FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: North Cinder Butte Area Fires – 6.20.2021 2100 Update

For IMMEDIATE Release, June 20, 2021, 2100 PRESS RELEASE

 

Suppression Efforts Continue on the Dry Gulch Area Fires

 

Durango, CO – Durango Interagency Coordinating Group (DICG) Media Contact:  Scot Davis

Title:                                  DICG PIO

Phone:                                 970-946-8979

Email:                                sdavis@lospinosfire.com

 

DRY GULCH FIRE AREA

Current Situational Update:

 

Since the dry lightning storm that hit the Fort Lewis Mesa area Friday afternoon and evening on June 18, 2021, 31 separate fires have been discovered. Of those, 9 are reported to be controlled/contained/out, and 10 controlled.

 

Currently, the largest fire is the Iron Springs Fire, 37 7.008, -108 4.506 (LAT/LON), which is 10 acres in size. Ground crews and a Type 2 helicopter have been working the fire, and spot fires, throughout the day.

 

No new fire starts on 6/19 and 6/20 Structures Threatened and Evacuations:

Currently, there are no structures threatened and no evacuation orders in place.

 

Current Apparatus:

 

1            Type 2 helicopter with a Helitack crew of 9,

1            Type II Interagency (IA) Crew,

8            Type 6 Engines, local and regional departments: Boulder (Left Hand), South Arkansas, Montrose, Loveland, Canon City, and Mancos

1            Tender, and

70          Personnel.

 

Operational Directive for 6/22/21:

 

Continue with suppression efforts on Iron Springs fire, and
Continue to work hotspots and watch for any “holdover” fires to

 

Fire Conditions for 6/22/21:

 

Weather will continue to be hot, dry and windy. High temperatures between 85 & 95 degrees, humidity below 14% after 1200, and wind gust up to 30 MPH. A Red Flag Warning is in effect for tomorrow. Thunderstorms with dry lightning are not expected tomorrow afternoon.

 

Smoke is visible from the CO Hwy 140 corridor. Individuals should avoid County Road 136 and the west end of County Road 100. Smoke will be visible to the local communities. For information related to air quality, please go to: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/wood- smoke-and-health

 

The public is encouraged:

 

To avoid areas with active fire and where fire operations are occurring,
Slow down and use caution while driving through, and in the area of, fire operations,
Continue to observe Stage 1 Fire Restriction, and
Understand that the current weather conditions combined with extremely low fuel moisture content greatly increase the potential for fire starts and growth – please use caution with any activity that produces heat and

 

The cause of the Dry Gulch Fire Area is the result of the recent lightning storm. The Tribe is coordinating with local agencies to ensure the safety of the public and to minimize the impact of the fire. The Tribe is also working with oil and gas operators in the area to shut-in facilities in the vicinity of the fire to mitigate any potential impact from those operators to first responder’s ability to contain the fire.

 

As a reminder, Stage 1 fire restrictions were enacted for Southern Ute Indian Reservation on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 and will remain in effect until conditions improve.

 

Stage I Fire Restrictions prohibits acts for the general public, commercial operators and industrial oil and gas operators performing work on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation.

 

STAGE I Fire Restrictions General Public:

 

Prohibited acts:

 

 

 

OPEN BURNING. Burning of trash and/or yard waste is

 

AGRICULTURAL BURNING. Burning of crop land, fields, rangeland, debris burning, slash piles, prescribed burning and weed burning are

 

CAMP FIRES. Building, maintaining or using a warming fire or campfire outside of officially designated or developed camp sites is prohibited. The fire restrictions do not include charcoal fires (in suitable containers) for barbeques or fires for sweat ceremonies, however, such fires are not to be left unattended and are to be fully extinguished after

 

Possession, discharging or use of any type or fireworks is prohibited.

 

Commercial and Industrial restrictions can be obtained from the BIA Fire Office at 575 County Road 517 or by calling (970) 563-4571.

 

Anyone violating the provisions of this fire ban may be subject to prosecution outlined in the Southern Ute Indian Criminal Code.

 

For more information on the North Cinder Butte Area Fires, please visit the Southern Ute Indian Tribe website, and follow the Southern Ute Indian Tribe on social media.

 

To report fires contact:

 

DURANGO ZONE DISPATCH (970) 385-1324

 

For more info or to report Fire Restriction Violations contact:

 

BIA FIRE MANAGEMENT (970) 563-4571 OR SOUTHERN UTE POLICE DEPARTMENT (970) 563-4401

 

Durango Interagency Coordinating Group (DRCG) Information

 

 

 

The Durango Interagency Coordinating group has been established in 1990 to unite all local fire response agencies, local, state, and national agencies including: BLM. USFS, BIA, NPS, Colorado State, Montezuma, La Plata, Archuleta, San Juan (CO), Dolores and San Miguel Counties, and local fire departments within those counties. The DRCG is tasked to assess current wildfire conditions and release coordinated messages to inform and educate concerning fire danger and current fire restrictions. Wildfires do not know jurisdictional boundaries and therefore having a cooperative environment to collaborate on conditions and how best to approach fire safety and response.

