NEWS: Tuesday March 16, 2010

Mar 16th @ 9:59 am in Uncategorized by Scott Staley

The Town of Mountain Village is preparing their 15-year comprehensive planning process and are contemplating adding a medical center in their plans.  According to the Telluride Watch, the town needs to look now for available parcels of land.  The medical center in Telluride is satisfied where it’s at, but their lease ends in 2032, and if they wait that long to secure land, their might not be a place in Telluride or Mountain Village for a medical facility.  In 2008, Telluride voters failed to pass two out of three ballot questions pertaining to the hospital district.
Source: Telluride Watch (Posted 9:59a)

Colorado’s Secretary of State, Bernie Buescher will be in Montrose tomorrow to talk with county officials about challenges the county faces, as well as talk about online voter registration capabilities.  He will visit county clerk and recorder offices throughout the state the remainder of this month. Buescher will be in Montrose at the County Administration building tomorrow from 10-10:30am.
Source: PSA   (Posted 9:58a)

The 2010 Census forms will soon arrive in Colorado mailboxes, but many Coloradans say at least one important question is missing. There’s no place to mark your sexual orientation or gender identity. Mindy Barton is legal director for the GLBT Community Center of Colorado. She says that leaves government agencies, nonprofit groups and everyday citizens without some potentially useful information. Barton says progress is being made, however – she points out that it wasn’t until 1990 that couples could declare themselves “unmarried partners” as an option on the census form. Hundreds of billions of federal dollars are distributed on the basis of census data, which is why Barton emphasizes it’s still important to complete and return the forms.
Source: Colorado News Connection   (Posted 9:58a)

State lawmakers from both parties are backing legislation to cut emissions from coal-fired power plants. The bill was introduced yesterday and will get its first hearing today. It would require Xcel Energy to devise a plan to reduce emissions at its coal-fired plants. That could include retrofitting them with pollution controls, closing them or converting them to natural gas plants. Governor Bill Ritter announced the plan earlier this month. To help prevent price spikes, Xcel would be able to sign contracts locking in the price of natural gas for up to 20 years. If prices drop, though, rate payers would still be asked to pay the higher cost.
Source: Press Release   (Posted 9:57a)