News for Thursday, January 16, 2014

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Matt C. Winey: IRS rules unacceptable

The IRS recently proposed new regulations that will further stifle political speech and make it more difficult for citizen-led groups and associations to form.

Briefs for Jan. 17, 2014: CDOT approves funds for tunnel widening

The Colorado Department of Transportation Transportation Commission has approved $55 million to widen the westbound Twin Tunnel and finalized a Memorandum of Understanding between CDOT, Clear Creek County and the City of Idaho Springs.

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Important weekend of basketball coming for Moffat County

The boys and girls teams play two games on the road Friday and Saturday, with a chance to make some noise in their leagues.

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Gov. John Hickenlooper questions BLM's sage grouse plan

The sage grouse issue in Colorado took a turn this week after Gov. John Hickenlooper sent a letter to the Bureau of Land Management stating that its proposed plan for the bird was not acceptable — a response that Moffat County officials applaud.

2014 legislative session starts with push back against renewable energy mandate

With a new legislative session underway, lawmakers already are challenging energy regulations that were signed into law in 2013. State Sen. Ted Harvey, R-Highlands Ranch, proposed Senate Bill 35, a bill that effectively would gut the renewable energy mandate. Now law, Senate Bill 13-252 requires cooperative electric associations to get at least 20 percent of their energy from renewable resources by 2020. SB 35 was swiftly introduced into the State, Veterans and Military Affairs committee on Wednesday and just as swiftly killed in committee.

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Energy-saving panels go on sale at community solar garden due to open in Craig this summer

The solar garden is a collaboration between Yampa Valley Electric Association, the rural electric cooperative here, and the Boulder-based for-profit solar panel business, Clean Energy Collective (CEC).

On the record for Moffat County jail Jan. 16

The daily cops roundup and jail report.

Craig Sports Briefs for Jan. 17, 2014: Water aerobics available at the high school

The latest sports news for Craig and Moffat County.

No Winter Fest at Wyman's

The Craig museum has canceled the 2014 Winter Festival. It will be the first time in eight years the festival has not happened.

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Local businesses see new customers in past three months

Starbucks kiosk in City Market not yet confirmed

Big things have been brewing in the Craig business world after the closure of certain businesses in the past year, and it may be heating up again in a different way.

Faith Column: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive'

The Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center recently relocated to 25 W. Victory Way, and the whole process has been quite the educational experience for me. As the process unfolded before me — I can’t really say that I had any modicum of control — I found myself surprised over and over again with what people did for us, and it exemplified what being a part of the body of Christ can look like.

Rep. Bob Rankin: This legislative session

It’s been a busy, exciting and motivating couple of weeks. I was in Craig, Parachute, Rifle, Glenwood Springs and Carbondale for town hall meetings and then we had a typical winter driving experience as we moved to a Denver apartment for the start of the 2014 legislative session.