NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS FOR MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26TH

WARM WEATHER BRINGS CROWD TO PARADE OF LIGHTS IN CRAIG

Unseasonably warm weather Friday night brought out a huge crowd to watch the annual Parade of Lights in Craig. The parade again featured Christmas themed floats and spectacular lighting. Pictures from the parade can be seen the in photo gallery below.

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WOMAN CHARGED WITH THANKSGIVING DAY HIT AND RUN/ELUDING

The 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office has charged Andrea Lay with Vehicular Eluding, a class 5 felony, for her alleged role in a Thanksgiving Day hit-and-run accident in Hayden, followed by a high speed chase ending with her arrest in Craig.  Lay remains in custody at the Moffat County Jail in lieu of $5000 bond.  Her next appearance in Moffat County Court will be tomorrow morning. She is also charged with Child Abuse, Reckless Endangerment, Driving under the Influence, Driving under Suspension, and Reckless Driving, all misdemeanors or traffic offenses.  The Colorado State Patrol, Craig Police Department and Hayden Police Department participated in the investigation of this case.

 

CAPITOL CHRISTMAS TREE ARRIVES IN D.C. TODAY

The capitol Christmas tree, which was cut from the White River National Forest near Meeker, will arrive in Washington D.C. today. The tree was cut down last month, and began making its way on a tour of Colorado. After several stops along the way, the tree has made it across the country, and is expected to arrive at it’s final destination today. A Colorado Springs youth has been chosen to light the tree. You can follow the tree’s journey by clicking here.

 

HUNTERS ADVISED OF HELICOPTER USE DURING DEER STUDY

As part of an ongoing mule deer study in the Piceance Basin, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be conducting helicopter capture and collaring operations in Game Management Unit 22, beginning in early December. Hunters heading to the area for a late-season hunt are advised that the operations may affect a portion of their hunt. The Piceance Basin is located southwest of Meeker and contains one of the largest natural gas fields in the United States in addition to one of the largest migratory mule deer populations in the country. Several energy corporations currently own leases throughout the 600 square-mile, big game winter range. The study, which began in January 2008 and is expected to continue through 2018, is funded and assisted by various partners including the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Colorado State University, Idaho State University, multiple energy corporations including Encana, Williams, Shell, Exxon, Marathon and various sportsmen’s organizations.

 

U.S. POSTAL SERVICE PREPARED FOR CYBER MONDAY

Postal officials say they’re prepared for the onlslaught of mail that will result from Cyber Monday.  Today is the online equivalent of Black Friday.  Shoppers will take advantage of huge online deals to help complete their Christmas shopping.  The U.S. Postal Service says it expects a record year for online sales, which translates to a record number of packages being shipped.  The National Retail Federation says online shoppers will spend up to $100 billion online, sending 365 million packages through the U.S. Postal Service this holiday season.  Postal reps say they are prepared, and that they have an online tracking system, available through their website, that will ensure accurate and speedy delivery.

 

HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY COLORADO HIT HARD WITH WHOOPING COUGH

With 1,026 cases and counting, Colorado’s pertussis epidemic has topped the 1,000 case mark, state health officials confirmed today. Pertussis is commonly referred to as whooping cough.  All adults are recommended to receive the whooping cough booster vaccine, Tdap, but few have received it, or even know they should.  While the increase in pertussis cases is most prevalent on Colorado’s Front Range, increases have been seen statewide.  This is the worst year in Colorado for whooping cough since 2005 when the state had 1,383 cases.  Individuals with pertussis should avoid contact with others until they have taken five full days of an appropriate antibiotic. This recommendation is especially important for children who are in school and could infect their classmates if they return too soon.  For more information, click here.

 

MILITARY VETS ENCOURAGED TO SEEK ASSISTANCE FOR ED FUNDING

Military veterans continuing their education are encouraged to apply for assistance from the Veterans’ Student Loan Relief Fund if they have been defrauded or misled by for-profit colleges and incurred educational debt or are experiencing financial difficulties as a result.  The Veterans’ Student Loan Relief Fund is open to veterans of all branches of the United States Armed Forces, as well as the Coast Guard, National Guard, and Armed Forces Reserves following service in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001 and who have attended proprietary schools at the undergraduate level. Spouses or children of veterans using transferred GI Bill benefits are also eligible.  The application postmark deadline is December 1st.  More information and applications for this program are available by clicking here.

 

POWERBALL JACKPOT HITS RECORD $425 MILLION

Lottery officials say nobody has won the Powerball jackpot and the top prize will now increase to about $425 million for the next drawing, the largest jackpot ever for the game.  Iowa Lottery spokeswoman Mary Neubauer said sales were strong over the holiday week for Saturday’s drawing, which was estimated at $325 million before the numbers were picked. That was the fourth-largest jackpot in the game’s history.  Neubauer says the jackpot for Wednesday’s drawing could go even higher than the estimated $425 million because sales pick up in the days before record drawings.  The previous top Powerball prize was $365 million, won in 2006 by a ConAgra Foods Workers in Lincoln, Nebraska.

 

 

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