RABBIT EARS CLOSED BRIEFLY FOR ACCIDENT CLEAN-UP
Highway 40 over Rabbit Ears Pass was closed for a little over an hour this morning, while State Troopers cleaned up an accident. Details of the crash aren’t clear, but it was confirmed that a semi was involved in the accident. The crash happened a little after 7, and troopers had started letting traffic through again around 8:30. Travelers are reminded that even if snow isn’t falling in Northwest Colorado, roads can still be icy and snowpacked. Drivers are encouraged to slow down and take caution, especially on mountain passes.
ROVING CHRISTMAS TREE TO TOUR HAYDEN TOMORROW NIGHT
The Roving Christmas Tree makes it’s way through Hayden again tomorrow. The annual Christmas Eve event features Santa Claus stopping by several homes in Hayden to visit with children. Santa will arrive at the Haven in Hayden at 5 tomorrow afternoon, starting his trek through neighborhoods shortly afterward. If you live in the Hayden area, and would like Santa to visit your home with a bag of goodies for your kids, just leave your porch light on. This is the Roving Christmas Tree’s 75th year. You can follow the tree’s trip through Hayden on Facebook. For more information, call 276-4446.
FIRING RANGE IN HOT SULPHUR SPRINGS CLOSES FOR WINTER
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding shooting enthusiasts that the Byers Canyon Shooting Range in Hot Sulphur Springs will once again close January 2nd due to the agency’s continuing efforts to protect wintering elk and deer herds. Because the animals have moved onto their winter range in and around the shooting facility during especially cold conditions this year, wildlife officials remind the public to give them plenty of space to help prevent additional stress that can lead to their untimely deaths. The closure is expected to benefit area residents as well, reducing the number of wintering elk and deer that are forced onto private land in search of safety and food. The shooting range will remain closed until the animals move toward higher ground in the spring, which typically occurs in early April. The Byers Canyon Shooting Range, which is owned and operated by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, is very popular with sportsmen from across the western slope. For more information about Colorado Parks and Wildlife shooting ranges and alternative places to shoot, click here.
CDC URGES PEOPLE TO GET FLU SHOTS
As the holidays approach, state health officials urge Coloradans to protect themselves and their families by getting a flu vaccination. Last year more than 1,500 people in Colorado were hospitalized with influenza. The Centers for Disease Control says the single best way to protect yourself from the flu is by getting vaccinated. It takes about two weeks after getting the vaccination for your body to build the antibodies needed to protect you from the flu. The CDC recommends everyone over the age of six months receive a flu vaccine. People at high risk of serious complications from seasonal influenza include people 65 years and older, children younger than five years, pregnant women and people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions.
TEEN VICTIM OF SCHOOL SHOOTING DIES
A suburban Denver high school student who was shot in the head by a classmate died Saturday afternoon. 17-year old Claire Davis was in critical condition after being shot at point-blank range at Arapahoe High School on December 13th. The Davis family said in a statement that they are grateful for the 17 years they had with their daughter. The family said they appreciated the outpouring of support from the community and thanked the efforts of law enforcement, school officials and medical staff. 18-year old Karl Pierson shot Davis, who just happened to be sitting nearby with a friend as Pierson, armed with a shotgun, ammunition strapped to his body, Molotov cocktails and a machete, entered the school and headed toward the library. Davis appeared to be a random target. Authorities say the intended target was librarian and debate coach Tracy Murphy. Murphy is a former Social Studies teacher at Craig Middle School, who worked for the district from 1989 to 1995. Pictured: Claire Davis
BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS OF CRAIG AND STEAMBOAT SEEKING DONATIONS
The Board of Directors along with the Boys and Girls Club Leadership Circle say they made huge strides 2013 in impacting the lives of kids in Craig and Steamboat. Now, they are challenging community members to Step Up to the Match. The funds you contribute will be matched so that your gift becomes even more valuable. The club says with your support, they can serve more youth, with more impact, more often. They’re fundraising goal is $50,000. Donations will be used to fund programming that supports academic success, character and leadership, and healthy lifestyles.
ROCK SPRINGS MAN SENTENCED TO FOUR LIFE SENTENCES FOR SEX CRIMES
A Rock Springs man was sentenced to four separate life prison terms in District Court in Green River on December 18th. Sweetwater County Sheriff Rich Haskell said 28 year old Byron Nelson Griggs was arrested by county detectives in the summer of 2012, for Sexual Abuse of a Minor in the First Degree. He was found guilty after a four-day trial on all four counts of his charges. Judge Richard Lavery handed down the sentences Wednesday. According to authorities, Griggs has no chance of parole and will spend the rest of his life in prison. Prior to the Sweetwater County case, in 2004, Griggs was convicted in Laramie County, Wyoming, of Second Degree Sexual Assault. The Sheriff’s Office lead investigator in the case, Corporal Jason Mower, testified at Griggs’s trial, as did two minor victims. Griggs was remanded to the custody of the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office pending his transfer to the Wyoming Department of Corrections.
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE GOING DOWN IN COLORADO
Colorado’s unemployment rate is dropping. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, nonfarm payroll jobs increased 4,200 over the month from October to November. Private sector payroll jobs increased 2,900 and government increased 1,300. According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate decreased three tenths of a percentage point in November to 6.5 percent. This is the lowest unemployment rate since reaching 6.1 percent in December 2008. The number of people participating in the labor force decreased 5,800 over the month and the number of people reporting themselves as employed increased 2,700. Those that are no longer looking for work do not affect the unemployment rate. The national unemployment rate decreased to 7.0 percent. The largest private sector job gains were in education and health services, manufacturing and trade, transportation and utilities. The largest declines were in leisure and hospitality and financial activities.
IN HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
Over the weekend:
Rangely’s girls fell to North Park (42-34).
Steamboat’s boys (56-40) and girls (57-25) lost to Glenwood.
Little Snake River Valley boys lost to Saratoga (56-39).
Moffat County boys (74-27) and girls beat Olathe (54-43). The boys (68-42) and girls (58-50) also beat Gunnison.
Steamboat fell to Columbine (2-1), and Cherry Creek (3-0).
Moffat County placed two wrestlers at the Warrior Classic in Grand Junction. S. Peroulis took 6th in the 160 pound division. J. Demoor placed 3rd in the 182 pound division.
The Denver Broncos beat Houston yesterday (37-13). The Broncos next game is Sunday in Oakland. You can catch that game live on 55 Country with the pre-game at noon, and the kick-off at 2:30.