Steamboat Man seriously injured in Highway 131 crash

A 72-year-old Steamboat Springs man was seriously injured Friday morning when his bicycle collided head on with a pickup truck. The bicyclist, whose identity is being held pending notification of his family, was transported to Vail Valley Medical Center and then airlifted to Denver.  The crash happened at approximately 11:40 a.m. Friday on Highway 131, about 8 miles north of the Wolcott. A 2008 tan Toyota Tundra – driven by 39-year-old Travis Kirby, of McCoy – was traveling northbound and, the bicyclist was traveling southbound, when they collided in the roadway. The cause of the crash is still under investigation, and no citations have been issued at this time.  Highway 131 was closed in both directions for about one hour during the investigation. The road was reopened just after 12:30 p.m.


You Could Help Shape Colorado’s Election Rules

In response to recent and substantial legislation affecting elections, the Secretary of State’s office decided to recodify the Elections Rules. To aid the counties with upcoming elections, the office intends to commence with formal rulemaking mid-August. The public is invited to share thoughts and recommendations for the rules as they are recodifed.  In the past legislative session, the General Assembly enacted House Bill 13-1303, which substantially changed how elections are administered in Colorado. The Secretary of State staff pointed out several technical problems with the bill during the legislative process, but attempts to amend the bill were unsuccessful. As such, rulemaking is required  to fill in several gaps and harmonize several conflicting provisions that now exist in the Election Code as a result of HB 13-1303.  The Department is seeking input from county clerks, election activists, stakeholders, and the general public to identify necessary revisions or additional guidance in order to propose a constructive and comprehensive draft rule for consideration during the rulemaking proceedings.  A draft of the proposed Rules is available at the State’s website.  You may submit your comments by August 7th, 2013 by email at .

BBB Says Beware the Asphalt Scam

Asphalt companies are ramping up door-to-door sales calls, according to the number of homeowners calling BBB Serving Colorado and Wyoming asking how they can tell when an asphalt company is legitimate or just looking to make a quick buck.  Consumers are safer dealing with a contractor who has roots in the community. Professionally designed and properly constructed asphalt pavement will last for many years, and most reputable contractors stand behind their work. They will also know whether or not a permit is required before work begins.

Tell-tale signs of a potential scam:

Sales rep claims he has asphalt leftover from another job.

Professional asphalt contractors know, with great accuracy, how much paving material is needed to complete a project. Rarely will they have leftover material.

You’re pushed to make a quick decision.

Trustworthy contractors provide a written estimate that will be valid for days or weeks. Never hire someone on the spot. Ask for references and check them.

No contract is offered.

Insist on a written contract specifying in detail the work to be performed and the agreed total price, not just price per square foot.

Company insists on cash-only sales.

Most reputable contractors take checks or credit cards and don’t require cash-only terms.

Deals that seem too good to be true.

If the quoted price seems low, chances are the quality of work will be low as well.

Unmarked truck.

Often the trucks they travel in are unmarked or have an out-of-town address and phone number. Research often reveals that they have no permanent address and their phone number is often an answering machine.

Start With Trust. To find out more about fraud, schemes and scams, check out BBB Scam Stopper


Fire restrictions lifted in Jackson County

Stage 1 fire restrictions are being lifted at 5 p.m. yeserday for all private, state and federally managed lands in Jackson County.  Recent moisture in the area has helped moderate fire danger in this area, but fire officials still urge the public to be extremely careful with fire.  Northwestern Colorado counties and federal agencies review fire conditions and discuss fire restrictions weekly. These agencies include Rio Blanco, Moffat, Routt, Jackson and Grand Counties; and Bureau of Land Management, United States Forest Service, United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service.  The need for fire restrictions will be reassessed on a continuing basis.  Overall drought conditions persist despite monsoon moisture received in parts of northwest Colorado. While a number of areas have recently lifted restrictions, others remain in Stage 1 fire restrictions.  

The areas still remaining in Stage 1 fire restrictions include:
• Rio Blanco County including all private, state and federally managed lands within the county with the exception of the White River National Forest
• Moffat County including all private, state and federally managed lands within the county with the exception of the Medicine Bow/Routt NF
• Eagle County Stage 1 fire restrictions on BLM managed land only
• All BLM lands managed by the Grand Junction and Colorado River Valley Field Offices.


Small Fire West Of Craig Friday Afternoon

A fire was quickly extinguished by Craig firefighters yesterday afternoon just west of Craig.  The flames were contained to the area close to a power pole near highway 40.  Although the exact cause of the blaze was not clear, Yampa Valley Electric was called on to identify if a transformer caused ignition of the grass and brush near the pole.




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