Gordon Composites Pledges $100,000 to the Proposed Recreation Center
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MONTROSE – Gordon Composites and Polystrand has have pledged $100,000 to underwrite racquetball courts at the proposed Montrose Community Recreation Center if voters pass Measure A.

“We are proud to be a part of a project that will benefit the entire community. The proposed Rec Center has something for everyone – kids, moms, dads, families, and seniors,” said Mike Gordon, the firm’s chairman and president, pictured here with Barbara Bynum, co-organizer of the citizen group Friends of the Montrose Community Recreation Center. “We welcome Gordon Composites as the anchor donor for the capital campaign should Measure A pass,” said Ken Sherbenou, executive director of the Montrose Recreation District. “This is a great example of how foundation grants and private funding sources can contribute to and enhance the original plan. For example in Fruita, alternative funding sources like this ended up paying for 16 percent of the overall project cost.”

Measure A is a citizens’ initiative to provide a portion of the funds needed to build the Montrose Community Recreation Center which would offer a warm water leisure pool, a cool water lap pool, therapy and spa pools, indoor walking/jogging track, workout area with weights and cardio, hardwood gymnasium courts, racquetball courts, group fitness room, modern locker room facilities, and on-site child care services.  Measure A converts the obsolete indoor pool into a low-cost facility providing an indoor, well-lit turf field for youth and adult team sports.

Ballots now in the mail to active, registered voters residing in the City of Montrose must be returned Tuesday, April 3, by 7 p.m. Call the Montrose City Clerk at 970/240-1430 for ballot information. Information sessions on Measure A are being held Thursday, March 16, and Wednesday, March 22, at 12:30 p.m., at the Montrose Library, and will allow time for Q & A. For more information, visit

Applications for Squint and Juanita Moore Scholarship Available

WESTERN SLOPE – Applications for the Chipeta Chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society’s Squint and Juanita Moore Scholarship are currently available to high school, college or graduate students within the Montrose, Delta, Mesa, San Miguel, Ouray and San Juan counties.

Applicants must demonstrate an interest in archaeology or anthropology. Scholarships funds may be used for formal school study, field school or ongoing professional work. Applications and information are available at For more information, students in the counties listed above may contact their school guidance offices. Completed applications may be submitted electronically or mailed. Completed applications must be received by April 1.

Petitions Available Now for Two SMPA Board Seats Up for Election

SAN MIGUEL AND OURAY COUNTIES – Two positions on San Miguel Power's seven-member board are for election at the 2012 Annual Meeting, June 14, in Nucla.

Seats in district one and four are for four-year terms.

The Annual Meeting offers SMPA members an opportunity to review SMPA's activities over the past year and learn about what we have planned for the future. This year members in districts one and four will vote for their director representative at the meeting. Members will also be able to vote prior to the meeting by returning their mail-in ballot, which will be sent out in May.

District one includes Nucla, Naturita, Uravan, Paradox, Redvale, Basin and Slick Rock. District four includes Sawpit, Lower Log Hill and Telluride (west of South Tomboy Drive and North Davis Street). Members in these districts are eligible to run and vote for the board seat in their specific district.

Members interested in running for a board seat can contact Toni Bertorello, Executive Secretary, at 970/626-5549 ext. 210 or to obtain a nomination petition; petitions must be returned to SMPA by closing time on April 30.

Ouray County Nonprofits Receive Emergency Grants

OURAY COUNTY – For the fifth time since the start of the economic downturn, El Pomar Foundation is distributing emergency funds to Colorado nonprofit organizations helping those who continue to struggle meeting basic needs. Throughout the state more than 150 nonprofit organizations that focus on direct human service support will receive grants totaling $1 million over the next month, including two in the Ouray County area. The money is being distributed through El Pomar’s Colorado Assistance Fund V, a follow up to CAF I ($1 million in November 2008), CAF II ($1 million in August 2009), CAF III ($1 million in early 2010) and CAF IV ($1 million in early 2011). 

