One killed in crash near Rifle

A 26-year-old man was killed Wednesday morning when the car he was driving lost control and hit an SUV head on.   At approximately 6:26 a.m. on Wednesday morning, a 1991 Acura Integra was northbound on Garfield County Road 319 when it lost control after going through a curve. The Integra ended up broadside in the southbound lane and collided with a 1985 Jeep Cherokee that was traveling southbound. The driver of the Integra – Eric Jensen, 26, of Palisade – was pronounced dead on scene. The driver of the Jeep Cherokee – Justin Robinson, 37, of Rifle – was transported to Grand River Hospital in Rifle with non-life-threatening injuries. There were no other occupants.   The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but excessive speed is being considered as a possible contributing factor. The driver of the Jeep was wearing his seatbelt, and the driver of the Acura was not wearing his seatbelt properly. The weather was clear and dry at the time of the crash.   The Garfield County Sheriff’s Department, Colorado River Fire Rescue and Garfield County Road and Bridge responded to the scene along with the Colorado State Patrol.


State and federal leaders, including Governor John Hickenlooper, U.S. Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Congressman Scott Tipton will join state lawmakers, policy makers and industry officials at a half-day summit tomorrow to explore progress and possibilities in managing Colorado’s forests at the History Colorado Center.  The 2012 Forest Summit will include three panels and discuss developments in state and federal legislation, review the condition and needs within the state’s wood products industry and examine forest restoration efforts and management work within mountain communities.  Interested stakeholders working in government, community organizations and the forest products industry are encouraged to attend. The summit is free and open to the general public; no RSVP is necessary.  The event is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. October 12 in the Mountain View Room at the History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway in Denver. For further details about the event, contact Lisa Dale at the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, 303-866-3311 x-8657 or via email at



Advertisements opposing fossil fuels and touting “green solutions” far outnumbered messages calling for domestic energy development in 2008. Since then, rising costs and hostile regulations have cost jobs and stunted growth, and the luster of boutique fuels such as solar and wind has faded.  That’s according to a study by the New York Times.  The Times says messages today appeal for more fossil fuel development, and coal and coal miners play significant roles in America’s energy future. There are several organizations now seeking to promote coal use, economic growth and energy affordability on the airwaves and the campaign trail this election season.  The group “Count on Coal” has even launched a YouTube campaign to promote the industry, and educate people about the fossil fuel.



Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler says Colorado now has more registered voters than ever.  Gessler said yesterday that preliminary results show there are now about 3.6 million registered voters in the state. That includes more than 79,000 people who registered from September 1st through the deadline Tuesday.  The total of 3.6 million registered voters is up from 3.2 million in 2008 and almost 3.3 million in 2010.  The final tally for 2012 is expected to rise, as last-minute registrations continue to be processed.  Gessler’s office had launched a multimedia campaign in September to encourage people to register.  Gessler also led an effort this year that asked 3,903 people on voter rolls to verify their citizenship. That resulted in finding that 141 non-citizens were illegally registered to vote.



County clerks are gearing up for the upcoming general election.  Those who have requested a mail-in ballot should start getting them in the mail next week.  Clerks will start mailing them out Monday.  Early voting is October 22nd through November 2nd.  You can vote during courthouse hours, from 8 to 4:45.  Mail-in ballots need to be at the courthouse by Election Day.  If you forget to mail it, you can drop it off at the courthouse until 7 in the evening on Election Day, November 6th.  Polls will be open from 7 to 7 on Election Day.  You can call your local clerk and recorder’s office to find out where your polling location is.  A sample ballot is available by clicking the link below.

2012 General Election Sample Ballot

Where to vote in Moffat County

Routt County early voting info

Routt County sample ballots and polling locations

Rio Blanco County Sample Ballot

Rio Blanco county polling places and voter info



USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Trudy Kareus, announced that FSA will issue Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP) payments during the first few weeks of October.  CRP and DCP payments could be affected if producers have not submitted the required Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) forms. Affected producers will need to submit the proper AGI forms before payments can be issued. In addition, producers who signed up for CRP emergency haying and grazing and did not pay in advance will notice that their annual rental payment was reduced by the acreage that was hayed or grazed.  Kareus says those producers who were affected by county office consolidations won’t have their payments affected, as long as all of their eligibility requirements have been met.  For more information on CRP and DCP payments, contact your local FSA office.



This week is Fire Prevention Week, and Routt County Emergency Preparedness has some tips to help keep you safe.  Smoke alarms and escape plans can be crucial in surviving a home fire.  Between 2008 and 2010, there were an average of over 366,000 unintended residential fires per year in the U.S., causing over 2,300 deaths, 12,500 injuries and $7 billion in property damage.  The top cause of those residential fires is cooking equipment.  Faulty heating and cooling equipment and portable space heaters are also a major contributor to house fires.  Fire officials say the two best ways to ensure survival in a house fire are keeping your smoke alarm batteries up to date, and sitting down with your family to determine an escape route, and a safe meeting place outside the house.

In high school sports:

In football:
Moffat County hosts Glenwood in a rare Thursday night game.  You can catch all the action live on (93-7/102-3) KRAI, with the pre-game at 6:45 and the kick-off at 7.  You can also listen online at

In volleyball:
Moffat County is home against Aspen at 6.

In boys soccer:
Moffat County goes to Steamboat at 4.

In cross country:
Moffat County, Meeker, Rangely and Steamboat run at Rifle.

In football:
Steamboat hosts Palisade at 7.
Soroco travels to Rangely at 7.
Meeker is on the road to Cedaredge at 7.

In girls volleyball:
Steamboat goes to Palisade at 6.
Meeker is home against Paonia at 6.
Rangely heads to Hotchkiss at 6.

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