TODAY IS VETERAN’S DAY
Today is Veteran’s Day, a day to reflect on the U.S. servicemen and women who have served, and are serving today. Unlike Memorial Day, which is set aside to honor all fallen soldiers, Veterans Day honors all who have served. Congressman Scott Tipton issued a statement that said, in part, “on Veterans Day and every day, it’s important to remember these men and women and their families, and show them our appreciation for what they’ve done for us. We owe them all a tremendous debt of gratitude.” Tipton has been working on legislation that would cut red tape and bureaucracy to reduce the VA claims backlog, and to bring a National Veteran’s Cemetery to Southern Colorado.
THREE SENT TO HOSPITAL AFTER CRASH ON HIGHWAY 40
Three people were taken to The Memorial Hospital this morning after a two vehicle crash on Highway 40. The accident happened a little after 7 this morning. According to authorities, one vehicle was attempting to turn onto Highway 40 from Moffat County Road 174, west of Western Knolls, when it collided with another car on the highway. Three of the four people involved were transported to the hospital by ambulance for observation, but authorities report no serious injuries. The Colorado State Patrol and Craig Fire Rescue were there, along with the ambulance services.
FOREST SERVICE TO BURN SLASH PILES IN GRAND COUNTY
U.S. Forest Service fire crews will be burning slash piles this week and possibly next week in the Grouse Mountain area of Grand County. The piles are a result of hazard tree-removal operations near Forest Roads 12, 112, 121 and 125. Forest users and communities along U.S. Highway 40, including Parshall, Kremmling, Hot Sulphur Springs and Granby may observe smoke and flames as part of the operations. The main objective of pile burning is to reduce remaining dead fuels from hazard tree-removal projects. Removing hazardous fuels reduces the risk of wildfire to watershed and communities.
LAWMAKERS SEEK TO ADD WILDFIRE MITIGATION FUNDS TO FARM BILL
Lawmakers are trying to include increased spending for wildfire prevention in the new Farm Bill. Lawmakers in the west say wildfires are devastating to local economies, and that the Federal Government needs to do more to prevent large fires. Statistics provided by the Congressional Budget Office show that for every dollar spent on wildfire mitigation, $5 is saved in fire damage. Forest officials say they currently use the majority of their funds to fight wildfires, rather than doing what’s necessary to prevent them from starting up in the first place.
STEAMBOAT INSTITUTE TO HOLD VETERANS DAY TRIBUTE TOMORROW
The Steamboat Institute will host a presentation by Matt Feeney tomorrow night. Feeney is the Outreach Director and Co-Founder of Adaptive Adventures, a program that provides outdoor sports opportunities for children, adults and veterans with physical disabilities. The group is much like, and partners with, the Wounded Warrior Project. Feeney himself, was an avid mountain biker and skier, when a cliff diving accident left him paralyzed from the waist down in 1991. Feeney started training, and joined the Winter Park Disabled Ski team. He is a two-time U.S. off-road champion and an accomplished handcyclist and ski instructor. Tomorrow’s presentation will be a Veteran’s Day tribute. It takes place at the Ranch at Steamboat from 5:30 to 7, and costs $10 a person. Proceeds will go to Adaptive Adventures to support their work with wounded veterans and their families.
STEPHENS CALLS ON UDALL TO JOIN OBAMA IN APOLOGY
Republican Senate candidate Amy Stephens Friday called on Senator Mark Udall to join President Barack Obama in apologizing for misleading voters about the disastrous consequences of ObamaCare. In a televised interview Thursday night, the President personally apologized to the millions of Americans who are losing their health care coverage despite his promise that they could keep it. Senator Mark Udall made a similar promise to Colorado families in 2009, saying “If you have an insurance policy you like, doctor or medical facility that provides medical services to you, you’ll be able to keep that doctor or that insurance policy.” In a statement, Stephens said “Coloradans expect their elected leaders to tell the truth and never use their elected office to spread false information. Senator Udall let down his constituents by failing to meet these expectations, and it’s time for him to admit that he was wrong and apologize. And he has a chance to demonstrate he understands how much this is harming working families by backing bipartisan legislation to delay the individual mandate tax by one year.” Stephens is running against Udall for his senate seat.
HIGHWAY OFFICIALS UPGRADING TRAFFIC CAMS
Colorado highway officials are upgrading traffic alert systems ahead of the ski season, including converting traffic cameras from still photos to video. 48 of Colorado’s 1,000 traffic cameras have been upgraded so far, including 18 along Interstate 70 between Denver and Glenwood Springs, a route heavily traveled by skiers. Evergreen-based software company Wowza is working with the Colorado Department of Transportation on the improvements. Wowza CEO Dave Stubenvoll says the cameras can provide live video via smartphone and tablet apps. They also allow one user at a time to control the picture by zooming in and out at some locations.
ELEVATOR SAFETY WEEK
Each year since 1994, the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation celebrates the second week of November as National Elevator and Escalator Safety Awareness Week. This year, the Safety Week is being celebrated now through the 16th. Governor Hickenlooper has issued a proclamation declaring the week a time to promote public awareness of the safe and proper use of elevators, escalators and moving walks.
In high school sports:
Over the weekend:
Meeker beat Ridgway and lost to Resurrection Christian at the state playoffs in Denver.
The Denver Broncos beat San Diego yesterday 28-20. The Broncos next game will be Sunday against the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs. You can catch that game live on 55 Country Sunday, with the pregame at noon and the kickoff at 2.