Glenwood Springs, CO (May 6) – In a written order issued today, Garfield County District Court Judge James Boyd has ruled that a lease between SourceGas and Colorado Mountain College is void and unenforceable. SourceGas sought to lease five acres of land on the college’s campus in Spring Valley for the purpose of building a natural gas compressor station; CMC’s Board of Trustees voted not to recognize the lease because it did not comply with statutory restrictions on the leasing of junior college district property.
While SourceGas argued that the lease was enforceable and that it was entitled to damages for the college’s decision not to recognize the lease, Judge Boyd disagreed and granted CMC’s motion for summary judgment, or dismissal, because the lease was void under the statute. In his ruling, Judge Boyd wrote “that CMC did not have the authority to enter the Lease” because the Lease term is longer than the three years permitted under Colorado’s junior college statutes and CMC Board of Trustees did not approve the Lease. Judge Boyd also ruled that the Court did not have the authority to rewrite the Lease to a three year term as SourceGas attorneys had argued. Finally, Judge Boyd ruled that finding the Lease was void and unenforceable was not grossly inequitable to SourceGas because CMC has returned the entire amount of the Lease payment to SourceGas. Judge Boyd previously ruled on Aug. 7, 2012 that the court could not order CMC to perform the lease.
“We are pleased that this issue has been resolved by the court, and we can concentrate on the business of educating students,” says CMC Board of Trustees President Glenn Davis. In addition to addressing the college’s authority to enter into the SourceGas lease, he noted, “the college Board was responding to concerns raised by students, faculty and area residents when it decided not to go forward with the lease.”
Even though CMC already had a policy in place regarding leases of CMC property, the Board recently adopted a more detailed policy requiring acquisitions and dispositions of CMC’s real property to ensure compliance with Colorado’s junior college statute. The review of leases must result in a finding that the property is not immediately needed for CMC purposes, and that the lease “promotes the general welfare of the institution and is in the best interests of education and the junior college district,” pursuant to state law.
Eric Filley stands among thousands of ice core samples from Greenland and Antarctica at the National Ice Core Labs located at the Denver Federal Center.
When Sustainability Studies adjunct Jessica Burley starts off her “Thinking in Systems” class at Colorado Mountain College, she likes to ask her students the following question:
“What can our history teach us about a sustainable future?”
It’s a question Burley poses to her students without any expectation of what the response might be, but rather with the “hope to open the door to more questions about sustainability.”
On Friday, March 8th, four of Burley’s sustainability students had the opportunity to learn first hand what history can teach about our future. The students took a tour of the National Ice Core Laboratory in Denver, and took part in a Water and Climate workshop hosted by The Colorado Foundation for Water Education. The students were sponsored to attend the event with the support of the CMC Foundation.
The workshop’s agenda included informational talks by Colorado State Climatologist Nolan Doeskan and former director of the ice core labs and Read more
New Colorado Mountain College stickers create a stir.
New Colorado Mountain College stickers are available at all locations in two sizes.
New CMC stickers based on the Colorado flag have been wildly popular, with alumni as far as Sweden writing to request them. The new design was created to build on the growing popularity of the Colorado brand. The Colorado Tourism Office uses the Colorado “C” in its current campaign, and many businesses and organizations have used the basic design to “rep the homeland.”
The Colorado Mountain College Marketing Dept. is taking advantage of Colorado’s “brand equity” with the new design, positioning us more closely with the positive associations that people have about our beautiful state from Read more
CMC business competition propels entrepreneur forward
This article first appeared in the Steamboat Pilot. By Michael Schrantz.
Steamboat Springs — It’s been two years since Trent Jones first considered bringing to market an erosion-control product made from beetle-killed trees.
Trent Jones, of Mountain Pine Manufacturing, creates wood strand mulch that will be used as erosion control. Photo: John F. Russell
The bales of wood strand mulch, which are made from Routt County trees that have been affected by the mountain pine beetle, that now sit outside a building on the west side of Steamboat Springs are the result of careful research and a plan.
In the beginning, the plan was scribbles here and there, Jones said. He’d had some counseling from Yampa Valley SCORE and sought out business mentors, but it took the business plan competition through Colorado Mountain College and the city of Steamboat Springs to push him to make a click for full article
“It was one of the best experiences of my life,” says CMC Leadville student Shannon Harness, about his recent CMC study abroad trip to East Africa. “It was so incredible, I want to go back.”
Harness, along with other trip participants, recently created a thoughtful, compelling video about their experiences. You can share their journey through a vastly different culture and geography – and gain a sense of how the trip helped the students develop new perspectives on the world – in the video below. To learn more about Colorado Mountain College’s East Africa Study Abroad and other international programs, visit ColoradoMtn.edu/InternationalPrograms.
We just created a new video to show off the great opportunities and value of living on campus at Colorado Mountain College. Check it out and share it! An engaging, fun glimpse into student life on campus at CMC.
Event is Monday in Edwards
EDWARDS, Colorado — Former Ambassador to Iraq Christopher Hill will discuss the current civil war in Syria at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards on Monday in a Vail Symposium program presented in partnership with the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Hill will draw on his Foreign Service experience to elucidate the underlying causes of this unrest and its implications for U.S. domestic and foreign policy, its effect on political stability in the region, and its consequences for future U.S. diplomatic relations.
In a recent interview with Andrea Mitchell, Hill spoke about the implications of Secretary of State John Kerry’s announcement that Read more
U.S. Congressman Scott Tipton visited Colorado Mountain College’s adminstrative offices in Glenwood Springs Monday, where he met with the college’s Senior Vice President Dr. Jill Boyle and Interim President Dr. Charles R. Dassance.
The representative was briefed on several key workforce and training programs offered at the college’s seven campuses, including ongoing student-faculty research involving environmental issues and land reclamation.
U.S. Congressman Scott Tipton (left) meets with CMC’s Senior Vice President Dr. Jill Boyle and Interim President Dr. Charles R. Dassance. Photo: Kate Lapides.
By Rita Bayless and Janelle Cook
Janelle Cook is the financial aid specialist for CMC’s Aspen campus.
It’s that time of year again – the scramble to meet deadlines for college financial aid. Here are some of the questions we are asked each year:
When is the deadline to apply?
Each college and university sets a priority deadline for filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is the first step in determining your eligibility to receive federal grants, loans, work study or scholarships. Colorado Mountain College’s priority deadline, for example, is March 31. You may submit an application after this date; however, keep in mind that colleges start making awards right after priority deadlines. You’re most likely to get the maximum amount you’re eligible for if you submit by that deadline.
Contact your college about deadlines for local or college-sponsored scholarships. Some are as early as this month; many CMC Foundation scholarships have Read more