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.
The Telluride Town Council recently approved a new affordable housing project, but it’s only a drop in the bucket when it comes to addressing the area’s affordable housing shortage.
Telluride Mayor Stu Fraser says the town has about 300 affordable housing units. He estimates 65 percent of those are rentals.
"It’s very difficult to find rentals within the community," Fraser says. "And, we try to make sure that the folks who are working here have the ability to live within the town of Telluride."
Four years ago, Telluride, Mountain Village, and San Miguel County all looked at their greenhouse gas emissions and set the goal of reducing them by 20 percent by the year 2020.
Although it’s been years since the housing bubble burst, its ripples are still being felt.
Tri-County Health Network is conducting a survey to try and get a better understanding of community health needs in San Miguel County, Ouray County and the West End.
Lynn Borup is the executive director of Tri-County Health Network, a nonprofit network of medical providers on the Western Slope.
She says the purpose of the survey is to find out what people want out of their health care. Borup says the organization has several methods of getting the survey out to the community.
San Miguel County Sheriff Bill Masters has asked the County Board of Commissioners to ban butane hash oil production.