NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11TH

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CRAIG POLICE END STANDOFF WITH TEAR GAS

Emergency workers in Craig were involved in a two hour standoff last night.  Craig police say the incident began as a domestic disturbance at a home near 8th and Rose Streets, and escalated into the standoff, which involved the Craig Police Department and the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office.  Craig Fire/Rescue and emergency workers from The Memorial Hospital were also on hand.  By the time the standoff began, the man, who has now been identified as Geoffrey Mansfield, was the only one in the house.  Police used tear gas to work their way into the home and arrest Mansfield.  He was taken to The Memorial Hospital for decontamination.  Law enforcement used the reverse 9-1-1 system to alert neighbors of the standoff, and encourage them to stay indoors.  He is now in custody at the Moffat County Jail.

 

EMERGENCY WORKERS RESPOND TO ACCIDENT INVOLVING COUNTY VEHICLE

Craig firefighters, State Troopers and Moffat County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an accident involving a county vehicle yesterday morning.  Details are few, but firefighters say the accident involved a Moffat County Road and Bridge water truck.  They say they had to extricate one person, who was taken to The Memorial Hospital with unknown injuries.  The accident occurred west of Craig, on Moffat County Road 64, about 3 miles north of the Trap Club.

 

SQUIRREL TAKES OUT POWER TO ENTIRE TOWN OF HAYDEN

A squirrel took out power to the entire town of Hayden earlier today.  According to Yampa Valley Electric crews, a squirrel got into one of the substations and opened some fuses.  The result was a town-wide power outage.  Crews have since fixed the problem, and power has been restored.

 

COLORADO LEADERS PLAN 9-11 OBSERVANCE

Colorado officials are holding a remembrance ceremony and concert to honor lives lost in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and pay tribute to Colorado emergency crews who responded to summer wildfires and the July 20 theater shootings.  The event in Denver today will include Governor John Hickenlooper and emergency response officials.  The shootings at an Aurora theater on July 20 left 12 dead and 58 injured.  The Waldo Canyon and High Park fires this summer destroyed more than 600 homes and left three people dead.  The 9/11observance will mark the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a plane that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

 

MARIJUANA OPPONENTS SAY COURT HAS NO AUTHORITY OVER BLUE BOOK

Marijuana opponents say the courts have no authority over Colorado’s Blue Book, the voters guide to measures appearing on the upcoming election ballot.  Proponents of a measure to legalize marijuana for recreational use are upset over language that was stricken from the book.  The language was part of the argument for the measure.  They’ve asked the courts to put the language back in, however, an attorney for the Colorado Legislative Council says separation of powers prevent the courts from getting involved.  A hearing has been set for tomorrow to determine jurisdiction.  State officials say the books need to start printing tomorrow night, if they’re going to get them in the mail to voters by the required October 5th deadline.

 

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE GETTING HIGHER FOR NATION’S YOUTH

Generation Opportunity, the largest non-profit, non-partisan organization in the United States engaging and mobilizing young Americans on important economic issues facing the nation, announced non-seasonally adjusted (NSA) 18-29 year old unemployment rate data for August 2012.  The youth unemployment rate for 18-29 year olds specifically for August 2012 is 12.7 percent.  The declining labor participation rate has created an additional 1.7 million young adults that are not counted as “unemployed” by the U.S. Department of Labor because they are not in the labor force, meaning that those young people have given up looking for work due to the lack of jobs.  If the labor force participation rate were factored in the actual 18-29-unemployment rate would rise to 16.7 percent.  The margin of error for the study is plus or minus 3.1%.

 

SCHOOL WON’T BE INVESTIGATED FOR OBAMA COURSE

A conservative group that took issue with a Colorado college offering credit for campaigning for President Barack Obama isn’t happy with the response from state officials.  Americans For Prosperity called for a state investigation after Adams State University offered an independent-study credit for working on the Obama campaign. The school withdrew the course because no students signed up. School officials said students could have gotten credit for working for Republican Mitt Romney, too.  The Department of Higher Education said in a letter that the department would investigate if the course were limited to supporters of a particular party. A spokesman for AFP called the response unacceptable and said the group would take up the matter with Adams State administrators.

In high school sports:
Today:

In boys soccer:
Moffat County hosts Rifle at 4.
Steamboat is home against Battle Mountain at 6.

In boys golf:
Steamboat plays at Meeker Golf Course.

Tomorrow:
In boys golf:
Rangely competes in Gunnison.

In cross country:
Rangely runs in Vernal.