Craig briefs: EPA to visit Craig next month for listening tour
Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid is in the process of organizing a listening tour — hosted by the county — during which members of the Environmental Protection Agency in Region 8 will visit Craig on Sept. 10 and 11.
Kinkaid is trying to nail down the venue.
A panel discussion will take place Sept. 10, giving community members an opportunity to share their stories about the coal industry with EPA representatives.
The goal is to show the governmental agency that the coal industry is alive and well in Northwest Colorado and that Tri-State Generation and Transmission — owner of Craig Station — is a compliant company.
On Sept. 11, EPA representatives will tour Craig Station and one of the coal mines, Kinkaid said. The Craig Daily Press will provide more detailed information to readers once it becomes available.
Softball fundraiser for Vallarta’s is Aug. 16
A coed benefit softball tournament will take place Aug. 16 at the Loudy-Simpson Park softball fields.
The tournament will include a silent auction, home-run derby and concessions. All of the proceeds will go to the Vallarta’s Restaurant families (Pereyra/Nunez) to help with the large costs associated with the recent tragedy.
The registration fee is $200 per team. The deadline for team entries and silent auction donations is Sunday. Call Megan at 406-690-4991 or Loy 970-326-9894.
Moffat Combined Court offers case assistance
People representing themselves in non-criminal court proceedings in Moffat County will have the opportunity to meet with a self-represented litigant coordinator for assistance with their case, according to a press release.
Based out of the Court Clerk’s Office in the Moffat County Courthouse, the program is designed to help people better understand court processes and forms needed in non-criminal cases, such as divorce and family matters, child support, money claims, small claims disputes, landlord/tenant disputes, restraining orders, probate or guardianships.
The program is part of a broader program the Colorado Judicial Branch created to help the public and the courts address the ever-increasing number of cases in which parties are not represented by attorneys.
The self-represented litigant coordinator cannot provide legal advice but will be able to help self-represented parties by answering general questions, providing information about court statutes, rules, policies and procedures, and assisting them with filling out forms.
Discussions are not confidential or privileged; however, because the coordinator is a neutral information provider, assistance is available to parties on both sides of the case if they represent themselves.
Assistance is free and available in person or by phone from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3:30 p.m. every Monday (except court holidays). Appointments are recommended and given priority; however, walk-ins are welcome and will be assisted on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact the Moffat Combined Court at 221 W. Victory Way, Suite 300, Craig, CO 81625 or 970-824-8254, or visit http://goo.gl/O4Bgfe.
AAA Colorado to offer bicycles roadside help
AAA Colorado is expanding roadside assistance to include bicycles for its members statewide, according to a press release. Transportation service is provided for members when their bicycle is disabled or inoperable, with no increase in membership dues. A service vehicle will meet you at a trailhead or on a publicly traveled road and transport you and your bike to the location of your choice. Service vehicles are not equipped to repair a member’s bicycle or change a flat tire.
“Offering bicycle service is another great benefit for our AAA Colorado members and we’re proud to be one of the first AAA clubs in the United States to do so,” said Tony DeNovellis, CEO and president of AAA Colorado.
Colorado is ranked as the second most bike-friendly state by the League of American Bicyclists, with 19 bicycle-friendly communities. Bicycling is a $1 billion economic driver in the state-including manufacturing, retail and tourism.
Colorado treats marijuana taxes like ‘a piggy bank,’ but top lawmakers want to limit spending to two areas
The complaints from constituents and policy advocates are aimed at the Marijuana Tax Cash Fund, a depository for about half of the $272 million the state is expected to generate this fiscal year from marijuana-related taxes. The legislature has guidelines for how the money should be spent, but lawmakers can use it for just about anything they want. And in practice, they do, splitting the money among dozens of different programs, across more than a dozen state agencies.