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Birth Control to be Debated at State Level

republican and  democrat 300Colorado Democrats who credit a drop in teen pregnancy to expanding access to long-acting birth control, such as IUDs, will have to convince Republicans next year to use state funds for the contraceptives. Governor John Hickenlooper and his chief medical officer have praised a Continue reading

CPW Asks Residents to be Wildlife Aware While Decorating for the Holidays

deer tangled in lightsThroughout Colorado, deer are entering the mating season, and Colorado wildlife officers are reminding residents to put away equipment in which big game animals can become tangled. Residents are also asked to be careful how outdoor Christmas decorations are hung. On November 8th, a large mule deer buck got stuck Continue reading

State Workers get High Pay

DOLLAR-SIGN-#3More than 1,700 of Colorado’s highest-paid state employees are making more than $100,000 a year. An analysis of state employee compensation shows the judicial branch tops the list with nearly 500 employees in that salary range. The Colorado Department of Transportation has about 160 employees making Continue reading

Study Shows EPA Regs Will be Costly

EPA-300The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed carbon rule is the latest in a series of regulations alongside rising natural gas prices that will increase the cost of electricity and natural gas by nearly $300 billion in 2020 compared with 2012, according to a study released last week by Energy Ventures Analysis, Continue reading

Enrollment Numbers Higher in Health Exchange

HEALTH-SYMBOL-300Individual insurance sign-ups under Colorado’s health care exchange are running ahead of pace from a year ago, when the marketplace opened for the first time. Connect For Health Colorado announced yesterday that more than 6,000 health and dental insurance plans were sold in the first full week of enrollment for 2015. That’s way Continue reading

Mack Man Sentenced for Poaching

POACHING1A western Colorado outfitter who captured and maimed mountain lions and bobcats to make hunting easier for clients has been sentenced to more than two years in prison. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced that 56-year-old Christopher Loncarich of Mack was sentenced to 27 months in prison and three years’ probation for illegally Continue reading

Hickenlooper Angers Hispanics

JOHN-HICKENLOOPER-300Colorado Hispanic activists are angry that the state’s Democratic governor, John Hickenlooper, thinks it’s fruitless to pursue citizenship for immigrants who are in the country illegally. Hickenlooper on Wednesday told the Wall Street Journal that activists and Democrats should stop demanding a pathway to citizenship for those 11 Continue reading

Unemployment Rate Drops in Colorado

Unemployment2Colorado’s unemployment rate has dropped by 0.4 percentage point to 4.3 percent in October, the lowest level in more than 6½ years. The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment said Friday that private-sector jobs decreased by Continue reading

Two Craig Men Appointed to Northwest RAC

BLMThe Bureau of Land Management announced new appointments or reappointments of members to Colorado’s citizen-based Northwest Resource Advisory Council (RAC), which advises the Bureau of Land Management on public land issues. The RACs are composed of members with Continue reading

Moffat County Commissioners Support State Fight Against Sage Grouse Listing

sage_grouse-300The Moffat County Commissioners yesterday indicated they were happy that the state is going to fight the Gunnison Sage Grouse decision in court. U.S. Fish and Wildlife recently made the decision to list the Gunnison Sage Grouse as a threatened species. A decision on the Greater Sage Grouse is expected next year. The Greater Continue reading

Colorado Airports Losing Funding

yampa-airport-signOfficials at Colorado’s 74 public-use airports, including Yampa Valley Regional Airport, are facing huge cuts in a funding source they depend on for fire protection and other programs. The cuts are being blamed on a drop in aviation fuel prices and fuel demand. More than $19 million was awarded this year through a state grant Continue reading

Permits for Christmas Tree Cutting Now Available

christmas treePermits to cut Christmas trees on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests are now available at multiple locations in Colorado and Wyoming. Each permit costs $10 and allows for the cutting of one tree. There is a limit of five permits per household. Trees must be for personal use, not for resale. The permit must be clearly displayed Continue reading