NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS FOR TUESDAY, JULY 9TH

TIPTON TO TAKE PART IN WILDFIRE PREVENTION DISCUSSIONS

The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation will hold an oversight hearing Thursday on “Wildfire and Forest Management.”  The hearing will discuss the current wildfire season and ways to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire through proactive, healthy forest management. Representative Scott Tipton will be a part of that discussion.  He says while factors such as prolonged drought continue to raise the risk of wildfire, it is imperative that the federal government actively address the one issue within its control: hazardous fuels. Unnatural, excessive growth and unhealthy forests increase the risk of wildfire. Active management helps protect and restore forests while also helping local economies and creating jobs.  Tipton has made wildfire prevention in the nation’s forests a top priority during his time in Congress.

 

BENNET RAFTS THROUGH DINOSAUR MONUMENT

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and his family took a two day rafting trip on the Green River through Lodore Canyon in Dinosaur National Monument as part of their family’s Fourth of July week trip through the Western Slope. Bennet and his family were joined on the river by a diverse group of stakeholders who took the opportunity to come together for a more casual and informal discussion about a variety of public lands and natural resources issues facing the area, the state and the nation.  The 21 mile trip through class III rapids began at the “Gates of Lodore” and ended at Echo Park, the site of the proposed Echo Park Dam, one of America’s first major environmental debates in the 1950’s. The raft trip mirrored a journey many newspaper editors, elected officials and leaders took down the river at the urging of local outfitters, who were opposed to a proposed Echo Park Dam, which ultimately was not built. More recently, Dinosaur National Monument and the surrounding area have been the subject of an array of public lands policy debates including mineral leasing and endangered species issues.  The trip was led by the owner of Adventure Bound River Expeditions and Chair of Club 20 Tourism Committee Tom Kleinschnitz. Other attendees on the trip included sportsmen, conservationists, officials from the Department of Interior, water experts, and members of the oil and gas industry.

 

GERRITSON WILL SPEAK AT STEAMBOAT INSTITUTE TONIGHT

Becky Gerritson will speak at the Steamboat Institute tonight.  Gerritson is co-founder of the Wetumpka, Alabama TEA Party.  She is leading the charge to repeal the Common Core educational standards currently instituted in Alabama and 46 other states. She has also garnered much national attention for her compelling testimony before the House committee investigating IRS abuse and intimidation of conservative organizations.  She has appeared on several national news programs, including Fox & Friends, the Sean Hannity Show, Fox Business Network, CNN and others.  In 2011, Alabama Governor Bentley tapped Gerritson to serve on the Alabama Constitutional Revision Committee.  Tonight’s appearance will be at 5:30 at the Ranch at Steamboat.  The cost is $10 per person.  Students and Young Professionals under the age of 30 get in free.

 

GESSLER MOVING TOWARD UNIFORM VOTING SYSTEM

Secretary of State Scott Gessler is moving Colorado to a statewide Uniform Voting System. Under a uniform system, all Colorado voters will have the same voting experience on the same voting equipment. The processes for issuing, casting and counting votes will be uniform throughout the state.  Part of the selection process is asking vendors to propose voting equipment through a Request for Proposal.  The RFP will contain “system requirements”. Voting system vendors will use these requirements in developing their proposals.  A working draft of the requirements has been posted on the Secretary of State’s website for public review and comment between now and Monday.  Among the information sought, officials would like to know if there are requirements that seem unnecessary, if there are new requirements that you propose, and if you believe a requirement should be altered.

 

BRENT ROWAN AND GUESTS TO TAKE TO STRINGS STAGE FRIDAY

Once again, two-time Academy of Country Music Guitarist of the year Brent Rowan will bring his Music Row friends home to Steamboat and the stage at Strings Music Festival.  Rowan has played with countless pop and country artists to record more than 15,000 sessions, among them George Strait, Shania Twain, Sting, Brian Wilson, Randy Travis, Neil Diamond, Olivia Newton-John, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Alabama.  He has also produced gold and platinum records for Joe Nichols, Blake Shelton and Julie Roberts.  Joanna Smith and Jason Matthews are up and coming singers and songwriters who will join Rowan for a concert Friday night in the Strings Music Pavillion.  The concert starts at 8 and tickets are $45 each.  You can find more information by clicking here.

 

DIRTY DAWG DASH AND DIG SET FOR SATURDAY

The Moffat County Dirty Dawg Dash and Dig takes place at Loudy Simpson Park Saturday.  The Dawg Dash is a 5k obstacle course, with no less than 10 obstacles, including a mud pit, an extreme slip and slide, and an arctic plunge.  Participants can take part individually or as teams.  Those who don’t pre-register are encouraged to get there early, as registration starts at 8.  The 1st heat will take off at 9, and the 2nd at 10.  Check-in for the Dirty Dig Mud Volleyball Tournament is at 11.  16 teams will take part in a double elimination tournament.  Play begins at noon.  There will also be prizes awarded for best costumes.   You can find out more information by clicking here.

 

HOSPICE PICNIC PLANNED FOR NEXT WEEK

Former and current hospice patients and their caregivers will be the featured guests at a picnic hosted by the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association next week.  The picnic will be held at Veterans Park, also known as the south end of Craig City Park.  Everyone is invited to attend.  Food and drinks will be provided by the Hospice staff and volunteers.  Anyone who shows up is welcome to bring a side dish or a dessert.  The picnic will be July 18th at noon.  If you need more information, call 871-7682.