TIPTON AND COLLEAGUES PUSH FOR LOCAL CONTROL OVER FOREST MANAGEMENT
Representative Scott Tipton stressed the need for increased state and local involvement to help address the hazardous condition of forests on federal lands during a Western Caucus field hearing that took place today at the Colorado State Capitol. Tipton underscored that more proactive action was needed to save Colorado’s forests from catastrophic wildfires like those that have ravaged the state over the past decade. Western Caucus Co-Chairs, Representatives Steve Pearce of New Mexico and Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming, joined with Tipton and Representatives Cory Gardner, Mike Coffman and Doug Lamborn in holding yesterday’s field hearing to examine state solutions to forest health, wildfires and habitat protection. Titpton says the key is to allow more local control over managing forest health. The Healthy Forest Management and Wildfire Prevention Act is supported by numerous Colorado counties and the National Association of Counties, as well as state and national environmental organizations and conservation districts.
STAGECOACH STATE PARK OPENS TO BOATERS
Colorado Parks and Wildlife has opened Stagecoach State Park to boaters, with the Marina Boat Ramp now open and the Morrison Cove Boat Ramp scheduled to open Memorial Day weekend. The Stagecoach Marina store will be open May 24th and will offer basic camping supplies, boating needs and boat or canoe rentals. Due to early season conditions, Colorado Parks and Wildlife cautions boaters to be on the lookout for floating debris and unmarked hazards. Officials say before getting on the water, boaters should do a thorough inspection of their crafts for required items inadvertently removed or that are in non-functioning condition, including torn life jackets and fire extinguishers that have expired over the winter. Boaters can ask a Park Ranger for a safety inspection anytime at any water based state park. Colorado Parks and Wildlife also reminds the public to help prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance species by always cleaning, draining and drying your vessel.
HEALTH CARE REFORM SEMINAR PLANNED FOR CRAIG
Mountain West Insurance and the Smart Business Alliance, which includes The Craig Chamber, The Craig/Moffat EDP, the Colorado Workforce Center, and CNCC are putting on a health care seminar in Craig later this month. The Health Care Reform Seminar is intended to help business owners and managers understand how health care reform will affect them, their business and their employees. Insurance broker Jim Sjerven will lead the discussion. The seminar is free and lunch will be provided. It will be held May 21st at 11:30 at CNCC. If you need more information, call 824-5689.
BLM SUGGESTS FIRE PREVENTION METHODS WHILE SPRING CLEANING
The BLM says this is the perfect time to combine spring cleaning with wildfire preparedness. Removing dead, flammable material from around homes and yards is the first step to protecting homes from fire. The National Fire Protection Association is coordinating a statewide Wildfire Preparedness Day of Service in Colorado tomorrow. Governor John Hickenlooper has signed a proclamation for the day which coincides with the International Association of Wildland Fire’s Global Wildfire Awareness Week. The Wildfire Preparedness Day of Service is being promoted to residents of all ages that live in areas with a wildfire risk, with a special emphasis on youth – and what they can do to make their communities a safer place. Projects range from quick and easy activities, to some that could take an entire day. For project ideas or more information, click here.
HOUSE FIGHTS TO ESTABLISH LEGAL DRIVING LIMITS FOR POT
The fight to establish a driving limit for marijuana is not over. The State House has once again resurrected a bill that establishes those limits. The bill has been killed twice already in the Senate. Governor Hickenlooper is also a strong proponent of establishing those limits. DUI limits have been included in a larger marijuana bill, but House members are worried there will be no regulatory structure if the larger bill fails. The new bill, House Bill 1325, is a mirror of its predecessor, House Bill 1114. It allows motorists to be convicted of driving under the influence of marijuana if their system shows more than 5 nanograms of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in pot. It includes some exceptions for heavy users, such as medical marijuana patients.
POT MAGAZINES COULD BE TREATED LIKE PORN
Marijuana magazines are under scrutiny in Colorado, where lawmakers might require stores to put them behind the counter. The unusual provision to treat pot magazines like pornography was considered yesterday in a Senate committee. If approved, the provision would make Colorado the first state to require stores that allow entry to shoppers under age 21 to place pot magazines behind the counter. The Senate committee, considering a marijuana regulation bill, delayed a vote on the magazine requirement. A decision is expected today on the proposal, which was added in a late-night amendment last week and caught Senate sponsors by surprise. A lawyer for High Times magazine called the magazine restriction “patently unconstitutional” and said there’s no legal precedent for treating pictures of a drug as obscene. Lawyer David Holland said the magazine would likely sue if the provision becomes law.
In high school sports:
In boys lacrosse:
Steamboat beat Summit (11-2).
In girls tennis:
Steamboat won the regional championship, and will send all of their singles and doubles players to state.
In girls soccer:
Rangely hosts Roaring Fork at 4.
Moffat County and Hayden go to the Tiger Elite in Grand Junction.
Little Snake River Valley hosts a meet at 11.
In boys swimming:
Moffat County goes to Glenwood at 4 for league championships.
Steamboat goes to Summit for a double header. The first game starts at 10.
Moffat County goes to Roaring Fork for a double header, with the first game starting at 11.
In boys lacrosse:
Steamboat is home against Grand Junction at 11.
In girls lacrosse:
Steamboat hosts Durango at 10.
Hayden, Rangely, Steamboat, Soroco and Meeker go to Battle Mountain at 9.
Little Snake River Valley runs at the Shane Brock Invite in Lander at 9.