Unbalanced Process in Mill Consideration
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Montrose County Commissioners will soon make a decision as to whether there should be another uranium mill in Montrose County. Will they base their decision on what they learned from the Montrose County Planning Commission and Energy Fuels only?

Did the Montrose County Commissioners allow a presentation by the opposition? NO. Did they ask the opposition questions? NO. Did they allow for a 45-minute presentation by Energy Fuels? YES.

Did they allow an unscheduled consultant time to present a power point presentation on his “opinion” of the controversial health effects of exposure to uranium? YES. Was he held to 5 minutes like the opposition? NO. Did the consultant discuss other contaminants at the mill like sulfuric acid, ammonia, arsenic, lead, cadmium, molybdenum, and selenium exposure? NO.

Did the Montrose County Planning Commission explain to the public why they would approve a “special use permit” on land designated agricultural; where a uranium mill-tailings DUMP (chemicals and heavy metals) will be left at the site and will be approximately 70 feet deep?

Aren’t most uranium mills and dumps in industrial zones? Will future buyers be informed of this dump on agricultural land? Aren’t agricultural zones for crops, animals, ranchers and farmers?

A final hearing is scheduled September 9th at 9 a.m. in the City of Montrose at a time when most people are trying to hold down a job. Do they really want public comment?

Please ask the Commissioners to postpone this decision until “the application for a license” and an “environmental assessment” has been completed by Energy Fuels. The Commissioners haven’t received enough information from Energy Fuels or the informed public to make an educated decision.

Joan Seeman, Environmental Toxics Chair, Rocky Mt. Chapter, Sierra Club

4th Vignettes an Outstanding Success


The Ouray County Historical Society would like to thank a number of individuals and sponsors, all of whom made our 4th annual Vignettes presentation such an outstanding success.

Our thanks go out to the Zanett Foundation, Citizen State Bank and local anonymous benefactors who helped to underwrite the evening. We would also like to thank the Vignettes committee: Gail Saunders, Maria Jones, Sandi MacLeod, and Susan Dougherty. News reporters who helped with our advertising include: Carol McDermott , Samantha Tisdel Wright (Ouray Plaindealer), Beverly Corbell (Ouray County Watch). We wish to thank Linda Wright Minter (Venue Roscoe Fox), Karen Avery (Box Canyon Lodge), Nancy Nixon (sound) and Zina Lahr (lights) for their help and contributions. We especially thank our dedicated volunteers who include, Diann Correll, Kate Kellogg, Sandra Swenson, Joby Saunders and Julia Klein.

As always, our entire Board of Directors and their spouses contributed immensely to the success of this fun filled evening. Lastly, we could not have enjoyed such an enjoyable evening without the "Legendary Ladies" themselves. This group of talented thespians from the Denver metro area gave of their professional time and energy to make our show another outstanding success. We have received so many compliments from our patrons that we intend to invite the "Ladies" back next summer in August for a rousing night of food, fun and frivolity. Please mark your calendars now, because I'm convinced our 5th annual Vignettes will be the best ever.

Kevin Chismire, President OCHS
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