News briefs for Dec. 13 |

News briefs for Dec. 13

Drive raises more than $17,000

The eighth annual KRAI Holiday Drive was a success, station owner Frank Hanel said.

The station collected $17,000 and about 4,000 pounds of food and hundreds of new toys during a 26-hour broadcast last week.

“That’s an awesome amount of money,” Hanel said. “It still blows me away that this community gives that amount of money.”

Proceeds from the drive will benefit Advocates Crisis-Support Services, Interfaith Food Bank, Christmas for Kids and Christmas for Seniors.

Food bank donations were down this year and Hanel encourages residents to continue contributing.

“They’re going to be on the light side compared to last few years,” he said.

KRAI radio has sponsored a holiday drive since 1997. It began as a weeklong effort to raise money, collect donations and raise awareness for local nonprofit organizations.

State Water Congress names new leader

The Colorado Water Congress has named an Aurora planning manager as its executive director.

Douglas Kemper replaces Dick MacRavey, who will retire after 25 years as the congress’ director.

Kemper’s first day on the job is Thursday.

“My first two goals are to become familiar with all of the Water Congress activities and its membership and to spend time traveling the state to better acquaint myself with the individuals, organizations and entities which are active in the water resource field in Colorado,” Kemper said.

Local water agencies and governments, irrigation districts, and individuals involved in all aspects of water resources constitute the Colorado Water Congress membership.

Water officials reach agreement on reservoir

State and federal water officials have reached agreement on how to share Green Mountain Reservoir water in the event releases are limited.

The settlement was announced last week by representatives of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation, the Colorado River Water Conservation District, and the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District.

The agreement represents a collaborative resolution to a lawsuit filed by the Colorado River Water Conservation District and other West Slope water users. The suit contested how the Bureau of Reclamation allocated Green Mountain water releases in 2002.

Under the settlement agreement, should reservoir operating limitations affect future water deliveries, the parties agree to carry out water-management measures that include conservation, locating alternative sources of stored water, and, if necessary, sharing any shortages created by operational limitations at Green Mountain Reservoir. Neither the lawsuit nor the agreement addresses water shortages caused by drought.

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