NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5TH

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Annual State Of Moffat County

state-of-moffat-county-300The Craig Chamber of Commerce, 55 County and KRAI, have announced the date of the annual “State of the County”, “State of the City” and “State of the Chamber” banquet.  The event will be held February 21st at the Clarion Inn in Craig.  .  During the event, KRAI and 55 Country will also name their “Citizen of the Year”.  The featured speaker at the banquet will be Steven Summer, the President of the “Colorado Hospital Association” who will give an update on “The State of Health Care”.  The Chamber is now taking nominations for “Business of the Year” and “Business Person of the Year” at director@craig-chamber.com.  You’ll find that email address and ticket email information in this story at KRAI.COM.  Tickets are $40 for Chamber members and $50 for non-members.

 

Colorado Healthcare Costs

Health-Care-300In response to concerns about higher premiums in some areas of the state including Northwest Colorado, the Colorado Division of Insurance will launch a study of healthcare costs, which is the key driver of premiums in Colorado. The study follows a decision by the Division of Insurance to not make changes to Colorado’s current eleven geographic rating areas for individual and small group health insurance for 2015. Under Obama Care, geographic areas are one of four factors that health insurance companies can use to set plan premiums. Insurance Commissioner Marguerite Salazar said she has heard from many people who were surprised by the differences in premiums in different areas of the state. The primary aim of the study will be the collection of data, while looking for variation in costs from region to region and why they occur. Representatives of hospitals, healthcare providers, insurance carriers and the pharmaceutical industry will convene to address the issues. Meanwhile, geographic ratings will stay the same in 2015. Commissioner Salazar stated that she looked at a variety of different options, but any changes for 2015 would have to be based on new data and because there is no new data available, she could not recommend changes for 2015.

 

USDA Environmental Changes

USDA-300The U.S. Department of Agriculture and a number of it’s agencies are proposing to update a number of its environmental policies and procedures by consolidating existing regulations that implement the National Environmental Policy Act and other environmental requirements. Comments on the proposed rule must be received by April 7th. A copy of the proposed rules and information on how to comment on-line or by mail are available HERE.  

 

Multi-car crash closes Vail Pass

I70 SIGNNo serious injuries were reported yesterday following a multi-car pileup that shut down westbound Interstate 70 on Vail Pass for about three hours. Approximately 15 vehicles – including one tractor-trailer truck – were involved in pileup. Four people were treated for minor injuries. The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but the road was icy and snow-packed at the time of the crash. People are reminded to drive slowly and cautiously – especially this time of year, when the road conditions can change in an instant.

 

Colorado Byways

The Colorado Byways program is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and historic preservation plays a significant role in enhancing the experience for travelers along the state’s lesser-traveled roadways. Nationally, the priority of the National Trust for Historic Preservation is saving historic places and growing America’s preservation movement. The National Trust plays an important role in these issues at a national level through policy, research, advocacy, and outreach. These priorities include building sustainable communities, promoting diversity and place, protecting historic places on public lands, and re-imaging historic sites. Follow this link for more information about the Scenic and Historic Byways.

 

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Hayden Town Council Meeting Agenda For February 6, 2014

Routt County Planning Commission agenda for 02-06

Moffat County Tourism Association Agenda for February 5th

SPORTS

 

Today In Wrestling:
Hayden, SoRoCo and Steamboat compete at the Routt County Triangular in Steamboat at 6pm
Meeker will compete at the Rifle Dual

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