GOVERNOR SPEAKS TO OVER 200 IN MOFFAT COUNTY
Over 200 people showed up to the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavillion yesterday to hear Governor John Hickenlooper speak. Hickenlooper has been touring rural Colorado in an attempt to “lean in and listen” to rural concerns. However, the governor seemed to be more interested in explaining his actions during the latest session, such as his decision to sign Senate Bill 252, which imposes clean air standards on coal fired power plants that are nearly impossible to achieve. The governor said the asthma rate in Colorado is one of the highest in the state, and that cleaner air is everyone’s goal. The governor even spoke to the secession effort. One of the bills that will likely show up in the legislature this year will attempt to come up with a compromise for secession. Jerry Sonnenberg will present a bill to give several of Colorado’s largest counties, by land mass, their own senator. When asked if he would support the proposal, the governor remained non-committal, saying that he thinks the proposal may be unconstitutional, but that he would sit down with Sonnenberg to discuss it. Yesterday’s meeting was broadcast live on 93-7/102-3 KRAI, 55 Country, and KRAI.com. You can hear the entire audio from the governor’s meeting by clicking here.
GOVERNOR, COMMISSIONERS TALK SAGE GROUSE
After yesterday’s community meeting, Governor Hickenlooper sat down with the Moffat County Commissioners for a more intimate meeting. Sage Grouse was a big focal point of the discussion, with the commissioners asking the governor to consider hiring an individual to be the point person on issues concerning grouse. This person would report to the governor and be a contact person for local government. Commissioner John Kinkaid says if the sage grouse gets listed, 7.6 TRILLION cubic feet of natural gas, the amount of recoverable natural gas estimated to be available in Moffat County ALONE, could be put out of reach.
HUNTER BOYCOTT OF COLORADO A BUST?
A threatened Colorado boycott by hunters opposed to the state’s recent legislation meant to curtail gun violence has failed to materialize…so far. Denver media is calling the boycott was a bust, now that the state’s primary big game hunting seasons have closed. Colorado Parks and Wildlife says they are up about 5,000 licenses over last year at this time. The problem is, by the time new gun laws were passed, many out-of-state hunters had already made their plans for their hunting trips. Hotel operators and hunting guides in Northwest Colorado say many hunters have told them they will not be returning next year, based solely on the state’s new gun laws. Despite reports by Denver media, the true impact of those gun laws won’t likely be felt until next year’s hunting season.
COLORADO JOB CORPS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Job Corps program is accepting applications throughout the autumn and winter months. The program provides free education and training for eligible young people, ages 16 to 24, to help them start a career, earn a high school diploma or equivalent credential and find and keep a good job. Job Corps, managed by the department’s Employment and Training Administration, provides students with hands-on training in more than 100 career fields, such as construction, business and finance, health care and information technology. The program, which has 125 centers nationwide, provides eligible, low-income students with room and board, counseling and mentoring services, living allowances and basic medical care. Students also can participate in on-the-job training through work-based learning opportunities. For more information, click here.
MAN FOUND DEAD IN SLEEPER CAB
The Colorado State Patrol responded to a motorist assist on eastbound I-70 in Summit County yesterday afternoon. Upon contact, the Trooper observed a truck tractor and trailer belonging to Paul Terry Trucking parked on the shoulder of the road. The vehicle was running at the time of contact. The Trooper made several attempts to establish contact with anyone in the vehicle. When no one responded, the Trooper entered the truck tractor and discovered 62 year-old Jeff Robison of Filmore, Utah, dead in the sleeper berth. Robison had been dead for several hours at the time of discovery, and he was the only occupant in the vehicle.