NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS FOR TUESDAY, JUNE 4TH

Smoke Bomb Starts Fire In Craig

A fire which burned part of a fence in the Jensen Subdivision in Craig was quickly extinguished this afternoon.  Craig Fire Chief Bill Johnston told Wild West Radio News the fire was thought to have been caused by kids who pulled the pin on a military style smoke bomb, which they then threw away when the resulting noise and smoke surprised them.  The devise then cause the fire on the fence.  The youths were apprehended by the Craig Police Department.

 

COMMISSIONERS COULD VOTE ON CLINIC IDEA TODAY

The Moffat County Commissioners are expected to vote today on an idea that is expected to create healthier county employees.  The Commissioners will hear again a plan to create a clinic that would only serve those on the County’s health insurance plan, which amounts to employees and their families.  The issue was brought up last week, and discussed intently.  There were concerns from The Memorial Hospital board members and staff that a plan wasn’t pursued with the hospital.  Taxpayers also voiced concerns about paying for something they had no access to.  The county will spend over $200,000 per year for the clinic.  County officials say the cost would be justified, because it would save them taxpayer money in the long run, which could be used more efficiently.  They also say without the clinic, rising health care costs could result in an increase in taxes.  Tthe meeting starts at 8:30 this morning int he commissioners meeting room of the Moffat County Courthouse.  The clinic issue is scheduled for 10.

 

CLUB 20 FORUM IN STEAMBOAT NEXT WEEK

Club 20 is gearing up for a number of community forums in the near future.  The intent of the forums is to discuss health care issues confronting local communities.  Similar forums were held last year, and Club 20 officials say the input was extremely valuable.  This year they will go over results from those earlier forums, and then discuss solutions in five critical areas, which will include new information from the Colorado Health Benefits Exchange.  There will be 8 meetings along the way with the first to come in Steamboat next week.  It will be held in at the Steamboat Community Center June 12th from 2 to 4.  The public is not only invited, but encouraged to attend the free event.  If you would like more information, call (970) 242-3264.

 

STEAMBOAT SPRAYING WEED KILLERS IN TOWN

The City of Steamboat Springs has hired a private contractor to spray for Whitetop in the City’s Right-of-Way for approximately two weeks, weather permitting.  The program started last Monday.  A harmless blue dye is being used to identify areas that have been sprayed.  Officials say the dye disappears a day or two after it’s used.  It’s recommended you keep pets and children away from sprayed areas for about 24 hours.  If you have questions, call 879-1807.

 

49-YEAR OLD MAN DROWNS AT FLAMING GORGE

Sweetwater County officials are investigating the death of a Rock Springs man in Flaming Gorge Sunday.  The victim was identified as 49-year old Mitch Hunt.  Hunt was boating on the lake with Connie Koritnik on the afternoon of June 2 when they decided to beach their craft in the bay at Sage Creek south of Firehole Canyon.  Koritnik told county deputies that the wind pushed the boat off the shore and into the bay. Hunt tried to swim out and retrieve it, but began struggling after a time.  Koritnik tried to swim out to save him, but he went under before she could reach him. Several bystanders also jumped into the water, but couldn’t find him.  Eventually a helicopter crew was able to spot Hunt beneath the surface.  Resuscitation efforts at the shoreline were unsuccessful, and Hunt was transported to Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County, where he was declared dead.

 

PETITIONERS GATHER MORE THAN ENOUGH SIGNATURES TO RECALL MORSE

State Senate President John Morse is facing a recall election after petitioners turned in over twice as many signatures needed to spark the election.  Supporters of the effort needed about 7,200 signatures to push the election through, and say they’ve gathered over 16,000.  Those signatures still need to be verified by the Secretary of State’s office.  The recall effort was spurred by Morse’s leadership role in gun control legislation during the last legislative session.  Leaders on the Western Slope are watching closely, as Morse is also a strong proponent of Senate Bill 252, the Rural Electricity Bill.  If the recall election takes place, it will likely be sometime later this year.

 

SOROCO TEACHER CHOSEN FOR NATIONAL PROGRAM

Patrick Slowey, a teacher at Soroco High School, has been selected from a pool of more than 500 applicants to participate in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute for the week of June 17-21.  Each year, the Library of Congress provides the opportunity for a carefully chosen group of K-12 educators to attend one of its five teacher institutes in Washington, D.C.  During the five-day program, participants work with Library education specialists and subject-matter experts to learn effective practices for using primary sources in the classroom, while exploring some of the millions of digitized historical artifacts and documents available on the Library’s website.  Educators attending the teacher institutes develop primary-source-based teaching strategies that they can take back to their school districts, apply in the classroom and pass along to colleagues. Teaching with primary sources is a powerful way to help students ask engaged, probing questions, develop critical-thinking skills, and construct knowledge.

 

FARM SERVICE AGENCY REMINDS RESIDENTS OF DISASTER RELIEF

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is reminding producers that they have until Friday to apply for assistance for 2011 crop losses under the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) Program. The program provides crop disaster assistance payments to eligible producers on farms that have incurred crop production or quality losses.  For more information about the Farm Service Agency’s disaster assistance programs, visit a local FSA county office or click here.

 

DUI ARRESTS DOWN/FATALITIES UP OVER MEMORIAL WEEKEND

According to preliminary reports, there were 318 DUI arrests and five alcohol-related car crashes that occurred during the Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Memorial Day DUI enforcement period resulting in six fatalities – an increase in fatalities from this time last year.  Actual DUI arrests are down from 542 last year.  The Persistent Drunk Driver (PDD) Committee has released the top 10 counties for DUI offenses in 2012, and all are on the Front Range.  The enforcement period isn’t really over, though.  The 100 deadliest days on Colorado roads began on Friday, May 24, and CDOT, the Colorado State Patrol (CSP), and local law enforcement agencies have increased DUI enforcement to ensure roads stay safe through Labor Day.