SNOWMOBILE CERTIFICATION CLASS OFFERED IN STEAMBOAT
Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Steamboat Lake Snowclub, is inviting all snowmobilers, whether experienced or novice, to attend a free, Colorado Snowmobile Safety Course at the Steamboat Lake State Park Visitor Center. Space is limited and anyone interested in attending must contact Steamboat Lake State Park to reserve a spot. Riders who successfully complete the course will receive a safety certificate, which is required for all riders between the ages of 10 and 16 years of age who wish to ride on public lands, unless accompanied by a rider 16 years or older. The course will consist of classroom instruction followed by basic snowmobile operation. If possible, participants should bring their own snowmobile and equipment, including a helmet; however, a personal machine is not required. The safety certificate qualifications will be completed in the classroom. The course takes place Saturday, April 5th at 10. To reserve your spot, call 879-3922.
VISITING NURSE ASSOCIATION PROVIDES ANSWERS ABOUT HEALTH CARE INSURANCE
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is doing what it can to help families avoid penalties for not signing up for Obamacare. Although it has been reported that the deadline for signing up for the new law has been extended past the previous March 31st deadline, representatives of the organization are making themselves available now to answer questions about the new health insurance market place, called Connect for Health Colorado. Information is available for individuals, families and small businesses interested in learning about their options for health insurance under new legislation. If you have questions and would like to speak to a representative, call 871-7664.
TIPTON CRITICIZES ANOTHER DELAY IN OBAMACARE
With news of the latest delay in implementation of the President’s healthcare law, Congressman Scott Tipton reiterated his call to pass an alternative healthcare solution to provide truly affordable and accessible care for all Americans. The Administration announced that it is extending the ‘firm’ March 31st enrollment deadline for the federal healthcare exchange. Tipton was also recognized, yesterday, for his work to support patient-centered healthcare solutions. The Healthcare Leadership Council presented Tipton with the Champion of Healthcare Innovation award during a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol. Tipton supports a patient-centered healthcare approach that allows for portability and pooling of insurance coverage, ensures coverage of pre-existing conditions, and encourages innovation in the healthcare delivery system. He says he believes this can be achieved through a market-driven solution that incentivizes enrollment with affordable access to quality care, without forcing people to buy insurance they may not want through a mandate. He also supports comprehensive tort reform to protect patients while preventing frivolous lawsuits. Pictured: Scott Tipton
E&E LAWSUIT CLAIMS POLITICAL MANEUVERING
The Energy & Environment Legal Institute (E&E Legal) has filed suit in U.S. District Court against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), for that agency’s refusal to produce any content from any record responsive to an October 2013 request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). These emails and other records, which FERC acknowledges exist, relate to an apparent effort by then-FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff to reclassify one of his political hires, Norman Bay, as a “career” employee in a coveted Senior Executive Service (or SES) position. This practice, known as “burrowing” is frowned upon by the SES, particularly during election years, given the potential for abuse. Bay, who did not have a background in the energy industry prior to joining FERC with the incoming Obama administration, has now been tapped to replace Mr. Wellinghoff, who left for private law practice late last year. E&E Legal understands that this particular move was aborted apparently after a career employee complained. E&E Legal’s Executive Director said in a press release “this Administration’s clumsy, overly political appointments to key government posts is worrisome”. E&E Legal is also fighting the EPA over secret emails suggesting a conspiracy in the war on coal.
DEMOCRATS LOOK TO CHANGE COLORADO RECALL LAWS
Colorado Democrats want to scrub state election law to remove arcane provisions in the state’s century-old recall elections law. Republicans vow to fight the changes. They say Democrats want to change the rules after two of their own became the first senators in state history ousted in recall elections. The bill promises to be a partisan battle when it hits the Senate floor today. 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.
TURKEY HUNTING CLASS OFFERED IN GRAND JUNCTION
As interest in turkey hunting continues to grow in popularity, the need for instruction and education is critical for a safe and successful experience. To help novices with the challenges of bagging their first gobbler, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will hold a one-evening only ‘Turkey Hunting 101’ clinic, at their Hunter Education Building in Grand Junction. The clinic is co-sponsored by CPW and its partner, the Western Slope Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of wild turkey and the preservation of the country’s hunting heritage. There is no fee for the class and pre-registration is required. The evening’s topics will include turkey calling basics, field tactics, information about local turkey populations, tips for hunting on public land and firearm safety. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in discussions with veteran turkey hunters. It will be held April 2nd from 6 to 9. To reserve your spot, click here.
In high school sports:
In boys lacrosse:
Steamboat goes to Eagle Valley at 4.
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.