NEWS: Wed. July 21, 2010

Jul 21st @ 4:22 pm in News by Scott Staley

The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) board must fill a new vacancy just one month after its first meeting. The Montrose Press has reported that Bob Burk, an active DDA steering committee and founding board member told the board he will be leaving soon.  He made his announcement during DDA’s weekly meeting.  Burk will remain on board for a few more weeks to give adequate time for a new appointment.
Source: Montrose Press (Posted 4:18p by Jim Kapp)

The Naturita Elementary School gym filled with close to 300 community members who attended the final public hearing with Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) officials on the proposed Piñon Ridge Mill in Paradox Valley. According to the Daily Planet, many on hand are hoping the projected mill will help revive the area’s economy.  During the two hour meeting only 10 speakers were opposed to the mill.  To help ease the mind of the dissenters, Colorado Department of Health official Steve Tarlton said that the technology has changed.  He said “Most of the mills in Colorado were started in the ‘50s, but you can’t compare that to what’s being done now…
Source: Daily Planet (Posted 4:21p by Jim Kapp)

Nearly 300 new natural gas wells were given the ‘go ahead’ on the Western Slope. Towns closest to the drilling fear more traffic and threats to their water supply. NBC 11 News reports that 284 additional wells will spring up along the Divide Creek area in Garfield county by the end of this year.  Last Friday BLM had approved Denver-based Antero Resources plan for 13 more drilling pads.  Although some towns people are concerned about the traffic congestion caused by trucks, possible water contamination, and overall noise, David Boyd, public affairs specialist with BLM assured them that they are looking for the right balance to reasonable access to natural gas resources while minimizing the impacts to the environment….
Source: NBC 11 News (Posted 5:17p by Jim Kapp)