NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13TH

In high school sports:
Yesterday:

In football:
Steamboat lost to Palisade 52-7.
Soroco fell to Rangely 54-7.
Meeker was defeated by Cedaredge 39-13.

In girls volleyball:
Steamboat fell to Palisade (16-25, 18-25, 23-25).
Meeker lost to Paonia (25-16, 20-25, 18-25, 15-25).

 

UNION GIVES PARTIAL REFUNDS AFTER NATIONAL OUTAGE

On Monday, October 8th, both large and small wireless providers across the country experienced a disruption in text (SMS) and picture (MMS) messaging transmission between carrier systems.  It took over 40-hours to ascertain what caused the issue and to correct the problem.  The outage was caused by a data center in Plano, Texas that experienced a disruption in power supply from the local utility.  This center serves as a hub for SMS and MMS traffic nationally.  Brian Woody, Union Telephone’s Chief Customer Relations Officer, noted that many customers of Union Wireless were unfortunately impacted by the SMS and MMS service disruption.  Even though the disruption in service was not caused by or the fault of Union Wireless, the company will be providing a credit of $5 for every customer that currently has an unlimited text and picture messaging plan on Union’s system.  The five-dollar credit will be applied during the October 2012 billing period.

 

NATION’S CHRISTMAS TREE TO START TRAVELING FROM MEEKER

Sen. Mark Udall, Sen. Michael Bennet, and Reps. Diana DeGette, Jared Polis, Scott Tipton, Cory Gardner, Doug Lamborn, Mike Coffman and Ed Perlmutter Friday welcomed the kick-off to the 2012 U.S. Capitol Christmas tree’s journey from Colorado to Washington, D.C.  The “People’s Tree,” a 73-inch Engleman Spruce, will be cut from the White River National Forest’s Blanco Ranger District near Meeker, Colo., on Nov. 2, 2012, and will make its way to the nation’s capital via stops in Colorado and around the country.

“I’m thrilled that Colorado’s White River National Forest was selected to gift a tree from Colorado to the nation.  Our state’s open spaces, outdoor recreation and tourism industry are key parts of what makes Colorado such a special place to live and work.  This tree will be a symbol of what makes Colorado a great state,” Udall said.  “It also is a visible reminder of the challenges facing our forests – from a widespread beetle epidemic to the most severe wildfire season in recent memory – and the work we have ahead of us to ensure their health.”

This is a unique opportunity for Rio Blanco County to highlight Colorado’s great outdoors and natural resources, while also underscoring the importance of keeping our state’s forests healthy and instituting good forest-management practices to mitigate wildfire danger.  The past summer was one of our state’s toughest droughts and most severe fire seasons.  One of the partners for the project, Choose Outdoors, will raise funds during the tour for restoration efforts for the High Park and Waldo Canyon fires.

The nationwide celebration starts in Meeker on Nov. 6.  The tree will be delivered to the U.S. Capitol on Nov. 26 and decorated with 5,000 homemade ornaments from Coloradans before its lighting in December.

Colorado Tour National Tour
Nov. 6:    Meeker – Rangely – Steamboat Springs
Nov. 7:    Dillon – Glenwood Springs
Nov. 8:    Grand Junction – Montrose
Nov. 9:    Cortez – Durango
Nov. 10:  Pagosa Springs – Alamosa
Nov. 11:  Colorado Springs – Denver
Nov. 12:  Greeley – La Junta
Nov. 13:  Albuquerque, NM
Nov. 14:  Amarillo, Texas
Nov. 15:  Dallas, Texas
Nov. 16:  Oklahoma City, Okla.
Nov. 17:  Kansas City, Mo.
Nov. 18:  St. Louis, Mo.
Nov. 19:  Nashville, Tenn.
Nov. 20:  Atlanta, Ga.
Nov. 21:  Asheville, NC
Nov. 22:  Charlotte, NC
Nov. 23:  Staunton, Va.
Nov. 24:  Allentown and Milford, Pa.
Nov. 25:  Joint Base Andrews, Md.
Nov. 26:  U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

 

TIPTON SPEAKS TO 2012 FOREST SUMMIT

Speaking at the 2012 Forest Summit Friday, Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) focused on forest management and wildfire prevention efforts, and urged ‘cooperative problem solving’ to address the challenges facing Colorado forests.