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Photo Credit | Durango Interagency Coordinating Group

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: North Cinder Butte Area Fires – 1008 Update

 

For IMMEDIATE Release, June 19, 2021 PRESS RELEASE

 

18 Fires Break out on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation

 

Durango, CO – Durango Interagency Coordinating Group (DICG) Media Contact:    Scot Davis

Title:                                 DICG PIO

Phone:                                 970-946-8979

Email:                               sdavis@lospinosfire.com

 

 

Southern Ute Indian Reservation – 18 Fires broke out yesterday on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. The North Cinder Butte Area Fires are located throughout the west side of the reservation. Fire crews responded to 12 fires yesterday, June 18, 2021

 

The Bureau of Indian Affairs, Southern Ute Agency Fire Management and Los Piños Fire Protection District, Fort Lewis Mesa, and Colorado State helicopter have responded.

 

Current Apparatus:

 

1            Type 2 helicopter with a Helitack crew of 9,

1            Type II Interagency (IA) Crew,

4            Engines,

1            Tender (water taker), and

1            20 Person IA crew from the Lolo National Forest

 

Operational Directive for 6/19/21:

 

  • Check for hotspots from fires suppressed on 6/18
  • Recon and map fire area with Type 2 helicopter
  • Prioritize fires for suppression

 

Fire Conditions for 6/19:

 

Weather will continue to be hot, dry and windy. High temperatures between 87 & 97 degrees, humidity below 15% after 1200, and wind gust up to 25 MPH this afternoon. Thunderstorms with dry lightning are expected this afternoon.

 

Smoke is visible from the CO Hwy 140 corridor. Individuals should avoid County Road 136 and the west end of County Road 100. Smoke will be visible to the local communities. For information related to air quality, please go to: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/wood- smoke-and-health

 

The public is encouraged:

 

  • To avoid areas with active fire and where fire operations are occurring,
  • Slow down and use caution while driving through, and in the area of, fire operations,
  • Continue to observe Stage 1 Fire Restriction, and
  • Understand that the current weather conditions combined with extremely low fuel moisture content greatly increase the potential for fire starts and growth – please use caution with any activity that produces heat and

 

The cause of the North Cinder Butte Area Fires is the result of the recent lightning storm. The Tribe is coordinating with local agencies to ensure the safety of the public and to minimize the impact of the fire. The Tribe is also working with oil and gas operators in the area to shut-in facilities in the vicinity of the fire to mitigate any potential impact from those operators to first responder’s ability to contain the fire.

 

As a reminder, Stage 1 fire restrictions were enacted for Southern Ute Indian Reservation on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 and will remain in effect until conditions improve.

 

Stage I Fire Restrictions prohibits acts for the general public, commercial operators and industrial oil and gas operators performing work on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation.

 

STAGE I Fire Restrictions General Public:

 

Prohibited acts:

 

 

  • OPEN BURNING. Burning of trash and/or yard waste is

 

  • AGRICULTURAL BURNING. Burning of crop land, fields, rangeland, debris burning, slash piles, prescribed burning and weed burning are

 

  • CAMP FIRES. Building, maintaining or using a warming fire or campfire outside of officially designated or developed camp sites is prohibited. The fire restrictions do not include charcoal fires (in suitable containers) for barbeques or fires for sweat ceremonies, however, such fires are not to be left unattended and are to be fully extinguished after

 

  • Possession, discharging or use of any type or fireworks is prohibited.

 

Commercial and Industrial restrictions can be obtained from the BIA Fire Office at 575 County Road 517 or by calling (970) 563-4571.

 

Anyone violating the provisions of this fire ban may be subject to prosecution outlined in the Southern Ute Indian Criminal Code.

 

For more information on the North Cinder Butte Area Fires, please visit the Southern Ute Indian Tribe website, and follow the Southern Ute Indian Tribe on social media.

 

To report fires contact:

 

DURANGO ZONE DISPATCH (970) 385-1324

 

For more info or to report Fire Restriction Violations contact:

 

BIA FIRE MANAGEMENT (970) 563-4571 OR SOUTHERN UTE POLICE DEPARTMENT (970) 563-4401

 

Durango Interagency Coordinating Group (DRCG) Information

 

 

The Durango Interagency Coordinating group has been established in 1990 to unite all local fire response agencies, local, state, and national agencies including: BLM. USFS, BIA, NPS, Colorado State, Montezuma, La Plata, Archuleta, San Juan (CO), Dolores and San Miguel Counties, and local fire departments within those counties. The DRCG is tasked to assess current wildfire conditions and release coordinated messages to inform and educate concerning fire danger and current fire restrictions. Wildfires do not know jurisdictional boundaries and therefore having a cooperative environment to collaborate on conditions and how best to approach fire safety and response.

