NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH

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COLORADO LAWMAKERS TO SPEAK AT DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION

Representative Jared Polis is among the Coloradans scheduled to speak at the Democratic National Convention.  The congressman’s staff says Polis will speak this evening on the unity and inclusiveness needed to move America forward. Polis says diversity is part of America’s strength.  Colorado governor John Hickenlooper and Representative Diana DeGette also are among the scheduled speakers during the convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 

STATE LAND BOARD SEEKS COMMENT ON EXCHANGE PROPOSAL

The Colorado State Land Board wants to hear from the public on a land exchange proposal, which will amount to a sale.  However, the person acquiring the land must own adjacent land next to the parcel.  The parcel the state would sell off is 5.4 acres south of Highway 40, about 3 miles west of Milner.  State Land Commissioners have given their initial approval to the move, although it is still up for public review.  Bids for the land will be reviewed tomorrow.  Comments should be submitted to: Field Operations Section Manager Beverly Rave at 1127 Sherman St., Suite 300, Denver, CO 80203, or faxed to 303-866-3152.

 

SWEETWATER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE RELEASES MURDER INVESTIGATION DETAILS

The Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office has released information regarding their investigation into the July murder of Rigoberto Alvarado.  A press release says the department, along with the Rock Springs Police Department, has conducted 110 interviews, and some of those have included polygraph tests.  They say one person scheduled for a polygraph skipped his appointment.  They also say they have collected hundreds of items of evidence, including DNA evidence.  The 17 year old Alvarado was reported missing July 30th, when he didn’t return home the night before.  His body was discovered August 19th by a group exploring the long-abandoned remains of coal camps and coal mining operations.  Detectives say he suffered several types of violent injury, any one of which could have been the cause of death.  A $5,000 reward is being offered for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.  You can call either the Rock Springs Police Department at (307) 389-0264 or the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office at (307) 350-4010.

 

MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCATES PLAN FOR WELLNESS CONFERENCE

Mental health advocates in Northwest Colorado have announced the date for their Yampa Valley Wellness Conference.  The conference is a coordination of efforts between the Yampa Valley Medical Center, Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide (REPS), Colorado West Regional Mental Health, and local mental health professionals.  It will take place September 29th at the Steamboat Sheraton.  Speakers are scheduled as early as 8:30, and the conference is expected to last until 4.  Registration is free, but is required.  You can register online by clicking here.

 

WHITE RIVER MUSEUM TO SHOW OFF NEW LIGHTING PROJECT

The Rio Blanco County Historical Society and the White River Museum will celebrate the completion of the first phase of the Lighting Project at an open house reception and recognition ceremony this weekend.  The project is intended to preserve fragile and irreplaceable art and artifacts of the Museum’s extensive collections and to greatly improve visual comfort and presentation of exhibits with modern energy-efficient lighting.  Town and County officials are expected to attend, along with representatives of the project and the museum.  Refreshments will be served.  The open house is Saturday, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at the Museum.

 

WEST NILE DEATH UNCONFIRMED IN MONTROSE COUNTY

An obituary notice says an elderly Montrose woman has died of complications of West Nile virus.  The obituary says Dorothy Iris “Irish” Meaker died Wednesday, days before her 87th birthday.  Montrose County Coroner Thomas Canfield said he couldn’t immediately confirm the death was due to West Nile. The state health department says at least 22 human cases of West Nile infection have been reported through August 27th, including at least three in Montrose County.

In high school sports:
Over the weekend:

In football:
Moffat County beat Ridgeview.
Steamboat lost to Eagle Valley.
Hayden beat Belleview Christian.
Soroco defeated Gilpin County.
Meeker lost to Grand Valley.
Rangely lost to Dove Creek.
Little Snake River Valley beat Ten Sleep.

In volleyball:
Steamboat lost to Glenwood.
Soroco topped Beth Eden Baptist.

In boys soccer:
Steamboat beat Centaurus.

Today:
In boys soccer:
Moffat County heads to Coal Ridge at 4.

Tomorrow:
In boys golf:
Moffat County hosts a tournament at Yampa Valley Golf Course with Steamboat and Rangely attending.