FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 8 Rivers Capital and the Southern Ute Growth Fund Announce Joint Development of Zero Emissions NET Power Plan

8 Rivers Capital and the Southern Ute Growth Fund Announce Joint Development of Zero Emissions NET Power Plant

DURHAM, N.C. and SOUTHERN UTE INDIAN RESERVATION, Colo., April 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — 8 Rivers Capital, LLC and The Southern Ute Indian Tribe Growth Fund (SUGF) have joined together to develop the Coyote Clean Power Project, locating one of the world’s first zero-emissions NET Power natural gas-fired power plants within the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. The Coyote Clean Power Project will represent a paradigm shift in how the world generates energy, producing 280 MW of clean power 24/7, while capturing and storing CO2. 8 Rivers, through its Zero Degrees development business, and the SUGF plan to design and construct a NET Power plant over the next five years.

The Tribe’s participation continues their long history of leadership in environmental stewardship and the energy transition, including the development and operation of a facility for a decade that captured naturally venting fugitive methane, one of the first utility scale solar projects in Southwest Colorado, and other alternative energy projects including biofuels. The Coyote Clean Power Project will be fueled with natural gas while capturing all emissions associated with combusting gas.

The underlying NET Power technology is a game-changing advance for global decarbonization. It produces no air pollution, can operate water neutral, and features the flexibility required to seamlessly pair with renewable energy sources for a 100% clean electricity grid while utilizing natural gas without atmospheric emissions. The Coyote Clean Power Project underscores the economic opportunity of the energy transition to a more carbon neutral environment for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, as it will entail hundreds of millions of dollars of capital investment and has the potential to create over one thousand direct and indirect clean energy jobs both on and off the Reservation. As the project moves forward, Coyote Clean Power expects to make a final investment decision in 2022 and production could begin by 2025.

“We are delighted to partner with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe on this clean power project, highlighting our collective leadership in the energy transition to a carbon neutral environment. The Coyote Clean Power Project’s affordable delivery of zero emissions power is unprecedented, and the project is a model for future deployments of this critical decarbonization tool” said, Damian Beauchamp, President at 8 Rivers and Board Member of NET Power.

Shane Seibel, Southern Ute Growth Fund Executive Director stated, “The Growth Fund is excited to partner with 8 Rivers, a leader in developing decarbonization technology,  to progress the Coyote Clean Power Project to the next phase of development enabling the Southern Ute Indian Tribe to continue its leadership of energy development in Indian Country and to participate in solutions for transitioning to a carbon neutral environment by providing clean and affordable baseload power in Southwest Colorado.”

“The Southern Ute Indian Tribe is excited to begin the partnership with 8 Rivers, adding a new clean energy project to our business portfolio. Although the Tribe has a rich and successful history as an energy producer in Indian Country, we have always prioritized the protection of our natural resources. This project further exemplifies our environmental stewardship,” stated Vice Chairman Bruce Valdez.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis stated, “Development of one of the world’s first zero-emission and water neutral power plants will lead to economic development and job growth while accelerating our transition to 100% clean electricity. We are thrilled about this partnership between the Southern Ute Indian Tribe and 8 Rivers Capital, as our region continues to lead in the clean energy transition, and my Administration stands ready to support next steps in the Coyote Clean Power Project.”

Ron DeGregorio, CEO and Board Member of NET Power said, “The NET Power team is thrilled that 8 Rivers and the Southern Ute Growth Fund have selected our clean energy technology. The Coyote Clean Power Project represents one of the first of many future NET Power plants with the potential to eliminate carbon emissions and achieve net zero by the year 2050.”

The NET Power system utilizes the Allam-Fetvedt Cycle, combusting natural gas with oxygen, as opposed to air, and uses supercritical carbon dioxide as a working fluid to drive a turbine instead of steam. This eliminates all air emissions, including traditional pollutants and CO2, and inherently produces pipeline-quality CO2 that can be sequestered, all while operating at competitive cost and efficiency to traditional gas power plants.

