FOREST SERVICE TO BURN SLASH PILES IN GRAND COUNTY
U.S. Forest Service fire crews will be burning slash piles next week and possibly the week after 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.
CHRISTMAS TREE CUTTING PERMITS ON SALE IN RIO BLANCO COUNTY
Permits for cutting Christmas trees on Bureau of Land Management lands within designated areas of the White River Field Office are now on sale. Permits are $10 per tree and may be purchased at the White River Field Office in Meeker, Monday through Friday between 7:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Permits are also available at the Rio Blanco County Clerk Office in Rangely. Pinyon pine and junipers are the only types of trees that may be cut. The BLM allows three permits per household at a time to be purchased for family and friends for personal use. Maps of designated cutting areas can be found online, or at the White River Field Office. Maps are also available when purchasing permits. BLM recommends bringing along a hand saw, rope or twine, extra food, water and blankets. Many of the areas will have limited vehicle access depending on snow depths. Weather and road conditions can change quickly. Four-wheel drive vehicles equipped with tire chains, a shovel and emergency supplies are recommended for all cutting areas.
FUNDRAISER TODAY FOR CRAIG FAMILY THAT LOST HOME IN FIRE
A fundraiser will be held today for Kevin and Christina Oxley and family. The family’s Craig home burned Sunday after flames from a barbecue grill caught the house on fire, destroying the entire upper floor, and a good portion of the 1st story. The Oxleys were not hurt as they quickly evacuated, without any of their belongings. The Craig Chamber has stepped up to collect donations of immediate needs for the family, while they get back on their feet. Today’s fundraiser, a “Skate and Soup” will be held at Loudy Simpson Ice Arena this afternoon from 1 to 4. Soup and cocoa will be sold, with the proceeds going to the Oxleys. The Moffat County Commissioners are considering whether to donate their proceeds from skate rentals and skate session time.
STEPHENS CALLS ON UDALL TO JOIN OBAMA IN APOLOGY
Republican Senate candidate Amy Stephens today 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.” She went on to say “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.
In high school sports:
Meeker beat Ridgway and lost to Resurrection Christian at the state playoffs in Denver.