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Craig briefs: EPA to visit, tour Craig; public welcome to join

Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid has organized an Environmental Protection Agency listening tour that will take place Wednesday. The event is hosted by the county in conjunction with Club 20 and Craig City Council member Ray Beck.

A public meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Moffat County High School Auditorium, addressing the EPA's new proposed rule for carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal-fired power plants. Thursday, EPA Region 8 officials will visit Craig and tour Craig Station.

"I'm hoping that by having the EPA here, they'll be able to go back to Denver and remember their visit when formulating the Colorado plan. I hope we can carve out a way for our local power plants, here and in Hayden, to stay in business for the foreseeable future," Kinkaid said.

EPA Region 8 Administrator Shaun McGrath is a guest speaker at the event, along with Craig Station Manager Rick Johnson, Independence Institute Energy Policy Director Amy Oliver Cooke, Yampa Valley Data Partners Director Keith Kramer and Kinkaid.

The public is urged to attend, Kinkaid said.

Buffalo Pass parties concern law officials

Destructive partying on the Routt National Forest is drawing the attention of U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement Officers in the Steamboat Springs area, as multiple events have resulted in a variety of issues, dangerous situations and citations, according to a news release.

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Most recently, a party this past weekend on Buffalo Pass, involving youths ages 14 to 23, resulted in resource damage, sanitation issues, possession of drugs citations, minor in possession alcohol citations, drinking and driving, and an automobile accident involving party-goers.

This is an ongoing problem, which correlates directly with holidays, as well as both the start and end of the school year. Multiple large parties involving youth have taken place in the Buffalo Pass area and have had substantial consequences. The U.S. Forest Service is asking the public to help protect and preserve their public lands from this type of abuse.

"The partying on Buffalo Pass is problematic and involves many issues," USFS Law Enforcement Officer Nick Walters said in a statement. "I hope the community is appalled by the way their lands are treated and will help us curb this issue. These are their lands, and the blatant disrespect is by a small percentage of the population but affects everyone."

In addition to the list of problems associated with last weekend's Buffalo Pass party, local USFS officials are dealing with the consistent issue of trash that is either left at camp sites or attempted to be burned in fires. There is a growing problem of wooden shipping pallets being used in fires by campers.

All of these trash issues have been observed at both developed and undeveloped camp sites. Specifically, the pallets cause large, unsafe fires that leave behind remnants and nails.

Inappropriate, dangerous or illegal partying on National Forest should be reported to the local USFS office, Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District, by calling 970-870-2299.

The Routt County Sheriff's Office can be reached at 970-879-1090.