Two CSU females on the verge of something big

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Apr 292004
 
Authors: Joshua Pilkington

The notes return with a vengeance…

Recently many have declared Barry Bonds an athlete who can play

his sport on a level higher than that of his fellow Major Leaguers;

that “he belongs in another league,” to use the words of manager

Bruce Bochy of the San Diego Padres. The same could be said for

Colorado State junior Loree Smith, who has, for lack of a better

word, dominated every meet she’s been in, breaking and re-breaking

conference records in the process.

To wit: One weekend Smith throws a conference-record 218-plus

feet in the hammer throw to break the five-year record set by

Wyoming’s Robin Lyons. As if it were nothing Smith came back a week

later and threw an Olympic Trials qualifying mark of 220. As if the

hammer weren’t enough to entertain Smith, she also entertained

discus fans with a conference-record breaking 187-3.5 (also

previously Lyons’ record).

So what’s the big deal?

The big deal is as a junior Smith has another year to set even

more records and this season could be CSU’s first national champion

since Brian Berryhill won the men’s indoor and outdoor 1,500-meter

run in 2001. And she could become the school’s first female

national champion since Wendy Koenig-Knudson won the women’s 1,500

in 1976.

“She could be the best thrower (CSU’s) ever had,” said Drew

Loftin who won 2003 All-American honors for CSU in the men’s discus

and hammer throw, including a national runner-up position in the

latter. “And the scary thing is she still has room to improve.”

What’s scary for them, is just wholesome entertainment for

us…

Speaking of untapped potential: has anyone but us noticed the

exploits of freshman softball player Brittany Huerta? Girl has

obliterated MWC pitching to the tune of a CSU single-season record

13 home runs. With eight games remaining plus the MWC Tournament,

Huerta has a legitimate shot at breaking the conference record of

22 homers set by Melissa Stahnke in 2001. She’s also a mere 25 RBIs

shy of Stahnke’s conference record 67. Yet another source of

wholesome spring entertainment…

Ohio State’s Maurice Clarett can expect no sympathy from us,

USC’s Mike Williams on the other hand, should be given a little

sympathy when Clarett’s appeal to overturn Supreme Court Justice

Ruth (Darth) Bader Ginsburg’s ruling in favor of the NFL’s

underclassmen policy, which bans players less than two years

removed from high school from entering the NFL Draft. According to

ESPN’s John Clayton, a.k.a the professor, it’s unlikely the courts

will approve Clarett’s appeal, leaving both he and Williams without

a place to play…

If it comes to that, Williams should be granted reinstatement by

the NCAA and return to play at USC (it’s not going to help our

chances of beating the Trojans in the 2004 season-opener one way or

the other); Clarett, however, should be memorizing the words to

“Oh, Canada,” as it will become his new fight song…

Here’s a thought: Instead of toying with a standard five-man

rotation, why don’t the Rockies just use them all? The team has 13

pitchers and it’s pretty evident only one (Joe Kennedy) can pitch

well consistently, so let’s just put this whole “starters

mentality” aside and let everyone just go three-to-five innings at

a time. What have they got to lose? They’re not going to win more

than 65 anyway…

Hello Nuggets, goodbye Avalanche, the tables are slowly turning

at the Can, and let us be the first to say, ‘Thank goodness.’ Time

to ship the stick-and-puck hokey-pokey back where it belongs: the

Great White North.

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New Mexico and Stanford

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Apr 292004
 
Authors: John Teten

With conference championships two weeks away and regionals

looming on the horizon, the CSU track and field teams head south

and west for competition this weekend.

Colorado State sends a handful of athletes to Stanford for the

Cardinal Invitational and others to Albuquerque for the New Mexico

Invite.

“The teams are trying to tune-up for conference,” said assistant

coach Tim Cawley.

The eight athletes going to Palo Alto enter California with

qualifying intentions for the Mountain Region Championships.

“We’re looking for a low-altitude race with good competition,”

said throws coach Brian Bedard.

The Stanford meet should be ideal with warm weather, little to

no breeze and solid competition, Bedard said.

