NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS FOR FRIDAY, AUGUST 9TH

Moffat County Hot Air Balloon Festival 2013

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MOFFAT COUNTY FAIR ENTERS BIG WEEKEND

The Moffat County Fair is in full swing this weekend.  There are several livestock shows that take place today.  The display buildings are open all day for viewing.  Tonight’s big event is the Family Fun Night.  That includes the catch-a pig contest, and several other competitions open to the public.  It starts at 6 in the grandstands area.  There will be plenty of contests, games, and entertainment all day tomorrow.  The Community Barbecue starts at 4 in the covered picnic area.  Be sure to stop by the barbecue for free Coke floats from KRAI and 55 Country.  The livestock events culminate with the 4-H and F-F-A Junior Livestock Sale at 6:30.  The fair goes out in style with a dance sponsored by the Fair Board and the Moffat County 4-H Council from 10 to 1.  If you would like a complete schedule, click here.

 

RMYC FIREFIGHTERS ASSISTING BLM ON NORTHWEST COLORADO FIRES

Since their training in June with Northwest Colorado BLM fire crew, the Rocky Mountain Youth Corp Veterans Fire Crew have been mitigating the threats of hazardous fuels in northwestern Colorado. Recently, they have had the opportunity to help manage wildland fires.  Their training for the fuel-mitigation work included chainsaw and wildland fire training, which provided the skills and qualifications necessary for the RMYC fire to be available for wildland fire response if needed. The crew was divided into two squads, Fire 1 and Fire 2. The Fire 2 squad worked on the Upper Colorado River Fire Management Unit on BLM fuel reduction projects. The Fire 1 squad worked with the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit on BLM and private land mitigating hazardous fuels.  Members Fire 2 were on the Milk Creek Fire near Meeker in July. The Fire 1 squad helped battle the Kodiak Fire in western Moffat County earlier this month. Both squads were combined as one crew and managed the 54 acre fire northwest of Maybell.  The Veterans Fire Corps is part of a broader national initiative between the Department of Interior and United States Department of Agriculture and Conservation Corps programs referred to as Veterans Green Corps programs.

 

HAYDEN MUSEUM TO CELEBRATE 100 YEARS OF RAILROAD

The Hayden Heritage Museum will be celebrating 100 years of Railroad in Hayden with a street festival tomorrow.  The festival will include a model train layout, historian talks, demonstrations, music, food, kiddie train, and other entertainment.  The street festival runs from 10 to 5.  Then at 6 there will be a presentation on the Orphan Train, which ushered thousands of abandoned children from New York City to new families across the U.S.  That presentation will be at the Historic Granary.  The night caps off with a barn dance with live music by the John Wayne Band.  All events are free, but donations are appreciated.

 

BLM’S NORTHWEST RAC TO MEET IN GRAND JUNCTION

The Bureau of Land Management’s Northwest Colorado Resource Advisory Council will meet later this month at the BLM Grand Junction Field Office.  The meeting is open to the public, with the public comment periods scheduled for 10 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon.  Agenda items include a draft Roan Plateau resolution, the Northwest Colorado Greater Sage-grouse EIS, comment summary from the Grand Junction Field Office RMP, conditions of approval on grazing leases, special recreation permits, and field manager updates.  The Northwest Colorado RAC meets quarterly in northwestern Colorado.  Its 15 members are appointed by the Secretary of the Interior and represent a broad range of public land interests, including environmental, local government, wild horse and burro, and commercial activity. The Northwest RAC advises the BLM Colorado Northwest District, which includes the Grand Junction, White River, Little Snake, Kremmling and Colorado River Valley BLM field offices.

 

TIPTON ISSUES STATEMENT REGARDING OBAMACARE

Congressman Scott Tipton has issued a statement in response to the rule issued by the Obama Administration on the participation of Members of Congress and their staff in the federal health exchanges created under Obamacare. Tipton, who was elected to Congress after the Democrat controlled House and Senate passed the law, has voted to repeal and defund Obamacare, and believes that Congress should be subject to the law, and all laws it passes.  In his statement, Tipton said, “The Obama Administration’s proposed rule on Congress’s participation in federal health exchanges is unfair to Americans who are fully subjected to the onerous costs of Obamacare, and is yet another sign that the federal healthcare law doesn’t work. Congress, or anybody else for that matter, shouldn’t receive special treatment or exemptions from the Administration under Obamacare. If it’s good enough for the American people then it should be good enough for Congress.”  Last week Tipton voted to prohibit the IRS from implementing or enforcing any of the President’s healthcare law, and voted for full repeal of Obamacare most recently in May. Both measures passed the House and are currently sitting on the Senate doorstep. Tipton has also co-sponsored legislation to defund the law.  Tipton’s complete statement can be found below:

“Congress should live under the laws it passes, and that includes Obamacare. This is commonsense pretty much everywhere except in Washington. The Obama Administration’s proposed rule on Congress’s participation in federal health exchanges is unfair to Americans who are fully subjected to the onerous costs of Obamacare, and is yet another sign that the federal healthcare law doesn’t work. Congress, or anybody else for that matter, shouldn’t receive special treatment or exemptions from the Administration under Obamacare. If it’s good enough for the American people then it should be good enough for Congress.

“The fact that the Administration continues to issue waivers, provide subsidies, and delay implementation for some segments of the population and not others proves that the law is unworkable, fails to provide affordable or accessible healthcare, and will hurt the economy and cost jobs. This is why I have voted to repeal and defund Obamacare and numerous programs under it, and will continue to fight to repeal and replace it with a market-based solution that will provide affordable, quality care for all Americans without costing them their jobs in the process. The American people deserve a fair, effective, accessible and affordable healthcare system, and Obamacare falls far short on all counts.”

 

PRESIDENTIAL COMMISSION DISCUSSES VOTING ISSUES IN DENVER

A presidential commission dedicated to fixing voting problems met in Denver yesterday.  The Presidential Commission on Election Administration convened at the Colorado History Museum for the day-long event. It heard testimony and took public comment from election officials and citizens.  President Barack Obama formed the bipartisan commission to improve the electoral process after voters faced long lines and other obstacles in last year’s elections.  The commission held its first hearing last month in Miami. Two more hearings will be held, in Pennsylvania and Ohio.  The commission will eventually present recommendations to improve voting.