 

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FOR MORE INFORMATION: 18 Fires Break out on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

BIA Fire Management – 970.563.4571

Lindsay J. Box, PIO – 970.759.1494

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, June 18, 2021

 

 

18 Fires Break out on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation

 

 

Southern Ute Indian Reservation – 18 Fires break out on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. The North Cinder Butte Area Fires are located throughout the west side of the reservation. Fire crews have responded to 5 fires and fires are being prioritized.

 

The Bureau of Indian Affairs, Southern Ute Agency Fire Management and Los Piños Fire Protection District, Fort Lewis Mesa, and Colorado State helicopter have responded. Type II IA Crew, 4 engines, and air support have been ordered.

 

Smoke is visible from the CO Hwy 140 corridor. Individuals should avoid County Road 136 and the west end of County Road 100 . Smoke will be visible to the local communities. For information related to air quality, please go to: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health

 

The cause of the North Cinder Butte Area Fires is the result of the recent lightning storm.  The Tribe is coordinating with local agencies to ensure the safety of the public and to minimize the impact of the fire. The Tribe is also working with oil and gas operators in the area to shut-in facilities in the vicinity of the fire in an effort to mitigate any potential impact from those operators to first responder’s ability to contain the fire.

 

As a reminder, Stage 1 fire restrictions were enacted for Southern Ute Indian Reservation on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 and will remain in effect until conditions improve.

 

Stage I Fire Restrictions prohibits acts for the general public, commercial operators and industrial oil and gas operators performing work on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation.

 

 

STAGE I

General Public:

Prohibited acts:

 

 

  1. OPEN BURNING. Burning of trash and/or yard waste is prohibited.

 

  1. AGRICULTURAL BURNING. Burning of crop land, fields, rangeland, debris burning, slash piles, prescribed burning and weed burning are prohibited.

 

  1. CAMP FIRES. Building, maintaining or using a warming fire or campfire outside of officially designated or developed camp sites is prohibited.  The fire restrictions do not include charcoal fires (in suitable containers) for barbeques or fires for sweat ceremonies, however, such fires are not to be left unattended and are to be fully extinguished after use.

 

  1. Possession, discharging or use of any type or fireworks is prohibited.

 

Commercial and Industrial restrictions can be obtained from the BIA Fire Office at 575 County Road 517 or by calling (970) 563-4571.

 

Anyone violating the provisions of this fire ban may be subject to prosecution outlined in the Southern Ute Indian Criminal Code.

 

For more information on the North Cinder Butte Area Fires, please visit the Southern Ute Indian Tribe website, and follow the Southern Ute Indian Tribe on social media.

 

To report fires contact:

DURANGO ZONE DISPATCH (970) 385-1324

For more info or to report Fire Restriction Violations contact:

BIA FIRE MANAGEMENT (970) 563-4571 OR SOUTHERN UTE POLICE DEPARTMENT (970) 563-4401

 

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20210618 – 18 Fires Break out on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation

 

SUIT moves to Phase II “Safer at Home”, Level 3 on Today, June 17, 2021

Southern Ute Indian Tribe moves to Phase II “Safer at Home”, Level 3 – Effective TODAY, Thursday, June 17, 2021

 

The change to the current restrictions include the following:

 

>+< Personal Gathering Size – No greater than 30 persons

>+< Indoor Capacity – 75% of the space or 100 persons max

>+< Outdoor Capacity – 75% of the space or 200 persons max

 

To find a list of the approved activities, please check out the Southern Ute Indian Tribal website, Tribal Council social media, and the Southern Ute Drum.

 

For questions, please contact Tribal Council Communication Specialist, Ms. Lindsay J. Box at 970.563.2313 and via email at lbox@southernute-nsn.gov or IMT PIO, Ms. Amy Barry at 970.563.2281 and via email at abarry@southernute-nsn.gov

 

Designed & Produced by Lindsay J. Box

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Amended Public Health “Safer at Home” Order of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT

Melvin J. Baker, Chairman – 970.563.0100

Lindsay J. Box, Communication – 970.563.2313

Amy Barry, IMT PIO – 970.563.2281

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 17, 2021

AMENDED PUBLIC HEALTH SAFER AT HOME ORDER OF THE SOUTHERN UTE INDIAN TRIBE

 

WHEREAS, authority is vested in the Southern Ute Indian Tribal Council by the Constitution adopted by the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, and approved November 4, 1936, and amended October 1, 1975, and August 27, 1991, to act for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe; and

 

WHEREAS, under Article VII, Section l(n) of the Constitution, Tribal Council has the authority, “To protect and preserve the property, wildlife and natural resources of the [T]ribe, and to regulate the conduct of trade and the use and disposition of tribal property upon the reservation.”; and

 

WHEREAS, in January 2020, the World Health Organization designated the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak as a pandemic; and

 

WHEREAS, on February 18, 2020, in Res. No. 2020-025, Tribal Council declared a state of emergency to respond to the spread of COVID-19; and

 

WHEREAS, based on the increasing incidence of COVID-19 in the region and the danger COVID-19 posed to the tribal membership, on March 25, 2020, Tribal Council issued a Stay at Home Order requiring tribal members to stay at home unless performing essential activities; and

