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Going away party slated for Bill and Cindy Nobles

You’re invited to a going away party (come-and-go) for Bill and Cindy Nobles Wednesday, June 29, from 5-7 p.m. at Pagosa Brewing Company, 118 N. Pagosa Blvd.

Friends, neighbors, colleagues and co-workers, and members of organizations Bill and Cindy have been involved with in our community are invited to the party. We will provide a cake, but any other food and beverages are yours to purchase.

Bill Nobles has accepted the regional director position for CSU in Pueblo and Cindy Nobles will be teaching high school at Pueblo West. They have both added so much to our community through their involvements at work and with volunteer organizations. Stop by and wish them well on their new adventure.

It is critical that we give Pagosa Brewing Company a somewhat accurate count of the people who might attend the event; they are committed with assisting at the Chamber SunDowner event at the same time. So, please reply via e-mail to: kim_vernon@colostate.edu or call to R.S.V.P. at 264-5931 so we can make sure they have enough staff to accommodate us.

Grant applications

Agricultural producers or rural small businesses interested in conducting an energy improvements audit or a feasibility study of renewable energy systems should consider applying for a grant through the USDA Rural Development Renewable Energy for America Program (REAP). Since the inception of this program in 2003, more than 6,000 local businesses have created jobs and made energy efficiency improvements in rural areas nationwide.

Energy Audit Grants up to $100,000 are awarded on a competitive basis. Recipients are required to pay at least 25 percent of the cost of the audit. This type of assistance typically allows agriculture producers and rural small businesses the opportunity to become more energy efficient through the use of renewable technologies. In Fiscal Year 2010, La Plata Electric Association was awarded a $100,000 Energy Audit Grant to further their efforts in helping members “save their energy.” The funds were designated to assist rural small businesses, including irrigators, with energy audits and renewable energy development.

USDA Rural Development can also help with grant funds for feasibility studies. Grants can be up to $50,000, are nationally competitive, and can be used to fund up to 25 percent of the total eligible cost of the study. Agricultural producers, including farmers and ranchers, who gain 50 percent or more of their gross income from the agricultural operations are eligible. Additionally, small businesses located in a rural area and rural electric cooperatives may be eligible to apply. Some examples of eligible feasibility studies for renewable energy systems include projects that will produce energy from wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, hydro power and hydrogen-based sources. In Fiscal Year 2010, Vagabond Community Partners, LLC received a $1,500 grant to evaluate the feasibility of installing a 25kW biomass unit for water heating and powering some combination of the existing buildings at Vagabond Ranch located outside of Granby, CO.

Applications for both of these grant programs, Energy Audit and/or Feasibility Studies, are due on June 30, 2011. For information on how to apply for assistance, contact your local office in Colorado at www.rurdev.usda.gov/co. You can also refer to the April 14, 2011, edition of the Federal Register, http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/pdf/2011-8456.pdf for assistance.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of state and local offices. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.

Calendar

June 23 — 9:30 a.m., 4-H Entomology.

June 25 — 10 a.m., Red Ryder Royalty Contest.

June 27 — 10 a.m., Painting Group.

June 27 — 1 p.m., 4-H Scrapbooking.

June 28 — 3 p.m., 4-H Clothing.

June 29 — 3 p.m., 4-H Clothing.

June 29 — 5 p.m., 4-H Sports Fishing.

June 29 — 5 p.m., Bill and Cindy’s going away party-Pagosa Brewing Co.

June 29 — 6 p.m., Western Heritage Committee meeting.

Check out our webpage at www.archuleta.colostate.edu for calendar events and information.

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