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August, 2013, LWVMZC Newsletter Articles

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Our League News

Saturday, August 17, MCHD Ballot Issue Presentation

On Saturday, August 17 at 9:00am at the Ponderosa Restaurant, 108 S. 8th Street in Dolores the League of Women Voters will present a program on an issue that will appear on the November ballot. Bill Thompson, Chair of the Montezuma County Hospital District Board (MCHD) will discuss why local voters will be asked to approve easing of restrictions imposed on the District by Colorado law. The restrictions are limiting the ability of the District to obtain State grants for equipment that benefits the hospital and the community. No tax increase is involved. For more information, contact Judy Schuenemeyer at judyswsc@q.com.

Our Calendar for August - October 2013

The next few months of our planned activities.

LWV Calendar August - October 2013
Sat, Aug 17 League Program meeting with breakfast: 9 AM, Ponderosa, Dolores
Program: MCHD (Bill Thompson) will talk about issue on ballot concerning hospital
Mon, Aug 26 LWVMZC Board Meeting, 9:30 AM, Conference room, CO Visitor’s Center
Sat. Sept. 21 League Program meeting with breakfast: 9 AM, Ponderosa, Dolores
Chief District Judge Doug Walker on space, security, and personnel for District Court.
Thurs. Sept. 26 League sponsored Candidates Forum, 7 PM, Community Room, First National Bank
Sat. Sept. 28 League Day − Denver, CO
Thur. Oct. 3 League sponsored Ballot Issues, 7 PM, Community Room, First National Bank
Sat., Oct. 19 League Program meeting with breakfast: 9 AM, TBA

A brief report from the Annual Business Meeting which was conducted on June 15.

Leadership Retreat in Frisco June 22−23

Once again, the Leadership Retreat meeting with LWVCO league members throughout the state and Board in Frisco (Colorado) proved to be an interesting and valuable experience for participants who met from Friday noon until early Saturday afternoon.

Four Corners Air Quality Group Meeting and Agenda

The following emails and messages are from Mark Jones in Farmington to the Four Corners Air Quality Group. They announce a meeting in Durango in September to discuss Four Corners Issues and EPA update sites.

Annual School Supply Drive

A priority of our League members is education and each of you are encouraged to participate as individuals in the Annual School Supply Drive. Once again, residents of the Montezuma Cortez School District are invited to participate in the annual school supply drive. The drive helps teachers who have been buying supplies out of their own pockets when many families cannot afford to supply what is needed... The most needed items are:

Membership Application and Renewal Form (PDF)

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Our Board

Our Board for 2013 with contact information.

State and National

Uniform Voting Letter to Colorado Secretary of State, Scott Gessler

The following letter is from Bobbie Heistercamp, president of LWVCO to CO Secretary of State.

Tell your Senators to Support Carbon Pollution Regulations

Power plants are the largest source of dangerous carbon pollution in the United States and carbon pollution is the leading cause of climate change.

HB1303 Changes to “Uniform Election Code of 1992”

House Bill 13−1303 implements various changes to the “Uniform Election Code of 1992”

From Sally Ogden and LWVCO Board on Initiative #22

The LWVCO board has endorsed Initiative #22, the ballot initiative to seek a tax increase to fund the future school finance act.  There is only about one week left to...

LWVUS Educational Fund New Web Site

The purpose of this site is to share League study documents among some 800 national, state and local Leagues and with the public. Leagues can save time by not reinventing study materials and...

The following is from the LWVUS − Leadership update email. Any member can sign up on the LWVUS site to receive these emails.

VOTER SERVICE INFORMATION From LWVCO Leadership Retreat June 2013

Election Calendar − 2013

Immigration Debate Heads to the U.S. House

The debate over comprehensive immigration reform moves now to the U.S. House of Representatives. After vigorous argument from both sides of the aisle on a path to citizenship for current immigrants,  border security and other contentious issues...

Other News

New! On Rooftops, a Rival for Utilities

This is an interesting article on the NYTimes site − NOT TECHNICAL − about power companies’ fear of grid−connected residential power generation (such as photo voltaic panels) threatening their business model. It may relate to Empire's recent change in their rate structure