Noontime Accident 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 today, for what was called an industrial accident. It was reported to us that at least one individual was taken to the hospital by ambulance. Our call to Trapper Mine, received a response that no information is being released by the mine at this time.
Craig Bear Now On Display At Museum
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.
CRAIG DOCTOR ORDERED HELD WITHOUT BOND
A Craig doctor accused of improperly dispensing drugs that led to the deaths of two patients was back in federal court in Grand Junction yesterday. Lawyers tried to work out conditions for Joel Miller’s release on bond during yesterday morning’s hearing. However, the court ruled to hold Miller without bond. He was in court for a detention hearing and arraignment no agreement was reached after more than an hour of arguments. The hearing was only supposed to last 15 minutes. An indictment alleges he tried to defraud health care benefits programs by prescribing painkillers to patients who didn’t necessarily need them at dosages that could cause someone to become addicted. The U.S. attorney’s office in Denver says Miller also is accused of pre-signing prescriptions and allowing office employees to distribute prescriptions in his absence. Miller disputes the charges.
MOFFAT COUNTY TO LIFT FIRE RESTRICTIONS
Fire managers are getting ready to rescind fire restrictions in parts of the Moffat County. The Moffat County Sheriff’s Office informed the Moffat County Commissioners yesterday, that they would be asking them to rescind the restrictions next week. Sheriff’s spokesperson Todd Wheeler said the community’s accommodation to the restrictions has been very encouraging. While the restrictions will likely be lifted early next week, the sheriff’s office reminds people that the area is still very dry, especially in the Brown’s Park area. Those hunting and camping in the county should still observe safe fire practices, including never leaving a campfire unattended, and making sure it is completely out and cold to the touch, before leaving the area. The lifting of restrictions only applies to private and state land within the county. It does NOT apply to federal land, such as BLM or U.S. Forest land.
CITY WATER SAFE TO DRINK IN STEAMBOAT
The City of Steamboat issued an order for residents to boil any water intended for consumption late Monday night, as an air release valve on Golf Way malfunctioned, possibly allowing contaminated water to enter the City’s water supply. That order has now been rescinded. Overnight, the City’s water department conducted multiple chlorine residual tests throughout its system. Based on those tests and consultation with the Water Quality Control Division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and with the Routt County Environmental Health Department, they are confident that the water system has not been contaminated. If you have questions, call 871-8215.
DIALYSIS CENTER COMING TO CRAIG
The Memorial Hospital is getting ready to bring in the Yampa Valley’s first Dialysis Center. The hospital’s Chris Smolik says Sanderling Dialysis Center will set up shop on hospital land, next to their medical offices. The company will be separate from TMH, but is just one of the specialty centers Smolik would like to see brought to their grounds. Smolik says he wants to start bringing in companies that will provide services not currently offered in the area. TMH will sublease the land to Sanderling.
GROUP HOPES TO KEEP LUTTRELL BARN WHERE IT’S AT
A group calling themselves “Save the Barn” is hoping to keep the Luttrell Barn in Craig right where it’s sitting, while fixing it up for less than the price tag the county received. Two of the groups spokespeople, Pam Foster and Dave DeRose, approached the Moffat County Commissioners yesterday, asking for time to work out the details. The county had been contemplating donating the barn to the Wyman Museum, but talks haven’t produced much. DeRose gave the county an itemized list of things that need to be fixed inside the building, along with an estimate. He says repairs the county has received price quotes on can be done for less. The group also sees use for the building. Along with providing a place for activities, Foster says the barn adds a touch of beauty to the east entrance into Craig. They simply asked the commissioners not to tear down or move the barn for 180 days, while they come up with an alternative solution. The board agreed.
WINTER SPORTS CLUB HIRES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club (SSWSC) Board of Directors announced yesterday they have selected Jim Boyne to serve as Executive Director effective October 21st. Boyne has a strong background in leadership, organizational and operations management, communications and marketing, strategic planning, and money management. Sarah Floyd will continue in her role as Interim Executive Director until Boyne officially starts. She will then reassume her role as Athletic Director, which she has held for the past 14 years. Floyd was named Interim Executive Director in June, when Rick DeVos announced he was stepping down as Executive Director after 14 years.
WILDLIFE OFFICIALS WARN OF BEAR BEHAVIOR
Fall is right around the corner, and it is time to be especially bear aware. That’s according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Black bears typically accumulate their winter-fat stores in the fall during hyperphagia. They can forage for up to 20 hours a day, consuming nearly 20,000 calories and occasionally wandering into residential areas looking for food. Human-bear conflicts are a fact of life in Colorado, but some simple actions can help reduce those conflicts. The biggest issue in conflict situations is the availability of human sources of food — garbage, pet food, livestock food, compost piles, bird feeders, chicken pens, etc. Bears have a phenomenal sense of smell and can pick up odors of food sources from miles away. Much of what people throw away smells like food to a bear. Standard metal or plastic trash cans will not keep a bear away. Once a bear discovers a food source, it will continue to return, and could defend the source if it feels threatened. Follow your community’s trash ordinances, and be sure to put your garbage out the morning of pick up instead of the night before. Other tips can be found below.
*Keep all ground floor windows and doors closed and locked. Keep garage doors closed.
*Never feed bears – it is illegal and risks the safety of you, your family, your neighbors and the bear. Don’t put out food for other wildlife – like birds and small animals – that might attract bears.
*Pick fruit as it ripens and don’t let it rot on the ground.
*Always lock your vehicle and don’t leave odorous food, trash or air fresheners inside.
NRA CONTRIBUTES MORE MONEY TO RECALL EFFORT
The NRA is increasing financial support with $250,000 to try to recall two Colorado Democratic lawmakers who voted for new gun restrictions this year. A campaign finance report released yesterday covering August 23rd to August 29th shows the NRA’s new contribution to the races. The organization’s total contribution so far is about $361,700. Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs and Pueblo Senator Angela Giron are facing recalls September 10th over their support for limiting the size of ammunition magazines and universal background checks. Their campaigns had yet to post their latest campaign finance reports yesterday evening. But last week’s filings showed Pueblo United for Angela has raised $586,000 and A Whole Lot of People for John Morse $606,000. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg added an additional $350,000 to support the senators.
In high school sports:
Hayden topped Soroco (25-17; 11-25; 22-25).
In boys soccer:
Moffat County lost to Coal Ridge (4-0).
Steamboat fell to Battle Mountain (5-4).
In boys golf:
Moffat County hosts a tournament at 9 with Rangely and Steamboat attending.
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.
The Denver Broncos open the regular season against Baltimore tomorrow night. You can catch all the action live on 55 Country with the pregame at 4:30 and the kickoff at 6:30.