NATIONAL DRUG TAKE BACK TOMORROW
There are certain items people shouldn’t take to the National Drug Take-Back event tomorrow. Police Departments ask that needles and mercury thermometers not be brought in, as they aren’t prepared to dispose of those properly. The Craig and Steamboat Police Departments will take part in tomorrow’s effort to clear people’s medicine cabinet of unwanted and outdated prescription drugs. Other items they won’t take include oxygen containers, chemotherapy and radioactive substances, pressurized canisters, and illegal drugs. Steamboat’s event will take place at the Steamboat Police Department. Craig’s will be in the Centennial Mall parking lot. Both will be held from 10 to 2.
STEAMBOAT LAUNCHES WEBSITE FOR INPUT ON NEW POLICE DEPARTMENT LOCATION
The City of Steamboat is launching a new website today on potential sites for a new Police Facility. The website will explain the history of the current police headquarters and un-met needs, clarify the process in selecting the potential sites, offer a detailed map of these sites, and request feedback and ideas from the public. The website includes both an interactive and printable map that details all of the sites being considered, the pros and cons of each site from the City’s perspective, and potential “deal killers” if these exist. The public can also find copies of the Space Needs Studies that were conducted in 2002 and 2013, as well as the presentations given to City Council over the past 18 months. New information will be added to the site as it comes available and as the possible sites are narrowed down. Staff is tentatively scheduled to meet with City Council with four primary options on Tuesday, December 3rd. You can access the site when it launches today by clicking here.
STEAMBOAT SKI AREA TO BURN SLASH PILES
The Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation, in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service, will be conducting prescribed slash pile burns associated with the logging project at the Steamboat Ski Area earlier this summer. Starting yesterday, and continuing as conditions allow, smoke may be seen rising from the Steamboat Ski Area. The prescribed burns will take place on Ego, the bottom of Burgess Creek and Storm Peak. The ski area asks people to stay away during this time. The pile burns will consist of beetle-kill slash materials, primarily non-merchantable wooden debris and remnants from the resort’s summer logging project. Local Fire & County Authorities have been notified of the scheduled burns.
TREE PLANTING TRIP PLANNED FOR BROWNS PARK
The US Fish & Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, The Wilderness Society, and Friends of Northwest Colorado will celebrate National Public Lands Day at Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge next week. Friday night, November 1st, there will be campfire entertainment. Saturday will be spent planting trees and cleaning and repairing roads and camping areas. There will also be a free barbecue and a trip to the swimming hole. Participants are encouraged to stick around Sunday for an optional half-day river float, hiking, or a driving tour to see cultural, historic sites or wild horses. Registration is free, but is required. For more information click here.
BENNETT WRAPPING UP TOUR WITHOUT VISITING NORTHWEST COLORADO
Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet yesterday continued his statewide “Coloradans Don’t Shut Down” tour with a visit to the Western Slope where he poured beers, fixed bikes, and sorted onions. His trip again kept him away from Northwest Colorado. In Grand Junction, Bennet worked at Edgewater Brewery and Brown Cycles, while in Olathe he helped out on Tuxedo Farms. Bennet’s “Coloradans Don’t Shut Down” tour is aimed to spotlight Coloradans who are working hard day-in and day-out to pay their bills, despite Washington’s antics. The tour does not seem to include Bennett working in any energy sector jobs. Bennett has been a proponent of EPA tactics that are aimed at shutting down the coal industry. Bennet will wrap up the tour tomorrow working as a host and busser at Mama Rose’s in Estes Park.
CONGRESSMAN SEEKS DELAY FOR OBAMACARE IN RESORT AREAS
A Colorado congressman is seeking a health insurance waiver for mountain-dwellers in his district where rates are higher than in other areas. Representative Jared Polis said Wednesday he will seek a waiver from the Obama administration so folks in Colorado’s geographical “resort” insurance rating area will not be required to participate in the Affordable Care Act this year. Health insurance rates in the high country are higher than other parts of Colorado. The Democrat from Boulder says he was dismayed that residents in parts of his district have higher premiums. In some cases, rates are 50 percent higher in the “resort” region than other parts of the state. Glenwood Springs officials have also expressed concern about the “resort” rating they’ve been assigned.
THIS WEEK IS WINTER WEATHER PREPAREDNESS WEEK
The week of October 20th through October 26th is Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Colorado. The National Weather Service says this is an excellent time for people, businesses, and schools to review their winter storm preparedness plans. It is especially important for all new arrivals to the state to become familiar with the National Weather Service watch and warning definitions, as well as winter safety procedures. Snow in Colorado is important to the farmers…the ski areas…and for filling up reservoirs. However…winter storms often bring heavy snow…bitterly cold temperatures…high winds…low visibilities and slick roads. This can lead to dangerous travel conditions and other life threatening situations such as avalanches and dangerously low wind chill temperatures. To help you prepare for these hazards this coming winter…the National Weather Service will issue statements throughout the week. This week’s statement is on Winter Travel Safety. You can read each statement by clicking the links below.
Monday………..Winter Travel Safety
Thursday….…..Wind Chill Temperatures and Hypothermia
Friday……… …..Avalanche Safety
Saturday…..…..Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Review
In high school sports:
Steamboat lost to Battle Mountain (3-0).
Meeker hosts Hotchkiss at 7.
Moffat County defeated Battle Mountain 54-3.
Little Snake River Valley goes to Regionals in Lander.
Moffat County goes to districts at Grand Junction Central.
Steamboat goes to Lutheran at 2.
Little Snake River Valley heads to Ten Sleep at noon.
Rangely, Soroco and Meeker go to districts at Paonia.
In cross country:
Moffat County, Rangely and Steamboat go to state in Colorado Springs.
The Denver Broncos host the Washington Redskins Sunday. You can catch all the action live on 55 Country with the pregame at noon and the kickoff at 2:30.