NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS FOR SATURDAY, MAY 25TH

GRAND OLDE WEST DAYS UNDERWAY

Grand Olde West Days in Craig continues today.  This morning at 9 there’ll be a tractor pull at 4th and Ranney.  The Wild West Weekend events in the grandstands at the fairgrounds begins at 6:30 tonight.  It includes bronc riding, an equestrian drill team, sheep hooking and mutton busting.  That event will be followed by a barn dance at 8, featuring the band Country Red.  Cowboy Church takes place at the fairgrounds tomorrow morning at 8.  The Annual Draft Horse Show and Competition takes place at the fairgrounds at 9 tomorrow morning.  The Downtown parade starts at 3 and will be followed by the Grand Futures Street Dance and the Western Barbecue.  Memorial Services will be held at the Craig Cemetery at 11.  The downtown street events Monday will be from 10 to 5.  For more information on the weekend’s events, click the Grand Olde West Days button on this page.

FIREFIGHTERS MANAGING RIO BLANCO FIRE

Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit crews responded to a Rio Blanco County, lightning caused wildfire near Willow Creek in the Piceance Basin yesterday afternoon.  The fire was about 9 acres yesterday afternoon, burning in pinyon-juniper vegetation and wasn’t threatening any structures.  It’s on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The BLM is currently exploring an option that will allow the fire to continue burning to meet beneficial resource management objectives.

STEAMBOAT HOSTS HISTORIC BIKE TOUR

The City of Steamboat is providing a free guided bike tour of historic places in Downtown Steamboat today.  Those who would like to participate should meet at 10 this morning at the Carver Power Plant on 10th Street.  The tour will take participants to the Steamboat Depot, Lithia Spring, the YVEA building, Howelson Hill, the Tread Of Pioneers Museum and more.  It is expected to last until about noon, and refreshments will be available at the last site.  If you need more information, call 871-8258.

CSP AND CPW TEAM UP AGAINST INTOXICATED DRIVERS/BOATERS

Stay safe on the road and safe on the water is the message for Coloradans from the Colorado State Patrols and the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Summer of Safety partnership campaign, announced yesterday.  Colonel Scott Hernandez, Chief of the CSP, and CPW Director Rick Cables officially kicked off the unofficial beginning of summer this Memorial Day weekend by pledging their commitment to remove impaired drivers from Colorado roadways and waterways across the state.  The Summer of Safety campaign will involve increased enforcement and public education activities by the two state agencies and will be conducted through the Labor Day holiday.

FISHING SURVEY SHOWS ANGLERS SATISFIED WITH COLORADO OPPORTUNITIES

A 2012 Angler Survey report commissioned by Colorado Parks and Wildlife unveiled an informative collection of data that will allow the agency to serve the needs of a changing sport-fishing culture.  The survey respondents let Colorado Parks and Wildlife know that they preferred fishing for trout and that the overall satisfaction level of anglers was high. Results also revealed the potential impact of a changing sport-fishing demographic on the Colorado’s hatchery system.  The majority of both resident and non-resident anglers responded that they were either “very” or “somewhat” satisfied with their fishing experience in Colorado.

RESERVOIRS WON’T RELEASE WATER FOR FISH THIS SPRING

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says five western Colorado reservoirs won’t be releasing water to help endangered fish this spring due to dry conditions.  Under a voluntary program, when mountain snowpack is above average, the operators of Dillon, Green Mountain, Williams Fork, Wolford and Ruedi reservoirs release water to enhance spring peak Colorado River flows for the Colorado pikeminnow and the razorback sucker. The Fish and Wildlife Service said Friday that this year, river flows won’t be high enough to trigger the releases.  Extremely dry conditions in 2012 and below-average conditions in early 2013 have resulted in low reservoir storage and below-average spring runoff from melting mountain snow.  The latest U.S. Drought Monitor shows much of Colorado experiencing some level of drought.

MONUMENT GETS WEATHER SERVICE AWARD

Dinosaur National Monument was recently presented with a 50 year Length of Service award from the National Weather Service.  The Monument has taken high and low temperature, precipitation and snow readings daily for the NWS since 1962.  The readings are used in near real time for warning, advisory and forecast verification, as well as long term climate studies.

 

WEATHER SERVICE OFFERS STORM SPOTTER TRAINING IN STEAMBOAT

The National Weather Service will provide Storm Spotter training next month in Steamboat.  The training is a great opportunity to learn weather terms and patterns from forecasters, who will, at times, call on those they’ve trained to provide them with information pertinent to their forecasts.  The training is free, and open to everyone.  It takes place June 8th from 1 to 3 in the community room of Yampa Valley Electric Association.  For more information, click here.

 

Moffat County High Graduation Schedule

 

May 25th – GRADUATION – 10am Sharp – High School Gym. Graduates report at 9:25am

  • Shuttles run beginning at 8am from K-Mart to the front door of the High School
  • Handicapped access and unique accommodations can be arranged by calling the school office at 824-7036
  • Get there early. Seating is limited. Arriving 30 minutes early is a very sound strategy to find preferred seating
  • Finally, public enthusiasm and applause is expected and anticipated However, please leave the air horns, silly string and beach balls at home