Tag Archives: Washington

Dems to Again Push Right to Die Bill

DEMOCRAT-2-300Colorado Democrats will try again next year to give terminally ill patients the option to end their lives with doctor-prescribed medication. A similar proposal last session failed. But supporters of the idea are hoping they’ll have momentum after California’s governor signed right-to-die legislation this week. Other states Continue reading

Mule Deer Foundation Starts up Wildfire Disaster Fund

MULE DEERThe Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) is starting a Wildfire Disaster Fund to raise funding to help restore western landscapes that have been devastated by massive wildfires. The Foundation will use 100 percent of the donations to the Fund for the restoration of mule deer and black-tailed deer habitat in areas impacted by fire. The Continue reading

Group Sues to Stop Wild Horse Roundups

wild horsesAn animal-advocacy organization is suing to halt any future gathers of wild horses in northwest Colorado. Friends of Animals, a Connecticut-based international advocacy organization, sued in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., saying horse roundups threaten the well-being of horses that are driven Continue reading

The Memorial Hospital Employees Thwart Scam

CRAIG-POLICE-BADGE-300Craig Police say employees at The Memorial Hospital at Craig thwarted a scam attempt that was similar to one used on a Steamboat consulting firm last month. In that case, a 63-year old woman was arrested in Washington and brought back to Routt County to face charges of computer fraud and impersonation. Police say Continue reading

Smoke And Haze Blanket The Area

smoke 310The smoke and haze hanging over our area is not due to local fires. A haze is being caused the number of large fires across the Pacific Northwest and Northern Rockies. The U.S. Forest Service has identified over 80 large fires across the lower 48 states, mostly in Continue reading

Fish and Wildlife Offer Grants for Grouse Preservation

sage_grouse-300The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced about $828,000 in grants to preserve habitat for dwindling species including the greater sage grouse and Gunnison sage grouse in Washington state and Colorado. The grants announced Thursday were among $37.2 million for 44 projects to help endangered or threatened species Continue reading

Jewell Visiting Aspen, No Plans to Visit Craig

JEWELLInterior Secretary Sally Jewell will be in Aspen this weekend, but there are no apparent plans to visit Moffat County. The Interior Department’s Office of Surface Mining is in the midst of redoing an environmental assessment of the South Taylor Pit at ColoWyo Coal Mine. A federal judge in Denver ruled the original assessment didn’t do enough to consider the effects of burning coal on Continue reading

Interior Department Sets Meetings to Discuss Coal

coalU.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced yesterday that the BLM will host a series of listening sessions on the federal coal program. The discussions will seek information from the public about how the BLM can best 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

Tipton Pleased with Supreme Court Ruling on Power Plant Emissions

SCOTT-TIPTON-NEW-300Congressman Scott Tipton says he is pleased with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency did not do enough cost analysis before implementing their new power plant emissions rule. The Court said that the EPA did not consider the cost of compliance to the plants, the communities Continue reading

Schools to Begin Tracking Student Marijuana Use

MARIJUANA-300Colorado schools will begin compiling data on students who get busted for using or distributing marijuana. The effort is aimed at gauging the impacts of the drug’s legalization in the state. The new reporting requirement is an addition to a 2012 law directing law enforcement and district attorneys to collect data on how students are Continue reading

Wyoming Fugitive Caught in Alaska

sweetwater-county-sheriff-3A fugitive sex offender on the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office most wanted list has been captured in Alaska. 32-year old Robert Bousquet, who was convicted of rape in Idaho in 2004, was wanted on felony theft charges in the theft of a dozen rifles, handguns, and shotguns from a Rock Springs residence. County detectives and Continue reading