http://www.cvfarmerandminer.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Frederick OKs oil/gas tax collection pact http://www.cvfarmerandminer.com/content/frederick-oks-oilgas-tax-collection-pact <img src="http://www.cvfarmerandminer.com/sites/www.cvfarmerandminer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_cover_oil_040214.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="129" height="85" /><p> <b>FREDERICK &mdash; </b>The Town Board of Trustees unanimously approved an intergovernmental agreement March 25 with Weld County to help collect tax revenue from the booming oil and gas work happening in the county.</p> Renfroe bests Buck for top line in CD4; Kirkmeyer says she has enough signatures http://www.cvfarmerandminer.com/content/renfroe-bests-buck-top-line-cd4-kirkmeyer-says-she-has-enough-signatures <p> <b>GREELEY &mdash; </b>Citing her signature-collecting efforts in her bid for Congress, Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer removed her name from nomination at the 4th Congressional District Republican Assembly last week.</p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Kirkmeyer did, however, meet with delegates at the meeting and explain her motivations for seeking the seat held by Rep. Cory Gardner, who is running for U.S. Senate.</span></p> Little help for those with mental illness, developmental disabilities http://www.cvfarmerandminer.com/content/little-help-those-mental-illness-developmental-disabilities <img src="http://www.cvfarmerandminer.com/sites/www.cvfarmerandminer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/all_inews_diagnoses1_041614.jpg" alt="Alex Meredith, 29, left, draws as his mother, Carol, observes at the family home in Littleton, Colo., on Feb. 17, 2014. Meredith was diagnosed with autism when he was very young. He also displayed symptoms of mental illness — obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, psychosis and depression. Seeking treatment for these conditions means navigating a fragmented system with funding quirks and huge gaps in care.(Joe Mahoney/I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS)" title="Alex Meredith, 29, left, draws as his mother, Carol, observes at the family home in Littleton, Colo., on Feb. 17, 2014. Meredith was diagnosed with autism when he was very young. He also displayed symptoms of mental illness — obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, psychosis and depression. Seeking treatment for these conditions means navigating a fragmented system with funding quirks and huge gaps in care.(Joe Mahoney/I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS)" align="left" hspace="6" width="108" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Kristin Jones</strong></p> <p class="p2"> <strong><span class="s1">I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS</span></strong></p> <p class="p3"> &nbsp;</p> <p class="p4"> A raised <span class="s2">red oval, a couple of inches in diameter, sits at the top of Alex Meredith&rsquo;s forehead.</span></p> <p class="p5"> <span class="s2">It is the physical mark of a besieged mind.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p5"> &nbsp;</p> Work session set for April 16 as Firestone trustee seat set to be filled http://www.cvfarmerandminer.com/content/work-session-set-april-16-firestone-trustee-seat-set-be-filled <p> <b>FIRESTONE &mdash; </b>Due to a significant amount of interest in the vacant trustee position on the Firestone Board of Trustees, the town extendred the deadline for letters of interest through April 14.</p> <p class="p4"> The vacancy comes from Paul Sorensen being elected to the mayor position.</p> <p class="p4"> The Board of Trustees are scheduled to meet for a special work session meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16, to allow the board to visit with interested candidates.</p> Fort Lupton teen wins contest promoting safe driving http://www.cvfarmerandminer.com/content/fort-lupton-teen-wins-contest-promoting-safe-driving <img src="http://www.cvfarmerandminer.com/sites/www.cvfarmerandminer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fl_drive_smart_040914.jpg" alt="Kenia Melero Castillo, a sophomore at Fort Lupton High School, won the DRIVE SMART Weld County Fall JST DRV Poster Contest. Castillo said she wants teen drivers to know that texting and driving can lead to deadly accidents. " title="Kenia Melero Castillo, a sophomore at Fort Lupton High School, won the DRIVE SMART Weld County Fall JST DRV Poster Contest. Castillo said she wants teen drivers to know that texting and driving can lead to deadly accidents. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <b>FORT LUPTON &mdash;</b> The scene is all too familiar: A driver &mdash; distracted by a smart phone and with a child in the back &mdash; fails to notice a red light and sideswipes a car in the intersection.</p> <p class="p4"> &nbsp;</p> <p class="p4"> <span class="s2">The accident, in this case, is not a real collision, but an artistic depiction by Kenia Melero Castillo, a student at Fort Lupton High School, who drew the scene as part of a Weld County poster contest.</span></p> Well-pumping bill from Renfroe, Brophy fails in Senate committee http://www.cvfarmerandminer.com/content/well-pumping-bill-renfroe-brophy-fails-senate-committee <p> <b>BRIGHTON &mdash; </b>Senior water rights holders along the South Platte River hailed the failure of Senate Bill 147 in the Senate Agriculture Committee last week.</p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s3">SB 147 &mdash; sponsored by state Sens. Scott Renfroe, Greg Brophy and Kevin Lundberg and state Reps. Lori Saine and Randy Fischer &mdash; would have allowed wells to pump in violation of current state law that protects senior agricultural water rights.</span></p> Colorado-Big Thompson water quota raised to 60 percent http://www.cvfarmerandminer.com/content/colorado-big-thompson-water-quota-raised-60-percent <p> <b>BERTH</b><span class="s2"><b>OUD &mdash;</b> Citing the need to balance the region&rsquo;s water demands with the importance of maintaining future reservoir supplies, the Northern Water Board of Directors voted April 11 to increase the Colorado-Big Thompson Project quota allocation to 60 percent.</span></p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s2">The approval increased available C-BT water supplies by 10 percent, or 31,000 acre feet, from the initial 50 percent quota made available in November 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> Firestone awards contract for pavement condition survey http://www.cvfarmerandminer.com/content/firestone-awards-contract-pavement-condition-survey <p> The Firestone Board of Trustees awarded a contract during its March 26 meeting to Infrastructure Management Services to conduct an intensive pavement condition survey this year.</p> <p class="p2"> <span class="s1">The survey will provide critical data, accelerated results and significant cost savings for street rehabilitation.</span></p>