News for Sunday, July 15, 2012

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FEMA waives flood insurance waiting period for Colorado wildfire victims

Colorado leaders recently voiced support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s decision to waive the mandatory flood insurance waiting period for Colorado wildfire victims. Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet, both Democrats, penned the flood insurance waiver provision in the Transportation Bill, which President Barack Obama signed July 6. The provision waives FEMA’s mandatory 30-day waiting period for flood insurance for Colorado property owners living in and around federal lands burned by wildfires, according to a July 10 joint news release. “Colorado is experiencing one of the most devastating fire seasons in the state’s history. I am glad FEMA has responded quickly to this new law,” Udall said in the release. “Many Coloradans living in and around burn areas are at risk of flooding and I championed this law because I know the risks homeowners in fire zones face last long after the final embers are extinguished.”

Moffat County Commissioner issues letter of apology regarding burn

Authorities were called to report of smoke July 5 at Tom Gray's residence

A contrite Tom Gray delivered a letter to the Craig Daily Press today addressing a July 5 incident at his home on North Colorado Highway 13, in which he was found burning trash while a burn ban he signed was in effect. "No excuses or justifications, I was wrong," the Moffat County Commissioner wrote in the letter. Gray's letter to the community and the story regarding the incident can be found here.

Services announced for Craig resident who died in Colowyo crash

Jason Kawcak, a 25-year-old Craig resident and Colowyo Coal Company employee, died Saturday in a vehicle crash on Colowyo Mine property in Moffat County. The crash occurred about 6 p.m. Saturday, according to a news release from Colowyo Coal Company, Western Fuels-Colorado, and Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association, Inc. Lt. KC Hume, of the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, said Craig Fire/Rescue firefighters, an ambulance crew from The Memorial Hospital in Craig, and sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene.