CLUB 20 OPPOSES EPA RULES ON CARBON DIOXIDE
Club 20 is opposing new carbon dioxide rules by the Environmental Protection Agency. Club 20 member Ray Beck mentioned at yesterday’s Moffat County Commissioners meeting that a Club 20 committee unanimously passed a resolution opposing the EPA’s push to limit carbon dioxide emissions on existing coal fired power plants. Beck says the main reason for the opposition is that there are no impact studies to support the new rules. The resolution now moves on the full Club 20 board, and is expected to pass.
YVMC TO OPEN NEW BREAST HEALTH CENTER
Yampa Valley Medical Center has announced the opening of the Gloria Gossard Breast Health Center will take place this April. Through a generous donation from the Gloria Gossard Trust the center will offer services unique to northwest Colorado. Hospital officials say the Breast Health Center will offer a comfortable atmosphere, with warm robes and gowns in a peaceful environment. Located in the Medical Office Building adjacent to YVMC, the Breast Health Center will feature the latest technology, including Giotto Digital Mammography and Stereotactic Biopsy, a New Vacuum Assisted Biopsy Machine, a Breast MRI, a New GE Ultrasound, and a GE digital mammography machine. Services offered will include bone density scans, diagnostic and screening mammograms, breast ultrasound, breast MRI, along with the capability to perform ultrasound, stereotactic and MRI biopsies. Women will be offered the ability to receive their imaging results the same day along with rapid scheduling of any additional recommended testing.
DOLA DOLES OUT $13 MILLION IN GRANTS
Reeves Brown, executive director of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA), announced over $13 million in quarterly Conservation Trust Fund (CTF) payments has been made to 477 counties, municipalities, and Title 32 special districts that provide park and recreation services in their service plans. The CTF is one of three funds benefiting from the net proceeds of the Colorado Lottery. The department distributes CTF dollars quarterly on a per capita basis. Funds can be spent on projects that involve the acquisition, development, and maintenance of new conservation sites and for capital improvements and maintenance for recreational purposes on public sites. Several towns, cities, counties, and special districts in Northwest Colorado were recipients of the funds.
STEAMBOAT MAKES MULCH AVAILABLE TO RESIDENTS
The City of Steamboat is making available the mulch from recycled Christmas trees. The mulch is located to the right of the entrance of the Howelsen Ice Arena. The City is asking that only residents and homeowners participate. The mulch is intended for personal use and no contractors or comercial operators are allowed to use it. The mulch will be handed out on a first come-first served basis. Those wanting to take advantage will have to load their own vehicles. For more information call 871-7025.
STEAMBOAT PUBLISHES SALES TAX REPORT
The City of Steamboat has published the final January 2014 Sales, Use, and Accommodation Tax Report. January sales taxes are 7.64% more than the January 2013 collections, a difference of over $146,000. Increases were seen in the lodging and amenities, sporting goods, restaurant and liquor store categories. The largest increase was a 22.08% increase in lodging and amenities followed by a 13.23% increase in liquor stores and a 12.64% increase in restaurants. Highlights include an increase of 20.41% for the Mountain area and an increase of 6.65% for the Downtown area over January 2013. The Accommodation Tax, with the passing of referendum 2A, is now primarily dedicated to local trail projects and Yampa Street improvement. Additionally, a small amount is dedicated towards the marketing of these projects and capital improvements at Haymaker. January collections saw an increase of 22.49%, or $22,532, over January 2013.
MORE COLORADANS HEALTH CARE POLICIES CANCELLED DUE TO OBAMACARE
On February 21st, the Colorado Department of Insurance (DOI) responded to a request from Senate Republicans asking for a monthly report of the number of insurance policies cancelled in Colorado due to ObamaCare. Senate Republicans also requested that DOI detail this information by county. Yesterday, the Department of Insurance issued a letter to Senate Republicans detailing that 1,755 more insurance policies in Colorado have been cancelled due to ObamaCare in addition to the 335,486 cancellations already reported by DOI. Upon receiving the new information provided by DOI, Senate Minority Leader Bill Cadman a republican from Colorado Springs, responded by saying, “Thousands of Colorado families who were already struggling in this lagging economy will now also have to deal with having their insurance policy cancelled due to ObamaCare. Democrats promised Coloradans that if they like their healthcare plan they can keep it. Clearly this isn’t the case.” Colorado’s Senate Republicans say they will fight for more transparency in government so that citizens can see the impact laws passed out of Denver and Washington have on their lives.
EAGLE COUNTY SEARCH PUT ON HOLD
Eagle County authorities say poor weather has forced them to suspend their search for a hiker who was separated from his group and hasn’t been seen since Friday afternoon. The sheriff’s office says the search for 39-year-old James McGrogan was suspended at noon yesterday. It’s unclear when the search will resume. Fellow hikers said McGrogan decided to continue ahead of the group during a break on a trip to the Eiseman Hut north of Vail. McGrogan had a large pack with food, water, medical supplies, a GPS and other tools.
SWEETWATER COUNTY ADDS MAN TO MOST WANTED LIST
A Green River resident wanted for Strangulation of a Household Member and Battery Against a Household Member has been placed on the Sweetwater County’s Most Wanted List. Jared Scott Ramon’s charges stem from a domestic violence assault under investigation by the Green River Police Department. As described in court documents, Ramon assaulted a woman with whom he had been in a longtime dating relationship in Green River January 19th, when he “grabbed her around the neck and strangled her”. The victim told Green River officers Ramon then “pushed her to the floor where she hit her head.” When she regained consciousness, she said, Ramon was gone. Ramon is described as a 42-year-old white male, 5’9″, about 165 pounds with blondish-brown hair and blue eyes. Detective Sergeant John Grossnickle of the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office says Ramon has past connections with the Casper area and detectives have been in contact with law enforcement authorities there as part of the effort to apprehend him. Officials are asking that anyone with information on Ramon’s whereabouts contact the Sheriff’s Office or other local law enforcement agency.
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