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EPA Triggers Another Mine Spill In Colorado

US-EPA-logoThe Town of Crested Butte has been notified by the EPA of a spill estimated at 2,000 gallons or less of water and gray-colored sediment from a holding pond at the Standard Mine. According to the EPA, a contractor had been dewatering the pond containing un-mineralized sediment from drilling operations and water from the lower mine adit. The contents had been treated to a neutral PH of 7. The treated water from the sediment pond was being discharged into Elk Creek as part of a planned maintenance activity. A vacuum truck siphoning clear water from the surface of the pond accidentally dipped into gray-colored sediment leading to the accidental discharge of sediment and gray-colored water into Elk Creek. The discharged material contained a mixture of PH-neutral rock slurry and water from the mine. Based upon the size and content of the spilled material as understood from the EPA, the flow levels downstream, and the 10 million gallon storage reservoir at the Town’s treatment plant, the Town Department of Public Works has determined that any impact to the Town’s drinking water would be negligible. The Town has also hired an independent contractor to perform additional testing to ensure that there is no negative impact to the Town watershed or drinking water. Work on the holding pond is now complete. The Town is communicating and working closely with the EPA on this issue. The EPA has additionally contacted the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Gunnison County and the Coal Creek Watershed Alliance. The Town is also in contact with these agencies.

Case of Vesicular Stomatitis Found in Moffat County

cdaAs of this week, the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s State Veterinarian’s Office has 42 locations in 14 counties under quarantine after horses, mules, and cattle herds tested positive for Vesicular Stomatitis (VS). That includes a location in Moffat County. The Northwest part Continue reading

Wolf Fire Burns 190 Acres in Moffat County

fire-1-300The Wolf Fire in Moffat County is estimated to be 190 acres. Firefigthers are making good progress and were expected to have the fire fully contained yesterday evening. Fire fighters first responded to the lightning caused wildfire Continue reading

Bridge Work Continues on Highway 13 South of Craig

C-DOTCrews will continue their work on the bridge over the Yampa River on Highway 13 south of Craig next week. Workers will continue to work under the bridge, grinding and drilling. Work trucks will still be used on both sides of the bridge, meaning Continue reading

Recycling Event in Steamboat This Weekend

YVSCThe Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is hosting a recycling event this weekend. The group will use the Meadows Parking Lot in Steamboat as a gathering point tomorrow to let residents drop Continue reading

Gardner Sponsors Rural Broadband Legislation

gardnerSenator Cory Gardner (R-CO) has joined with Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) to introduce the Streamlining and Investing in Broadband Infrastructure Act. The Act would cut down on federal red tape on broadband infrastructure, especially in rural areas. It promotes a so-called “dig once” policy, which would encourage adding broadband infrastructure to new and expanding Continue reading

Wyoming Sheriff Warns of Two Telephone Scams

sweetwater-county-sheriff-3The Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office issued a consumer alert yesterday warning residents of two scams currently making the rounds. The first involves telephone calls from people claiming to represent an organization called “NRA,” who says their company represents another organization called “WTJ Capital.” The caller goes on to say Continue reading

Clean Power Plan has Yet to be Published in Federal Register

EPA-300The Environmental Protection Agency has yet to publish its Clean Power Plan in the Federal Register, and that has states crying foul. The EPA’s rule, which limits carbon emissions from U.S. power plants and will raise electricity rates for most Americans, was finalized in August, but the agency is dragging its feet in publishing the Continue reading

School Board Candidates Forum Takes Place Tonight

Moffat-County-School-DistriThe Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots are holding a candidates forum tonight for the Moffat County School Board. There are four seats up for election this year, two of which have multiple candidates. The forum will offer the public an opportunity to ask questions of the candidates, and hear their views on education in the county. Continue reading

Traffic Delays Expected in Steamboat During Pipeline Project Tomorrow

City-of-SteamboatThe City of Steamboat and Insituform Technologies will be lining a Stormwater Pipeline along Central Park, from the Central Park Drive and Pine Grove Road intersection to Continue reading

Local Governments to Have Input in Oil and Gas Development Locations

Co-Oil-Gas-300An energy industry group says proposed rules to give local governments a say in the location of new oil and gas wells go too far, but environmental groups say they don’t do enough. The Colorado Oil and Gas Association said yesterday the proposals would require more than a state task force intended when it suggested the Continue reading

Public Restrooms Around Steamboat Closing for Winter

City-of-SteamboatDue to the dropping temperatures and risk of frozen pipes, seasonal restrooms in the parks around Steamboat are being winterized and closed for the season. To date, the bathrooms at Dr. Continue reading