NEWS: Tuesday February 1, 2011

Feb 1st @ 10:50 am in News by Scott Staley

Energy Fuels says thanks. More than 100 people turned out for a free lunch and information session hosted by Energy Fuels last week at the Naturita Community Center. The company is moving forward in the process of constructing a uranium mill site in the Paradox Valley. They have until March 5th to evaluate and appeal the conditions the Department of Health attached to their Radioactive Materials License. The Daily Planet says several people questioned when they can start applying for jobs and Steve Antony, the current president and CEO of Energy Fuels said the company is already accepting applications at it’s Naturita office (across from the Basin Health Clinic). In addition to community members and reporters in attendance, documentary filmmaker Richard Linnett was collecting more footage for his upcoming film, Paradox Valley, U.S.A. The film, which looks at the people, places, and issues connected with uranium, is due out next year.
Source: Daily Planet (Posted 12:09p)

White House launches 2011 Race to the Top Commencement Challenge. Today, the White House opened applications to the 2011 Race to the Top Commencement Challenge. Students from public high schools across the country are invited to demonstrate how their school prepares them for college and a career by going to and submitting an application. The winning school will host President Obama as their 2011 commencement speaker.

“I’m looking for the school that’s doing the best job of preparing students for college and careers,” said President Obama. “The winning school will understand that their number one priority is making sure that our kids are learning what they need to succeed in this 21st century economy.”

“Success happens in schools across the country every day,” said Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “The Commencement Challenge is an extraordinary opportunity for students to share their school’s story and be rewarded for their commitment to preparing for college and careers.”

The White House once again partnered with Viacom and the Get Schooled Foundation to launch this year’s Commencement Challenge.  In a video launching the challenge, Simon Boehme, the salutatorian from last year’s winning school – Kalamazoo Central High – and current freshman at the University of Michigan, came to the White House to discuss the Commencement Challenge with President Obama.

The application includes essay questions and statistical information that illustrate how schools are promoting college and career readiness for all students while establishing a culture of student success and academic excellence.  Applications must be submitted by Friday, February 25th at 11:59 pm EST. More information, including the launch video, can be found at

Last year, President Obama launched the first ever Race to the Top Commencement Challenge and encouraged public high schools across the country to show how they promote college attainment and career readiness. Over 1000 schools applied and more than 170,000 people weighed in on short videos and essays from the six finalists.  President Obama selected the national winner from the three high schools with the highest average ratings (see 2010 finalists HERE).  This year, the President has renewed the challenge, calling on high schools to share effective strategies on how they are preparing their students to win the future and achieve the goal of having the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020.
(Posted 9:50a)