Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to visit CU Thursday afternoon

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar (D), former Colo. Attorney General and Senator, will visit CU Thursday afternoon to speak on public land usage.

Salazar’s speech will be a featured part of an ongoing conference, “The Nation Possessed: The Conflicting Claims on America’s Public Lands,” being put on by the Public Lands Foundation and CU’s Center of the American West. Tickets for the event are $50 and are available in the University Memorial Center Glenn Miller Ballroom.

Salazar will address public land in America Thursday, a topic that is closely tied to energy use and exploration. He is a politician with a recent history in public land policy and energy resource innovation.

“We’re seeing thousands and thousands of jobs being created through wind, solar, geothermal and advanced biofuels in our country,” Salazar said Wednesday. “That is in part because of the increase in production we’re seeing across the country but also in my home state, Colorado.”

Salazar’s talk will only be open to conference attendees. A related event that is free to the public will be taking place on Thursday as well. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the UMC’s Glenn Miller Ballroom, actors Clay Jenkinson and Bryce Townsend will present “The Public Domain and the Public Lands: 1812, 1912, 2112
 Re-enactment/Pre-enactment Event with Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and a Visitor from the Future.”

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Alison Noon

A Sophomore at CU, Alison is majoring in Media Studies in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. At the CU Independent, Alison has the pleasure of working in the position of Social Media Outreach Editor, collaborating with the rest of the team to bring CUI news to students via Facebook and Twitter. She enjoys walking to the Chautauqua area for hikes, using public transportation, and tidying her house.

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