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Unknown party dumps large amounts of trash in Yampa River

Yampa Valley Golf Course Supervisor Tim Boyle sifts through trash dumped along the Yampa River near the golf course Thursday morning.
Noelle Leavitt Riley

When Tim Boyle set out to work on Yampa Valley Golf Course Thursday morning, he noticed an alarming sight on the bank of the Yampa River — trash.

It wasn’t just any trash though. It was large spools of old carpet and padding, along with a few other household items.

Before Boyle noticed the trash, he saw about five trucks speed away from where the trash was thrown.

“I’m out here working, and it sounded like a big party,” said Boyle, who is the supervisor of YVGC in Craig. “All the sudden they take off.”

Boyle wasn’t certain if it was that particular group of people who decided to use the Yampa River as a Dumpster, but he was extremely upset about the careless behavior.

“It’s disgusting,” he said. “It’s horrible, because we have families that come out here and try to enjoy the beach and then you have crap like this. It kind of ticks you off.”

He opted not to call law enforcement about the issue, but said he’s going to talk to the county commissioners about what happened.

Doug Slaight, who also works at the golf course, was also upset with the littering.

“It makes me mad. It’s just lazy people not wanting to pay to have their trash put away properly,” Slaight said. “It ends up polluting the whole river.”

The irony of the situation, Slaight said, is that last weekend was Craig Clean Up Days — an annual “spring cleaning” offered by the city where residents can get rid of trash for free.

“People could dump their trash for free,” Slaight said. “People decided to just bring their trash here instead. It’s terrible.”

Slaight said the golf course is a treasured area for Craig residents, and such disregard for its beauty is disturbing.

Boyle said he’s not sure who will be in charge of cleaning up the mess, but he plans to get to the bottom of the issue.

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