Week In Review
Gypsum biomass plans remains closed
A Gypsum plant that generates electricity by burning beetle-killed wood had only been operating for a few months when a December fire badly damaged the facility’s conveyor system. The plant has been closed since, and will probably remain closed until summer.
The plant, built by Provo, Utah-based Eagle Valley Clean Energy, used about $40 million in federal loan guarantees to finance the project. The idea was to use beetle-killed wood to generate electricity, since there’s a decades-long supply of dead trees in the forests around Gypsum.
The plant was intended to generate about 11.5 megawatts of power per hour — 1.5 megawatts to power the plant and 10 megawatts to be sold to Holy Cross Energy. That’s enough for about 10,000 homes, backers say.
Shiffrin clinches World Cup title
Mikaela Shiffrin clinched her third straight World Cup slalom title in style Saturday with a victory at the season-ending finals.
Shiffrin, the Olympic and two-time world slalom champion, beat her only remaining challenger Frida Hansdotter of Sweden by 0.05 seconds to win her sixth race of the season and fifth in slalom.
Mary Sackbauer, Vail Mountain School Class of 2010, will leave Middlebury College as a two-time all-American.
She finished ninth in the NCAA giant slalom in 2013 and capped her college-racing career with a ninth-place finish in the slalom recently in White Face, N.Y.
Camp Hale planning
A proposed project would help restore Camp Hale to look a bit more like it did before it had military uses.
The project by the U.S. Forest Service, backed by the National Forest Foundation and a large group of stakeholders, could restore up to 350 acres of wetlands, improve riparian areas and even improve some of the recreational amenities in the area.
The project is currently in the 45-day scoping comment period, meaning the public has until April 30 to weigh in on the subject. After that, the Forest Service will analyze the comments and concerns and consider alternatives before drafting an environmental impact report on the project. At the earliest, some form of the project could begin in a year and be completed in phases, Grove said.
Extended pot shop hours request
A request from at least one Glenwood Springs retail marijuana shop to extend business hours for recreational pot sales in the city beyond 7 p.m. has prompted city council reconsidertation.
Currently, business hours for both recreational and medical marijuana sales are limited to between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m., seven days a week. While the hours for medical sales are governed by state statute, municipalities have the flexibility to establish their own hours of operation until as late as midnight for recreational sales, which became legal in Colorado last year.