MOFFAT COUNTY BALLOON FESTIVAL TAKES PLACE THIS WEEKEND
The Moffat County Balloon Festival takes place at Loudy Simpson Park this weekend. The events kick off this morning with a Balloon launch at 6. A fundraising pancake breakfast will be served from 7 to 10. Craft vendors will be set up at 9, and kids activities will take place all day. At 1 there will be a pie eating contest, and at 2 there will be a kite flying contest. The Beer Garden opens at 3, and live music by Bennie and the Jets, an Elton John tribute band, starts at 6. The Balloon Glow takes place at 8:15 tonight. Another balloon launch will go on tomorrow morning at 6. Total Entertainment will provide music both days. Admission is free, however you are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item as a donation to the Craig Community Kitchen. For more information about the Moffat County Balloon Festival, click here.
CAR SHOW TODAY IN HAYDEN
The Hayden School District and the Hayden Heritage Museum will host a car show today. The show will be located at the Babson-Carpenter Career and Technical Education Center in the middle of town. Over 100 classic cars are expected along with fire trucks, ATVs, dirt bikes, side by sides, and tractors. There will also be food and music available throughout the day. The show starts at 9 this morning, and will run until 3 this afternoon.
BLM OFFERS NEARLY 7,500 ACRES FOR LEASE SALES
The BLM’s Little Snake Field Office yesterday released a preliminary environmental assessment for public review that evaluates offering 9 parcels totaling 7,435 acres north of Craig in its February 13th oil and gas lease sale. Nineteen additional parcels were nominated totaling 16,941 acres in priority Greater Sage-grouse habitat in Moffat County, but will not be offered in this sale. Of the 7,435 acres being considered, 2,078 are BLM-managed surface and 5,357 are private lands with federal minerals. The State of Colorado receives 49 percent of the proceeds of each lease sale. In Fiscal Year 2011, Colorado received more than $154 million from royalties, rentals and bonus bid payments for all federal minerals, including oil and gas. Statewide, there are more than 22,900 jobs tied to mineral and energy development on public lands. The EA, a list of the parcels and the attached stipulations are available here. Additional information on the February lease sale is available here. Written comments must be received by Sept. 3, and may be submitted via e-mail to email@example.com or by mail to the Little Snake Field Office, 455 Emerson St., Craig, CO 81625.
PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT ON PATH FORWARD
In 2011, Colorado’s legislature merged the Division of Wildlife and Colorado State Parks to create Colorado Parks and Wildlife. As part of the process, legislators directed the new agency’s leadership to provide strategic direction by preparing a five-year plan, dubbed the ‘Path Forward’, to account for cost savings, efficiencies and other effects of the merger. August 14th, at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Hunter Education complex in Grand Junction, Western Slope residents will have an opportunity to meet and discuss the merger and the Path Forward with agency personnel. Instead of a formal presentation, the meeting will follow an ‘open house’ format with CPW staff available for informal discussion and comments between 6 and 8 that evening. Among the topics of discussion that may be brought up include how the five-year merger plan has combined the goals of the former Division of Wildlife and Colorado State Parks into a unified strategy regarding everything from big game management to trail and park development. To learn more about the Path Forward, click here.
OHV RIDERS URGED TO USE CAUTION ON BACK ROADS
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding OHV operators to use caution when riding back roads. In Colorado, from 1982 through 2011, the Colorado State Patrol reports that 157 people were killed in OHV-related accidents–including 26 children under the age of 16. Nationally, from 1982 to 2010, 11,000 people died in OHV accidents, 25 percent of them under age 16. Even though there are no regulations governing how many people can ride on an OHV, passengers often interfere with the driver. Drivers can be ticketed in those situations. On trails, OHV drivers should be extra careful if they see horses approaching. Some horses spook easily if they see something they don’t recognize. Reporting of OHV accidents is required by Colorado law. Overall, OHV owners and operators are reminded that in many situations they share the road with much larger vehicles, and on steep backcountry roads OHVs are not as stable as regular four-wheel drive vehicles. To learn more about OHVs safety and regulations, click here.
GARDNER APPLAUDS BILLS PROTECTING BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS
Yesterday, Representative Cory Gardner applauded the passage of two bills he cosponsored to protect American families and small businesses from federal government overreach. The Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act would require Congressional approval of regulations that are projected to cost more than $100 million annually. Currently, federal agencies like the EPA create rules and regulations that have major economic impacts. The REINS Act ensures that new rules and regulations with a major price tag receive an up-or-down vote by the elected representatives of the American people. Also passing out of the House yesterday was H.R. 2009, the Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act, which would prevent the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from implementing any part of the President’s healthcare law. The IRS is currently slated to have a role in nearly 50 different aspects of implementing and enforcing the healthcare law’s thousands of pages of rules and regulations. The House bill comes amid investigations into allegations that the IRS acted improperly in targeting certain political groups for extra scrutiny.