Briefs, June 13, 2014

Gas-lease auction nets $247,000

The sale of 884 acres in a federal oil and gas auction on Thursday netted more than $247,000.

The quarterly lease sale of seven parcels containing 4,676 acres netted a total of $295,688.

Ursa Operating Co. of Denver made the high bid for the 844-acre Rio Blanco County lease. The federal government receives 51 percent of the lease and Colorado 49 percent.

In fiscal year 2013, the state received more than $175 million from royalties, rentals and bonus bid payments for all federal minerals, including oil and gas.

Water comments taken until Oct. 20


The comment period on a proposed rule clarifying the reach of the Clean Water Act has been extended 91 days to Oct. 20.

The proposed rule raised issues of whether expanding the definition of the term “waters of the United States” would hinder state water rights.

Comments can be submitted at

Broadhead collectors’ meeting starts today


The American Broadhead Collectors Club is hosting its 40th annual meeting and exhibit today through Sunday at the Country Inns of America, 718 Horizon Drive, in the banquet room.

The club has an annual meeting every year in a different state, that is attended by dozens of collectors from all over the country who bring their collection for display, and traders to sell and trade to other collectors. Forty-five displays from 15 different states will be on hand, and according to a news release, it is expected to be the largest broadhead display in the world.

The public is welcome to bring their old archery heads and equipment to be identified and appraised. Buyers and sellers will be available. For more information, call Don Williams at 858-8751 or 361-1192.

Bike group marks milestone Saturday


Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association — COPMOBA — is in its 25th anniversary of developing, building and maintaining sustainable mountain bike trails on the Colorado Plateau and surrounding areas, and will host a celebration Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m. with a mountain bike ride at Lunch Loop. 

The celebration will continue from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Edgewater Brewery, 905 Struthers Ave.

Members will receive a commemorative glass and other goodies. Supporters may join or renew their membership at the event and receive the same benefits. Stray Grass will perform from 5:30 to 8 p.m. 

Email Amy at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.

USS Montrose celebration on Saturday


A reunion of alumni from the USS Montrose Association is taking place in Montrose and the association will present a replica of the World War II USS Montrose ship to the community during a public event from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, at the Welcome Home Montrose’s Warrior Resource Center, 11 S. Park Ave., in Montrose.

The replica model of the USS Montrose will remain on display in the community. Memorabilia from the ship can be viewed at the Montrose County Historical Museum and in various places throughout Montrose City Hall. 

The USS Montrose Association is a group of veterans who served on the ship during World War II, as well as the Vietnam and Korean conflicts while the ship was in service from 1944–69.  The ship was named for Montrose County when the keel was laid on June 17, 1944.  There is also an initiative to naming a new naval ship the USS Montrose as well. 

For more information regarding the event, call the Warrior Resource Center at 765-2210.

Pro Bono Project clinic on June 19


The Pro Bono Project of Mesa County Inc. will have a Family Law Clinic from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday at 619 Main St., to provide assistance with completing the paper work for a divorce action.

The clinic is intended for low-income individuals with or without children who are filing without an attorney. All forms will be provided.

Cost is $20 and registration is required. Call 424-5748 for information or to register.

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