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Free App Can Help State Residents Quit Smoking

NO SMOKINGThe Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has developed a free app to help smokers break their addiction to tobacco.  Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in Colorado. One in six Coloradans smokes cigarettes and more than half of smokers say they want to quit.  A “pack-a-day” smoker spends nearly $2,000 per year on cigarettes. “Tobacco use costs Colorado too many lives and too much money,” said Dr. Larry Wolk, department executive director and chief medical officer. “We developed this new app to help Coloradans easily learn about the cost of smoking and find resources to help them quit.” Continue reading

Contest for Colorado Teens Aims to End Distracted Driving

CDOTThe Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) launched a statewide contest aimed at increasing awareness around the dangers of distracted driving. “Live Life in Slo Mo,” running through April, invites Colorado high school students to create a 60-second video depicting their own interpretation of what it means to live in the moment–free of distractions–using Colorado band “Rachel and the Kings” song, “Slo Mo.” Continue reading

INTERIOR SECRETARY JEWELL ENDORSES FRACKING

JEWELLInterior Secretary Sally Jewell surprised lawmakers during a budget hearing yesterday, by supporting hydraulic fracturing.  Many environmental groups have been trying to ban the practice, which has been successfully used for the last 60 years.  Jewell, who used to work for Mobil, said in the hearing Continue reading

COLORADO TO RECEIVE S.R.S. FUNDING FROM FOREST SERVICE

forest-service-signColorado will receive $12,479,205 in Secure Rural Schools (SRS) funding from the U.S. Forest Service to support local schools and roads. As part of that program, the state will also receive $919,982 to complete special conservation projects on federal land.  In addition to supporting Continue reading

BENNET NAMED CHAIR OF ENERGY FINANCE COMMITTEE

MICHAEL-BENNETColorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet yesterday was named chairman of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure.  The position will allow Bennet to push his renewable energy agenda.  Bennet has been a staunch supporter of tax credits for renewable energy companies.  He has also supported President Obama’s Continue reading

BODY FOUND NEAR VAIL IDENTIFIED AS INDIANA MAN

logo-eagle-county-sheriffAuthorities have confirmed that a body found near Vail is that of a missing hiker from Indiana.  Thirty-nine-year-old James McGrogan of Chesterton, Indiana disappeared March 14th after he got separated from a group hiking to a backcountry hut. His body Continue reading

LAWMAKERS DEBATE BANNING TRAFFIC LIGHT CAMERAS

co-state-capitol-300Lawmakers will consider a proposal to ban red-light and speeding cameras in Colorado and the bill sponsor says he has more support than when he pitched the idea two years ago.  The bill from Greeley Republican Senator Scott Renfroe would forbid Continue reading

ROUTT COUNTY PREPARES CITIZENS FOR HIGH WATER

FLOOD-WATER-300Routt County, along with the City of Steamboat and the towns of Hayden, Oak Creek, and Yampa have put forth a guide for citizens that will help them out during Continue reading

YVMC TAKES ON MANAGEMENT OF BAGGS CLINIC

YVMC-300Yampa Valley Medical Center has assumed operational management of the Little Snake River Valley Clinic in Baggs.  Frank May, Chief Executive Officer of Yampa Valley Medical Center, says YVMC is excited to provide additional health care services to the Baggs community.  It’s not clear Continue reading

ROUTT COUNTY ROAD TEMPORARILY CLOSED

routt-county-road-ans-bridge-300Routt County Road and Bridge is temporarily closing County Road 129 from just north of Columbine to the Three Forks Ranch.  The department says the 9 mile stretch is in immediate and Continue reading

STEAMBOAT WOMAN ACCUSED IN CHILD’S DEATH IN COURT YESTERDAY

14th-judicial-district-300A Steamboat woman accused of child abuse resulting in death appeared in court yesterday for hearing.  Meghan McKeon waived the reading of her formal charges.  She’ll be in court again next week.  In the meantime, McKeon is being held in the Routt County Jail. 

GARDNER, TIPTON VOTE TO RESTORE 40-HOUR WORK WEEK

gardnerYesterday, Congressman Cory Gardner (CO-04) and the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Save American Workers Act by a bipartisan vote of 248-179. The legislation addresses the definition of full time employment under the president’s healthcare law. Currently, the law requires employers to provide health care Continue reading