NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR SATURDAY, MAY 11TH

 

SPECIAL OLYMPICS IN CRAIG TODAY

The Special Olympics Western Area Summer Games will be held in Craig tomorrow.  Athletes throughout the Western Slope will show up to compete in various events, including swimming, weight lifting, and track and field events. The community is encouraged to show up and support the athletes. The games are free to attend. They start at 9 tomorrow morning at Moffat County High School.

OIL AND GAS LEASE SALE PLANNED FOR MOFFAT COUNTY

The Bureau of Land Management Colorado is offering four parcels in northwestern Colorado in its August oil and gas lease sale, and reviewing a proposal to offer nine more in its February 2014 lease sale.  Three parcels in the August lease sale cover over 2,100 acres in Moffat County. The BLM will also offer one Forest Service parcel for 381 acres in Garfield County. Maps of these parcels are posted online.  The deadline for submitting protests is June 10th. The lease sale is scheduled for Aug. 8th, at the Colorado State Office.  A two-week public scoping period begins Monday for a proposal to include nine parcels totaling almost 7,500 acres in Moffat County north of Craig in the February 13th sale.  The scoping period affords the public an opportunity to help identify issues and concerns to be addressed in the leasing environmental assessment, which will be available for a 30-day public comment period Aug. 2nd.  These parcels are identified as available to oil and gas leasing under the current resource management plan for the Little Snake Field Office. Nineteen additional parcels were nominated totaling nearly 17,000 acres in priority Greater Sage-grouse habitat in Moffat County, but will not be offered in the February lease sale.  The State of Colorado receives 49 percent of the proceeds from lease sales, with the remainder going to the U.S. government.

LETTER CARRIERS IN CRAIG PICKING UP FOOD DONATIONS TODAY

Letter Carriers in Craig are asking postal customers “to help the hungry” and donate to the annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive across America today. This is the nation’s largest one-day food drive. All food collected will go to local food bank charities, which will make distribution to area families in need. A plastic bag with food can be set by residents’ mailboxes today for collection. Food items should be non-perishable, such as dried, canned and packaged products. Items most needed by food banks are canned meats, soup, fruits and vegetables, and packaged non-perishables such as pasta, cereal, powdered milk and vegetables. Nearly a billion pounds of food have been collected by letter carriers and Post Offices over the last 20 years to feed America’s hungry.

 

INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENT TO START MONDAY IN STEAMBOAT

Intersection improvements required by the City of Steamboat and the Colorado Department of Transportation, associated with the opening of Natural Grocers at 3rd and Lincoln will begin on Monday. The work will consist of replacement of the signal pole on the northeast corner of the intersection near the Post Office, adding a lane to 3rd Street on the Natural Grocers side, restriping of the intersection, and retiming of the intersection signals.  The project will enable traffic movements at the intersection to be coordinated and will improve traffic efficiency.  Leadership Circle, the developer of the Natural Grocer location, is responsible for the cost of the intersection improvements.  Leadership Circle and the City of Steamboat are splitting the cost of the signal improvements.  Traffic delays, lane closures, and pedestrian detours should be expected.  The public is asked to follow all signage and use caution when entering the construction zone.  All work is expected to be complete by the beginning of June.

YVEA WARNS RESIDENTS ABOUT PHONE SCAM

A scam in Northwest Colorado targets people and businesses that use Yampa Valley Electric Association.   The fraud is happening over the phone. Scammers claim to be from the “electric company” and say they are trying to collect funds. They tell members that if they don’t go buy a Money Pak card, their service will be disconnected.  YVEA officials want to remind members to never give personal information over the phone.  You should also refuse any offer that asks you to buy a prepaid credit or debit card like Money Pak.  YVEA has online bill-pay available on their website.

HICKENLOOPER SIGNS ELECTIONS OVERHAUL

A Colorado elections overhaul that includes same-day voter registration and mailing ballots to all voters has being signed into law.  Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper signed the bill yesterday afternoon.  Democrats who sponsored the legislation say the goal is to enfranchise more voters and make it easier to vote. But Republicans have raised concerns about voter fraud and no GOP lawmakers voted for the bill.  With the bill, every registered voter will get a ballot by mail, but they could still vote in person.  They could vote at any of the voting centers established by the bill, instead of the current system of going to a designated precinct polling place.  The bill will also eliminate the category of “inactive” voters, which restricts their ability to get ballots by mail.

In high school sports:
Yesterday:

In boys lacrosse:
Steamboat beat Cheyenne Mountain in the second round of the playoffs (10-9).

In girls soccer:
Moffat County fell to Manitou Springs in the 1st round of the playoffs in double overtime (2-1).

In tennis:
Steamboat’s remaining teams fell before the championship rounds at the state tournament.

Today:
In track:
Hayden, Meeker, Rangely, Steamboat, Moffat County and Soroco continue at the Western Slope League championship in Grand Junction.
Little Snake River Valley continues at Regionals in Lander.

In boys swimming:
Moffat County continues at the Western Slope League Championship at Colorado Mesa University.