NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS FOR THURSDAY, AUGUST 15TH

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EMERALD MOUNTAIN TO CLOSE FOR RACE

emerald-mountain-300The Emerald Mountain Special Recreation Management Area west of Steamboat will be closed Saturday and Sunday for the Steamboat Stinger Mountain Bike Race and Marathon.  Both the 50-mile bike race and the marathon begin and end at the Howelson Hill Ski Area. About 15 miles of roads and trails within the Emerald Mountain SRMA, including the Ridge Trail, Cow Creek Road, and Beall Trail, are part of the race courses.  The SRMA will only be closed Saturday and Sunday, but set-up for the course will begin tomorrow. The area will re-open Monday. No more than 400 racers are allowed under the race’s special use permit.

 

MOFFAT COUNTY INTERSECTION TO CLOSE

MOFFAT-COUNTY-LOGO-300The Moffat County Road Department will be temporarily closing Moffat County Road 35 at the intersection of State Highway 394 and County Road 35 for about a half mile starting Monday. Traffic south of the culvert will have to access County Road 35 through County Roads 33 and 206. The county didn’t say why it is closing the road, but Shell Oil has been resurfacing a section of Highway 394.  If you have questions about the closure, call 824-3211.

 

ANGLING CLINIC SCHEDULED FOR BACKCOUNTRY USERS

kids fishing 1Colorado’s backcountry’s streams and lakes offer a lifetime of fishing opportunity for anglers willing to explore. But hiking into those high-country fisheries can be daunting for those who have never done it before.  To help give anglers the skills and confidence needed to take that next step, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is joining with Backcountry Hunters and Anglers to present “A Taste of Backcountry Angling,” on August 24th near Empire.  The day-long clinic is designed for intermediate anglers ages 14 to 18 and a parent or mentor and will offer presentations on safe backcountry travel and camping, tips on catching trout in lakes and streams, and hands-on instruction in spin- and fly fishing. Participants will also have an opportunity to fish two high-country lakes during the morning and afternoon bite.  Because space is limited to 25 youth, participants will be selected through a random lottery. Participants will be notified by August 19 if they have been selected to participate.  You’ll find application information below.

Registration is limited to:

-Youth ages 14-18.
-Youth must be accompanied by an adult or mentor and participants over the age of 16 must have a valid 2013 CPW-issued fishing license.
-All participants must have some experience fishing.
-A high clearance vehicle is needed to access the site.

To apply email wildlife.neoutreach@state.co.us with the following information:

-Name of Youth angler:
-Age of Youth angler:
-Fishing Experience Level: No experience, Some Experience, Experienced
-Name of Parent/Mentor:
-Parent/ Mentor Email:
-Phone, Mailing Address

 

JACKSON LAKE TOO LOW FOR LARGE CRAFT

ELK-HEAD-BOAT-RAMP-300Colorado Parks and Wildlife is informing boaters that the water level at Jackson Lake State Park has dropped to a level that makes it difficult for larger vessels to launch. Water levels at the end of the boat ramp are currently at a mere two and a half feet.  Users should be aware that the water stored in Jackson Lake is for irrigation of crops. The drawdown of the reservoir is the result of area farmers need for the water. Around November 1st, water should begin to flow into the reservoir again.  Smaller vessels such as small aluminum fishing boats and jet skis can still launch at Jackson Lake State Park. However, larger vessels with a deep hull or a trailer that sits high above the ground will have difficulty or be unable to launch. Hand launched craft such as canoes and kayaks will be allowed until the water level drops to a level that Park personnel cannot launch rescue craft onto the water.  Inspections for aquatic nuisance species are still in effect until the reservoir closes to boating.

 

HICKENLOOPER DEFENDS ACTIONS ON TOUR OF STATE

JOHN-HICKENLOOPER-300Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper is touring southern Colorado as his re-election campaign kicks off and he’s spending time defending controversial decisions from the last year.  Hickenlooper spent most of his prepared remarks in Trinidad yesterday morning on his decision to indefinitely delay the execution of convicted killer Nathan Dunlap, a proposed tax increase for schools, and an expansion of background checks for gun purchases. Hickenlooper says Dunlap was “severely bipolar,” that background checks catch violent offenders, and that the tax increase is attached to a set of school reforms.  Hickenlooper is touring the Eastern Plains and southern Colorado this week. His office says the visits are not related to his re-election campaign. But the stops offer the governor valuable face time with voters in rural communities.

 

MORE LEGAL WRANGLING IN RECALL ELECTIONS

recallColorado’s legislative recalls over gun control got more complicated yesterday when a county clerk vowed to appeal a ruling giving third-party candidates more time to get on the September 10th ballots.  Meanwhile, Colorado’s top elections chief declined yesterday to appeal the ruling. Secretary of State Scott Gessler set a hearing for today to make new rules about running the recalls.  Democratic Senators Angela Giron of Pueblo and John Morse of Colorado Springs face recall votes after gun-rights activists petitioned them to face voters.  A Denver judge threw the recall elections into disarray Monday when he ruled against elections administrators. Administrators wanted the judge to overlook a constitutional provision allowing candidates up to 15 days before a recall election to qualify for ballots. Elections officials say that provision won’t allow mail-in voting.

 

STATE WORKING ON IMPROVING OLD BRIDGES

C-DOT-300A fee on Colorado vehicle registrations is allowing the state to step up repairs for dangerous bridges across the state.  The Colorado Department of Transportation said Tuesday that the state has replaced 53 bridges, while another 22 are under construction and 33 are in the design phase as of the end of July.  The additional funds come from a program called FASTER, which stands for Funding Advancement for Surface Transportation and Economic Recovery.  The Colorado Legislature in 2009 approved the Colorado Bridge Enterprise, which provides about $100 million a year for bridge repair and replacement.

 

AUTHORITIES SAY DOG WAS KILLED BY HUMAN

Media Release-08.14.13-Injuries In Dog Death Appear To Have Been Caused By A HumanAuthorities in Colorado say a dog whose severed head was found at a park appears to have been injured by a human, not an animal.  The decapitation was reported August 4th in El Jebel, in Eagle County.  Eagle County sheriff’s officials said yesterday that it appears a human caused the dog’s injuries. They say an examination by veterinarians suggests the dog might have been about 2 to 3 years old and a breed of miniature pinscher or miniature pinscher mix.  Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment.

 

 

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