rifles and bows) must also be in a closed case and fully unloaded (chamber and magazine). Most accidents involving firearms occur in or near vehicles.
  • Shooting from a road: Before firing a shot, you must be at least 50 feet off of a designated state or county road, and just off forest service or BLM roads. You also cannot shoot across a road.
  • License not voided: After you kill an animal, you must void the license immediately.
  • Improperly attached carcass tag: The carcass tag must be attached to the animal. The best way is to cut a hole in the hide and attach with a tie. It is OK to wait until you get back to camp or to your vehicle to attach the carcass tag.
  • No evidence of sex: Be sure to leave evidence of sex naturally attached to the carcass. Evidence includes the head, the ovum or the scrotum.
  • Waste of game meat: Big game meat can begin to spoil at 38 degrees. To keep the carcass cool, remove the hide as soon as possible after the kill to allow for air to circulate around the meat. Reduce the mass of the carcass by quartering the meat or boning out the meat. Place the meat in a cooler as soon as possible. Even in cold weather, a carcass should not hang outside for more than 36 hours. Remember: Because game meat contains very little fat, it cannot be aged like beef. The so-called “gamey taste” is caused by spoilage, not because the animal is wild. To learn how to field dress a big game animal, see the video at:
  • Shooting a spike-antlered elk: Hunters who hold a cow elk tag sometimes shoot spike bulls. Be sure of your target. If you are shooting at a long distance or in low light conditions, it can be difficult to see spike antlers. If you are not absolutely sure, do not shoot.
  • Illegally tagging an animal: You can only place a tag on an animal that you shot. You cannot trade tags with other license holders, or use tags of other license holders.



BRIDGEBeginning today, the Wyoming Department of Transportation will close a small section on the west end of Sunset Boulevard in Rock Springs as crews begin paving on the Flaming Gorge Road Project. The closure is expected to last about 10 days. Motorists traveling on US 191 will not be able to access Sunset Blvd and will be detoured eastbound on Foothill Blvd, onto the Interchange Road near the Rock Springs Wastewater Treatment Plant and then back onto Sunset. In addition, those traveling west on Sunset Blvd will not be allowed to access US 191 near Cruel Jacks. Residents and workers will still be able to access their homes on Sunset Blvd. from the east end. WYDOT recommends all travelers on Interstate 80 wishing to access Sunset Boulevard do so at exit 102, Dewar Drive, if possible. Expect delays and be cautious of roadside workers. The Flaming Gorge Road project consists of one bridge replacement and two bridge improvements at the intersection of US 191 South and Interstate 80 near Cruel Jack’s. The first bridge off exit 99 that travels over I-80 is the one being replaced.

agenda tile -450Steamboat School Board meeting for 09-09-13 

Moffat County Commissioners meeting agenda for 09-10

Craig City Council meeting agenda for 09-10

MCTA Agenda Sept. 13



In high school sports:
Over the weekend:
In football:
Little Snake River Valley lost to Saratoga (58-12).
Meeker defeated Coal Ridge (36-13).
Steamboat topped Summit County (37-32).
Soroco beat Justice (54-6).
Rangely shut out Plateau Valley (60-0).
Moffat County fell to Rifle (62-0).
Hayden lost to Day Spring Christian (70-16).

In volleyball:
At Moffat County’s tournament, Steamboat beat Basalt Moffat County and Cedaredge, and lost to Olathe.  Moffat County lost all of their matches.
Meeker defeated Hayden (3-1).
Rangely fell to Plateau Valley (3-0) and beat Hotchkiss (3-2).
Little Snake River Valley topped Manila (3-0) and Farson-Eden (3-0).
Hayden beat Vail Mountain (3-1).
Soroco beat West Grand (2-1).

In boys soccer:
Steamboat topped Rifle (5-0).

In boys soccer:
Moffat County heads to Rifle at 4.

In boys golf:
Steamboat goes to a tournament in Aspen at 8.
Moffat County goes to Durango at 9.

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