NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS FOR THURSDAY, JUNE 20TH

BROADCASTERS FUNDRAISER FOR FIRE VICTIMS

The Colorado Broadcasters Association is holding a telephone fundraiser across the state to support the Red Cross in their efforts to help victims from this year’s wildfires in Colorado.  For three hours today, dozens of radio and television stations across the state including 93.7 102.3 KRAI and 55 Country will encourage residents to call toll free to 1-877-667-6727 to make a donation.  All donations during the Colorado Wildfires Fundraiser will support ongoing Red Cross efforts to help people affected by the recent Black Forest fire, as well as Red Cross responses to other Colorado wildfires that may occur this year. Donations will also support the organization’s work to make Colorado communities more prepared for and resilient in the face of wildfires.

FIRE NEAR RANGELY PROMPTS EVACUATIONS

Sheriff’s officials say a wind-driven wildfire south of Rangely has prompted the evacuation of a youth camp as a precaution.  Rio Blanco County Undersheriff Michael Joos says about 40 kids and half a dozen adults were asked to leave yesterday afternoon. He says the camp is in no immediate danger but was evacuated due to high winds. The Bureau of Land Management says smokejumpers were called to the scene but were grounded by high winds.  The agency says all oil and gas facilities are shut down and Encana employees have left the area. Rangely Volunteer Fire Department is providing fire protection for the buildings at the Encana station..  The BLM says the fire was estimated at roughly 850 acres.  There are two other smaller wildland fires in Rio Blanco County. One is in the Piceance Basin about 40 miles southwest of Meeker in Ryan Gulch. Meeker Volunteer Fire Department is assisting with the five acre fire. The other wildfire is one tenth acre across Highway 139 near the Wild Rose Fire.  No injuries have been reported, and no structures have been damaged or destroyed.

 

FIRE NEAR RIFLE NEARLY CONTAINED

The Ward Gulch Fire is now 95 percent contained.  Residents near the 485-acre wildfire burning north of Rifle are back home.  Evacuation orders were lifted late Sunday after lower temperatures and a little moisture helped slow it down.  Fire spokesman Pat Thrasher said the fire was started Friday by a smoldering lightning strike three miles north of Rifle Gap Reservoir.  It also forced the evacuation of campers at Rifle Falls State Park, Rifle Mountain Park and the nearby White River National Forest.


GRAND FUTURES STORAGE SHED BROKEN INTO

Grand Futures Prevention Coalition staff say there storage unit was broken into, but no report has been filed with police yet.  The unit is near Asley Rad and Old Victory Way.  Staff says the unit was forced open and some items were taken, including speakers, extension cords, power strips and a money box with some cash inside.  Police say they know about the incident, but a report hasn’t been filed because Grand Futures Director Matt Beckett is out of town.  Although the speakers are used during Grand Futures sponsored outdoor movie nights, staff says the theft will not effect tonight’s event at Craig City Park.  If you have any information regarding the burglary, you’re encouraged to call the Craig Police Department.

 

COMMISSIONERS TABLE CODE CHANGES

The Moffat County Commissioners this week, decided to table an issue that has some residents concerned.  The agenda showed the commissioners were prepared to amend the building maintenance code.  However, when the commissioners received the information regarding the issue, they weren’t happy with the changes that were going to be made.  So they voted to table it.  At the same time, there were many audience members were there specifically for that issue, so the commissioners were advised to take comments.  The code changes dealt primarily with weeds and junk, which audience members said could be defined simply by one’s perception.  The commissioners were pleased to learn that the concerns of the audience matched their own, and will go over the code more thoroughly before any more changes are proposed.

 

SNOWMOBILE CLUB GETS SUPPORT FROM COMMISSIONERS FOR LAND PURCHASE

The Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club is trying to purchase a small piece of state land at Highway 13 and Moffat County Road 11.  Club members asked the Moffat County Commissioners this week to supporting their efforts with a letter to the State Land Board.  Club members say, while the land has an ag lease and a recreation lease on it, they’ve talked to the lease holders and it’s not being used.  The Snowmobile Club would use it to build a storage facility for their trail grooming machine.  The machine is used during search and rescue operations, as well as for club activities, and serves the Black Mountain, Slater Park, and California Park areas.  The commissioners agreed to send the letter.

 

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS COMBINE FOR FUN EVENING IN CRAIG

Several community organizations in Craig have come together for a family night of fun tonight at Craig City Park.  The night starts at 7 with a posting of the color guard from the VFW and American Legion.  That will be followed by a free barbecue, provided by KRAI, 55 Country, and the Craig Daily Press.  Grand Futures staff will be serving the meal.  At 7:45 the 101st Army Dixieland Band will perform.  Then at 9, the City of Craig will show “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” on a big screen.  Grand Futures will sell popcorn and soda for a dollar each during the movie.  Other than that, the entire night is free.  All events take place at Craig City Park.

 

INVESTIGATION CLOSED ON MURDER/SUICIDE CASE

On July 11th of last year, Routt County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the home of Larry and Christie Appel. Deputies found both dead of apparent gunshot wounds. The Routt County Sheriff’s Office investigated the matter with support from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, Routt County Coroner’s Office, Steamboat Springs Police Department, and 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. On May 6th of this year, the Routt County Sheriff’s Office completed their investigation and forwarded it to the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office for review. Their investigation concluded that Larry Appel killed Christie Appel, then killed himself. After reviewing the investigation, District Attorney Barkey announced yesterday that he concurs with the investigators’ findings and will consider the case closed.

CNCC RODEO TEAM DOES WELL AT NATIONALS

The College National Finals Rodeo was held in Casper, WY and all three CNCC Rodeo athletes were successfu.  Bull Rider Brice Osborne placed 4th in the 1st round.  Despite Brice bucking off of his 2nd round bull, he qualified for the final round and finished as the #12 ranked bull rider in the nation.  Team Ropers Dax Hadlock & Clay Crozier also both did well.  Being paired with CSI’s Chuck Povey, Dax Roped heels every chance he got (Povey missed the head catch in the 2nd round eliminating them from a potential final round qualification) and finished up around 23rd in the national standings.  Clay roped all three of their steers in a timely fashion.  Unfortunately, his partner IDSU’s Gus Hill only successfully caught 1 of 3 steers, putting the team around 35th in the nation.  Overall, the CNCC Men’s team finished with a final national ranking of 44th.  Collegiate rodeo combines schools of all sizes and divisions such as University of Wyoming, New Mexico State University and Murray State University.  CNCC Rodeo will kick off in the fall season with rodeos at:

Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT Sept. 7-6, 2013

Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID Sept. 12-13-14, 2013

Utah State University, Logan, UT Sept. 27-28, 2013

 

CNCC SOFTBALL TEAM RECEIVES ACADEMIC AWARDS

The Colorado Northwestern Community College softball team has been recognized by the NJCAA as an All-Academic team for the 2012-2013 yearfor their work in the classroom, maintaining above a 3.0 grade point average.  The Spartans compiled a team GPA of 3.47. The Lady Spartans holds the 7th highest GPA among all NJCAA softball teams! Higher than any other team in their conference.  The NJCAA also awarded individual academic awards to four Lady Spartan athletes.  Taylor Dumas earned the NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence for posting a 4.0 GPA during her entire college career.  Two individuals earned the NJCAA Superior Academic Achievement award for posting above a 3.80 GPA during their entire college career. They were Shalese Connary (3.96) and Brandi Percival (3.92).  Megan Tubbs earned the NJCAA Exemplary Academic Achievement award for posting above a 3.6 GPA during her entire college Career. (3.74)

 

 

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