Craig briefs: Proposed gun ordinance still in works, on hold

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Craig Rummel, the Craig resident who proposed that the Craig City Council pass an ordinance that would make gun ownership mandatory for head of households in the city, said he still is working on the ordinance.

The ordinance was proposed at a Craig City Council meeting April 23, and Rummel intended to reintroduce the item to city council in June.

The council has yet to publically hear from Rummel on the issue.

Rummel said that he has been reworking the proposal but said he put that on hiatus for a while, with the intention of reopening the issue later.

The original goal of the ordinance was to make a statement to Colorado lawmakers, highlighting that two of the gun control bills passed by the Colorado General Assembly this year were the wrong choice for those who live in rural Colorado.

The city council was hesitant to approve such an ordinance, though Rummel had said it wouldn’t be a strict requirement — merely a message. Tony Bohrer was the only council member who expressed support for the ordinance. Council member Ray Beck said it could possibly work better as a resolution.

New car and truck sales up in Colorado

Colorado new car and truck sales are up 15.5 percent for July compared to July 2012 and up 13.5 percent for the first seven months of 2013, year-to-date, compared to the same first seven months of 2012, according to a press release from the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association. Those results and more are reported in the July 2013 Colorado Auto Outlook Report released by the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association. 

 Dodge, Porsche, Mitsubishi, BMW, Ram and Lexus new vehicle registrations each increased more than 27 percent during the first seven months of this year. Dodge led the way with a 51.7 percent increase, followed by Porsche at 34.7 percent and Mitsubishi at

33.3 percent.

 “New vehicle registrations in Colorado soared back into double digits in July after dipping to 9.7 percent in May vs. May (2012) and 6.1 percent June vs. June (2012). Dealer incentives, low interest rates and a wider range of leasing options are making new vehicle purchases very attractive to consumers right now. Another factor is that the improved housing market is leading the demand for full-size pickup trucks. Plus Coloradans have more options and designs to choose from, as well as a growing interest in the broader variety of fuel efficient vehicles.”

 Jackson said compact SUVs, full-size pickups and compact luxury SUVs sectors continued to lead in market share gains.

 Meanwhile, the used vehicle market in Colorado was up 2.5 percent in July 2013 (vehicles 7 years old or newer), and improved 2.9 percent, year-to-date.

Assessment available for public comment

The Bureau of Land Management Little Snake Field Office released a preliminary environmental assessment for public review that evaluates offering nine parcels totaling 7,435 acres north of Craig in its Feb. 13, 2014, competitive oil and gas lease sale, according to a news release.

These parcels are identified as available to oil and gas leasing under the current resource management plan for the Little Snake Field Office. The RMP identifies what restrictions, or stipulations, are included with the leases.

Nineteen additional parcels were nominated totaling 16,941 acres in priority greater sage-grouse habitat in Moffat County but will not be offered in this lease sale. Of the 7,435 acres being considered, 2,078 are BLM-managed surface and 5,357 are private lands with federal minerals.

The EA, a list of the parcels and the attached stipulations are available online at www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/lsfo.html and at the Little Snake Field Office, 455 Emerson St. in Craig.

Written comments must be received by Tuesday, and may be submitted via email to lsfoweb@blm.gov or by mail to the Little Snake Field Office, 455 Emerson St., Craig, CO 81625.

For additional information on the February Oil and Gas Lease Sale, visit www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Programs/oilandgas/oil_and_gas_lease/2014/february_2014_lease_sale.html

The state of Colorado receives 49 percent of the proceeds of each lease sale, according to the release. In fiscal year 2011, Colorado received more than $154 million from royalties, rentals and bonus bid payments for all federal minerals, including oil and gas. Statewide, there are more than 22,900 jobs tied to mineral and energy development on public lands.

Reading programs available at library

Moffat County Libraries recently launched 1,000 Books before Kindergarten, a program intended to prepare children to learn to read upon entering school, according to a news release. Families are asked to sign up before their child enters kindergarten, and the library will provide reading logs to track reading. Children will receive a free book when the family reaches certain reading milestones. Families who read 1,000 books to their child before he or she reaches kindergarten have successfully completed the program.

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