NEWS: Mon. Jan 31, 2011

Jan 31st @ 6:39 pm in Uncategorized by Scott Staley

Encana looking to add new well pad in Garfield County. The Encana gas drilling company has applied for state permits to put a new well pad just outside the Battlement Mesa community in Garfield County.  NBC 11 News reports that if granted, the permit would allow for the drilling of nine gas wells in the area.  Another natural gas company, Antero Resources, has plans for up to 200 wells within Battlement Mesa’s boundaries.  There are some residents who oppose drilling in the Western Colorado community. A 20-day period for the public to comment on Encana’s application ends Feb. 10.
Source: NBC 11 News (Posted 5:26p by Jim Kapp)

Colorado Republicans want to reverse renewable energy requirements. Colorado Republicans are lobbing their first shot at renewable energy requirements they say are hurting consumers.  According to the Daily Press the State Senate is considering a bill undoing a requirement that utilities get 30 percent of their electricity from renewable sources like wind and solar by 2020.  They claim that the higher renewable energy standard that passed last year allows utilities to charge customers up front for the expense of switching to cleaner energy.  Republicans feel this will in turn drive up power bills and hurt consumers.
Source: Montrose Daily Press (Posted 5:27p by Jim Kapp)

Grand Valley Drainage District using cutting-edge technology for pipe repair. The Grand Valley Drainage District is using cutting-edge technology for their next big project which is repairing an aging pipe without digging the up the roads.    The Daily Sentinel explains the specific pipe being targeted in this project is located underneath Patterson Road.  It’s 155 feet long and 48 inches in diameter.  It was built in the 1970’s.  Officials say the high tech method being used to work on this pipe should save taxpayers money and drivers major headaches.  The project starts this week and will last about a week and a half.
Source: Daily Sentinel (Posted 5:28p by Jim Kapp)

Colin Hayes looking to go to Ivy League school and go skiing. Sixteen-year-old Colin Hayes would some day like to go to an Ivy League school, perhaps Dartmouth.  He would also like to compete on the ski team.  To help accomplish his goals Hayes has enrolled in the Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy which is part of the Eagle County School District.  The Daily Sentinel says this is the only public winter-sports academy of its kind in the U.S. Its purpose is to help kids balance their goals of excelling in Alpine skiing, snowboarding, and Nordic sports while also getting a good education.  The Academy  features a rigorous daily schedule that includes sports training in the morning and classroom instruction in the afternoon, along with programs aimed at accommodating the educational needs of traveling athletes.
Source: Daily Sentinel’ (Posted 5:31p by Jim Kapp)