YVEA CREWS STILL WORKING TO RESTORE POWER
Yampa Valley Electric Association crews were working throughout the night trying to restore all power to Northwest Colorado. As of last night, there were still some dark areas. The outages were caused by a storm that started Thursday night, and brought with it heavy, wet snow. Tree branches broke off all over the valley, keeping City crews busy as well. In Craig, city workers have placed roll-off containers throughout town, which resident can toss broken branches into. If the branches are too large for you to haul away, you can leave them at the edge of your yard, and they’ll be picked up starting Monday. Do not drag them out to the street. A press release yesterday evening said crews would work throughout the night to finish restoring power. They’ve been hampered, in part, by recurring outages.
CRAIG FIRE/RESCUE TO HOLD OPEN HOUSE TODAY
Craig Fire/Rescue is inviting the public to an open house today to show off their new training center. The day will include hamburgers and hot dogs served at noon, demonstrations, and tours of the facility. The open house takes place from 10 to 2 today on Industrial Avenue, next to the bowling alley.
KRAI/55 COUNTRY GATHERING FOOD FOR DEPLETED FOOD BANK
KRAI and 55 Country have learned that the Interfaith Food Bank in Craig is severely depleted. A call to a food bank organizer yesterday confirmed that the food bank has less than a month’s worth of food left on its shelves. The KRAI and 55 Country Holiday Drive is still 2 months away, and we’re asking people to donate enough to get them through that time period. Donations can be dropped off at the KRAI studios in the Centennial Mall in Craig during regular business hours. The VFW will also hold a food drive for the food bank today from 10 to 3 in their parking lot. During the drive, they’ll serve free hamburgers to anyone who donates. The Interfaith Food Bank is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 to noon.
LAWMAKERS PLAN SPECIAL SESSION TO ADDRESS 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 yesterday 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.
ENVIRONMENTALISTS VS. AFFORDABLE ENERGY
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.
LEAP APPLICATIONS TO BE AVAILABLE NEXT MONTH
The Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) will start taking applications next month. LEAP is a program designed to help low-income households meet their winter home heating costs; it does not pay the entire cost of home heating. The program period is November 1st through April 30th. Processing LEAP applications takes time, so representatives say you should keep your account current by making a payment towards your heating bill on time to avoid disruption of service. For more information about the program, click here.
Steamboat topped Battle Mountain (27-16).
Meeker fell to Paonia (28-22).
Moffat County beat Summit (28-21).
Rangely lost to Vail Mountain (3-1).
Hayden beat Plateau Valley (3-0).
Soroco goes to South Park at 1.
Rangely is home against North Park at 2.
Meeker goes to Plateau Valley at 3.
Soroco heads to South Park at 4.
Hayden hosts Paonia at noon.
Little Snake River Valley continues at the Geybull invite.
In boys soccer:
Steamboat is home against Palisade at 11.
In Cross Country:
Steamboat hosts a meet.
Rangely runs at Aspen.
The Denver Broncos are on the road to play Dallas tomorrow. You can catch all the action live on 55 Country, with the pre-game at noon and the kick-off at 2:30.