Spring will make an emphatic appearance in Moffat County today, but typical of Northwest Colorado, winter isn’t quite ready to call it quits.
This year’s municipal election features two candidates vying to be mayor and six candidates competing for either three or four council seats, depending on the outcome in the mayor’s race.
Moffat County Clerk and Recorder’s Office officials said that as of Thursday afternoon they had received only 750 completed mail ballots from Craig voters. While that number was expected to increase as additional ballots were collected Friday, officials acknowledged they would like to see better turnout.
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Private landowners gave the property to the U.S. Forest Service at the end of 2012. Forest Service officials say they'll now be able to more effectively manage wildlife species such as native cutthrout trout that live in some of the streams in California Park.
Several key indicators point to a continued, but slow, economic recovery for Moffat County, with both gross retail sales and unemployment numbers expected to improve during the second quarter. Scott Ford, a local economic analyst and an advisor for Yampa Valley Data Partners, said the group’s second quarter economic forecast gives reason for optimism in Northwest Colorado. “We’re just barely moving on some stuff, but it’s there,” Ford said, referring to economic indicators like consumer confidence, consumer spending and unemployment. Ford said one of the region’s most reliable data tools is the economic stress indicator, which analyzes the total local workforce and the number of jobs from year to year.
White, a Hayden Republican, was appointed a year ago to fill the vacancy left by her husband's departure. Baumgardner, the House District 57 Republican representative, was left with few other options after redistricting.
A passer-by first reported the fire shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday. The train was allowed to continue through town until firefighters could safely extinguish the blaze at about 8:30 a.m.
Mine officials are working to fix a blown transformer that caught fire Tuesday night and cut electricity to the mine. The mine is one of the most productive coal operations in the country, having produced 1.7 million tons of coal in the first quarter of 2011.
Jamison Fjoser, 36, was taken into custody March 10 by the U.S. Marshals Office. The dozen local charges against Fjoser include at least seven felonies related to the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine.
Resident confirmed as director of Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing
Steamboat Springs’ Sue Birch has been confirmed by the state Senate as the new executive director of the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. The Senate vote was 32-0-3. Birch now can focus solely on a department with an annual budget of more than $4.5 billion and nearly 300 employees.
Routt County Sheriff-elect Garrett Wiggins has offered his undersheriff position to Hayden Police Chief Ray Birch, who said today that he'll take the job.
Foul play ruled out in death of local 37-year-old
Foul play was ruled out in the death of a local 37-year-old. Routt County Search and Rescue also was sent to search for a lost hunter south of Hayden. The hunter was found in good condition.
End of paving brings relief to businesses
Joe Kboudi isn’t ready to give a final verdict on the major U.S. Highway 40 construction project through downtown Steamboat Springs, but he’s sure happy it’s done. Kboudi, the longtime owner of All That Jazz, has been a Lincoln Avenue retailer for 33 years.
Firefighters battling a wildfire south of Hayden got an assist from a rainstorm Wednesday night and Thursday morning. The fire is expected to be fully contained today, officials said.
Republican strategist will be keynote speaker at Freedom Conference in August
The influential GOP strategist and analyst will be the keynote speaker at the Freedom Conference, scheduled for Aug. 27 and 28 at The Steamboat Grand. The conference is put on by the Steamboat Institute, a local conservative nonprofit group.
A winter storm warning remains in effect for Steamboat Springs until 6 a.m. Wednesday. Between 3 and 5 inches of snow are expected tonight in city limits, and there’s a 40 percent chance of snow Wednesday before the storm moves out of the region in the afternoon.
Ski area closure not expected to affect today’s operations; businesses benefit
Gusty winds forced the all-day closure of Steamboat Ski Area on Friday, caused pockets of small power outages around the county, and resulted in an unexpected boom for some local businesses. High winds that ski area officials said reached peak gusts of 79 mph shut down Mount Werner for the entire day.
A 44-year-old Routt County man was taken from the North Routt backcountry by a Flight For Life helicopter Saturday night after injuring his leg in a snowmobiling accident. The group of four Routt County men, described as experienced snowmobilers, were riding in the Quaker Mountain.
The 44-year-old man was flown to Yampa Valley Medical Center with a leg injury. The man was part of a group riding in the Quaker Mountain area of California Park.
No additional dangers identified in area on US 40
A Colorado Department of Transportation geologist said the rocky cliff in Mount Harris is relatively safe and that no mitigation work is needed to try to prevent future rockfalls similar to the one that killed Craig resident Karen Evanoff on Wednesday.
Craig resident headed to work in Steamboat when rock struck car
Craig resident Karen Lynn Evanoff died Wednesday morning on U.S. Highway 40 east of Hayden when a boulder fell on the roof of the car she was riding in, killing her instantly.
Five local men, ages 25 to 33, set out Sunday morning to ride in North Routt County. They hadn't returned as of 10:30 Sunday evening. Searchers believe the men are experienced in the backcountry and should be safe overnight.
Brady Meier was pronounced dead at 11:45 a.m. at Yampa Valley Medical Center, Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg said. The cause of his death has not been determined, but Ryg and investigating officers said they think Meier was struck with a fitting from a pressurized water line.
Man led police on 30-mile pursuit from Routt County to Grand County
Glen Alan Shaffer was arrested on U.S. Highway 40 in Grand County after a chase that began in Routt County and reached 75 mph at times. The pursuit began after Steamboat Springs Police Department officers tried to pull over Shaffer near Fifth and Yampa streets.
A snowboarder who ventured into the Fish Creek drainage Sunday afternoon was rescued by Routt County Search and Rescue personnel later that evening.
Joe and Suzette Brumleve 'died doing something they really enjoyed'
Full of life and love, Joe and Suzette Brumleve formed a dynamic team driven in recent years by their love of family and their passion for flying and living the Western lifestyle.
Jennifer L. Grubbs has been named the new editor of the Craig Daily Press. Her first day of work was Monday.
Kathy Rodeman charged with DUI, resisting arrest
Former Oak Creek Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman was stunned by a Taser and arrested early Saturday morning on suspicion of DUI, DUI per se, resisting arrest and obstructing a peace officer.
Area fire crews responded to a fire at the Milner Landfill on Monday evening. The blaze was thought to be contained late Monday night.
Hundreds of motorists were caught in whiteout conditions between Craig and Steamboat Springs early Monday evening.
Officials have re-opened U.S. Highway 40 from Steamboat Springs to Craig. U.S. 40 remains closed from Steamboat Springs east to Kremmling, and the Eisenhower Tunnel on Interstate 70 also is closed to traffic.
A power outage hit Hayden early Tuesday morning and left two neighborhoods without water, Town Manager Russ Martin said.