LOCAL NEWS AND SPORTS FOR THURSDAY, MAY 16TH

MEETING TO GATHER PUBLIC INPUT ON OIL SHALE PROJECT TO BE HELD IN MEEKER TONIGHT

A meeting will be held in Meeker tonight to gather public input on an oil shale project just this side of the Utah border.  Enefit American Oil is planning a project on the southern part of the Uintah basin, just west of the state line.  CEO Rikki Hrenko will discuss the company’s vision of how it can contribute to the country’s energy security while producing over 2,000 long term jobs.  Tonight’s meeting will be held at Kilowatt Corner at 6.  It’s free, and everyone is encouraged to attend.

 

KEYSTONE PIPELINE GETTING A HEARING TODAY

The House Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade will hold a hearing today titled, “If You Build It: Keystone XL Pipeline and Small Business Job Growth”.  The hearing will examine the potential economic benefits to small businesses and rural communities where construction of the Keystone XL pipeline will take place, and will serve as an opportunity to discuss how construction of the pipeline could contribute to enhancing our nation’s energy security, potentially resulting in lower energy prices for consumers.  Subcommittee Chairman, Scott Tipton will lead the discussion.  President Obama has blocked the building of the pipeline, despite costly reroutes to get environmental approval.

 

BILL INTRODUCED TO PROTECT STATE’S MINERAL RIGHTS

Yesterday, a group of lawmakers introduced the State Mineral Revenue Protection Act, a bill that streamlines how mineral royalty payments are distributed to the state and federal government.  Under the Mineral Leasing Act, the federal government is required to give 50% of royalties collected to the state. The State Mineral Revenue Protection Act amends the MLA to grant states the option to collect their share of the mineral royalties directly from the producer, and grants those states full property interest in their share. Such changes would bar the federal government from inappropriately withholding state’s funds under the pretext of administrative costs or the more recent example of sequestration. Companion legislation was introduced in the Senate by U.S. Senator Mike Enzi.

 

TIPTON COMMENTS ON FARM BILL

Representative Scott Tipton, yesterday, voted to provide certainty for rural communities, advancing the Farm Bill out of the House Agriculture Committee after a full day markup.  Tipton says the Farm Bill saves nearly $40 billion and consolidates over 100 programs.  He says while the bill is not perfect, it does make progress toward eliminating wasteful spending.  He says further delays in passage would only continue to cast a shadow of uncertainty on rural America, and risk harming one of the true bright spots-agriculture-in a tough economy.  This is the second time Tipton has participated in a Farm Bill markup and voted to advance it through committee. Last year, Tipton joined with five of his Colorado colleagues to urge passage of the Farm Bill, as well as with House colleagues to urge House leadership to bring the Farm Bill to the floor for a vote.  A summary of the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 is available by clicking here.

 

SAFETY GRANTS OFFERED BY OSHA

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is soliciting applications under the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program, through which a total of $1.5 million is available to nonprofit, community and faith-based organizations; employer associations; labor unions; joint labor/management associations; and colleges and universities. The grants will fund training and education for workers and employers in recognizing workplace safety and health hazards and prevention measures, and understanding their rights and responsibilities.  Two types of safety and health training grants will be awarded: targeted topic training grants, and training and educational materials development grants.  Both types of grants are for one year, and will support the development of quality training materials and programs addressing workplace hazards and prevention strategies for workers and employers.  For more information, click here.

 

TIPTON BLASTS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR RECENT SCANDALS

Yesterday, Congressman Scott Tipton issued a statement following reports this week that the U.S. Department of Justice obtained work and personal phone records of Associated Press reporters and editors.  He says it “has been a troubling week for all Americans who value the First Amendment and know the importance of free speech to the health of the republic.”  He went on to say that with the ongoing investigation into what happened in Benghazi and the subsequent cover-up, news of the I.R.S. targeting nonprofit civic organizations to silence their voices, and now the reports that the U.S. Justice Department is spying on reporters and infringing on the freedom of the press, it is no wonder that the American people are cynical of government.  This week, Tipton called for a full investigation of the I.R.S. targeting of conservative groups.

 

COLORADO SCHOOLS TO BE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE BREAKFAST

Some Colorado schools will be required to provide breakfast to students after the first bell of the day starting next school year.  Lawmakers passed the proposal this year. Governor John Hickenlooper signed it into law yesterday in the cafeteria of a Commerce City elementary school, surrounded by students.  It requires schools that have 80 percent or more students who qualify for free or reduced lunch to serve breakfast after the start of the school day.  Lawmakers say the goal is to make sure students are not hungry in class. Schools can choose how to provide the breakfast, whether it’s during a brief recess or in class.

 

STUDENT EXCHANGE HOST FAMILIES SOUGHT

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is seeking local host families for boys and girls from a variety of countries around the world. The students are 15 to 18 years old, and would like to come to the area for the upcoming high school year or semester. The exchange students are conversant in English, are bright, curious and anxious to learn about America through living as part of a family, attending high school and sharing their own culture and language with their newly adopted host family.  Those interested in more information about becoming a host family should call 1-800-733-2773.

In high school sports:
Yesterday:

In boys lacrosse:
Steamboat fell to Air Academy in the Semi-finals of the state playoffs (6-4).

Today:
In track:
Moffat County, Steamboat, Hayden, Soroco, Rangely and Meeker go to state at Jeffco Stadium in Denver.
Little Snake River Valley goes to the state meet in Casper.

Tomorrow:
In track:
Moffat County, Steamboat, Hayden, Soroco, Rangely and Meeker continue at the state meet in Denver.
Little Snake River Valley continues at the state meet in Casper.

In boys swimming:
Moffat County goes to the State meet in Thornton.

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