ADVOCATES ABLE TO MAKE BIG IMPACT WITH LOCAL DONATIONS
With the 93-7/102-3 KRAI and 55 Country Holiday Drive just two days away, we take a look at one of the agencies that has benefited from the drive every year. Advocates Crisis Support Services serves the community in crisis situations, from domestic abuse and sexual assault, to house fires and car accidents. Advocates even provides temporary shelter to those in bad situations. While the agency is funded by state and federal dollars, Executive Director Sharon Farquir says it’s the local donations that make the biggest impact. She says local dollars are unregulated, meaning they can use the funds for emergency situations that they would not be able to cover with designated state or federal dollars. The 93-7/102-3 KRAI and 55 Country Holiday Drive takes place from 6 in the morning to 6 in the evening Thursday and Friday in front of the west entrance of the Centennial Mall in Craig. For more information, click the Holiday Drive button above.
SOUTH ROUTT ELEMENTARY CLOSED TODAY, DUE TO WATER ISSUES
A water issue in Yampa forced South Routt Elementary School to be closed today. Superintendant of South Routt Schools Scott Mader says it appears the town of Yampa is experiencing a water line break, which affects the elementary school. Mader says other district schools, such as the middle school and the high school, were not affected. Mader is hoping the issue will be resolved tomorrow, so that classes can resume. If the problem persists tomorrow, he will again notify parents of the closure.
DON’T CROWD THE SNOW PLOWS
As Northwest Colorado braces for it’s biggest snow storm of the year, Routt County Emergency Management is reminding people not to crowd snow plows that are out clearing the roads. A winter storm warning for the area, has snow plow operators prepping for the busy days ahead. Snow plows travel below the posted speed limit, so it’s a good idea to start slowing down as soon as you see one in front of you. Stay well behind the plow, don’t tailgate, and try not to pass, especially if you can’t see beyond the snow cloud being thrown by the plow. Above all, the department says to be patient, allow plenty of space to slow down, and give snow plows plenty of room to work. Northwest Colorado could get over a foot of snow by the end of the day tomorrow. Temperatures are also expected to drop to 15 below zero tomorrow night.
SENATE BILL 252 ALREADY COSTING RURAL ELECTRIC CUSTOMERS
Senate Bill 252, which sets new clean air standards for coal fired power plants is already costing Coloradans more money in power bills. According to a report yesterday, customers in Delta and Montrose County who are served by Tri-State Generation and Transmission are seeing rate hikes, that are a direct result of that legislation. Tri-State officials warned that it would cost them up to 4 billion dollars to comply with the new law, and that has now translated into 5 percent increase in cost to those customers’ rural provider, Delta-Montrose Electric Association. That’s on top of a 4.9 percent increase last year. Tri-State officials say they have no choice but to continue to pass the costs of complying with SB252 onto it’s customers.
HEALTH EXCHANGE GAINING ENROLLMENT, STILL FAR BEHIND PROJECTIONS
Enrollment in Colorado’s health insurance exchange and expanded Medicaid programs is finally ramping up, according to totals released yesterday, but the numbers are still far behind the exchange’s projections. Connect For Health Colorado said yesterday that private policies climbed by two-thirds in the last two weeks. Colorado’s state-run exchange now has 9,980 members buying private policies, many subsidized by federal credits. That was up from 6,001 when the exchange last reported November 18th, but still less than the total population of Moffat County. The exchange totals are still far behind the board’s worst-case projections for this point in the new program. State Medicaid officials are having more success reaching milestones in their expanded public insurance program, with 64,290 more Coloradans now scheduled to receive assistance January 1st.
TIPTON VOTES TO PASS AMENDMENT TO WATER SAFETY BILL
Yesterday, Congressman Scott Tipton voted to pass bipartisan legislation in the House of Representatives to clarify the intent of the Safe Drinking Water Act and stop an unnecessary Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-created mandate that would prevent the installation of commercially-available fire hydrants, and jeopardize public safety. Hydrants, like shower valves-which are already exempt under the law-are not intended to be a sustained source of drinking water, and as such do not pose health risks associated with long-term lead exposure. The EPA’s interpretation of the law would stop the installation of hydrants that contain lead after January 4, 2014, creating a threat to public safety by leaving communities with no option to replace broken hydrants, even in the event of an emergency, since virtually all commercially-available hydrants contain lead. H.R. 3588, which the House passed yesterday, amends the Safe Drinking Water Act to include fire hydrants in the list of items that are exempted from the prohibition on lead plumbing supplies, equipment, and fixtures.
PRESEASON WRESTLING RANKINGS RELEASED
The “On The Mat” Pre-season rankings of high school wrestlers has been published, and there are some Northwest Colorado wrestlers ranked among the best in the state for the year. Moffat County’s Jesse Demoor is ranked as the 5th best 182 pounder, while Brayden Peterson is ranked 7th in the 145 pound division, and Shandon Hadley is ranked 15th in the 138 pound class. Several Northwest Colorado wrestlers are ranked in the 2-A division. The highest ranking goes to Meeker’s Trenton Shelton, who is ranked 1st in the 182 pound class. Meeker’s Devon Pontine is ranked 2nd at 170 pounds, while Rangely’s Ethan Allred is ranked 6th, and Hayden’s Journey Vreeman is ranked 13th in the same weight class. Also appearing in the rankings in their respective weight classes were Hayden’s Tyler Hockaday, Judd Magee, Tanner Guire, and Kent Miller; Rangely’s Heath Peters and Lucas Heinle; Meeker’s Tristan Pelloni, J.C. Henderson, Anthony Watt, and Casey Turner; and Soroco’s Colton Martindale.