NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS FOR THURSDAY, JULY 25TH

Two Vehicle Accident On Victory Way In Craig

A two vehicle accident which occurred after 10 this morning, at the intersection of Victory Way and Breeze Streets in Craig, resulted in what appeared to be a minor injury to one of the drivers, when an SUV collided with the drivers door of a sedan.  According to a witness, those involved were discussing the accident for about 10 minutes before police were called to the scene.  The driver of the sedan, was being examined on scene by EMT’s.  The extent of her injuries is not known.  Photo: The 2 vehicles involved in the accident.  Click on the photo to enlarge.

Area Fires Update

Both the Citadel and East Tschuddi fires have reached 70% containment due to efforts of firefighters and favorable weather conditions.  Today, fire crews will continue to mop-up and patrol both fires. While today’s assignments are similar to yesterday, the number of firefighters will be decreasing as some crews and equipment are released due to the increased containment.  All of the firefighters that have been spiked – camping in remote locations near the fire – will be returning to the incident command post this evening. One light and one medium helicopter will continue to support the fires today. Despite the limited fire activity, smoke may continue to be visible on both fires and will be monitored by fire personnel until contained and controlled.

Citadel Fire, Moffat County: The Citadel Fire remains at 2,009 acres.  Yesterday, thunderstorms developed over the incident – producing little rain and gusty winds. Additional moisture is expected to develop in the fire area this afternoon. Several hand crews and engines will continue to mop-up and secure the fire perimeter.

Citadel Fire Statistics at a Glance:

  • Time/Date Started:  July 21, 2013, 12:00 p.m.
  • Location: 40 miles northwest of Meeker inMoffat County,Colorado
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Fuels: Piñon –Juniper, Sage Brush
  • Size: 2,009 acres (1,925 acres BLM, 84 acres State)
  • Containment: 70%

East Tschuddi Fire, Rio Blanco County:  There was no additional growth on the East Tschuddi Fire today. However, the reported acreage did increase to 627 acres due to more accurate mapping as resources on the ground were able to map the fire perimeter yesterday.  Today, four hand crews and one engine will work to maintain and mop-up the perimeter of the fire


Fire restrictions remain in effect for many BLM areas

Stage 1 fire restrictions on all lands managed by the BLM Grand Junction and Colorado River Valley Field Offices still remain in effect.  Many areas of the state have received significant rainfall allowing those areas to remove fire restrictions, including Routt County and the City of Steamboat Springs.  Conditions are monitored daily and the decision to remain in restrictions is evaluated weekly.  Although recent rains have helped, fire potential remains high and increased in recent days, according to the BLM.  People are asked to remain vigilant until fuel moisture improves.  Currently the fire danger is high risk in elevations below 8,000 feet.  Stage 1 restrictions still remain in effect in Moffat and Rio Blanco Counties.

The BLM continues to enforce temporary restrictions of:

  • campfires are only allowed within designated fire grates in developed campgrounds (i.e. a metal, in-ground containment structure — fire pans and rock campfires rings are not acceptable)
  • no fires of any type including charcoal outside of developed areas
  • no smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or in a barren area free of vegetation
  • no use of explosive materials
  • no welding or operation of an acetylene or other similar torch with open flame except from an area that has been cleared of vegetation
  • no operation of any internal combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed and in working order

Fireworks are always prohibited on BLM, National Forest and National Park Service lands.

 

Cities Opt-Out of Marijuana Sales

The Craig City Council had company Tuesday night when they introduced an ordinance to opt out of allowing recreational marijuana sales within the city.  On the same night the Colorado Springs City Council decided that that city would opt out of having retail marijuana sales.  The decision angered many who voted for the ballot proposal and showed up to back legalized pot sales. But the vote also pleased many who don’t want to encourage pot smoking.  One of those was Mayor Steve Bach, who told the City Council on Tuesday that opting out makes sense because retailed pot would be a job killer for Colorado Springs

Tipton’s All-of-the-Above Energy Bill Advances 

Yesterday U.S. Representative Scott Tipton’s legislation to establish an all-of-the-above American energy strategy passed the House Natural Resources Committee with bipartisan support. The next step for the pro-jobs bill will be a full vote in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Tipton stated that the ‘All-of-the-above’ has been a talking point for far too long—it’s time to make it a reality.”  And that what is needed is a “sustainable energy plan to responsibly develop America’s abundant energy resources and generate economic growth, keep energy costs low, and put Americans back to work,”  The All-of-the above Energy Plan would use what Tipton calls “the needs of the American people—on which to base production goals for a true all-of-the-above domestic energy plan that includes wind, solar, hydropower, geothermal, oil shale, oil, natural gas, coal and minerals needed for energy development.”  The full text of the bill can be found here.

