NEWS: Thur. Dec. 23, 2010

Dec 23rd @ 5:13 pm in News by Scott Staley

Gov. Bill Ritter today ordered the creation of a River Access Mediation Commission to try to help resolve disputes between boaters and property owners on Colorado waterways. The Daily Sentinel reports that creation of the commission was one of eight unanimous recommendations made by a 17 member panel appointed by the governor.  Ritter created the commission this summer to set aside numerous conflicting ballot measures on the issue.   Gov. Ritter is optimistic that the  mediation commission can work its way through these matters in a civil, reasoned way where all parties’ views are respected and considered…
Source: Daily Sentinel (Posted 5:06p by Jim Kapp)

Elderly pet owners are getting help keeping their companions at home in Colorado. NBC 11 News says that a class called Pets Forever at Colorado State University has student volunteers pair up with the elderly and disabled.  The students who take part in this program walk dogs, clean litter boxes, and drive sick animals to the vet for homebound owners.  At the same time, it helps give the elderly and disabled an opportunity to have some additional companionship and keep their animals.  Studies have shown that pets can help prevent depression and even lower hospital admission rates.
Source: NBC 11 News (Posted 5:08p by Jim Kapp)

A watchdog group is accusing a Colorado power company of flouting the intentions of state energy policy to phase out coal as a source for electricity in the state. Tri-State Energy serves rural cooperatives in Colorado and 3 other states.  Stephanie Cole with the Sierra Club says the company is front and center in a plan approved by the Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment last week for a massive coal-fueled plant just 60 miles over the border…(audio :12)….
(Posted 5:08p by Jim Kapp)

The Delta County Board of Commissioners has made four reappointments and one new one to the County Fair Board. The Delta County Independent has learned that the new appointee is Cristen Chermak.  Her appointment was recommended by the Fair Board members.  She will join the other four members who were recently reappointed to serve 3 year terms.
Source: Delta County Independent (Posted 5:12p by Jim Kapp)

There are many factors that go into the cost of health insurance. The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) tries  to review hikes in health rates on a regular basis. They say it depends on how much you use the plan and what type of insurance you have as to what your premiums would be.  However, KJCT has learned that one woman in Grand Junction said her premiums for next year have skyrocketed.  She says here rates went up 22%.  DORA recommends shopping around for health care. But the organization warns that the cheapest might not necessarily be the best.
Source: KJCT (Posted 4:10p by Jim Kapp)

Today, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) wrapped up work for the season on a project to repair a retaining wall below US 50 on Cerro Summit (MP 104.3), about 12 miles east of Montrose. Work next spring will continue with improvements to drainage systems at MP 103 and 105, including a full culvert replacement, and additional roadway stabilization and paving. The project was contracted to Tezak Heavy Equipment of Canon City for $3.9 million.
(Posted  4:12p by Jim Kapp)