News for Friday, September 7, 2012



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Craig, Moffat County business owners sound off on Hayden casino

Danner: Hayden casino should be treated like any other private business venture

Simply uttering the word “casino” in some circles can conjure up images of sin, human degradation and the worst qualities of the general public. And although the social impacts of the Sleeping Giant Group’s proposal to bring an Indian gaming facility to Hayden still need further discussion, members of the Craig and Moffat County business communities were content to save that debate for another day. Instead, the talk around town has been focused on increased tourist traffic and economic development opportunities that could spill over the line into Moffat County. Betsy Nauman-Cook, director of the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership, said Friday she has yet to hear an opinion opposed to the casino from the business community, budding entrepreneurs or local residents.

Rig Count for Spt. 8, 2012

A count on oil and natural gas rigs, as of Friday, operating in Colorado, Wyoming and the U.S. overall, according to Baker Hughes, Inc., a Houston-based energy consulting company: • Colorado has 59 rigs online — 2 less than Aug. 31, and 18 less than Sept. 9, 2011. • Wyoming has 52 rigs online — the same as Aug. 31, and 2 more than Sept. 9, 2011. • The U.S. has 1,864 rigs online — 30 less than Aug. 31, and 94 less than Sept. 9, 2011. Of those rigs:

BLM accepting public comment on coal lease sale in Moffat, Rio Blanco counties

BLM awards oil shale RD&D leases to test heat extraction technologies

The Bureau of Land Management is accepting public comment on a coal lease application on land managed by the White River Field Office. Blue Mountain Energy, Inc., which operates the Deserado Mine seven miles northeast of Rangely, submitted the application. The land under consideration encompasses 3,157 acres of federal coal reserves located in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties. The reserve is estimated to contain more than 21 million tons of coal. A preliminary environmental assessment, which includes a summary of the proposal, may be viewed on the White River Field Office web site.

Craig's Centennial Mall sees positive changes

Atmos Energy Corporation names new president for Colorado-Kansas division

Eric Tegl, property manager for Craig's Centennial Mall, shares upgrades and progress being made there with the community. He says although some think the mall is dead and empty, new tenants and upgrades have been installed over the past six months.

Tipton calls out Pace as Colorado Mesa University debate approaches

Tipton: Let’s have that conversation about taxes

Sal Pace, a Pueblo Democrat running for the Third Congressional District of Colorado, said recently he would welcome the opportunity to compare his record on taxes with that of his opponent and CD3 incumbent Scott Tipton, R-Cortez. And with the Colorado Mesa University debate on the horizon, Tipton called out Pace, saying Saturday’s event would be a perfect opportunity to “have the conversation.” “I welcome this comparison,” Tipton said in a Tuesday news release. “There is a great divide between Sal Pace’s rhetoric and record when it comes to raising taxes. He can continue to say he has stood up for families and small businesses, but that does not mean it’s true.”

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Town of Dinosaur still working with tribe to build casino in Northwest Colorado

An official in the town of Dinosaur says his town’s residents are well aware of the proposal for a casino 107 miles east in Routt County, but they are continuing to move forward with building one of their own.

Back in business: Suspension of Craig doctor's license lifted

CBME vacates suspension of Dr. Joel Miller

The Colorado Board of Medical Examiners has vacated its suspension of a local doctor’s license. Dr. Joel Miller, operator of High Country Medical at 535 Yampa Ave. in Craig, met with the CBME Thursday to appeal the suspension of his license to practice as a physician in the state of Colorado. His license was suspended last month when he declined to comply with a Colorado Physician Health Program recommendation that Miller seek an out of state medical assessment to evaluate a potential alcohol abuse problem. According to the CBME order, the suspension was vacated when the “respondent, through counsel, and CPHP, provided adequate confirmation to the Board of Respondent’s compliance with CPHP’s recommendations.” The order went into effect Aug. 31, according to the CBME order. Attempts to reach Dr. Miller have been unsuccessful thus far.