NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST

CDOT FINISHES HIGHWAY 13 PROJECT

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has finished a reconstruction project on State Highway (SH) 13 near Meeker that began in October 2011. The project impacted traffic on just under 2 miles of the highway.  Although it finished on budget, it ran slightly behind schedule when the truck carrying paint for highway striping was involved in an accident on I-70 in September and the load of paint spilled on the shoulder. Crews had to wait for new paint to arrive, which caused a slight setback.  The project should provide many benefits to motorists, including increased driver visibility thanks to leveling of curves and hills, increased safety with widened road shoulders, a smoother roadway surface, 1,900 feet of new guardrails, and improved drainage with 1,650 feet of installed pipe.  Beginning next spring, CDOT will continue to make highway improvements to Highway 13 just south the recently completed project in order to continue to improve safety.

 

CONGRESSMAN TIPTON TO ATTEND CAPITAL CHRISTMAS TREE CUTTING

Congressman Scott Tipton will be at tomorrow’s event near Meeker, in which the nation’s Capital Christmas Tree will be cut from the White River National Forest.  Tipton will peak at around 10 tomorrow morning.  The 73-foot Engelmann Spruce will be harvested about 40 miles from Meeker on Rio Blanco County Road 8.  It will then be taken into Meeker for a celebration Saturday, before making it’s way through Colorado and then across the country to Washington D.C.  Stops include Rangely, Craig, and Steamboat on Tuesday.  The public is invited to the cutting, as well as the celebration in Meeker.  Each stop on the tour will take around 2 hours before the tree moves on to the next destination.  To see the path the tree will take to Washington, click here.

 

COAL GROUP SHOWS HOW EPA REGS HAVE STIFLED THE ECONOMY

The President and CEO of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Technology is warning of overreaching regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency.  Mike Duncan cites a recent analysis that shows the regulations have caused the premature retirement of 204 coal units across 25 states.  He says the closures represent a loss of 31,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, equivalent to shutting down the entire electricity supply of Ohio.  The study concludes that people at every level of the economy are being affected by the loss of low cost energy from coal, from energy sector workers and communities to energy-intensive manufacturers, struggling small businesses and consumers on tight budgets.  More information about the group’s study can be found by clicking here.

 

OBAMA/RYAN IN COLORADO TODAY, ROMNEY/BIDEN VISIT SATURDAY

Barack Obama and Paul Ryan are headed back to Colorado after cancelling earlier appearances due to Superstorm Sandy.  The president will hold a rally this evening at the University of Colorado in Boulder.  Ryan will appear at a rally in Greeley. There will be more than partisan differences at the two events.  Ryan is slated to appear with country music star Lee Greenwood while Obama’s rally features the Seattle band the Head and the Heart.  Both politicians were supposed to hold events in Colorado Tuesday but scrapped them due to the storm. Colorado is seeing an avalanche of politicians in the final days before the election.  Bill Clinton was in Denver Tuesday night. Romney and Vice President Joe Biden will be in the state Saturday.

 

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE TO VISIT STEAMBOAT TONIGHT

Democratic Congressional candidate Sal pace is planning a tour of Western Colorado leading up to Tuesday’s elections.  Pace is the challenger in the 3rd Congressional District.  He’s running against incumbent Scott Tipton.  Pace’s campaign says the race is a statistical tie right now, and they believe what they call the Western Slope “swing counties” will determine the winner.  Pace’s first stop is tonight in Steamboat.  He’ll meet voters at the Steamboat OFA office on 4th and Lincoln.  Tomorrow, the candidate will visit Grand Junction, Rifle, Edwards and Leadville.

 

CRAIG CHURCH IS DROP OFF POINT FOR OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

Calvary Baptist Church in Craig will participate in this year’s Operation Christmas Child.  The project is a national operation to collect gift-filled shoe boxes for less fortunate children overseas.  The goal is to collect 500 shoe boxes filled with toys, school supplies, and hygiene items.  Nationally the project hopes to serve over 100 million children.  Collection will take place from November 12th through the 17th from 8:30 to 4:30 and November 18th from 8 to noon at the church.

 

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION SEEKS RECIPIENTS FOR EFFICIENCY GRANTS

The Bureau of Reclamation announced it is seeking proposals for its WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant funding opportunity.  Projects that are eligible must conserve water or result in other improvements that address water supply sustainability in the West.  The WaterSMART Program focuses on improving water conservation and sustainability and helping water resource managers make sound decisions about water use. It identifies strategies to ensure that this and future generations will have sufficient supplies of clean water for drinking, economic activities, recreation and ecosystem health. The program also identifies adaptive measures to address climate change and its impact on future water demands. Through WaterSMART and other conservation programs funded over the last three years, more than 580,000 acre-feet of water per year is estimated to have been saved.  You can find more information by clicking here.

In high school sports:
Tomorrow:

In football:
Little Snake River Valley hosts Meeteetse at 1 in the semi-final game.
Steamboat is home against Delta at 7.
Moffat County goes to Palisade.  You can catch that game live on KRAI with the pre-game at 7:45 and the kick-off at 8.  You can also listen online at krai.com.

 

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