GESSLER TO BE QUESTIONED ABOUT OFFICE’S BUDGET
State lawmakers who oversee the budget think Secretary of State Scott Gessler will have to cut spending by $2.5 million and eliminate one or two positions to balance his office’s budget. Gessler blames the budget problems on a Democratic bill which changed election rules. However, it was reported last month that Gessler’s decision to cut fees reduced what had been the office’s $7 million surplus. Members of the Joint Budget Committee are concerned and have asked Gessler for details about his plans to balance the budget. Gessler spokesman Rich Coolidge says much of what the committee members said was “blatantly wrong” and that the secretary would be more than happy to talk to them. Pictured: Scott Gessler
GRANTS MADE AVAILABLE FOR CONSERVATION EFFORTS
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting applications for competitive grants to develop and accelerate conservation approaches and technologies on private agricultural and forest lands. About $15 million will be made available nationwide by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Priority will be given to applications that relate to nutrient management, energy conservation, soil health, air quality, climate change, wildlife, economics, sociology, environmental markets, food safety, historically underserved groups, or assessments of past CIG projects. In the 10 years that NRCS has administered the program, grants have helped develop water quality trading markets, demonstrated ways to increase fertilizer water and energy efficiencies, as well as address other resource concerns. The grant program enables NRCS to work with public and private partners to accelerate technology development and adopt promising approaches to address natural resource concerns. For more about the program, or to apply online, visit the appropriate link below.
GARDNER WANTS ANSWERS REGARDING HIGH PROPANE PRICES
Representative Cory Gardner (CO-04) sent a letter to President Obama yesterday regarding the ongoing propane crisis currently taking place across the country, and specifically in Colorado. Gardner has heard from numerous constituents complaining of significantly higher propane prices, and has asked the Obama Administration for answers as costs for consumers continue to rise. In the letter, Gardner asks the president whether any relief to the crisis is in the immediate future, whether any regulatory limitations are getting in the way of a solution, and whether there are any other relief actions being considered. It’s been reported that propane prices have tripled in some areas during stretches of below freezing weather. Pictured: Cory Gardner
BROPHY LOOKING FORWARD TO DEBATES
State Senator Greg Brophy is reiterating his commitment to debating fellow Republicans running for Governor. Brophy says that through debates, voters get the opportunity to hear distinctions between candidates that are nearly impossible to discover through websites and campaign flyers. He says debates also help candidates strengthen and clarify their campaigns as they go into the general election. State Senator Greg Brophy questions those that aren’t committed to the debate process. He says not participating in debates among fellow republicans will leave a candidate wanting when facing the incumbant in a later debate. Senator Brophy has agreed to participate in an upcoming debate and is open to other debate opportunities leading up to the State Assembly on April 12th. Pictured: Greg Brophy
Moffat County beat Battle Mountain 64-14
Moffat County defeated Coal Ridge 60-18
The Hayden girls lost to West Grand (58-53).
The Meeker boys beat Vail Christian (62-51).
The SoRoCo girls beat North Park (77-49)
Steamboat’s boys beat Palisade (61-54). The girls lost (39-34).
Moffat County hosts Basalt. The girls play at 2 the boys at 3:30
Hayden welcomes North Park. The girls tip off at 3. The boys at 4:30
Meeker’s boys and girls travel to Little Snake River Valley
The Rangely boys and girls go to Vail Christian
The SoRoCo Boys and girls host West Grand
Steamboat is at home against Delta. The girls play at 2:30. The boys at 4
In Ice Hockey:
Steamboat is at home against Standley Lake at 3
Moffat County continues at the Conference Championships at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction
Hayden wrestles in Meeker at 9am
Rangely is at the Crowley County Invitational.