Club 20 committee meetings end

Bi-annual gathering influential in forming group's future policies

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Members of the Western Slope political group Club 20 concluded issue-driven committee meetings Friday, meetings club officials said will produce future club policies.

"We talked about quite a number of interests," Club 20 Executive Director Reeves Brown said. "There's not anything we wrap up. It's mostly what we can do to address issues in the future."

Club 20 is comprised of organizations and representatives from 22 counties and 45 towns in western Colorado. The group's aim is to form opinions and lobby on issues important to the Western Slope.

Committee meetings, hosted at Western Colorado Community College and Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce office, covered 11 different areas, including business affairs, water resources, education, energy, natural resources and health care.

Among the most important issues discussed by Club 20 committees included possible reform measures in the health care and education systems, Reeves said, and the severance tax.

Club 20 committee meetings take place twice a year. The next round of discussions are scheduled for July in Gunnison and Durango. The meetings are open to the public.

The next scheduled Club 20 event is set for next month's trip to Washington, D.C. The six-day trip will include visits to federal agencies, a congressional reception and visits to Capitol Hill.

Forty to 45 club members will make the trip. They are also scheduled to meet with appointed and elected officials to discuss Western Slope issues such as public land management, energy development and general public land management.

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