75 YEAR OLD CALIFORNIA MAN DIES IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT IN MOFFAT COUNTY
A 75 year old California man was killed in a motorcycle accident on Moffat County Road 112 yesterday. The man’s name hasn’t been released yet. The Colorado State Patrol says the man lost control of his Harley Davidson while entering a curve. After skidding off the road and into an embankment, the rider was thrown from the motorcycle. He was taken to The Memorial Hospital at Craig where he was pronouced dead. He was wearing a helmet at the time. Troopers say the man was likely driving too fast for the curve. The accident remains under investigation.
FOREST SERVICE ROADS CLOSED FOR LOGGING
Beginning August 20, the Parks Ranger District portion of the Buffalo Pass Road will be temporarily closed to the public for removal of beetle-killed hazard trees. This is a popular route between North Park and the Yampa Valley that provides year-round recreation access. Initially, while logging operations occur along isolated sections east of the junction with the Hidden Lakes Road, the closure will be intermittent with one-hour delays for the first few days. Once logging operations reach the junction with Forest Road 20, the road will be closed by gates at this junction as well as near the summit at the junction with Forest Road 310. The road is expected to be closed Monday through Friday, 7 to 5. The work is expected to be finished by December. Around August 20, Forest Roads 625 and 627 are also expected to be closed at their junctions with the Teal Lake Road for hazard tree removal. Forest Road 625 is located about 1 mile northwest from the junction of Forest Roads 60 and 615. Forest Road 627 is located about 1.5 miles north of the Teal Lake Campground. Depending on when work is finished on Forest Road 60, the contractor may begin clearing hazard trees on Forest Road 615 until snow shuts down their operations.
USDA ANNOUNCES $2 MILLION IN DROUGHT ASSISTANCE
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist Phyllis Ann Philipps recently announced nearly $2 million in financial and technical assistance to get much-needed help to landowners and producers in Colorado who are facing extreme and exceptional drought conditions. With this limited funding, higher priority will be given to those who have been in the exceptional drought (D4) areas of the state the longest and will include additional criteria based on erodible soils and other sensitive areas. This will ensure that the funds provided will be applied to the most vulnerable areas of the state.
COLORADO RIVER DISTRICT TO HOLD WATER SEMINAR NEXT MONTH
“Past, Present and Future” is the theme of the Colorado River District’s Annual Water Seminar set for September 13th at the Two Rivers Convention Center in Grand Junction. The cost to attend is $25 and includes morning coffee, pastries and a lunch. Anne Castle, Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, Department of the Interior, is the keynote speaker. Seminar topics start with the 75-year history of the Colorado River District and a new book on the organization by author George Sibley, “Water Wranglers.” Other topics to be covered during the day are the drought, the Bureau of Reclamation/7 States Colorado River Basin Study results and a look at the November elections. After the seminar, starting at 4, the Colorado River District is holding an Ice Cream Social and Open House at the Two Rivers Convention Center to celebrate its 75th Anniversary.
BLM TO AUCTION OFF OIL AND GAS LEASES
The Bureau of Land Management has posted the list of parcels for the quarterly competitive oil and gas lease sale scheduled November 8th at the State Office in Lakewood. The BLM will offer 48 parcels totaling 21,088.45 acres for lease within the Royal Gorge Field Office. To see a map of the proposed parcels, visit the BLM’s website. The deadline for submitting protests is September 10th. All protests must be received by the BLM Colorado State Office.
NEW POLL SAYS MARIJUANA QUESTION LIKELY TO FAIL
A new poll released this week by Public Policy Polling shows that a proposed amendment to the Colorado Constitution that would legalize marijuana for recreational use is headed for failure. The poll found only 47% of Colorado voters support Amendment 64. Amendment 64 would make Colorado one of the first states to fully legalize marijuana for recreational use. Pollers say ballot measures usually require a much higher level of support at this point in an election cycle because the default position for most voters is no, especially when it comes to amending the Colorado Constitution.