LOCAL FLOOD RELIEF EFFORT ENDS TODAY
Today is the last day to drop off donations for flood victims at Centennial Bank in Steamboat. The Steamboat Institute has organized the drive, which has already seen multiple loads of donations taken to the Fort Collins and Greeley area. If you would like to drop something off today, you can do so between 9 and 5. You can also make cash donations online. You’ll find the links, along with information about the drive, by clicking here.
WILDLIFE OFFICIALS WARN OF MOOSE ENCOUNTERS
In the wake of several people being injured by moose this year, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding outdoor enthusiasts that moose can be aggressive when dogs and humans get too close. Since early spring, wildlife officers have responded to three human/moose conflicts, including two recent incidents in Grand Lake. In all three instances, dogs – both on and off-leash – reportedly spooked the moose before it charged and seriously injured the dog’s owner. Moose in Colorado have very few natural predators and they are not generally frightened by humans. However, state wildlife officials caution that they see dogs as a threat due to their similarities with wolves, their primary predator. Wildlife officials caution that dogs should never be allowed to approach a moose.
FEMA WARNS OF FLOODING SCAMS
Colorado recovery continues with the energy and work of businesses, voluntary, faith-based, and community-based organizations along with government agencies and committed citizens. But, unfortunately, disasters also bring out criminals looking to prey on survivors by offering fraudulent services. FEMA says being cautious is essential to preventing rip-offs. Don’t offer personal financial information over the phone. Know who you are dealing with, and never be shy about asking for identification. Government workers will never ask for a fee or payment. They wear an official government photo ID. Watch out for middlemen who promise you will receive disaster grants or money, especially if they ask for an upfront payment. There is never a fee to apply for FEMA disaster assistance or to receive it.
COLORADO LAWMAKERS URGE FEDS TO MAKE MORE MONEY AVAILABLE FOR FLOOD RELIEF
The Colorado Congressional delegation yesterday urged the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to make crucial resources available to help Colorado recover from the recent historic floods by lifting the cap on funds that can be used for infrastructure-related expenses. While state and federal officials continue to assess the damage, the Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) initial estimate to rebuild roads and highways exceeds the Federal Highway Administration’s $100 million funding cap on emergency relief funding appropriated earlier this year. The delegation appealed to the leadership of each committee to raise that cap to $500 million to provide the flexibility needed to address infrastructure rebuilding costs. The cap was raised to $500 million for states impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Since the flooding began, the entire delegation has worked together to advocate for crucial resources to help Colorado communities respond to and recover from the unprecedented rainfall. With floodwaters rising, the delegation quickly urged the President to approve Governor John Hickenlooper’s request for an emergency declaration last week, which was granted within hours of the request. The lawmakers will continue to work to ensure federal resources are made available to help Coloradans clean up and rebuild.
BLOOD DRIVE TO BE HELD FRIDAY NEXT WEEK
Bonfils blood drive at Yampa Valley Medical Center will be on a Friday next week, rather than the typical Thursday. The blood drive is scheduled for September 27th from 12:30 to 6. You can schedule an appointment through the hospital or through the Bonfils website. Walk-ins are welcome between 4 and 5:30. Officials ask that you allow an hour for the process, and that you eat a full meal and drink plenty of water before making your visit.
FEDS, TRIBES, TALK COLORADO RIVER
The federal government has pledged to work with American Indian tribes in the Colorado River basin to address projected shortages of water. A group of 10 tribes from around the West and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation signed an agreement Wednesday to study tribal water resources. The agency provided $100,000 to initiate the study that is expected to be complete by December 2015. The Interior Department’s assistant secretary for water and science, Ann Castle, says it’s important to collaborate with groups that have a vested interest in the river. A 1922 river compact recognizes tribal water rights, but not all of the tribes in the basin have settled potentially huge claims. Meanwhile, federal managers have given Arizona and Nevada a 50-50 chance of having water deliveries cut in 2016.
INTERNET TAX OPPONENT APPEALING COURT RULING
An opponent of Colorado’s Internet tax is appealing a court ruling that allows the state to enforce the law. The Direct Marketing Association is seeking a rehearing of the case by the full 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. In August, a panel of 10th Circuit judges ruled that a lower court overstepped its jurisdiction when it threw out the law last year and reinstated it. The Direct Marketing Association argued that the reporting obligations under the law are unconstitutional.
In high school sports:
Hayden lost to Vail Christian (3-0).
Soroco fell to West Grand (3-1).
In boys soccer:
Steamboat beat Glenwood (2-0).
Little Snake River Valley Plays at Farson at 2.
Steamboat is home against Glenwood at 7.
Soroco hosts Hayden at 7.
Rangely welcomes West Grand at 7.
Moffat County heads to Delta. 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.
Moffat County goes to Olathe at 5.
Meeker travels to Vail Mountain at 6.
Steamboat goes to Palisade at 6:30.
Hayden hosts Hotchkiss at 6:30
Rangely welcomes West Grand at 5.
In boys tennis:
Steamboat goes to a tournament in Hotchkiss.
Meeker is on the road to play Del Norte at 1.
Moffat County hosts Grand Valley at 3.
Steamboat goes to Delta at 1.
Little Snake River Valley goes to a tournament in Thermopolis.
Soroco heads to Paonia at 1.
In boys soccer:
Moffat County is home against Roaring Fork at 11.
Steamboat welcomes Evergreen at 11.
In boys tennis:
Steamboat continues at the tournament in Hotchkiss.
In cross country:
Moffat County hosts a meet with Rangely attending.