NEWS: Tues. May 11, 2010

May 11th @ 4:07 pm in News by Scott Staley

Colorado National Monument announced today it is proposing to increase entrance and camping fees beginning next year. The Daily Sentinel has learned that the National Park Service is planning to raise fees for a 7 day pass from $7 to $10 per car and from $4 to $5 per hiker or bicyclist.  Annual passes are expected to go up to $25 and one night campground fees will double from 10 to $20.  Park officials point out that campground fees have not been raised in 15 years.
Source: Daily Sentinel (Posted 3:56p by Jim Kapp)

The Bureau of Land Management is proposing a year-round ban on using fireworks and other explosive devices on all land it manages in Colorado. NBC 11 News says that current BLM rules prohibit using and possessing fireworks only on developed campgrounds and on a seasonal basis when there is high fire danger.  The agency proposed these changes to help cut down on wildfires especially if this becomes a dry, hot summer…
Source: NBC 11 News (Posted 3:59p by Jim Kapp)

A local first-grader’s handwriting has earned him a state championship. The Montrose Press reports that Zachary Oldroyd of Cottonwood Elementary was chosed from thousands of entries as Colorado’s best first grade handwriter.  While he was give a medallion his teacher, Lisa Jahnke, received a Rosewood pen and the school got $200 in gift certificates for supplies…
Source: Montrose Press (Posted 4:00p by Jim Kapp)

The Bureau of Reclamation announced that flows in the Gunnison River through the Black Canyon will be increased for a 24-hour period projected for May 18. The Daily Sentinel explains that these peak flows are components of the Black Canyon reserved water rights.  That 2008 settlement includes annual peak flows and shoulder flows plus a year round base flow.
Source: Daily Sentinel (Posted 4:02p by Jim Kapp)