Next week, Mark Udall will hold events in Moffat, Grand and Routt counties to highlight his work to support local job creation, promote public-private partnerships to encourage a smarter forest and land management strategy, and develop a balanced national energy portfolio.  Tuesday, Udall will tour Hester Log and Lumber in Kremmling to learn more about challenges facing the timber industry and ways that public-private partnerships can improve forest management and promote healthier forests.  Then, Udall will host an alternative energy roundtable with local businesses in Steamboat Springs. This roundtable discussion on alternative energy is part of Udall’s energy outreach tour which highlights ways Colorado is leading the nation on energy independence.  Afterward, Udall will visit with the students enrolled in the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (RMYC) summer program. Udall will visit with the youth and participate in trail cleanup of the Tombstone Trail project in Clark. The RMYC runs a variety of programs for students interested in the environment and offers the students opportunities to spend their summer working in the outdoors.  Wednesday, Udall will start the day touring Rogue Resources’ Mountain Pine Manufacturing, who has been working closely with local, state and federal entities to help mitigate the pine beetle outbreak while creating good-paying jobs.  Rogue Resources recently received a $300,000 USDA grant to expand its market to invest in wood straw products that can be used for erosion control.  Next, Udall will host a land trust roundtable with land trust leaders in Hayden to discuss federal land protection and figure out ways that these public-private partnerships can work better to protect our land and provide good-paying jobs.  Finally, Udall will tour Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association’s Craig station to learn about the innovative ways the plant is using coal byproduct to create stronger building materials, such as concrete for highway paving. This stop on Udall’s energy outreach tour highlights how Colorado’s all-of-the-above energy portfolio is leading the nation in innovation and energy security.



Rio Blanco County’s chapters of the VFW and the Ladies Auxiliary invite you to the dedication of the Rio Blanco County Veterans Memorial.  The monument was sculpted by John Kobald, a local artist, and is one of the first monuments depicting a modern day infantry soldier honoring all men and women of our county who have served during peace time and war.  The dedication will take place immediately following the Range Call Parade in Meeker on July 4th at 10 on the lawn in front of the County Courthouse located at 6th and Main.



Applications are now available for any young ladies interested in running for 2014 Routt County Fair Royalty.  The competition includes an application, essay, speech/interview, and an undercover judge’s score and is open to all Routt county girls ages 8-18.  4-H membership and a horse are not required. Applications are due July 15th and try-outs are July 28th.  For more information on becoming an ambassador for the 100th Annual Routt County Fair call 638-1021.  Applications are available at the Routt County Extension Office, Colorado Embroidery, or may be downloaded here.


Colorado Parks and Wildlife is accepting applications for new district wildlife manager trainees. Applications will be accepted until August 2nd.  District wildlife managers are multipurpose wildlife professionals. They are some of the public faces of the agency, living in the communities where they work. The wildlife manager’s role includes law enforcement, resource management, public education and applying biological expertise to benefit wildlife and people.  Trainees undergo a nearly year-long training process that includes Colorado law enforcement certification through a police academy. They will work under the guidance of a commissioned officer to enforce wildlife laws and regulations, and investigate alleged violations, among other responsibilities. They will receive training in the proper use of ATVs, snowmobiles and boats, as well as defensive driving, and much more. Following successful completion of all training elements, district wildlife managers are assigned to one of the 135 districts around the state.  This entry-level position is open to Colorado residents who have a college degree in wildlife management, biology or a closely related field. Applications are also accepted from existing, experienced natural resource professionals seeking a career change.  For a full list of requirements about the job and to apply, click here.


Democrats trying to block a recall election of state Senate President John Morse have brought another allegation that the petition is invalid.  El Paso County Democrats on Friday accused the opponents of Morse of committing fraud by forging at least 50 names on recall petitions.  Morse and another Democratic senator are being targeted for recalls because they voted for gun control laws. Morse is awaiting a state decision on his first challenge, that the recall effort against him is invalid because the petitions weren’t properly worded. That challenge is pending in the secretary of state’s office.  Democratic Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo is expected to make a similar petition language challenge next week.  The secretary of state’s office has said both recall petitions have enough signatures to force recall elections.


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