STAGECOACH WATER LEASED TO BENEFIT YAMPA RIVER

Last week, the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District signed a contract with the Colorado Water Trust to lease the nonprofit organization 4,000 acre feet of water in Stagecoach Reservoir for a second year in a row.  In coordination with “Colorado Water Trust”, The “Upper Yampa Conservancy District” began releasing water from Stagecoach Reservoir on Tuesday to bolster stream flows in the Yampa River. Colorado Park sand Wildlife has been surveying the Yampa, and recently, water temperatures have been climbing near the 80’s in the afternoon.  Releases from Stagecoach Reservoir at a rate of 30 cfs are planed to help reduce the high water temperatures, which stress wildlife and the river ecosystem.   The Colorado Water Trust is a private, nonprofit organization that engages in and supports voluntary efforts to restore and protect stream flows in Colorado to sustain healthy aquatic ecosystems.

Broncos on 55 Country – Von Miller

Von Miller doesn’t believe he has let down the Denver Broncos.  Facing a four game suspension for  violating league policy, the 2011 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year told reporters Wednesday that he plans to respect the appeals process and move forward with football.  I don’t think I let my teammates down,” Miller said. “Everybody has tough moments.”  Miller’s appeal is expected to be heard in mid-August before the regular season begins.  Miller confirmed to reporters that the NFL Players Association’s statement which said that Miller’s case does not involve the Steroids and Related Substances Policy — was accurate. But he avoided all discussion surrounding the finer details of the possible punishment.  When asked if marijuana was a part of his life.  Miller responded with: “Absolutely not.”  With Miller’s appeal still pending, the Broncos fans must wait to learn what the linebacker’s status will be for the start of the 2013 season.  The Broncos 1st preseason game will be on Thursday August 8th at San Francisco.  The regular season kicks off with a home game against Baltimore on Sept 5th.  55 Country will again be the official radio home of the Broncos in Northwest Colorado.

Wyoming Game and Fish Department budget cuts

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is looking for feedback from the public regarding budget cuts the department will be implementing in coming years.  Specifically in Fiscal Year 2014 which is now underway, the Department will be reducing expenditures by 4.6 million dollars in areas of habitat improvement, acquisition of lands for hunting and fishing access and habitat protection, fish stocking, publications, and education programs.  They will continue to work with the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission to seek fiscal efficiencies in programs such as bird farms, fish hatcheries, elk feed grounds, Wyoming Wildlife magazine and conduct an evaluation of department-provided housing such as game warden stations and fish hatchery stations.  Comments are welcome on these cuts, as they would like to know how those reductions will perceived by hunters and anglers and those who participate in outdoor activities. Comments can be made through the Wyoming Game and Fish Department website.

 

Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Apprehension Team makes 250th arrest – plus one

The Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Apprehension Team’s 250th arrest this year began with a foot chase at the Imperial Apartments in Rock Spring sand ended at McDonald’s. Sheriff Rich Haskell said Ryon Ruby James Herbst, 25, was wanted on two local felony charges – Forgery and Possession of Forged Writings – stemming from a theft of business checks in Fremont County, one of which was later cashed in Rock Springs for $1,970. Haskell said the Rock Springs Police Department filed the charges against Herbst on April 12th of this year. Forgery carries with it a maximum possible sentence of imprisonment of not more than 10 years, a $10,000 fine, or both; Possession of Forged Documents has a maximum possible penalty of five years of imprisonment, a fine of $5,000, or both.   Deputies assigned to the Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Apprehension Team tracked Herbst to an address at the Imperial Apartments on Tuesday morning, and he fled the scene on foot. He was spotted a short time later inside the McDonald’s on Sunset Drive by Lieutenant Jason Love of the Sheriff’s Office, who took him into custody.  Haskell formed the Fugitive Apprehension Team in January of this year. Its mission is to track down and apprehend fugitives for whom arrest warrants have been issued. Charges range from misdemeanor warrants issued by the Circuit Courts in Rock Springs and Green River and by other courts and jurisdictions to felony offenses including drug trafficking, burglary, assault, sexual assault, and conspiracy. Also captured Wednesday was one of Sweetwater County’s Most Wanted, 29-year-old Tabitha Rachelle Chenoweth, formerly of Rock Springs, wanted for Conspiracy and Delivery of a Controlled Substance. When Team members learned she was in Colorado Springs,Colorado, they notified the Colorado Springs Police Department and she was arrested without incident.

NEW RESIDENTIAL SALES FOR JUNE RELEASED

Sales of new single-family houses in June 2013 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 497,000, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.   This is 8.3 percent above the revised May rate of 459,000 and is 38.1 percent above the June 2012 estimate of 360,000.  The median sales price of new houses sold in June 2013 was $249,700; the average sales price was $295,000. The seasonally adjusted estimate of new houses for sale at the end of June was 161,000. This represents a supply of 3.9 months at the current sales rate. 

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