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The Good News
2015 August
Pg 4 - The Sunshine Express
Come to the islands this Labor Day weekend with-
out even leaving the state! Welcome to The Sun-
shine Express¡¯ 5th Anniversary Luau & Pool Party.
This exciting, one of a kind event is being held on
Saturday, September 5, 2015, from 6:30-9:30p,
at the Montrose Aquatic Center, 25 Colorado Av-
enue, Montrose.
Take a journey through Polynesia with dances
from Hawaii, New Zealand, Samoa and Tahiti,
presented by the famously popular Kalama
Polynesian Dancers from Aurora, Colorado. This
thrilling show begins at 8p. There will be several
costume changes and the show will conclude with
flaming fire knife and fire poi dances!
The Kalama Polynesian Dancers also will be offer-
ing Hula and Warrior dance lessons and included
in the ticket price is a Hawaiian BBQ dinner, free
swimming, special surprises and more. This will
be a night to remember!
Dress in your best Hawaiian luau outfit for a
chance to win prizes.
Tickets are $35 for adults, $10 for kids ages 5-12
and free for kids under 5 years of age. No alcohol
is allowed in the Aquatic Center.
There are only a limited amount of tickets avail-
able so you are highly encouraged to order in
advance by calling The Sunshine Express at
You Are Invited!
remaining units, renews transmission line and
access road rights-of-way on the Navajo and
Hopi Reservations, and accepts the proposed
mining plan for the Navajo Mine.
The project will support continued operation of
the remaining two units at FCPP and is expected
to support 2,340 jobs statewide and may pro-
duce as much as $40 to 60 million annually in
direct revenue for the Navajo Nation.
¡°Today¡¯s decision includes a robust suite of miti-
gation measures designed to reduce the poten-
tial environmental impacts of the project to the
greatest extent possible, while still supporting
earlier pollution reduction measures, and pro-
moting tribal self-determination and economic
development,¡± said Deputy Secretary Connor.
The FCPP, an existing coal-fired electric generat-
ing station, that receives coal solely from the
Navajo Tribal Coal Lease area, is jointly owned
by five utilities, and currently generates 1,540
megawatts of energy for regional consumers. In
response to the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency¡¯s (EPA) Federal Implementation Plan for
the Best Available Retrofit Technology for FCPP,
the plant operators shut down three of the five
units, and agreed to install selective catalytic
reduction devises on the remaining two units.
These actions significantly reduce emissions
from the FCPP and decrease the amount of air
pollutants emitted. The Navajo Nation¡¯s Pinabete
Permit Area includes previously permitted but
undeveloped reserves that would supply coal
to the power plant for up to 25 years, based on
current projected customer needs. The permit-
tee is the Navajo Transitional Energy Company,
a wholly owned limited liability company of the
Navajo Nation.
The ROD¡¯s supporting Environmental Impact
Statement (EIS), prepared by the Office of
Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
(OSMRE), analyzes the project¡¯s anticipated
effects on air emissions, greenhouse gases,
water quality and other resources. The EIS was
developed in close cooperation with the Bureau
of Indian Affairs. Other Cooperating Agencies
include: Interior¡¯s Bureau of Land Management,
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the
National Park Service; the EPA; U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers; and the Navajo Nation and the
Hopi Tribe. The final EIS was published on May
1, 2015.
OSMRE also considered comments received after
publishing the Final EIS on May 1, 2015.
You can access and read the complete record of
decision by going to the following link:
Anyone who has
saved the very
first edition of The
Sunshine Express
from August 2010
will be admitted for
free, but they MUST
also pre-order their
ticket. We cannot
guarantee there will
be tickets available
at the door so order
now to get into the
hottest party of the
The Sunshine Ex-
press 5th Anniversa-
ry Luau & Pool Party
is proudly sponsored
by Acme Healing
Center of Colorado.
With 4 locations in
Ridgway, Durango, Crested Butte and Car-
bondale, Acme Healing Center is here to
help with all of your medical or recreational
Cannabis needs.
Come and help The Sunshine Express
celebrate our 5th year of bringing smiles
across the miles with an evening in
Call 970.864.2142 for more details and to
reserve your tickets.
WASHINGTON, 7/17/2015: Following ex-
tensive environmental and economic analy-
ses and robust tribal and public outreach,
Deputy Secretary of the Interior Mike Con-
nor today approved the Four Corners Power
Plant (FCPP) and Navajo Mine Energy Proj-
ect in northwestern New Mexico, under a
plan that would minimize and mitigate the
project¡¯s projected environmental impacts
while maintaining the substantial economic
benefits of coal mining and energy produc-
tion for the Navajo Nation, Hopi Tribe and
local communities.
The executed Record of Decision (ROD) ap-
proves a 25-year site lease extension with
the Navajo Nation for the Four Corners
Power Plant, authorizes continued mining
operations to supply the power plant¡¯s
Energy Projects Approved