YAMPA, GREEN RIVERS EXPECTED TO SEE HIGH FLOWS THIS YEAR

RAFTINGA whitewater rafting group, O.A.R.S., has announced which river systems will feature the best boatable flows, including early-season big water runs, for the 2014 season.  The Colorado, Yampa, and Green Rivers are on that list.  Based on regional data Continue reading

TIPTON DEMANDS DISCLOSURE OF SCIENCE LEADING TO SPECIES LISTINGS

SCOTT-TIPTON-300Yesterday, during a House Natural Resources Committee hearing, Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) underscored that federal agencies’ refusal to disclose scientific data used in the Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing process raises questions on the validity of that data and undermines species preservation efforts.  During his testimony, Tipton said “if ensuring a species’ well being is truly the goal, Continue reading

BENNET JUSTIFIES PICKING WINNERS AND LOSERS IN ENERGY

MICHAEL-BENNETWhile testifying in support of the wind energy Production Tax Credit Monday, Senator Michael Bennet indicated that in this one instance, it’s ok for the government to choose winners and losers in private business.  The PTC gives tax credits to wind energy producers, which Bennet says has created around 5,000 jobs in the state.  While testifying, Bennet said he actually agrees with the notion that the government Continue reading

DINOSAUR MONUMENT PREPS FOR NATIONAL PARK WEEK

Dinosaur-National-Monument-April 19th through the 27th is National Park Week.  All National Park Service sites will waive entrance fees on April 19th and 20th.  Special events at Dinosaur National Monument this year range from Continue reading

PRESCRIBED BURN PLANNED FOR GARFIELD COUNTY

controlled-burns-300Federal fire officials from the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit plan to begin a fuels reduction prescribed burn in Garfield County today.  Prescribed burns reduce dangerous fuel loads that have Continue reading

STEAMBOAT BIOLOGIST WINS ROLLEFSON AWARD

colorado parksColorado Parks and Wildlife biologist Bill Atkinson of Steamboat is the 2014 Max Rollefson Award of Merit recipient, recognizing his dedication and hard work on a variety of critical aquatic wildlife management projects in Yampa Valley. Presented by the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the American Fisheries Society at their annual banquet meeting on Continue reading

PRESCRIBED BURN PLANNED NEAR WALDEN

controlled-burns-300Routt National Forest fire crews are planning to conduct a prescribed burn this month, about twenty miles northwest of Walden, in the areas of Big Creek Lakes, Twisty Park, and the community of Pearl.  The Big Creek Lakes Prescribed Burn should take Continue reading

COLORADO COAL PRODUCTION DROPS DRAMATICALLY

COAL-MINING-300Colorado coal production hit a 20-year low in 2013.  The industry has been hit hard by mine closures and a decline in demand for power-plant coal, which has been a direct result of Democrats anti-coal agenda.  Mines in Colorado produced 24 million tons of coal last year. That’s a 17 percent Continue reading

STEAMBOAT SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR HERITAGE AWARD

City-of-SteamboatThe City of Steamboat is looking for nominations for the Heritage Award. The award recognizes a person or organization’s gift of Continue reading

GOVERNOR SCALES BACK POT TAX PROJECTIONS

MARIJUANA-300Colorado‘s uncertain marijuana market has prompted the governor to ratchet back his projection of how much tax the newly legal drug could produce.  Governor John Hickenlooper said in February that medical and recreational pot taxes and fees would produce some $134 million Continue reading

TEACHER TENURE SYSTEM BEING SCRUTINIZED

co-state-capitol-300Colorado‘s new teacher tenure system is under the microscope at the state Capitol, where lawmakers are expected to consider changing provisions some teachers say aren’t legal.  The House Education Committee started work yesterday on a bill to prevent Continue reading

GOVERNOR SIGNS THREAT REPORTING LAW

JOHN-HICKENLOOPER-300A proposal to expand the duty of mental health professionals in Colorado to report threats has been signed into law.  The bill, signed yesterday by Governor John Hickenlooper is a response to the Aurora movie theater shooting. The legislation means mental health workers now Continue reading