 

WHEREAS, since March 2020, the Tribe’s Incident Management Team (“IMT”) and Tribal Council have been monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and actively managing the Tribe’s response in accordance with the Southern Ute Community Emergency Operations Plan and Southern Ute Health Center Communicable Disease Response Plan; and

 

WHEREAS, the Southern Ute Community Emergency Operations Plan identifies operational phases for the Tribe’s emergency management activities, which phases include a Response Phase and a Recovery Phase; and

 

WHEREAS, as the Tribe moved into the Recovery Phase, Tribal Council adopted a Tribe-Wide Recovery Plan, which includes a system of phases and levels of pandemic management; and

 

WHEREAS, the phases include Phase 1 “Stay-at-Home;” Phase 2 “Safer at Home” (including Levels 1, 2, and 3 of Phase 2); Phase 3 “Protect Our Neighbor;” and Phase 4 “Fully Open;” and

 

WHEREAS, on March 29, 2021, after the IMT recommended to Tribal Council that current data supported moving into a less restrictive phase than Phase 1 – Stay at Home, Tribal Council issued a Safer at Home Order, which superseded the Stay at Home Order and eased previously established restrictions; and

 

WHEREAS, Tribal Council may issue additional Public Health Orders throughout  the pandemic to implement or modify specific restrictions as circumstances warrant and new information  becomes known; and

 

WHEREAS, based on the fact that a vaccine is readily available in and around the Southern Ute Indian Reservation and the risk of COVID-19 transmission has diminished, Tribal Council finds it appropriate to amend previously established requirements.

 

NOW THEREFORE, TRIBAL COUNCIL HEREBY ORDERS:

 

  1. There are three different levels of the Safer at Home Phase, and the level in effect at any given time shall be established by the IMT based on the criteria identified in the Tribe-Wide Recovery Plan, Appendix

 

  1. Phase 2 – Safer at Home that was put into effect on March 29, 2021 remains in

 

  1. All persons who come within the exterior boundaries of the Reservation and are within the jurisdiction of the Tribe shall comply with this Order and any other Public Health Order then in

 

  1. Contractors working on the Reservation shall continue to complete a health screening before entering an indoor

 

  1. Outdoor and certain indoor activities continue to be permissible, provided those activities comply with the Event Caps in effect at the time of the

 

  1. Tribal entities and departments shall continue to follow their reopening

 

  1. This Amended Safer at Home Order supersedes the Safer at Home Order put into effect on March 29,

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Order shall become effective at 12:01 a.m. on June 2, 2021 and will be in effect until further notice.

 

(Signed by Chairman Melvin J. Baker)

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20210616 – Amended Public Health Order Safer At Home for SUIT

20210617 – SUIT Phase II, Level 1 Metrics & Restrictions (1)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Amended Public Health Order (Regarding Face Coverings) of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT

Melvin J. Baker, Chairman – 970.563.0100

Lindsay J. Box, Communication – 970.563.2313

Amy Barry, IMT PIO – 970.563.2281

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 17, 2021

AMENDED PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER

OF THE SOUTHERN UTE INDIAN TRIBE

 

WHEREAS, authority is vested in the Southern Ute Indian Tribal Council by the Constitution adopted by the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, and approved November 4, 1936, and amended October 1, 1975, and August 27, 1991, to act for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe; and

 

WHEREAS, under Article VII, Section 1 of the Constitution, “The inherent powers of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, including those set forth in [the Indian Reorganization Act], as amended, shall be exercised by the Southern Ute Indian Tribal Council, subject only to limitations imposed by the Constitution and Statutes of the United States, by the regulations of the Department of the Interior and by this constitution.”; and

 

WHEREAS, under Article VII, Section l(e) of the Constitution, “The [T]ribal [C]ouncil may enact ordinances and codes to protect the peace, safety, property, health and general welfare of the members of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe”; and

 

WHEREAS, under Article VII, Section 1(n) of the Constitution, Tribal Council has the authority, “To protect and preserve the property, wildlife and natural resources of the [T]ribe, and to regulate the conduct of trade and the use and disposition of tribal property upon the reservation.”; and

 

WHEREAS, in Res. No. 2004-225, the Tribe approved the Southern Ute Community Emergency Operations Plan (“Plan”), the purpose of which is to identify the emergency management process and principles for managing and coordinating the overall response and recovery activities during periods of emergency/disaster resulting from a natural-or human-caused hazard; and

 

WHEREAS, Section IV(B) of the Plan identifies Emergency Management operational phases, including the Response Phase, which may include incident mitigation activities designed to limit the loss of life, personal injury, property damage, and unfavorable outcomes; and

 

WHEREAS, pursuant to the Plan, Section IV(B)(3), response activities may include ongoing public health and testing processes, immunizations, isolation, or quarantine; and

 

