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Moffat County Commissioners to meet with White House

Members of congress ask Secretary of Interior to visit Northwest Colorado

Patrick Kelly

John Kinkaid, Moffat County Commission Chairman, said Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colorado, has helped arrange a meeting between Moffat County officials and two executive offices to discuss Colowyo Coal Mine.

On July 2 at 10 a.m., Moffat County Commissioners will have the opportunity to speak with representatives from the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.

Kinkaid said he has already booked his flight to Washington, D.C., but he is not sure if Commissioners Chuck Grobe and Frank Moe will be accompanying him.

A meeting with Sen. Bennet might be in the works as well, if only just to thank him for his assistance in arranging the meeting, Kinkaid said.

Colorado’s congressmen have been vocal about federal district Judge R. Brooke Jackson’s May 8 ruling that threatened to halt operations at Colowyo.

On Tuesday, Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colorado, a long with six other congressmen and women, sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, urging her to visit Northwest Colorado and hold a community meeting to address the region’s concerns.

“Because your presence would signal a high level of attention to this process and mean so much to the many people impacted by this situation, we urge you to personally visit the region and hold a community meeting to address concerns and answer questions,” the congressmen wrote in the letter.