Craig briefs: Moffat County to rally for coal in Denver on Wednesday
October 29, 2013
Moffat County residents who are worried about impending Environmental Protection Agency energy regulations are heading to Denver on Wednesday to rally in support of traditional energy.
In conjunction with the Denver rally, there will be a sendoff rally in Craig from 6 to 7 a.m. Wednesday at the Kmart parking lot. The sendoff rally is for those who would like to show support but can't take the day off. McDonald's is hosting a pancake feed during the sendoff rally. There also will be two giant cards for everyone to sign that will be delivered to the EPA.
People who are interested in carpooling to Denver can call the Deer Park Inn at 970-824-9282.
The caravan will leave at 7 a.m. from the Kmart parking lot.
"EPA carbon dioxide regulations on existing power plants could devastate our local economy," Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid said.
The EPA will be hosting public listening sessions in Denver as they develop carbon pollution regulations for existing power plants, which inspired organizations like Friends of Coal to rally against possible restrictions while the listening sessions take place at noon Wednesday and protest on the steps of the state Capitol. Additionally, anyone looking to sign a petition can do so at The Flower Mine Shop.
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The EPA is holding 11 listening sessions on the agency's proposed regulations, which amount to a back-door energy tax that will raise energy costs, stunt economic growth and kill jobs, according to Tipton. Such regulations already are having a serious impact on rural communities including Craig, Gunnison and Delta in the 3rd Congressional District, Tipton highlighted in the release. Despite the significant impact of these proposals for rural stakeholders, the EPA scheduled listening sessions for only urban areas, with a single listening session scheduled for Colorado — Wednesday in downtown Denver.
Tipton, who serves on the House Natural Resources Committee, is a strong proponent of an all-of-the-above energy strategy and has introduced several pieces of legislation to responsibly develop America's energy resources. He most recently introduced a bill that was signed into law this year to expand clean, renewable hydropower production and create rural jobs.
Newspaper launches Hunter Photo Contest
The Craig Daily Press is seeking hunting photo submissions for its Hunter Photo Contest. The newspaper will begin accepting photos Wednesday and continue collecting submissions through Nov. 30. Whoever submits the best hunter photo will receive a $250 gift certificate to Murdoch's. Send your photos to editor@CraigDailyPress.com. Additionally, many of the photos could appear in next year's Colorado Hunter Magazine. For more information, call 970-875-1790 or 970-875-1788.
Hospital to host farewell for departing physician
The Memorial Hospital will host a reception for Medical Clinic Physician Andy Hughes from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday in the hospital's Mountain Cafe. Hughes will be leaving TMH to move to the Front Range and to be closer to his family. For more information, call 970-824-9411.
Butch Cassidy's nephew promotes book in Craig
Bill Betenson grew up hearing the stories about his famous outlaw uncle Butch Cassidy, and he understood that the "real" story long had been obscured in myth and suppositions by those who could only guess at the fate of the outlaw. Betenson, the great-grandson of Butch's younger sister Lula Parker Betenson, inherited the family archives in addition to a passion to search out answers to the mystery of his uncle's life and subsequent disappearance.
Often heard to remark that "if he had to pick out an outlaw relative … he would have chosen Butch," Betenson has spent a lifetime following the trail and may be the most authoritative person alive who can write about the man.
Meticulous and detailed in his assessment of Butch's life, this author covers a variety of stances and accounts regarding Butch. This levelheaded look at the often wildly romanticized story of this famous Western outlaw gives a fresh view — with documentation — to the often conflicting reports of those involved with Butch and his gang.
From 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Betenson will be at the Museum of Northwest Colorado in downtown Craig to give a special audio/visual presentation and to sign his new book, "Butch Cassidy, My Uncle." The presentation will offer new insights and documentation to the life of this outlaw who captured the imagination and hearts of so many, even today. The event is free and open to the public.
Motorists urged to use caution on Halloween
As children take to the streets on Halloween to trick-or-treat, their risk of being injured by motorists increases greatly, according to a press release. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that Halloween consistently is one of the top three days for pedestrian injuries and fatalities, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that children are four times more likely to be struck by a motor vehicle on Halloween than any other day of the year. Because excited trick-or-treaters often forget about safety, motorists must be even more alert.
Here are some tips for motorists from AAA Colorado to help keep young ones safe on Halloween:
■ Slow down in residential neighborhoods and obey all traffic signs and signals. Drive at least 5 miles per hour below the posted speed limit to give yourself extra time to react to children who may dart into the street.
■ Look for children crossing the street. They may not be paying attention to traffic and cross the street mid-block or between parked cars.
■ Carefully enter and exit driveways and alleys.
■ Turn on your headlights to make yourself more visible — even in the daylight.
■ Broaden your scanning by looking for children left and right into yards and front porches.
Various ways to vote this election year
Voters will be casting their ballots for Tuesday's election by mail, according to a press release from Moffat County Clerk and Recorder Lila Herod, but in-person voting still is an option on Election Day.
House Bill 13-1303 requires counties to conduct all general, primary, odd-year, coordinated, presidential, special legislative, recall and congressional vacancy elections as mail ballot elections.
More than 70 percent of Moffat County voters cast their ballots early or by mail in the last election, Herod said in the release. Many voters get confused about when they will or will not automatically receive their mail ballots. This new legislation simplifies and clarifies the voting process — every active voter gets a mail ballot, but he or she still has options about how to vote. Voters can mail back the ballot, drop it off, vote in person during early voting or vote on Election Day.
The Voter Service and Polling Center is located at the Moffat County Clerk and Recorder's Office. A 24-hour ballot drop box is available at the east entrance of the courthouse. At the center, eligible voters will receive services for registration, replacement ballots, voting issues and voting in person. Voters also will have expanded options for registration. Every eligible citizen is able to register to vote through Election Day.
Early voting runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. Election Day hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Ballots were mailed Oct. 15 to all active voters. Voters must return their ballots by 7 p.m. on Election Day to be counted. Call the Election Office with questions at 970-824-9120.
Craig Lions Club will sell Christmas trees
Christmas trees will be for sale starting Dec. 1 in the parking lot on the west side of McDonald's on West Victory Way. For more information, call Jane Hume at 970-640-5194.
Tailwater section of Stagecoach park closed
Colorado Parks and Wildlife has closed the 0.6-mile tailwater section of Stagecoach State Park to all public access for a scheduled fishery and habitat restoration project, according to a press release.
It will remain closed for the remainder of the year. The public is asked to use caution as heavy equipment and other materials for the project may be moved into the area prior to the closure.
Routt County Road 18 to Sarvis Creek and Pleasant Valley will remain open through the fall; however, parking along the county road is prohibited. Hunters accessing the Blacktail Mountain Conservation Easement can find alternate parking locations for the 2013 hunting seasons at the dam parking lot and the C.R. 18 parking lot.
In addition, hunters may access the Blacktail Mountain Conservation Easement via the Adams State Wildlife Area off C.R. 14. The tailwater restoration project will restore habitat and improve the overall fishery resource. The project's goals include creating specific angler access points that will minimize stream bank erosion and preserve the area for future generations. The cooperative project with the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District is being funded through Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Fishing is Fun Program, Yampa Valley Land Trust, Trout Unlimited and private donors.
For the latest information about the project, visit http://www.parks.state.co.us/Parks/stagecoach/Pages/StagecoachStatePark.aspx, call Stagecoach State Park at 970-736-2436 or aquatic biologist Bill Atkinson at 970-871-2868.