BILODEAU LEAVING CNCC FOR JOB IN SOUTH DAKOTA
Earlier this week Gene Bilodeau, Vice President of the Craig CNCC Campus announced that he has accepted appointment as Executive Director for the University Center in Rapid City, South Dakota. The University Center is a partnership among South Dakota’s six public universities: Black Hills State University, Dakota State University, Northern State University, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, South Dakota State University and the University of South Dakota, working cooperatively to deliver accessible high-quality education in one convenient location. At the University Center, students can enroll in Certificate, Associate, Bachelor, Master or Doctoral programs. Blilodeau has been with CNCC since 1994. CNCC will host a reception honoring his service to CNCC and to the Craig and Moffat County community at a later date. The college will commence a nationwide search for a replacement to serve as Vice President of the Craig Campus as Bilodeau leaves the position by this year’s end.
CHRISTMAS TREE CUTTING PERMITS ON SALE IN RIO BLANCO COUNTY
Permits for cutting Christmas trees on Bureau of Land Management lands within designated areas of the White River Field Office are now on sale. Permits are $10 per tree and may be purchased at the White River Field Office in Meeker, Monday through Friday between 7:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Permits are also available at the Rio Blanco County Clerk Office in Rangely. Pinyon pine and junipers are the only types of trees that may be cut. The BLM allows three permits per household at a time to be purchased for family and friends for personal use. Maps of designated cutting areas can be found online, or at the White River Field Office. Maps are also available when purchasing permits. BLM recommends bringing along a hand saw, rope or twine, extra food, water and blankets. Many of the areas will have limited vehicle access depending on snow depths. Weather and road conditions can change quickly. Four-wheel drive vehicles equipped with tire chains, a shovel and emergency supplies are recommended for all cutting areas.
FUNDRAISER TOMORROW FOR CRAIG FAMILY THAT LOST HOME IN FIRE
A fundraiser will be held tomorrow for Kevin and Christina Oxley and family. The family’s Craig home burned Sunday after flames from a barbecue grill caught the house on fire, destroying the entire upper floor, and a good portion of the 1st story. The Oxleys were not hurt as they quickly evacuated, without any of their belongings. The Craig Chamber has stepped up to collect donations of immediate needs for the family, while they get back on their feet. Tomorrow’s fundraiser, a “Skate and Soup” will be held at Loudy Simpson Ice Arena tomorrow afternoon from 1 to 4. Soup and cocoa will be sold, with the proceeds going to the Oxleys. The Moffat County Commissioners are considering whether to donate their proceeds from skate rentals and skate session time.
LAWMAKERS MOVE TO EXEMPT MINERAL ROYALTIES FROM SEQUESTRATION
Legislators have introduced the bipartisan Return Our State Shares Act to ensure that mineral royalty payments and resources from sportsmen and restoration trust funds that are owed to Colorado, Louisiana, and other states, will no longer be wrongfully subject to the sequester. The mineral leasing revenues are dispersed to states and communities that depend on the funds to help run local governments and schools and provide other critical community services. The sportsmen and restoration trust funds provide habitat and other environmental improvements to states and other constituencies. All of the funds in question are generated from the private sector, passed through the federal government and are then dispersed to states and other entities on a monthly or regular basis. As part of the automatic budget cuts commonly referred to as “sequestration,” and despite the fact that these are funds owed to states under law and are not taxpayer dollars pulled from the Treasury, the Interior Department and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) plan to continue to withhold millions in royalty and trust fund payments through each fiscal year. At the end of each year they will return the onshore mineral royalties and restoration funds to states in one lump sum. Lawmakers say withholding the payments from states and communities until the end of the year disrupts important predictability and has the potential to harm their budgeting and borrowing processes.
GROUP CALLS ON OBAMA TO ADDRESS GRIEVANCES OR RESIGN
A group headed by the founder of the conservative Freedom Watch is calling on President Obama and other lawmakers to address its “legitimate grievances” or resign from office. The Reclaim America Now Coalition is set to hold a protest across from the White House on November 19th. The group plans to address reports of widespread National Security Agency surveillance and other instances of Obama’s “cover-up of various scandals.” The group said the government needs to fear the people. The group said it will give Obama and other officials a list of demands, which they can address or they will be encouraged to resign. It was not immediately clear what the specific demands are. The speakers’ agenda includes Benghazi, the healthcare law, immigration and other topics.
COLORADO’S EDUCATION SCORES SIMILAR TO LAST YEAR
Colorado’s fourth-graders improved their performance in math and reading according to the latest results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as The Nation’s Report Card. Eighth-grade student scores in math and reading were not significantly different than the 2011 scores. In 2013, the average math score for fourth-grade students in Colorado was 247 out of 500. The average math score for eighth-grade students in Colorado was 290. In 2013, the average reading score for fourth-grade students in Colorado was 227. The average reading score for eighth-grade students in Colorado was 271. All Colorado scores were higher than that of the nation’s public schools.
SENATE PASSES ENDA
A bipartisan group of Senators voted yesterday to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in the Senate. The final vote was 64-32. ENDA makes it illegal to hire or fire a person based on their sexual orientation. Under current federal employment law sexual orientation is not a protected class, meaning it’s legal to terminate someone based on their sexual identity. In 2007, the state of Colorado passed the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act which prevents hiring or firing based on sexual orientation.
In high school sports:
Meeker plays Ridgway in the first round of the state playoffs in Denver.
The Denver Broncos host San Diego Sunday. You can catch the game live on 55 Country with the pre-game at noon and the kick-off at 2:30.