CSU gets regional climate-study center
FORT COLLINS (AP) The Interior Department has chosen Colorado State University as a regional climate science center.
The selection was announced Thursday.
CSU says the center will research regional issues such as the effects of pine beetle outbreaks and whether dust from overgrazed areas accelerates snowmelt.
The center will have up to eight federal scientists and several postdoctoral fellows. Its expected to start in early 2011.
CSU will lead a research coalition including universities in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska and Wyoming. Some federal agencies are also included.
Other regional climate centers will be in Alaska, Arizona, North Carolina and Washington. Three others havent been announced yet.
College draft plan calls for more revenue
DENVER (AP) A planning committee warns that Colorado voters and taxpayers need to come up with more money for higher education or the system is going to collapse.
Committee co-chairman Jim Lyons says options include raising taxes, providing more state funding, charging higher fees for graduate programs and consolidation of programs.
Lyons says the minimum to avoid losing ground is continued state funding of $760 million. Lawmakers are considering cutting next years state funding to $550 million to deal with a $1.1 billion revenue shortfall.
Lyons says without more money, Colorado will be less competitive in a global economy and graduates wont be able to find the jobs that they want.
Pot grower agrees to 5 years in prison
DENVER (AP) A suburban Denver marijuana grower who tried unsuccessfully to set up a federal-state showdown on medical marijuana agreed to a five-year prison term Thursday and was handcuffed in court after pleading guilty on federal drug charges.
Christopher Bartkowicz, 37, pleaded guilty to three drug charges, including cultivation, after federal drug agents raided his Highlands Ranch home in February and seized hundreds of pot plants growing in his basement.
The raid by the Drug Enforcement Administration came after a Denver TV station promoted a story in which Bartkowicz bragged about how much money he would make growing pot under Colorado medical marijuana rules.
Feds: Fuel valve eyed in plane crash
DENVER (AP) Federal aviation investigators say a biplane that crash-landed near Longmont in June lost power because a fuel valve was turned off.
The pilot suffered only minor injuries. Boulder County sheriffs deputies identified him as Carl Buck of Niwot. He was the only person on board.
A National Transportation Safety Board report released Thursday says the pilot failed to open the valve before takeoff.
The plane lost power shortly after takeoff on June 19 and landed in a plowed field. It sustained substantial damage.