Locally, Ouray Neighbor to Neighbor Program ($5,000), and Ouray County Public Health ($2,500) will receive grants. The organizations were recommended for funding by El Pomar Foundation’s San Juan Regional Council, an advisory board of community leaders representing six counties in southwestern Colorado. Paul Major, a member of the San Juan Regional Council, hand-delivered the grant checks to the recipient organizations. In total, nonprofits in the San Juan Region have received a combined $275,500 from CAF I-V.

While there are indications that economic conditions may be improving, a recent survey of more than 150 Colorado health and human service providers conducted by El Pomar Foundation indicated that the needs are still great. According to respondents, 88 percent saw an increase in demand for services over the last 12 months, and 59 percent saw a decrease in donations over the last 12 months.

El Pomar Foundation, based in Colorado Springs, contributes approximately $20 million annually through grants and Community Stewardship Programs to support Colorado nonprofit organizations involved in health, human services, education, arts and humanities, and civic and community initiatives. 

The San Juan Regional Council is an El Pomar advisory board of local leaders representing Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel counties. The Council provides local insight and grant recommendations to trustees of El Pomar Foundation. Since its inception in 2007, the Council has recommended grants totaling $1,027,000. Council members include: Betsy Marston, Editor, Writers on the Range (Delta); Dale Davidson, President, Alpine Bank (Montrose); Don Coram, State Representative (Montrose); Kay Alexander, El Pomar Foundation Regional Trustee (Montrose); Noelle Hagan, former Mayor of Montrose (Gunnison); Paul Major, President & CEO, Telluride Foundation (Telluride).

San Juan Healthcare Foundation Scholarships Available

MONTROSE – The San Juan Healthcare Foundation and the Montrose Medical Alliance are accepting applications for scholarship awards for training in the health sciences field. 

Applicants of any age wishing to pursue training in a health related field are eligible to apply.  Preference will be given to applicants from the Montrose area who intend to return to this area to utilize their talents.  This scholarship is open to any high school graduate, nurse, medical student, therapist, hospital employee, or anyone anticipating health sciences training.

Applications may be obtained by contacting Lark Jacobsen in Administration at Montrose Memorial Hospital, 800 South Third Street, Montrose, CO 81401, by phone at 240-7397, or by email at

Applications will be taken through May 10, and the recipient(s) will be announced on June 7.  The selection of the winner(s) will be made by the San Juan Healthcare Foundation Board. 

2012 DMEA Election on the Horizon Coming Soon


MONTROSE AND DELTA COUNTIES – Each year, three of Delta-Montrose Electric Association’s (DMEA’s) nine directors are elected by the co-op’s member-owners. In 2012, the districts up for election are 1, 2 and 5. District 1 encompasses much of the City of Montrose.  It runs east of Highway 50/Townsend Boulevard, south of the San Juan bypass and south of US 50 East and the area north of E. Oak Grove Road and north of Niagra.

The current incumbent in District 1, Ken Norris, will not be able to run again this year pursuant to DMEA’s policy on term limits.

District 2 is DMEA’s service territory south of the Delta County/Montrose County line coming as far south as LaSalle Road.  Landfill Road is located proximate to the eastern edge of District 2.  The incumbent in District 2 is Brent Hines.

District 5 is DMEA’s service territory in the southwest of Montrose County, south of the LaSalle Boulevard and west of 550. The incumbent in District 5 is Marshall Collins. 

Virtually any member residing in these districts can run for DMEA’s board.  The exceptions are primarily those employed by DMEA and their families. Potential board candidates interested in running for one of these three seats can pick up petition forms needed for candidacy beginning on Monday, April 2; 15 verified member signatures supporting their candidacy must be submitted by April 30.

DMEA’s board of directors governs the co-op and determines the co-op’s policies, rates, direction, and other issues of importance for those who receive electric service from DMEA. To view expandable maps for each district, visit HYPERLINK ""

Members interested in running for the board should contact DMEA's communications department at 1-877-687-3632 x 245. More information, including board duties, responsibilities, and compensation, is available to any member on request.

