CRAIG MAN REAPPOINTED TO NORTHWEST RAC
A Craig man has been reappointed to the Northwest Resource Advisory Council. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell yesterday announced the 2013 appointments to the citizen-based Council, which advises the Bureau of Land Management on public land issues in northwestern Colorado. Jewell named five appointments to the Northwest RAC, whose 15 members represent a balance of public land resources and uses. Wes McStay of Craig was reappointed as a livestock permittee representative. McStay is a career rancher in Moffat County who is active in natural resource and public lands issues. He has worked closely with the BLM on the Little Snake Field Office Resource Management Plan Revision, and has been active in working groups for Greater Sage-Grouse and Sharp-Tailed Grouse. Barbara Vasquez of Cowdrey, was also reappointed representing dispersed recreation. New members to the Council include Carl Conner of Grand Junction who represents archaeological and historical interests; Joe Neuhof of Grand Junction, who represents the public-at-large; and John Justman of Fruita, who represents elected officials. Members will serve an initial three-year term and may be reappointed to serve additional three-year terms.
CHRISTMAS TREE CUTTING PERMITS AVAILABLE IN ROUTT-MEDICINE BOW FOREST
Christmas tree permits are now available at all Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest offices in Colorado and Wyoming for $10.00. Each permit allows for the cutting of one tree on National Forest System Lands. There is a limit of five permits per household. Trees must be for personal use, not for resale. The permit must be clearly displayed around the stem of the tree before leaving the cutting area. Some areas of the Forest are off limits to tree cutting or may be difficult to access. Before heading out, forest officials suggest contacting the Ranger District in the area where you will be cutting your tree for site-specific information, including road status and area restrictions. With each passing year of the bark beetle epidemic, the threat of falling trees increases; therefore, all forest visitors are reminded to pay attention to weather forecasts, avoid areas with beetle-killed trees on high wind days, and be aware of their surroundings.
KRAI/55 COUNTRY HOLIDAY DRIVE JUST OVER TWO WEEKS AWAY
Plans for the 93-7/102-3 KRAI & 55 Country holiday drive are being finalized as the 15th annual event is now just over two weeks away. The Holiday Drive which will be held on Thursday and Friday December 5th and 6th from 6in the morning to 6in the evening both days, will again have the KRAI and 55 Country staff, Santa Claus and dozens of volunteers gathering outside the Centennial Mall in Craig to take donations of new unwrapped toy’s, gifts for senior citizens, non-perishable food, and cash. 100% of all donations received will go to help your friends and neighbors though Christmas for Kids, Christmas for Seniors, the Interfaith Food Bank and Advocates Crisis Support Services. To find out how you can help with the Holiday Drive, click here.
SALVATION ARMY NEEDS BELL RINGERS IN CRAIG
The Salvation Army is looking for Craig residents to ring bells at department and grocery stores through Christmas Eve. The Salvation Army says all donations collected stay in Craig. Typically, the money is used for necessities, like rent, and medical and utility bills for those that are struggling. The campaign starts November 29th. Those who would like to volunteer can call 824-5926.
HICKENLOOPER SUPPORTS STAPLETON’S LAWSUIT ON PENSION ISSUES
Governor John Hickenlooper has filed a brief in support of Colorado Treasurer Walker Stapleton’s lawsuit seeking information about employee benefits in the state’s pension system. The Democratic governor’s brief asks the Colorado Supreme Court to hear Stapleton’s lawsuit after the Court of Appeals ruled against Stapleton in August. Stapleton, a Republican, wants non-identifying information about the top 20 percent of the pension’s beneficiaries and their annual retirement benefit. He argues the information will help him to assess the health of the state pension’s program and how to keep it solvent. The pension board that manages the Public Employees Retirement Association says the information is confidential. Hickenlooper says in a brief filed last week that the lawsuit merits review because it impacts the successful administration of the pension program.