NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR THURSDAY, AUGUST 8TH

Moffat County Hot Air Balloon Festival 2013

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CAR CRASHES INTO OFFICE BUILDING IN CRAIG

For the second time in Northwest Colorado this week, someone has crashed a car into a building.  Last night, emergency workers in Craig responded to the office complex at 4th and Breeze Street, which houses Craig Mental Health.  Police say 42-year old Josephina Alexander accidentally drove through the outer wall of the building, with her car coming to rest inside one of the offices.  The entire building has been closed while the structure is repaired.  Jennison Custom Builders is doing the work.  Workers say they should have the wall repaired today, and the building could be re-opened as early as tomorrow.  Alexander was not hurt in the accident.  Tuesday evening 26-year old Richard Bomar Jr. crashed his car into several vehicles, fences and other obstacles before crashing through a wall at Hayden Middle School.  He was cited for careless driving.

HOSPITAL RECEIVES GRANTS FOR BIKE HELMETS

The Memorial Hospital Foundation has received two grants to provide free bicycle helmets at the hospital’s Back-to-School Health Fair later this month.  The Nathan B. and Florence R. Burt Foundation awarded a $2,000 grant to the Foundation in support of the helmet give-away to promote child safety. The Burt Foundation provides funding to organizations that support the needs of children.  The Yampa Valley Electric Association – Caring Consumers Foundation awarded the Foundation with a $1,000 grant. The Caring Consumers program receives funding from Yampa Valley Electric Association customers who round up their monthly electric bills to the next highest dollar. The Back to School Health Fair will be held August 17th from 10 to 4 at the TMH Medical Clinic on Russell Street. Free Bike Helmets will be given to all attendees. In addition to the helmet drive, bike helmet fitting, bike safety, and concussion information will be provided.

 

SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER TO APPEAR IN STEAMBOAT

Speaker John Boehner will be in Steamboat later this month.  Boehner will attend a reception being held in support of Congressman Scott Tipton and the 3rd Congressional District.  The reception will be held at the Larson Barn in Steamboat.  While the event is open to the public, it is considered a fundraiser and costs $250 per person for general admittance.  For $1,000, attendees can get a photo with Boehner, and for $2,500 they can sit at a round table discussion with him.  The reception will be held August 30th from 6 to 7:30.  If you would like to attend the event, or have questions about it, call 303-596-5626.

 

WILFORD BRIMLEY/KATHERINE ROSS TO TAKE STAGE IN STEAMBOAT

In honor of the All Arts Festival, Strings Music Festival will present Wilford Brimley and Katharine Ross starring in the Pulitzer Prize-nominated play Love Letters, by A.R. Gurney.  Love Letters centers on two characters, Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III, who perform side by side as they recount 50 years of notes, letters and cards in which they discuss their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and defeats.  Actor Wilford Brimley is noted for his roles in films including The China Syndrome, Cocoon, The Thing, The Natural, Absence of Malice and The Firm. He played a recurring role in the 1970s television series The Waltons and starred in the 1980s drama series Our House.  Famous for playing Elaine in the film The Graduate, Katharine Ross’s performance earned her a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination.  Love Letters will be performed at 8 on the evening of August 16th in the Strings Music Pavilion.

 

CRAIG POLICE WARN OF NEW TWIST ON CHECK FRAUD SCAM

The Craig Police Department says a new version of a “check fraud” scam has popped up in Wyoming, and they’re advising Colorado residents to be on the look out.  In a typical check fraud situation, the department says a personal check or cashier’s check, described as a prize, is sent to a victim, who is instructed to send a portion back for expenses.  In the new scam is very similar, but the check goes straight to the victim’s bank.  The victim is then contacted and is again asked to send a portion back.  In both cases, the victim is left with the debt when the check doesn’t clear.  If you believe you have been targeted in a check fraud scam, call your local law enforcement agency.

 

MOFFAT COUNTY ROAD 18 TO CLOSE NEXT WEEK FOR BRIDGE WORK

The Moffat County Road and Bridge Department will be redecking a bridge next week, causing a temporary road closure.  According to the department, they’ll shut down Moffat County Road 18 off of Highway 13 north of Craig for bridge repair Monday.  Traffic will be rerouted onto Moffat County Road 18-S.  The work is expected to last about a month, with the road scheduled to reopen sometime around September 12th.

 

BUCK TO CHALLENGE UDALL IN 2014

Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck is running for U.S. Senate.  The Republican filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission yesterday indicating he plans to challenge Senator Mark Udall.  Fellow Republicans and state Senators Randy Baumgardner, of Hot Sulphur Springs, and Owen Hill, of Colorado Springs, also have announced they are seeking Udall’s seat.  Buck previously ran for Senate in 2010 but lost to Democrat Michael Bennet.  Buck’s campaign website accuses Udall of being a rubber stamp for President Barack Obama’s policies in explaining why he decided to run.  Colorado Democratic Party Chairman Rick Palacio said in a written statement that Republicans keep returning to failed ideas and candidates of the past.

 BRONCOS PLAY FIRST PRE-SEASON GAME TONIGHT

The Denver Broncos play at San Francisco tonight in their first pre-season game of the year.  You can catch all the action live on 55 Country, with the pre-game at 5 and the kick-off at 7.