Briefs for June 20

Agencies combat youth drinking

Several Northwest Colorado agencies are working together to create a campaign to prevent underage drinking in our community.

The agencies are asking for public feedback on campaign advertisements and thoughts and observations on teens and alcohol. The agencies will host a short, interactive discussion from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, 1324 E. Highway 40.

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For more information, call Diane Miller at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association at 871-7609.

House committee OKs oil shale bill

The U.S. House of Representatives' Natural Resources Committee recently passed House Resolution 2337, or the "Energy Policy Reform and Revitalization Act of 2007," which contained provisions that would give the Interior Department more time to analyze oil shale development and tar sands resources.

Western Colorado Congress contends that section 104 of the newly approved bill would remove several of the ambitious timelines for analysis of oil shale development that were imposed by the Energy Policy Act. Because the technologies are not yet known and activities on research and development leases will not yet have begun, these artificial timelines would preclude careful consideration of the potential impacts as well as the concerns of Colorado communities, the congress reported in a press release.

The new bill assures that the Bureau of Land Management can take the time it needs to do the analysis necessary to protect air and water quality and western Colorado communities, according to Western Colorado Congress.

"Rather than imposing artificial timelines and requiring the BLM to rush preparation of important analyses of economic and environmental risks, the wiser course is to allow the agency the time to do a thorough job," said Cathy Kay, of Western Colorado Congress. "We were glad to see the House Natural Resources Committee adopt such a reasonable approach."

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