MEEKER SCHOOL BUS INVOLVED IN MULTI-VEHICLE PILE-UP
On Saturday morning a Meeker school bus was involved in a multi-vehicle crash with 13 other cars on Highway 82 near Snowmass. Three drivers were transported to Aspen Valley Hospital and later released with minor injuries. The passengers on the school bus were not injured. The eastbound lanes of Highway 82 were closed for about 3 hours for investigation and recovery of vehicles. All parties involved were wearing safety belts. The roadway was icy at the time of the crash. The Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Department of Transportation, Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, and Basalt Fire Department responded to the scene. An RFTA bus was used on scene to keep those involved in the crash warm and safe while the scene was cleared. The Colorado State Patrol reminds all motorists that winter is fast approaching, and to slow down during inclement weather and buckle up.
RESIDENTS CLEAN UP AFTER STORM
City crews in Craig and Steamboat have said they will work through the early part of this week, picking up branches that broke off during last week’s snow storm in residential areas. Last week’s snow storm was the first of the season, and it brought enough wet, heavy snow to snap tree branches. City crews left several roll-away dumpsters throughout Craig over the weekend for people to throw those branches away. Workers in Craig and Steamboat will pick up branches at the edge of residential properties over the next few days, or until the work is done. Stemboat officials expect the work to last until Wednesday. The storm also caused major headaches for Yampa Valley Electric crews, who worked through recurring outages late Friday and early Saturday, getting the power back on.
ENVIRONMENTALISTS PRAISE RULING DENYING NEW POWER PLANT
Environmentalists are praising a decision by the Kansas Supreme Court that will keep the cost of electric rates moving up. Sunflower Electric was trying to get a permit to build a coal fired plant in Southwestern Kansas. The electricity produced would have belonged to Tri-State Generation and Transmission, but didn’t meet strict, new environmental standards. Electricity produced by the plant would have provided the nation with another affordable energy source, however environmentalists have been trying to phase out coal fired plants, in favor of more costly renewable energy sources. Despite Tri-State’s reputation for using the latest technology to surpass EPA regulations on emissions, a Sierra Club representative said the proposed plant would emit massive amounts of air pollutants in Kansas, including mercury, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, carbon dioxide, and particulate matter.
BONES FOUND IN WYOMING DETERMINED TO BE PREHISTORIC
Human remains found in the Sand Dunes north of Rock Springs have been identified as prehistoric. According to Sweetwater County Sheriff Rich Haskell and County Coroner Dale Majhanovich, John Vase and his daughter Linzy Vase of Rock Springs were pre-season scouting for deer about 3½ miles west of Essex Mountain on Sunday when they came across what appeared to be two human bones. They notified county authorities, who recovered the remains. At Majhanovich’s request, the bones were examined by Professor Charlie Love, retired Professor of Anthropology and Geology at Western Wyoming Community College, who confirmed them to be prehistoric femur and pelvic bones from a male Native American. The remains have been sent to the University of Wyoming, where they will undergo further examination. As the remains are prehistoric and were found on land administered by the Bureau of Land Management, that agency is normally notified, but the local BLM office is closed due to the current federal government shutdown. Officials said the BLM will be contacted when the Rock Springs office reopens.
LAWMAKERS PLAN SPECIAL SESSION TO DEAL WITH FLOODING ISSUES
Colorado lawmakers plan to address the state’s flood recovery efforts and discuss whether there’s a need for legislation in the disaster’s aftermath. Legislative leaders announced Friday they would convene a bipartisan panel of 12 lawmakers that will begin meeting soon. The lawmakers will tour areas damaged by last month’s floods and get input by residents who were affected. An initial meeting date has not been set. The legislative panel also plans to get feedback from disaster experts and responders on recovery efforts and review state laws to determine whether new statutes are needed. Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper had raised the possibility of a special session to address looting and potential fraud. He later said a special session was not necessary. The regular session begins in January.
ANOTHER FRONT RANGE LAWMAKER MAY BE UP FOR RECALL
Another Colorado lawmaker that support gun control is being targeted for recall. Evie Hudak, a Democrat from Westminster is accused of having “infringed upon our constitutional rights to keep and bear arms.” The group “Recall Hudak, Too” says Hudak has voted to make all citizens less safe and to drive hundreds of jobs from Colorado. An effort to recall Hudak failed about 6 months ago, but organizers are taking advantage of the recent successful recalls of John Morse and Angela Giron to start another effort. Hudak’s district is described as similar to Morse’s when it comes to political make-up, and Hudak won her election in 2012 by less than 600 votes.
In high school sports:
Over the weekend:
Steamboat topped Battle Mountain (27-16).
Meeker fell to Paonia (28-22).
Hayden lost to West Grand (52-8)
Moffat County beat Summit (28-21).
Rangely lost to Vail Mountain (3-1) and North Park (3-0).
Soroco defeated North Park (3-1), and South Park (3-0).
Hayden beat Plateau Valley (3-0), and lost to Paonia (0-3).
In boys soccer:
Steamboat beat Palisade (6-0).
Moffat County hosts Cedaredge at 5.
Steamboat welcomes Summit at 6:30.
In boys soccer:
Moffat County is home against Grand Valley at 4.
The Denver Broncos outlasted the Dallas Cowboys yesterday, beating them with a last second field goal to make the score 51-48. That puts the Broncos at 5-0 on the season, with Jacksonville visiting Sunday. You’ll be able to hear that game live on 55 Country, with the pre-game at noon and the kick-off at 2.