NEWS: Tuesday April 27, 2010

Apr 27th @ 9:14 am in News by Scott Staley

Montrose County says they want to know more about the expansion plans for Energy Fuels’ proposed Uranium and Vanadium mill in the West End, saying their plans are ad equate, but don’t specify plans for closure.  According to the Daily Press, the County continues to support the mill, in which they granted a Special Use Permit last year, but says when it comes time for the mill to close, they want to know about those plans, now. There is a public comment meeting regarding the proposed Pinon Ridge mill June 8th at the Montrose Pavilion.
Source: Daily Press (Posed 9:14a)

The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Watch for Western Colorado and Southeast Utah all day tomorrow. There is also a Fire Weather Watch for these same areas, in effect now until tonight, and a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Western Colorado and Eastern Utah until Sunday. While it’s dry in the valley, it’s possible snow could tackle the high country during this period. Stay tuned for up-to-date weather reports.
Source: The National Weather Service (Posted 9:14a)

One of the court cases nominated for “Case of the Year” (by the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association) was never heard in a Colorado court, but it did have national implications in the fight against abuse of power by government officials. The case of DeLew versus Nevada Highway Patrol involved a cover-up in the death of 28-year-old Erin Rae DeLew, who was struck from behind on her bicycle by an intoxicated driver, who happened to be the wife of a Las Vegas police officer. Timothy Rastello, from the Boulder law office of Holland and Hart, helped represent the DeLew family when no Nevada attorney was willing to take on the case. He says the resolution of the case sends a clear message. The case also validated the legal concept of “right to meaningful access to court,” which Rastello says is violated when officials conspire to obstruct a citizen’s civil action. The federal district court that heard the case said it “constitutes a warning to law-enforcement officers not to treat civilians unconstitutionally.” The Case Of The Year will be announced at the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association’s spring dinner on May 13 in Denver.
Source: Colorado News Connection   (Posted 9:12a)

Attorneys general from western states are meeting this week to discuss water law, including the Colorado River Compact, the Clean Water Act and trans-basin diversions. The Conference of Western Attorneys General’s water law conference runs Thursday and Friday in Colorado Springs. Colorado Attorney General John Suthers chairs the group. Speakers include U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Harris Sherman, Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory J. Hobbs, Alaska Attorney General Daniel Sullivan and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Mike Connor.
Source: Press Release   (Posted 9:12a)