NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7TH

Moffat County Hot Air Balloon Festival 2013

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HAYDEN MAN SUMMONED AFTER CRASHING INTO MIDDLE SCHOOL

A Hayden man has been cited for leaving a trail of destruction with his vehicle yesterday afternoon.  According to State Troopers, 26-year old Richard Bomar Jr. was driving west on Highway 40 near Kum & Go, when he rear-ended two vehicles before driving up on the sidewalk, hitting a couple of signs, a light pole and a planter.  Bomar, reportedly, then drove into a parking lot, where he hit a parked car, pushing it into another parked car.  He then crossed Highway 40, hit a fence and a utility trailer and another sign.  Finally, he reportedly crashed the vehicle into Hayden Middle School, coming to rest inside a classroom.  Fortunately, nobody was injured in the mayhem, however Bomar was issued a summons for careless driving.

 

DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE WANTS BETTER SECURITY

14th Judicial District Attorney Brett Barkey wants more protection for his employees at the Moffat County Courthouse.  Barkey’s office is relatively defenseless on the 3rd floor of the courthouse.  The office is nestled into the corner, and has only one entrance, meaning there is no secondary escape route if a person were to storm the office with weapons.  Barkey would like an entrance point that would give his employees more discretion about who they can let in.  He also says current locks on their doors aren’t working and need to be fixed.  The idea would be to set up perimeter security measures that would deter people from considering an attack on the office.  Barkey says people who have business on the 3rd floor are typically at their most volatile, and he feels not upgrading their security would be an open invitation for a tragic event.  The cost of the upgrades would be around $13,000.  The D.A.’s office proposes that money come out of the nearly $30,000 they are returning to the county as leftover funds from last year’s budget.  The D.A.’s office is also buying a vehicle for its investigator with a portion of that left-over money.  The Moffat County Commissioners yesterday were warm to Barkey’s ideas, and have asked that the issue be put on a future meeting agenda.

CRAIG FIREFIGHTERS RESPOND TO LIGHTING SPARKED FIRE

Yesterday’s thunderstorm had Craig firefighters battling a 5 acre blaze a few miles east of the Moffat County Airport.  Fire Chief Bill Johnston said lightning touched down on private close to Highway 394.  It took about an hour and a half to extinguish the resulting blaze.  There were no injuries, and no structures were damaged in the fire.

OFFICIALS WARN FIRE REPORTERS NOT TO FIGHT FIRES THEMSELVES

The Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit would like to thank the people who have reported wildland fires.  They also warn that those reporting should never try to fight the fires themselves.  They say you should never attempt to extinguish the blaze yourself especially using a fire extinguisher as the chemicals become toxic in wildland environments. Many times when citizens suppress a fire it hampers firefighting response by temporarily eliminating the signs of a fire only to rekindle at a later time. Give as much information as possible to dispatchers and allow firefighters to fight the fire.  Fire danger is high in Moffat County and moderate in Jackson, Grand, Routt and Rio Blanco Counties.  If you call to report a fire, there is a list of questions the dispatcher will ask you.  You’ll find that list below.

1.      Call 911

2.      If you’re near the fire move out of the fire area and monitor

3.      Account for others with you and move them to safety

4.      State your name and phone number in case clarification or more information is necessary

5.      Give the location from which you’re seeing the fire or smoke

6.      Location of the fire: direction of the fire from where you’re standing; nearest road or highway

7.      Closest landmark

8.      What’s burning; sagebrush, grass, trees, etc.

9.      Fire size; if you can’t estimate an acreage try comparing it to something like a football field

10.  Do you see flames or smoke

 

LEFTOVER BIG GAME LICENSES ON SALE

Leftover big game hunting licenses are now on sale.  Colorado Parks and Wildlife says there are fewer of the licenses this year, due to an increase in hunting applications.  There are around 33,000 elk, 6,800 deer, and 3,800 antelope licenses available.  The licenses went on sale yesterday.  If you are interested in purchasing one, or if you would like to see the list of available licenses, visit the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website.

 

EXPLODING TARGETS BANNED IN NATIONAL FORESTS

The U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region, is prohibiting un-permitted explosives on forest lands, specifically the use of exploding targets.  The order was announced during a press conference about the wildfire danger caused by exploding targets.  Exploding targets have been identified as the cause of at least 16 wildfires in the western states, costing taxpayers over $33 million in fire suppression costs. The order applies to all un-permitted explosives, but focuses on exploding targets. It includes all national forests and grasslands in the five-state Rocky Mountain Region, which includes Colorado and Wyoming.  When detonated, exploding targets often result in a fireball that can ignite vegetation and surrounding materials.  Under the Order, if caught using an exploding target, the user can face a fine of up to $5,000 and up to 6 months in prison.

 

NATIONAL GROUP PROTESTING OBAMA POLICIES IN DENVER

A National Group trying to get President Obama impeached, brought their message to Colorado yesterday.  Overpasses for Obama’s Impeachment recruited over 2 dozen protesters in Denver yesterday to wave signs and flags on an I-25 overpass in Denver.  The group and its recruits oppose many of the president’s policies, and are using overpasses throughout the nation to spread their message.  The protest lasted for a few hours.