Wednesday's Coffee and a Newspaper to discuss retail pot

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The Craig Daily Press will host its monthly Coffee and a Newspaper event from 7 to 7:45 a.m. Wednesday at The Memorial Hospital Mountain Café. This month, General Manager Renee Campbell and Managing Editor Noelle Leavitt Riley will hold a discussion about retail marijuana.

The Craig Daily Press recently reported on a Maybell woman who wants to overturn the ban on retail pot cultivation and sales in Moffat County so that she can reap the financial benefits from cannabis. The newspaper invites anyone from the public who would like to weigh in on the topic.

For more information, call 970-875-1788.

Snowmobilers invited to attend safety course


Colorado Parks and Wildlife, along with its partner, Steamboat Lake Snowclub, is inviting all snowmobilers, whether experienced or novice, to attend a free Colorado Snowmobile Safety Course at 10 a.m. April 5 at the Steamboat Lake State Park Visitor Center, according to a press release.

Space is limited, and anyone interested in attending must contact Steamboat Lake State Park at 970-879-3922 to reserve a spot.


Riders who complete the course will receive a safety certificate, which is required for all riders between ages 10 and 16 who wish to ride on public lands, unless accompanied by a rider 16 years or older.

The course will consist of classroom instruction followed by basic snowmobile operation. If possible, participants should bring their own snowmobile and equipment, including a helmet; however, a personal machine is not required. The safety certificate qualifications will be completed in the classroom.


Registration is required. Call Steamboat Lake State Park at 970-879-3922


Governor signs local fund distribution bill

The Associated Govern­ments of Northwest Colorado is pleased to announce that Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law legislation that provides for the immediate distribution of more than $4.2 million to local governments from the Local Government Permanent Fund, a slush fund established in 2009 from Federal Mineral Lease monies, and intended to be distributed to local governments impacted by federal mineral development, according to a press release.

While the fund had been raided by the general assembly in years past, city of Grand Junction revenue supervisor Elizabeth Tice-Janda discovered that last year, the fund contained an undistributed $3.8 million, even though conditions had been met for distributing the money. Tice-Janda approached AGNC with the information, and the Association immediately took steps to get the funds released, along with amounts that had accumulated since that time.

These efforts culminated in the governor’s signing of Senate Bill 14-106.

“We are pleased that the Joint Budget Committee, both Houses of the General Assembly, and the governor, saw the value and urgency in this issue, and worked to correct the situation,” AGNC Executive Director Scott McInnis said in a statement. “This money will go a long ways towards helping our local governments provide for the services they need to, in this time of reduced revenues.”

Among the top recipients of the funds, which were provided by lease sale bonus payments and royalties from energy development on federally owned lands, are Garfield County, which will receive about $411,391; Rio Blanco County, receiving $374,806; and Mesa County, which will receive about $190,175. Grand Junction is slated to receive about $89,200.

For more information, or to schedule an interview, please contact AGNC Executive Director Scott McInnis at 970-285-7630.

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