Gardner, Tipton Secure Win for Western Slope

Most Coloradans — of both parties — want a government that remembers the entire state. The current governor of Denver could take a lesson from Colorado’s Republican delegation. Recently, Sen. Cory Gardner and Rep. Scott Tipton secured a big win for the Western Slope by ensuring the federal government will finally return millions of dollars it owes Garfield, Rio Blanco, Moffat, and Mesa Counties.

This is one of the many reasons we support Republicans. They make sure every corner of Colorado has a voice in Washington.

Anvil Points money will return to Western Slope

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)– We all look forward to payday, but some Western Slope counties have been waiting years to get paid.

“It’s something that the government promised. This is not Washington’s money, this isn’t anybody’s money but the people of western Colorado,” said United States Senator from Colorado, Cory Gardner.

Garfield, Rio Blanco, Moffat and Mesa Counties will finally get their money back after funding cleanup for an oil and shale research site.

“Various leases were supposed to go to the cleanup, but if there were dollars left over in this cleanup site, then it was supposed to come back to the local counties involved,” Gardner said.

Ten years later, the checks are finally in the mail.

“So this really is keeping the word of Washington, holding them accountable for a promise that they made, and this is local money,” Gardner said.

“It’s been sitting in, apparently in a black box in Washington D.C. for an extended period of time,” said U.S. Congressman Scott Tipton.

Tipton says he thinks the money should go toward infrastructure.

“This is going to be able to actually make sure that those dollars are going to be able to help locally, and take a little bit of stress off of taxpayers,” Tipton said.

And it will also help fuel local economies.

“We are finally starting to see some economic growth coming on the West Slope, and we need to continue to drive that,” Tipton said.

Bruce Talbott with Talbott farms agrees.

“You know, I think possibly the transportation infrastructure might be one of the best places we can use that,” Talbott said.

Of course, everyone likes some new green.

“All the affected counties will be, they are very appreciative of that revenue,” Talbott said.