President Beverlee McClure resigns
The Adams State University Board of Trustees has accepted the resignation of ASU President Dr. Beverlee McClure, effective March 31, 2018. Dr. McClure was appointed president of the University on July 1, 2015, and over the past two and a half years guided the University through a period of transition with its distance-learning programs and worked to develop a number of agriculture-related programs and partnerships in the community. “After discussions with Dr. McClure and her representatives, the Board of Trustees for ASU have agreed to a resolution and acceptance of Dr. McClure’s resignation,” said Board Chair Cleave Simpson. “The resolution is both respectful of Dr. McClure and responsible to ASU.”
Xcel Energy warns of utility scam
Xcel Energy joined more than 100 U.S. and Canadian electric, water, and natural gas utilities in November of 2017, to raise awareness about scams targeting customers. The focus is, on exposing the tactics scammers use to steal money from utility customers and educating customers about how to protect themselves. Typically, customers receive a telephone call from an individual claiming to be a utility company representative. In some cases, scammers extort payments from customers by threatening to disconnect or shutoff service immediately. To complicate matters, scammers are increasingly adept at disguising themselves as utility company representatives. For example, some scammers use technology to “spoof” a phone number so when a customer views caller ID, it appears the call is actually coming from a utility company when it is not. For more information about how to protect yourself, visit https://bit.ly/2rqFbVi.
Boulder Police and DEA taking back unwanted prescription drugs
On Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Boulder Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the community the opportunity by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Unwanted prescription drugs can be brought to the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder at 1750 33rd St. for safe disposal. Drive-thru and walk up drop-offs will be accepted in the east parking lot. The DEA can only accept pills and patches. Vitamins, dietary supplements, liquids, needles or sharps will not be accepted. Please remove all pills from their bottles and place into a plastic bag for fast disposal; pill bottles cannot be accepted for recycling. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
The Administration announced it has finalized technical requirements to allow the export of U.S. pork to Argentina for the first time since 1992. The announcement concludes a process started by the President in April 2017 when the issue was raised of U.S. pork exports during a meeting with Argentine President Mauricio Macri. The actions could lead to U.S. agriculture and food producers access to markets worth billions in trade.
The 126 Colorado Opportunity Zones nominated last month have been certified by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and are now eligible for a new federal tax incentive. The designation is meant to promote economic vitality across the state, specifically in qualified low income areas. Established by last December’s massive tax bill, Opportunity Zones encourage economic growth via private capital investment by providing a tax incentive for investors to reinvest in disadvantaged communities. This program will bolster new business starts and business growth, development of real property and infrastructure in locations that are well positioned for investment.
Mayor Michael B. Hancock and a delegation of city and state officials embarked on an economic development, tourism and trade mission to Paris last Monday. The mission provided the Mayor and delegation members a firsthand look at current efforts underway to drive economic development, tourism, small business development and entrepreneurship between the two cities. The delegation focused on increasing international business with Paris, attracting foreign direct investments into Colorado, improving tourism between Colorado and Paris, and supporting start-up business enterprises and sustainable development policies.