Moffat County commissioners welcome new face
CRAIG — The first 2019 meeting of the Moffat County Board of County Commissioners will see all new officers and one new commissioner sworn in Tuesday, Jan. 8.
Commissioner-elect Donald Broom will be sworn in at 8 a.m. at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way.
Commissioners will also conduct business related to a protest of the Bureau of Land Management’s 2018 Northwest Colorado greater sage-grouse proposed resource management plan amendment and final environmental impact statement.
Moffat’s commissioners say the BLM’s sage-grouse resource management plan sterilizes some 1.1 million acres of county land with oil and gas potential — land that could increase Moffat County’s revenue and tax base. Commissioner say BLM’s plan also destabilizes the livestock grazing industry in the area, jeopardizing private ranches and threatening the county’s custom and culture, according to the county’s agenda.
Other business to be conducted by the BOCC Tuesday will include the following.
• Custodial services bids and a recommended award to Bubbles and Brooms for $9,000 annually.
• Final settlement to Masterworks Mechanical for a boiler replacement at the Public Safety Center for $74,800.
Forest Service investigates Independence Pass snowmobiling case after alleged culprit posted pictures on social media
The U.S. Forest Service opened an investigation Wednesday into a case of two men snowmobiling on snow-free terrain in designated wilderness on Independence Pass after receiving tips that one of the alleged culprits posted pictures of his illegal activity on social media.