NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS FOR THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5TH

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KRAI/55 COUNTRY HOLIDAY DRIVE UNDERWAY

christmas-tree-indoor-#2-30The 93-7/102-3 KRAI and 55 Country Holiday Drive is underway.  Volunteers and radio station staff are gathered outside the west entrance of the Centennial Mall in Craig, taking donations of non-perishable food, new and unwrapped toys, gifts for seniors and cash to benefit four local agencies in Moffat County.  Those are Advocates Crisis Support Services, the Interfaith Food Bank in Craig, Christams for Kids, and Christmas for Seniors.  Director of the Christmas for Seniors Project Jeanette Harris says her organization tries to make sure no one is forgotten during the holidays.  Applications, can be picked up at Love Inc., United Way, or at Sunset Meadows, and should be returned by December 10th.  The 93-7/102-3 KRAI Holiday Drive runs until 6 tonight and again from 6 to 6 tomorrow.  For more information, including a list of what each agency needs, click the Holiday Drive button above.

 

DINOSAUR NATIONAL MONUMENT ANNOUNCES SEASONAL ROAD CLOSURES

Dinosaur-National-Monument-Winter has arrived at Dinosaur National Monument and visitors’ access to some areas of the monument may be limited.  On the Utah side of the monument, the roads around the Quarry Visitor Center and Exhibit Hall are maintained to provide visitor access to the buildings. The road to Josie Morris Ranch is now gated for the winter, but is open to hiking, and if snow conditions permit, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.  On the Colorado side, Harpers Corner Road from the Echo Park Road turnoff to the end of Harpers Corner is now closed to public access. The road will be kept open to the Echo Park Road turnoff until December 31st, so that hunters may access nearby lands outside the monument. On January 1st, the road will close at Plug Hat Butte, which is five miles from US Highway 40. Once the road closes to vehicular traffic for the winter, portions of the Harpers Corner Drive will be open to snowmobiling, cross country skiing and snowshoeing if snow conditions permit.  Other roads such as the Echo Park Road, Yampa Bench Road, Island Park Road, and the road to Gates of Lodore are not maintained and travel on them is not advised during the winter.

 

TIPTON PRESSES JEWELL ON SAGE GROUSE ISSUES

sage_grouse-300Yesterday, Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) spoke on the House floor to urge Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to provide measurable goals for the preservation of the Greater Sage Grouse and the Gunnison Sage Grouse. Tipton also renewed his invitation for Jewell to come to Colorado to see firsthand the effective local preservation efforts underway. He emphasized that the proposed Endangered Species Act designations for the sage grouse, “would kill jobs, devastate communities, and disrupt effective species preservation efforts currently underway.”  In his statement to Jewell, Tipton said “In my district, plans at the local level are underway to effectively preserve the species. Because they take into account the unique geography and environment of the region, these efforts are seeing success.  Interior Department bureaucrats have yet to provide measurable species preservation goals so that state and local officials can meet them.”  In a visit last week, Governor Hickenlooper told Moffat County residents that he, too, would ask Jewell to visit Moffat County to see what preservation measures have been taken.

 

RCOEM OFFERS TIPS FOR SURVIVING EXTREME COLD

weather-cold-tempWith below zero temperatures having arrived, the Routt County Office of Emergency Management would like to remind businesses and residents to take the necessary precautions to protect pipes and fire suppression systems. Fire suppression systems can freeze when the temperature drops, which can lead to unfortunate and preventable fire loss. Frozen pipes in homes and businesses can also burst and cause extensive, costly water damage. There are some simple steps you can take to help ensure the pipes in and around your home or business are ready for the cold temperatures.  You can view the Routt County Office of Emergency Management tips by clicking here.

 

NORTHWEST RAC CANCELS MEETING DUE TO WEATHER

BLMThe Bureau of Land Management’s Northwest Resource Advisory Council scheduled for today in Silt has been canceled due to weather conditions. The meeting will be rescheduled after the new year.  The Northwest Colorado RAC meets quarterly in northwestern Colorado. It is one of several citizen advisory councils to the BLM in Colorado. Its 15 members are appointed by the Secretary of the Interior and represent a broad range of public land interests, including environmental, local government, wild horse and burro, and commercial activity. The Northwest RAC advises the BLM Colorado Northwest District, which includes the Grand Junction, White River, Little Snake, Kremmling and Colorado River Valley BLM field offices.

 

STEPHENS HAPPY UDALL WILL RUN ON OBAMACARE

AMY STEPHENSRepublican Senate candidate Amy Stephens yesterday welcomed comments by Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz about how Senator Mark Udall will run on ObamaCare in 2014.  In a nationally televised interview Tuesday, Wasserman Schultz said, “all of our candidates are able to run on the provisions of ObamaCare … all of our candidates will be able to use ObamaCare as an advantage.”  Stephens says she’s pleased that “Democrats, including Senator Mark Udall, intend to run on their unwavering support for ObamaCare.”  She says due to the fact that the law has been a disaster, and that Udall and other Democrats lied to the American people when they promised people could keep their existing health insurance plans, Democrats running on Obamacare are likely to have a tough time getting re-elected.

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