NEWS: Wed. Aug 4, 2010

Aug 4th @ 4:24 pm in News by Scott Staley

The fines Dan Maes agreed to pay last month for various campaign-finance violations in his bid for the GOP nod for governor weren’t his camp’s first. The Daily Sentinel reports that over the past year the campaign was fined numerous times, primarily for filing late reports for large donations,  this according to the Colorado Secretary of State’s website.  Maes agreed to pay $17,500 in fines last month after a Grand Junction man filed a complaint against him.  Maes, an Evergreen businessman, is scheduled to pay that fine Aug. 12, two days after next week’s primary.
Source: Daily Sentinel (Posted 3:35p by Jim Kapp)

The country’s largest solar farm is set to break ground here on the western slope, only problem is they’re not sure where. According to the Daily Planet, Sun Edison, a solar company out of Maryland, is considering two possible locations.  In May it looked like Norwood would  get the nod, but they are also considering a location outside of Ridgway or perhaps maybe even by Paradox.   According to SMPA (San Miguel Power Assoc.) Communications Executive, Becky Mashburn, the Ridgway site is  becoming very favorable.    If all goes according to plan Sun Edison is hoping to start feeding the area by the first quarter of 2011…
Source: Daily Planet (Posted 3:37p by Jim Kapp)

Lance Armstrong is teaming with Denver-based Quiznos to bring a major international pro-cycling stage race to Colorado next summer. NBC 11 News states that  Armstrong hopes to ride in the weeklong race, titled the Quiznos Pro Challenge. The exact route of the Aug. 22-28, 2011, race has not been mapped out yet.
Source: NBC 11 News (Posted 5:16p by Jim Kapp)

A Colorado congresswoman who has been pushing for passage of a Colorado wilderness bill for 11 years says she is optimistic she can get a measure through Congress this fall. The Daily Sentinel explains that U.S. Rep Diana DeGette says the bill she expects to carry will be more narrowly tailored than the 1.6 million acre version she originally presented.  DeGette spoke Tuesday to a Glenwood Springs audience that included the three Garfield County commissioners.
Source: Daily Sentinel (Posted 5:18p by Jim Kapp)