Craig briefs: Craig Daily Press to run scholarship information
Craig — The Craig Daily Press would like organizations that offer scholarships to send them to the newspaper. The paper will compile Scholarship Happenings for our readers this spring to inform students what scholarships are available in the community. If you have a scholarship you’d like published in the paper, send it to editor@CraigDailyPress.com. For more information, or if you have questions, call Editor Noelle Leavitt Riley at 970-875-1790.
CMEDP to hold monthly meeting 11:30 a.m. today
The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership will meet at 11: 30 a.m. today for its regularly scheduled monthly meeting. The following is included in the agenda.
- Consent agenda:
■ Approve CMEDP Board Meeting Minutes Dec. 16, 2015
■ Review Financial Reports Dec. 31, 2015 – Tami Fager, Treasurer
- Yampa Valley Electric Association — M. Moore-Kemp — key accounts
- Executive Director Report — Audrey Danner
■ Business Success Center Report
- Committee reports:
■ Membership — Neil Folks
■ Strategic Planning – Luke Tucker
■ Finance — Grant Roper
- Discussion and action items:
■ Letter of interest —Board of Director position from Janell Oberlander, CNCC Vice President
■ Goals with CMEDP, MCTA and Craig Chamber – update
■ Local Marketing District — update — Frank Moe and Derek Duran
■ Staffing CMEDP and Business Success Center
- Community Comments
Patriots group to host precinct caucus event
The Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots will host an event highlighting Colorado’s election method with guest speaker KC Hume.
“Each state is a little different and not all states use the same caucus system,” states the news release.
The event is at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Bell Tower Building, room 201.
Coalition applauds House vote on FOIA reforms
The Sunshine in Government Initiative, a media coalition which has worked to increase government transparency for more than ten years, applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for approving the “FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act of 2015” (H.R. 653) that improves the Freedom of Information Act, according to a news release.
“Today’s vote to strengthen disclosure under FOIA shows that Congress can find common ground to make government more transparent and accountable,” Rick Blum, director of the Sunshine in Government Initiative, said in a statement. “Nearly 50 years after President Lyndon Johnson signed FOIA into law, the bipartisan spirit to make government transparent and accountable to the public is alive and well.”
SGI members appreciate the bill’s sponsors, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California, Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, and Mike Quigley, D-Illinois, as well as House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, for crafting bipartisan legislation that takes significant steps to address many challenges that requesters, including the media, face when using FOIA.
Specifically, H.R. 653 codifies the current “presumption of openness” policy, thereby ensuring agencies follow a pro-disclosure policy in future administrations. Among many improvements to FOIA, the bill gives the Office of Government Information Services (the “FOIA Ombudsman”) the independence that Congress intended when Congress created that office in 2007. In addition, it creates a single portal for all agencies to accept requests from a requester and takes several steps to improve management of FOIA.
“We congratulate the U.S. House for doing their part to help ‘fix FOIA by 50’ and we look forward to working with the Senate so we can celebrate FOIA’s 50th anniversary on July 4 with a stronger, better FOIA,” Blum said.
This July 4 marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s signature making FOIA the law of the land.
Annual Poker Run slated for 9:30 a.m. Jan. 30
The Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club will host its annual Poker Run on Jan. 30 at Freeman Reservoir. Registration begins at the trail head parking lot at 9:30 a.m. The event’s card stations are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $10 per hand or three hands for $25. Prices will be awarded at the awards banquet at 5:30 p.m. at the O.P. Bar and Grill, 534 E. Victory Way. Proceeds go to the local student scholarship fund. For more information, visit northwestcoloradosnowmobileclub.org.