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Craig Briefs: Coffee and a Newspaper on community needs

Coffee and a Newspaper on community needs

The Craig Daily Press will host Coffee and a Newspaper at 7 a.m. June 3 at The Memorial Hospital. The topic of discussion will center on how the Craig Daily Press news team can better serve the community.

The event will be an opportunity for community members to speak with Managing Editor Noelle Leavitt Riley and her reporters about what kind of coverage they'd like to see in the newspaper. Publisher Renee Campbell will also be on hand to answer questions. Free coffee and pastries will be served. For more information, call Campbell at 970-875-1788 or Leaviitt Riley at 970-875-1790.

MCHS Class of '75 seeks info about classmates

The MCHS Class of '75 will hold its 40th class reunion June 19, 20 and 21.

Organizers need contact information for the following class members:

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David Arellano, John Bryan, Eddy Clark, Cindy Cook, Rhonda Dalton, Robbie Dean, Debra Foster, Carla Burch, Gary Franks, Andy Garcia, Wilma Guptill, Gus Hall, Marshall Holt, Mark Hutton, Robin Durdick, Steve Jensen, Kevin Jones, Michael King, Martin Masar, Krestine McAnally, Doral McCart, Coe Mangus, Sandra Mead, Sara Mock, Tom Moore, Wanda Moore, Kendal Quinn, Renee Skinner, Dawn Stephen, Larry Valdez, Eddie Wilkins, Mike Wilson and Cole Young. If you have information for these people please contact:

Chuck Cobb at 970-629-9397 or chuck@chuckcobb.net;

Elaine Sullivan at 970-629-8577 or je.sullivan1117@gmail.com; Jan Rowley at 970-824-6958 or alan_n_jan@msn.com

Hickenlooper: Take the steps to protect grouse

DENVER — On Friday, Gov. John Hickenlooper issued an executive order directing state agencies to take further conservation measures for the greater sage grouse, according to a release from the governor's office.

Hickenlooper directed state agencies to take a number of actions designed to reduce impacts to the sage grouse and its habitat. Those include: increasing coordination with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, launching a market-based habitat exchange, taking inventory of — and improving habitat within — state lands with grouse populations and strengthening the role of the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

"Our actions, in conjunction with the efforts of our local governments, landowners and many others to protect the greater sage grouse, have been extensive," Hickenlooper said in a statement. "With this executive order we are directing our state agencies and our partners to do even more to protect this treasured species.

"We firmly believe that state-led efforts are the most effective way to protect and conserve the greater sage grouse and its habitat. Conversely, a decision by the federal government to list the greater sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act would have a significant and detrimental economic impact to the state, as well as threaten the very state-led partnerships that are working to protect the species," Hickenlooper added.

In the executive order, the governor cites steps such as "facilitating better coordination among state agencies, more detailed record keeping, a complete inventory of SLB lands, developing a tracking system for oil and gas development in habitat, reviewing the state's 1200-series rules, and creating a market-driven habitat exchange program" as directives that will further strengthen the protection of Colorado's greater sage-grouse.

Oil, gas data for tests, complaints is available

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission this week made data related to public complaints and mechanical integrity tests for wellbores available in bulk download form, continuing efforts to make more of its data available in different formats to the public, according to a news release.

The data, available in Microsoft Access tables, can be accessed from the recently updated COGCC website by going to the "data" tab on of the main webpage and then clicking "downloads." Additional information providing guidance about the data itself is included with the data package.

"We have a lot of data in our database that has always been available to the public at any time. However, we recognize it can be time-consuming to aggregate a large amount of data on a specific topic," COGCC director Matt Lepore said in a statement. "Releasing data in this bulk download format will help resolve that issue and increase public transparency."

The COGCC plans future releases, in the same bulk download format, for all spill and remediation data, notice of alleged violation data and inspection data, and to update those databases regularly. Information about any single event, such as a spill or an NOAV, has long been, and continues to be, available for review on an event-by-event basis through the website.

The agency already makes bulk downloads available for some of its data, including water quality and production. A guide to COGCC's data can be found through the downloads tab under the data tab on the homepage. Earlier this month, COGCC introduced a new website designed to make it easier for the public to navigate agency information.

Increasing access to data is part of an ongoing focus at COGCC to strengthen its regulation of oil and gas development in Colorado.

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