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The Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots hosted a forum Thursday night to hear from Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid about his recent visit to Washington, D.C., to attend a National Association of Counties steering committee on energy, environment and land-use issues. The event in Craig also provided a forum for candidates running for the District 3 county commissioner seat opening up in 2015.
A little more than a year after it picked up Old West Sanitation’s Moffat County operations, Twin Enviro Services has taken over the company’s Routt County trash collection business.
Southwestern Energy announces multimillion-dollar deal to purchase mineral leases in Moffat and Routt counties
Southwestern Energy announced Wednesday that it had signed an agreement to purchase 312,000 net acres in Moffat and Routt counties for $180 million, according to a press release.
Since Moffat County Assessor Robert Razzano is forgoing a second term, Chuck Cobb, broker assistant for Cornerstone Realty, is vying for the open seat. Cobb was the director of golf operations on the Yampa Valley Golf Course for about 30 years, and he said that gave him experience with business, county relations and community service. Also, his 10 year service on the school board gives him background in being an elected official, he said.
About 10 miles north of Craig, tucked away just off Colorado Highway 13, is an indistinguishable warehouse, hugged in by fenced animals including sheep, alpacas and goats. The 4,000-square-foot building easily blends in with the agricultural area, surrounded by other properties marked with barns and livestock. But inside is a unique find.
A free online seminar for businesses utilizing the social media site Facebook will be available from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.
An economic development committee met Tuesday to plan an event to attract entrepreneurs and business owners to Craig in June. The planning group is the economic development subcommittee of the Craig Community Assessment Committee, which kicked off its meetings at the beginning of the year after receiving an assessment performed by the state program Downtown Colorado Inc. The state program helps guide small communities through the processes it takes to boost local economies.
A late corn harvest in the Midwest, which uses propane heat to dry the crop, and severe winter weather is creating demand felt in other regions.
Recent data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program indicates that local crime is on the decline. The FBI has been collecting, publishing and archiving crime statistics as part of the UCR program since 1929. The data is produced from the information received from more than 18,000 city, university, county, state, tribal and federal law enforcement agencies voluntarily participating in the program. The UCR data is the most comprehensive source for detailed crime statistics.
A bill that would reduce Colorado’s energy standard was killed in the Transportation and Energy Committee Thursday. The legislation would have altered the language of Senate Bill 13-252, that was passed into law in 2013 and caused uproar among traditional energy advocates. SB 252 requires cooperative electric associations derive 20 percent of their energy from renewable resources. The bill, HB 14-1113, would reduce that mandate to 15 percent.
Colorado’s unemployment rate went down to 6.2 percent — which is the lowest unemployment rate for the state since winter 2008. This trend doesn’t correspond exactly with unemployment drops in rural areas, but unemployment remained low in Moffat and Routt counties. In December, Moffat County’s rate dipped to 5.1 percent and Routt County hovered at 5.6 percent. In Moffat, this is the lowest unemployment has been since at least fall 2012.
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.
Twentymile Mine in Routt County recently cut 47 contract positions, according to Peabody Energy communications manager Charlene Murdock.
The new owners of the Clarion Inn & Suites, formally the Holiday Inn, hosted a meet and greet with the community Wednesday night at the hotel. Wine and appetizers were on hand as the hotel owner Sholom Jacobs, principal at New York-based Jacobs Real Estate Advisors, mingled with local business leaders and government officials for the first time.