NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR SATURDAY, AUGUST 24TH

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DISASTER TRAINING PLANNED FOR CRAIG TODAY

tmh-188 copyMoffat County Emergency Management and the Local Emergency Planning Committee in cooperation with emergency responders will conduct a full scale disaster exercise today, simulating a transportation accident involving hazardous materials. The exercise will begin at around 10 this morning and last until about 3 in the afternoon. The location for the exercise will be County Road 7 between Hospital Loop Road. The Hospital will be open and fully operational and accessible during the exercise.  As a part of the drill the American Red Cross will open a shelter at the Boys &Girls Club at 10 this morning. The community is invited to participate. Anyone who would like to, is asked to report to the Boys & Girls Club. The Red Cross will be presenting Disaster Orientation Training as well as affording the community the opportunity to experience 1st hand what services they could expect if a real evacuation is needed.  As part of the exercise scenario the Shadow Mountain area will be evacuated. Residents are not required to participate or leave their homes, however the Office of Emergency Management is hoping resident will take part.  If you have questions, call 824-9153.

 

STEAMBOAT PUBLIC WORKS TO REPLACE WATER MAIN

City-of-SteamboatOn Monday, the Steamboat Public Works Department, in contract with Anson Excavating, will begin replacement of an aged, undersized water main along Pine Street between 5th and 9th Streets. Work will begin at the intersection of Pine & 5th, and will progress down Pine Street to 9th Street. Completion is slated for November 1st.  Access to all homes will be maintained at all times. Rolling 1-block closures of Pine Street will be implemented to facilitate the construction, and detours will route motorists and bicyclists along Oak Street and Aspen Street.  If you have questions, contact the Steamboat Public Works Department.

 

DOG OWNERS ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND EVENT AT STAGECOACH

STAGECOACHDog owners looking for a unique opportunity to spend time with their pet are invited to Stagecoach State Park today for the “Stagecoach Scurry and Swim.”  Sponsored by the Friends of Stagecoach State Park, dogs and their owners have the opportunity to take a mile-long hike on the Lakeside Trail, swim in the reservoir, snack on treats and meet other dogs. A five dollar donation gets dog owners and their pet a goodie bag and an event bandana.  In addition, a few photogenic pooches may have their photo featured on state park advertisements.  The event offers an enjoyable opportunity for dogs and dog lovers, and helps promote responsible pet ownership, according to the Friends of Stagecoach State Park.  Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds dog owners that all dogs must be leashed and a seven dollar state park pass, or a $70 yearly pass is required to enter the park.  For more information, call 736-2436.

 

WYOMING FUGITIVE CAUGHT IN MEXICO

sweetwater-county-sheriff-3A fugitive sought for three years by the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office was taken into custody recently, but first he was deported from Mexico.  Sweetwater County Sheriff Rich Haskell said 51-year old Kenneth Ward, formerly of Wamsutter, has been wanted since the summer of 2010 for felony Larceny in the theft of a pickup, a belly-dump trailer, two winches, a utility trailer, a generator, and tire chains from Eaton Trucking of Farson. According to court documents, the property was valued at over $100,000.  Haskell said the Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Apprehension Team worked the case with the United States Marshals Service. They learned that Ward, an American citizen, was in hiding in northwest Mexico. At the request of Federal law enforcement officials, Mexican authorities apprehended Ward and deported him.  Larceny is punishable upon conviction by up to 10 years in prison, and $10,000 in fines.  Haskell said his agency is arranging Ward’s return to Sweetwater County, as the investigation continues.

 

YVEA FINDS WAY TO MEET STATE MANDATE ON RENEWABLE ENERGY

yampa-valley-electric-assocA new power purchase agreement has been reached between community-owned solar developer Clean Energy Collective (CEC) and the Yampa Valley Electric Association (YVEA) – launching YVEA Community Solar. The agreement is expected to help YVEA to meet the state’s newly adopted renewable portfolio standard (RPS) for rural electric cooperatives.  The standard was highly contested by rural Colorado, and was pushed through by Denver lawmakers.  The agreement allows YVEA to buy 500 kilowatts of renewable energy from CEC’s newest array to be built in Craig. Individual YVEA customers can then purchase solar panels in the shared array and receive credit for the energy produced directly on their monthly utility bill.

 

ACLU SAYS LETHAL INJECTION INSTRUCTIONS HAVE BEEN REVISED

ACLUThe American Civil Liberties Union says Colorado’s instructions for putting prisoners to death by lethal injection have been revised to include an alternate drug, underscoring problems in carrying out executions.  The ACLU yesterday released a copy of the instructions, which it obtained after filing suit against the Department of Corrections.  The instructions include a list of three drugs to use for executions, along with an alternate for one of the drugs, sodium pentothal.  The ACLU says that’s a change from a 2011 version of the instructions and shows that sodium pentothal has become hard to get.  A Department of Corrections spokeswoman says she can’t confirm whether the instructions have changed. But she acknowledges sodium pentothal has become scarce and notes state law allows the use of a substitute.

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The Steamboat Springs School District RE-2 Board of Education meeting will be Monday, August 26 at 5:30 pm at the District Office. Click on the link below to be directed to Boardbook and the agenda and packet for the meeting.

https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicHome.aspx?ak=1000692

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In high school sports:
Today:
In boys tennis:
Steamboat hosts Rocky Mountain at 10.

BRONCOS
The Denver Broncos host Saint Louis in preseason action tomorrow.  You can catch all the action live on 55 Country with the pre-game at 4 and the kick-off at 6.

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