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Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter yesterday testified for a bill that would double Colorado‚€™s Renewable Energy Standard, an issue that the new governor has made the cornerstone of his administration. The bill, HB1281, carried in the senate by Sen. Gail Schwartz of Snowmass Village, would double the Renewable Energy Standard established under Amendment 37 that voters approved in 2004. That amendment required power companies to generate at least 10% of their electricity from sources such as wind, solar and biomass by 2015. Schwartz‚€™s bill would double that number to 20%. ‚€œThis is a real important bill for this administration and we felt it was a good idea for us to let this committee know that‚€Ě, Ritter said after he testified before the senate, state veterans and military affairs committee yesterday. Ritter said everyone needs to participate if the state and the nation are to achieve its long-range power needs. The measure passed the Colorado House on Monday. It now heads to the full senate for more debate.
The driver responsible for injuring three people Monday night in Conejos County remains at large. According to the Colorado State Patrol, five people were in a Chevrolet Blazer that went off of Conejos County Road 12.5 located south and west of Antonito. The Blazer rolled one and a half times before coming to rest on its top. The vehicle was driven by Toby Madril, 18, of Antonito, who authorities say fled the scene on foot with one of the uninjured passengers, Justin Gomez, 17, of Antonito. The other three passengers were Diane ‚€œJamie‚€Ě Gomez, 19, of Conejos, Renee Archuleta, 19, of Antonito, and Joshua Madril, 21, of Antonito. All three were injured and were taken to the Conejos County Hospital. Gomez received a broken pelvis and was transported to Denver for treatment. Evidence of drug and alcohol use was seized from the vehicle. A warrant is being sought by the state patrol for Madril‚€™s arrest.
The Trinidad City Council is accepting letters of interest from citizens within the city to fill the vacancy on the city council created by the resignation of Joe Bonato. The person appointed to the position will serve only until the next regular municipal election, at which time the city electorate shall elect a councilperson to serve the remainder of the unexpired term. Anyone interested must be at least 18 years old and be a registered voter and have lived in the city of Trinidad continuously for the past 12 months, and must have been a citizen of the United States for at least 5 years. Contact the Trinidad City Clerk for more information. Deadline is 5pm on Monday, March 26th.
Members of the Rio Grande Roundtable unanimously agreed to forward a sub-district-related request for $36,750 to the state for funding approval yesterday, bringing requests for legislated water funding designated for the Rio Grande Basin to over $100,000. The roundtable had already forwarded a reservoir centennial celebration request for $13,000 and an Alamosa River in-stream flow project request for $64,500. Those requests were scheduled to come from $1 million designated specifically for the Rio Grande Basin. The Colorado Water Conservation Board met yesterday to consider those requests in addition to a $288,000 Rio Grande Reservoir enlargement study request.
The Sportswomen of Colorado is pleased to offer a program to award summer camp scholarship opportunities to girls residing in Colorado who are at least 9 years old through 8th grade age to attend a summer sports camp. Sports camp opportunities will be offered in a variety of sports during the summer of 2007. Special outreach efforts and financial support will be extended to girls who are economically disadvantaged. For more information, call 720-530-5732.