PROJECT WEBSITE:   www.Coyote.Energy

Southern Ute Growth Fund: The Southern Ute Indian Tribe Growth Fund operates and manages the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s businesses and business investments. In this role, the Growth Fund oversees a significant portfolio of companies and investments in energy, real estate, and private equity. The Growth Fund’s headquarters are located in the heart of the Southern Ute Indian Reservation in Ignacio, Colorado. Since the Tribe created the Growth Fund in 2000, it has committed substantial capital to a broadening range of businesses and investments. In just eighteen years, the value of the Growth Fund’s holdings has grown substantially. Operations and assets are spread out over thirteen states and the Gulf of Mexico. For more information, please visit: www.sugf.com.

8 Rivers Capital, LLC is a Durham, NC-based firm leading the invention and commercialization of sustainable, infrastructure-scale technologies for the global energy transition. 8 Rivers is the inventor of the Allam-Fetvedt Cycle, a paradigm-changing net-zero power solution that was named ADIPEC’s “Breakthrough Technology of the Year 2018” and that is anticipated to form a cornerstone of the clean energy transition. 8 Rivers is also focusing on developing and deploying technologies for clean hydrogen and ammonia, direct air capture, retrofit carbon capture, sour gas sweetening, and space-based solar power. For more information, please visit: www.8Rivers.com.

NET Power, LLC: The mission of NET Power is to provide advanced clean energy to consumers worldwide by generating lower-cost power with zero emissions. NET Power is a clean energy technology company that promotes, develops, and licenses a proprietary process for efficiently generating electricity from natural gas while capturing all CO2 emissions. The firm’s revolutionary Allam-Fetvedt Cycle promises to enable the world to meet its climate goals without paying more for electricity. The company is co-owned by Exelon Generation, McDermott, 8 Rivers Capital, and Oxy Low Carbon Ventures (OLCV), a subsidiary of Occidental.  For more information, please visit www.NETPower.com. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tribal Council moves to Phase II “Safer at Home”, Level 3

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT 

Melvin J. Baker, Chairman – 970.563.0100 

Lindsay Box – 970.553.0287 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, March 29, 2021 

 

Tribal Council moves to Phase II “Safer at Home”, Level 3  

Southern Ute Indian Reservation  Effective Monday, March 29, 2021, the Southern Ute Tribal Council approved lifting the tribal “Stay at Home” Order and moving into a less restrictive Phase II “Safer at Home”, Level 3.  

Tribal Council, in consultation with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s Incident Management Team (IMT), approved and updated Appendix A of the Tribe-wide Recovery Plan for the COVID-19 Pandemic.  The update defines Phases of the COVID-19 Pandemic, outlines Key Metrics to be monitored to determine the Phase, and specifies restrictions and protective measures to be followed during each of the Phases.  The Phases of the COVID-19 Pandemic include, Phase 1: “Stay at Home”, Phase 2: “Safer at Home” which include 3 levels, Phase 3: “Protect Our Neighbors” and Phase 4: “Full Recovery”.  Phase 1: “Stay at Home” is the most restrictive phase while Phase 2 and 3 have fewer restrictions until Phase 4: “Fully Recovery” is achieved. 

Three Key Metrics which include – New Cases, % Positivity, and Hospitalizations – will be monitored and, as transmission rates increase or decrease, the Phase for the COVID-19 Pandemic will be adjusted accordingly.  The actual phase will be determined by the most stringent of the three metrics.  Restrictions will also be adjusted through the various phases to control spread of the virus.  The following graphic outlines the Key Metrics and Restrictions to be followed during each of the Phases. 

Although the Tribe moved to “Safer at Home”, the Tribal offices remain closed to the public. The anticipated reopening plans and target date are forthcoming. The Sky Ute Casino Resort reopening date will also be forthcoming. The Casino’s operations will be reduced as the Tribe enters Phase II “Safer at Home”, Level 3, and continue to adapt operations to the tribal COVID-19 Phases detailed below. The Southern Ute Indian Tribe will continue to prioritize the health and safety of the tribal membership, tribal staff, guests, and community as we continue through the pandemic and while cautiously reopening 

Below is what to expect as the Tribe moves to Phase II “Safer at Home”, Level 3.  

