Steamboat briefs: Interior Department will not pursue appeal ruling |

Steamboat briefs: Interior Department will not pursue appeal ruling

The U.S. Department of the Interior has decided not to pursue an appeal of a federal court ruling that threatened to close Colowyo coal mine in Northwest Colorado.

According to a statement from Department of the Interior spokeswoman Jessica Kershaw, "We are not appealing the court's decision, but are on track to address the deficiencies in the Colowyo permit within the 120-day period."

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, said the decision is disappointing and he will follow up with Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to ensure all the resources necessary to keep the mine open are allocated.

Holiday weekend rain fell just under an inch in area

The two days of rainfall that marked the end of the holiday weekend in the Yampa Valley delivered more than three-quarters of an inch of rain in parts of Routt County on Sunday and Monday combined. That included the .83 inches that fell at a rain gauge at the foot of the Park Range east of Steamboat Springs and .98 inches about eight miles northwest of the city.

Early Monday morning, a weather observer reporting on behalf of the Community

Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network measured .7 inches of rain that had fallen northwest of Steamboat in the preceding 24 hours. Tuesday morning showed another .28 inches.

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The Oak Creek area received .78 inches of rain during the same period. Another rain gauge less than a mile northwest of Clark recorded .55 inches of rain for the same two-day period.

Meet and have coffee with local city council members

Coffee with Council will continue with Councilman Scott Ford from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Friday in the Crawford Room of Centennial Hall, 124 10th St. There is not a set topic of discussion, so any and all topics are welcome.

The goal of the monthly Coffee with Council is to provide community members with the opportunity to meet with city council members in a relaxed atmosphere and discuss any issues of interest to them. No more than two council members will attend each meeting.

No RSVP is necessary, and community members are welcome to drop by to discuss any issues of interest to them. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.