NEWS: Monday March 22, 2010

Mar 22nd @ 9:32 am in News by Scott Staley

Montrose County RE-1J is one of the 42 school districts in the state to receive funds from the state’s Building Excellent Schools Today program. The Daily Press writes that schools in 25 Colorado counties will receive nearly $100 million to tackle some of the worst school conditions around the state. In Montrose, the money will replace roofs at elementary and middle schools and will also upgrade school security cameras. The BEST program was created in Colorado in 2008.
Source: Daily Press (Posted 6:57a)

The search for a new Telluride Town Manager is in full swing and interviews are expected to be conducted tomorrow. According to the Daily Planet, even though Frank Bell is no longer working as full-time manager, he will remain part time until a replacement is found.  Bell accepted a job in a posh, eco-friendly community in Northern California as town manager.  The application pool for Telluride Town Manager reached 65 applicants.  A list of those who make the interviewing-cut will be made public. Bell was Town Manager for the past four years.
Source: Daily Planet (Posted 6:56a)

Mesa County is joining suit with it’s cities as it expects to pass a year-long moratorium on medical marijuana businesses today. NBC 11 News says if the resolution is adopted it would go into effect immediately.  Mesa County Commissioners are to vote on the resolution during today’s regular meeting. Grand Junction and Palisade already have moratoriums in place and Fruita voted last year on location and zoning requirements for medical marijuana businesses.
Source: NBC 11 News (Posted 6:56a)

“Buyer beware” is the name of the game when it comes to deciphering labels and advertising for so-called “green” products, according to Jason Dunlop with a chapter of the US Green Building Council. The group has been holding educational sessions to let folks know there’s a marketing free-for-all going on when it comes to “green” claims, because the sector is so profitable. Dunlop’s advice is to be wary of words and phrases like “LEED-certified,” “natural,” and “eco-friendly,” – which he says can be misleading. False labels and claims are often referred to as “greenwashing.” While the Federal Trade Commission has issued statements discouraging companies from misleading consumers on the topic, Dunlop says the problem is still rampant.
Source: Colorado News Connection   (Posted 6:55a)