NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS FOR TUESDAY, MAY 21ST

FRANK MOE ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR COMMISSIONER

Frank Moe has announced his candidacy for the Moffat County Commissioner District 3 seat.  The announcement came Saturday, during the Republican Lincoln Day Dinner in Craig.  House District 57 Representative Bob Rankin was on hand when the announcement was made, and thanked Moe for his advocacy work for the area.  He was specifically thanked for his work against Senate Bill 252, the rural energy bill.  Moe said if elected, he will continue to fight for rural Colorado.  The District 3 seat is currently held by Tom Mathers.  Mathers will be term limited in 2014.

 

DEER POPULATION MEETING TO BE HELD IN MEEKER

To address an overall decline in mule deer populations throughout western Colorado, state wildlife managers are participating in numerous, ongoing research projects in Rio Blanco and Moffat Counties as they continue their search for answers and possible solutions for the drop in numbers.  To discuss their findings so far, local wildlife managers are inviting the public to a presentation with biologists, researchers and wildlife officials, next week in Meeker.  Wildlife officials stress that the public’s understanding of the decline is critical and opportunities to have an open discussion with researchers and biologists can provide valuable insight.  Mule deer provide substantial economic benefits to communities across Colorado and are an important, indicator species for the overall health of the environment. Numerous factors may have led to the overall decline and wildlife researchers will continue their years-long research with goals of finding solutions and restoring herds to their management objectives.  The meeting is May 29th at 7 at Mountain Valley Bank in Meeker.

 

FOREST RANGERS CAUTION VISITORS ABOUT ROAD RULES

Late spring moisture has limited the number of developed recreation areas on the Routt National Forest that will be open this Memorial Day weekend. There will still be some opportunities for visitors to explore and camp, but many U.S. Forest Service roads and campgrounds are still closed due to wet conditions and the remaining snowpack.  Forest Service officials would like to stress that if a road is blocked by a snow drift and you cannot drive through it, then you need to turn around and try a different route. The majority of resource damage is done during the spring months, often by Forest users trying to drive off road around obstacles such as snow drifts.  Those traveling through the National Forest should pay attention to signage and refer to Motor Vehicle Use Maps for details.  The maps are free and can be obtained at District Offices.  Visitors should stay on roads and trails that are designated open for motorized travel, and respect closures that are in place for ongoing work to remove beetle-killed trees. These closures are in place for public safety and visitors should not go past barriers or gates.  For recreation site information, click here.

 

XCEL LOOKS FOR APPROVAL ON BIOMASS PROJECT

Xcel Energy is asking Colorado regulators to approve a demonstration project that would use forest biomass to generate electricity.  David Eves of Xcel’s Public Service Company of Colorado says the project would help determine Xcel’s potential for using biomass to provide electricity, as well as show whether using up drought-weakened, beetle-infested trees in Colorado can improve forest health and reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfires.  Some areas with weakened, dead or infested trees are close to Xcel’s service territory and could affect the utility’s infrastructure.  If the Colorado Public Utilities Commission approves, Xcel said it would seek bids for a 10-year power purchase agreement for up to two megawatts from a biomass facility. It says it would report to the commission on potential projects by October.

 

MEETING PLANNED TO DISCUSS BEETLE KILLED TREES

Business leaders and elected officials are meeting to discuss efforts to deal with beetle-killed pine trees in Colorado.  The meeting in Golden today will also recognize successes in dealing with the devastation caused by beetles, including Brookfield Homes, which plans to use the blue-stained wood to build homes in Clear Creek.  Since the first signs of the outbreak more than a decade ago, the infestation has grown to nearly 3.4 million acres, or roughly 5,300 square miles.

 

THREE MEN IN CAPSIZED BOAT RESCUED AT FLAMING GORGE

Four quick-acting Utah boaters averted a tragedy on Flaming Gorge Saturday.  Sweetwater County Sheriff Rich Haskell said 20-year olds Dalton Campbell, Bennett Holton, and 19-year-old Skyler Siddaway, all of Kamas, Utah, were boat fishing in the Anvil Draw area Saturday afternoon when bad weather and high winds struck the lake.  Their small boat began taking on water and quickly swamped dumping the three into the 52-degree water.  Haskell said four other Utah men were nearby in their own boat and were able to pull the three men from the water. The swamped boat was towed to the Anvil Draw boat ramp.  Campbell was not wearing a life jacket at the time of the mishap and was very close to going under for the last time when he was rescued.  Sheriff Rich Haskell says while Campbell, Holton, and Siddaway were technically in compliance with Wyoming boating laws in that life jackets were available on the boat, not physically having his on when the boat swamped nearly cost Campbell his life.  He suggests always wearing life jackets while on the water, especially when the weather turns sour.

 

TIPTON VOTES TO PASS “STOLEN VALOR” ACT

Congressman Scott Tipton yesterday, voted in the House to pass legislation to protect the integrity of military awards and medals. Tipton is a co-sponsor of the Stolen Valor Act of 2013, which would make it a crime to fraudulently claim to have received a military decoration or medal for personal gain. The measure passed the House yesterday with strong bipartisan support.  In United States v. Alvarez the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Stolen Valor Act of 2005 an unconstitutional abridgment of the First Amendment because it “sought to control and suppress all false statements on this one subject, without regard as to whether the lie was made for the purpose of material gain.”  The new resolution seeks to address the Court’s concerns and specifically states: “whoever, with intent to obtain money, property, or other tangible benefit, fraudulently holds oneself out to be a recipient of a decoration or medal shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than one year, or both.”

Moffat County High Graduation Week Schedule

 

May 21ST – Academic Awards Night/NHS Induction, 6:30pm MCHS Auditorium
May 22nd – Baccalaureate – 7pm -Hosted by Ministerial Association and Young Life
May 23rd – Athletic Awards Night 6:30pm – MCHS Auditorium
(Dude Dent, Top Female Athlete and Sports MVP’s will be awarded)
May 24th – Senior Checkout and Graduation Practice 8am – Graduates don’t be late

May 25th – GRADUATION – 10am Sharp – High School Gym. Graduates report at 9:25am

  • Shuttles run beginning at 9am from K-Mart to the front door of the High School
  • Handicapped access and unique accommodations can be arranged by calling the school office at 824-7036
  • Get there early. Seating is limited. Arriving 30 minutes early is a very sound strategy to find preferred seating
  • Finally, public enthusiasm and applause is expected and anticipated However, please leave the air horns, silly string and beach balls at home