Craig briefs: Meeker Classic Sheepdog Trials begin this week

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The annual Meeker Classic Sheepdog Trials gets started this week and runs from Wednesday through Sunday, offering five days of sheepdog herding competition for a purse totaling $20,000.

Spectators can witness the skill and agility of the dogs while they go head-to-head with the Rocky Mountain range sheep. About 125 handler and dog teams will compete this year during preliminaries, which will take place Wednesday through Friday. Saturday will host the semifinal elimination, and the event will end Sunday with the final round.

Free shuttles will run every day from downtown Meeker. A horse-drawn shuttle will run Saturday and Sunday only. Free educational programs will be ongoing Friday through Sunday.

The event is located at Ute Park, 1399 Main St. Tickets are available at the main gate and are $30 for a five-day adult pass and $10 for one day. A five-day child or senior citizen pass costs $15, and $5 for one day. Children ages 7 and younger are free. Tickets that were purchased online before Aug. 20 will be waiting with your name on it and can be picked up at the main gate. For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.meekersheepdog.com or call 970-878-0111.

Commercial vehicle rollover closes US 40

On Friday, a blue 2001 Peterbilt, belonging to G & P Transportation (from California), was pulling a 2009 Great Dane flatbed trailer hauling construction lumber, according to a press release. The Peterbilt was westbound on U.S. Highway 40 at mile marker 170, which is approximately 14 miles west of Kremmling. The roadway at this location is hilly and curvy. The truck entered a left hand curve and rolled onto its right side. The lumber separated from the trailer during the rollover and spilled all over the hillside. The truck and trailer traveled off of the right side of the roadway, down the embankment and rolled onto its roof. The driver and passenger were trapped in the remnants of the cab for 2 1/2 hours during extrication efforts. Both were flown by helicopter to Denver-area hospitals.

The driver was identified as 21-year-old Mateo Zamora-Cuaxilotl, from California, who sustained minor injuries. He was cited for careless driving causing bodily injury and numerous commercial motor vehicle violations, including driving without a commercial driver’s license.

The passenger was identified as 50-year-old Hernan Lopez, also from California. He sustained moderate, non-life threatening injuries. He was cited for permitting an unlicensed person to drive a vehicle.

The cause of the crash still is under investigation, however excessive speed and driver inexperience are contributing factors. The highway was closed for approximately two hours.

The load of lumber originated in Parshall.

Tipton issues statement on Syria announcement

Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Colo., issued a statement following President Barack Obama’s announcement that he would seek Congressional authorization to use military force in Syria, according to a news released by his communications department.

“My heart goes out to the innocent civilians in Syria that have suffered because of the fighting in their country. The use of chemical weapons by a government on its people is unacceptable, and the reports that this has occurred are troubling. I’m pleased the President is seeking Congressional authorization for the use of military force. There may be a difference however between ‘seeking’ versus ‘asking’ for Congressional authorization, and before the President proceeds with any action, I hope that he will allow for equal debate in both the House and Senate on his plan and ultimately adhere to the outcome of the votes we will take. The chemical weapons attacks in Syria should be met with serious consequences and there are a number of options on the table, including the President’s proposal, which Congress will debate and consider. Americans have many questions and concerns about the use of military force as a response. I believe that they must be taken seriously. Military action should always be the last resort and the use of military force should be in the best interest of the United States and/or our interests first and foremost. I look forward to reviewing the President’s justification for the use of military force in Syria, and to the discussion and debate we will have on it in Congress.”

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