PAONIA – Morgan MacInnis of Paonia was sworn in as a member of the Paonia Town Council May 9. He fills the board opening left by Dave Weber who resigned in April. Three candidates were interviewed by the town board for the spot. MacInnis will serve until the next election, April 2024.
MacInnis owns Espresso Paonia and told the trustees he wanted to be selected because of his younger age getting involved in local government and wanting to work towards better communication between town leadership and the community. Former trustee Tamie Meck and Paonia resident Mary Jane Paulous were also interviewed.
U.S. 550 north of Durango to close
BETWEEN DURANGO-SILVERTON – Durango will host its annual Iron Horse Bicycle Classic on Saturday, May 27. It’ll be on U.S. highway 550 between Durango (Purgatory Ski Resort) and Silverton from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Motorists are urged to alter their travel plans going either south out of Montrose or north out of Durango to accommodate the cyclists.
Arches entry has anniversary
MOAB – A year ago, Arches National Park initiated a timed-entry system to address escalating congestion. Timed entry is 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and some 8,275 visitors this year have given the new operation five out of five stars. Sixty percent of tickets are available three months in advance, while the other 40 percent are available after 6 p.m. the day before.
From 2009 to 2019, park visitors increased by two-thirds, from 996,312 annual visitors to 1,659,702.
Reasons for the speedup in entry are linked to a faster internet at the parks’ entrances and the elimination of photo ID. The average process time for a vehicle is less than a minute. Fourteen percent of visitors will arrive without a reservation and park staff can direct visitors to a next-day timed entry at the website, Recreation.gov.
Five seek SM commission
TELLURIDE – Five candidates have announced for the open seat on the San Miguel county commission. The opening came upon the resignation of Hilary Cooper last month as she has taken a position with the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. She will be working towards resolution of the affordable housing crisis in the state. It is a new department within the agency.
The candidates for the District 1 seat are DeLanie Young, the Telluride mayor, Robert Weatherford, Doug Sanders, Anne Brown and Kevin Jones. The appointment was to have taken place Wednesday, May 17.
OneEnergy plan gets pushback
NORWOOD – OneEnergy is hoping to build a 100-megawatt power station on 600 acres of land on Wright’s Mesa. At a public hearing Tuesday, May 16, more than 150 residents turned out at the Lone Cone Library to voice concerns and give feedback to company officials.
Residents spoke out against the plan, citing wildlife habitat and a negative tourism impact. OneEnergy said the plan could generate power from its solar project for 27,000 homes annually and would be a part of the Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association. Tri-State supplies power to the San Miguel Power Authority. The project would be located about two miles southwest of Norwood in an area that has migratory wildlife and wetlands.
Sources: Telluride Daily Planet, Moab Sun News, Delta County Independent, Silverton Standard
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