CRASH NORTH OF MEEKER CLAIMS THE LIFE OF A 79-YEAR OLD MAN
A 79-year-old man from Pennsylvania was killed Monday when the vehicle he was traveling in rolled off Highway 13 about 20 miles north of Meeker. According to the Colorado State Patrol, the driver crossed over into the wrong lane, over-corrected, and rolled through a fence, coming to rest on the driver’s side. The front seat passenger, Donald Kelly, was pronounced dead at the scene. The 71-year-old male driver and an 82-year-old female passenger were transported to The Memorial Hospital in Craig with moderate injuries. The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but neither alcohol nor drugs are considered factors. It appears as though all occupants were wearing their seat belts.
MOFFAT COUNTY REQUESTS INFORMATION ON VERMILLION/YAMPA DECISIONS
The Moffat County Commissioners are requesting information from the federal government, and asking them to explain how they have come up with recent land use decisions on federal land in the county. More specifically, the county wants to see the data that led to the 1996 decision that determined land use within the Vermillion Basin, and the 1987 decision that gave Wild and Scenic designation to segments of the Yampa River. The Vermillion decision prevents energy development in the area, and the county wants to know how seriously existing leases and grazing rights were considered when the decision was reached. County officials also say want to know how much existing water rights played a factor in the Yampa River decision. The Freedom of Information request is being sent to the Little Snake Field Office.
MOFFAT COUNTY COMMISSIONERS APPROVE PROPOSED BUDGET
The Moffat County Commissioners have approved their proposed budget for 2013. The budget remains at just over $900,000 as it is drawn up now. Officials say revenue was flat, property taxes were down, and sales taxes were up slightly. Energy production within the county has helped keep revenues flat. The budget provides for ongoing and new projects. Improvements to the courthouse will continue. There will also be improvements to the Loudy Simpson Ice Arena and other county buildings. The current proposal does not have current numbers from The Memorial Hospital, but rather incorporates last year’s hospital budget. Officials say the proposed budget should be available on the county’s website for viewing within the next day or two.
LAWMAKERS RECOGNIZE WILDFIRE AWARENESS MONTH
Congressmen Scott Tipton, Mike Coffman, Doug Lamborn and Cory Gardner joined together yesterday to recognize October as Wildfire Awareness Month. The Representatives have been working to reduce the risk of devastating wildfire by addressing the challenges facing Colorado’s forests due to bark beetle, drought and decades of ineffective management as the result of a cumbersome federal regulatory structure. In July they introduced legislation to increase local involvement in proactive forest management. The Healthy Forest Management and Wildfire Prevention Act would allow governors, in consultation with county commissioners from affected counties as well as affected Indian tribes, to designate high-risk areas and develop emergency hazardous fuels reduction projects for those areas, enabling states to better protect their communities, species habitats, water supplies, and natural areas, and help prevent those conditions that lead to unhealthy forests and devastating wildfires. The bill has cleared the House Natural Resources Committee and is awaiting a vote in the House.
DOCTORS COME OUT IN SUPPORT OF AMENDMENT 64
More than 300 doctors have announced their support of Amendment 64. The measure, if passed, would allow Coloradans to possess small amounts of marijuana for recreational purposes. It would also allow residents to grow a limited amount plants, again for personal use. It’s designed to set up regulations that would treat the drug similar to alcohol. The announcement comes days after the American Academy of Pediatrics announced their opposition to the measure. Doctors who support Amendment 64 say the effects of alcohol are far worse than the effects of marijuana on the human body. Amendment 64 will appear on the November general election ballot.
FARM SERVICE AGENCY OFFERS MONEY FOR DROUGHT STRICKEN FARMS AND RANCHES
The USDA Farm Service Agency has announced that producers can enroll in the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments, or SURE program for 2011 crop year losses beginning later this month. Under the 2008 Farm Bill, SURE authorizes assistance to farmers and ranchers who suffered crop losses caused by natural disasters occurring through September 30th of last year. To qualify for a SURE payment, the producer’s operation must be located in a county that was declared a disaster for 2011 and have at least a 10 percent production loss that affects one crop of economic significance. Producers with agricultural operations outside a disaster county are eligible for SURE benefits if they had a production loss greater or equal to 50 percent of the normal production on the farm. For more information on SURE program eligibility requirements contact your local FSA office or visit the website.
BENNETT RENEWS CALL FOR WIND ENERGY TAX CREDIT
Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet yesterday called upon Congress to extend the wind production tax credit (PTC) following news that Vestas is announcing additional layoffs at its plant in Brighton. The credit, which is set to expire at the end of the year, is vital to a few thousand Colorado jobs associated with wind energy development projects. Bennett has been a champion of renewable energy, voting to spend millions in tax credits on wind and solar power projects. Bennet says Colorado is a wind energy leader, currently generating the third highest percentage of power from wind of any state in the nation. Colorado is home to several wind energy developers and wind turbine manufacturing facilities, employing just under 6,000 workers statewide. Some lawmakers have said the tax credits show the government is choosing winners in the energy industry by giving preference to wind energy projects.
In high school sports:
In boys soccer:
Moffat County beat Grand Valley 8-2.
Moffat County hosts Glenwood in a rare Thursday night game. You can catch all the action live on (93-7/102-3) KRAI, with the pre-game at 6:45 and the kick-off at 7. You can also listen online at krai.com.
Moffat County is home against Aspen at 6.
In boys soccer:
Moffat County goes to Steamboat at 4.
In cross country:
Moffat County, Meeker, Rangely and Steamboat run at Rifle.