“Stanford always puts together good races,” Bedard said.

Athletes from top national programs will join the Rams on the

coast. Women from 11th-ranked Arkansas, No. 20 BYU and No. 9

Stanford will battle the green and gold.

This week the women jumped up the national polls from No. 24 to

No. 15.

After breaking the school record in the pole vault last weekend

at the Jack Christiansen Invitational, senior Christine Ahn is

among the women traveling west. Joining her are distance runners

Colleen Blair and Michelle Carman, jumper Janay DeLoach, and

throwers Loree Smith and Keela Niemeyer.

For three-time Mountain West Athlete of the Week Loree Smith,

the California air should, “give her a little better environment to

throw far,” Bedard said.

Joining the women are distance runners Bill Michel and Mike

Nicks.

The athletes going to New Mexico must deal with the possibility

of poor weather conditions.

“It’s typically pretty windy,” Bedard said. “So it’s a tough

place to run.”

CSU will “go knockin’ heads” with conference foes and talented

teams, and the Rams expect big performances out of their athletes,

Bedard said.

“There are a couple (of athletes) still running to hit

qualifying marks,” Cawley said. “We’ll see if we can’t get some

(personal record’s) in other events.”

Fresh off his dominating victory in the 10,000-meter run at the

Drake Relays, junior Josh Glaab attempts to qualify in the 5,000.

The men have six runners entered in the 800 and freshman Kelli Kunz

is entered in three events for the women. She will run the sprint

hurdles, the 400-hurdles and the mile relay.

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Big games await Rams in land of the Utes

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Apr 292004
 
Authors: Scott Bondy

The state of Utah will get a good dose of the CSU women’s

softball team this weekend as the Rams head west to play four

games. The first doubleheader is today against the Utah Utes

(16-26, 5-7 in Mountain West Conference), who are fourth place in

the conference. The second doubleheader is Saturday versus the

third place Brigham Young Cougars (28-15, 5-6 in MWC).

The Rams (33-12, 9-3 in MWC) are second in the conference, one

game behind leader San Diego State. Having already won all four

games played against Utah and BYU, the Rams are confident heading

into the weekend.

“We want to go 4-0 this weekend,” said head coach Mary Yori. “We

are capable of beating both teams, we just need to make it

happen.”

As a team the Rams are batting a conference-leading .335. Not

only are they getting conference recognition, but they also can be

seen in the national spotlight. With a .333 batting average before

last weekend’s games, CSU was ranked fifth in the nation. The

team’s .973 fielding percentage was eighth best, and the team was

17th in scoring with 5.29 runs per game.

Senior Ricki Walker, who continues to have a great year, knows

her team is a good one.

“I’m having a pretty good year but at the same time my team has

played well and backed me up,” Walker said. “We’ve been hitting and

playing some great defense. We need to continue that to win this

weekend.”

While Walker leads the team in batting with a .417 average (25th

in the nation), others have stepped up. Freshmen Brittany Huerta

has dominated pitchers all season. She has a team-best 13 home

runs, a single-season CSU record, and a conference-high 42

RBIs.

Pitching has been great for the Rams as well. The team ERA is

1.95 (second behind San Diego State’s 1.43), and the team boasts

four solid aces who should give the Utes and Cougars trouble.

As a team, the Utes are hitting .256 and the Cougars display a

.311 average, but both teams hope to fare well at home.

“It’s competitive out there. They both have good home crowds and

they play us well at home,” Yori said.

These games are crucial to the MWC standings. Being only one

game back means the Rams need to win every game possible.

“We want to keep up with San Diego State and get a No. 1 or 2

seed in the (conference) tournament,” Yori said.

Today’s action in Salt Lake City begins at 1:30 p.m., while

Saturday’s first pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. in Provo, Utah.

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To the Editor:

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Apr 292004
 
Authors:

I am responding to the article “Owners held accountable.” I have

worked in different humane societies across Colorado for more than

five years. I have seen a lot of aggressive dogs. I have seen many

aggressive pit bulls, but I have seen more of the nice ones. Every

dog that I have seen that was aggressive had one thing in common:

an ignorant owner. Anyone can make a dog mean.

