NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS FOR SATURDAY, MARCH 16TH

FOREST ROAD CLOSED DUE TO UNAUTHORIZED PLOWING

A recent incident involving the unauthorized plowing of a road on the Medicine Bow National Forest has resulted in the temporary closure of the road to motorized wheeled vehicles, as well as disruption of recreation uses on the road.  Over a mile of the Barber Lake Road (Forest Road 351) on the Laramie Ranger District was plowed from Highway 130, and in addition to causing an inconvenience to other users, the responsible party has been cited by U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement for the plowing.  Until conditions permit or until May 15, the road will be closed to wheeled vehicles to protect the road base. Recreationists should be aware that the snow-packed, center portion of the road, which was used by both skiers and snowmobilers, no longer exists, necessitating alternate routes and caution when approaching the area from the northwest.  Cabin owners and users of the National Forest are reminded that snow removal or maintenance on a National Forest System road requires a permit and an agreement of liability for damages that occur as a result of snow removal activities or resulting traffic on the road.

YAMPA VALLEY ELECTRIC PLANS OUTAGE WEST OF LAY

Yampa Valley Electric Association is planning an outage at the beginning of the week.  The outage is only expected to effect for those west of Lay.  YVEA needs to repair some equipment in the Maybell substation.  The outage is expected to last from 4 to 6 Monday evening.

LEGISLATION PROPOSED TO ABOLISH COLORADO DEATH PENALTY

Repealing the death penalty in Colorado will be under review with a bill introduced in the state Legislature.  The proposal to abolish capital punishment got introduced in the House on Friday.  There are currently three men on Colorado’s death row. But if the bill becomes law it would not apply to current cases, including the man charged in last summer’s Aurora theater shootings. Prosecutors are weighing whether to seek the death penalty in that case.  One of the three men on death row, Nathan Dunlap, has exhausted his appeals and an execution date could be set soon. He was convicted in the shooting deaths of four people at an Aurora Chuck E. Cheese in 1993.  The last time Colorado executed someone was 1997.

SUTHERS PLANS TRIP TO MEXICO TO TALK TRAFFICKING

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers is headed to Mexico City to meet with Mexican Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam to discuss drug trafficking, human trafficking and judicial reform in Mexico.  Joining him for the meeting on Tuesday will be state attorneys general representing California, Idaho, Nevada and New Mexico.  Suthers says western states and Mexico can benefit by working together and sharing ideas.

 

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