NEWS: Tuesday November 16, 2010

Nov 16th @ 11:32 am in News by Scott Staley

Struggles at the GJ convention center. The manager, Tim Seeberg, of Two Rivers Convention Center in Grand Junction has stepped down in order to save jobs for those positioned below him. KJCT says the resignation will help the city get through the end of the year budget-wise. Street Supervisor Darren Starr has been appointed the interim role of manager at the convention center. Sometime next year the city will decide whether to hire a new manager or not. The Convention Center says they do have several large bookings for 2011 and 2012 already. They’re banking on those and more bookings to keep them afloat.
Source: KJCT (Posted 10:32a)

Cherry Creek shooting range victims are twins. Investigators in Arapahoe County are trying to figure out what led to a fatal shooting at a shooting range at Cherry Creek State Park south of Denver. The sheriff’s office says one woman died at the range and the other was taken to the hospital with a head injury. While names haven’t been released it’s been reported that the women are twins. Range owner Doug Hamilton told The Denver Post that the women were shot nearly simultaneously. It’s unclear at this time whether the shootings were accidental or intentional. Surveillance cameras weren’t able to capture the shootings, but do show the women were in the same shooting lane.
Source: Denver Post (Posted 10:28a)

Montrose County Comissioners encourage residents to attend BLM meetings about Wild & Scenic River designations. The Bureau of Land Management Southwest Resource Advisory Committee subgroup will hold a series of public meetings in Naturita, Norwood and Telluride November 29th through December 1st to discuss Wild and Scenic River suitability for sections of the San Miguel River, Dolores River and several tributaries.

“It’s my position that a Wild and Scenic designation will have a negative effect on future land and water use in the Western part of Montrose County,” said Ron Henderson, Montrose County Commissioner.  “If the River is designated as Wild and Scenic, one fourth mile boundary on each side of the river as well as the water in the river will come under new restrictive rules and regulations of the Federal Government,” concluded Henderson.

Montrose County Commissioner David White, whose district is in the West end, agrees with Henderson that the Federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Designation is not in the best interest of Montrose County.  “We sent a response letter to the Bureau of Land Management expressing our concerns that designation to Wild and Scenic will have a negative effect on future land uses adjacent to the river, and water rights.  We encourage all residents of the County to educate themselves about the issue and to get involved by attending these meetings or writing a letter,” concluded White.

Meeting information:
Monday, November 29, 2010
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Norwood Community Center
1670 Naturita Street
Norwood, CO, 81423

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Naturita Community Building
411 W 2nd Ave
Naturita, CO 81422

Wednesday, December 1, 2010
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Wilkinson Public Library
100 West Pacific Ave.
Telluride, CO 81435

The meetings will provide information on the river sections under review, discuss criteria used to determine suitability and allow time for public input. Public input is a vital part of the Wild and Scenic River suitability process. The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act seeks to preserve certain rivers and their immediate environments, maintain free-flowing conditions, protect water quality and fulfill other conservation purposes.  Based on various criteria, river segments may be designated wild, scenic, recreational or remain undesignated. For more information on the Wild and Scenic River designation process visit: www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/ufo/wild_and_scenic_river.html.
(Posted 11:56a)