The best example of this is a black Lab named Midnight.

Midnight’s owners would take him to a store and leave him in the

back of a truck; he would jump out and attack little boys as they

walked by. Every time Midnight would attack someone, he would come

to the humane society on dangerous-animal charges. The courts that

handle the case would always award the dog back to the owner

because “he was a Lab, and they don’t attack people.” Well, the

third time he attacked, he put a 6-year-old boy through 27 hours of

plastic surgery on his face and arms.

The problem with pit bulls is the media. The media portrays

these dogs to be “aggressive.” So anyone who needs to look “bigger”

gets one to impress their friends. Like any dog breed the problem

comes when the owners are not smarter than the dog. Pit bulls are a

very strong breed; when they bite they do a lot of damage. When you

mix these two issues together it is a deadly combination. By

banning a breed, it will not solve the problem. It just takes away

the good dogs in that breed. We need to judge the dogs on how they

behave, not the breed.

Teresa Clark

Senior, animal science

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To the Editor:

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Apr 292004
 
Authors:

The messages in the political cartoons are whiney. Most

cartoonists prefer to make some kind of statement or criticism

about the status quo, but the Collegian’s cartoons are extremely

superficial in that they are whiney complaints with little or no

thought-provoking content.

Whatever attempts made at this are done so with taking the

simple complaint and extrapolating it to a broad circumstance, as

in Thursday’s “parent-child bonding” caption. College is expensive,

and it has been for a very long time and will continue to be for an

even longer time. It’s part of life, and I don’t think that the

Collegian and its cartoonists should be of the position that

whining complaints and superficial analyses can justify an

indication of the “terrible, putrid” system we live in when it’s

actually quite nice and worthy of our pride.

I personally expect much more from a collegiate newspaper, even

in the pithy cartoons.

 

David Okada

Freshman, speech communication, music

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Bush and others need to testify under oath

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Apr 292004
 
Authors: Collegian Editorial Editors

By:

Colleen Buhrer

J.J. Babb

Christopher J. Ortiz

Kyle Endres

Today, President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney met with

the Sept. 11, 2001, commission. You can’t even call it testifying

because neither answered questions under oath. The meeting was

private, which we understand, but no notes were taken and no

stenographer was present.

Bush and Cheney agreed to meet with the commission, formally

known as the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the

United States, only under the terms that they would answer

questions together and not alone.

If they don’t have anything to hide, then why were they not

sworn in under oath? Bush has fought the commission every step of

the way, first by trying to prevent National Security Advisor

Condoleezza Rice from testifying and then by initially only giving

the commission an hour to ask questions.

The actions taken by the president undermine the commission’s

pursuit of investigating the events leading up to the Sept. 11

terrorist attacks. Having him, Cheney and former President Bill

Clinton and former Vice President Al Gore not answer questions

under oath begs the question, “Why bother?” If these leaders cannot

be accountable for the information they give, then what propels

them to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the

truth.

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Beware, Students It Can Happen To You

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Apr 292004
 
Authors: Kristina Steward

I went to the mailbox just last week expecting to receive the

normal junk mail, letters from friends and family and the

ever-looming consistency of bill cycles. Amid all the bills and

letters was the ominous envelope that read “Jury Summons.” I

thought to myself, “Surely, this must be a mistake, this is

obviously not meant for me.” I checked the address and sure enough,

this Jury Summons was mine.

How could this be possible? I am a full-time student. In fact, I

am a graduating senior immersed in preparation for the last-minute

papers that our professors “lovingly” compile upon us toward the

end of the semester like clockwork. I knew what I had to do: I

needed to call the number on my summons and alert the

powers-that-be that this is a mistake.

I called and got the standard message where I proceeded to

listen to all of the numerical options, until at last I was able to

hear the number that directed me to an actual human being. When I

finally spoke with a human, I explained my situation and asked to

speak with the jury commissioner. The secretary transferred me to

Commissioner Lori Johnson’s personal line. “OK, great I’m getting

somewhere,” I thought to myself. The phone rang twice and

“surprisingly” it went directly to the commissioner’s voice

mail.

