CONSTITUTION WEEK CELEBRATED LOCALLY
September 17th through the 23rd is National Constitution Week in the U.S., and observances and activities will be available locally. Today, area churches in Craig and Steamboat will ring for 15 minutes, beginning at noon. Proclamations will be issued by the Cities of Craig and Steamboat, and by Moffat and Routt Counties. Proclamations will also be given to area schools and individual students to sign. School kids will receive pocket sized cards with the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution. Constitution displays are exhibited at several locations in Craig and Steamboat. You’ll find a list of those locations below. Locally, Constitution Week activities are being administered and sponsored by the local chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
Craig City Hall
Moffat County Courthouse
Museum of Northwest Colorado
Moffat County Library
The Visitor Center in the Centennial Mall
The Moffat County School Admin Building
Moffat County High School
Craig Middle School
Routt County Courthouse
Steam boat Library
STEAMBOAT INSTITUTE ORGANIZES LOCAL RELIEF EFFORT
Local efforts are being made to help those affected by flooding on the Front Range. The Steamboat Institute has set up a drop off location for those who would like to donate cash or supplies. Those in Steamboat can drop their donation off in back of the Centennial Bank tomorrow morning between 8 and 10. 55 Country’s Jim Stimson will be at the drop-off location broadcasting live live tomorrow morning from 8 to 10. Be sure to be listening at that time for updates on needed supplies and additional information. Some of the items needed include bottled water, baby items, pet and livestock food and supplies, and non-perishable food. Those in Craig can drop their donations off at Best Western-Deer Park any time between now and 9 tomorrow morning. The items will then be delivered to Steamboat. Institute reps say they could also use vehicles and drivers to take the supplies over to the Greely-Fort Collins area. They have also provided a list of websites where you can make a cash donation. You’ll find those links below.
NATIONAL MINING ASSOCIATION SAYS COAL UNDER ATTACK AGAIN
The National Mining Association says America’s largest single source of electricity, coal, is again at risk. The EPA is developing regulations, known as new source performance standards, to control greenhouse gas emissions from coal-based plants. The far-reaching standards would prevent coal from being used to generate electricity — even when using the most advanced emission control technologies. The coal industry sustains more than eight hundred thousand American jobs, and the association says many of those jobs will be at risk if the regulations pass. Hal Quinn is president and CEO of the National Mining Association. The NMA believes the Obama administration shouldn’t gamble with the economy by imposing new energy regulations. In a statement Quinn said “The coal community is committed to a cleaner energy future that provides all Americans with reliable and affordable energy. But to succeed, we need a responsible energy policy that allows coal to keep our energy bills down and our economy growing.” To learn more, click here.
KINKAID TO SERVE ON NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES COMMITTEE
Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid has been appointed to the National Association of Counties’ Environment, Energy, and Land Use Steering Committee. NACo says their steering committee members play a critical role in advancing legislative and policy priorities important to the nation’s counties. They help to establish the goals and priorities of the association. The Moffat County Commissioners hold a regular meeting this morning at 8:30 in the courthouse. You’ll find their agenda in the Agenda section below.
FLASH FLOODING IN SWEETWATER COUNTY
Some flash flooding occurred over the weekend in Sweetwater County, though damage was minimal and no injuries were reported. The flash flooding affected areas along Purple Sage Road, west of Rock Springs, Superior, and the Desert View residential area near Desert View School in north Rock Springs where, sandbags were placed at a residence that was impacted by flash flood waters. Other areas affected include the Little Bitter Creek Road, the Sweeney Ranch Road, and the Salt Wells Road east of the Rock Springs-Sweetwater County Airport. In addition, County Road & Bridge is checking a bridge on County Road 23 north of Wamsutter for damage as well as other impacted areas and roads. Funnel clouds were also reported north of Green River and near Wamsutter.
FISCAL INSTITUTE BACKS ED TAX
The Colorado Fiscal Institute has decided to back supporters of Amendment 66, the education tax question that will appear on November’s ballot. The CFI says the best way to ensure widespread prosperity in Colorado is to give our kids the skills they need to achieve their potential. However, history shows that education tax hikes don’t seem to impact testing scores. The state has been trying to find a way to bring up those scores, through tax hikes, and by changing the way tests are administered. Opponents of the amendment say simply throwing money at the problem won’t solve our education issues. The initiative asks for $950 million dollars from Colorado citizens.
In high school sports:
In boys golf:
Moffat County, Steamboat and Rangely continue at Regionals at Eagle Valley.
Meeker hosts Rangely at 7.