The following activities are allowed: 

  • Allowed to shop for groceries and all necessities. Go to the grocery store 
  • Allowed to visit your local pharmacists Pick up medications 
  • Allowed to visit your doctor’s office. Go to medical appointments 
  • Allowed to dine in a restaurant, provided all protective measures of the establishment are followed 
  • Allowed to visit and take care of a family member or friend 
  • Allowed to spend time outdoors to enjoy activities such as walking, hiking, playing, or picnicking at a park, etc. 
  • Allowed to exercise indoors or outdoors provided capacity restrictions and protective measures are followed 
  • Allowed to take your pets to veterinarian appointments 
  • Allowed to assist family members and friends with tasks  
  • Allowed to attend school 
  • Allowed to work provided capacity restrictions and protective measures are followedRemote work should still be maximized whenever possible 

The following activities are not allowed: 

  • Not recommended to report to work on campus if you are considered high-risk. Telework should still be maximized whenever possible. 
  • Not allowed to leave your home or visit family members or friends when ill. 
  • Not allowed to maintain less than 6 feet of distance between you and non-household members when you go out 
  • Not allowed to visit loved ones who are non-household members in the hospital, nursing home, or other residential care facility  
  • Not allowed to stop using a face mask or covering when away from your home  

Restrictions in Phase II, Level 3: 

  • Personal gatherings are restricted to 5 individuals or less 
  • Indoor capacity is restricted to 25% and 25 maximum capacity 
  • Outdoor capacity is restricted to 25% and 50 maximum capacity 

For more information, please visit the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s website and social media, in the Southern Ute Drum, and on the air at KSUT Tribal Radio. Individuals can also call the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s COVID-19 Call Center Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 970.563.0214. Individuals are encouraged to contact the various tribal entities for specific information; please use the point of contact listed below: 

 

  • Sky Ute Casino Resort, Mr. Charley Flagg at 970.563.1350 or via email at Charley.Flagg@skyutecasino.com 
  • Southern Ute Growth Fund & Southern Ute Shared Services, Mr. Shane Seibel at 970.563.5006 or via email at  sseibel@sugf.com 
  • Southern Ute Permanent Fund, Mr. James Olguin at 970.563.2314 or via email at 

jmolguin@southernute-nsn.gov 

 

If you are sick, please self-isolate. If your symptoms begin to worsen, please call your primary healthcare provider or the Southern Ute Health Center at 970.563.4581. Do not arrive at your primary health care provider office without calling to notify the professionals of your symptoms.  

Please continue to practice good hygiene by washing your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds, cough and sneeze into the bend of your elbow or in a tissue then throw the tissue away. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects in your home. Please continue to practice social distancing staying 6 feet away from others. Stay connected with your loved ones and our tribal elders. 

Key Metrics and Restrictions for Phases of the COVID-19 Pandemic 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Southern Ute Indian Tribe confirms discovery of Variant COVID-19

Please find the attached news release detailing the “Southern Ute Indian Tribe confirms discovery of Variant COVID-19”

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT

Melvin J. Baker, Chairman – 970.563.0100

Lindsay Box, Tribal Council Communication Specialist – 970.553.0287

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 27, 2021 – 12:10 P.M.

 

Southern Ute Indian Tribe confirms discovery of Variant COVID-19

Southern Ute Indian Reservation – The B.1.427/B.1.429 COVID-19 (also known as L452R or CAL20C) variant under investigation has been found on tribal lands within the Southern Ute Indian Reservation boundaries. The State Public Health Laboratory identified the variant after sequencing the laboratory sample from an individual with COVID-19 who recently died. The Tribe is working with San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) on the investigation. The Tribal Council and the Southern Ute Indian Tribe Incident Management Team (IMT) issued and continues to maintain the public health orders taking the utmost caution to protect the tribal community.

On Friday, February 26, 2021, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe received results from the state lab of the COVID-19 variant B.1.427/B.1.429. The origin of the variant is still under investigation. There is little known about this variant at this time, but variants become a concern when they lead to an increase in disease transmission or severity, when they cannot be detected by current diagnostic tests, or when they reduce the effectiveness of treatments or vaccines. Researchers in California, where the variant appears to be spreading more commonly, have stated that preliminary data suggest it may spread more easily than other forms of the virus, but not to the level of other variants of concern like B.1.1.7  (UK variant).

