NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19TH

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CRAIG MAYOR TERRY CARWILE’S HOUSE CATCHES FIRE

craig-fire-rescue-300Craig Firefighters have responded to two structure fires since last night.  At a little after 7:30 last night, they responded to Craig Mayor Terry Carwile’s house on Washington Street, where an electrical fire scorched part of the roof support and ceiling of the house.  The damage was minimal and Carwile was allowed back into his home.  Another call at around 5 this morning sent firefighters to a residence on Country Club Drive, where a detached garage was in flames.  The investigation showed that the blaze started from smoldering materials used for

ABDELLA WITHDRAWS FROM SHERIFF RACE

ABDELLAMoffat County Undersheriff Charlene Abdella has withdrawn her name in the race for sheriff.  Abdella issued a press release yesterday that said after reflection on personal and professional goals, she has determined that serving as an elected official is not going to be her next course.  While she doesn’t give much indication as to what that next course will be, Abdella says her goal is still to ensure the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office moves forward in a positive way.  Abdella thanked her running mate, K.C. Hume, for his support throughout the process. She also thanked those that supported her run for office.  Larry Dalton announced his bid for the office earlier this month.

 

STATE HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING TOURNAMENT BEGINS TOMORROW

wrestling-1The State High School Wrestling Tournament begins tomorrow.  30 Northwest Colorado wrestlers will take the mat in Denver this week.  That number includes Hayden’s Hunter Rummel, who was recently added to the roster.  The tournament takes place over three days, and will be covered live on KRAI and krai.com by new broadcast team Dennis and Anton Fredrickson.  Coverage begins at 2:45 tomorrow afternoon.

 

“STATE OF THE COUNTY/CITY/CHAMBER” TO BE HELD FRIDAY

Craig-Chamber-150The Craig Chamber of Commerce, 55 Country and KRAI annual “State of the County”, “State of the City” and “State of the Chamber” banquet is this Friday night. During the event, KRAI and 55 Country will also name their “Citizen of the Year”. The Chamber will announce their Large and Small Businesses of the Year and Business Person of the Year. The featured speaker at the banquet will be Steven Summer, the President of the “Colorado Hospital Association” who will give an update on “The State of Health Care”. Tickets are available at the Craig Chamber for $40 for Chamber members and $50 for non-members.

 

STATE AIR QUALITY ISSUES TO BE DISCUSSED

RAY SCOTTPrior to a meeting where the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission will convene to consider new air quality rules and regulations for the oil and gas industry, representatives of communities from across the state will be available to discuss potential effects the regulations could have on Colorado’s business climate.  Members of business organizations, locally-elected officials, and community organization representatives will join oil and gas industry leaders to speak about the long-term, wide-reaching effects of the proposed regulations.  Those expected to participate in today’s discussion include Club 20 Energy Committee Chair Christi Zeller and State Representative Ray Scott.  Pictured: Ray Scott

 

STATE’S FIRE DEPARTMENTS ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR GRANTS

fire-fighter-1-300Colorado’s fire departments are being urged to apply for competitive grants to help them meet their firefighting and emergency response needs and better protect Colorado communities. Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant program gives Colorado fire departments the chance to compete for a portion of $32 million to more effectively protect communities from the threat of fire. The Fire Prevention and Safety Grant funds projects that reach high-risk populations and that decrease rates of injuries and death caused by fires.  More information about the grant program can be accessed through this link.

 

PARKS AND WILDLIFE REMOVING TAMARISK FROM RIVERS

PARKS AND WILDLIFEColorado Parks and Wildlife is advising the public about new, major efforts to remove Russian olive and tamarisk trees from several local State Wildlife Areas and State Parks this year. The goals are to restore natural habitats damaged by the non-native trees.  Russian olive and tamarisk – also known as salt cedar – were brought to this country in the late 1800s in an effort to control erosion and provide decorative landscaping, however it was soon discovered that the fast growing trees cause much more damage than any benefits they provide.  Today, many areas, primarily riparian habitat along many lakes, rivers and streams in Colorado, are lined with a large number of both Russian olive and tamarisk trees. By many estimates, 90 percent of Colorado’s wildlife species depends upon riparian habitat during all or part of their life cycle, making removal of the harmful trees a priority for Colorado Parks and Wildlife.  For more information about riperian restoration, click here.

 

FATHER AND SON DIE OF CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING

sweetwater-county-sheriff-3A Utah man and his son died in a tragic accident on Flaming Gorge early Monday morning.  The victims were identified as 58-year old Steven McConnell and his 17-year-old son, Matthew, both of Stansbury Park, Utah.  Officials said the McConnells were part of a party ice fishing in the Big Firehole area that had four ice fishing huts set up on the ice, and were camped in the huts about half a mile from the Big Firehole boat ramp, approximately 10 miles south of Green River.  According to other members of the party interviewed by deputies and Sweetwater County detectives, the McConnells, who were sleeping alone on cots in their own hut, went to bed at around 1 Monday morning.  The group planned to break camp later that morning, but when they tried to wake the McConnells at around 9, they were unresponsive.  Both McConnells were declared dead at the scene.  Responding deputies noted that a propane heater and propane tank was present inside the McConnell’s hut and that the heater was still lit when they arrived. The investigation determined cause of death to be carbon monoxide poisoning caused by the heater.

agenda tile -450Steamboat Springs Board of Education Meeting on February 26th

Hayden Town Council Meeting February 20, 2014

Craig Moffat Economic Development Partnership agenda for 02-19

SPORTSIN HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
Yesterday:
In basketball:
The Rangely boys topped Meeker (52-49).  The girls lost (41-18).
The Moffat County girls beat Gunnison (76-26).  The boys lost (64-55).

Tomorrow:
In wrestling:
Moffat County, Hayden, Steamboat, Meeker, Rangely, Soroco, West Grand and North Park head to the state tournament in Denver.  You can catch action from Northwest Colorado wrestlers on KRAI starting tomorrow afternoon at 2:45.  You can also listen online.

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