I knew what I must do next. I couldn’t take time out of my

18-credit schedule, with finals looming around the corner. What if

it is a murder trial … I could be there for days, weeks, months

even. I was informed by Student Legal Services on campus to have

CSU write an official letter. SLS informed me that this would be a

definite reason for disqualification of jury duty. The letter was

sent, and I felt footloose and fancy-free – that is, until I went

back to my mailbox days later.

I received an official letter from the commissioner stating, “I

cannot disqualify you because you are a student. To preserve the

fairness of jury selection the State of Colorado allows no

occupational exemptions, no one group or persons is exempt from

jury service, not politicians, judges, students, law enforcement

personnel,” and so on and so on. It became quite clear that I was

going to have to perform my civic duty.

After all the muss and fuss, I appeared with my summons at the

court to await the jury-pool selections. I had been informed that

this process can last hours. So, if you get to this point, I

suggest you bring a good magazine. The jury pool is a process of

random selection. If your number is called you go into the

courtroom where you sit on a panel and proceed to answer questions

from lawyers involved in the case.

The lawyers then decide which 12 individuals will be “whittled”

down to the selected six jurors. The lawyers have a call sheet and

go back and forth checking off the names of the individuals they do

not want because of the nature of your answers, maybe a candidate

had shifty eyes or just pure bias. This is how the jury is

selected. It is now time for court to be in session. Luckily, the

jury had been decided upon before my number was selected.

This is for all of those students out there like myself who

thought being a student disqualifies you automatically, it won’t. I

hope this article paves the way for those other victims. In truth,

it is quite an interesting process and a serious matter that is

revered as an honor. If that doesn’t do it for you, hey students,

you get to miss class the day and/or days of the trial.

 

Kristina Steward is graduating senior in the speech

communication department

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H2O restrictions trickle as thing of the past

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Apr 292004
 
Authors: James Baetke

Unlike other Colorado cities, Fort Collins will not implement

water restrictions in 2004, and it is likely they will not exist in

2005, Fort Collins officials said.

“At the present time we do not anticipate any restrictions for

2004,” said Mike Smith, general manager for Fort Collins

Utilities.

Smith said even in the worse-case scenario, it is unlikely water

restrictions will exist for Fort Collins in 2005.

“A couple years back I remember how tight the rule was for

watering lawns; now it seems the city has some water to fall back

on,” said Francis McGromery, a Fort Collins resident.

McGromery is right. Fort Collins City Manager John Fischbach

lifted all water restrictions back in September 2003 partly because

of water conservation efforts made by the community and a large

carryover of water from the Colorado Big Thompson project.

The Colorado Big Thompson project is a federal project that

diverts, regulates and stores water from the Colorado River on the

Western Slope to the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains.

Smith said water restrictions across the state are plagued

geographically. Fort Collins is fortunate because it benefits from

many sources of water, such as the Big Thompson and Cache la Poudre

rivers, he said. Other parts of the state may have less water

resources that force cities to mandate water usage.

The city first adopted mandatory restrictions in July 2002, when

lawn watering was restricted to two days per week. In September

2002, lawn watering was limited to one time per week.

In April 2003, the city council passed a Water Supply Shortage

Response Plan that still included restrictions, but they were much

less stringent than in the past, where specific restrictions were

linked to the percentage of water shortage.

“The community has done an outstanding job conserving water and

enduring the hardship imposed by the restrictions,” Fischbach

said.

City officials still urge residents to voluntarily conserve

water to keep restrictions from popping up again, but the city is

not totally leaving its influence unmasked. The city is

establishing a residential water price-hike Saturday to encourage

water conservation. After a base charge, water costs per gallon

will increase depending on whether the home is for a single family

or is a duplex.

“During 2002 and 2003 we heard a lot of people saying, ‘We did

not know our lawn could survive on so little water,'” Smith said,

who said today’s society is more water conscious than before.

