NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15TH

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FIRE RESTRICTIONS LIFTED IN ROUTT COUNTY/EXTENDED IN CRAIG

As of yesterday, fire restrictions have been lifted in Routt County.  However, fire officials want to remind residents and visitors that it doesn’t mean the fire danger no longer exists.  It simply means the danger is not as high, and that higher humidity and cooler days have reduced the risk of a wildfire spreading.  Outdoor enthusiasts should remain cautious and should continue to practice fire safety.  Campfires should never be left unattended, and use existing fire rings when building them.  Make sure fires are completely extinguished before leaving them.  Fire officials in Routt County are pleased with the lack of wildfire activity this year, and say it is a result of the cooperation of residents and visitors alike.  While things are looking better in Routt County, that’s not quite the case in Moffat County.  Last night, the Craig City Council voted to extend their fire ban for the next 60 days.  Craig Mayor Terry Carwile says Craig just hasn’t gotten the rain, surrounding communities have been getting, and they wanted to extend the ban before it expired this week.  He says the city is not bound to the 60 days, and can rescind the restrictions as soon as the conditions improve.

 

COLORADO HAZE COMES FROM OUT-OF-STATE WILDFIRES

Colorado is experiencing a haze from several wildfires burning in western states.  There are no large fires burning in the state right now, yet the sky has darkened in some areas of the state.  Meteorologists say it’s from fires burning in other states, such as California, Montana, and Washington.  Weather patterns should push the smoke out of the area by sometime tomorrow.  Forecast rain will also help.

 

TIPTON TOURS BUSINESS/PARTICIPATES IN MEETINGS IN STEAMBOAT THIS WEEK

Congressman Scott Tipton is in Steamboat this week, addressing the Colorado Water Congress.  Tipton has made water one of his priorities while in office.  Tipton’s first appearance will be at 3:30 this afternoon at the Steamboat Sheraton, where he’ll participate in a panel discussion on legislation and policy at the Colorado Water Congress.  Tomorrow, Tipton will be at Centennial Hall at 10:30 to take part in a roundtable discussion with farmers and ranchers on issues impacting their operations.  At 2 tomorrow afternoon, the congressman will tour B&K Distributing as part of his ongoing economic listening tour of the 3rd Congressional District.

 

TIPTON TO ANNOUNCE NEW CAMPAIGN AGAINST REGULATION OVERLOAD

Representative Scott Tipton, along with several Colorado Business owners will announce tomorrow the launch of a new campaign aimed at stopping “President Obama’s Regulatory Tidal Wave”.  The effort is part of a nine-state education campaign focused on elevating the stories of its small business members in order to educate the public about the impacts these regulations could impose on small business growth.  The National Federation of Independent Business says poll after poll demonstrates that regulatory burdens are a top reason why small businesses are not hiring at pace with previous years.  In fact, a Gallup poll earlier this year found 85 percent of small businesses surveyed weren’t hiring and about half cited government regulations as the reason.

 

SMART WATER METERS IN STEAMBOAT AFFECTING WIRELESS INTERNET CUSTOMERS

Smart water meters in Steamboat may not be so smart after all.  Two local broadband providers are worried that the thousands of new wireless water meters could disrupt Internet service to as many as 150 of their customers.  The meters are using the same frequency band as wireless Internet users and crossed wires could hurt both sides.  City officials say the company is responsible for fixing any problems.  The company says the wireless water meters are needed for long-distance customers.

 

ROUTT COUNTY FAIR GOING ON THIS WEEK

The Routt County Fair is going on this week.  Market swine and showmanship classes will be held this afternoon.  The FFA alumni fundraiser barbecue will be held at 5 in the Multipurpose Building.  Jackpot roping starts at 6:30 tonight in the outdoor arena.  Then everyone is invited back to the Multipurpose Building for an Ice Cream Social at 7.  There are several livestock shows going on throughout the day tomorrow.  Most take place in the Multipurpose Building, with smaller animals being shown in the Small Animal Barn.  The Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry starts at 6:30 tomorrow evening on the east side of the grandstands.  For a complete schedule, click on the Routt County Fair tile on this page.

 

PAUL RYAN VISITS COLORADO

Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan spoke to an enthusiastic crowd of about 2,000 supporters yesterday in Colorado.  Reports say the crowd broke into song while waiting for Ryan to show up.  While making his case for the White House, Ryan acknowledged the difficult situation that the president inherited, but said Obama has only made things worse.  Ryan says the only way to get back on track is to stop spending money the government doesn’t have.  The Wisconsin congressman is well known for taking an aggressive stance against running deficits.

 

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