LAWFIRM FINDS EPA AND ENVIRONMENTALISTS COLLUDED TO BANKRUPT COAL INDUSTRY
In a formal regulatory comment submitted yesterday, the Energy and Environment Legal Institute, affirmed that senior officials within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) came into the agency having predetermined the current “war on coal”. Also, discovery of widespread private email accounts by senior Agency officials involved with the project, wholesale destruction of all text messages by the past two administrators, and a “naked transfer of wealth” all establish that EPA’s global warming rules lack a constitutional basis. E&E says within days of President Obama’s first inauguration, EPA officials like former Administrator Lisa Jackson, current Administrator Gina McCarthy, and former policy chief Michael Goo conducted a secretive and collusive campaign with groups like the Sierra Club to use carbon dioxide or CO2 emissions to pursue the campaign to bankrupt the coal industry in America. The group says the evidence they’ve collected makes it clear that environmentalists conspired with the EPA to come up with unattainable standards to put the coal industry out of business. You can read E&E’s full statement here.
OVER $2 MILLION IN RECREATIONAL POT SALES TAX REVENUE COLLECTED IN JANUARY
Officials say Colorado collected over $2 million in sales tax revenue from the sales of recreational marijuana in the month of January alone. It’s the first report to come from the state since the drug was legalized recreationally. While the numbers are high, state officials say they are below the projected estimates. Recreational marijuana vendors have reported over $14 million in sales in January. The numbers reflect the business earnings of 59 stores in the state selling recreational marijuana. The figures are expected to rise significantly in the future, as over 100 other stores have been given state approval to operate, but are still awaiting local approval. Medical Marijuana sales also brought in nearly $1 million in tax revenue for the state in January.
FOREST SERVICE PLANS TO LOG IN KING’S CANYON AREA
Hazard-tree logging operations in the Kings Canyon area of the Routt National Forest commenced last week and Forest users should prepare in advance for resulting road closures. The affected travel routes are on the Parks Ranger District in the northeast corner of the Routt National Forest and include Forest Roads 204, 876, 879, 880, 881, 882, 884, 885, as well as their system spurs normally open to public travel. The road system will be closed at the Forest Boundary and no public travel will be allowed. That applies to wheeled motor vehicles and all other forms of motorized and non-motorized travel. Forest visitors should expect to encounter log trucks traveling along Colorado Highway 127. Recreationists are also reminded to be aware of and avoid heavy equipment operating in the area. Do not enter areas which are posted closed, as they are closed for public safety. For more information, click here.
BILL INTRODUCED TO REGULATE RIDESHARING COMPANIES
A Colorado bill to regulate new ridesharing companies like UberX and Lyft has cleared the Senate and awaits consideration in the House. The Senate voted 29-6 yesterday in favor of a bill to add clarity to how the new ridesharing industry is regulated. The bill creates a limited regulatory structure for transportation network companies. Senators again rejected an attempt from a Republican senator to completely deregulate transportation network companies like taxicab companies. The bill now heads to the House. The companies use mobile apps that connect passengers to drivers, often everyday people seeking extra income by picking up fares as they commute or run errands. Passengers pay through the app.
FOREST SERVICE TAKES STEPS TO PRESERVE SILVER MINING TOWN
The Forest Service has taken steps to preserve a historic mining town in Jackson County. Teller City was once a booming sliver mining town in the late 1870′s and early 1880′s, but was abandoned swiftly. Since then, all structures have been open to the weather without maintenance, and many of the structures were starting to fail. The forest service has now documented the site and is taking steps to preserve some of it’s features. That includes removing many dead and dying trees that threatened to fall on remaining buildings. Those operations were completed last year, and slash piles have now been burned or removed. The Forest Service says Teller City is now a place where visitors can go and learn about part of the state’s mining history. For more information contact the Parks Ranger District at 970-723-2703.
ROCK SPRINGS AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING MOTORCYCLE DEATH
Sweetwater County authorities are investigating the death of a Rock Springs man in a motorcycle crash north of Rock Springs on March 8th. According to a press release, 33-year old Richard Martinez was traveling at a very high rate of speed when he apparently lost control of his motorcycle and crashed into a fire hydrant. Though he was wearing a helmet, Martinez nonetheless sustained massive head injuries. He was transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County, where he was declared dead. Investigating deputies are seeking witnesses to the crash, particularly the driver of a pickup truck Martinez reportedly passed on Mesa Drive just prior to the crash. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office.
IN HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
In basketball playoff action:
At the 2-A State Tournament, the Meeker girls take on Akron at 11:45 Thursday in the first round of the state tournament. The boys also play against Akron Thursday at 1:15. The 2-A boys and girls brackets for state.
At the 3-A State Tournament, The number 5 seeded Moffat County boys will face off against the number 4 seed Colorado Academy Thursday morning at 10:15 in the quarterfinal round. You can view the boys bracket here.
All Meeker and Moffat County games will be broadcast on air on either 93.7 102.3 KRAI OR 55 Country. Depending on game times most games will also be streamed live at KRAI.COM.