ACCIDENT AT TRAPPER MINE SENDS AT LEAST ONE TO HOSPITAL
The Mine Safety and Health Administration is investigating an incident at Trapper Mine. Emergency medical personnel, the Moffat County Sheriff’s Department and Craig Fire Rescue responded to a call from Trapper Mine just after noon yesterday, for what was called an industrial accident. It was reported to us that at least one individual was taken to the hospital by ambulance. Calls to Trapper Mine and M-SHAW have gone unanswered today.
BEAR DISPLAYED AT MUSEUM OF NORTHWEST COLORADO
The black bear that romped though Craig in April last year and was ultimately euthanized by an officer of the Colorado Division of Wildlife, is now back in Craig…at the Museum of Northwest Colorado. The bear arrived at the museum as a life-size taxidermy mount late last month, and was put on display earlier this week. When the Bear was discovered, last year in a tree in Craig it was already wearing a tag indicating previous human contact. According to the state’s “two-strike” policy, bears that have been previously tagged are to be put down. The bear was donated to the Museum by the Division of Wildlife, and will remain on permanent display at the Museum of Northwest Colorado in downtown Craig. Click on photos of the bear to enlarge.
MULTIPLE LOGGING OPERATIONS UNDERWAY IN FOREST
Multiple logging operations are, or will soon be, underway in parts of the Hahns Peak-Bears Ears Ranger District of the Routt National Forest. As a result, Forest visitors are reminded to be aware of increased truck traffic and heavy equipment activity, as well as potential road and trail closures. The Forest Service regrets any inconvenience that closures may cause the public; however, these treatments are needed to ensure long-term public safety and forest health. The projects are listed below.
Whale Tail Timber Sale – Logging operations will be occurring through the fall on and around Forest Roads 415.1, 415.1A, and 415.1B near the Colorado/ Wyoming border off of Forest Road 550. Log hauling will occur on these roads that are typically closed to motorized travel. Portions of Forest Trail 1197 will also be closed for a short period of time in mid-September as harvest work progresses.
Dumont Lake Area Hazard Tree Removal –Forest Road 311 will remain closed until September 14 for roadside hazard tree removal work near Dumont Lake on Rabbit Ears Pass. Access to the Continental Divide Trail (Forest Trail 1101) and the popular Rabbit Ears area is still accessible via hiking trails that by-pass harvest operations.
Larson II Timber Sale – Forest visitors traveling west of Steamboat Lake should expect to encounter logging and hauling operations on and around Forest Road 42 through the fall. This and other roads that are typically open will remain open; therefore travelers are reminded to remain aware of their surroundings at all times. Travelers should also beware of increased truck traffic on County Road 62 and Hwy 129.
Ski Area Helicopter Logging – Helicopter logging operations are expected to commence on the Steamboat Ski Area as early as September 3 and may last several weeks. A temporary closure in the Burgess Creek area will be in effect to ensure public safety.
EDUCATION TAX QUESTION APPROVED FOR BALLOT
A proposal to increase Colorado income taxes to pay for school upgrades will appear on the November ballot after election officials determined that there were enough signatures for the petition. But supporters of the tax increase barely got enough valid signatures even though they turned in nearly double the number that was required. The Colorado Secretary of State’s office announced yesterday that 89,820 signatures were valid. That’s 3,715 more than what’s needed to get on the ballot. Supporters of the tax increased had turned in 165,710 signatures, but many were invalid. The tax proposed would raise nearly $1 billion a year for education upgrades including expanded kindergarten and preschool and more attention for disabled students and students learning English. Voter approval of the tax is required before a new school-funding overhaul law takes effect.
TIPTON QUESTIONS RETROACTIVE REDUCTIONS TO SRS PAYMENTS
Yesterday, Representative Scott Tipton stressed that Coloradans deserve answers from the Administration on its decision to implement retroactive reductions to 2012 Secure Rural Schools (SRS) payments under the 2013 sequestration. The House Natural Resources Committee, yesterday, issued subpoenas to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Office of Management and Budget for documents related to the Administration’s decision to retroactively impose 2013 sequester cuts to 2012 Secure Rural School (SRS) payments already being paid to the states, which amounted to a loss of $786,915 for Colorado. Tipton joined colleagues in a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack in March urging that the Administration to immediately halt this action and explain the legal authority for retroactively raiding 2012 funds already paid to states. The letters and the lawmakers questions have gone unanswered. You can read Tipton’s full letter by clicking the link below.
In high school sports:
Moffat County heads to Rifle at 6:30.
Hayden hosts Little Snake River Valley at 6:30.
Soroco goes to Vail Christian at 4.
In boys soccer:
Steamboat hosts Eagle Valley at 6.
In boys golf:
Steamboat hosts a tournament at 9 with Moffat County attending.
In boys tennis:
Steamboat plays Durango in Grand Junction at 3.
Little Snake River Valley welcomes Saratoga at 4.
Meeker hosts Coal Ridge at 7.
Steamboat is on the road to Summit County at 7.
Soroco hosts Justice at 7.
Rangely is home against Plateau Valley at 7.
Moffat County travels to Rifle. You can catch that game live on KRAI with the pre-game at 6:45 and the kick-off at 7. You can also listen online.
Meeker goes to Hayden at 6.
Moffat County hosts a 2-day tournament, with Steamboat attending.
Rangely hosts Plateau Valley at 5.
Little Snake River Valley is home against Manila at 7.
Soroco welcomes Debeque at 4:30.
In boys tennis:
Steamboat heads to a tournament at Colorado Mesa University.
In cross country:
Moffat County attends a meet in Grand Junction.
The Denver Broncos open the regular season tonight against the defending champion Baltimore Ravens. You can catch all the action live on 55 Country, with the pre-game at 4:30 and the kick-off at 6:30.