Guns, public lands on guv’s valley tour

Gov. John Hickenlooper will visit the West Slope on Saturday.

Guns, music and public lands will be on Gov. John Hickenlooper’s to-do list when he and Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne spend much of the day Saturday touring parts of the Grand Valley.

Their day will begin at 10 a.m. on the west end of De Beque Canyon when he joins gun enthusiasts and local dignitaries for the Cameo Shooting and Education Complex “first shot” ceremony.

While the complex is still under development, there is a temporary range in place. Getting the entire thing done will take some time because the state and the town of Palisade intend to make it a world-class facility, something that will draw professional shooters along with gun enthusiasts.

Doing that will take time, said Mike Porras, Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesman.

When it’s done, though, the complex is expected to have indoor and outdoor facilities, including a pro shop, classrooms and multiple shooting ranges for rifles, handguns, skeet and archery.

From Cameo, the governor and lieutenant governor will head downtown to attend the Grand Junction Off-Road/Four Peaks Downtown Music Festival.

At noon, the two will be at the main stage to talk about Public Lands Day, an event created by the Legislature last year to honor public lands on the third Saturday in May.

The governor was to sign SB96 into law when he arrives at Colorado Mesa University later in the afternoon, but after inquiries from The Daily Sentinel as to why, those plans have been scrapped.

The bill calls for one-time funding for peace officer reserve training for the Colorado Mounted Rangers, a law enforcement auxiliary group that has no ties to Mesa County or most of the Western Slope.

Instead, that bill will be signed on Friday when the governor is in Bailey, where the rangers were reformed in 1941.

Hickenlooper is to sign a bill when he arrives at the college, but his office is unsure as to what bill he’ll sign.

The public will be able to ask Hickenlooper and Lynne questions after that bill signing at the university, if there is one. The pair will host a town hall meeting in the Meyer Ballroom at the school’s University Center.

When the two are done with all that, they head south to Delta-Montrose Technical College to sign a bill to rename the school the Technical College of the Rockies.


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