BLM RELEASES ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT OF LANDS UP FOR LEASE
The Bureau of Land Management Little Snake Field Office has released a preliminary environmental assessment for public review that evaluates offering 20 parcels in Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco counties in the Feb. 2013 competitive oil and gas lease sale. The parcels total 12,038 acres of federal mineral estate, with 47 percent being under BLM-managed lands and 53 percent under non-federal lands. BLM considered but deferred offering an additional 39 parcels totaling 51,100 acres because they were in preliminary priority Greater Sage-grouse habitat. These parcels were primarily in Moffat County. The EA, a list of the parcels and the attached stipulations are available online, by clicking here.
CRAIG CHAMBER WARNS OF POSSIBLE SCAM
Several area businesses have received a call from School Sports R Us soliciting advertising for a Moffat County High School basketball schedule poster. According to MCHS athletic director Jeff Simon, the school district DOES NOT endorse this project, receive a portion of the revenues or partner with the distributor in any way. The Better Business Bureau has issued warnings about similar companies, although have not targeted School Sports R Us specifically. The sales tactics are very similar to those the BBB has identified as fraudulent. The Craig Chamber warns all businesses to carefully investigate all companies seeking advertising dollars. Businesses that purchase advertising space should research each company diligently and send requests for specific details on products and distribution plans prior to agreeing to any service. The Craig Chamber will research the validity of any company reported to them, and issue warnings as appropriate to prevent local businesses from being the targets of unethical, questionable or fraudulent businesses.
OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT SCHEDULED FOR HAYDEN
The Hayden Congregational United Church of Christ and Hayden Police Department will hold a free family night August 24th at the church. There will be a potato bar & root beer floats. The night starts at 7:30. Those who show up will also be treated to an outdoor movie & popcorn beginning at dusk. You’re encouraged to dress representing your favorite football team.
AUGUST/LABOR DAY CRACKDOWN
If you drink and drive in Eagle County beware, the Gore Range DUI Task Force is joining with law enforcement throughout the nation for the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign August 17 to September 3, 2012. The strong nationwide impaired driving crackdown will include high-visibility enforcement, high-profile events, and will be supported by national paid advertising, creating a comprehensive campaign to curb alcohol impaired driving in August and through the Labor Day holiday weekend. The Gore Range DUI Task Force said its Officers, Troopers and Deputies will be aggressively looking for impaired drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone caught driving impaired.
JUDGE RULES IN POT CASE
A state judge invalidated a $40,000 contract between a grower and a supplier in a ruling seen as having potential impact on the marijuana industry. The ruling by Arapahoe County District Court Judge Charles Pratt involved a dispute between grower Quincy Haeberle and Blue Sky Care Connection. Pratt this month relied on past rulings that contracts concerning illegal activities are invalid. Pratt in his ruling also said that federal law pre-empts state law. Sean McAllister, an attorney specializing in marijuana, says the ruling does not take into account other legal decisions. McAllister says Pratt’s ruling could detrimental to the marijuana industry if other judges rule the same way, but adds that’s not widely expected.
MAN ARRESTED FOR TRYING TO STRANGLE WOMAN IN ROCK SPRINGS
The Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office says a dog may have prevented a murder. 49-year old Martin Moss was arrested last week on charges of trying to strangle a household member and interference with emergency calls. Kimmy Evans reported to deputies that Moss had lost his temper and began strangling her at their home in Clearview Acres. She says just before she lost consciousness, her dog Tar came to her rescue by biting Moss. After Moss destroyed the house phone, Evans used her cell phone to call 9-1-1. Moss is being held on $20,000 bond and faces over $10,000 in fines and up to 5 years in prison.