NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29TH

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCORES FROM FRIDAY:

In football:
Hayden beat Rangely 69-30.
Soroco lost to Vail Christian 26-6.
Moffat County fell to Eagle Valley 48-14.

In volleyball:
Hayden defeated Soroco (25-17, 33-31, 25-20).
Steamboat beat Eagle Valley (25-23, 25-20, 25-22).
Rangely lost to Paonia (11-25, 16-25, 21-25).

PARKS AND WILDLIFE LETS HUNTERS KNOW ABOUT A PARTIAL CLOSURE IN THE WHITE RIVER NATIONAL FOREST

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is advising hunters heading to Game Management Unit (GMU) 23 in the White River National Forest that the southeast portion of the unit will be temporarily closed by the U.S. Forest Service during the upcoming big-game seasons due to concerns about an active wildfire in the area.

Although recent rainfall has dampened the fire, USFS officials are concerned about the number of weakened trees and snags caused by the heat and flames, as well as concerns that the fire could re-ignite as temperatures rise and rainfall moves out of the area. The closure extends through Dec. 31, but could end sooner if conditions warrant.

USFS officials say the Middle Elk fire was caused by an unattended campfire. Since it was discovered, it has grown to 257 acres, burning in a mix of spruce and fir trees, open areas and high elevation aspen groves west of Forest Road 245, also known as the Buford – New Castle Road. The road is not currently included in the closure and remains open to hunters.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding hunters and other outdoor recreationists to observe closure notices and to follow campfire rules and regulations as they head to their camps.

“This past summer in Colorado, we saw first-hand how serious wildfires can be,” said Ron Velarde, Regional Manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “It is concerning that, even with the loss of life and damage to property that occurred from wildfires just a few months ago, we continue to see examples of irresponsible behavior by a few people, putting many at risk.”

In northwest Colorado this year, wildlife managers have discovered numerous unattended campfires. Officials with the Upper Colorado Inter-Agency Fire Management Unit say they have seen an increase in the number of unattended campfires over previous years. Officials with the USFS report discovering seven unattended campfires over one recent weekend in northwest Colorado.

“It is critical that campfires be attended, and safe,” said Bill de Vergie, Area Wildlife Manger for Colorado Parks and Wildlife in Meeker. “During the seasons, our officers check for hunting violations, but we will also be looking for any unsafe situation, including unattended campfires.”

To make sure your campfire is completely out, please follow these recommended rules:

- Allow the wood to burn completely to ash, if possible
- Pour lots of water on the fire; drown ALL embers, not just the red ones
- Pour until hissing sound stops
- Stir the campfire ashes and embers with a shovel
- Scrape the sticks and logs to remove any embers
- Stir and make sure everything is wet and they are cold to the touch

If you do not have water, use dirt. Mix enough dirt or sand with the embers. Continue adding and stirring until all material is cool. Do not bury the fire as it will continue to smolder and could ignite roots, eventually rising to the surface and starting a wildfire.

Any person responsible for starting a wildfire could be assessed stiff fines and prison time, and may be financially liable for damage caused by a wildfire due to their careless or negligent behavior.

For information about hunting access in GMU 23, contact Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Meeker office at 970-878-6090.

ROCK SPRINGS MAN CHARGED WITH POSSESSING DRUGS IN SHERIFF’S OFFICE PARKING LOT

While using drugs under any circumstances is inadvisable, doing so in the parking lot of a law enforcement agency is a particularly bad idea.

Sweetwater County Sheriff Rich Haskell said that on Wednesday afternoon, a man was spotted smoking methamphetamine in his car parked at the County Office Complex in Rock Springs, which houses both the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office and the Circuit Court of Judge Dan Forgey. A court clerk notified deputies, who confronted the man, identified as Chadwick Cherny, 28, of Rock Springs.

The deputies observed Cherny to be under the influence of a central nervous system stimulant. Cherny admitted he had drugs on his person and handed over “a small plastic ziplock-type bag that contained a white crystalline substance” which he said was methamphetamine.

Cherny was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance.  As of press time he remains in custody at the Sweetwater County Detention Center in lieu of a $600 cash or surety bond.

COLORADO COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS WIN GRANTS TO IMPROVE QUALITY OF CARE

Eleven community health centers across the state have been awarded grants by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to improve the quality of care and ensure more women are screened for cervical cancer. The grants will help the centers become patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) and increase their rates of cervical cancer screening.

Colorado will receive a total of $577,083 from HHS through the Quality Improvement in Health Centers program, which is awarding grants to 810 health centers nationwide as they work to make changes such as improved care coordination and management, that are necessary to become patient-centered medical homes.

The Colorado health centers receiving funds are listed below:

  • Clinica Campesina Family Health Services, Lafayette: $55,000
  • Plains Medical Center, Inc., Limon: $55,000
  • Plan De Salud Del Valle, Inc., Fort Lupton: $55,000
  • Uncompahgre Combined Clinics, Norwood: $55,000
  • High Plains Community Health Center, Lamar: $55,000
  • Mountain Family Health Center, Nederland: $55,000
  • Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, Inc., Craig: $55,000
  • Valley-Wide Health Systems, Inc., Alamosa: $55,000
  • Denver Health and Hospital Authority, Denver: $55,000
  • Metro Community Provider Network, Englewood: $55,000
  • Pueblo Community Health Center, Pueblo: $27,083

In high school sports:
Yesterday:

In football:
Hayden beat Rangely 69-30.
Soroco lost to Vail Christian 26-6.
Moffat County fell to Eagle Valley 48-14.

In volleyball:
Hayden defeated Soroco (25-17, 33-31, 25-20).
Steamboat beat Eagle Valley (25-23, 25-20, 25-22).
Rangely lost to Paonia (11-25, 16-25, 21-25).

Tomorrow:
In football:
Little Snake River Valley hosts H.E.M. at 2.
Steamboat is welcomes Montezuma-Cortez at 1.

In volleyball:
Hayden is home against Rangely at 3.
Moffat County travels to Roaring Fork at 1.
Soroco is on the road to West Grand at 1.
Meeker hosts North Park at 2.

In boys soccer:
Moffat County heads to Vail Mountain at 11.

In cross country:
Moffat County, Rangely and Meeker run at Fruita Monument.
Steamboat hosts a meet.

DENVER BRONCOS
The Denver Broncos host Oakland Sunday.  You can catch all the action live on 55 Country with the pre-game at noon and the kick-off at 2.