CDPHE is taking the lead on the investigation, including contact tracing, interviews and re-interviews, and monitoring in close collaboration and communication with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe and SJBPH. Mutations are common, as viruses are constantly changing. Public health officials study these variants to learn more about the virus and to control their spread.

At this time, there is no reason to believe the presence of this variant on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation is related to the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s case count.

Symptoms of the virus include:

 

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestions or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

 

If you are sick, please self-isolate and seek testing. If your symptoms begin to worsen, please call your primary healthcare provider or the Southern Ute Health Center at 970.563.4581. Do not arrive at your doctor’s office without calling to notify them of your symptoms.

Quarantine is      more stringent for people who are exposed to a variant. Individuals who are exposed or produce a positive test, should quarantine for 14-days unless instructed to quarantine for a longer duration by a public health or medical professional.

Enrolled Southern Ute tribal members and IHS-eligible individuals can call the Southern Ute Health Center at 970.563.4581 to schedule an appointment to receive a COVID-19 test. Individuals who are not IHS-eligible can find testing locations by visiting the San Juan Basin Public Health department website at

https://sjbpublichealth.org/testing/

The Southern Ute Indian Tribe has upcoming vaccination and testing events on the following days:

  • March 3, 2021 – 1st Dose (Pfizer) Vaccination Event
  • March 4, 10 & 11, 2021 – 2nd Dose Booster Vaccination Event
  • April 4 & 5, 2021 – Voluntary Drive-thru Viral Testing Event

COVID-19 tests will be optional at the upcoming tribal vaccination events. Those who are not eligible for a tribal vaccination event can find information on local vaccination providers on the SJBPH Vaccination website at

https://sjbpublichealth.org/covid-19/vaccine/

More information is available on the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s website and social media, in the Southern Ute Drum, and on the air at KSUT Tribal Radio. Individuals can also call the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s COVID-19 Call Center Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 970.563.0214.

It is important that all individuals within the Southern Ute Indian Reservation follow the safety guidance in place to help slow or stop the spread of the virus. The tribal ‘Stay at Home’ Order and public health order requiring the use of face coverings remain in effect.

Please continue to practice good hygiene by washing your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects in your home. As a reminder, please stay home and only leave for essential activities. When you must leave your home, continue to practice social distancing by staying 6 feet away from others. Stay connected with your loved ones and our tribal elders.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Southern Ute Indian Tribe swears in new tribal officials

FOR MORE INFORAMTION CONTACT:
Melvin J. Baker – 970.563.0100
Lindsay J. Box – 970.563.2313
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 21, 2020 – 10:30 A.M.

Southern Ute Indian Tribe swears in new tribal officials

 
Southern Ute Indian Reservation –On Friday, December 18, 2020 the registered Southern Ute tribal voters took to the polls in the 2020 Run-Off Election to vote for Chairman and two Council Members. In accordance with the Southern Ute Tribal Election Code, Section 11-10-102 (3) “the candidate for each office in the run-off election who received the highest number of votes shall be deemed elected.”

 

The Southern Ute Election Board has confirmed the following election results:

Office of Tribal Chairman                                                        No. of Votes

                                    Melvin J. Baker                                                                                   214

Lorelei Cloud                                                                                       199

 

Office of Tribal Council                                                           No. of Votes

Lindsay J. Box                                                                                     159

Linda K. Baker                                                                                    205

James M. Olguin                                                                                 165

Stacey Oberly                                                                                       243

 

Chairman Melvin J. Baker has previously served 9 years on Tribal Council, including as Acting Chairman and Vice Chairman. Baker was born and raised on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. Throughout his political career, Baker worked on the development and implementation of the new Sky Ute Casino Resort, Southern Ute Cultural Center & Museum and served on various tribal and state committees including the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs and Southern Ute Indian Housing Authority.

