CRAIG MAN KILLED IN HIGHWAY 40 CRASH
A Craig man was killed in a crash on Highway 40, east of Hayden yesterday. At a little after 2:30, the Colorado State Patrol was notified of a collision involving a pickup truck and a semi-truck about 1 mile east of Hayden. Troopers determined that a 2007 GMC 3500 pickup crossed the center line on a curve, and hit an oncoming 2010 Kenworth pulling a trailer. During the course of the collision, the fuel tanks on the Kenworth ruptured, spilling about 75 gallons of diesel fuel onto the highway. The driver of the GMC, 30-year old William Nielson of Craig, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Kenworth, 46-year old Colby Browning of Craig, was transported to Yampa Valley Medical Center with minor injuries. The cause of the crash is still under investigation; however excessive speed, drugs and alcohol are not expected to be contributing factors. Traffic was detoured around the crash scene during the highway closure and subsequent crash investigation. The closure lasted approximately 7 hours. The Colorado State Patrol is requesting that anyone who may have witnessed the crash and wasn’t interviewed at the scene to contact them at 824-6501.
STEAMBOAT HIRES NEW AIRPORT MANAGER
The City of Steamboat announced yesterday that Christopher Cole has been hired as the City’s new Airport Manager. Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Cole is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where he majored in Aerospace Studies and minored in Aviation Weather, Aviation Business, and International Relations. He was most recently employed as the Airport Operations Officer at the Albuquerque International Sunport in New Mexico. Cole’s previous positions within the aviation community span an internship at the Casper-Natrona County International Airport, a planning position with the Wyoming Department of Transportation Division of Aeronutics, and an Airport Maintenance Technician at the Gillette-Campbell County Airport. In these roles, Cole was responsible for the planning, budgeting, marketing, emergency response, compliance, and day-to-day operations of these airports. Cole is scheduled to begin his job with the City on January 6th, and will be moving from Albuquerque, New Mexico later this month.
STEAMBOAT YULE LOG HUNT COMES TO AN END
This year’s hunt for the Steamboat Yule Log is over already. Although the Tread of Pioneers Museum didn’t say who found the log, they did say it was found yesterday. Only three clues to the logs whereabouts had been given. The winner will receive a $150 gift certificate from the Steamboat Chamber, as well as a framed piece of historical artwork.
STATE HEALTH EXCHANGE ENROLLMENT STILL LAGGING
Colorado is struggling with signups for private health insurance as are most of the other 13 states operating their own health exchanges. The Obama administration released enrollment statistics through November 30th. Colorado’s state-run exchange, Connect For Health Colorado, had released its own figures. But the numbers released yesterday allow comparisons with those of other state-based exchanges. Five exchange states – California, Connecticut, Kentucky, New York and Washington – each signed up more people for private insurance than Colorado, where 9,980 people had signed up. That’s less than the entire population of Moffat County. Connecticut and Kentucky signed up 11,631 and 13,145 people, respectively; those states have fewer people than Colorado. Colorado’s high-end projection through December had been more than 61,000; its low-end was 22,215.
SENATORS URGE PRIORITIZATION OF PILT PAYMENTS
Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and Mark Udall are urging the leadership of several Senate committees to ensure that they prioritize federal resources for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. The resources are critical to Colorado counties that use the funding to provide services, such as police, fire protection, emergency response and public education. PILT provides federal payments to local governments to help offset losses in property taxes due to nontaxable federal land within their boundaries. The formula used to calculate payments is based on population, receipt sharing payments, and the amount of federal land within an affected county.
STEPHENS PICKS UP NORTON ENDORSEMENT
Republican Senate candidate Amy Stephens today announced that former Lieutenant Governor Jane Norton has endorsed her candidacy. Jane Norton was a candidate for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate and served as Colorado’s 46th Lieutenant Governor. She previously served as a member of the Colorado House of Representatives, filling the remainder of an unexpired term from mid-1986 to January 1987. In a statement, Norton said “Amy is the right person at the right time to be our Senate nominee. She is the only candidate who has the skills and experience that are needed to defeat Mark Udall’s formidable political machine.”
ZENZINGER TO TAKE OATH TOMORROW
Rachel Zenzinger will take the oath of office tomorrow and officially be named the next Senator from Senate District 19. Chief Justice Michael Bender will administer the oath in the Senate Chamber. Zenzinger will serve in the seat vacated by Senator Evie Hudak, who resigned on November 27th, to avoid a recall election. Hudak knew she wouldn’t likely win a recall election, and so, in a political move, resigned her position, so Democrats could replace her with someone that would still vote with them. Zenzinger has not voiced her opinions on gun control, public land use, or energy development.
IN HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
The Meeker boys host their shootout with Hayden, Soroco, Little Snake River Valley and Rangely attending.
Steamboat’s boys and girls host a tournament with the Moffat County boys attending.
The Meeker boys continue their shootout with Hayden, Soroco, Little Snake River Valley and Rangely attending.
The Rangely girls go to a tournament in Duchesne, Utah.
Steamboat’s boys and girls continue their tournament with the Moffat County boys attending.
Steamboat goes to Resurrection Christian at 8.
In girls swimming:
Moffat County goes to Delta for a meet at 4.