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Tipton visits Northwest Colorado this week

US Congressman will appear in Craig; no Steamboat stop planned

Joe Moylan

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton R-Cortez

— Job creation and the economy will be among the primary topics of conversation Saturday when Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Colo., visits Craig.

"We're all about jobs and the economy and that's what we're working on," Tipton said. "We're talking a lot about, and we're all feeling the pressure of, rising gas prices. We're seeing families struggling to pay their electric bills, heating bills and mortgages. We've got to figure out a way to get this economy moving."

Tipton will host a town hall meeting from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at American Legion Post 62, 1055 Moffat County Road 7.

Craig is the second of four hourlong "workweek" stops scheduled for Northwest Colorado.

"We've been doing this ever since I got elected, so the plan is nothing new," Tipton said. "I enjoy the opportunity to get out into the districts and talk to people about what is happening or what isn't happening in Washington (D.C.), the challenges we face, but more importantly to hear our people's view and to see some of the impacts of government action or lack thereof."

Tipton's area tour begins at 9:30 a.m. in Meeker. After his early afternoon visit in Craig, Tipton will continue on to the Maybell Community Center before ending in Rangley at 6 p.m. at the Municipal Court Room.

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Tipton's visit comes on the heels of the passage of House Resolution 2842, the Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act of 2012.

Tipton sponsored HR 2842, which on Wednesday passed the House with bipartisan support by a 265-154 vote.

HR 2842 aims to boost job growth and eliminate bureaucratic hurdles to small hydropower production, according to a news release from Tipton's office.

Specifically, the bill authorizes hydropower development on existing, man-made Bureau of Reclamation water canals and pipes, which already have gone through an environmental review.

Every Republican representative in the House voted in favor of Tipton's bill. It also was passed with the support of 28 House Democrats, Tipton said.

It now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Tipton said he's excited his bill passed the House and that it's in no way intended to phase out sources of energy abundant in Northwest Colorado.

"We've got a great coal industry in Northwest Colorado, and we've got to support those industries to protect those jobs and create more jobs to get people back to work," Tipton said. "I don't see (HR 2842) as having any negative effects on the coal or energy industries there in Craig.

"It's an 'all of the above' look at energy independence, and coal is certainly also part of that plan."

This is an election year for Tipton. Independent candidate Tisha Casida and Democrat Sal Pace are campaigning to replace the freshman legislator in November.

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