Craig briefs for July 24 |

Craig briefs for July 24

Agriculture can use Elkhead water

The Colorado River District announced Wednesday that new water supplies stored in the newly enlarged Elkhead Reservoir are available for agricultural leases at a cost of $25 per acre-foot.

An acre-foot is about 326,000 gallons.

The announcement came at the third quarterly Colorado River District Board of Directors meeting.

In a Colorado River District project completed last year and dedicated on July 11, Elkhead Reservoir almost doubled in size to 24,778 acre-feet. Water supplies in the enlargement are intended for endangered fish, people and industry.

For 2007, the board authorized water sales through one-year contracts at a cost of $25 per acre-foot. The Elkhead Enlargement has about 4,400 acre feet available in 2007 on this basis.

For information on water marketing, call Lorra Nichols at the Colorado River District at (970) 945-8522 x222, e-mail; call Gail Guentzel at (970) 945-8522 x213.

Local artist featured at outdoor sculpture show

Don Beeler of Beeler Bronzes in Craig will exhibit sculptures at the 16th annual Loveland Sculpture Invitational Show and Sale on Aug. 10, 11 and 12. The invitational is the largest outdoor sculpture show in the world.

“I feel really good about all this because out of about 4,000 applicants, they only took about 500,” Beeler said.

Sculptures at the show range in size, style and medium. Beeler will present several bronze works including a 7-foot-tall pack train horse and a 5-foot-tall elk.

Squirrels becoming a problem at college

Colorado Northwestern Community College has been dealing with a varmint problem on the college-owned lot north of the Craig Campus building.

Richardson ground squirrels have built a sizable colony near the college, and grounds maintenance technician Tony Aldrich has made an attempt to eliminate the squirrels. After pounding plastic pipe into four or five holes, a poison was applied and the holes capped. Aldrich said the poison should pose no threat to the general public, or to dogs being walked near the college.

Tri-State releases solicitations

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association has released the first of two solicitations to be issued this year for new power supply resources.

The request for proposals announced Wednesday seeks proposals for resources to meet near-term member load growth and support the integration of renewable energy into Tri-State’s system. The wholesale power supplier expects to release a second solicitation specifically for renewable energy later in 2007.

“Tri-State is actively pursuing the balanced resource planning approach that we announced earlier this year,” said Tri-State executive vice president/general manager J.M. Shafer in a release. “The addition of both highly-efficient natural gas generation and zero-emission renewable energy will strengthen and diversify our resource portfolio.”

Concurrently, Tri-State will analyze the development of a combined-cycle, natural gas-fired power plant in eastern Colorado. The RFP is being issued to evaluate alternatives, including power purchase agreements, to Tri-State’s self-build option.

Combined-cycle power plants are intermediate resources that fill the gap between peaking power plants and baseload power plants. Peaking plants meet power requirements during the periods of greatest energy demand, while baseload power plants operate at all times to meet around-the-clock needs for electricity. The energy output from combined-cycle power plants can help utilities integrate intermittent renewable energy resources into their energy portfolios.

Later this year, Tri-State will issue a request for proposals for renewable resources to meet its members’ initial renewable portfolio standards requirements. Tri-State supported the renewable energy portfolio standards legislation passed earlier this year in Colorado and New Mexico.

The RFP describes Tri-State’s request for up to 250 megawatts of intermediate power supply to serve its growing Colorado loads. The full RFP and timetable is available from the Tri-State Web site at

A Notice of Intent to Submit Proposal form must be submitted to Tri-State in accordance with Web site instructions no later than 3 p.m. Aug. 2. Proposals must be submitted in accordance with the instructions in the RFP and received by Tri-State no later than 3 p.m. Sept. 12, 2007. Tri-State expects the evaluation process to be completed by December 2007.

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