WHEREAS, pursuant to the Plan, Section V(F), the Tribal Council’s duties in an emergency or disaster include, among other things, signing a resolution declaring an emergency or disaster to protect life and preserve property and the environment by ensuring prevention, preparation, and response measures are in place; and

 

WHEREAS, in January 2020, the World Health Organization designated the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak as a pandemic; and

 

WHEREAS, in Res. No. 2020-025, Tribal Council declared a state of emergency to respond to the spread of COVID-19; and

 

WHEREAS, in Res. No. 2020-031, Tribal Council approved the Southern Ute Health Center Communicable Disease Response Plan, which allows for, among other things, infection control precautions, including contact, droplet, and airborne precautions; and

 

WHEREAS, on March 25, 2020, Tribal Council issued a Stay at Home Order limiting visitation to the Reservation and restricting activities to only those activities that were deemed to be essential; and

 

WHEREAS, on July 17, 2020, Tribal Council issued a Public Health Order requiring face coverings indoors at all times and outdoors when other social distancing measures were not possible; and

 

WHEREAS, on March 29, 2021, as COVID-19 cases began to level off and a coronavirus vaccine became more readily available in and around the Southern Ute Indian Reservation, Tribal Council issued a Safer at Home Order, which superseded the Stay at Home Order and eased previously established restrictions; and

 

WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) recently eased recommendations for when face coverings should be worn; and

 

WHEREAS, as the number of vaccinated people nationwide has grown and the risk of COVID-19 transmission has therefore decreased, and research shows that COVID-19 is less transmissible in well ventilated outdoor spaces when compared to indoor spaces, on June 2, 2021, Tribal Council issued an amended Public Health Order lifting the requirement for  people to wear face coverings while outdoors; and

 

WHEREAS, based upon published information by the CDC on the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines available to the public, Tribal Council finds it no longer necessary to require fully vaccinated people to wear face coverings; and

 

WHEREAS, the Tribal Council finds it in the interests of public health and safety to continue to require face coverings indoors for persons who are not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 unless the person is alone.

 

NOW THEREFORE, TRIBAL COUNCIL HEREBY ORDERS:

 

  1. All individuals over two years old who are not fully vaccinated must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when entering or moving within any public indoor space, unless the individual is alone in the room. It is also recommended per the CDC that persons who are not fully vaccinated consider wearing a face covering when outdoors in close contact with other persons who are not fully vaccinated.

 

  1. A fully vaccinated individual is a person who has received all necessary doses of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized and recommended by the CDC, and a minimum of two weeks since the final dose has passed.

 

  1. Face covering means a covering made of cloth, fabric, or other soft or permeable material, without holes, that covers only the nose and mouth and surrounding areas of the lower face, and that fits snugly but comfortably against the side of the face and remains in place without the use of one’s hands. Face coverings include, but are not limited to, bandanas, medical masks, cloth masks, buffs, and gaiters. Businesses have the discretion to have more restrictive face covering protocols. Supervisors, after conferring with the Incident Management Team, may require more restrictive face covering protocols where necessary and advisable. Face coverings do not include any mask that incorporates a one-way valve (typically a raised plastic cylinder about the size of a quarter on the front or side of the mask) that is designed to facilitate easy exhaling, and such masks are not to be used to comply with this Order. Valves of that type without filters permit droplet release from the mask and can put others nearby at risk.

 

  1. Public indoor space means any enclosed indoor area that is public or privately owned, managed, or operated to which individuals have access by right or by invitation, expressed or implied, and that is accessible to the public, serves as a place of employment, or is an entity providing services. Public indoor space does not mean a person’s residence, including a room in a motel or hotel.

 

  1. An owner, operator, or manager of a public indoor space may require a person to disclose that person’s vaccination status upon request and to provide proof when necessary.

 

  1. Owners, operators, or managers of public indoor spaces must post signs at entrance(s) instructing individuals who are not fully vaccinated of their legal obligation under this Order to wear a face covering when entering or moving within a public indoor space.

 

  1. Individuals two years old and younger are exempt from the requirements of this Order. Individuals ages three years old to nine years old are exempt from the requirements of this Order if they cannot medically tolerate a face covering.

 

  1. Individuals performing the following activities are exempt from the requirements of this Order while the activity is being performed:

 

  1. Individuals who are hearing impaired or otherwise disabled or who are communicating with someone who is hearing impaired or otherwise disabled and where the ability to see the mouth is essential to communication;

 

  1. Individuals who are seated at a food service establishment;

 

  1. Individuals who are exercising alone or with others from the individual’s household when a face covering would interfere with the activity;

 

  1. Individuals who are receiving a personal service where the temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service;

 

  1. Individuals who enter a business or receive services and are asked to temporarily remove a face covering for identification purposes;

 

  1. Individuals who are actively engaged in a public safety role such as law enforcement, firefighters, or emergency medical personnel;

 

  1. Individuals who are officiating at a religious service; or

 

  1. Individuals who are giving a speech for broadcast or an audience.

 

  1. This order supersedes the Public Health Order regarding face coverings that was issued on June 2, 2021.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Order shall become effective at 12:01 a.m. on June 17, 2021 and will continue until it is rescinded or superseded.

