While cases of Bovine Trichomoniasis, have recently been decreasing in Colorado, multiple occurrences were reported last year in Routt County. Trich is a sexually transmitted disease which may cause abortions or infertility in cattle. State law requires ranchers who co-mingle their herds to have their bulls tested, due to the high risk of transferring the Continue reading
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Craig citizens will not be able to vote this April to allow recreational marijuana sales, cultivation and testing within the city limits during the April Election. The Craig City Council declined to approve recreational marijuana ballot questions at their meeting last night. The proposed questions failed to gather a majority consensus from the council, with Jared Ogden, John Ponikvar, and Derek Continue reading
Craig citizens may soon be given the opportunity to cast a vote to legalize recreational marijuana sales, cultivation and testing facilities in Craig. The first reading of three ballot measures concerning recreational marijuana were approved by the Craig City Council at their meeting last night. The measures must now go through a second reading Continue reading
A new submarine was recently christened as the USS Colorado, becoming the 4th U.S. Navy ship to bare that name, and the first since 1947. The christening took place at the Electric Boat Ship Yard in Connecticut. The ship must now undergo sea trial testing Continue reading
The Town of Crested Butte has been notified by the EPA of a spill estimated at 2,000 gallons or less of water and gray-colored sediment from a holding pond at the Standard Mine. According to the EPA, a contractor had been dewatering the pond containing un-mineralized sediment from drilling operations and water from the lower mine adit. The contents had been treated to a neutral PH of 7. The treated water from the sediment pond was being discharged into Elk Creek as part of a planned maintenance activity. A vacuum truck siphoning clear water from the surface of the pond accidentally dipped into gray-colored sediment leading to the accidental discharge of sediment and gray-colored water into Elk Creek. The discharged material contained a mixture of PH-neutral rock slurry and water from the mine. Based upon the size and content of the spilled material as understood from the EPA, the flow levels downstream, and the 10 million gallon storage reservoir at the Town’s treatment plant, the Town Department of Public Works has determined that any impact to the Town’s drinking water would be negligible. The Town has also hired an independent contractor to perform additional testing to ensure that there is no negative impact to the Town watershed or drinking water. Work on the holding pond is now complete. The Town is communicating and working closely with the EPA on this issue. The EPA has additionally contacted the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Gunnison County and the Coal Creek Watershed Alliance. The Town is also in contact with these agencies.
Winter is the perfect time to test your home for radon, according the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas responsible for hundreds of Colorado lung cancer deaths each year. The colorless, odorless, tasteless gas can enter homes through miniscule cracks in floors or small spaces around utility pipes, and it Continue reading