NEWS: Thursday June 17, 2010

Jun 17th @ 9:00 am in News by Scott Staley

Tomorrow is the start of the Colorado Renewable Energy Conference in Montrose, taking place mainly at the Montrose Pavilion (there is one event in Ouray). This is an annual event that  highlights activities and new energy opportunities in Colorado and the West. Last year it was held in Golden, next year in Fort Collins, and in 2010, the National Renewable Energy Conference will be held in Denver.

Get this weekend’s entire conference schedule HERE. This event is running at the same time as DMEA’s annual meeting. Don’t forget DMEA board of director ballots are due TOMORROW, and can be turned in (in person) from 1:00p-2:00p at the east side of the Pavilion.
Source: PSA   (Posted 10:50a)

A bill to create and expand wilderness areas in Southwestern Colorado is headed for the floor of the U.S. House. Representative John Salazar’s San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act passed out of the House Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday. Durango resident Mike Matz with the Pew Environment Group’s Campaign for America’s Wilderness says the bill would protect over 60-thousand acres altogether, which is good news for Coloradans who enjoy a whole range of activities.  The measure would designate 33-thousand acres as wilderness – including additions to the Mount Sneffels and Lizard Head Wilderness areas. Matz says the San Juans are one of the most geologically diverse ranges in the world and home to the threatened Canada lynx, Colorado River cutthroat trout, and the Gunnison sage-grouse.
Source: Colorado News Connection   (Posted 9:01a)

Last week Ridgway Town Council passed unanimously an ordinance that will allow licensed medical marijuana facilities in the town’s Industrial 1, and Industrial 2 zones as well as the General Commercial Zone east of Liddell Street.  According to The Watch, Ordinance 7-2010 is meant to coincide with Colorado House Bill 1284 recently signed by Governor Bill Ritter. This new ordinance will lift Ridgway’s moratorium on dispensaries, once the state’s regulations are in place and functional.
Source: The Watch (Posted 7:16a)

J.J. Ament made two stops in Montrose yesterday: The Montrose County Republican Luncheon and a Meet & Greet. Ament is the only State Treasurer Candidate with a background in finance and faces Walker Stapleton in August’s Primary Election.
(Posted 7:16a)

Firefighters are battling a blaze on the Uncompahgre National Forest, about nine miles south of Norwood.  The Daily Press says the Goshorn Fire probably started by a lightning strike Tuesday afternoon.  No structures are threatened by the 30 acre blaze.
Source: Daily Press (Posted 8:56a)