Montrose County

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  • Biden Tours Manufacturing Center In Denver, Leads Workforce Roundtable
  • Montrose County Loses Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit
  • Rep. Thurlow Launches 2016 Re-­Election Campaign
  • Durango­-Grand Junction Bus Services Marks One Year
  • Issues Continue With Evaporation Pit In Mesa County
  • Comment Period Extended For Proposed Oil & Gas Project Near Somerset

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  • Plane crashes in Montrose County
  • Pitkin County supports Thompson Divide Lease Swap
  • CDOT bus service from Denver to Glenwood Springs launches in July
  • Landslide near Collbran threatens more damage
  • Grand Junction homicide
Haven House
Haven House

A transitional housing program for homeless families on the Western Slope now has a permanent home. 

Haven House will remain in Olathe. 

"We are happy to report that the housing authority that owned the building has agreed to our contract for the purchase," Larry Fredericksen, the executive director of the nonprofit faith-based shelter, says. "The closing is set for May 28."

Earlier this month, Haven House got a notice from the Montrose County Housing Authority saying it had sold the two-acre site.

Haven House
Haven House

The future of a transitional housing program for homeless families on the Western Slope is uncertain. 

Haven House needs to raise $345,000 by Friday to buy the property where it operates. 

The shelter opened in Olathe four years ago. It has 30 units where homeless families and individuals can stay for an extended period.

"Certainly between Grand Junction and Durango there is nothing like it," Larry Fredericksen, the president of the nonprofit faith-based shelter, said.

Montrose Library
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The Great Recession officially ended in 2009, but communities on the Western Slope are still feeling its effects.

In Montrose County, unemployment remains high and property values have not returned to pre-recession levels.

Paul Paladino, the director of the Montrose Regional Library District, said low property values affect the libraries.

"We are funded 90 percent from property taxes," said Paladino.

He said since 2013, the library system has faced a $420,000 budget deficit and is dipping into reserves to help make up for that loss.

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  • Marijuana tax refund might go to voters
  • Montrose County sued over airport, again
  • State bill could help rural communities
  • Program seeds clouds for snow over Grand Mesa
  • Forecast calls for above average rainfall
  • Fetal homicide bill clears Senate
Uncompahgre Gravel Pit
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Two years ago, the Montrose County Commissioners denied a special use permit to construct a gravel pit.

The commissioners cited concerns over the location of the haul road, the length of time the asphalt plant would operate and the size of the pit as reasons for denying the permit.

However, the commissioners encouraged the applicant to reapply if they could address those concerns. 

The Montrose County Planning Commission will hold a public meeting Thursday to hear feedback on the proposed Uncompahgre Pit. 

  Newscast

  • Missing teen’s body recovered from below Red Mountain Pass
  • Earth Day 
  • Approval sought again for Montrose County gravel pit
  • Forest Service reviews applications for easements on private land
  • Colorado bill looks to study bear-human interaction
  • Avain flu threatens Colorado poultry
  • Applications open for men's only hunting & fishing event
medical equipment, health
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The Montrose County Board of Commissioners and the Montrose Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees are in an ongoing dispute over control of operations at the hospital. The battle has ended up in court several times.  

Late last year, both parties agreed to mediation so they could avoid a lawsuit. In a few weeks, that mediation is set to begin. 

paonia senior center, volunteers of america
Laura Palmisano

February is National Therapeutic Recreation Month. Volunteers of America has therapeutic recreation programs for seniors in Montrose and Delta counties. KVNF's Laura Palmisano speaks to Anne Johnson, a therapeutic specialist, who oversees the program. 

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There's more of a reason to hire someone if your business is in Montrose County.

LiveWell Montrose Olathe
Valley Food Partnership

Two Western Slope organizations have been awarded grants to promote fair access to health care. 

LiveWell Montrose Olathe received $200,000 from Colorado Trust, a health foundation, and Tri-County Health Network got $180,000. 

Tera Wick with LiveWell Montrose Olathe explains how her organization will use the funds. 

Habitat for Humanity, construction, housing
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Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit that helps people build affordable housing.  Two chapters of the organization on the Western Slope recently merged. 

Habitat for Humanity of Montrose County and Habitat for Humanity of the Telluride Region are now one entity called Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans

KVNF’s Laura Palmisano speaks to Heather Zeilman, the organization's development director, about the union.

