CYNTHIA COFFMAN TO VISIT CRAIG MONDAY
Cynthia Coffman, candidate for Colorado Attorney General, will make a visit to northwest Colorado Monday. Coffman plans to be in Craig for a meet and greet Monday afternoon. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. The meet and greet will take place at The Memorial Hospital at Craig at 12:30. For more information, call 629-9762. Pictured: Cynthia Coffman
GARDNER INTRODUCES BILL TO PAY BACK STATES FOR SHUTDOWN
Representative Cory Gardner (CO-4) announced yesterday that he is introducing the Shutdown Windfall Reimbursement Act when the House returns next week. This legislation addresses a windfall payment the National Park Service (NPS) received from states during the October 2013 government shutdown. Six states across the U.S., including Colorado, made an agreement with the NPS to keep parks open during the Government Shutdown, and as a result, paid the federal government upwards of $2 million. Once the government reopened, Congress retroactively refunded all federal agencies. The NPS kept the additional $2 million from the states and were given a backfill payment from the government funding bill. Gardner says the NPS now has a surplus of $2 million that rightfully belongs to these states, $201,500 of which belongs to Colorado. Companion legislation in the U.S. Senate has been introduced by Senator Jeff Flake from Arizona. A recent article from the Arizona Republic concluded that NPS did in fact retain this money. Pictured: Cory Gardner
TOWN HALL STYLE MEETING HELD TO DISCUSS CLOSING MARIJUANA LOOPHOLE
Colorado’s Health Department is held a marijuana town hall yesterday to gauge opinions on closing a legal loophole for medical marijuana caregivers. Caregivers are state-sanctioned marijuana growers who raise pot for people on the medical marijuana registry. Colorado has about 5,000 registered caregivers. Most caregivers have fewer than 30 plants. But some have waivers allowing them to grow hundreds of pot plants without going through background checks and other hoops required of commercial pot growers. The marijuana town hall was an effort to salvage a plan to close this legal loophole through new legislation. The bill has not yet been introduced, but caregivers are skeptical and say they’ll likely oppose the new requirements.
LAWMAKERS URGE EXTENSION OF PILT PROGRAM
Representatives Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Rob Bishop (R-Utah), Scott Tipton (R-Colo.), Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) and Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) are circulating a “Dear Colleague” letter to the leadership of the House Appropriations Committee and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies in support of the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. The lawmakers say unless Congress acts, counties will receive their last fully funded PILT disbursement in June 2014. The PILT program was created in 1976 to offset costs incurred by counties for services provided to federal employees and families, the public and to the users of tax exempt federal lands. These include education, solid waste disposal, law enforcement, search and rescue, health care, environmental compliance, firefighting, parks and recreation and other important community programs. Without mandatory funding, PILT will revert to a discretionary program, subject to the annual appropriations process, and could go back to pre-2008 funding levels which could devastate local government service delivery in areas with significant federal ownership. Pictured: Scott Tipton
SPRINGS 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 TODAY
The Senior Center Action Group in Craig will meet today 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.
In high school sports:
In girls soccer:
Moffat County beat Rangely (8-0).
In girls lacrosse:
Steamboat fell to Battle Mountain (15-0).
In girls tennis:
Steamboat heads to Fossil Ridge at 3:30.
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.