MOFFAT COUNTY WANTS INDEPENDENT COMPANY TO LOOK AT E.I.S.
The Moffat County Commissioners have been advised by the Land Use Planning Board to elist the services of E.I.S. Solutions. EIS Solutions reviews Environmental Impact Statements and points out flaws, makes suggestions, and tackles areas that may not be addressed in the original statement. The Planning Board feels the BLM’s EIS on Sage Grouse is flawed and does not do enough to address the loss of jobs and revenue due to Sage Grouse protection. The board says several oil and gas companies have either left the area, or simply avoided Moffat County altogether due to uncertainty about those protections. They don’t feel the statement addresses those issues well enough, and say the BLM has been less than helpful. The commissioners agreed that using EIS Solutions would be a good way to find the information they’re looking for.
“EPA LISTENING SESSION” AND COAL RALLY TO TAKE PLACE IN DENVER LATER THIS MONTH
On October 30th a group of coal supporters from around the state will be holding a “rally” at the EPA Region 8 office in downtown Denver prior to the Public Listening Session on Carbon Pollution Standards for Existing Power Plants. The meeting will take place in EPA’s Conference Center from 9 to 5. The EPA is in the process of developing carbon pollution standards for existing power plants. According to the group “Friends of Coal”, if that standard is technically impossible to meet or economically infeasible the results to the economy would be catastrophic. The rally and the listening session will be attended by local officials and citizens, including at least one Moffat County Commissioner. Anyone who would like to attend can get more information by clicking here.
JUDGE UPHOLDS BALLOT QUESTION ON SCHOOL TAX
A Denver judge has upheld a ballot question seeking to raise Colorado residents’ income taxes to benefit public schools. Opponents of Amendment 66 sued to have the measure deemed invalid. They argued there were enough suspect petition signatures to call the November 5th measure into question. The school tax proposal would raise about $950 million a year. If passed, the additional income tax money would be spent on expanded access to free preschool and other upgrades. Opponents say the overhaul doesn’t make the right kinds of changes to improve schools.
HOUSE COMMITTEE TO HOLD HEARING ON PARKS CLOSURES
The House Natural Resources Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a joint oversight hearing today, entitled “As Difficult As Possible: The National Park Service’s Implementation of the Government Shutdown.” Among the issues to be examined at the hearing include the Obama Administration’s arbitrary and unnecessary actions to erect metal barricades around certain national parks, monuments and memorials in order to make the government shutdown as painful as possible. Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings said “the Obama Administration appears determined to make their shutdown as difficult and painful as possible. They are forcing private businesses to close and are selectively choosing which high-profile sites to close off and which to keep open.” He went on to say that “one park ranger even said that they were directed to ‘make life as difficult for people as we can.’” Representative Scott Tipton will be a part of today’s discussions.
BROPHY ANNOUNCES FUNDRAISING TOTALS TO DATE
State Senator and Candidate for Governor Greg Brophy reported his quarterly fundraising information yesterday. Since announcing his candidacy, Brophy has received $102,139.05 in total campaign contributions. That total comes despite the cancellation of Brophy’s largest annual fundraiser during the flooding of Northern Colorado. Brophy has already visited over half of Colorado’s 64 counties. He will begin a 3-day tour of Central Colorado and the San Luis Valley beginning Monday.
STATE TREASURER’S CAMPAIGN RAISES RECORD FUNDS FOR QUARTER
Colorado Treasurer Walker Stapleton announced yesterday that he raised $325,000 and has $309,000 cash on hand in his first full quarter fundraising for his re-election campaign. During his first term, Treasurer Stapleton used his post in the Treasurer’s office to put business-friendly and pro-taxpayer policies in place. The $325,000 raised by Stapleton in the 3rd quarter of 2013 represents the most money raised in a single quarter by any candidate for Colorado Treasurer.
MOFFAT COUNTY CELEBRATES HOMECOMING THIS WEEK
Moffat County High School is celebrating homecoming week. The week will include a Powder Puff Football game, a bonfire, royalty coronation, and a parade, which will be held Friday afternoon at 1. The week culminates with the Homecoming Dance Saturday night from 9 to midnight. For a list of events, click here.
In high school sports:
Moffat County fell to Rifle (3-2).
Steamboat beat Middle Park at (3-0).
Steamboat is home against Glenwood at 6:30.
Meeker goes to Grand Valley at 6:30.
In boys soccer:
Moffat County heads to Delta at 4.
Steamboat hosts Summit at 6.