NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS FOR TUESDAY, MAY 28TH

Bike Vehicle Collision In Craig

A 16 year old female on a bicycle collided with a vehicle earlier today.  The accident occurred at the intersection of Steele Street and Victory Way in Craig, just before 1 o’clock.  The cyclist reportedly was crossing Victory Way from the south.  She was transported by ambulance to the Memorial Hospital.  Her condition is unknown.  As traffic was quite heavy at the time, the accident was witnessed by a number of people.  The names of the driver of the vehicle and the injured girl have not been released, as the investigation into the incident is not completed.  Pictured: Officers on-scene and the bike involved in the accident.

GRAND OLDE WEST DAYS WELL ATTENDED

Downtown Craig was packed most of the day yesterday, as Grand Olde West Days wound to a close.  Visitors and residents of Craig enjoyed a day of activities, food, and entertainment.  The Colorado Cruisers Car Show attracted several exhibitors.  The Memorial Day ceremony at Craig Cemetery was also well attended with close to one hundred people showing up.  Saturday’s Wild West Weekend Bronc Riding event was also a success.  With hundreds in attendance, participants competed in bronc riding events, mutton bustin’ and sheep hooking.

MONUMENT GETS WEATHER SERVICE AWARD

Dinosaur National Monument was recently presented with a 50 year Length of Service award from the National Weather Service. The Monument has taken high and low temperature, precipitation and snow readings daily for the NWS since 1962. The readings are used in near real time for warning, advisory and forecast verification, as well as long term climate studies.

SUPREME COURT SAYS STATE SCHOOL FUNDING FORMULA IS CONSTITUTIONAL

The state supreme court has ruled in favor of the state, when it comes to the public school funding formula.  The court reportedly ruled 4-2 that the state funding formula is constitutional.  The state’s spending is about $2,000 per student lower than the national average.  Taylor Labato, the Center High School graduate who filed the suit, claimed her school offered fewer resources than other schools.  The decision will be formerly announced today.

CSP AND CPW TEAM UP AGAINST INTOXICATED DRIVERS/BOATERS

Stay safe on the road and safe on the water is the message for Coloradans from the Colorado State Patrols and the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Summer of Safety partnership campaign, announced Friday. Colonel Scott Hernandez, Chief of the CSP, and CPW Director Rick Cables officially kicked off the unofficial beginning of summer this Memorial Day weekend by pledging their commitment to remove impaired drivers from Colorado roadways and waterways across the state. The Summer of Safety campaign will involve increased enforcement and public education activities by the two state agencies and will be conducted through the Labor Day holiday.

FISHING SURVEY SHOWS ANGLERS SATISFIED WITH COLORADO OPPORTUNITIES

A 2012 Angler Survey report commissioned by Colorado Parks and Wildlife unveiled an informative collection of data that will allow the agency to serve the needs of a changing sport-fishing culture. The survey respondents let Colorado Parks and Wildlife know that they preferred fishing for trout and that the overall satisfaction level of anglers was high. Results also revealed the potential impact of a changing sport-fishing demographic on the Colorado’s hatchery system. The majority of both resident and non-resident anglers responded that they were either “very” or “somewhat” satisfied with their fishing experience in Colorado.

RESERVOIRS WON’T RELEASE WATER FOR FISH THIS SPRING

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says five western Colorado reservoirs won’t be releasing water to help endangered fish this spring due to dry conditions. Under a voluntary program, when mountain snowpack is above average, the operators of Dillon, Green Mountain, Williams Fork, Wolford and Ruedi reservoirs release water to enhance spring peak Colorado River flows for the Colorado pikeminnow and the razorback sucker. The Fish and Wildlife Service said Friday that this year, river flows won’t be high enough to trigger the releases. Extremely dry conditions in 2012 and below-average conditions in early 2013 have resulted in low reservoir storage and below-average spring runoff from melting mountain snow. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor shows much of Colorado experiencing some level of drought.

STATE HAS NO MONEY FOR BIKE AND PEDESTRIAN SAFETY STUDIES

Cyclist and pedestrian deaths are up in Colorado, but transportation officials say they don’t have the money for a database that would help find ways to reduce them.  A report shows that cyclist deaths are up 44 percent and pedestrian deaths are up nearly 10 percent since 2002.  Transportation experts say that simplifying and expediting the availability of collision data can make it easier to predict where accidents might happen and determine the causes.  But data-sharing systems can cost millions of dollars, and coordinating the effort can be difficult.  Democratic state Senator Rollie Heath of Boulder says the state doesn’t adequately fund basic road repairs, and the Colorado Department of Transportation has many needs for the money available.

GARDNER WANTS AUDIT OF FAA

After years of lost paperwork and now weeks of repeated attempts to contact the Federal Aviation Administration about negligence at the agency’s local office in Colorado, Congressman Cory Gardner is still waiting for a reply to his constituents, and he’s fed up with the lack of response. His office has been working on several cases where delays have been long and the FAA is unresponsive. Gardner is requesting that the Inspector General of the Department of Transportation conduct a full audit of the FAA’s regional office to find out why it has been negligent in processing permit applications, including losing them, for commercial and agricultural usage. FAA’s permits are critical to assisting rural communities throughout Colorado. Small planes provide a vital service in personal transportation and are used for business purposes such as the spraying of fields by agricultural aircraft. According to Gardner, these small aircraft operators are unable to obtain permits, given no timeframe for approval, and have been treated disrespectfully by the District Office. Gardner hopes to work with the Inspector General to correct these problems and return proper services to Colorado’s communities.

BENNET URGES PASSAGE OF FARM BILL

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet spoke on the Senate floor Friday to highlight the importance of passing a full five-year Farm Bill that provides certainty for Colorado producers and rural communities. Bennet underscored the revamped conservation title that makes critical reforms for farming and ranching families trying to protect the agricultural heritage of their land. In his remarks, Bennet said, “This revamped conservation title is huge for rural America and for Colorado. It is critical for farming and ranching families looking to keep their land in agriculture generation to generation. It is incredibly important for hunters and sportsmen.”  Bennet says the conservation measures help improve the efficiency of production agriculture and improve the quality of the environment in farm country.

 

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