NEWS: Thur. July 29, 2010

Jul 29th @ 5:55 pm in News by Scott Staley

Just before 3 this afternoon there was a brief power outage north of Paonia to the end of the system in Gunnison County including Somerset, Electric Mountain area, and the coal mines in the North Fork Valley. The outage lasted for 38 minutes due to a 115,000 volt line that tripped.  The line was quickly restored after they checked to make sure all crews were clear.  The cause is under investigation….
Source: Press Release  (Posted 5:28p by Jim Kapp)

Former Colorado First Lady Frances Owens is endorsing Republican Scott McInnis for governor, saying he has a proven conservative record and can get the state on the path to economic recovery. Owens said today that she has known McInnis for many years and that he has the knowledge to handle Colorado’s current economic challenges. She is the former wife of two-term Gov. Bill Owens.
Source: News Release  (Posted 5:29p  by Jim Kapp)

Clifton Dean Reeder of Delta was killed in a rollover accident while trying to elude a sheriff’s deputy Saturday afternoon. The Delta County Independent reports that Deputy Harold Connett was northbound on Highway 65 when a 2003 Dodge Ram pickup reportedly veered into his lane of traffic.  The deputy then turned around and went after the pickup driven by Reeder.  The State Patrol said that eventually the pickup ran off the road and rolled 1 ½  times ejecting the driver.  Reeder was pronounced dead on the scene.
Source: Delta County Independent (Posted 5:30p by Jim Kapp)

Gov. Ritter wants schools to compete for programs to reduce child hunger in Colorado. Earlier today, Gov. Ritter addressed a group of school executives and issued a School Breakfast Challenge.  KJCT says that challenge is a new intiative to increase the number of students who participate in a free and reduced-price breakfast program in schools.  He explained to the executives he would like to see that participation increase by 15 thousand students statewide this fall.  He also said the program will help the staff and educators to achieve their goals…
Source: KJCT (Posted 5:36p by Jim Kapp)

State Treasurer Cary Kennedy has revealed the state earned returns on its investments for the fiscal year that ended in June. According to the Montrose Press, the state’s portfolio has posted positive earnings in every year during the economic downturn.  Kennedy also pointed out that these investment earnings will go toward meeting state needs in next year’s budget…
Source: Montrose Daily Press (Posted 5:35p by Jim Kapp)

There’s apparent legislation in the works that could increase summer activities at ski areas. The Daily Planet reports that a revision of a 1986 law that governs ski area use of public lands could help the process.  A revised version of The Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act, that was initially  introduced by Sen. Mark Udall would allow the U.S. Forest Service to permit recreational activities such as summer concerts, mountain biking and alpine slides on public lands year round, where appropriate.  In 1986 the National Ski Area Permit Act allowed the Forrest Service to permit only winter activities such as Nordic and alpine skiing.
Source: Daily Planet (Posted 5:45p by Jim Kapp)