NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH

Yampa Valley Crane Festival

The inaugural Yampa Valley Crane Festival continues today through Wednesday in Steamboat and Hayden.

Sunday’s Yampa Valley Crane Festival programming focuses on family crane viewing and educational programs, plus a photography workshop. Sunday’s Crane Festival headquarters is The Nature Conservancy’s Carpenter Ranch in Hayden.

All events are FREE.  For a detailed schedule of activities visit EVENTS.

 

LOVE INC. PIG ROAST TODAY

Love Inc. is having their annual pig roast and silent auction fundraiser today at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.  Tickets are $11 for individuals $37 for families.  The event is today from 11:30am to 1:30pm.

 

Growth in Colorado Agricultural Exports

Colorado’s agricultural exports increased by $107.1 million or 18 percent to $710.1 million in the first six months of 2012 over 2011, led by export increases in meats, dairy, wheat and dry beans.

“Colorado agriculture is the fabric of this state, with quality locally grown products sold from our local farmers markets to markets abroad, rich with opportunity,” said Colorado Agricultural Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar. “We are enthused about the continued growth of Colorado’s agricultural exports to international markets which contribute to Colorado’s economic vitality.”

Colorado’s agricultural export increases were led by Colorado’s leading agricultural commodities.

  • Meat exports increased by $79 million or 22 percent.
  • Dairy exports increased by $14 million or 44 percent, more than doubling dairy exports since 2010.
  • Vegetable (predominately dry edible beans) exports increased nearly $10 million or 188 percent.
  • Wheat exports increased by $2 million, with growth primarily in the Mexican market.

Colorado’s top export markets continue to lead in agricultural exports.

  • Exports to Canada increased 11 percent by $19 million to $191.9 million.
  • Exports to Mexico increased 16 percent by $21 million to $149 million.
  • Exports to Japan increased 48 percent by $32 million to $99.6 million.
  • Exports to China increased 18 percent by $9.8 million to $63 million.
  • Exports to Korea increased 6 percent by $3 million to $56.9 million.
  • Exports to Russia increased 83 percent by $13 million to $28.7 million.

“Agricultural exports are often a major share of Colorado’s total exports to our key international markets,” said Salazar. “It is important that we continue to advocate for further access in global markets for our agricultural products.  Colorado’s agricultural exports have further growth opportunities as we work to open and expand global markets.”

  • Colorado agricultural exports in the first six months of 2012 increased by $194.2 million or 38 percent since the first six months of 2010.
  • Colorado’s agricultural exports accounted for 17.9 percent of Colorado’s total exports.
  • Colorado’s agricultural exports accounted for 19.8 percent of Colorado’s total exports to Canada.
  • Colorado’s agricultural exports accounted for 35.7 percent of Colorado’s total exports to Mexico.
  • Colorado’s agricultural exports accounted for 18.9 percent of Colorado’s total exports to China.
  • Colorado’s agricultural exports accounted for 46 percent of Colorado’s total exports to Japan.
  • Colorado’s agricultural exports accounted for 45.9 percent of Colorado’s total exports to Korea.
  • Colorado’s agricultural exports accounted for 66 percent of Colorado’s total exports to Russia.

TRAIL IN ROUTT NATIONAL FOREST TO CLOSE FOR ROAD WORK

A short section of a popular trail on the Routt National Forest near Dumont Lake will close next week to accommodate rehabilitation work on the adjacent Four Counties Ditch.  Forest Trail 1101 will be closed from Dumont Lake to Base Camp Road (Forest Road 311) for the remainder of this fall and a portion of next year, while wetlands rehabilitation work is being done on the Four Counties Ditch.  The affected trail has the designation as part of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.  Posted signs will mark the segment of closed trail as such, with Base Camp Road serving as the alternate route.  Dumont Lake is located near the east summit of Rabbit Ears Pass, just northeast of the intersection of Hwy 40 and Forest Road 315.  Multiple work projects are taking place in the area, including repairs to the Muddy Creek dam on Dumont Lake.  The Dumont Lake day-use area and picnic site are closed while the dam is being repaired.  All resulting closures are short-term impacts to area recreationists who will ultimately greatly benefit from the improvements.

 

Weekend High School Results:
In football:
Moffat County beat Steamboat 56-27.
Hayden topped Rocky Mountain Lutheran 48-6.
Soroco won against Plateau Valley 63-0.
Rangely beat Nucla 61-6
Little Snake River over Guernsey-Sunrise 58-31

In boys soccer:
Steamboat fell to Palisade 4-2.

In tennis:
Steamboat was defeated by Aspen 4-3

In volleyball:
Hayden lost in three games to West Grand on Friday and in five to North Park on Saturday
SoRoCo lost to Rangely on Friday, 20-25, 25-13, 26-24 and 25-18
Steamboat beat Summit in three, 25-18, 25-21 and 25-21.