Tag Archives: rural

Tipton’s Take On Obama Care Repeal And CHIP Funding

In the second part of our conversation Congressman Scott Tipton we discussed funding for programs that benefit rural Colorado like the Secure Rural Schools and Child Health Insurance Program, also known at CHIP.  We also discussed the Obama Care Repeal process and whether another repeal attempt is expected in 2018. When asked Continue reading

Senators Look To Re-Authorize Program Which Funds Rural Schools

Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet sent a letter to Senate leadership this week, asking them to include the re-authorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Self-Determination Program in any end of year legislation. Colorado received $11.8 million in funding from the program in 2016.  Meeker schools Continue reading

Seat Belt Use In Rural Areas Still An Issue

Lack of seat-belt use continues to be an issue in rural Colorado.  Colorado law enforcement issued 1,175 citations for unbuckled passengers and drivers during the most recent rural Click it or Ticket seat-belt enforcement campaign, a slight increase from the 1,116 citations issued during the same enforcement period last year. 65 drivers were issued tickets this year for an unbuckled child in the vehicle.  In 2015, seat Continue reading

MOCO To Receive Help With Brand Development

Moffat County has received approval to take part in a State of Colorado program called Blueprint 2.0. Launched in 2015, Blueprint 2.0, is a bottom-up effort to turn community feedback on local economic needs into initiatives Continue reading

Patch Adams To Speak At Rural Philanthropy Days

Registration is now open for the Northwest Rural Philanthropy Days conference, which will be held this September in Craig.  Conference organizers have announced that the events keynote speaker will be Dr. Patch Adams, who was famously portrayed in a 1998 movie, by the late Robin Williams. Adams presentation during the Rural Philanthropy Days Conference will focus on how attendees can use Continue reading

Senators Look To Reauthorize Program Which Contributed Thousands To NW Colorado

Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet helped introduce legislation that would reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools and Self-Determination Program. Colorado received $11.8 million in funding from the program in 2016.  Meeker schools received around $80,000, Routt County Schools collected over $166,000 Continue reading

Bill Introduced To Help Fund Rural Hospitals

 A bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate that would permanently extend Medicare financing programs, which help support hospitals in rural areas like Northwest Colorado. Colorado Senator Michael Bennet joined a bi-partisan group which introduced the bill last week. The Rural Hospital Access Act of 2017, would extend the Medicare Dependent Hospital and Low Volume Hospital programs in perpetuity. The Medicare Dependent Hospital Continue reading

Rural Coloradans Not Wearing Seat-belts

Lack of seat-belt use continues to be an issue in rural Colorado.  Colorado law enforcement issued 1,300 citations for unbuckled passengers and drivers during the most recent rural Click it or Ticket seat-belt enforcement campaign, a decrease from the 1,600 citations issued during the same enforcement period last year. 69 drivers were Continue reading

State Approves MOCO For Rural Jump-Start

The Colorado Economic Development Commission approved the application this week for Moffat County to participate in The Rural Jump-Start Program. Rural Jump-Start provides Continue reading

Tax Incentives For New Businesses

The Craig City Council and Moffat County Commissioners agreed to participate in the Rural Jump-Start Program at their meetings Tuesday. The Rural Jump-Start program provides specific tax Continue reading

US House Looks To Improve Rural Telephone Service

The US House of Representatives renewed their attempt to improve telephone connectivity in rural areas like Northwest Colorado by passing the Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act for a second time. The bill received a unanimous vote in the House of Representatives this week and was also unanimously passed during the last congressional session. Congressman Scott Tipton says that people in urban areas take reliable phone service for granted, while people in rural communities experience dropped calls and poor connectivity. These problems not only cause Continue reading

Hickenlooper Talks Minimum Wage Hike

JOHN-HICKENLOOPER-300Governor John Hickenlooper is unsure where he stands on Amendment 70, the ballot initiative that would increase the minimum wage in Colorado. In a recent interview Channel 9 TV in Denver, the Governor implied that he is concerned about the harm the wage increase could have on rural Colorado and small business owners across the state. The governor is concerned that the $12 minimum wage would put undue stress Continue reading