Craig briefs: Corrective Disclosure with Federal Court filed
In a response to the lawsuit filed by the WildEarth Guardians, Trapper Mining, Inc. filed a corrective disclosure with United States District Court, District of Colorado on Wednesday, according to a news release from Trapper.
On May 8, Judge R. Brooke Jackson ruled that the mine plan approval by the Office of Surface Mining for Trapper Mine did not adequately provide public notice and address environmental impacts as required by the National Environmental Policy Act. As part of the order, the court ruled that it was not necessary to vacate the Trapper mine plan because most of the coal covered by OSM’s mine plan had already been mined.
Since the May 8 ruling, Trapper Mine identified additional information revealing that the OSM mine plan at issue covered areas that had not yet been mined. This information resulted in Wednesday’s filing. To ensure compliance in current and future permitting efforts, Trapper is working proactively with OSM, Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety (DRMS), and WildEarth Guardians to explore a reasonable course for conducting any needed remedial NEPA analysis, consistent with the May 8 order.
Trapper Mining Inc. operates the Trapper Mine, which is located in Moffat County, Colorado. The mine employs 185 and has provided coal to Craig Station in northwest Colorado since 1977.
Extension office to host canning event July 11
The Moffat County Extension office and local Master Food Safety Advisors will host a three-hour introductory canning session from 9 a.m. to noon on July 11. The event will take place at the extension kitchen, located at 539 Barclay St. in Craig. It will be a hands-on workshop showing how to use a water-bath canner and a pressure canner. Learn the basics of home canning and tips for preserving at high altitude. Space is limited. The cost is $15 per person and include the 2015 edition of the Ball Blue Book. Register at The Kitchen Shop, located at 577 Yampa Ave. For more information, call 970-824-8148.
Fourth of July parade and picnic to take place
The community is invited to the VFW’s annual Fourth of July parade that will start at 11 a.m. Saturday at Veteran’s Memorial Park. The parade line-up starts at 10 a.m.
The parade will continue down Victory Way. It’s the fifth annual parade sponsored by the VFW and the VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary Post 4265 and the American Legion Post 62. All floats are welcome and judging will take place before the parade begins. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded after the parade at the VFW.
A community barbecue will commence at the VFW after the parade. The picnic will boast hot dogs, hamburgers, water and soda. The VFW is asking the community to bring dessert to share. For more information, call Johnny Garcia at 970-826-2627 or 970-629-3345.
Moffat County Library closures announced
All branches of the Moffat County Libraries will be closed Friday through Sunday for the Independence Day holiday. For more information, call the library at 970-824-7550.
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