Craig briefs for Jan. 16

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Cinco de Mayo volunteers needed

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.

Xcel Energy proposes clean energy program

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.

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