A proposal to add water quality as a factor in out-of-basin water rights transfer cases went down to defeat yesterday 33 to 31 in the colorado house. The bill, hb1146, sponsored in the house by speaker lola spradley of buelah, would have allowed a water court to consider water quality if the water would shift to another major basin division. Spradley called for a vote yesterday as the bill appeared to be losing support as the colorado water congress and the denver water board lobbied heavily against the bill. The 31 votes does give some hope for the issue in the future, however. Sen. Ken kester of las animas, who would have carried the bill in the senate had it passed, said that he only gave the bill a 50/50 chance in the senate if it had gotten out of the house.
Alamosa public works director don koskelin told the city council this week that alamosans are using about 106 gallons of water per person per day currently. That is more water per capita than other residents across the county. Koskelin said that most water usage per capita across the county is approximately 70 gallons per person per day. He said he did not know why alamosans use more water than the national average. That usage goes up to 430 gallons of water per person per day in the summer, and that number considers only residential and not commercial customers. The city council is not ruling out water restrictions this year, but is planning to do everything it can to encourage resident to cut their water usage by 20%. Koskelin said that the largest percentage of water, 26.7%, is flushed down the toilet. Other main contributors include clothes washers at 22%, showers at 17%, faucets at 15.7%, and leaks at 13.7%.
U.s. Representative scott mcinnis of grand junction will be the commencement speaker at graduation ceremonies for the university of southern colorado in pueblo. The ceremonies will take place at 10am on may 3rd at the state fair events center. Mcinnis, how is currently in his sixth term in the house, represents one of the largest districts geographically in the county. The 3rd congressional district spans the western slope and much of southern colorado. He is currently assigned to the budget-writing ways and means committee and serves as a representative to nato. This is the last graduation for usc under the usc name. The school will become colorado state university at pueblo in july.
The 20th annual monte vista crane festival takes place beginning today in monte vista. Some 20,000 sandhill cranes and about 5,000 humans are expected to attend. The festival will feature wildlife watching bus tours, a crafts and exhibits fair, a musical concert, birders breakfast from 6 to 10am tomorrow, a southwestern dinner at the monte vista elks lodge at 6:30pm tomorrow, and more. For brochures and more information on the festival, call 852-3552.
If you live near a burn area from last year's fires, the federal emergency management agency would like you to know that you may be in danger of flooding this year. Standard insurance policies do not include flood coverage, so fema recommends that you purchase flood insurance. It normally takes 30 days from the time you purchase coverage until it becomes effective, so buying sooner is better than later.
No one matched all six numbers to win wednesday's $1.2 million lotto jackpot. The winning numbers were 4, 29, 31, 32, 34 & 36. The prize for tomorrow's drawing now grows to an estimated $1.3 million. And no one matched all six numbers for wednesday's powerball game. The numbers were 2, 24, 28, 37, 44, powerball 6 and powerplay 2. That prize goes to an estimated $24 million for tomorrow's drawing.