Congressman Scott Tipton to visit Yampa Valley on Saturday |

Congressman Scott Tipton to visit Yampa Valley on Saturday

Nicole Inglis

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton

— On a weeklong road trip across the Western Slope of Colorado, Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., will make three stops in Routt County on Saturday.

He'll appear for meet-and-greets at 11:30 a.m. at the Colorado Bar & Grill in Oak Creek, at 1:30 p.m. at Steamboat Smokehouse and at 3:30 p.m. at the Double Barrel Steakhouse in Hayden.

On Friday, Tipton said that this isn't a campaign stop and that he's "focused on talking about the job at hand.”

"We've been doing this since we've been elected," he said about the meet-and-greets. "This is our opportunity to get out and listen to the people. We all know the challenges: It's the economy."

Tipton is running for re-election in the 3rd Congressional District in 2012 and will be opposed by Pueblo Democrat Sal Pace, the state representative for House District 46.

Pace made an appearance in Steamboat in August in which he said he would work to improve the economy by creating jobs through alternative energy, infrastructure projects and small business promotion.

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Tipton said the biggest issue for him going into this election year is job creation and the economy.

"I drive through Steamboat, and every community I'm driving through, and we're seeing stores that are shuttered that a year ago were open. We have opportunities to get this economy moving," he said.

He said those opportunities include paving the way for small businesses to succeed and taking advantage of natural resources and alternative energy to create jobs.

He will talk about the economy and other issues — ranging from water rights for ski areas to the pine beetle epidemic — at each meeting in a brief opening statement, after which he will take questions from the audience.

Routt County Republican Central Committee Chairman Chuck McConnell also reiterated that the economy and government spending were going to emerge as the leading issues in the upcoming election.

He said Tipton is serving his constituents by taking the time to meet them and hear their ideas on trips like these.

"He's doing what I have always thought was important, and that is for a person who is representing a constituency to be able to meet and greet them face to face," he said. "He's communicating with people, and I think that's highly important."

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