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U.S. Senator visits with Moffat County officials

Mark Udall, D-Colo., discusses assortment of issues with officials from four counties

U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., listens to various local officials during an open discussion Friday at the Moffat County Courthouse. Officials from Moffat, Rio Blanco, Routt, and Jackson counties took part in the discussion. Among the topics discussed were the recent passing of House Bill 10-1365, and coal as an energy source.

U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., visited with area officials Friday to hear their concerns and feedback, most notably regarding energy development.

"I need to make personal appearances so I can listen and learn from elected officials and citizens," Udall said after an open discussion with Moffat County, Routt, Rio Blanco and Jackson County officials at the Moffat County Courthouse.

Top issues local officials discussed with the senator included energy resource development, land use and protection, and health care, among others.

Moffat County commissioner Tom Mathers said he was pleased Udall took time to visit Northwest Colorado.

"It means a lot that they take the time to come to Moffat County instead of like so many others that go to Steamboat," Mathers said.

Mathers, however, said he hopes that feedback from the county officials to the senator "doesn't fall on deaf ears."

"Hopefully some of the things we talked to him about will make a difference," he said.

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