From The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Charles Ashby):
■ Farmers and ranchers could see some incentives to hire interns to work in the agricultural industry. The idea, from the Young and Beginning Farmers Interim Study Committee, would reimburse qualifying farms and ranches up to 50 percent of the cost of hiring such interns. Donovan and Rep. Marc Catlin, R-Montrose, are to introduce that bill.
■ A few measures designed to limit oil and gas development, and the use of hydraulic fracturing, are expected to return again this session. Those include measures to give local governments more say about where drilling can occur and increasing the state’s standard for how much power must be generated from renewable energy.
■ To help crack down on people who fail to extinguish their campfires adequately, Coram and Hamner, members of the Legislature’s Wildfire Matters Review Committee, are to introduce a measure to increase the penalty for leaving a campfire unattended, moving it from a petty offense to a class 3 misdemeanor punishable by up to a $750 fine and six months in jail.
■ The Legislature’s Water Resources Review Committee, meanwhile, is proposing creating a $25 special stamp that all boaters would have to purchase for a new Aquatic Nuisance Species Program. That program is designed to raise funds to battle foreign species like the zebra mussel.