Dinosaur National Monument Brings In Big Money

Dinosaur National Monument QuarryA new National Park Service report shows that 291,800 visitors to Dinosaur National Monument in 2015 spent $17,079,100 in communities near the park. That spending Continue reading

Life Without Parole For Youth Questioned

prisone-orange-jumpsuitA new bill is going through the state legislature that would align Colorado with the U.S. Supreme Court’s stance that life without parole is unconstitutional for youth offenders. If passed the state would have to revisit 49 current cases where minors were sentenced to life without parole. Colorado stopped sentencing youth to Continue reading

Liquor Stores Could Maintain Control Of Licenses

liquor-storeA late legislative compromise could keep the initiative that would allow grocery stores to sell full strength beer wine and liquor off the off the 2016 ballot. Lawmakers are considering legislation that would limit the amount of liquor licenses within certain proximity of each of each other, which is currently being proposed at 2,500 feet. Under these Continue reading

Industrial Hemp Program In Colorado

colorado-state-seal-300A new program aimed at bringing industrial hemp into mainstream agriculture has been introduced by The Colorado Department of Agriculture. Seeds that are produced and conditioned under this program will be issued “CDA Approved Certified Seed” tags through the Colorado Seed Growers Association (CSGA) if the production standards are met. According too the CSGA this would be the first certified hemp seed program in the country, and the first experiment of its kind to take place in Colorado. Colorado has been on the cutting edge of this emerging industry, and this Continue reading

Trails From Hotels To Walton Creek In Steamboat

SteamboatA meeting to discuss connecting hotels in Steamboat to the Walton Creek Secondary Trail system will take place net week. The meeting is being hosted by the Steamboat Public Works Engineering Department and will take palace Wednesday evening from 5 to 6:30 in the Continue reading

House Fire Thursday Night In Craig

house fire 042116 slaight 1Craig fire fighters responded to a fire at the home of Bryan Gusner around 8:30 last night. According to a neighbor flames, were erupting out of a window when the fire crew arrived. The home is at 682 Tucker Street near East 7th Street. By nine o’clock the fire appeared to be mostly out, but fire fighters were pulling siding off the house and removed what Continue reading

Sage Grouse Plan Nears End?

sage_grouse-300The BLM and the Department Interior were in Grand Junction Tuesday to discuss the national plan for the greater sage grouse. Moffat County Commissioners John Kinkaid and Chuck Grobe attended the meeting which was part of a national tour where the Department of Interior and The BLM seek comments from communities that are being directly affected by the sage grouse plan. The plan sets aside land in 11 western states including Wyoming and Colorado for Sage Grouse habitat. Opponents of Continue reading

Danner Resigning From EDP

AUDREY-DANNER-300-1Audrey Danner is stepping down as the Executive Director of the Craig and Moffat County Economic Development Partnership. Danner took over directorship of the EDP in an interim role in March of 2013, and was officially hired for the job later that year. Danner’s last day was the 15th, but she is currently working with the partnership to hire her Continue reading

Period To File Sexual Assault Charges Doubles

sexual-assault-300The Colorado Senate approved a new bill that would double the statute of limitations in sexual assault cases. The bill is in response to the sexual assault investigation underway against comedian Bill Cosby. The purpose of the bill is to Continue reading

Meetings To Discuss Water Next Week

water plan meetings-229Three meetings will take place next week to discuss the Water Plans for the Yampa, White and Green River Basins. John Stulp the “Interbasin Compact Committee Director” and a special water policy advisor to Governor Hickenlooper will be at the meetings to discuss water issues in the area. The first meeting will be Monday evening from Continue reading

Man Admits To Maiming Wildlife

POACHING1The Final member of a group of Colorado outfitters that were charged with catching and maiming mountain lions and bobcats to make them easier for their clients to hunt, has plead guilty to eight federal violations.  31 year old Nathan Simms from Grand Junction plead guilty to eight separate misdemeanor violations of the Lacey Act in a U.S. District Court in Grand Junction earlier this month.  The Lacey Act prohibits the trade of wildlife or Continue reading

What To Do With Damaged Trees

tree damageThe wet heavy snow that fell over the weekend caused damage to power lines and took a toll on trees in the area. Damaged limbs can be difficult to remove, and it is important to take proper steps to stay safe through the process. Before you start, examine your surroundings to avoid making contact with utility lines or standing under broken or hanging branches. Continue reading