Doug Evans, irrigation specialist of the Collindale Golf Course,

1441 E. Horsetooth Road, said despite whether restrictions exist,

Collindale uses the least amount of water possible in watering the

lush greens and course’s landscape.

“We try to conserve water as much as possible no matter the

situation, drought or no drought,” Evans said.

Although CSU is a separate entity from the city, a university

news release states that by complying with Fort Collins’ past water

restrictions, irrigation water was reduced by roughly 25 percent in

2003.

The release also urged students living on campus to reduce their

showers by one minute, which would save the university 6.8 million

gallons of water annually.

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Religious groups “win” with dialogue

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Apr 292004
 
Authors: Joanna Larez

People of many different religions gathered Thursday night

without the tension, controversy and arguments that might be

expected.

Student leaders, faith-based groups and faculty members making

up an audience of about 50 people gathered on Thursday night in the

Lory Student Center for an event called “Embracing Unity through

Dialogue.” The Interfaith Dialogue Committee hosted the event.

Joyce Bignell, regional executive director of the Denver-based

National Center for Community and Justice, was the keynote speaker.

She opened the event with audience interaction. Everyone in the

room stood up and stated their name. Bignell then gave basic

instructions and guidelines for a successful dialogue.

“You do not win in dialogue,” Bignell said. “You win in

debate.”

Bignell set the first rule-respect. The floor was then opened

for the audience to suggest rules for the night’s dialogues. A few

members sporadically offered rules such as listening, interacting,

avoiding prejudgment, remaining open-minded, avoiding arguments and

having everyone share. Bignell also instructed the audience to use

the word “I.”

“You know what you think and what you believe,” Bignell

said.

After the rules were set, the night’s focus was brought into

perspective. Bignell formulated a list of reasons to dialogue. The

six-fold list was to identify issues and concerns, identify common

ground, identify difference, meet people, have the opportunity to

express one’s point of view and have the opportunity to gain

understanding.

The audience then broke up into six groups ranging in size from

six to 10 people. Each group was formed before the meeting and

included people from different religious affiliations. Group

facilitators had lists of topics for dialogue. The topics allowed

participants to discuss and learn about other religions.

“I loved discussing what I believe and not arguing about it,”

said Lubna Farah, a junior biology major. “The best thing was to

connect with people of other religions, the bad thing was not

enough time.”

The groups then rejoined for some concluding comments from

Bignell.

“The mark of a good meeting is when you’re talking, talking,

talking,” Bignell said. “An hour and a half ago I couldn’t get you

to answer a question.”

Bignell then opened the floor to the audience that more readily

gave its input. A cap had to be placed on the list of suggestions

for future dialogue topics.

“This was a kick-off event,” said Josh Dember, a member of the

Interfaith Dialogue Committee. “It’s a teaser for what we have

potential to bring to CSU next year.”

Thursday night’s event was not the first event to focus on

bridging gaps between different religions, said Hedy Berman,

director of Hillel, the international Jewish college student

organization.

“Tonight is distinguished because it was student-initiated,”

Berman said.

The two previous meetings were predominantly for faculty and

staff and were focused on Muslims and Jews. Bignell noticed the

diversity in Thursday night’s audience.

“One of the biggest achievements (of the night) was networking

to other (religious) groups,” said Mike Wagstaff, chair of the

Interfaith Dialogue Committee.

The audience members were thanked for taking part in one of the

foundational meetings in the anticipated chain of dialogues for

next year. They were also given a challenge in Dember’s closing

statements.

“I challenged awareness in the difference between debate and

dialogue,” Dember said. “And I challenged them to realize and work

(debate and dialogue) into their everyday life.”

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Drought continues in 2004

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Apr 292004
 
Authors: Christiana Nelson

It has been in Colorado for four years.

Since 1999, a drought in Colorado has been slowly killing

vegetation, prompting restrictions and drying out tourism – and

experts say it is not going away anytime soon.

