News for Tuesday, July 10, 2012

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Cedar Knob Fire burns south of Maybell

Lightning believed to be cause of wildfire

Firefighters with the Bureau of Land Management and the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office are battling what officials have named the Cedar Knob Fire. The wildfire, located on private land off Moffat County Road 59 South about 20 miles south of Maybell in an area known locally as Temple Draw, is believed to have been ignited by lightning. Pete Shelton, who owns the property, said he was “raking” hay at 4 p.m. when he heard thunder and smelled smoke. He immediately called the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office.

States seek federal help fighting mussel scourge

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Regional energy planners for four Western states are asking Congress for help building a stronger line of defense against what some officials call an unfolding environmental disaster — an invasive mussel that is clogging Colorado River reservoirs like Lake Mead outside Las Vegas after ravaging the Great Lakes region. The Northwest Power and Conservation Council guides power and environmental policy in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington, all of which are frustrated because boats continue to leave Lake Mead in Nevada and Arizona contaminated with quagga mussels. It's seeking $2 million in federal aid to add watercraft inspection and decontamination stations to intercept boats carrying these rapidly multiplying, thumb-sized mollusks that could wreak havoc on Columbia River hydroelectric dams, farmers' irrigation systems and lakes prized for recreation. The water district in Los Angeles already estimates up to $15 million in annual expenses tackling quagga infestations that have damaged its aqueduct and reservoir system extending from the Colorado River. "A second line of defense is not as good perhaps as stopping them at Lake Mead, but it's something we absolutely need to do when we can't depend on interdiction efforts," Phil Rockefeller, Washington's appointee on the council, said Tuesday at a meeting in Boise.

On the Record for July 10, 2012

On the Record for July 10, 2012

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Motor Expo set to bring low prices from Craig dealerships

Craig residents looking for deals on new or used vehicles are in luck — the first Craig Motor Expo is scheduled for Friday and Saturday. The event will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Centennial Mall. Most cars will be displayed in the mall parking lot, though there will also be an indoor display. Participating dealerships from Craig include Cook Chevrolet and Subaru, Victory Motors, Craig Ford and Craig Powersports. “We talked to our local dealers and they were excited about it, to have an offsite promotional to sell cars, ATVs, motorcycles, anything motorized,” said Bonnie Stewart, advertising manager of the Craig Daily Press, which is hosting the event.