Trapper-Mine-300Trapper Mine has released a statement regarding the incidents this week at the mine site.  According to the release, the mine employee, who was injured in a routine procedure and taken by ambulance to the Memorial Hospital is expected to fully recover.  The name of the person injured was not released.  That accident is being fully investigated by Trapper, local and state authorities, and the Mine Safety and Health Administration.  In addition, the plumes of “smoke” observed on Trapper property are related to a landslide that occurred in October 2006 where a contained coal seam is on fire.  The fire is adjacent to ongoing activity at the mine.  Work is being done to extinguish the fire and bury the smoldering coal seam to the extent possible.  Visible dust, ash and smoke of intermittent short-term duration may be expected.  The complete text of the press release is available below.

Trapper Mine Press Release – August 6, 2013 

Trapper Mine, a surface coal mine located six miles south of Craig, has experienced two recent accidents resulting in injuries to members of the Trapper family.  If an accident occurs, Trapper’s immediate and sole focus is to professionally respond with all the resources available to ensure that involved employees are provided with the best care possible.  Our attention is then directed to other employees and to family members or significant other parties who may be involved and in need of information and support.  After those needs have been met, information may be made available to the public as appropriate.

On August 5, 2013, at approximately 3:00 a.m., a collision between two pieces of heavy mobile equipment occurred at the mine.  The operator of one vehicle was injured with non-life-threatening injuries.  On September 4, 2013, at approximately 12:00 p.m., a second accident occurred with a maintenance employee injured during a routine procedure.  Both employees are expected to fully recover.  Both accidents were promptly reported and are being fully investigated by Trapper, appropriate local and state authorities, and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).

In addition, plumes of “smoke” reportedly observed on Trapper property are related to the landslide that occurred in October 2006.  A contained coal seam is on fire.  Mine activity is adjacent to the burn area.  Work is being done to extinguish the fire and bury the smoldering coal seam to the extent possible.  Visible dust, ash and smoke of intermittent short-term duration may be expected.

Trapper Mine is fully committed to the ideal that safety must at all times be Trapper Mine’s primary focus in order to maintain the health and well-being of its employees.


club 20-229CLUB 20, a business advocacy group for Colorado’s 22 Western Counties, yesterday afternoon passed a resolution supporting the “bipartisan nature” and “broad coalition” of the Senate’s immigration overhaul bill, which was written by the “Gang of 8” Senators.  The resolution – passed by unanimous consent at yesterday’s fall meeting of the Board – encouraged the Colorado Congressional delegation to support the principles of the bill.  Club 20 says the bill, which passed the Senate in June, makes important fixes to an outdated visa system, provides significantly more tools and resources to secure the border, establishes a sensible system for the future flow of immigration, and creates a tough but fair path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.  The House of Representatives has not yet voted upon the bill or an alternative.


sheep wagonThe Annual Craig Sheep Wagon Days at the Wyman Living History Museum kicks off next week with 2nd grade school tours followed by a family friendly event. Residents are invited to learn about the sheep industry in Moffat County.  Thursday and Friday there will be hands-on educational stations that cover all stages of raising sheep in Northwest Colorado as well as the history of an ever dwindling industry. Stations will include raising sheep, sheep herders, meat, wool, spinning, weaving, butter making, touring sheep wagons and more.  Saturday will include all of the educational stations as well as a bagpiper, live music, vendors, a hay maze, antique tractor pulls, bounce houses, fishing in the oxbow, concession and more.  The Wyman museum will also be open during the event.  The hours of each day’s activities can be found below.

Thursday September 12th 8am to 3pm,

Friday September 13th 8am to 2pm

Saturday September 14th 10am to 4pm.


CONNECTIONS4KIDSParenting the Love and Logic Way will be offered in Craig beginning October 1st.   Love and Logic provides simple and practical techniques to help parents with kids of all ages raise responsible kids, have more fun in their role and easily and immediately change their children’s behavior.  Moffat County Department of Social Services and Connections 4 Kids, the early childhood council serving Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, are offering the six-week class.  The class will be held from 6 to 8 on Tuesday evenings from October 1st to November 5th at The Center of Craig.  The class is offered free of charge to parents and educators of children of all ages. Educators who attend the class can receive continuing education hours. Complimentary refreshments and on-site child care will also be available.  If you want more information, call 824-1081.



BRIDGEBeginning Monday, the Wyoming Department of Transportation will be closing a small section on the west end of Sunset Boulevard as crews begin paving on the Flaming Gorge Road Project. The closure is expected to last about 10 days.  Motorists traveling on US 191 will not be able to access Sunset Blvd and will be detoured eastbound on Foothill Blvd, onto the Interchange Road near the Rock Springs Wastewater Treatment Plant and then back onto Sunset.  In addition, those traveling west on Sunset Blvd will not be allowed to access US 191 near Cruel Jacks. Residents and workers will still be able to access their homes on Sunset Blvd. from the east end. WYDOT recommends all travelers on Interstate 80 wishing to access Sunset Boulevard do so at exit 102, Dewar Drive, if possible. Expect delays and be cautious of roadside workers.  The Flaming Gorge Road project consists of one bridge replacement and two bridge improvements at the intersection of US 191 South and Interstate 80 near Cruel Jack’s.  The first bridge off exit 99 that travels over I-80 is the one being replaced.

agenda tile -450MCTA Agenda Sept. 13



In high school sports:
In football:
Little Snake River Valley lost to Saratoga (58-12).
Meeker defeated Coal Ridge (36-13).
Steamboat topped Summit County (37-32).
Soroco beat Justice (54-6).
Rangely shut out Plateau Valley (60-0).
Moffat County fell to Rifle (62-0).

In volleyball:
Steamboat beat Basalt (25-17; 25-5)
Meeker defeated Hayden (3-1).
Moffat County lost to Rifle (25-22; 25-18; 25-23).
Rangely fell to Plateau Valley (25-16; 25-20; 25-11).
Little Snake River Valley topped Manila (25-15; 25-11; 25-7).

In football:
Hayden goes to Day Spring Christian at 1.

In volleyball:
Soroco goes to West Grand at 1.
Little Snake River Valley hosts Farson at 3.
Rangely heads to Hotchkiss at 3.
Moffat County continues hosting their tournament with Steamboat attending.
Hayden travels to Vail Mountain at 1.
Meeker heads to Vail Christian at 3.

In boys soccer:
Steamboat goes to Rifle at 11.

In cross country:
Rangely and Steamboat run at Battle Mountain at 10.

In tennis:
Steamboat continues at a tournament at Colorado Mesa University.

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