NEWS

PALISADE (AP) – Palisade will spend more than $1.3 million of grant funds to purchase land for a future sport shooting complex. Palisade’s trustees approved land contracts that will be used for the future sport shooting complex at Cameo. The planned complex will have indoor and outdoor areas for archery, shooting and hunting education.

DENVER (AP) – The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission says it opposes any possible move by the federal government to introduce endangered Mexican gray wolves to the state, arguing they aren’t native to Colorado and would threaten livestock and big game animals. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is compiling a recovery plan for Mexican gray wolves.

DENVER (AP) – Gov. John Hickenlooper is reaching out to Republicans to find a way to invest in roads and schools by avoiding issuing taxpayer refunds. Hickenlooper delivers his 2016 State of the State address today to the Republican-controlled Senate and the Democrat-led House. Hickenlooper says he’s willing to work with the GOP to contain the growth of Medicaid spending, which the GOP argues is to blame for Colorado’s budget woes.

DENVER (AP) – The U.S. Department of Energy has released a new report praising Colorado for its clean technology industries. The 2015 report on the growth of fuel cells as an alternative source says Colorado is “fast becoming a hot bed of energy and clean technology industries.” Fuel-cell activity in Colorado included food retailer Kroger, which used 120 fuel cell-powered forklifts at its Stapleton warehouse.