END OF SHUTDOWN MEANS REOPENING OF DINOSAUR NATIONAL MONUMENT
Dinosaur National Monument re-opened to visitors yesterday. Visitors can access public areas and roads immediately. Dinosaur National Monument has been closed since October 1st due to the lapse in Congressional appropriations. The Quarry Visitor Center near Jensen, Utah is open daily 9 to 5. The Quarry Exhibit Hall will be open the same hours as the visitor center through this Sunday. Starting Monday, access to the Quarry Exhibit Hall will be by car caravans. Monument officials say fall is a wonderful time to visit. They say the summer heat is gone, days are often sunny, nights are crisp, and solitude is readily available. Wildlife, like deer, elk and bighorn sheep, may be seen along the rivers and roads. They ask visitors to be alert for animals crossing the roads particularly at dawn and dusk.
VETERANS CAN GET FREE FLU SHOTS TODAY
Veterans can get a Free Flu Shot and advise on Veterans Benefits at the Steamboat Springs Community Center today. The flu shots are free to any patient enrolled for care with the Craig Veterans Clinic, The Grand Junction VA Medical Center and any Veteran who can provide proof of service. Someone will also be on hand to help Veterans with Service Connected Disability Claims and information on how to request a Veterans guaranteed home loan certificate. Veterans who have questions about the Affordable Health Care Act and how or if it impacts them can register their question and the staff will forward them to the Medical Center’s ACA Point of Contact. Today’s clinic runs from 11 to 6.
PUMPKIN PATCH TO BE HELD IN STEAMBOAT TOMORROW
The Steamboat Optimist Club will host their 22nd annual Pumpkin Festival tomorrow at the Howelson Hill Parking Lot. Kids ages 2 to 12 will get to paint pumpkins at 10:30. Judging of those pumpkins starts at 11:45. There will be coffee and refreshments served and the event is free for the entire family. Registration starts at 10.
NEXT WEEK IS TEEN DRIVER SAFETY WEEK
National Teen Driver Safety Week is October 20th through the 26th. This year’s theme is ‘It Takes Two: Shared Expectations for Teens and Parents for Driving.” The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association has put forth some tips to promote the important role parents and teens play in developing a safe skilled driver. They include the 3-second rule. Most crashes happen in about 3 seconds, which is not a lot of time to recognize and avoid a driving hazard. So if a driver is distracted by a phone or friends or is speeding, they might not have time to react. They also suggest that parents provide teens with 65+ hours of supervised driving practice. For more tips and information, click here.
FOREST SERVICE REINSTATES TIMBER CONTRACTS
The U.S. Forest Service’s decided yesterday to reinstate timber sales and stewardship contracts on national forest lands following the reopening of the federal government. Colorado’s timber industry is already in need of additional timber from federal lands to continue their operations, a situation made worse by the government shutdown. Stewardship contracting is a critical tool that allows the Forest Service to employ public-private partnerships to carry out projects that maintain healthy forests and create employment and business opportunities. Colorado is among the states with the most stewardship contracts underway.
REEVES BROWN PENALIZED FOR INAPPROPRIATE RELATIONSHIP
The director of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs engaged in a months-long “inappropriate, romantic” relationship with his executive assistant that resulted in disciplinary action. Reeves Brown’s salary of $148,920 was cut by 2 percent. Brown was ordered to attend an employment-practices workshop. That’s according to a September 17th letter obtained by the newspaper. The 50-year-old cabinet member tells the newspaper he made a big mistake. State investigators reviewed whether the 46-year-old assistant felt sexually harassed or coerced into having a relationship with her boss. Investigators also checked whether she had received any special pay raises or leave. Those concerns proved to be unfounded. The assistant now works for the Colorado Department of Transportation and is still in a relationship with Brown.
MOFFAT COUNTY HOMECOMING PARADE IS TODAY
Moffat County High School is celebrating homecoming this week. The Homecoming Parade takes place today. Schools will let children out early so they can attend the parade. The parade starts at 1 this afternoon, and will run from Craig City Park, along Victory Way, to Ledford Street.
In high school sports:
Steamboat lost to Glenwood (3-0).
In boys soccer:
Steamboat beat Summit (1-0).
Steamboat is home against Rifle at 7.
Meeker heads to Roaring Fork at 7.
Soroco welcomes West Grand at 7.
Hayden hosts Vail Christian at 7.
Moffat County hosts Montezuma-Cortez. You can catch that game live on KRAI with the pre-game at 6:45 and the kick-off at 7. You can also listen online.
Steamboat hosts Rifle at 6.
Rangely welcomes Meeker at 5.
Soroco is home against Hotchkiss at 3.
Hayden hosts Vail Mountain at 5:30.
Little Snake River Valley goes to Encampment at 5.
In cross country:
Moffat County and Steamboat go to regionals in Delta at noon.
Rangely heads to South Park at 11.
Little Snake River Valley hosts Dubois at 3.
Rangely goes to Paonia at 3.
Meeker hosts West Grand at 6.
Soroco goes to North Park at 1.
Hayden travels to Vail Christian at 2.
The Denver Broncos head to Indianapolis Sunday. You can catch all the action live on 55 Country, with the pre-game at 4:30 and the kick off at 6:30.