Renewable Energy Grant Training to Take Place in Hayden

USDA-300REAP grant training will take place in Hayden Thursday. REAP is a program of the U.S.D.A. that stands for Renewable Energy for America Program. It helps eligible applicants install renewable energy systems such as solar panels or Continue reading

Law Makes it Harder for Citizens to Add Ballot Measures

Ballot-300Colorado citizens have a new hurdle to petition for new provisions in the state constitution. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill into law yesterday to require that citizen petitions have estimates of the fiscal impact when organizers are gathering signatures. That’s a Continue reading

Governor Signs Stricter Medical Marijuana Requirements into Law

MARIJUANA-300Colorado’s governor signed into law a new crackdown on medical marijuana. Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill yesterday that directs state health authorities to set new guidelines for doctors who recommend pot for “severe pain.” That’s the most common condition on Colorado’s medical marijuana registry. The new law will also Continue reading

Rock Springs Man Arrested on Drug Charges

sweetwater-county-sheriff-3A Rock Springs man arrested Friday faces a range of drug-related charges. 28 year old Jerrod Lee Griffin is charged with unlawful manufacture or delivery of Subutex and Suboxone, a felony, and misdemeanor-grade possession of prescription pills, and marijuana. Sweetwater County Sheriff Mike Lowell said Griffin’s arrest was the result of Continue reading

WildEarth Guardians Think Craig Residents are Clueless

wildearthThe environmental group WildEarth Guardians has issued a statement that seems to indicate Craig residents are clueless when it comes to the group’s lawsuit against ColoWyo mine. The group has sued the mine over its expansion project that took place eight years ago, saying the Office of Surface Mining issued mining permits for the Continue reading

Fire In Shadow Mountain Subdivision Destroys Chicken Coop

An electric heat lamp was determined to have been the cause of a fire late Saturday night in Craig’s Shadow Mountain Subdivision.  The fire, which consumed a chicken coop was reported by a neighbor.  A number of chickens and turkeys were killed in the blaze.  Craig Continue reading

Hickenlooper Signs Order to Create Habitat Exchange Program

JOHN-HICKENLOOPER-300Governor Hickenlooper has signed an executive order, creating a voluntary, market-based habitat exchange program that is expected to help keep the Greater Sage Grouse from being placed on the Endangered Species List. The order is being praised by conservationists, energy representatives and government agencies. The Continue reading

Obama Threatens to Veto Defense Bill Over Sage Grouse Provision

obamaReports say President Obama is threatening to veto the nation’s entire defense spending bill, because it includes a provision to postpone listing the Greater Sage Grouse as an Endangered Species. The report says that the White House has proclaimed that if the sage grouse and other provisions aren’t eliminated from the bill, the Continue reading

Fire Managers to Release Wildfire Forecast

WILDFIREState and federal fire managers are preparing to release their forecast for the 2015 wildfire season in Colorado. A preliminary outlook released by the National Interagency Coordination Center Continue reading

Health Insurance Fees Raised

Health-Insurance-Rates-294The board of directors of Colorado’s health insurance exchange has raised fees that will be passed on to consumers. The increase approved Thursday to 3.5 percent from 1.4 percent of premiums means a family of four paying monthly premiums of $1,000, for example, would see its assessment more than double from $14 a month to $35. The board also increased a flat monthly Continue reading

Hickenlooper Defends Human Services Department

cdhsColorado’s governor is defending the embattled Department of Human Services to state lawmakers who have complained that the agency that oversees child welfare needs a new direction. Governor John Hickenlooper sent a four-page response to the 84 state lawmakers who wrote him earlier this month to point out “disturbing Continue reading

Steamboat Home Destroyed by Fire

STEAMBOAT FIRE RESCUEA Steamboat home was destroyed by fire yesterday. Fortunately the occupants of the house were able to escape without much harm. One occupant and two firefighters were treated at Yampa Valley Medical Center for minor injuries. The house was located on Apres Ski Way, and firefighters say the upstairs portion of the house Continue reading