NEWS: Tuesday May 18, 2010

May 18th @ 11:59 am in News by Scott Staley

In keeping with the International Year of Biodiversity, Mountainfilm will launch its 32nd annual festival on Friday, May 28th with an in-depth look at species extinction.

“We are living in the sixth major extinction on this planet and the first one to be caused by humans,” says Festival Director David Holbrooke. “The statistics are staggering. We’re currently experiencing the worst spate of species die-off since the loss of dinosaurs 65 million years ago. It’s estimated that a species dies off every 20 minutes. Some scientists predict that between 30 and 50 percent of all species will be extinct by mid-century. E.O. Wilson says that biodiversity is the key to life on this planet and that its collapse is the biggest threat we are facing.”

Holbrooke says he is delighted with the depth of expertise he’s locked in in regards to symposium presenters.

“We always try to find a wide range of speakers – leading authorities from diverse fields who complement one another and who connect well with our very engaged audiences. So far, this year’s line-up looks to fit that bill exactly.”

Learn more about Mountainfilm and it’s speakers, films, and ticket prices at mountainfilm.org.
Source: Press Release   (Posted 12:11p)

The Telluride Ski and Golf Company recently purchased a mining claim in Upper Bear Creek which could play into an expansion for the organization down the road.  According to The Watch the 4.11 acre parcel known as the Dandy Lode could serve as the base for future lifts or perhaps hold it as real estate investment.  The Telski purchase came just days after the Gold Hill Development Company (GHDC), a group of investors fronted by Tom Chapman, closed on the purchase of about 40 acres in mining claims including the Modena, Gertrude, and Little Bessie Lodes that run west from Delta Bowl, and a half interest in the separate Euclid Avenue Lode, for $246,000. Chapman is notorious for his involvement in controversial land trades with the federal government, equally admired by private property rights advocates and criticized as extortionate by public lands proponents.

Although Dandy Lode is adjacent to the GHDC’s Modena Lode, Telski CEO Dave Riley said the location and timing of his company’s purchase was coincidental, and not a strategic move related to the GHDC purchases. Riley says there has been no decision on what will become of the land they purchased.
Source: The Watch (Posted 11:59a)

Tomorrow at noon the Montrose Citizens For Funding Our Future will host a “brown bag” lunch informational session on Proposition 101, Amendment 60 and 61, upstairs at the Montrose Chamber of Commerce building. The public is invited.
Source: PSA   (Posted 11:58a)