NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS FOR TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20TH

HAYDEN BLOCKS ENERGY COMPANY FROM USING AREA ROADS

The town of Hayden won’t let a Wyoming energy company use existing roads to reach well sites in rural areas.  The town council denied a request from Casper-based True Oil to bring heavy trucks and oil rig equipment through town last week.  There are two schools, aging bridges and many homes along the proposed route. Mayor Jim Haskins said the town shouldn’t let the company use the roads unless it is willing to pay for improvements or repairs, alluding to towns in North Dakota who have had to repair roads because of oil boom traffic there.  Unlike in the coal industry, Haskins said the jobs brought by drilling wouldn’t bring a long-term benefit to the town.

 

CONGRESSMAN SCOTT TIPTON STRESSES THE IMPORTANCE OF “SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY”

Congressman Scott Tipton is encouraging people to support local businesses on “Small Business Saturday”, which is THIS Saturday. Tipton, who chairs the House Small Business Subcommittee on Energy, Agriculture and Trade, is a cosponsor of a House Resolution expressing support for the designation of a “Small Business Saturday” and supporting efforts to increase awareness of the value of locally owned small businesses.  Tipton says “small businesses are responsible for the creation of 7 out of 10 new jobs in this country, and are vital to our economic recovery”.   He says ‘Small Business Saturday’ is a great way to get a jump on holiday shopping while supporting community businesses, stimulating the local economy, and strengthening Main Street.  For small business owners that wish to participate, there are free marketing resources available through the Small Business Administration to help spread the word and encourage people to shop local.  For more information including a list of participating local retailers, and free promotional materials available to businesses, click here.

 

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS NEED DONATIONS

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Craig and Steamboat are asking the public to help support their organizations.  The Club now serves half the youth ages 6 to 14 in Craig and Steamboat.  The club says those numbers create a situation in which both are operating with virtually no reserves.  Organizers say the club creates more than just a friendly atmosphere where kids can spend time after school.  Volunteer tutors also help kids with homework, boosting student performance.  Club reps say they would welcome donations of any size to help keep them going.  The Boys and Girls Club of Craig will hold their Cowboy Christmas fundraiser December 1st.  For more information, go to the events page.

 

FISH SCREEN PROJECT STARTED NEAR RIFLE

Colorado Parks and Wildlife has started work on a construction project to install a long-sought fish screen in Rifle Creek and officials say it will be complete and operational by spring of 2013. Fed by Rifle Gap Reservoir, the creek is a tributary to the Colorado River.  A majority of the funding for the project came from sportsmen’s dollars, generated from the sale of fishing and hunting licenses.  The screen will prevent non-native fish that have escaped from Rifle Gap Reservoir and into Rifle Creek from progressing downstream to the Colorado River where they can be harmful to native fish populations.  The Recovery Program is a multi-state and multi-agency effort headed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with a goal to recover four, endangered fish found only in the Upper Colorado River system – the Colorado pikeminnow, razorback sucker, bonytail chub, and humpback chub.

 

COLORADO SCHOOLS GETTING HELP FROM GATES FOUNDATION

Colorado is getting some help from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Governor John Hickenlooper and Lt. Governor Joe Garcia announced an education funding grant from the foundation yesterday at the state Capitol. Members of the Colorado Legacy Foundation joined them.  The grant is dedicated to increasing student achievement by having effective school leaders and teachers and igniting a passion for learning in all students.

 

TREAD OF PIONEERS MUSEUM CLOSED FOR REMODELING

The Tread of Pioneers Museum in Steamboat is closed for remodeling.  Museum officials say the renovations should keep the facility closed for no more than a couple of weeks.  The museum will open back up on a limited basis December 4th.  A grand opening is scheduled for some time in January, at which time the rest of the museum will open up.  For more information, click here.

 

BENNET PUSHES FOR NATIONAL MUSEUM FOR WOMEN

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet signed on as a cosponsor to a bill that would create a panel to examine and recommend how and where to best establish a museum in our nation’s capital dedicated to women’s history. The bipartisan bill was introduced by Senator Susan Collins of Maine in September.  Although Congress has authorized various other museums such as the National Museum for African American History and Culture, the National Law Enforcement Museum, and the National Museum of the American Indian, there is no institution in the capital region dedicated to women.  The National Women’s History Museum Commission Act would establish a commission, similar to what was done for the African American History and Culture Museum, to develop a feasible plan for constructing a women’s history museum in Washington, D.C.  The bill would have no cost to taxpayers.