YVEA FINDS WAY TO MEET STATE MANDATE ON RENEWABLE ENERGY
A new power purchase agreement has been reached between community-owned solar developer Clean Energy Collective (CEC) and the Yampa Valley Electric Association (YVEA) – launching YVEA Community Solar. The agreement is expected to help YVEA to meet the state’s newly adopted renewable portfolio standard (RPS) for rural electric cooperatives. The standard was highly contested by rural Colorado, and was pushed through by Denver lawmakers. The agreement allows YVEA to buy 500 kilowatts of renewable energy from CEC’s newest array to be built in Craig. Individual YVEA customers can then purchase solar panels in the shared array and receive credit for the energy produced directly on their monthly utility bill.
HISTORIC ROUTT COUNTY TO SHOW OFF SCHOOLHOUSE PROJECT
Hisitoric Routt County is inviting the public to see how much work has been done on the Foidel Schoolhouse Restoration Project! There will be an informal presentation of a Foidel Schoolhouse painting to the Historical Society of Oak Creek and Phippsburg Sunday. A team of donors led by Garry Dulin bought the painting as a fundraiser for HRC, who will present it on behalf of the donors to HSOP, where it will be showcased in the museum for future generations to enjoy! Sunday’s presentation will be at the Foidel Schoolhouse at 5. If you’d like more information, call 736-8245.
ROUTT COUNTY OEM/HOMELAND SECURITY ENCOURAGE PREPAREDNESS
September is National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Homeland Security’s goal is to educate the public about how to prepare for emergencies, including natural disasters, mass casualties, biological and chemical threats, radiation emergencies, and terrorist attacks. The department says everyone should assemble an emergency supply kit and make emergency plans, such as where to meet, who to get in touch with, and other important preparations. They recommend staying informed and getting involved in helping your family, business, and community. For more preparedness tips, click here.
STEAMBOAT PUBLIC WORKS TO REPLACE WATER MAIN
Today, the Steamboat Public Works Department, in contract with Anson Excavating, will begin replacement of an aged, undersized water main along Pine Street between 5th and 9th Streets. Work will begin at the intersection of Pine & 5th, and will progress down Pine Street to 9th Street. Completion is slated for November 1st. Access to all homes will be maintained at all times. Rolling 1-block closures of Pine Street will be implemented to facilitate the construction, and detours will route motorists and bicyclists along Oak Street and Aspen Street. If you have questions, contact the Steamboat Public Works Department.
COLORADO GETS GRANT MONEY FOR EDUCATION
The U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are awarding a $15 million supplemental award to Colorado. This funding is in addition to the previous $29.9 million dollar award Colorado received last December from the Race to the Top: Early Learning Challenge. In December, Colorado received $29.9 million to help fund the state’s plans to improve school readiness. The purpose of the grant money is to increase access to high-quality early learning programs and help develop the capacity of programs and services for children with the highest needs. The supplemental money from the 2013 Race to the Top: Early Learning Challenge will accelerate Colorado’s vision of having every child ready for kindergarten; and every third-grader reading proficiently.
WYOMING FUGITIVE CAUGHT IN MEXICO
A fugitive sought for three years by the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office was taken into custody recently, but first he was deported from Mexico. Sweetwater County Sheriff Rich Haskell said 51-year old Kenneth Ward, formerly of Wamsutter, has been wanted since the summer of 2010 for felony Larceny in the theft of a pickup, a belly-dump trailer, two winches, a utility trailer, a generator, and tire chains from Eaton Trucking of Farson. According to court documents, the property was valued at over $100,000. Haskell said the Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Apprehension Team worked the case with the United States Marshals Service. They learned that Ward, an American citizen, was in hiding in northwest Mexico. At the request of Federal law enforcement officials, Mexican authorities apprehended Ward and deported him. Larceny is punishable upon conviction by up to 10 years in prison, and $10,000 in fines. Haskell said his agency is arranging Ward’s return to Sweetwater County, as the investigation continues.
ACLU SAYS LETHAL INJECTION INSTRUCTIONS HAVE BEEN REVISED
The American Civil Liberties Union says Colorado’s instructions for putting prisoners to death by lethal injection have been revised to include an alternate drug, underscoring problems in carrying out executions. The ACLU Friday released a copy of the instructions, which it obtained after filing suit against the Department of Corrections. The instructions include a list of three drugs to use for executions, along with an alternate for one of the drugs, sodium pentothal. The ACLU says that’s a change from a 2011 version of the instructions and shows that sodium pentothal has become hard to get. A Department of Corrections spokeswoman says she can’t confirm whether the instructions have changed. But she acknowledges sodium pentothal has become scarce and notes state law allows the use of a substitute.
School Begins Today In Moffat County
Students head to class today across Moffat County. Classes in Steamboat Springs start on Wednesday for all grades except kindergarten classes, which will begin on Thursday. Hayden and Meeker classes begin on September 3rd.
Districts that began classes earlier in the month were Rangely which started classes on the 19th, Little Snake River Valley on the 21st and SoRoCo on the 22nd.
Drivers are encouraged to be extra vigilant at this time of year. For back to school tips for motorists visit this link.
Tips to Get Kids to be Healthier this School Year
Since most kids consume half their daily calories at school, healthy eating habits must be addressed both at home and in the classroom.
Here are some lunch packing tips for parents:
• Make a bento box: Instead of packing the traditional entrée and sides, make lunch out of small snacks in a multi-compartment box. Hardboiled eggs, raisins, an apple or other fresh fruit, crackers, tuna fish, pasta salad, veggies, dips and more.
• Travel the world: Go with an international theme each day, such as Mexican, Asian or Italian. Include an educational note about the meal’s origin.
• Include a surprise: Kids love surprises, such as favorite photos, stickers or a reminder about an upcoming event. A lunch box surprise can make your child’s day extra special.
But nutrition is only half the equation. As screen time competes for kids’ attention, active time is decreasing. And exercise is crucial to preventing obesity, improving motor skills and providing a social outlet.
Here are tips to coax a child forward in a group fitness scenario:
• Allow spectating: The first time in a new environment can be emotionally draining. Stay for an entire class and return the next time.
• Never force participation: Be a source of comfort for your child while he or she sits on the sidelines. Your child will feed off your energy.
• Look for peer leaders: Outgoing children are often thrilled to help another child feel more comfortable.
• Sometimes leaving helps: Oftentimes kids behave better when they don’t have a parental crutch to lean on.
• Pay attention to leaders’ personalities: Whether it’s classes, sports or school, the leader can make or break the experience. Does the coach make kids comfortable? Look for telltale signs and find a coach that works well with your child.
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Rangely goes to Tiara Rado at 8:30.