Remarks of Rep. Scott Tipton as prepared for delivery:

I want to thank Governor Hickenlooper and the Colorado Department of Natural Resources for organizing today’s event and for their outstanding leadership on forest management issues. As a strong believer that forest management policy is best determined at the state level, I can’t think of a more appropriate forum in which to have this discussion. I also want to thank our Colorado Senators for their comments and for the leadership that they have shown.

This group needs no reminder that 2012 has been one of the worst years on record for wildfires in the State of Colorado. More than 379,597 acres have burned in Colorado this year, destroying 653 homes and taking six lives. Amidst this terrible tragedy, brave men and women risked their lives to fight these raging fires, and officials at the state and federal level rose to the challenge to stop the destruction and begin mitigation of that which was lost.

The effort and investment required fighting a fire and restoring the land and communities affected is a harsh reminder that it is far more prudent and cost effective to responsibly manage our forests in advance of tragedy. Taking proactive steps to reduce the risk of wildfires by addressing those conditions known to cause them will undoubtedly reduce fires of the magnitude experienced this year in the future.

In May I joined with Chairmen from the House Subcommittee on Parks, Forests, and Public Lands as well as Water and Power to hold an oversight hearing in Montrose on the current regulatory framework for federally managed forests and how we can improve on that framework. I see here today many of the faces from that highly informative hearing and I want to thank those of you who joined for your contribution and your comments. I believe that local communities know their forests best and know what needs to be done to restore them to healthy conditions. For that reason, I introduced legislation following the Montrose hearing which would give state governors, county commissioners, and tribes a greater voice in identifying high risk areas and determining the appropriate measures to mitigate that risk.

This legislation builds on the bipartisan Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 and provides the tools necessary to safeguard communities, water supplies, species habitat, and promote a healthy natural environment. Expanding on the tools in the Healthy Forests Restoration Act which have proven to be effective, the Healthy Forest Management and Wildfire Prevention Act can help reduce the cost imposed on taxpayers due to litigation, expedite emergency mitigation procedures, and restore our forests before they go up in flames, when the costs are far greater. My legislation prioritizes conservation and will help reduce the investment required of taxpayers by making public private partnerships more feasible.

The participants of Colorado’s Forest Summit have a long history of cooperative problem solving.  Today’s event gives me hope that we will once again be able to come together to improve forest conditions so that future generations have the same opportunities that we have to enjoy clean air and water, abundant wildlife and vegetation, and all of the benefits that a healthy forest provides.

Background on the Healthy Forest Management and Wildfire Prevention Act:

The Healthy Forest Management and Wildfire Prevention Act (H.R. 6089) would allow governors, in consultation with county commissioners from affected counties as well as affected Indian tribes, to designate high-risk areas and develop emergency hazardous fuels reduction projects for those areas, enabling states to better protect their communities, species habitats, water supplies, and natural areas and help ameliorate those conditions that lead to unhealthy forests and devastating wildfires. The bill has cleared the House Natural Resources Committee and is awaiting a vote in the House.

In addition to providing states with increased discretion over the management of lands within their borders, the Healthy Forest Management and Wildfire Prevention Act would allow treatment projects to move forward under the streamlined review processes set forth in the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003. The Healthy Forest Management and Wildfire Prevention Act protects all valid and existing rights on applicable lands and preserves the current protection framework for wilderness areas and national monuments.  This legislation does not create any new federal spending and has been widely endorsed.

 

Yesterday:
In football:
Steamboat lost to Palisade 52-7.
Soroco fell to Rangely 54-7.
Meeker was defeated by Cedaredge 39-13.

In girls volleyball:
Steamboat fell to Palisade (16-25, 18-25, 23-25).
Meeker lost to Paonia (25-16, 20-25, 18-25, 15-25).

Today:
In football:
Hayden hosts West Grand at 1.

In volleyball:
Little Snake River Valley is home against Encampment.
Hayden welcomes West Grand at 2.
Steamboat heads to Delta at 1.
Soroco welcomes Meeker at 1.
Rangely is home against Plateau Valley at 3.

In boys soccer:
Moffat County plays at Aspen at 11.
Steamboat hosts Glenwood at 11.