NEWS: Fri. March 12, 2010

Mar 12th @ 4:14 pm in News by Scott Staley

Following the rockfall that hit I-70 early Monday, March 8, CDOT implemented emergency contracting procedures to get a contractor on board for the extensive repairs that would have follow. That afternoon, CDOT engineers met with one prospective contractor on site, then provided site tours to four more on Tuesday.  Flatiron Construction won the low bid for the project.  The total cost of the repair is expect to be over $860 thousand and should be completed in 55 days. However, the total cost of the rockfall event overall is expected to be much higher if  you include emergency responses and blasting to open the highway.  The figures are still being totaled…
Source: Press Release  (Posted 5:32p by Jim Kapp)

The Montrose County’s Health and Human Services Dept. has announced that it will be implementing 5 furlough days this year for their 115 employees. These furlough days are being added in anticipation of reductions in five different sources of state revenues.  These furlough days include May 28th, July 2nd, Sept. 3rd, Oct. 8th, and Dec. 23rd and all have been planned around holiday weekends to make it somewhat more convenient  for its employees.
Source: Press Release  (Posted 4:09p by Jim Kapp)

It may be a little early to be  thinking about wildfire, but now is the time to apply for funds to thin Colorado’s private forest lands. The Norwood Post states that The Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) will share cost  or fund landowner projects that reduce the risk of damaging wildfire and enhance the health and productivity of private forest lands.  Priority funding will go to those projects that focus on reducing the fuel load.  For more information and a grant application, contact the State Forest Service Montrose District Office, (970) 249-9051. Applications are due by 4 p.m. on April 2, 2010.
Source: Norwood Post (Posted 4:10p by Jim Kapp)

Colorado lawmakers say they’re making progress on bills to create jobs and increase the use of renewable energy as they near the halfway point of their 120-day session. The Daily Sentinel reports however that the biggest battle is yet to come.  Lawmakers are bracing themselves to deal with trying to balance next year’s budget in the middle of this year’s revenue crisis.  Lawmakers are looking to cut another $1.5 billion from the $18 billion spending plan as they await the state’s latest revenue forecast due out next week….
Source: Daily Sentinel (Posted 4:12p by Jim Kapp)