Craig briefs: Senior Social Center to host meeting Monday
The Senior Social Center will have its first members’ meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the CNCC Bell Tower Room 201. Everyone is welcome. Senior citizens are encouraged to attend to learn more about the center and to join as a member for $12 a year. Seniors will also vote on a permanent board and hear about the progress that’s in place.
Coffee and a Conversation will resume from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday at the CNCC Bell Tower. All are welcome.
Winter blends of gas lead to lower prices
This past week marked the beginning of the yearly transition to winter-blend fuel. Starting Monday, retailers could start selling a blend of gasoline that is less expensive to produce because it does not have to meet the same federal emissions reduction requirements that are required during warmer summer months, according to a press release from AAA Colorado.
AAA Colorado reports the average price for a gallon of regular gasoline in Colorado is $3.59, down from $3.67 a month ago. Some areas of Colorado are experiencing prices as low as $3.53 a gallon.
The switch between the two fuels happens twice a year, once in the fall (to winter-blend) and again in the spring (to summer-blend). The difference between summer- and winter-blend gasoline involves the Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) of the fuel. RVP is a measure of how easily the fuel evaporates at a given temperature. The more volatile a gasoline (higher RVP), the easier it evaporates.
Winter-blend fuel has a higher RVP because the fuel must be able to evaporate at low temperatures for the engine to operate properly, especially when the engine is cold. If the RVP is too low on a frigid day, the vehicle will be hard to start and once started, will run rough.
Summer-blend gasoline has a lower RVP to prevent excessive evaporation when outside temperatures rise. Reducing the volatility of summer gas decreases emissions that can contribute to unhealthy ozone and smog levels. A lower RVP also helps prevent drivability problems such as vapor lock on hot days, especially in older vehicles.
Tipton votes to stop EPA water taking
The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation co-sponsored by Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Colo., to protect water rights by prohibiting the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers from moving forward with its controversial “Waters of the U.S.” rule.
In late July, Tipton asked EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe during a House Small Business Committee hearing to clarify exactly what water resources would be covered under the proposed rule.
Perciasepe failed to clearly define what water would be impacted, adding to widespread concerns that the EPA is moving toward a massive federal water grab through expanded regulatory reach over virtually every form of surface water.
Tipton has led the charge in the House to protect private water rights from federal takings and interference. Tipton’s Water Rights Protection Act (H.R. 3189) passed the House with bipartisan support and currently is awaiting a vote in the Senate.
State has logged 227 livestock quarantines
Since Sept. 10, the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s State Veterinarian’s Office has 189 locations under quarantine after horses and cows tested positive for vesicular stomatitis, and 88 of the 277 quarantines have now been released, according to a news release.
VS can be painful for animals and costly to their owners. The virus typically causes oral blisters and sores that can be painful, causing difficulty in eating and drinking. Positive premises are eligible for quarantine release 21 days after lesions have healed in all affected animals.
If you plan to transport your horse to another state, be sure to check with a veterinarian’s office in the state of destination for any special new restrictions for movement of your horse into their state. Some states have instituted new requirements for the import of Colorado horses because of the VS outbreak.
Veterinarians and livestock owners who suspect an animal may have VS or any other vesicular disease should immediately contact state or federal animal health authorities. Livestock with clinical signs of VS are isolated until they are healed and determined to be of no further threat for disease spread. There are no USDA-approved vaccines for VS.
While rare, human cases of VS can occur, usually among those who handle infected animals. VS in humans can cause flu-like symptoms and only rarely includes lesions or blisters.
For additional information, contact the Colorado State Veterinarian’s Office at 303-869-9130 or visit http://www.colorado.gov/ag/animals.