RESULTS EXPECTED FROM CARBON STORAGE STUDY
A coalition of public and private agencies are planning to unveil test results of a program to store carbon from power plants and industrial sources. The Rocky Mountain Carbon Capture and Sequestration Partnership has spent several months drilling in northwest Colorado to determine the potential to store more than 4 billion tons of carbon. Scientists are seeking ways to store carbon waste to reduce what some believe is a major contributor to climate change.
STEAMBOAT SALES TAX UP FOR THE YEAR
June sales taxes in Steamboat increased by 4.39% over June 2011 collections. Year-to-date through June the income increased by 1.96%. The City budgeted for a 7.2% decrease for 2012. Sales tax collections for June 2012 exceeded last year in all categories, but the largest percent increases were seen in lodging and liquor stores. All reported areas saw an increase from 2011 with the exception of West Steamboat which was down by about $5,000 in tax collections. When sales tax collections are compared to other mountain communities, Steamboat is at the low end of year over year increases with a 1.96% increase year-to-date. Aspen has seen the highest year over year increase year to date through June with 9.44%.
ROUTT COUNTY FAIR RUNS THROUGH THE WEEKEND
The Routt County Fair finishes up this weekend. There are several livestock shows on tap today. The big event tonight is the Demolition Derby at 7:30. Music will be provided by Total Entertainment. Tomorrow, the Lion’s Club Parade will start at 10, and runs through downtown Hayden. The Beauty and the Beast contest is at 11. The event features Saddle Bronc riding, Mutton Bustin’, Youth Bull Riding, and Barrel Races. The Presale Barbecue starts at 3. During the barbecue, KRAI and 55 Country will be serving free Coca-Cola floats. The Junior Livestock Sale is at 5:30, and a barn dance will follow at 8:30 with live music by the Justin Lane band. Sunday morning at 9 starts the Open Draft Horse Competition and the Pretty Baby Contest. The Mayor’s Brownie and Commissioners Cookie Basket contests are at 10. The pull team competition that was scheduled for 10:30 has been cancelled. There will be Mutton Bustin’ at 11:30, Horse races at 12:30, Youth Bull Riding at 1, and bronc riding at 2. For a complete schedule, click on the Routt County Fair tile on this page.
FOREST SERVICE AND C-DOT PLAN TO REMOVE BEETLE KILLED TREES
The U.S. Forest Service and Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) are removing beetle-killed trees along major highways. Motorists can expect to see crews working along Highway 40 over Berthoud Pass, I-70, and State Hwy 125. The trees pose a threat to public safety as they weaken over time and may fall without warning. Most work will take place on National Forest System lands within the C-DOT right-of way in the counties of Jackson, Grand, Clear Creek, Eagle, and Summit which are located on the Routt, Arapaho-Roosevelt, and White River National Forests, respectively. No roads will be closed, but lane closures and temporary delays are a possibility along routes.
SECRETARY OF STATE PLANS TO VERIFY VOTER CITIZENSHIP
Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler has mailed letters to nearly 4,000 registered voters asking them to verify they are naturalized citizens, or voluntarily withdraw their voter registrations. Gessler’s office said yesterday the letters went to people who presented non-citizen documents like a green card when they applied for driver’s licenses and then registered to vote. It is illegal for non-U.S. citizens to vote. Gessler says his office will work with county clerks to decide how to handle people who don’t respond to the letters. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security had said it would expand access to an immigration database so that states can use it to remove non-citizens from voter rolls, but Gessler says his office is awaiting a final agreement from the federal government to use it.
COLORADO’S BYWAYS PROJECTS GET FUNDING
Colorado’s Scenic and Historic Byways program is receiving more than $1.5 million for 10 projects as part of the 2012 federal funding cycle from the Federal Highway Administration. There are 9 specific projects around the state, none of which are in Northwest Colorado. However, the 10th project is a statewide one that will use $462,000 of the money for conservation and development planning along the state’s byways. That project aims to establish economic development plans for three byways that model how sustainable economic growth contributes to and benefits from natural resource protection. It also expands conservation efforts on five byways to support public access and commerce. It provides new conservation outreach, planning, and implementation resources to eight byways and shares economic modeling and conservation tools with those byways. And lastly, it develops educational materials, showcasing the relationship between byways, land conservation, and economic development. Over $35 million dollars will be awarded to 125 projects nationwide.
STATE PATROL FOOD DRIVE ENDS NEXT MONTH
The Colorado State Patrol Women’s Resource Network partnered with Food Bank of the Rockies earlier this summer to start a food drive. That campaign is coming to an end on September 2. Drive organizers say they are thankful for all of the donations they have received so far. Items they still need include paper towels, bath tissue, toiletries, canned goods, and monetary donations. All contributions will help in providing necessities to families in Colorado. To make a donation in person, drop off items at your local Colorado State Patrol Troop office.
MOFFAT COUNTY STUDENT COUNCIL PLANS TRIP TO D.C.
The Moffat County High School Student Council is sending 4 of their officers to the January Presidential Inauguration, but they need your help. The group is starting to come up with fundraising ideas for the trip. Along with attending the inauguration, the group of students will take advantage of the trip to visit Washington D.C.’s memorials and museums. Their first step is to let community members know about the trip, and the benefits it will have on their education. No specific fundraisers have been announced yet. You can make a contribution now by contacting a member of the student council. The officers planning to make the trip are Nicole Ferree, Caitlin Harjes, Abigail Gonzales, and Derek Maiolo.