NEWS: Mon. April 26, 2010

Apr 26th @ 10:29 am in News by Scott Staley

Oxy USA has agreed to pay fines totaling nearly $650,000 for pit leaks that caused oil and gas contamination of spring waters northwest of Parachute. The Daily Sentinel states The company signed a settlement agreement with the state under which it will pay $390,000 for an incident in the Cascade Canyon area and $257,400 for one at Rock Springs.
Source: Daily Sentinel (Posted 3:22p by Jim Kapp)

A proposed overhaul of Colorado’s teacher tenure law has cleared its first hurdle. NBC 11 News reports this afternoon that the Senate Education Comm has went ahead approved a bill on Friday that would make tenure available only to teachers whose students have shown improvement for three straight years.  However, they could lose that tenure status should students fail to show progress for 2 straight years.  The teachers union argues that the bill does not provide proper training for principals who would be evaluating the teachers and the bill also does not clearly state how the teachers would be judged….
Source: NBC 11 News (Posted 3:25p by Jim Kapp)

New City Council members are looking to help resolve some issues with MAMA particularly over tax money. The Montrose Press has learned that new council member Bill Patterson would like to sit down and have a work session with Montrose Area Merchants Assoc.  The board had decide that MAMA would remain dormant but will not disband…
Source: Montrose Press (Posted 10:25a by Jim Kapp)

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is encouraging people to participate in a new initiative to conserve outdoor spaces and enjoy the outdoors. The Daily Sentinel reports that Salazar made that statement yesterday  as he visited Mesa Verde National Park to promote better campgrounds and roads resulting from about $10.1 million in stimulus money.
Source: Daily Sentinel (Posted 10:27a by Jim Kapp)