NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24TH

PARADE OF LIGHTS IS TONIGHT IN CRAIG

The Parade of Lights is tonight in Craig. The annual parade features Christmas themed floats that are encouraged to include spectacular lighting decorations. Prizes will be awarded to some of the best floats. The parade will travel the old parade route in Craig, from Craig Middle School south to Victory Way, then west to Ledford. The route then goes up past Sunset Meadows and Sandrock Care and Rehab, and finally ends in the Safeway parking lot. It starts at 6 tonight, and once again, KRAI will carry the soundtrack to the parade starting at 5.

 

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR HIT AND RUN AND ELUDING

On November 23, 2012, the District Attorney’s Office charged Andrea Lay with Vehicular Eluding, a class 5 felony, for her alleged role in a Thanksgiving Day hit-and-run accident in Hayden, followed by a high speed chase ending with her arrest in Craig.  Ms. Lay remains in custody at the Moffat County Jail in lieu of $5000 bond.  Ms. Lay’s next appearance in Moffat County Court will be November 27 at 8:30 am.  She is also charged with Child Abuse, Reckless Endangerment, Driving under the Influence, Driving under Suspension, and Reckless Driving, all misdemeanors or traffic offenses.  This case will be prosecuted by the District Attorney’s Office for the 14th Judicial District.  The Colorado State Patrol, Craig Police Department and Hayden Police Department participated in the investigation of this case.

 

CAPITOL CHRISTMAS TREE SET TO ARRIVE IN WASHINGTON MONDAY

The capitol Christmas tree, which was cut from the White River National Forest near Meeker, will arrive in Washington D.C. Monday.  The tree was cut down last month, and began making its way through a tour of Colorado.  After several stops along the way, the tree has made it’s way across the country, and is expected to arrive at it’s final destination Monday.  A Colorado Springs youth has been chosen to light the tree.  You can follow the tree’s journey by clicking here.

 

HELICOPTER TO BE USED IN MULE DEER STUDY NEXT MONTH

As part of an ongoing mule deer study in the Piceance Basin, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be conducting helicopter capture and collaring operations in Game Management Unit 22, beginning in early December. Hunters heading to the area for a late-season hunt are advised that the operations may affect a portion of their hunt.  The Piceance Basin is located southwest of Meeker and contains one of the largest natural gas fields in the United States in addition to one of the largest migratory mule deer populations in the country. Several energy corporations currently own leases throughout the 600 square-mile, big game winter range.  The study, which began in January 2008 and is expected to continue through 2018, is funded and assisted by various partners including the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Colorado State University, Idaho State University, multiple energy corporations including Encana, Williams, Shell, Exxon, Marathon and various sportsmen’s organizations.

POST OFFICE IS READY FOR POTENTIAL RECORD CYBER MONDAY

Count on the U.S. Postal Service to deliver the record amount of purchases 130 million Americans are expected to make on Cyber Monday 2012, the biggest online spending day ever. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), 51.8 percent of people will take advantage of Web-based sales and consumers can take advantage of the Postal Service’s  products and services. “The holiday season is our Super Bowl, with 365 million packages expected to be delivered by the Postal Service this year,” said Gary Reblin, vice president, Domestic Products. “Whether it’s Cyber Monday or any day, USPS will continue to take a leadership role as a catalyst of e-commerce trade between consumers and online merchants.”

The NRF predicts holiday sales to grow 12 percent this year to nearly $100 billion. That means each person will do more than a third of their shopping online. The numbers continue to show support for the growing popularity of online shopping, which grew from $72 billion in 2002 to more than $250 billion in 2011.

Typically viewed as the ceremonial kickoff to the online holiday shopping season, Cyber Monday represents one of the few billion-dollar online spending days of the year and USPS is ready to deliver unmatched value and convenience on Monday and throughout the holiday season.

And while the Postal Service has plenty of products and services to help make your holiday mailing and shipping simpler than ever before, the best advice is to start early.  Reblin added that the Postal Service wants 100 percent visibility of all mail and all packages and track them as they move through our network.

“USPS is committed to providing customers with timely, reliable and accurate delivery service at reasonable prices so they can enjoy this special time of the year,” Reblin said.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

 

BLM EXTENDS COMMENT DEADLINE FOR OIL AND GAS PLAN

The Bureau of Land Management has extended the public comment deadline for its Draft White River Field Office Oil and Gas Resource Management Plan Amendment an additional 45 days.  In August, the BLM released for public review and comment a draft plan outlining multiple alternatives for managing the expected increase in oil and natural gas development on the 1.7 million acres of federal mineral resources it manages on the Piceance Basin in Rio Blanco County, southern Moffat County, and a very small part of northern Garfield County.  The BLM is also hosting an open house meeting Dec. 3 to specifically discuss and answer questions about the innovative wildlife protections proposed in this draft. The open house meeting will provide the opportunity to discuss the potential wildlife protections in detail with BLM specialists. Written comments will be accepted at the open house as well.  Anyone interested is encouraged to stop by anytime Monday, December 3rd, from 5 to 7 at the White River Field Office in Meeker.

DENVER BRONCOS

The Denver Broncos play at Kansas City tomorrow.  You can catch all the action live on 55 Country, with the pre-game at 9 and the kick-off at 11.