Craig briefs: MCHS fall musical audition packets available |

Craig briefs: MCHS fall musical audition packets available

Those interested in auditioning for the Moffat County High School fall musical, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” should begin preparing now, school officials said.

Students will need to learn the music featured in the audition packet and memorize a list of colors.

A 32-count dance audition, available on under heidihelene69, will need to be learned, as well.

The auditions will take place Sept. 10 and 11.

Packets are available through MCHS band director John Bolton at 824-1196.

Ritter opposes proposal to ship tons of mercury

Gov. Bill Ritter said Thursday he will oppose the federal government if it moves ahead with a proposal to ship thousands of tons of mercury to a waste storage site south of Grand Junction.

The governor said he will convey his reservations about the proposal to the Department of Energy in a letter in coming days, according to a news release.

“Colorado’s Western Slope is no place for the federal government to deposit thousands of tons of mercury,” Ritter said in the release. “The risks to ground and surface water are too great. The risks to our air quality are too great. The risks of transporting elemental mercury over long distances and on routes that run adjacent to or cross major water sources, such as the Colorado River, are too great.

“This dangerous and harmful material should be stored in close proximity to where it is generated, rather than dumping it on the Western Slope.”

The Grand Junction Disposal Site in Mesa County, which currently stores uranium mill tailings, is one of seven locations under consideration for mercury storage by the U.S. Department of Energy. Others are in Idaho, Missouri, Nevada, South Carolina, Texas and Washington.

The DOE intends to have a mercury storage site selected and operational by 2013.

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