LISTEN TO HICKENLOOPER’S MEETING ON RADIO, TV, PC, OR PHONE
If you can’t make it to Monday’s meeting with Governor John Hickenlooper in Craig, there will be plenty of ways listen in. 93-7/102-3 KRAI and 55 Country will broadcast the event live, but those are just two of the ways you can listen. You can also catch the broadcast online or on your smart phone. If those options aren’t available to you, you can also turn your television on to Optimum Channel 17 in Craig and Hayden. Governor Hickenlooper is visiting Craig in an attempt to “lean in and listen” to rural issues. The governor has been accused of ignoring and neglecting rural issues. His visit has been cut short, as he will now appear at CNCC in Craig Monday from 11:30 to 12:15. If you would like to show up to the meeting, you’ll need to reserve your spot by clicking here.
ROUTT COUNTY EMERGENCY WORKERS OFFER WINTER SAFETY TIPS
Winter weather has arrived in Northwest Colorado, and the Routt County Office of Emergency Management has some tips for getting ready for winter weather. The first tip is to get where you need to be before the weather gets bad. Officials say it’s always best to stay off the roads during a winter storm. They say most crashes happen within the first two hours of a snow storm. Tip number two deals with heating your home. The Office says if you heat with a fireplace or wood stove, you need to have a professional check it. A dirty stove or fireplace can cause a fire in the home. The Office also reminds people to use space heaters responsibly, never plugging them into extension cords and keeping them at least three feet from objects that could catch fire. Always turn off your space heater before going to bed. The office also suggests using flash lights instead of candles during power outages, keeping informed of storm conditions through radio and television reports, and having a family emergency plan in case of fire or severe weather.
HOUSE PASSES TIPTON’S “ALL OF THE ABOVE” ENERGY BILL
Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed with bipartisan support Congressman Scott Tipton’s Planning for American Energy Act (H.R. 1394), which would increase responsible American energy production by establishing a true all-of-the-above energy strategy, without repealing a single environmental regulation or review process. Tipton’s bill passed as part of the Federal Lands and Energy Security Act of 2013, a legislative package that also seeks to eliminate bureaucratic red tape that is hampering responsible energy development on federal lands. Under the legislation, the non-partisan Energy Information Administration provides the projected energy needs of the United States for the next 30 years to the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture on which they then base four year production plans. The bill requires that all energy resources including wind, solar, hydropower, geothermal, oil, natural gas, coal, oil shale and minerals needed for energy development be included in the plan.
FOREST MAPS AVAILABLE AS DOWNLOADS
The U.S. Forest Service now offers access to a variety of visitor maps for people using Android and iOS devices. Online customer surveys have indicated a desire for more online products and information, such as maps. The Forest Service is currently working on the first phase of a website redesign, expected to debut early in 2014, which centers on a map-based tool for planning trips onto the nation’s forests, grasslands and other special places. The PDF Maps Mobile App is available as a free download. It provides access to Forest Service maps, such as motor-vehicle-use maps, which are free while pages from national forest atlases are available for a small price.
GARDNER CO-SPONSORS BILL TO REPEAL OBAMACARE
Congressman Cory Gardner joined as an original cosponsor yesterday of House Resolution 35-41, the House companion bill to Senator Marco Rubio’s Obamacare Taxpayer Bailout Prevention Act. Gardner says “only in Washington are bailouts seen as a good approach to bad policy. He says “Obamacare’s dangerous fiscal trajectory must be stopped, and soon.” The bill was introduced by Congressman Tim Griffin of Arizona, who said, he introduced the bill “because Obamacare is not fixable, and bailing out insurance companies to save it from imploding will waste even more taxpayer dollars.” Griffin says the only real solution is full repeal, so that real, patient-centered health care reform can be passed that won’t “bankrupt companies, increase premiums and take away insurance from millions of families and workers.”
MOFFAT COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA CLUB TO PRESENT “GREASE”
The Moffat County High School Drama Department will present “Grease” over the next few days. The department will put on 4 performances. You can catch the play tonight, tomorrow night, or Saturday night at 7. There will also be a matinee performance Saturday afternoon at 2. All take place in the Moffat County High School Auditorium. You can purchase your tickets in advance online, or get them at the door. Tickets are $5 for general admission, and $10 for V.I.P. seating. V.I.P. seating is limited, so it is recommended those tickets be purchased online.