Latest News – May 12
Political News: Update from Congressman Scott Tipton
Did you know there are 28 million small businesses in America and almost two thirds of all jobs in rural areas are created by small businesses? Those small businesses, especially in rural areas, face greater challenges than their more urban competitors. This is largely because their access to capital, technology and transportation is limited. As National Small Business Week has come and gone, please keep this in mind and make sure to support our district’s small businesses and the people who work hard to keep the doors open and Main Street thriving.
In addition to championing the spirit of National Small Business Week, the Southern Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) received the Excellence and Innovation Center Award as well as winning the Region VIII award! I know firsthand just how important the SBDC’s work is in Southern Colorado. The center has played a vital role in helping entrepreneurs in Pueblo and throughout our communities gain access to job and networking opportunities, business skills training and counseling services.
Last week was also National Teacher Appreciation Week and 20 high schools in Colorado’s Third Congressional District have been nationally recognized as outstanding educational institutions by U.S. News & World Report! This is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our incredible teachers. If you have not done so already, please join me and thousands of parents across our district to ?thank a teacher and recognize how important their work is to educate, inspire and guide young people to succeed in life.
Also, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it plans to commit additional funds for monitoring the water conditions of the Animas and San Juan Rivers. While I welcome the EPA’s announcement to provide additional funds to monitor water conditions I still maintain these resources should have been made available to San Juan and La Plata Counties, and all the affected communities and ecosystems for that matter, some time ago. With the Spring season upon us and mountain runoff churning up sediments which affect river conditions, we need the rapid implementation of accurate and real-time water monitoring systems in order to gauge each river’s recovery and overall health – especially as Silverton, Durango and so many others begin the tourism season.
Included in Congressman Tipton’s report were the following news item links . . . . . In Case You Missed It!
Denver Post: EPA to spend $600K more to monitor effects of Gold King Mine accident: The Environmental Protection Agency plans to spend another $600,000 to monitor the Animas River for pollution in the aftermath of last year’s ecological disaster at Colorado’s Gold King Mine. The infusion of cash was announced this week by U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner of Colorado; the two lawmakers, along with Gov. John Hickenlooper and U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, had urged the EPA this spring to devote more resources to studying the river’s water quality. Read more here.
Montrose Daily Press: Heroin hitting DA’s resources: Growing addiction rates and lower prices for heroin have caught public resources in something of a perfect storm: While the drug does not originate in Montrose, its effect is seen here in overdose deaths, law enforcement investigations and at the District Attorney’s Office. U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, concerned with how the “national opioid epidemic” is affecting Montrose and the rest of the 3rd Congressional District, has cosponsored three new bills to help boost prevention and treatment. Read more here.
Bloomberg BNA: EPA Criticized for Size of Gold King Spill Reimbursements: The Environmental Protection Agency has paid more than $1 million in reimbursement for costs paid by local governments in the aftermath of the 2015 Gold King Mine spill in Colorado, where EPA investigators triggered the release of mining wastewater and sediment into a river. “This is par for the course with the EPA,” Rep. Scott Tipton (R-Colo.) said in an April 28 statement. Read more here.
Pueblo Chieftain- OpEd: U.S. needs unfair trade practices to end: The proud history of Pueblo is the history of steel making in the American west. Established in 1872, EVRAZ Rocky Mountain Steel (then known as the Colorado Fuel and Iron Co.) helped build the American West by providing affordable steel and iron to the western territories and the nation’s expanding rail systems. As a company, and as an industry, we are working with members of Congress to urge the Obama administration to take aggressive action to stem the tide of unfairly traded steel products being dumped on our shores. We have strong bi-partisan support and are particularly grateful for the solid support and leadership of Sen. Michael Bennet and U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, both of whom have been strong supporters of the steel mill and are working hard with us to address these current challenges. Read more here.
Grand Junction Daily Sentinel: Drones could fight fires, Tipton says: The next big thing in fighting wildfires might be the drone, said U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo. Unmanned aerial vehicles, frequently referred to as drones, could aid firefighters on the ground, as well as help with forest management, Tipton said after a briefing with U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., about the U.S. Forest Service’s use of unmanned aerial systems. Read more here.
Denver Post: Trapper Mine can remain operational following environmental review: Trapper Mine will remain operational and continue to employ more than 180 people following the completion of a court-ordered environmental assessment. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., released a statement Friday welcoming the Department of Interior’s announcement that the assessment had been completed by the April 30 deadline. Gardner, along with Gov. John Hickenlooper, D-Colo., Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., had sent a letter to the department in December urging them to complete the assessment in a “timely manner.” Read more here.