FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Denver Post:One of the nation’s last coal-fired power plants in the middle of a city may shut down a decade sooner than planned as Colorado Springs leaders contemplate climate action and urban revitalization along a creek.This is happening as residents of Colorado Springs (pop. 465,000) increasingly raise concerns about sulfur dioxide (SO2) and other pollution. On Thursday, residents pressed state health officials to reject a proposal to declare the 80-year-old Martin Drake Power Plant “in attainment” of federal air quality standards for SO2, a toxic gas that mixes with other pollutants and hangs over the city against mountains, with the potential to cause asthma, heart disease and other lung problems after even brief exposure. Colorado Springs Utilities plant operators this year deployed “scrubbers” to clean emissions, and federal Environmental Protection Agency overseers this week said average monthly SO2 emissions decreased to 31 tons a month, down from 330 tons a month in 2015.But Colorado air quality control commissioners voted 8-1 against re-designating the 80-year-old Martin Drake Plant as a facility in compliance with federal air quality requirements, acknowledging public health concerns and calls for cleaner air.The air concerns coincide with brainstorming by the Colorado Springs council members and developers about using the site of the Drake plant, downtown along Fountain Creek, for green space and a museum celebrating the Olympics. For years, Colorado Springs has served as the home of the U.S. Olympic Committee and a training center for athletes.City council members have directed the municipal utility to analyze possibilities for ramping up the 2035 date for closing the plant to 2025, council president Richard Skorman told The Denver Post. And council members are mulling possibilities for shutting one of the two remaining generators in the plant sooner, by 2023, Skorman said.“Some of us would like to move it just because it is a huge blight on the downtown environment,” he said. “We have the ability to create a great green-way connection down there. … If we could move it out of downtown, we could use that site for urban redevelopment.”More: Colorado Springs still rolls coal in heart of city, but may shut Drake plant by 2025 as residents fume Colorado City Contemplates Closing Coal-Fired Plant a Decade Ahead of Schedule
Kelly Shryock clinched the Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour championship with his third straight runner-up finish Wednesday at Buena Vista Raceway. (Photo by Jim Steffens)ALTA, Iowa (Aug. 9) – Chris Abelson took the checkers while Kelly Shryock took the championship of the Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour Wednesday at Buena Vista Raceway.Abelson passed Shryock for the lead early in the IMCA Modified 30-lapper, stayed in front to the finish of a feature that ran caution-free and pocketed $1,000 forChris Abelson was the winner of the Wednesday night Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour main event at Buena Vista Raceway. The 30-lap IMCA Modified feature ran green to checkered. (Photo by SM Photos)his second tour victory of the season.After finishing in the top five in all but one of the nine tour events – and placing second in each of the last three – Shryock earned a $1,000 share of the tour point fund, along with a Traeger Lil’ Tex Elite Pellet Grill courtesy of Arnold Motor Supply.“Winning a championship is cool,” said Shryock, the eighth different driver to win the Hawkeye Dirt Tour title in as many years. “Maybe we can repeat next year.”Abelson, the 2016 tour champion, has run part-time this season at Alta. He drew the fifth starting spot for the main event and didn’t need much time to get to thefront.“We had kind of a rough start to the year,” he acknowledged, “but winning tour races at Knoxville (on July 20) and Alta sure helped.”Lapped traffic wasn’t a factor and Abelson won half a straightaway ahead of Shryock. Joel Rust, Corey Dripps and Hunter Marriott completed the top five.With his latest runner-up finish, Shryock became the fourth driver to win the Hawkeye Dirt Tour title without winning a feature: Mike Jergens did so in 2010, Ronn Lauritzen in 2013 and Kyle Brown in 2015.“The feature at Clay County (on Aug. 7) was our saving grace. We restarted at the back and somehow came out of dead last to salvage a good finish,” Shryock said. “We got a rare good draw tonight and started up front. Chris was unbelievably fast early and I knew he would be coming.”While he makes plans to defend his championship next year, Shryock will also be looking to sharpen his grilling skills.“We haven’t grilled much,” he said. “But we’re going to learn.”Other winners Wednesday at Alta were Devin Smith in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Dillon Magnussen in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Jake Sachau in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Andrew Harris in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.IMCA Speedweek for the Modifieds continues with three events at Hancock County Speedway in Britt, the Aug. 10 Night of 1,000 Stars, the Aug. 11 Night of 10,000 Stars and the Aug. 12 Shryock Memorial All Star special.All three will be broadcast by IMCATV.Feature results – 1. Chris Abelson, Sioux City; 2. Kelly Shryock, Fertile; 3. Joel Rust, Grundy Center; 4. Corey Dripps, Reinbeck; 5. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 6. Bob Moore, Sioux City; 7. Jacob Murray, Hartford; 8. Steven Bowers Jr., Topeka, Kan.; 9. Kyle Strickler, Mooresville, N.C.; 10. Clint Luellen, Minburn; 11. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 12. Travis Hatcher, Honey Creek; 13. Jason Briese, Cleghorn; 14. Kody Scholpp, Estevan, Sask.; 15. Tom Berry Jr., Medford, Ore.; 16. Ricky Stephan, South Sioux City, Neb.; 17. D.J. Shannon, Merced, Calif.; 18. Shawn Ritter, Keystone; 19. Harvey Vande Weerd, Alton; 20. Steve Reynolds, Springfield, S.D.; 21. Alex Reetz, Dunlap; 22. Cory Sauerman, Grimes; 23. Jim Mathieson, Sioux City; 24. Stacey Mills, Webb; 25. Clayton Christensen, Spencer.