Briefs for Dec. 23
Leave Christmas trees with trash
City of Craig officials urge residents to leave their discarded Christmas trees on street curbs by trash cans for pickup.
Trash will be collected on regular pickup days. Recyclable items should be taken to the city of Craig Recycling Center, 1775 Yampa Ave. Wrapping paper should not be deposited with the recycling bins, but in the regular trash bins.
Salazar calls for focus on agriculture
Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo., joined several other legislators Tuesday in calling for the Senate to provide emergency disaster assistance for the nation’s farmers, ranchers and rural communities.
“The fact is that you see the pain in the faces of family farmers today, and you see the pain in the faces of rural communities,” Salazar said.
Drought and the effects of Hurricane Katrina have made for a tough year for agriculture.
Estimates show that 2006 will be the fifth below average winter wheat crop in six years –with potential losses to producers of more than $60 million, according to a statement from Salazar’s office.
“I had a farmer in Burlington earlier this year who came up to me and said that he never thought that he would see the day when the cost of one gallon of gas would be higher than the cost of one bushel of wheat,” Salazar said. “Family farms and ranchers continue to wither on the vine.”
New transmission lines in the works
Tri-State Generation and Transmission, the primary operator at the Craig Station Power plant, is working on new transmission lines for Kansas and eastern Colorado.
Along with Western Area Power Administration, Tri-State will construct transmission lines and new and larger substations.
The facilities will assist Tri-State and Western Area Power in meeting their contractual obligations, officials say. The new facilities also are meant to relieve existing restraints on the power delivery system, officials say.
Design and routing work is in the very early stages, but the new transmission lines generally will run from southeastern Colorado northward through eastern Colorado with a line spur running eastward connecting to facilities in southwestern Kansas.
An environmental impact study and related environmental analysis will commence in 2006, along with route selection and preliminary land work, followed by engineering design work in 2007.
A three-year construction period is scheduled to start in 2008, with the facilities in place and running in 2011.
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