 

(Signed by Chairman Melvin J. Baker)

 

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20210616 – Updated Draft-Face Covering Flyer following CDC guidelines

 

 

Southern Ute Reservation Fire Conditions are VERY HIGH

Southern Ute Reservation Fire Conditions – VERY HIGH

Much of the Western United States in in some level of drought conditions. The Southern Ute Agency Fire Management Office would like to share that the current fire conditions on the Southern Ute Reservation are  VERY HIGH.  Effective today, June 16, 2021 at 6:00 a.m., the Southern Ute Reservation entered Stage I Fire Restrictions. To find more information on the details of the Stage I Fire Restrictions, please click on the link below:

 

Southern Ute Reservation Initiates Stage I Fire Restrictions

 

If you have questions related to fire conditions and/or what acts are prohibited in the Stage I Fire Restrictions, please contact the Southern Ute Agency Fire Management Office at 970.563.4571, Tribal Council Communication Specialist, Ms. Lindsay J. Box at 970.563.2313 or via email at lbox@southernute-nsn.gov

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Amended Public Health Order (Regarding Face Coverings) of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT

Melvin J. Baker, Chairman – 970.563.0100

Lindsay J. Box, Communication – 970.563.2313

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 2, 2021

 

AMENDED PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER

OF THE SOUTHERN UTE INDIAN TRIBE

WHEREAS, authority is vested in the Southern Ute Indian Tribal Council by the Constitution adopted by the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, and approved November 4, 1936, and amended October 1, 1975, and August 27, 1991, to act for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe; and

 

WHEREAS, under Article VII, Section 1 of the Constitution, “The inherent powers of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, including those set forth in [the Indian Reorganization Act], as amended, shall be exercised by the Southern Ute Indian Tribal Council, subject only to limitations imposed by the Constitution and Statutes of the United States, by the regulations of the Department of the Interior and by this constitution.”; and

 

WHEREAS, under Article VII, Section 1(e) of the Constitution, “The [T]ribal [C]ouncil may enact ordinances and codes to protect the peace, safety, property, health and general welfare of the members of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe”; and

 

WHEREAS, under Article VII, Section 1(n) of the Constitution, Tribal Council has the authority, “To protect and preserve the property, wildlife and natural resources of the [T]ribe, and to regulate the conduct of trade and the use and disposition of tribal property upon the reservation.”; and

 

WHEREAS, in Res. No. 2004-225, the Tribe approved the Southern Ute Community Emergency Operations Plan (“Plan”), the purpose of which is to identify the emergency management process and principles for managing and coordinating the overall response and recovery activities during periods of emergency/disaster resulting from a natural-or human-caused hazard; and

 

WHEREAS, Section IV(B) of the Plan identifies Emergency Management operational phases, including the Response Phase, which may include incident mitigation activities designed to limit the loss of life, personal injury, property damage, and unfavorable outcomes; and

 

WHEREAS, pursuant to the Plan, Section IV(B)(3), response activities may include ongoing public health and testing processes, immunizations, isolation, or quarantine; and

 

WHEREAS, pursuant to the Plan, Section V(F), the Tribal Council’s duties in an emergency or disaster include, among other things, signing a resolution declaring an emergency or disaster to protect life and preserve property and the environment by ensuring prevention, preparation, and response measures are in place; and

 

WHEREAS, in January 2020, the World Health Organization designated the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak as a pandemic; and

 

WHEREAS, in Res. No. 2020-025, Tribal Council declared a state of emergency to respond to the spread of COVID-19; and

 

WHEREAS, in Res. No. 2020-031, Tribal Council approved the Southern Ute Health Center Communicable Disease Response Plan, which allows for, among other things, infection control precautions, including contact, droplet, and airborne precautions; and

 

WHEREAS, on March 25, 2020, Tribal Council issued a Stay at Home Order limiting visitation to the Reservation and restricting activities to only those activities that were deemed to be essential; and

 

WHEREAS, on July 17, 2020, Tribal Council issued a Public Health Order requiring face coverings indoors at all times and outdoors when other social distancing measures were not possible; and

 

WHEREAS, on March 29, 2021, as COVID-19 cases began to level off and a coronavirus vaccine became more readily available in and around the Southern Ute Indian Reservation, Tribal Council issued a Safer at Home Order, which superseded the Stay at Home Order and eased previously established restrictions; and

 

WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) recently eased recommendations for when face coverings should be worn; and

 

WHEREAS, the Tribal Council finds it in the interests of public health and safety to continue to require face coverings indoors unless a person is alone; and

 

WHEREAS, as the number of vaccinated people nationwide has grown and the risk of COVID-19 transmission has therefore decreased, and research shows that COVID-19 is less transmissible in well ventilated outdoor spaces when compared to indoor spaces, Tribal Council finds it is no longer necessary to require people to wear face coverings while outdoors.

