STATE PATROL RESPONDS TO FATAL ON HIGHWAY 131
Yesterday afternoon, the Colorado State Patrol responded to a single vehicle rollover accident involving a fatality on Colorado Highway 131, about 25 miles south of Steamboat. Troopers found that a pickup truck driven by 51 year old Andy Gillmore of Phippsburg, had traveled off of the side of the road, spun around and started to roll over. The the pick up then traveled across the highway, and went off of the other side of the road, rolling over. The truck came to rest on its driver’s side. Gillmore sustained fatal injuries during the rollover and was pronounced dead at the scene. He was alone, and wearing a seatbelt. Colorado Department of Transportation and the Yampa Fire Protection District closed Colorado Highway 131 during the investigation and detoured traffic around the scene using Routt County Roads 17 and 21. The highway was closed for about four hours. The cause of the crash is still under investigation, however, alcohol and prescription drug use is suspected to be a contributing factor.
TREE REMOVAL ON RABBIT EARS REQUIRES ROAD CLOSURE
The removal of hazard trees has necessitated the short-term closure of Forest Road 291, a four-wheel drive route and trail which leads to Rabbit Ears Peak in the Dumont Lake area. Weather permitting, the work should move quickly. Cutting units are scattered from the junction with Base Camp Road, to the terminus at Rabbit Ears. Roadside hazard tree logging has been occurring in the area all season. The 291 road has remained open all summer, while the Base Camp and 315 roads were closed for roadside work. Both the Base Camp Road and 315 are now open. The closure will not affect the Dumont Recreation Area but may affect parking near the Rabbit Ears trailhead and access to the Peak. The project is on the Hahns Peak-Bears Ears Ranger District (HPBE) of the Routt National Forest. Forest visitors should expect to encounter log trucks traveling the 315 Road and then entering Highway 40. Recreationists are reminded to be aware of and avoid heavy equipment operating in the area.
ILLEGAL MARIJUANA GROW OPERATION DISCOVERED IN FOREST
An illegal marijuana grow in the White River National Forest near Redstone contained some $8.4 million worth of the drug. The site was discovered about a week ago by two archery hunters who reported it to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office. The illegal grow site contained 3,375 marijuana plants. No arrests have been made. The White River National Forest is America’s most visited national forest with 9 million visitors each year.
DEMS POINT BLAME AT GOP FOR POSSIBLE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN
Democrats are in hyper-spin mode to try to convince voters that Republicans gave into Tea Party demands and voted to shut down the U.S. government in order to give insurance companies free rein to raise health care costs and deny coverage to middle class families. Democrats are clinging desperately to Obamacare, after successful recall elections and threats of secession in Colorado have exposed voters’ displeasure with lawmakers’ practice of “policy without input”. The wildly unpopular Obamacare has come under fire from lawmakers, the health industry, and business and union heads, among others, and Republicans have tried over and over again to defund the policy. However Democrats have vowed to shoot down any kind of defunding measure. The result could be a government shutdown.
BIDEN VISITS FLOOD DAMAGED AREAS
Vice President Joe Biden visited Colorado Monday, taking a helicopter tour of flood damage and surveying recovery efforts. His helicopter flew over flood-affected areas in Broomfield, Boulder, Estes Park, Loveland and Greeley before landing in Greeley, where Biden took a motorcade for a briefing by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Creeks and rivers were still very swollen along Front Range canyons. Biden was given a tour of the facility by FEMA’s administrator. He was accompanied by members of Colorado’s congressional delegation, including Senator Michael Bennet and Representatives Mike Coffman and Cory Gardner. In Greeley, Biden insisted the threat of a government shutdown over the budget won’t affect federal aid or recovery efforts.
FORMER GOVERNOR VANDERHOOF DIES
Former Colorado Republican Governor John Vanderhoof, a former businessman and bank executive who went on to become governor for only two years, died last week. He was 91. After serving 20 years in the state House, six of them as speaker, he was elected lieutenant governor for a four-year term in 1970. Vanderhoof was a running mate of Republican Governor John Love, who won a third term. It was the first Colorado election in which candidates of each party ran as a team, with the voter marking a single ballot for the two. He became governor when Love left to become a part of the Nixon administration in 1973. Vanderhoof lost to Democrat Richard Lamm in 1974.
In high school sports:
Moffat County hosts Roaring Fork at 6:30.
Steamboat’s home against Eagle Valley at 6:30.
Hayden visits Soroco at 6.
In boys soccer:
Moffat County is on the road to Colorado Rocky Mountain at 4.
Steamboat heads to Eagle Valley at 6.