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Gov. Bill Owens said Tuesday that energy-efficiency legislation he vetoed would have been way too expensive for consumers.Speaking during an interview at the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, Owens defended his decision a day after environmentalists criticized his vetoes of that legislation and other conservation-oriented measures.Environmentalists have pressed for energy-efficiency measures in Colorado and nationally both as a way to fight rising utility rates and as a means to reduce the pressure to drill in energy development hot spots including Garfield County.Owens vetoed House Bill 1162, which would have mandated energy efficiency standards for 14 appliances and devices, and House Bill 1133, which sought to let utilities raise fees to finance energy-efficiency programs.Proponents of the latter bill said it would have saved Colorado households $700 million in energy spending. But Owens said the savings would not have been enough to offset the expenses required.
At least one property owner has rejected the Roaring Fork School Districts offer to buy his building and land in order to expand Glenwood Springs High School. The owner, Terry Fattor, said the district offered him 50 percent of his propertys value, which Garfield County assessed at $922,800.They certainly arent showing us any respect at all, said Fattor, owner of the building which housed four businesses behind True Value, Tuesday.Kathy Tully of the Planning Services Company, who is coordinating the purchases for the district, said she couldnt comment on negotiations on the property and cited the desire to maintain land owners confidentiality.Fattor had hoped to sell his property without using lawyers or going through condemnation, but if a fair price cant be reached hell have no choice.I dont want it to go that far, but its not up to me, its up to them, he said.The district feels the same way. Were real optimistic that it doesnt come to (condemnation), said Tully.
Patients will feel the healing effects of music when Valley View Hospital launches its Holistic Harmony program.The program is designed to promote a healing environment at the hospital, and will offer monthly live music concerts every third Wednesday at noon in the atrium of the new hospital wing, the first and third Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. and the first and fourth Tuesdays at 1 p.m. at various locations in the hospital.The program begins on Tuesday, June 14, at noon with Lesa Russo playing guitar; June 21, at 6 p.m., its Mike King on piano and on June 28 at 1 p.m. Michael Gurule playing Celtic harp.Hospitalization often provokes fear and anxiety, said Russo, who is a nurse at Valley View and a musician and who is helping coordinate the program. The presence of music enhances the atmosphere for the hospital by providing inspiration to the mind, language for the emotion, and balm for the soul.
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