NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS FOR MONDAY, JULY 29TH

Steamboat Man seriously injured in Highway 131 crash

A Steamboat Springs man, who has been identified as, 72 year old Richard Berkley, was seriously injured Friday when his bicycle collided head on with a pickup truck. The bicyclist was transported to Vail Valley Medical Center and then airlifted to Denver, where he remains in stable condition at Denver Health.  The crash happened just before noon on Highway 131, about 8 miles north of the Wolcott.  A pickup – driven by 39-year-old Travis Kirby, of McCoy, and Berkley were traveling in opposite directions when they collided in the roadway. The Colorado State Patrol has completed its investigation, and no citation will be issued to either driver.

Tipton Speaks With Wild West Radio About Energy Bill

United States Representative Scott Tipton’s legislation to establish an all-of-the-above American energy strategy passed the House Natural Resources Committee with bipartisan support last week. The next step for the bill, which was cosponsored by Colorado’s U.S. Representatives Doug Lamborn and Mike Coffman, will be a full vote in the U.S. House of Representatives.  We spoke with Representative Tipton about the bill called the “Planning for American Energy, Act of 2013”.  You can listen to his full response here.  The full text of the bill can be found here.

You Could Help Shape Colorado’s Election Rules 

In response to recent and substantial legislation affecting elections, the Secretary of State’s office decided to recodify the Elections Rules. To aid the counties with upcoming elections, the office intends to commence with formal rulemaking mid-August. The public is invited to share thoughts and recommendations for the rules as they are recodifed.  In the past legislative session, the General Assembly enacted House Bill 13-1303, which substantially changed how elections are administered in Colorado. The Secretary of State staff pointed out several technical problems with the bill during the legislative process, but attempts to amend the bill were unsuccessful. As such, rulemaking is required  to fill in several gaps and harmonize several conflicting provisions that now exist in the Election Code as a result of HB 13-1303.  The Department is seeking input from county clerks, election activists, stakeholders, and the general public to identify necessary revisions or additional guidance in order to propose a constructive and comprehensive draft rule for consideration during the rulemaking proceedings.  A draft of the proposed Rules is available at the State’s website.  You may submit your comments by August 7th, 2013 by email at SOS.Rulemaking@sos.state.co.us .

Colorado Farm To School Task Force Openings

The number of Colorado schools and districts participating in farm to school activities has tripled over the past three years. With this increased interest in connecting schools with local products, the Colorado Farm to School Task Force is inviting interested individuals to join the group.  “The Task Force went through legislative changes this year, which increased the number of seats,” The group is looking to for people for the following positions: a foodservice director or manager at an institution of higher education, a K-12 principal or teacher, an agricultural producer and a higher education faculty or extension member. The application deadline is this Wednesday. Visit this link for information regarding Task Force member duties, time commitments and to apply. The Farm to School program is a program that connects “K through 12” schools and local farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition, providing agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities, and supporting local and regional farmers.

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