 

NOW THEREFORE, TRIBAL COUNCIL HEREBY ORDERS:

 

  1. All individuals over two years old must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when entering or moving within any public indoor space, unless the individual is alone in the room.
  2. Face covering means a covering made of cloth, fabric, or other soft or permeable material, without holes, that covers only the nose and mouth and surrounding areas of the lower face, and that fits snugly but comfortably against the side of the face and remains in place without the use of one’s hands. Face coverings include, but are not limited to, bandanas, medical masks, cloth masks, buffs, and gaiters. Businesses have the discretion to have more restrictive face covering protocols. Face coverings do not include any mask that incorporates a one-way valve (typically a raised plastic cylinder about the size of a quarter on the front or side of the mask) that is designed to facilitate easy exhaling, and such masks are not to be used to comply with this Order. Valves of that type without filters permit droplet release from the mask and can put others nearby at risk.
  3. Public indoor space means any enclosed indoor area that is public or privately owned, managed, or operated to which individuals have access by right or by invitation, expressed or implied, and that is accessible to the public, serves as a place of employment, or is an entity providing services. Public indoor space does not mean a person’s residence, including a room in a motel or hotel.
  4. No owner, operator, or manager of a public indoor space may provide services to individuals or allow an individual to enter or move within that public indoor space, unless the individual is wearing a face covering as required by this Public Health Order.
  5. Owners, operators, or managers of public indoor spaces must post signs at entrance(s) instructing individuals of their legal obligation under this Order to wear a face covering when entering or moving within a public indoor space.
  6. Individuals two years old and younger are exempt from the requirements of this Order. Individuals ages three years old to nine years old are exempt from the requirements of this Order if they cannot medically tolerate a face covering.
  7. Individuals performing the following activities are exempt from the requirements of this Order while the activity is being performed:
    • Individuals who are hearing impaired or otherwise disabled or who are communicating with someone who is hearing impaired or otherwise disabled and where the ability to see the mouth is essential to communication;
    • Individuals who are seated at a food service establishment;
    • Individuals who are exercising alone or with others from the individual’s household when a face covering would interfere with the activity;
    • Individuals who are receiving a personal service where the temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service;
    • Individuals who enter a business or receive services and are asked to temporarily remove a face covering for identification purposes;
    • Individuals who are actively engaged in a public safety role such as law enforcement, firefighters, or emergency medical personnel;
    • Individuals who are officiating at a religious service; or
    • Individuals who are giving a speech for broadcast or an audience.

8. This order supersedes the Public Health Order regarding face coverings that was issued on July 17, 2020.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Order shall become effective at 12:01 a.m. on June 2, 2021 and will continue until it is no longer necessary as deemed by the Southern Ute Indian Tribal Council.

(Signed by Chairman Melvin J. Baker)

06012021 – Amended Public Health Order of the SUIT re Face Coverings

05272021 FINAL-IMT-Phase II Safer at Home-Level 3-Outdoor Mask Flyer

 

 

 

Tribal Janssen Vaccination Event – May 14, 2021 from 10 to 2

Southern Ute Indian Tribe – Tribal Vaccination Event

Janssen Vaccine Event NEXT Friday May 14, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Sky Ute Casino Resort Event Center

 

The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lifted the restrictions on the Janssen vaccine Friday, April 23, 2021. The vaccine can be administered without limitations. Individuals who have questions should contact their primary care provider (PCP) or the Southern Ute Health Center (SUHC) by calling 970.563.4581 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

For more information on the Janssen vaccine, please visit the CDC site below:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/JJUpdate.html

>+< IHS Vaccine Eligibility <+>

+ Anyone ages 18 years and over (including the general public.)

+ Southern Ute tribal members, IHS-beneficiaries and tribal staff will have priority when scheduling.

Individuals interested in the Janssen vaccination event are required to register at the Southern Ute Health Center (SUHC) Vaccination Sign-Up Link provided below.

SUHC Vaccination Sign-Up Link | https://www.tinyurl.com/y2bmk652

Sign-up DEADLINE is Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.

Photo Credit | Lindsay J. Box

Designed & Produced by Lindsay J. Box

20210501 – May 14 Janssen Vaccine Event

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 8 Rivers Capital and the Southern Ute Growth Fund Announce Joint Development of Zero Emissions NET Power Plan

8 Rivers Capital and the Southern Ute Growth Fund Announce Joint Development of Zero Emissions NET Power Plant

DURHAM, N.C. and SOUTHERN UTE INDIAN RESERVATION, Colo., April 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — 8 Rivers Capital, LLC and The Southern Ute Indian Tribe Growth Fund (SUGF) have joined together to develop the Coyote Clean Power Project, locating one of the world’s first zero-emissions NET Power natural gas-fired power plants within the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. The Coyote Clean Power Project will represent a paradigm shift in how the world generates energy, producing 280 MW of clean power 24/7, while capturing and storing CO2. 8 Rivers, through its Zero Degrees development business, and the SUGF plan to design and construct a NET Power plant over the next five years.