Montrose County GIS

Thursday was a special day if you appreciate contour lines, true north versus magnetic north, and aerial photography. 

Scores from Colorado’s new social studies and science tests for K-12 students show mixed results.

The exams have five rankings.

For science, 34 percent of Colorado’s fifth graders and 32 percent of eighth graders scored in the highest range.

However, statewide 32 percent of fourth graders and 45 percent of seventh graders scored in the lowest range on the social studies test.

The exams were taken by students last school year.

The city of Montrose is looking at a very tight budget for next year, and part of that is due to dispatching fees. 

Black Canyon of the Gunnison
NPS

Under the Department of Interior’s Payment In Lieu of Taxes program Colorado communities will receive $34.5 million this year.

Unemployment, Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
Colorado Division of Reclamation Mining & Safety

Unemployment continues to drop in Colorado. 

The state’s unemployment rate is at its lowest point in about five in a half years, according to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. The unemployment rate for April was 6 percent. The last time is was 6 percent or lower was November 2008 when the rate was 5.7 percent. 

San Juan Huts Day 5 via Flickr (CC BY-SA)

Residents from Montrose County’s West End recently gathered for a screening of “Uranium Drive-In,” a documentary that tells the story of the ill-fated Piñon Ridge Uranium Mill, and a tight-knit community desperate for jobs and some hint of a brighter economy.

Headlines:

  • Montrose County welcomes new county attorney
  • Home grown’s alright with me
  • Bald Eagles keep dying in Utah
  • Eco-Flight Gives Navajo youth another way of looking at things

Headlines

  • Montrose County Sheriff's Sergeant on Leave after Child Abuse Allegations
  • Ouray County Mine Cited for Nearly 100 Safety Violations
  • Hickenlooper Calls for Bipartisanship Next Year
  • San Miguel County Commissioners Approve Funding for EcoAction Partners
  • Tree Hunting in one of Colorado's National Forests
  • Western Slope Skies - The Star Cluster Pleides

Headlines:

  • Republicans Still Outpacing Democrats in Voter Turnout
  • Delta County Clerk on Changes in Voting after New Election Rules
  • Montrose County Schools Embarking on Ambitious IT Upgrades
  • Colorado Farmers Say Proposed Air-Quality Regulations are Too Weak
  • CPW Accepting Public Comments on Management Plans for Mule Deer
  • Independence Pass Closed for Season
  • Free Entrance to National Parks This Weekend
Connect for Health Colorado

Officials with Connect for Health Colorado, the state’s new online health exchange, said the website saw 79,000 unique visitors for its first day on Monday.

Alicia Plantz with the Montrose Connect for Health Office says she’s received plenty of calls and some walk-ins over the past few days. She says most of the people she’s talked to so far want to know whether they’re eligible for financial assistance.

News Headlines:

  • Child Fatality At Powderhorn Resort
  • Search Continues For Missing Child At Vallecito
  • Armed Robbery In Delta
  • New State Lawmakers Learning The Layout
  • Ignacio Guide Takes Plea Deal In Major Poaching Case
  • Montrose Sheriff Gets Hummer
  • Powderhorn Road To Be Improved
  • Seasonal Road Closures

Headlines:

  • Capitol Conversation, a Look Ahead to the Coming Legislative Session
  • Oil and Gas Supporters Rally At State Capitol
  • Outdoor Rec Industry Seeks Expansion of Canyonlands
  • Naturita Library Garners Another Award For Excellence
  • Great American Smokeout Tomorrow
  • Fly Flags At Half-Mast For Fallen Lawman
  • Winter Road Closures Announced
  • Colorado Springs TV Station Stinks

On the Western Slope, Republican incumbent Scott Tipton kept his seat with 54 percent of the vote, with Democrat Sal Pace coming up close with 41% of the vote.

Here are the results for the Colorado state house races in our area:

In District 61, Democratic incumbent Millie Hamner kept her seat in a very tight race, getting just 50% of the vote over Republican Debra Irvine, Independent Kathleen Curry, and Libertarian Ellen Temby and American Constitutionalist Robert Petrowsky.

Headlines:

  • SG Interests Has Connections With Scott Tipton
  • Former Paonia Finance Officer To Be Charged With Theft
  • Region 10 Names New Executive Director
  • iSeeChange Finds Black Widows Everywhere
  • Montrose County Road Closure