INTERIOR DIRECTOR SALLY JEWELL WILL REPORTEDLY VISIT MOFFAT COUNTY
Reports have Interior Secretary Sally Jewell visiting Moffat County sometime next week. The details of the visit haven’t been released, but sources say Jewell will be visiting areas where local Sage Grouse conservation efforts have been made. She will likely also hear from community leaders who will try to impress upon her how listing the grouse as an endangered species would hurt the economies of several counties on the Western Slope. Congressman Scott Tipton says his understanding is that Jewell will be in Moffat County on the 21st, but that hasn’t been confirmed. Tipton says he gives some credit to Governor John Hickenlooper for getting Jewell over to the Western Slope, as her initial plans did not have her traveling past Denver. Jewell’s visit is not expected to be a public one. Pictured: Sally Jewell
CNCC SEARCHING FOR REPLACEMENT FOR GENE BILODEAU
This week Colorado Northwestern Community College began a state-wide and nation-wide search for applicants to fill the position of Vice President on the Craig Campus. This position was formerly held by Gene Bilodeau, who is moving to take a position in South Dakota. The college is looking for a strong academic and career technical manager. This new vice president will be a leader who continues to build on the strong relationship between CNCC and the Craig, Moffat, and South Routt county communities. CNCC is looking for a person with a background in economic development who will help the college and community grow together. The goal is to get the new vice president on the job as soon as possible as the spring semester is now in full progress and planning for the next big academic year is beginning. Locals interested in applying are urged to contact CNCC President Russell George.
TIPTON DISTURBED BY ACTIONS OF E.P.A.
Congressman Scott Tipton is speaking out about two EPA employees who recently stated they were directed to ignore Freedom of Information Act requests dealing with the EPA’s decisions regarding clean air regulations. The Energy & Environment Legal Institute came out with a report earlier this week, that said the EPA is not playing fair when it comes to their effort to make fossil fuel energy sources scarce in America. Tipton says he’s disturbed by the constant overreach of federal agencies. Tipton says when employees say they were directed to deny information, it shows that we’ve got a “bureaucracy that’s out of control.” He says the E.P.A. is the poster child for that statement. Pictured: Scott Tipton
MEETINGS TO BE HELD IN CRAIG ON POTENTIAL SENIOR FACILITY
A group researching interest on a new senior facility will hold a couple of meetings to further gauge interest. This will be the second of several meetings the group plans to hold, and participants will go over answers to questions raised at the first meeting. The group is trying to determine whether the community would like to see a place where seniors can gather for meetings, exercise, and more. The idea would be to have facility that would also be open to the general public. The research is still in its infant stages, and organizers are open to any and all input. The meetings will be held tomorrow from 9 to 10:30 and Monday night at 7:30, both at the CNCC Craig Campus. For more information, call 326-8726.
STEAMBOAT SALES TAX FIGURES RELEASED
The City of Steamboat has published the final November 2013 Sales, Use, and Accommodation Tax Report. November sales taxes are 6.17% greater than the November 2012 collections. Year-to-date through November the City sales tax continues to be up by more than 6% when compared to the same period in 2012. All industry categories saw increases over November 2012, most significantly in Lodging and Sporting Goods. The Mountain area saw the largest increase with 23.33% over the same month last year. Accommodation Tax collections increased almost 36% when compared to last November, reflecting the strong Lodging numbers, however November isn’t a large month for lodging. This brings the total amount collected in 2013 through November to more than $600,000.
HICKENLOOPER SUPPORTS BRINGING R.N.C. TO DENVER
Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper is supporting a campaign by Colorado Republicans to bring the 2016 national GOP convention to Denver. Hickenlooper’s spokesman confirmed he would back the bid. A spokeswoman for Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, also a Democrat, says he is open to the idea, but no host committee has been formed so his potential role hasn’t been determined. A private meeting to kick off the bid is planned today. Hickenlooper is scheduled to attend, along with former Senator Hank Brown, a Republican. The Democrats held their national convention in Denver in 2008, formally nominating Barack Obama for his first term.
IN HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
Steamboat’s girls lost to Eagle Valley (49-34). The boys won (59-39).
The Rangely boys topped West Grand (53-49). The girls lost (55-44).
Hayden is home against Hotchkiss. The girls tip off at 7 and the boys at 8:30.
Meeker heads to West Grand. The girls play at 5:30 and the boys at 7.
Soroco goes to Paonia. The girls play at 4 and the boys at 5:30.
Little Snake River Valley hosts Big Piney. The girls tip off at 3:30 and the boys at 5.
Moffat County girls defeated Basalt 99-19
Moffat County boys beat Basalt 62-36
Moffat County goes to a dual in Green River.
Rangely hosts a Triangular with Hayden and Duchesne, Utah attending.
Meeker hosts a dual with Paonia.
Steamboat goes to Summit at 5:15.
In girls swimming:
Steamboat goes to a meet in Jefferson County.
In alpine skiing:
Steamboat host a meet at Howelson Hill.
Hayden hosts Paonia. The girls play at 3 and the boys at 4:30.
Meeker is hoe against North Park. The girls tip off at 1:30 and the boys at 3.
Soroco hosts Hotchkiss. The girls play at 1 and the boys at 2:30.
Steamboat welcomes Battle Mountain. The girls play at 12:30 and the boys at 2.
Moffat County travels to Cedaredge. You can catch those games live on KRAI with the pre-game at 1:45. The girls tip off at 2 and the boys at 3:30. You can also listen online.
Moffat County continues at Green River.
Rangely hosts Hayden and Meeker at 9.
Steamboat hosts Aspen at 3.
In Nordic skiing:
Steamboat goes to a meet in Aspen at 11.