NEWS: Wednesday February 24, 2010

Feb 24th @ 6:53 am in News by Scott Staley

Shell announced yesterday that they will withdraw their application for conditional water rights on the Yampa River, a move that has relieved some environmental groups.  According to the Daily Sentinel, Shell says this doesn’t mean they’re pulling out of the oil shale project for good, but that the decision was based on the global recession. One of the groups opposed to Shell’s oil shale development is the Western Resource Advocates who says this kind of development just isn’t ready for prime time, and there’s no reason to rush the process.
Source: Daily Sentinel (Posted 5:51a)

Delta City Council is holding a special meeting tomorrow at 7 o’clock to publicly select their City Manager. The six candidates in running were in Delta two weeks ago for a Meet & Greet and interview process.  City council made their selection privately, but were waiting on a contract to be signed. Tomorrow’s meeting is open to the public. The finalists are Peter Brixius, Karen Cumbo, JM Kerby, Alan Lanning, Ben South, and D. Craig Whitehead.
Source: Delta City Council   (Posted 5:51a)

A Montrose boy was all smiles when he went to school yesterday, as he got to tell his classmates about his trip to the Denver Nuggets locker room.  The Daily Press says 10-year-old Dane Smits, along with 9 other kids, won the “Altitude/Pizza Hut Book It” contest, enabling him his once-in-a-lifetime trip into the depths of the Pepsi Center on Monday.  Dane was able to hang out with Chris Anderson, the “Birdman” and meet Chauncy Billups.
Source: Daily Press (Posted 5:50a)

Governor Bill Ritter has signed a bill that cuts state employee retiree benefits to prevent the pension system from going broke, calling it a difficult but necessary decision. KJCT posts that the pension system covers 450,000 state workers, teachers and local government employees as well as lawmakers. Officials warned that without changes, the pension plan would go broke in 20 years.
Source: KJCT/AP   (Posted 5:50a)