NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS FOR SATURDAY, JUNE 22ND

UPDATE ON LOCAL WILDFIRES

The Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team has assumed control of the Wild Rose and Collins fires in Northwest Colorado.  As of now the Wild Rose Fire is 10% contained.  It has burned over 1,000 acres.  There are three 20-person hot shot hand crews, one squad smokejumpers, air tankers and a helicopter fighting the blaze.  The Collins fire is estimated at 160 acres and is located in Piceance Basin, 17 miles southwest of Meeker.  There are currently three fire crews, two helicopters and other fire support staff assigned to the Collins Fire, and more resources have been ordered.

 

ROEM OFFERS WILDFIRE SAFETY AND PREVENTION TIPS

In light of the number and intensity of wildfires burning across the state, the Routt County Office of Emergency Management has released a list of tips that will prevent fires, as well as help you survive a wildfire incident.  Prevention tips include campfire strategy, advise on where to park your car and property management among other things.  Survival tips cover what to do when an evacuation notice has been given.  You read the tips by clicking here.

WOMEN INVITED TO CAST AND BLAST IN KREMMLING

Women interested in learning the basics of fly fishing, shotguns and proper firearm handling are invited to a women­’s only ‘Cast ‘N Blast’ clinic in Kremmling, today from 8:30 to mid ­afternoon.  Designed for beginners, no experience or equipment is required. Participants should dress for the elements and bring all necessary supplies, including water, insect repellent and sunscreen. Lunch, snacks and drinks will be provided.  The class costs $20 and pre­registration is required. Call Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Hot Sulphur Springs office at 970­-725­-6200.  Participants are reminded that the class is not a Hunter Education course, which is required to purchase a hunting license.

COLORADO UNEMPLOYMENT RATE UNCHANGED/NATIONAL RATE RISES

Colorado’s unemployment rate held steady in May at 6.9 percent. The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment said Friday the figure has not changed since April.  The state saw a decrease of 5,000 nonfarm payroll jobs from April to May for a total of 2.3 million jobs.  The national unemployment rate increased one-tenth of a percentage point over the month to 7.6 percent.

BENNET SAYS AMNESTY AMENDMENT WILL GET MORE REPUBLICANS ON BOARD

A Republican amendment has been added to the Amnesty Bill being pushed by the Group of 8.  The Group of 8 is a committee of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle charged with fixing the country broken immigration system.  The amendment deals with border security and benefits among other provisions.  Colorado democratic Senator Michael Bennet is one of the Group of 8.  It’s not clear if he supported the amendment, but does say he thinks it will make more republicans favorable to the entire bill, and he says it won’t affect illegal immigrants’ ability to become citizens.  He also said “it will build upon the progress we’ve made on the border over the last decade”.  Some are curious about that comment, as violent incidents at the border have increased over the last decade.