The Tribe’s participation continues their long history of leadership in environmental stewardship and the energy transition, including the development and operation of a facility for a decade that captured naturally venting fugitive methane, one of the first utility scale solar projects in Southwest Colorado, and other alternative energy projects including biofuels. The Coyote Clean Power Project will be fueled with natural gas while capturing all emissions associated with combusting gas.

The underlying NET Power technology is a game-changing advance for global decarbonization. It produces no air pollution, can operate water neutral, and features the flexibility required to seamlessly pair with renewable energy sources for a 100% clean electricity grid while utilizing natural gas without atmospheric emissions. The Coyote Clean Power Project underscores the economic opportunity of the energy transition to a more carbon neutral environment for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, as it will entail hundreds of millions of dollars of capital investment and has the potential to create over one thousand direct and indirect clean energy jobs both on and off the Reservation. As the project moves forward, Coyote Clean Power expects to make a final investment decision in 2022 and production could begin by 2025.

“We are delighted to partner with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe on this clean power project, highlighting our collective leadership in the energy transition to a carbon neutral environment. The Coyote Clean Power Project’s affordable delivery of zero emissions power is unprecedented, and the project is a model for future deployments of this critical decarbonization tool” said, Damian Beauchamp, President at 8 Rivers and Board Member of NET Power.

Shane Seibel, Southern Ute Growth Fund Executive Director stated, “The Growth Fund is excited to partner with 8 Rivers, a leader in developing decarbonization technology,  to progress the Coyote Clean Power Project to the next phase of development enabling the Southern Ute Indian Tribe to continue its leadership of energy development in Indian Country and to participate in solutions for transitioning to a carbon neutral environment by providing clean and affordable baseload power in Southwest Colorado.”

“The Southern Ute Indian Tribe is excited to begin the partnership with 8 Rivers, adding a new clean energy project to our business portfolio. Although the Tribe has a rich and successful history as an energy producer in Indian Country, we have always prioritized the protection of our natural resources. This project further exemplifies our environmental stewardship,” stated Vice Chairman Bruce Valdez.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis stated, “Development of one of the world’s first zero-emission and water neutral power plants will lead to economic development and job growth while accelerating our transition to 100% clean electricity. We are thrilled about this partnership between the Southern Ute Indian Tribe and 8 Rivers Capital, as our region continues to lead in the clean energy transition, and my Administration stands ready to support next steps in the Coyote Clean Power Project.”

Ron DeGregorio, CEO and Board Member of NET Power said, “The NET Power team is thrilled that 8 Rivers and the Southern Ute Growth Fund have selected our clean energy technology. The Coyote Clean Power Project represents one of the first of many future NET Power plants with the potential to eliminate carbon emissions and achieve net zero by the year 2050.”

The NET Power system utilizes the Allam-Fetvedt Cycle, combusting natural gas with oxygen, as opposed to air, and uses supercritical carbon dioxide as a working fluid to drive a turbine instead of steam. This eliminates all air emissions, including traditional pollutants and CO2, and inherently produces pipeline-quality CO2 that can be sequestered, all while operating at competitive cost and efficiency to traditional gas power plants.

PROJECT WEBSITE:   www.Coyote.Energy

Southern Ute Growth Fund: The Southern Ute Indian Tribe Growth Fund operates and manages the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s businesses and business investments. In this role, the Growth Fund oversees a significant portfolio of companies and investments in energy, real estate, and private equity. The Growth Fund’s headquarters are located in the heart of the Southern Ute Indian Reservation in Ignacio, Colorado. Since the Tribe created the Growth Fund in 2000, it has committed substantial capital to a broadening range of businesses and investments. In just eighteen years, the value of the Growth Fund’s holdings has grown substantially. Operations and assets are spread out over thirteen states and the Gulf of Mexico. For more information, please visit: www.sugf.com.

8 Rivers Capital, LLC is a Durham, NC-based firm leading the invention and commercialization of sustainable, infrastructure-scale technologies for the global energy transition. 8 Rivers is the inventor of the Allam-Fetvedt Cycle, a paradigm-changing net-zero power solution that was named ADIPEC’s “Breakthrough Technology of the Year 2018” and that is anticipated to form a cornerstone of the clean energy transition. 8 Rivers is also focusing on developing and deploying technologies for clean hydrogen and ammonia, direct air capture, retrofit carbon capture, sour gas sweetening, and space-based solar power. For more information, please visit: www.8Rivers.com.

NET Power, LLC: The mission of NET Power is to provide advanced clean energy to consumers worldwide by generating lower-cost power with zero emissions. NET Power is a clean energy technology company that promotes, develops, and licenses a proprietary process for efficiently generating electricity from natural gas while capturing all CO2 emissions. The firm’s revolutionary Allam-Fetvedt Cycle promises to enable the world to meet its climate goals without paying more for electricity. The company is co-owned by Exelon Generation, McDermott, 8 Rivers Capital, and Oxy Low Carbon Ventures (OLCV), a subsidiary of Occidental.  For more information, please visit www.NETPower.com.