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U.S. Senator John McCain is now trying to back away from comments he made that the Colorado River Water Compact should be renegotiated, however, leading democrats in Colorado say they donâ€™t believe him. McCain said that he was not advocating renegotiating the 1922 compact in a letter to U.S. Senator Wayne Allard yesterday. McCain said that his recent remarks â€œmay have been mistakenly construed as a call to rescind the Colorado River Compact and commence negotiations for new water allocationsâ€. McCain said in the letter that he doesnâ€™t advocate renegotiating the compact. Last week, McCain said the compact needs to adjust to new realities of high growth and water supply that is becoming increasingly scarce. McCainâ€™s comments created a firestorm in Colorado with democrats and republicans alike denouncing the notion, saying McCain could lose votes over it in Colorado and New Mexico, which have been called possible swing states in this yearâ€™s presidential bid.
As part of a statewide public input tour, government officials met with members of the public in Monte Vista on Tuesday to accept comments on the draft of Coloradoâ€™s new â€œroadlessâ€ rules and associated environmental impact statement. The rule covers national forest system lands throughout the state including those in the San Luis Valley and would supercede the national 2001 â€œroadlessâ€ rule for forestlands for Colorado. Colorado is one of only 2 states that are moving ahead with its own â€œroadlessâ€ rule. For some, the proposed new â€œroadlessâ€ rule is not restrictive enough and they would prefer to keep the 2001 rule in place. For others, the new rule would provide more flexibility for ski area access and oil and gas development on the western slope. Comments on the proposed rule and is will be accepted through October 23rd.
The Alamosa School Board has given the district the go-ahead to enter into negotiations with SunEdison to build a 700 to 900 kilowatt photovoltaic solar electric facility just south of Alamosa High School. The idea is to use solar electric to provide power for the high school and middle school in the face of escalating costs of electricity. The proposed plant would be built on six to eight acres of vacant school-owned land that lies south of the high school and would generate 1.4 to 1.8 million kilowatt hours of electricity each year, or 75 to 90% of the high school and middle schoolâ€™s electrical usage. If an agreement is reached with the school district in the next few weeks and design work begins in October, the plant could be operational by June 1st of next year.
There will be a discussion of the book â€œThe Five Love Languages of Childrenâ€ by Gary Chapman at the Spanish Peaks Public Library in Walsenburg this Saturday, August 23rd, beginning at 10:30am. Youâ€™re invited to join in discussing the book with Janice Randolph. Again, thatâ€™s this Saturday morning at 10:30am.
The Trinchera Ranch will hold their annual Woodfest again this Saturday and Sunday, August 23rd and 24th. Proceeds from the Woodfest will go towards Sierra Grande Junior High School Athletics. Enter at the Blanca Trinchera Ranch Headquarters, 1 mile west of Fort Garland on the north side of Highway 160. The Woodfest area is Cottonwood Creek about 3 miles from the gate. Hours for the Woodfest are 7am to 5pm each day.