“Simply stated, we’re a long way from any ocean, and there are

more ways for moisture not to get here than there are ways to reach

us,” said Nolan Doesken, a climatologist at the Colorado Climate

Center at CSU.

To date, Colorado precipitation totals are about 75 percent

below normal, reaching only 0.58 inches compared to an average of

2.28 inches, said Paul Potter, a meteorologist at Skyview Weather,

a service based in Castle Rock.

The Colorado Climate Center defines drought as “a period of

insufficient snow pack and reservoir storage to provide adequate

water to urban and rural areas.”

And while the recent precipitation in the state has improved dry

conditions in several areas, Colorado’s drought situation remains a

problem.

“Some parts of the state were helped quite a bit, such as the

Southeast,” said Roger Pielke, state climatologist and a professor

of atmospheric science. “However, snow pack, which much of the

state relies on for water resources, remains below average.”

Researchers say that despite months of expected precipitation

ahead, it is unlikely the drought problem will be resolved this

year.

“Spring, March through early June, is the best time of the year

around here to recover from drought, as cloudy, cool weather can

last for days and moisture can soak into the soil,” Doesken said.

“Once it’s summer, warm temperatures and high evaporation rates

make it really hard to catch up.”

Despite the spring season’s moisture contributions, record low

reservoir, stream flow and soil moisture levels indicate that

Colorado may remain in a severe drought for years.

“Unless we have a very unusual wet period for the rest of the

year, which is highly unlikely based on past years, we will require

several years to catch up if we have average and above-average

precipitation,” Pielke said.

Even if Colorado acquires the necessary precipitation, Jim

Wirshborn, a meteorologist for DayWeather, Inc., a meteorological

center in Fort Collins, said droughts often occur in cycles, and it

is difficult to determine when a drought actually ends.

“In drought years there are often isolated instances of big

rains or snows, like the Big Thompson event in 1976, but overall

you have to go several months in a row before you can be sure the

cycle is changing,” he said.

Throughout history, Colorado drought cycles have lasted 10 years

or longer, according to the Colorado Water Conservation Board.

Wirshborn said that while Colorado is only expected to have 19

days of weather reaching 90 degrees or higher in Fort Collins, in

the past five years the area has had more than 40 days of

temperatures exceeding 90 degrees, showing that temperature are on

the rise.

“The average temperatures rise quickly during the first part of

May and so snow melt is starting already in the mountains,”

Wirshborn said. “At this point in the water season there is little

hope of catching the numbers up to normal.”

Extended drought cycles are largely due to Colorado’s natural

environment, which narrowly escapes classification as a desert

climate.

Potter said a desert climate is classified as any area receiving

less than 10 inches of rainfall annually. In an average year, the

rainfall for Denver totals 15.81 inches.

Thus, losing 37 percent of annual rainfall measures would make

Colorado a desert state, and while some of the wettest months are

still to come, Colorado is 75 percent below the expected

precipitation average for 2004.

The combination of Colorado’s climate and a growing urban

population, which increases water demand, creates a perfect

combination for drought, Pielke said.

“We live in a semi-arid state,” he said. “Drought is very much

normal. However, with the growing population, there is more

competition for water than in the past.”

Yet an increased population does not directly correlate to water

problems, Doesken said.

“More people doesn’t necessarily mean less water,” Doesken said.

“It all depends on how we choose to use the water that we

have.”

Still, concerns with drought conditions have led to legislative

action.

Due to the severe drought potential in Colorado and as a direct

response to a severe drought in 1977, the state developed the

Colorado Drought Mitigation and Response Plan to monitor, assess,

ease and respond to drought problems.

A Water Availability Task Force implements the plan’s

components, and if conditions appear to be deteriorating, it will

notify the governor, who will enact a specialized Impact Task Force

to determine the drought’s economic and environmental impacts.

Colorado’s state government action indicates that the state

expects to be dealing with drought issues in the future, and

Doesken said the changes are far from over.

“There will be some interesting decisions to be made in the

years ahead,” Doesken said. “And it behooves us all to learn as

much as we can about water in Colorado so that we make decisions

that make sense for the long term.”

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