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EPA’S MERCURY RULE UPHELD BY FEDERAL JUDGE

EPA-300The EPA’s mercury emissions rule, which has been responsible for forcing hundreds of coal fired power plants across the country to shut down, has been upheld by a federal court.  The Mercury Air Toxic Standards, or MATS, is responsible for the closing of over 300 power plants across the country so far, with Continue reading

ROUTT COUNTY RADON RISK UPGRADED

RADONTwelve Colorado counties previously considered to be at moderate risk for radon exposure have been upgraded to the high-risk category. Routt County is one of those.  The change means all 64 Colorado counties are categorized as Zone 1 for radon, or high-risk, by the Colorado Department of Continue reading

STEAMBOAT JUDGE UNSEALS DOCUMENTS IN MCKEON CASE

14th-judicial-district-300A Steamboat judge has gone against the wishes of both attorneys in the case against Meghan McKeon, by ordering documents in the case unsealed.  McKeon is charged with the death of her 3-year old child, which she reportedly left alone for several hours.  Reports Continue reading

TIPTON APPLAUDS SKI AREA LEGISLATION

SCOTT-TIPTON-300Yesterday, Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) applauded the announcement that the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has finalized policy guidelines to allow year-round recreation opportunities in ski areas located on USFS lands. The policy is the result of the bipartisan Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act, of which Tipton was a co-sponsor. The Act was signed into Continue reading

CONGRESSIONAL REPORT CONFIRMS ENERGY PRODUCTION ON FEDERAL LANDS DECLINING DRASTICALLY

oil-and-gas-drilling-300A Congressional Research Service (CRS) report released yesterday confirms production on federal lands continues to decline in absolute terms as well as relative to state and private lands. While the rest of the Continue reading

COMMITTEE PASSES BILL TO STUDY HEALTH CARE COSTS

HEALTH-SYMBOL-300The Senate Health and Human Services Committee passed a bill Wednesday to establish a commission that will study health care cost drivers in Colorado and provide solutions for lowering costs.  The Colorado Center on Law and Policy has taken a leading role in developing the bill, SB-187, in order Continue reading

BILL TO END ABORTION RESTRICTIONS IS ABANDONED

co-state-capitol-300A bill offered by Democrats aimed at guarding against restrictions of abortion was laid over until May 8th, effectively killing the bill.  Senate Democrats abandoned their own proposal Wednesday amid fears Continue reading

PARKS AND WILDLIFE SAYS SAGE GROUSE RESEARCH FUNDING WON’T SUFFER

sage_grouse-300Colorado Parks and Wildlife has sent a letter to the Moffat County Commissioners, assuring them research on Sage Grouse issues will not suffer as a result of budget cuts.  When the commissioners heard the CPW was adjusting their budget, they wrote a letter urging them not to take any money away from Continue reading

FOREST CREWS PLAN PRESCRIBED BURN SOUTH OF HAYDEN

controlled-burns-300Routt National Forest fire crews are hoping to conduct a prescribed burn as early as next week near the Indian Run State Wildlife Area south of Hayden.  The Indian Run Prescribed Burn will take place on the Continue reading

STEAMBOAT WILDLIFE OFFICER RECEIVES AWARD

colorado parksColorado Parks and Wildlife’s Libbie Miller, the District Wildlife Manager in the Yampa District, was recognized as Colorado’s 2013 Shakir-Safari Club International Officer of the Year during the recent Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission meeting in Denver, March 6th.  The Shikar-Safari Club International was formed in the 1950s by Continue reading

TRAFFIC DELAYS EXPECTED DURING MEDIAN WORK

City-of-SteamboatSteamboat City crews will be spring cleaning the landscaped Medians along Highway 40 from downtown to Anglers Drive as well as the Mount Werner Road Medians Continue reading

SKI AREAS GIVEN PERMISSION TO CONDUCT SUMMER ACTIVITIES

forest-service-signThe U.S. Forest Service’s final guidelines, announced yesterday, includes a provision to create year-round, sustainable jobs in mountain communities by expanding summer recreation opportunities on public lands. The Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act, which had Continue reading