Craig briefs for Jan. 15

Xcel proposes clean energy

DENVER - Xcel Energy on Wednesday proposed the establishment of an Innovative Clean Technology program as an effort to secure adequate funding for small demonstration projects that eventually could support Colorado's future clean energy needs.

In a filing with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, the company asked that $6 million be raised in each year from 2010 to 2013 to help deploy and test promising clean energy technologies in Colorado. The company seeks to ensure that such projects are commercially viable before implementing them on a larger scale.

The expected impact would be about 14 cents a month for typical residential customers and 22 cents a month for typical small-business customers. The program must be approved by the CPUC.

Xcel Energy also proposed, as the first project under the ICT program, the development of a concentrating solar power demonstration at the company's Cameo Generating Station near Grand Junction. The project would test the use of concentrating solar energy to produce supplemental steam for power generation at an existing power plant. This would reduce the overall consumption of coal, reduce emissions from the plant and, if successful, increase the opportunity for cost-effective renewable power generation in Colorado.

Construction of the new solar facility at Cameo would begin in the summer of 2009, which would provide for a year of performance testing into 2010.

Integrated Community is seeking volunteers

Integrated Community/Comunidad Integrada is looking for volunteers for the Cinco de Mayo committee. To volunteer or for more information, call Eveline at 824-6424 or e-mail learn@ciiccolorado.org.

Post office: Clear snow, ice from your mailbox

With the arrival of snow, ice and difficult weather conditions, the Craig post office is asking postal customers to always clear a safe, accessible path to mailboxes.

Post office requests include:

• Make sure the mailbox is visible and free of snow and ice.

• Make sure mailboxes are safely accessible for letter carriers.

• Clear the mailbox area of snow, sleet, slush, ice and debris.

If mailboxes are blocked off and conditions are too difficult, letter carriers must consider safety and accessibility first and are instructed not to deliver to mailboxes and locations considered too difficult or unsafe to access. For more information, call the Craig post office at 824-8506.

Artwalk, Taste of Chocolate gearing up

Artists and chocolatiers are needed for the 14th annual Artwalk and third Taste of Chocolate competition, which will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, in downtown Craig. For more information or for entry forms, call Carol at 824-4580.

USS Maddox Destroyer to hold a fall reunion

The USS Maddox Destroyer Association will hold a reunion from Sept. 9 to 13 in Phoenix. All old shipmates (DD-168, DD-622, DD731) are welcome to attend.

For more information, call Cliff Gillespie at 337-616-8450, or e-mail cwgilles45@aol.com.

Diorama for $1.5M project to be unveiled

The High Plains Mustang Club is scheduled to unveil a diorama depicting statues planned for its proposed Colorado Wild Horse Monument and Interpretive Center at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at Yampa Valley National Bank, 435 Mack Lane.

The Mustang Club plans to install the park near U.S. Highway 40 west of Craig. The diorama shows a scaled-down version of eight life-size bronze statues of wild horses included in park plans.

Local artist Curtis Zabel will complete the statues.

The Mustang Club also plans to install a handicap-accessible trail on the site, as well as picnic tables and kiosks with photographs of wild horse herds in Northwest Colorado and a map for visitors who would like to see them.

The Mustang Club plans to complete the park within two years. The project is estimated to cost about $1.5 million. For more information, visit www.highplainsmustangs.com or call 824-0105.

Police: Beware of mail foreign fraud schemes

A new twist on the "Nigerian" scam entails attempting to legitimize mailings to people by appearing to be from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Craig Police Department reported in a news release.

The mailings indicate the FBI is collaborating with other "international crime agencies" to stop fraud incidents occurring with the Central Bank of Nigeria. The letter purports to involve a claim for millions of dollars that requires contact for documentation on the claim in order to wire funds to the receiver of this letter.

"However," police report in the release, "reading the letter, it becomes obvious that there are numerous grammatical errors and omissions in the wording, which are a clear indication that the letter is not authentic and certainly did not originate with a federal entity. In addition, no federal organization would advise a citizen to contact a foreign business office, as in this case, reportedly the Central Bank of Nigeria."

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