NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29TH

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FIRE RESTRICTIONS IN MOFFAT COUNTY LOOSENED

Leading up to the Labor Day Weekend, minor changes to fire restrictions in unincorporated Moffat County are now in effect. The changes now allow small charcoal fires….and wood burning fires in contained stoves….and campfires in established fire rings. Now acceptable with a permit from the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office will be charcoal pits used for large cookouts. Permits for using welding torches are no longer required. Be aware that all other restrictions in unincorporated Moffat County including prohibitions on bonfires and open trash burning remain in effect. Note that in Dinosaur National Monument the current stage 2 restrictions will remain in effect through Sunday.  Beginning Monday campfires in the Monument will be allowed, but only in established campgrounds….and the use of charcoal will remain prohibited at the overlooks along Harper’s Corner.  It is important to note that the restrictions in Craig and other towns are not effected by any of the above changes.

 

PUBLIC ADVISED ABOUT FALL BEAR ACTIVITY

Cooler mornings and shorter days are reminders for people that fall will soon arrive. This is the time of year that black bears begin their annual food binge as they prepare for hibernation.  Colorado Parks and Wildlife encourages everyone to practice good habits that can help prevent serious interactions with hungry bears by obeying local ordinances, secure your trash, remove any accessible food source and never intentionally feed a bear.  By following these few simple recommendations you can reduce the possibility of conflicts with bears.  Research shows that bears look for, and often return to, sources of an easy meal, sometimes leading to serious consequences for both humans and bears.  If a bear appears to be aggressively looking for food from human sources, wildlife officers recommend making it feel unwelcome by yelling forcefully or throwing rocks or sticks toward the bear. If a bear cannot be scared away or continues to remain near your house, it is a sign of aggressive behavior and calling a wildlife officer is recommended. Nuisance bears – those that raid dumpsters or bird feeders, for example – can be tagged and relocated by wildlife officers before the bear becomes dependent on human food sources. If a tagged bear gets into trouble a second time, shows aggression just once, or kills livestock, it will not be relocated and must be put down immediately. You can find more information about living with bears and preventing a confrontation by visiting this link.

 

COLORADO AND THE RACE FOR PRESIDENT

While the republicans convened in Florida, President Obama spent the day at college campuses in Iowa and here in Colorado.  The Obama campaign sees the youth vote as key to his chances for re-election in November. Last election the President won over 65% of the 18- to 29-year-old vote, and polls still show he has a large lead over Romney in that age group. The question now is whether those college age voters will show up as they did in 2008.  In Colorado and Iowa, Obama and Romney are locked in close races, according to polls. And the Colorado State and Iowa State are important areas in the swing states the president is counting on to turn out voters in November.  The President is scheduled to return to Colorado, for a rally in Boulder this weekend.  At the Republican convention, where Mitt Romney was officially nominated as the party’s Presidential candidate, Colorado cast 28 of it’s 36 delegate votes for Romney…eight Ron Paul or Rick Santorum delegates abstained from voting.

 

Getting Parents Involved With Kids Education

With kids heading back to class, parents are being reminded that their children perform better in school when parents get involved.  Children spend five times as much time outside the classroom as they do in school. With all this time away from teachers, it’s important for parents to support their children’s learning.  Research shows that children, whose parents are involved with them in family literacy activities, score 10 points higher on standardized reading tests.  Below you’ll find tips for  how you can take a more active role in your child’s education.

• It all starts with you. With some preparation on your part, you can be a better resource for your child. Make sure that you, and those who spend time with your child, are well-equipped to support learning.

• Turn a household shopping trip into a fun chance to do math. Take a walk outside to discuss nature or the community. Make a lesson plan out of the world around you.

• Develop a partnership with your child’s teachers. Talk with them about homework and be sure you understand what is expected.

•Some children need and want time to play when they get home, while others may want to get homework out of the way first thing. Set a schedule for your child that works for him or her, and make it a routine. Just be sure that your expectations are clear.

• Reinforce the idea that homework is not punishment, but a chance to practice new skills. You can help make it fun by rewarding progress.

• Ask your children thought-provoking questions, like what they wonder about. For inspiration you can turn to free online resources that emphasize fun in learning, such as such as   www.Wonderopolis.org.

• Help set a timeline so that school assignments are not left until the last minute. Older children with assignments that will take several days or weeks to complete may need your help learning to manage their time.

• Checking to be sure assignments are complete is great, but don’t forget it is your child’s assignment, not yours. Do not do homework for your child.

• Read to your children or with them every night. Not only is this an enjoyable way to spend time together, it will benefit the child and help instill a love of learning.

By getting more involved, you can help your children make this school year their most successful one yet.

 

FSA and RMA Emergency Loan Eligibility Changes

USDA Colorado Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director, Trudy Kareus announced that special provisions are made to the FSA emergency loan program and to the Risk Management Agency (RMA) federal crop insurance program in order to provide greater flexibility for livestock producers facing forage and feed shortages as a result of drought.  On August 22, 2012, Secretary Vilsack announced that modifications will be made to the emergency loan program allowing them to be made earlier in the season. In the past, emergency loan eligibility was determined after the production cycle. Producers will no longer have to wait until the end of the production cycle to obtain a loan. This change will support producers who currently need assistance to help offset high production costs.  Vilsack also announced that a special provision will be made to the federal crop insurance program through RMA that will allow producers to hay or graze cover crops without forfeiting crop insurance eligibility on planted 2013 spring crops. This change is beneficial to livestock producers making forage and feed available this fall and winter. However, before making any plans to plant crop cover, producers should consult with their insurance agent, according to RMA.   “Adding more flexibility to current program requirements will make much needed assistance more readily available to producers affected by disaster,” said SED Kareus. “These changes in particular should benefit livestock producers who are facing higher feed costs or are at risk of liquidating their herd due to the drought,” she said.

For more information regarding special provisions to the emergency loan program, contact your local County FSA Office or visit their website.

 

WYOMING OVERSIZE LOAD WAIVER FOR HAY

The drought has seriously hurt Wyoming’s hay crop.   As a result, state leaders are trying to cut ranchers a break by waiving fees for over sized loads of hay coming into the state. The fee waiver will stay in effect until drought disaster designations expire or until the end of the year. Wyoming ranchers are facing one of the worst hay harvests ever, and with hay being the states largest cash crop, many are suffering. If estimates hold, this year’s crop would be the worst since the 1930’s.  Despite the change, drivers hauling oversize hay shipments still need to call ahead to Wyoming ports of entry for permission to enter the state and then stop at the nearest port to ensure they comply with safety regulations before proceeding.  Additionally, drivers need route clearance to travel through the state, since some state roads won’t accommodate an oversize load. Warning flags and signs must still be attached to an oversize load and can only be moved during daylight hours.  The fee waiver does not apply to overweight loads, because in those cases some of the hay can be offloaded to make the weight legal.

 

 

NFL Teams are only two days away from Friday’s roster cutdown date, and the Denver Broncos have one more preseason game to go before they name their 53 players.  The Broncos take the field versus the Arizona Cardinals tomorrow night to conclude the preseason. John Fox has already stated that Peyton Manning and many starters won’t see the field. Apparently, the Cardinals won’t play many of their starters either.  As is the case every preseason, there are many players on the bubble. Whether it be veterans, rookies or free agents, every type of player is fighting for a job in the last preseason game. It comes as no shock that these “bubble” players will get all of their chances to shine versus Arizona on Thursday night.  You can hear tomorrow night’s game on 55 Country.  The pre-game starts at 7:05pm, the kickoff is at 9pm.

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