 

“First, and foremost, I would like to thank everyone who supported and voted for me in this year’s election run for Chairman. I look forward to working with the current Tribal Council as well as the two newly elected Tribal Council members.

 

I ask that you all do your part in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay safe and wear your mask. Take care of our elders and our children.

 

I want to wish everyone Happy Holidays,” stated Chairman Baker.

 

Chairman Baker enjoys spending time with his family including his partner, three children and five grandchildren.

The two vacant Tribal Council seats were filled by Linda K. Baker and Stacey Oberly.

 

Newly Elected Council Member Baker has previously worked for the Southern Ute Museum as the Museum Director and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in the Anthropology Department. Baker attended Fort Lewis College and received her BA in History and a secondary teaching certification, as well as attending the University of Colorado at Denver; Western Archives Institute at San Diego State University; and Native American Museum Studies Institute at the University of California at Berkley.

 

“I would like to thank the membership for the vote of confidence and the dialogue with the other Candidates,” expressed Council Member Baker.

 

In her spare time, she enjoys beading, functional OCR/HIIT training, and providing educational consultation on Native American and Ute history and culture. She is the daughter of the late Archie Baker and Diana Cambridge-Baker.

 

Newly Elected Council Member Dr. Oberly has obtained a Ph.D in Linguistics, a Masters in Native American Linguistics and Bilingual Multicultural Education, and a BA in Spanish and Early Elementary Montessori Certificate. Prior to becoming an elected official, Oberly worked as the Coordinator of Ute Language and Culture at the Southern Ute Indian Montessori Academy and an instructor for the American Indian Language Development Institute at the University of Arizona.

 

“I look forward to serving the tribal membership with clear communication, to create unity and transparency, while adhering to our traditional and cultural ethics,”  Her hobbies include making moccasins, ribbon skirts and shirts, singing Sundance and gourd dance songs, and taking her family on adventures.

 

Dr. Oberly is the daughter of Mary Inez Cloud and Pete Rivera, and the mother of three children.

Chairman Baker has chosen Council Member Bruce Valdez to serve as his Vice Chairman. The Executive Office appointment will be announced in the coming days. Until the announcement is made, Executive Officer Barbara Scott-Rarick will remain in the role through the transition.

 

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The Southern Ute Tribal Court has issued Administrative Order 2020-03, modifying their operating services until further notice.

The Southern Ute Tribal Court has issued Administrative Order 2020-03, modifying their operating services until further notice. The attached Administrative Order is effective Monday, November 16, 2020. The Southern Ute Tribal Court will only hear cases that directly affect public safety or are mandated to be heard pursuant to the Southern Ute Tribal Code. Please call the Tribal Court’s communication line at (970) 563-0240, for updated information.

Please click on the following link for more detailed information regarding this order:

Administrative Order 03 COVID.pdf

Southern Ute Special Election fills vacant Tribal Council seat

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT

Christine Sage, Chairman – 970.563.0100

Lindsay J. Box – 970.759.1494

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 2, 2020 – 10:15 A.M.

Southern Ute Special Election fills vacant Tribal Council seat

Southern Ute Indian Reservation – On Friday, October 30, 2020 the Southern Ute Indian Tribe held the 2020 Special Election and on Monday, November 2, 2020 the Southern Ute Election Board presented the certified results. Vanessa P. Torres secured support with 105 while candidates      Marty M. Pinnecoose with 100 votes and Corliss M. Taylor with 89 votes.

Torres has dedicated over 11 years to tribal court judicial system in positions as the Wellness Court Case Manager/Senior Probation Officer, Probation Officer, and Southern Ute Tribal Court Clerk. She also worked as the Senior Property Shift Manager at the Sky Ute Casino Resort.

“Thank you all who voted for the Special Election. I am deeply grateful and humbled for given an opportunity to be a voice for the people. Let’s continue to work together for a successful future for the Tribe and the membership,” said Torres.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, hunting, fishing, motorcycling, reading, and participating in cultural events. She is married and shares one daughter.

“I look forward to working with the new Tribal Council Member. We are continuing working diligently for the tribe and the tribal membership involving all four tribal entities. Welcome aboard!” stated Chairman Christine Sage.

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