Craig briefs: Legislators pleased with grouse decision extension
The press offices of U.S. Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet and U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton announced Tuesday that they welcomed a Washington, D.C., District Court judge’s decision to grant the U.S. Fish and Wildfire Service and other litigants a six-month extension of the decision deadline on the proposed Endangered Species Act listing of the Gunnison sage grouse.
Udall, Bennet and Tipton sent a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last week urging the agency to come together with relevant parties to extend the deadline on the proposed Endangered Species Act listing. They heralded the litigants’ joint motion earlier this week seeking an extension of the decision deadline.
“This additional time will give the state and local communities additional opportunities to come together with federal agencies and implement a science-based plan that preserves Colorado’s special way of life while also preserving the unique wildlife that call it home,” Udall, Bennet and Tipton said in a joint statement.
The possibility that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service could list the bird as an endangered species and designate more than 1.7 million acres in western Colorado and eastern Utah as critical habitat has spurred continued collaboration among local government and community stakeholders to develop an expanded grass-roots plan to preserve the species.
Udall, Bennet and Tipton have led efforts to ensure the U.S. Fish and Wildfire Service considers state and local efforts to conserve the Gunnison sage grouse before making a final decision on whether to list the bird under the Endangered Species Act.
Paper seeks Teacher of the Year nominations
If you have a favorite teacher that you’d like to see win the newspaper’s Teacher of the Year award, nominate them by May 16. Send your nomination to Craig Daily Press Managing Editor Noelle Leavitt Riley at 970-875-1790 or editor@CraigDailyPress.com.
Tipton announces town hall meeting in Craig
U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., will host a town hall meeting from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday at 300 W. Fourth St. in Craig. He will answer questions from constituents and give updates on the work he’s doing on the federal level to encourage economic growth and job creation in the 3rd District.
Mom & Me photo entry deadline is Thursday
Enter a photo of moms with their son(s) or daughter(s), and then tell your friends and family to vote for their favorite. The top three photos with the most votes will win great local prizes sponsored by Carrie Hertzog Photography, Kester’s Jewelry, Shear Bliss Salon and Nails and Intermountain Appliance.
Photos can be submitted until 3 p.m. Thursday, and voting started Sunday, so get your photos submitted. Winners will be announced in the Craig Daily Press on Friday. Enter at ExploreCraig.com/momandme.
Daily Press event to discuss fracking Wednesday
The Craig Daily Press will hold its monthly Coffee and a Newspaper from 7 to 7:50 a.m. Wednesday at The Memorial Hospital’s Mountain Cafe. The newspaper’s General Manager Renee Campbell and Managing Editor Noelle Leavitt Riley will hold a discussion about fracking, and coffee and pastries will be provided. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 970-875-1788.
Shoplifting prevention training is Thursday
Craig Police Department will host a shoplifting and loss prevention class Thursday in response to a high rate of theft from retail stores in the area recently.
“This class is designed to provide retail employees, supervisors and managers some tools to prevent shoplifting and internal theft in retail stores,” according to a statement released by Craig Police Department.
Officer Grant Laehr will teach the course because before his work in law enforcement, he had 12 years of experience in retail sales.
The class is free, but those interested need to register with Dixie Beck at 970-826-2371.
BLM field manager gets temporary promotion
Little Snake Field Bureau of Land Management Office Field Manager Wendy Reynolds will transfer to Grand Junction for four months to take over as interim director of the Northwest Colorado BLM district. Jim Cagney, who was the Northwest Colorado district manager, announced his retirement in April.
Reynolds will leave Craig on May 12, and Tim Wilson, assistant field manager for Little Snake, will take over Reynold’s position for the duration of her interim position.
“It’ll be a really interesting challenge and I’m really looking forward to it,” she said. “Instead of one field office, I’ll be managing five.”
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.