Tag Archives: Congress

Dinosaur Turns 100

Dinosaur-National-Monument-Dinosaur Natinoal Monument celebrates its 100th anniversary this weekend. Activities start tonight at the monument and will take place on both the Utah and Colorado sides. The monument was designated in 1915, and expanded Continue reading

Congressional Committee Hears Testimony on Mine Spill

EPA-300Southwestern Colorado residents have told Congress the Gold King Mine blowout could cause long-term damage to their tourism-based economy, but they disagree on whether Superfund designation is the solution. A business owner, a county commissioner and a chamber of commerce official told the Senate Small Business Continue reading

Judge Rules BLM has No Authority over Fracking

frackingYesterday, U.S. District Court of Wyoming Judge Scott Skavdahl granted a preliminary injunction of the BLM’s hydraulic fracturing rule, finding that, “Congress has not Continue reading

Coffman Joins Fight Against Clean Power Plan

COFFMANAttorney General Cynthia Coffman has added Colorado to the growing number of states ready to challenge the Environmental Protection Agency’s unprecedented Clean Power Plan. Coffman’s announcement voiced her concern Continue reading

Proposals Being Accepted for Forest Project Grants

Medicine Bow National ForestProposals seeking funds for local natural resource projects through the Medicine Bow-Routt Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) are due October 30th. Counties obtain finances through Title II funds of the Secure Rural Schools Act, which was reauthorized by Congress Continue reading

EPA to Build Wastewater Plant Near Gold King Mine

EPA-300The Environmental Protection Agency plans to build a wastewater treatment plant for an inactive Colorado gold mine after the agency triggered a 3-million-gallon spill of polluted water there last month. The EPA released documents yesterday outlining plans to quickly build the plant below the Gold King Mine near Silverton. An EPA-led Continue reading

Congress Digging Into EPA Mine Spill

EPA-300The focus on a toxic mine spill that fouled rivers in three Western states is shifting to Congress, where lawmakers this week kick off a series of hearings into the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency incident. Leading House and Senate Republicans said EPA officials were frustrating their attempts to investigate the spill. They want Continue reading

Tipton Seeking Nominees for Service Academy

SCOTT-TIPTON-NEW-300Congressman Scott Tipton’s office is accepting applications from students who are interested in attending a United States Service Academy in 2015. Each year members of Congress can nominate a limited number of people from their districts to U.S. Service Academies-including the Air Force, West Point, Annapolis and Merchant Continue reading

Coffman to Join Lawsuit over Federal Clean Power Act

COFFMANColorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman will join a multi-state legal challenge to the Clean Power Plan, also called the 111(d) rule, which was issued by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on August 3rd. Coffman says the Continue reading

National Group Demands Marijuana Reform From Congress

MARIJUANA-300A nonpartisan national organization that represents state legislatures demanded Thursday that Congress overhaul federal drug laws and allow states to establish their own policies for marijuana and hemp. The National Conference of State Legislatures approved the policy statement in a voice vote Thursday, throwing its support Continue reading

Proposal Could End Hold on PILT Funds

piltA proposal in Congress could end federal delays in paying counties the money they are owed for public land. Representative Jared Polis introduced a bill that would extend funding for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes and Secure Rural Schools program. The funding is among programs tied up in the federal budget sequester. Continue reading

Poll Shows Westerners Want Balance of Environmental and Energy Values

wvpAccording to a public opinion poll released yesterday by Western Values Project and conducted by Public Policy Polling, one of the most accurate polling companies in America, the majority of western voters Continue reading