Business briefs: Legislative Audit Committee requests documents, appearance from EAGLE-Net

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— The Colorado Legislative Audit Committee has requested representatives from EAGLE-Net appear at a public hearing and provide documents requested the last time the statewide broadband project was before the committee.

In February, EAGLE-Net met with the committee and agreed to come back with documents requested by members.

The committee voted unanimously Tuesday to send a letter requesting the records by Aug. 15 and the appearance of EAGLE-Net representatives at an Aug. 26 meeting.

After lengthy delays, an audit submitted to the Colorado Office of the State Auditor was deemed to have “material weaknesses” by independent auditors. The House Committee on Energy and Commerce is investigating the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s review process, citing the concerns with EAGLE-Net overbuilding and not serving the communities for which the $100.6 million in grant funds were intended.

“EAGLE-Net apparently believes it can avoid efforts by the state’s Audit Committee, members of Congress and the media to seek answers to questions about its finances and sustainability,” Rep. Angela Williams, D-Denver, said in a news release. “The committee’s letter demonstrates our unanimous and bipartisan concern about a government entity that has spent nearly $100 million to build a broadband network with virtually no accountability to the public.”

Convenience store closing

The 7-Eleven on U.S. Highway 40 west of downtown Steamboat Springs will be closing at the end of August, according to a spokesperson.

The lease is expiring and will not be renewed.

Coffee shop planned for downtown

Work on the building that housed Canton on Lincoln Avenue is installing a patio where there was parking before. According to a commercial neighbor, a coffee shop is planned for the space.

Grover joins McGill law office

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Robert L. Grover

Robert L. Grover is joining McGill Professional Law Corp., according to a news release.

Grover is a Steamboat resident who’s been board president of the Routt County Council on Aging, Horizons Special Services and Running Bear Homeowners Association. He’s volunteered time for Over The Hill Gang ski guides, Spellbinders of Steamboat Springs and other nonprofits.

According to the release, Grover has experience with insurance coverage, elder law, wills, trusts, estate planning, homeowners association disputes, special education, real property and oil and gas issues. He was admitted to the Colorado Bar in 2000 and has a background in energy exploration and the oil and gas industry.

“We are pleased that Bob has chosen to join forces with us at McGill Professional Law Corp.,” Scott McGill said in the release. “Bob has proven to be a fierce advocate for both business and individual clients.”

McGill Professional Law Corp. was started in Steamboat Springs in 1980.

Yampa to host competition for drought-resistant yard

The town of Yampa will be holding a competition for residents with the most beautiful yard that employs water-conservation practices.

Yampa has asked residents to follow a voluntary watering schedule where the east side of Main Street waters on even days and the west side waters on odd days. The town has requested that no one water on the 31st of the month. Residents are encouraged to water between 6 and 10 p.m. and use automatic systems that turn on after dark.

A ballot for in-town residents to vote on the best yard will go out in August with the town newsletter, and a winner will be announced in September.

Related to the competition, Phippsburg's I-Design, which sells some native and drought resistant plants, will have a sale July 27.

To reach Michael Schrantz, call 970-871-4206 or email mschrantz@SteamboatToday.com

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