News for Wednesday, November 7, 2012

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Craig fire department, VFW partnership inspires Veterans Day fireworks show

Fireworks are synonymous with Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve celebrations. But when the Independence Day fireworks display was canceled, due to this summer’s extreme wildfire season, officials with Moffat County and the City of Craig were presented with the unique challenge of deciding on an alternate holiday to shoot the show. The Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board spearheaded the discussion because Craig Fire/Rescue firefighters manage the fireworks display each year.

Moffat County Commission agrees to tax settlement with Questar

Commission, Questar meet in middle on $19 million agreement

A long dispute about taxes came to a close Tuesday when the Moffat County Commission hosted a special meeting to approve a settlement with Questar Gas. Questar operates a natural gas pipeline in Moffat County. For years Questar’s pipelines and equipment had not been valuated in accordance with Colorado’s state assessed guidelines. To rectify the lost revenue the commission hired about four years ago Visual Lease Services, a Holdenville, Okla.-based re-evaluation projects company, to map and valuate Questar’s pipelines.

Denise Hainault: Congrats to chorus

I am writing this letter to let the people of Craig know about an incredible event that occurred this last week on October 30. Craig has a women's barbershop chorus that has been established since the early 80's. Their name is Bella Voce, formally known as the Yampa Valley Chorus. Through song, this small group of women has supported the area and the arts while keeping barbershop music, one of the true American art forms, alive. Well, they certainly kept it alive at the Pepse Center in Denver last Tuesday. This little chorus of 16 members competed in the Sweet Adelines International Competition to an almost full house.

Project benefits wildlife at Gypsum Ponds SWA

Colorado Parks and Wildlife, currently proceeding with phase two of a fishery and wetland rehabilitation project at Gypsum Ponds State Wildlife Area, recently asked for public patience in a news release as the work will temporarily limit public access to the popular fishing spot. Agency officials are asking visitors to use caution and avoid construction areas until the project has been completed, according to the news release. Phase one of the project concluded earlier this year and increased the height of the berm around the main pond, enhancing fish habitat by making the water deeper. The elevated berm will also help prevent water encroachment from the Eagle River, the release stated. Phase two will continue through November of this year and includes making the east pond deeper to improve fish habitat. In addition, a small pond at the south end will be filled to create a wetland environment with a goal of increasing the diversity of forage for waterfowl, according to the release.

On The Record for Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012

On The Record for Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012

Colo. voters OK legalization of recreational pot

Colorado voters legalized recreational pot use on Tuesday, setting up a clash with federal drug policy. A similar measure was also approved in Washington state, though voters in Oregon rejected recreational pot. When state and federal laws conflict, federal law takes precedence. Federal authorities could sue in an attempt to block the measures in Colorado and Washington from taking effect. It remained unclear how the federal government would respond. "Federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug, so don't break out the Cheetos or gold fish too quickly," Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat who opposed the measure, said in a prepared statement.

CO voters approve state personnel system overhaul

Colorado voters have approved an overhaul of how the state hires and fires employees. Amendment S increases the number and type of employees who are exempt from the state personnel system. It gives the state more flexibility in deciding who to hire, rather than simply relying on test results. It also phases out a little-used rule that protects senior employees from layoffs, and it creates a new merit pay system.

Baumgardner springboards off House experience to win SD8

Rep. Randy Baumgardner, R-Cowdrey, has been through his share of elections since first running for public office. But on Tuesday Baumgardner said they never get easier no matter how many he’s through. “You just don’t know going in,” Baumgardner said. “It doesn’t matter how hard you campaign or how good you feel, anything can happen.”

CDP Editorial: Moving forward

Our View: With the close of the 2012 election, it can be easy for us to remain divided. However if we want our nation to move forward, we need to get past the differences highlighted during this past campaign season and focus on ways to improve our nation.

Rankin tops Baxter in House District 57 race

Carbondale Republican wins in all three counties

Carbondale businessman Bob Rankin sailed to an early victory over retired educator Jo Ann Baxter in the race for the open state House District 57 seat. "Since the registration was in my favor, the campaign was about learning the job, learning the issues," Rankin said Tuesday evening.