DMEA Hosts Energy Grant Seminar for Businesses
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MONTROSE – The Delta-Montrose Electrical Association is hosting a seminar on the Rural Energy for America Program, or REAP, on Friday, Dec. 3. Rural businesses can apply for grants and loans for energy efficiency or renewable energy projects through REAP, which is a program of the United States Department of Agriculture.

USDA Rural Development staff will present the seminar at the Delta-Montrose Electric Association headquarters located at 11925 6300 Road in Montrose. The seminar will run from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees can bring their own lunch, if desired.

“We’re pleased USDA Rural Development will be explaining this program to our member businesses and other attendees,” said Dan McClendon, DMEA’s General Manager. “This is a great opportunity to greatly improve the economics for businesses looking for ways to better manage their energy cost.”

A REAP grant can be up to 25 percent of the costs of eligible projects, which include solar hot water systems, solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, wind turbines, geothermal systems and anaerobic digesters, among other energy technologies. Energy efficiency improvements are also eligible. Grants are limited to $500,000 for renewable energy systems and $250,000 for energy efficiency improvements.

The seminar is free but space is limited. Those interested in attending should call the USDA Rural Development office in Delta at 970/874-5735 ext.136, to register.

Meeting to Address Gunnison’s Prairie Dog Conservation

PONCHA SPRINGS – Conservation of Gunnison's prairie dogs will be the subject of a meeting in Poncha Springs on Dec. 2. The meeting will take place from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds.

There are three kinds of prairie dogs in Colorado: black-tailed, white-tailed and Gunnison's. Black-tailed prairie dogs are the most common and are found mainly east of the foothills. Gunnison's and white-tailed prairie dogs are less numerous and found in mountain valleys and parks in western and central Colorado.  

"The Division of Wildlife has been inventorying Gunnison's prairie dog colonies and establishing local management plans for more than a year now," said DOW biologist Ed Schmal. "This meeting is an opportunity for interested parties to get an update and provide input."

DOW staff will address Gunnison's prairie dog management actions and conservation strategies for portions of Chaffee, Teller, Fremont, El Paso, Park, Custer, Huerfano and western Las Animas counties. Attendees will be briefed on Gunnison's prairie dog occupancy modeling, genetics research, local mapping efforts and plague research and prevention.

Schmal said the meeting is not a forum for people to simply give their opinions about prairie dogs. The half-day session is designed to inform and engage stakeholders and to continue a dialog that began over a year ago with the development of conservation strategies and needed actions.
Private landowners, conservationists, concerned citizens, and representatives of local, federal, and state agencies are invited to attend.  

The Chaffee County Fairgrounds are located at 10165 County Rd. 120.
For more information, contact Ed Schmal via email at or by calling 719/561-5309.

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