SWARTOUT HELPING TO INVESTIGATE ENVIRONMENTAL THREATS
The most recent addition to Governor John Hickenlooper’s staff, John Swartout, is working with various agencies and industry executives to investigate a threatening letter by Wild Earth Guardians sent to various rural electric cooperatives throughout the state. The letter threatens litigation if the industry does not adopt standards yet to be proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency. In effect, Swartout says they’re threatening to sue over a law that doesn’t even exist. He says he has met with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Mining Association, and will meet with Tri-State officials next week. Craig Station was the main focus of the threats. Swartout says the EPA and extreme environmentalists have an agenda that includes killing the coal industry, and he and the governor’s office is trying to get “in front of it”. Swartout was made aware of the letter through communication with Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid, who has also asked for help from Senator Michael Bennet. Kinkaid says Bennet has yet to respond. Pictured: John Swartout
SPRING BRINGS SEASONAL OPENINGS AT DINOSAUR NATIONAL MONUMENT
With the arrival of spring, Dinosaur National Monument will offer expanded services for visitors. On the Utah side of the monument, the Quarry Visitor Center is open daily from 9 to 5. It features exhibits, a film, a gift shop, and also serves as the departure point for car caravans to the Quarry Exhibit Hall with the wall of dinosaur fossils and exhibits about dinosaurs. The Split Mountain Group and Green River campgrounds will begin offering water starting a week from today, and camping fees will be charged. On the Colorado side of the monument, the Harpers Corner Road will open next Friday for the season. The Canyon Visitor Center which is located at the start of the Harpers Corner Road will open on weekends starting April 12th and daily beginning on May 10th. The Gates of Lodore Campground and the Deerlodge Park Campground will have water available starting May 3rd. On May 16th, water will be available at the Echo Park Campground. Once the water is turned on, camping fees at all three campgrounds will be $8.00 per site, per night. For more information, click here.
SENIOR PLANNING GROUP TO MEET TOMORROW
The Senior Center Action Group in Craig will meet tomorrow at 10 in room 201 in the Career Technical Education Building on the Main campus of CNCC. The purpose of the meeting will be to continue the organizing process. Work will continue on the mission and vision statements, and they’ll hear committee reports and plan for the next meeting. Anyone interested in becoming active in this project is encouraged to attend. For more information call 326-6605.
TIPTON RAISES CONCERNS OVER ANOTHER E.P.A. WATER GRAB
Yesterday, Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) raised concerns that a draft Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule announced this week would drastically broaden the agency’s regulatory authority over wetlands and waterways. The EPA’s draft rule redefines “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act to include bodies of all sizes and flows-virtually every form of surface water. In a statement, Tipton said, “This draft EPA rule could amount to a massive water grab by the federal government, the scope of which has never been seen. The stakes are incredibly high for Colorado, and for all water users.” Tipton compared the rule to the recently scrapped Blueways Order, which was killed when western lawmakers complained about the potential for regulation overreach. Tipton said, “Much like we saw with the federal Blueways Order, this new rule has the potential to further the Administration’s erosion of state water law, jeopardize municipalities, communities and economies that rely on long-held individual water rights for their livelihood, and derail a century of local conservation efforts to responsibly protect and manage our precious water supply.” This month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed with bipartisan support Congressman Tipton’s legislation to uphold state water law and protect private water rights from uncompensated federal takings. You can view both the full draft of the EPA’s new rule, and the entire Water Rights Protection Act by clicking the appropriate link below. Pictured: Scott Tipton
DEMOCRATS VOTE TO REMOVE PROVISIONS IN RECALL LAWS
Colorado’s Senate has voted to scrub state election law to remove arcane provisions in the state’s century-old recall elections law. But the Democratic chamber made the vote over fiery objections from Republicans. Republicans accused Democrats of trying to change the rules after two of their own became the first senators in state history ousted in recall elections. Sponsoring Democrats say the flaws were exposed last year when former Senators Angela Giron and John Morse were recalled by voters and replaced with Republicans. Both supported gun control measures opposed by the GOP. Recall deadlines set in the state constitutions prevented those elections from being conducted by mail. Democrats say those deadlines need to be adjusted, but Republicans say the Legislature doesn’t have that authority.
GARDNER LAUNCHES AD LINKING UDALL TO OBAMACARE
Congressman Cory Gardner has launched an advertising campaign that focuses on Mark Udall’s health care record. The ad uses clips from a radio interview Udall did earlier this week, in which he said that he would absolutely vote for Obamacare again. In the clip, the interviewer asks the question twice, and twice, Udall indicates that despite the hundreds of thousand that have lost their coverage due to the new law, he would vote the same. He did indicate there might be a few things that could be changed. The ad did not focus on what has been called the “Lie of the Year”, in which several Democrats, including Udall and President Obama, promised that people would not lose their current coverage or doctor if they wanted to keep them. Pictured: Cory Gardner
RUNAWAY COLORADO TEENS CAUGHT IN STOLEN PICK-UP IN WYOMING
A pair of teenage runaways were caught in a stolen pickup the same day it was reported missing from a home in Point of Rocks. That’s according to the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office. The theft was reported Tuesday morning. Deputies broadcast a description of the Dodge and entered it into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database. Only hours later, an Evanston police officer spotted the pickup and stopped it. In it were two male juveniles, who turned out to be runaways from Colorado. Both were taken into custody without incident. Authorities believe the two juveniles reached central Sweetwater County in a vehicle stolen in Colorado. That vehicle became stuck on a natural gas line near Point of Rocks and was abandoned. They then allegedly took the truck they were found in. The investigation continues.
In high school sports:
In boys lacrosse:
Steamboat topped Eagle Valley (22-0).
Rangely is on the road to Paonia for a double header starting at 2:30.
In girls soccer:
Moffat County hosts Rangely at 4.
In girls lacrosse:
Steamboat goes to Battle Mountain at 4.
In girls tennis:
Steamboat heads to Fossil Ridge at 3:30.
Little Snake river Valley goes to the Natrona Invite in Casper at 9.
Soroco competes in Broomfield at 1.
Moffat County hosts a double header with Gunnison with the first game starting at 11.
Meeker goes to Hotchkiss for a double header, with the first game starting at 11.
Steamboat hosts a double header with Summit.
In girls soccer:
Steamboat heads to Battle Mountain at 5.
In boys lacrosse:
Steamboat hosts Battle Mountain at 11.
Rangely goes to Cedaredge at 9.
In girls tennis:
Steamboat travels to Thompson Valley.