“Electricity Security and Affordability Act” Being Considered Today In D.C.
A bill that would require congressional approval of President Obama’s rules aimed at slashing carbon emissions from existing coal-fired power plants is being discussed today on the floor of the United States House of Representatives. Two major coal producing state lawmakers, Representative Ed Whitfield of Kentucky and Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, co-authored the bi-partisan bill called the “Electricity Security and Affordability Act” which would put limitations on the EPA’s impending rules for existing and new coal fired power plants. Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid, who is in Washington D.C., spoke to Wild West Radio News earlier today after observing the discussion from the House Gallery. Kinkaid, said he had personally asked Colorado Senator Michael Bennett to support the bill. Bennett, gave no assurance that he would, but according to Kinkaid, Bennett said he would take a look at it. Kinkaid called upon all residents of Northwest Colorado to contact all of Colorado’s United States Legislators and encourage them to support the bill. The full text of the bill – HR3826.
YAMPATIKA RECOGNIZED BY PARKS AND WILDLIFE
Colorado Parks and Wildlife recognized Yampatika as the Northwest Region Partner of the Year at the CPW Partnership Conference in Colorado Springs last month. The award recognizes the value the partnership provides by bringing together the resources of the non-profit and Colorado Parks and Wildlife to achieve the mutually beneficial goals of introducing more people to outdoor recreation. Yampatika, based in Steamboat, works to generate environmental literacy through education by providing learning opportunities for the children and adults of Northwest Colorado. Encouraging everyone to become familiar with the outdoors and outdoor activities has been a long-term goal for Colorado Parks and Wildlife and like-minded groups. Established in 1992 as the “Yampatika Outdoor Awareness Association”, the organization continues to be the only non-profit organization that offers a continuum of educational services to children and adults ranging in age from pre-K to senior citizens in Routt, Moffat and Jackson Counties. For more information about Yampatika, click here.
BLM ISSUES WARNING TO ANTLER HUNTERS
The Bureau of Land Management Little Snake Field Office in Craig is reminding people planning to collect shed antlers in northern Colorado this spring that it is illegal to travel off existing roads in a motor vehicle on BLM public lands. Off-road driving can cause significant damage anytime, but moist spring soils are especially susceptible. The resulting damage can cause erosion and serious impacts to important wildlife habitat. BLM rangers will be patrolling popular shed hunting areas this spring in the Little Snake Field Office in northwest Colorado to ensure compliance with existing travel management rules. A citation for riding an ATV off existing roads or in a closed area can result in fines of $250.
BEAUPREZ FILES FOR GOVERNOR
Former Congressman Bob Beauprez has filed to run for governor. Beauprez filed the paperwork Monday. He is now the 8th republican to announce his intention for the seat. Tom Tancredo, Secretary of State Scott Gessler, state Senator Greg Brophy, and former Senator Mike Kopp are a few of the others. Beauprez has been active in the effort to get the Republican National Convention to Denver. Pictured: Bob Beauprez
PENGUIN PLUNGE TO TAKE PLACE IN STEAMBOAT
Steamboat’s Eleventh Annual Penguin Plunge will be held at Lake Catamount on March 22nd, benefiting Yampa Valley Medical Center’s new Breast Health Center. Those wanting to get involved can participate in the plunge or simply donate to the cause. The Penguin Plunge has generated nearly $1,000,000 in the past for YVMC. The new Breast Health Center will provide personalized care with state of the art technology in a setting designed for women, and will be located in the Medical Office Building. This year’s goal is to raise $75,000 for the new Breast Health Center. For more information about the event, call 871-0700.
STEAMBOAT RELEASES TAX REPORT
The City of Steamboat has published the preliminary January 2014 Sales, Use, and Accommodation Tax Report. City of Steamboat Springs’ The City of Steamboat has released it’s latest tax report. This January’s sales taxes were 7.21% more than the January 2013 collections. Increases were seen in the lodging and amenities, sporting goods, restaurant and liquor store categories. The largest increase was a 22% increase in lodging and amenities followed by a 13.23% increase in liquor stores and a 11.17% increase in restaurants. Collections by area highlights include an increase of 20.26% for the Mountain Combined area and an increase of 4.74% for the Downtown area over January 2013.
TIPTON QUESTIONS GOAL OF PRESIDENT’S BUDGET
U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez yesterday released the president’s fiscal year 2015 budget for the Department of Labor, which supports the president’s plan to further grow the economy and create more jobs in America. However, Representative Scott Tipton says the problem is, it does exactly the opposite. He says at first glance, the budget fails to address the national debt, grows government, and “will further increase the income disparity that has been the hallmark of his presidency.” Tipton released a statement yesterday, in which he said “This status quo is what has created years of high unemployment, lower wages, a diminished workforce, uncertainty for businesses and a $17.3 trillion national debt crisis. The path to growing the economy, creating jobs, and increasing wages is not found through more federal spending, taxes on job creators and government mandates.” Tipton says he plans to review the proposal carefully, with the hopes that he and fellow republicans can identify areas of common ground with the president. Pictured: Scott Tipton
PARKS AND WILDLIFE TO HOLD FISHERY MEETINGS
As part of continuing efforts to involve the public in managing their wildlife, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will hold two “State of the Fisheries” meetings this month in Grand and Summit counties. Local anglers, guides and business owners or any interested members of the general public are invited to attend and offer their views about the management goals of several local fisheries. The first will occur March 18th, in the Buffalo Mountain Room at the Summit County Commons in Frisco, followed by a meeting March 19th at the Granby Public Library. Both meetings begin at 6:30 p.m.
TIPTON INTRODUCES BILL TO HELP FAMILIES WITH HEATING BILLS
Yesterday, Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) highlighted legislation being considered in the House this week that would help provide relief for families struggling to pay rising costs to heat their homes. The legislation includes measures to provide relief to families by eliminating unnecessary bureaucratic restrictions that drive up the cost of energy production and increase the time it takes to transport energy resources to the communities that need them. With Tipton’s support the House passed the Home Heating Emergency Assistance through Transportation Act of 2014 (H.R. 4076) yesterday. The bill would make is easier to transport heating fuels like propane and natural gas to areas experiencing shortages, helping to stabilize the supply and lower costs. Pictured: Scott Tipton
IN HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
In basketball playoff action:
In the Wyoming 1-A State Tournament, the Little Snake River Valley boys play Upton at 7:30. The girls take on Kaycee at 6. Both games take place at the Casper Events Center. You can view the boys and girls brackets here.
The Meeker boys and girls basketball teams head into the 2A regional tournament in Palisade this week. In first round action, the girls will play Nucla Friday at 3pm, the boys will play Resurrection Christian Friday at 7:30pm. Also at the tournament in Palisade are the SoRoCo girls who will play Sangre de Cristo Friday at 6pm. The Rangely boys were placed at a tournament in Durango at Fort Lewis High School where they will face Sangre de Cristo in round 1 at 8:30pm. The regional brackets for the boys and girls.
The 3A State Championship Basketball boys and girls brackets have been released by CHSAA. Both Moffat County teams will host regional qualifying tournaments at Moffat County High School beginning Friday. In first round games the girls will play Middle Park at 6 pm. The Moffat County boys will play Sheridan at 7:30. Only the team that wins each regional qualifying tournament will advance to the great-eight games on February 13th at the Air Force Academy. 93.7 102.3 KRAI and KRAI.COM will carry live play-by-play of ALL Moffat County games.