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Congressmen Urge Fish and Wildlife to Reevaluate Designation Process

SCOTT-TIPTON-300Congressman Scott Tipton signed on to a letter this week that urges U.S. Fish and Wildlife to reassess how they evaluate species for protection. Tipton says the legislation stems from recent proposals to list species as threatened or endangered in the Western U.S. Some of those proposals have been for the Greater and Continue reading

Bob Rankin to Visit Craig Monday

BOB RANKINState Representative Bob Rankin will be in Craig Monday. The republican is running for reelection this year. Rankin represents House District 57. He’ll stop by The Memorial Hospital at Craig Monday for a meet and greet with the public. Those that would like to speak with him can show Continue reading

Applications for LEAP Available Soon

LEAPApplications for the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program, or LEAP, will be available soon. LEAP is a program designed to help low-income households meet their winter home heating costs; it does not pay the entire cost of home heating. The program period is November 1st through April 30th. For most households, LEAP benefits will be paid directly to the utility company or fuel supplier. Processing your LEAP application takes time. Program reps urge applicants to keep their accounts current by making payments towards heat bills on time to avoid disruption of service. Qualification is based Continue reading

Hickenlooper Takes Heat Over Obamacare Comment

JOHN-HICKENLOOPER-300Governor John Hickenlooper is taking heat over comments he made this week regarding the Affordable Care Act. Hickenlooper hass been a stern supporter of the law. Some feel a recent poll, showing growing dissatisfaction with Obamacare is what has the governor changing his tune. The governor told a crowd that he is “no fan Continue reading

VS Quarantines Being Released

cdaAs of this week, the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s State Veterinarian’s Office has 65 locations under quarantine after horses and cows tested positive for Vesicular Stomatitis (VS); 261 of the 326 quarantines have now been released. Northwest Colorado is still VS free at this point, Continue reading

Pot Company Settles with Hershey

MARIJUANA-300A Colorado marijuana company must recall or destroy its pot-infused edibles that resemble iconic Hershey treats as part of a settlement agreement with the chocolate company. The Hershey Company filed a federal trademark infringement lawsuit in June against TinctureBelle LLC and TinctureBelle Marijuanka Continue reading

Veterans Encouraged to Get Flu Shots

seasonal-flu-300Veterans can receive flu shots, at no cost to themselves, at four locations across the Western Slope, including Craig. Veterans do not have to be enrolled at the Grand Junction VA Medical Center to receive the flu shot, but will need to provide proof of military service. In some cases, the VA will bill a Veterans private insurance. The Grand Junction VA has just over 3,000 remaining doses of this year’s vaccine on hand. Continue reading

Authorities Warn Motorists of Vehicle Vs. Wildlife Potential

deer on road 300The Colorado Department of Transportation and the Colorado State Patrol are reminding motorists to avoid collisions with wildlife by slowing down. This time of year deer, elk, bears and other wildlife are on the move, deer and elk coming down from the mountains to warmer territory, and bears, foraging for food as they Continue reading

Udall Tour Won’t Bring Senator to Northwest Colorado

mark-udall-300Once again, Senator Mark Udall is embarking on what he calls a “statewide tour”, that will completely miss Northwest Colorado. The senator’s “Mark Your Ballot” tour will canvass the Front Range, and a few Western Slope communities. The closest Udall will get to our area is Grand Junction and Glenwood Springs. Continue reading

Lawmakers to Consider Caregiver Restrictions

MARIJUANA-300Colorado lawmakers will consider new restrictions on medical marijuana growers during next year’s legislative session. A panel of legislative leaders yesterday approved a bill on a 13-5 vote that would limit how many plants marijuana caregivers can grow for their patients. Currently, caregivers can potentially grow Continue reading

Cattlemen Oppose Added Beef Check-Off

cattleYesterday, Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) along with 43 other state cattlemen’s associations sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, urging him to cease any efforts to establish an additional beef check-off under the 1996 General Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act. Frank Daley, President of Continue reading

Gardner Receives Health Care Award from Women’s Group

gardnerAs part of Healthcare Solutions Week, Independent Women’s Voice has presented Representative Cory Gardner with the 2014 Healthcare Leadership Award. He is one of only 15 recipients nationwide. The group says Gardner has been a leader on the issues and in advancing the policies that are essential to truly improving American healthcare. The Independent Continue reading