News briefs for Aug. 10
August 9, 2005
State Patrol targets U.S. Highway 40
People commuting from Craig to Steamboat Springs would be hard-pressed to miss the persistent presence of Colorado State Patrol troopers on U.S. Highway 40.
The influx of law enforcement in the road construction area east of Craig near the Routt county line is because of overtime pay troopers receive to patrol the area, CSP trooper Roger Kendall said.
CSP troop 4B can earn as much as $11,700 in pay for patrolling the area during their overtime hours. The funds are provided by the Colorado Department of Transportation to ensure safety for motorists and workers in the construction zone, CDOT spokeswoman Nancy Shanks said.
CDOT has been working a chip-and-seal project on the highway. A decreased 45-miles-per-hour speed limit and no passing has been instated. Motorists traveling at lower rates of speed keep rocks from hitting windshields and keep the new surface intact. The project is expected to be completed Monday, Shanks said.
Kendall said that any motorists traveling faster than the posted speed limit could be cited. CSP will not keep tabs on its numbers of citations for the project, Kendall said.
One motorist who said he commutes on U.S. 40 every day called the Craig Daily Press to complain that troopers who speed to catch up to speeding motorists negate the reasons they patrol.
The man identified his first name as Lou, but did not want to give his last name.
He said he witnessed troopers fishtailing in the gravel to turn around to catch speeding motorists while reaching high rates of speeds in the construction zone.
No senior members of CSP troop 4B were available to comment by phone Tuesday.
YVRA expansion project changes beginning
Yampa Valley Regional Airport Phase II Terminal Expansion Project is under way. Access roads into the airport are being changed, and public parking lots are under construction. Airport officials are encouraging the travelers to have family, friends or commercial ground transportation companies bring passengers to the airport. Parking will be limited. All flights will be operating on their regular schedules, and it is suggested that passengers arrive 90 minutes before scheduled departures.
Free, reduced-cost meal programs available
The Moffat County School District announced its policy for determining eligibility of children who may receive free and reduced price meals served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. Local school officials will use the following size and income criteria for determining eligibility:
Family Free Reduced
Size Yearly Yearly
1 $12,441 $17,705
2 $16,679 $23,736
3 $20,917 $29,767
4 $25,155 $35,798
5 $29,393 $41,829
6 $33,631 $47,860
7 $37,689 $53,891
8 $42,107 $59,922
For additional family members, add: $4,238 for free meals and $6,031 for reduced price meals.
Children from families whose income is at or below the levels shown are eligible for free or reduced cost meals.
Application forms are available at each school office. Information provided on the application is confidential and will be used only for the purpose of determining eligibility and verifying data. In certain cases, foster children also are eligible for these benefits.
Applications may be submitted any time during the school year. If you are not eligible now but have a decrease in income, become unemployed, have an increase in family size or become eligible for food stamp benefits, you may fill out an application at that time.
For more information, contact your child’s school.