TIPTON SCOLDS EPA/RALLY SCHEDULED TOMORROW FOR CRAIG
Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) is urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to solicit input from stakeholders in rural communities that will suffer the greatest impact from the Administration’s proposed job-killing regulations on power plants. The EPA is holding 11 listening sessions on the agency’s proposed regulations which amount to a backdoor energy tax that will raise energy costs, stunt economic growth, and kill jobs. These potential regulations are already having a serious impact on rural communities including Craig, Gunnison and Delta in the 3rd District. Despite the significant impact of these proposals for rural stakeholders, the EPA scheduled listening sessions for only urban areas, with a single listening session scheduled for Colorado-in downtown Denver this week. Moffat County will have a presence at those hearings, with commissioners and industry reps scheduled to make the trip. Some will be testifying, while others will be rallying on the steps of the Capitol. A send-off rally will be held from 5 to 6 tomorrow morning in the Craig K-Mart parking lot to show support for those making the trip. McDonald’s will provide a free pancake breakfast for those who show up to the rally, which is open to everyone.
EPA FIGHT HITS WASHINGTON TODAY
The fight against the EPA is not just a Colorado fight. Miners and their families from across the country will rally in the nation’s capital today to protest over-regulation by the Environmental Protection Agency. The “Count on Coal” rally is intended to send a message to the EPA that there are several states out there that not only mine coal, but rely heavily on it. Organizers say federal regulators are ignoring the concerns of miners and power producers. Today’s rally is separate from tomorrow’s rallies in Craig and Denver.
CRAIG POLICE HAVE BEST SHOWING EVER FOR DRUG TAKE BACK DAY
The Craig Police Department is thanking the community for making the National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday the most successful to date. The department took in 125 pounds, over twice the amount received during April’s event. Beginning in September of 2010, there have been six Take Back events, with number seven being the one held this past weekend. During the first six events, Colorado collected 86,128 pounds of drugs and 742,497 pounds were collected nationally. By disposing of outdated and unused medications through this program, citizens are helping to reduce the incidence of prescription drug abuse. In 2011, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that “Colorado has the second-worst rate of pain pill abuse in the U.S.”.
EMERALD MOUNTAIN TRAILS CLOSE FOR SEASON
Trails on Emerald Mountain are closed for the season due to wet and muddy conditions. The closure is done every year when conditions get muddy in order to protect the trails from getting damaged and deteriorated. The City of Steamboat asks that residents and visitors help protect the trails by obeying signs and staying off of them during the season.
BLOOMBERG AGAIN STEPS INTO COLORADO POLITICS
A ballot question seeking to raise Colorado residents’ income taxes to benefit public schools has deep-pocketed support. The campaign in favor of the measure has reported donations of $1 million or more from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates. Bloomberg also donated heavily to the unsuccessful campaigns of two democrat state senators who were recalled over gun laws. The campaign to back to tax hike has now raised more than $10 million. That’s according to campaign finance reports posted yesterday. Bloomberg added $1.05 million to the effort and the Gateses contributed $1 million. The campaign raised $2.54 million raised in the last two weeks. The campaign has spent at least $4.5 million to get its message across on TV and radio and knocking on doors. The tax opposition campaign isn’t a traditional campaign committee, making it impossible to gauge what the opposition has spent.
LOGGING ACTIVITY SCHEDULED FOR GRAND COUNTY
Hunters and other public land users could encounter logging activity and increased heavy truck traffic in the coming weeks on Bureau of Land Management-administered lands about 10 miles south of Parshall. Loggers will be clearing beetle-killed lodgepole pine from BLM lands near Morgan Creek and Mule Creek off of Grand County Road 3, and Cow Creek near Grand County Road 34. All are in Big Game Management Unit 28. Work is expected to begin at Mule Creek within the next several weeks, and at Cow and Morgan Creeks this spring. The operations could last about two years.
VNA REP WILL ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT HEALTH INSURANCE
A representative from the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will be available this afternoon to answer questions about the new Health Insurance Marketplace. The informal session is for families, individuals and small businesses interested in learning their options for insurance through Connect for Health Colorado. It takes place at the Boys and Girls club in Craig today from 4:30 to 6. If you aren’t able to attend, but still have questions, you can call 871-7664.
GARDNER BLASTS OBAMA FOR LYING TO AMERICA ABOUT OBAMACARE
Recent news reports have revealed that the Obama Administration has known for years that millions of Americans would NOT be able to keep their health insurance under Obamacare. Colorado Representative Cory Gardner is one of those affected. He issues a statement yesterday that said when he first went to Washington “I opted out of the Congressional healthcare plan that Members of Congress and their staffs receive — I wanted to be in the same boat as my constituents. My healthcare plan was cancelled, and now my family and I must find a new plan. I knew that I was not alone, and now we have confirmation that the Obama Administration has known all along that their central promise when selling this law to the American people was a lie.” Gardner has been a steadfast opponent of Obamacare. Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the person responsible for administering the new law, is expected to be questioned tomorrow before the House Energy and Commerce Committee.