SERIES OF MEETINGS PLANNED ON SAGE GROUSE E.I.S.
The Bureau of Land Management will host public meetings to discuss the Northwest Colorado Sage Grouse Environmental Impact Statement. Some of the previously scheduled meetings were impacted by the government shutdown. The draft considers four possible management alternatives for maintaining and increasing habitat for Greater Sage-Grouse on BLM and Routt National Forest lands in northwest Colorado. The alternatives apply to federal lands and minerals only, not to private lands. The first meeting is being held today at the Wattenburg Community Center in Walden from 4 to 7. There will also be a meeting October 29th at The Memorial Hospital at Craig, also from 4 to 7. Copies of the Northwest Colorado Greater Sage-Grouse Draft RMP Amendment/Draft EIS are available at the Northwest Colorado District Office or on their website.
ROUTT NATIONAL FOREST AREAS RE-OPEN AFTER SHUTDOWN
Following the recent federal government shutdown, Routt National Forest officials are informing the public that many developed recreation sites are being reopened for visitors to enjoy this fall. These include overnight campgrounds and day-use sites. Conditions vary by location. As weather conditions allow, the Fish Creek Falls Day-Use Area, as well as the Dry Lake and Freeman Campgrounds have been reopened. Except for the Hidden Lakes Campground, which is closed for hazard tree removal, all other developed campgrounds and day-use areas on the Parks Ranger District have been reopened. With the exception of the Horseshoe Campground, all campgrounds on the Yampa Ranger District are reopened for the public to enjoy through the remaining hunting seasons, or until prohibited by weather. In addition to snow making some roads impassable, official temporary road closures may be in effect for hazard tree removal or other forest management work that is resuming following the shutdown. You can find more information about these sites by clicking here.
BENNETT KICKS OFF “COLORADANS DON’T SHUT DOWN” TOUR
Today, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet will work at a John Deere dealership in Alamosa as part of his “Coloradans Don’t Shut Down” tour. During the tour, Bennet will travel across the state performing a variety of everyday jobs to highlight the stark contrast between Colorado and Washington, DC. He says Coloradans don’t shut down…they do their jobs day-in and day-out and meet their responsibilities and obligations. Yesterday, Bennet bussed tables in Manitou Springs. He is also joining the Pueblo Police Department for a ride-along this evening. Among the other jobs Bennet will perform are packing meats at a processing facility in Fowler earlier Tuesday morning and substitute teaching in Denver. A press release gave no indication of whether Bennett will actually make it to the Western Slope to work a coal mine, oil and gas, or power plant job.
NEW WEBSITE TO HELP PARENTS GUIDE KIDS THROUGH GRADUATED DRIVERS LICENSE PROCESS
Parents of teenagers may think they don’t have influence on their kids, but when it comes to safe driving, they do – and it could mean the difference between life and death. That’s according to the Colorado Department of Transportation, which says from 2004 to 2011, rates of motor vehicle crash deaths among 15- to 19-year-olds in Colorado dropped more than 67 percent. However, in 2012, Colorado experienced a 10 percent rise in teen fatalities from 2011. C-Dot says that’s a result of both the reduction of statewide education and heightened enforcement. In conjunction with National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 20th through the 26th, the Colorado Teen Driving Alliance has launched a new online parent course providing step-by-step instructions on how parents can support their teens through Colorado’s Graduated Driver Licensing laws. The course was prompted by a new Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment survey of 738 parents of teens throughout Colorado showing only 6.4 percent of parents could accurately identify components of graduated driver licensing laws, including curfews, passenger restrictions and seat belt requirements. The course can be accessed by clicking here.
MARIJUANA GAINING SUPPORT AROUND WESTERN HEMISPHERE
Marijuana’s acceptance is growing in Latin America as much as in the U.S., but the support is top-down in most countries except the United States. That was the message to several dozen editors gathered in Denver yesterday at the 69th General Assembly of the Inter American Press Association. Ethan Nadelmann of the Drug Policy Alliance told the editors that elected officials in the U.S. have been slow to embrace marijuana legalization, though polls show most people favor it. By contrast, he said, elected officials in Latin American countries are talking more about pot legalization, while most people oppose the idea. Uruguay is expected to finalize plans by the end of the year to become the first nation in the world to legalize marijuana for adult consumers.
COLORADO AND WYOMING RODEO ATHLETES TO COMPETE IN ROCK SPRINGS
Several of the top pro rodeo cowboys and cowgirls from Wyoming and Colorado will descend upon Rock Springs this week to compete in the Mountain States Circuit Finals staged indoors at the Sweetwater Events Complex. Tom Glause, circuit president, says it’s a real bargain to see contestants as good as any pros there are competing today without having to shell out a lot of cash. He added the strongest fields are probably in the steer wrestling and barrel racing competition. Tickets to the Mountain States Circuit Finals, Oct. 24-26, are $15.00 and can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce offices in Rock Springs and Green River and at the Murdoch’s in Rock Springs. You can also buy online by clicking here. It’s also where you’ll find an entire schedule of events.
STATE TOXICOLOGY LAB TO STOP BLOOD ALCOHOL TESTING
The Colorado health department says a state toxicology lab won’t resume blood-alcohol testing. The decision comes three months after Colorado suspended the lab’s blood-alcohol and -drug testing after a report raised questions about its work. According to a release, the decision to end blood-alcohol and blood-drug samples is a result of a loss of revenue and a diminished customer base. During the suspension, hundreds of blood samples were sent to small, private labs across the state. A total of 800 blood-alcohol samples were retested during the suspension. The health department says that the independent lab verified the accuracy of the samples. The lab will continue other tests, including screening for newborn illnesses and breath-alcohol testing for law enforcement.
JOHN RAMSEY OPPOSES RELEASE OF INDICTMENT DOCUMENTS
John Ramsey says he’s opposed to the possible release of documents in an indictment related to the 1996 killing of his 6-year-old daughter JonBenet. In a letter to Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett on Sunday, Ramsey’s attorneys say the release of an indictment that wasn’t prosecuted “only serves to further defame (John Ramsey) and his late wife Patricia.” They also argue the public won’t be able to evaluate the propriety of the indictment unless the entire grand jury record is unsealed. A lawsuit was filed last month to see the records, and the DA’s office has agreed to disclose anything a judge deems appropriate. A grand jury voted in 1999 to indict the Ramseys, but the parents were never prosecuted.
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