MOFFAT COUNTY COMMISSIONERS APPROVE VARIANCE FOR SOLAR PROJECT
The Moffat County Commissioners yesterday granted a variance that will allow nearly 5 acres south of Craig turned into a solar panel garden. The project will be developed next to the sludge lagoons, land that Craig officials say is not generating any revenue. The company installing the panels, Clean Energy Collective, says there will be enough to power 167 homes. They’ll be responsible for maintenance of the site and the panels. The panels, once installed, will be marketed and sold to residential and business customers. The panels will feed renewable electricity to the entire Yampa Valley Electric grid, and those who buy one will get a credit on their monthly Yampa Valley Electric Bill. It takes 15 or 16 panels to heat an average 2,000 square foot home, with each panel costing around $850. The company figures it would take about 11 to 13 years for one home’s worth of panels to pay for themselves. The entire cost of the installation project is expected to be around $1.4 million dollars. The commissioners voted 2-1 to grant the variance. Commissioner John Kinkaid voted no, saying he felt the project was a “sharp stick in the eye to every coal miner and power plant worker in Moffat and Routt counties.” A company rep said yesterday, there has been a lot of interest from Routt County to purchase some of the panels.
VFW RAISES 600 POUNDS OF FOOD FOR FOOD BANK
The VFW raised 600 pounds of food for the Interfaith Food Bank in Craig during their food drive Saturday. They also collected $571 in cash. Word that the Interfaith Food Bank is running out of food has been circulating, and groups have been trying to get them restocked. Food and cash donations can still be dropped off at the KRAI studios in the Centennial Mall during regular business hours. Craig Middle School is also collecting food over the next few weeks. We talked with one of the food bank organizers last week, who said they had enough food on their shelves to last less than a month. If the food bank remains depleted, they won’t be able to put together Christmas baskets this year. Thanksgiving baskets have already been ruled out.
YAMPA RIVER PROJECT STARTS IN STEAMBOAT TODAY
The Steamboat Parks, Open Space & Recreation Department will conduct a river restoration project on the Yampa River at Doctor Rich Weiss Park, starting today. The project along 210 linear feet of the river should take about two weeks to finish, and is designed to construct three access points to the river and re-stabilize previous bank work that is failing. The improvements have been identified as a priority within the adopted Yampa River Structural Master Plan, and permitting with the Army Corp of Engineers and City of Steamboat Planning Services has been approved. The City has contracted with Ecological Resource Consultants and Nordic Excavating to do the project. Funding for the project was secured through Great Outdoors Colorado. Doctor Rich Weiss Park is on the southern edge of downtown Steamboat and is a popular park for locals and visitors. Additionally, river enthusiasts enjoy the waters and the public access for river recreation.
KIDS COUNT PRESENTATION PLANNED FOR NEXT WEEK
Connections 4 Kids, in collaboration with the Colorado Children’s Campaign, will hold a community presentation of the 2013 KIDS COUNT in Colorado! report! The KIDS COUNT in Colorado! report is released each year by the Colorado Children’s Campaign and provides statewide and county-by-county data on a range of factors impacting child health, education and overall well-being. The report takes a closer look at how 25 of Colorado’s largest counties compare across 12 child well-being indicators. The goal of this year’s KIDS COUNT is to provide a clearer picture of how kids across Colorado-and locally-are faring and to provide local leaders and those who work with kids with the county-specific data and analysis they need to better serve their community’s children. They will also host a discussion about grassroots advocacy, with tips on how to successfully engage local policy makers and make your voice be heard. You must RSVP by tomorrow, by calling 824-1081. The event is from 11:30 to 1 October 16th at The Holiday Inn of Craig.
PUBLIC INVITED TO CELEBRATION OF OLD MEEKER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Community members and friends are cordially invited to participate in the “Hands Around the School” celebration on Friday at the historic old elementary school at 5th and Main Street to commemorate the more than 70-year school history and symbolism of the thousands of Meeker students, faculty and alumni who attended the school during those years. Participants will be asked to join hands and try to encircle the school if enough show up. A photo will be taken of the group and a register of participation will be available. It takes place Friday at 1.
GARFIELD COUNTY WANTS CHANGE IN INSURANCE ZONING
Officials in one Colorado county are considering a lawsuit over their zoning for health insurance under the new federal health care law. Garfield County commissioners want to challenge a decision by state insurance officials to put them in the “Resort” zone. That puts Glenwood Springs with Aspen and Vail. The Colorado Insurance Commission establishing 11 rating areas in the state. The areas have different premiums for the same level of coverage. Garfield County commissioners say constituents are asking them to request Garfield County’s removal from the more expensive rating area. They say the Glenwood Springs area is more properly grouped with Mesa County to the west.
In high school sports:
Moffat County fell to Cedaredge (3-0).
Steamboat beat Summit (3-0).
In boys soccer:
Moffat County beat Grand Valley (1-0).
Moffat County goes to Aspen at 6.
Little Snake River Valley travels to HEM at 7.
In boys tennis:
Steamboat goes to state in Pueblo.
In cross country:
Moffat County, Rangely and Steamboat run at Rifle.