Ridgway Rendezvous Call For Entries

RIDGWAY – The Ridgway Arts Rendezvous Arts and Crafts Festival is looking for fresh and exciting artists, craftspeople and food concessionaires for its annual juried show, to be held Aug. 11-12.

The primary application deadline for exhibiting in this event is May 1. The 26-year-old festival offers live entertainment, activities for children and families and a great tie-in to regional recreational and shopping and dining experiences.  

For an application or more information, visit, write to PO Box 734, Ridgway, CO  81432, call 970/318-0150 or email"

Funding Available for Rural Water Projects

DENVER – This year, Colorado marks a milestone for water.  The year 2012 is the 75th anniversary of the legislation that created many of the organizations that built the foundation for the management of Colorado’s water resources. It is also the 75th anniversary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s financial assistance program providing water to rural Americans.  Originally the USDA program provided only modest loans for household and farm use; over the years, it has expanded to providing loans and grants for the development of water and wastewater infrastructure and technical assistance.  Over the last three years, $51 million has been invested statewide in Colorado through this funding from USDA Rural Development.

“Our program has always held fast to the mission of providing clean, reliable, and affordable water to empower rural Americans in rural areas with a population of 10,000 or less,” said Jerry Tamlin, Director Community Programs, Colorado USDA Rural Development. “We currently have program funding available.  So far this fiscal year we have obligated nearly $3.6 million for water projects and have over $10 million still available in loan and limited grant funding,” said Tamlin.

Loan funds may be used in developing, upgrading and/or repairing water, sewer, and storm drainage facilities; as well as solid waste systems.  Grant funding can assist communities and rural areas identify and evaluate solutions to water or wastewater problems, improve facility operation and maintenance activities, or prepare funding applications for water or wastewater treatment facility projects.  Public bodies, non-profit organizations and recognized Indian tribes may qualify for assistance.  Examples of projects funded this year include the replacement of water distribution lines and upgrading a water treatment system; dredging an existing wastewater lagoon and installing synthetic liners; and replacing sewer lines in an existing system.

If your community needs assistance with a water or wastewater project, please contact your local USDA Rural Development Office.  To find your local office visit Colorado’s web site at

BLM Colorado Honors 2011 Stewardship Award Winners

MONTROSE – In early March, Bureau of Land Management Colorado State Director Helen Hankins presented Troy Schnurr, McInnis Canyons NCA Lead Park Ranger and the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area Resource Management Team with the fourth annual Eric Finstick Stewardship Award.

The award recognizes the contribution of BLM employees in managing BLM’s special places, through remembrance of long-time BLM Colorado Wilderness Coordinator Eric Finstick.

“Eric was an exemplary steward of public lands and was dedicated to preserving wilderness and the public’s special places,” said Helen Hankins. “This year we are honored to celebrate two award recipients. Troy Schnurr and the Gunnison Gorge NCA Resource Management Team made great contributions in the preservation and stewardship of BLM Colorado’s special places.”

Through local cooperative partnerships with the Colorado Youth Conservation Corps, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the weed and fire staffs of the Grand Junction Field Office and the Mesa County Weed Crew, Troy Schnurr has treated hundreds of acres of non-native trees and weeds that would otherwise dominate the river corridor, improving biological condition and opening new space for recreational use.  In his focus on the river corridor, he has developed three tools for native species restoration that have been recognized nationally and emulated by other offices.  Schnurr also worked to create the BLM’s first “Weed Raft,” a raft equipped to enable crews to treat benches on the river for invasive species.  He was recognized nationally as the River Manager of the Year by the River Management Society, in part for this invention. Schnurr’s efforts have contributed considerably to the visitor experience at McInnis Canyons NCA; visitors are very vocal about their appreciation of his projects, the healthy trees and river, and the enhanced recreation opportunities.

The Gunnison Gorge NCA Resource Management Team developed and hosted an environmental education program fostering stewardship for six middle schools from Delta, Paonia, Montrose, Olathe and Hotchkiss, over a four day period. The environmental education field study provided students with an opportunity to appreciate the natural world by allowing them to explore and learn in a hands-on manner. As a result of this project, 650 students and 75 volunteers, parents and chaperones now are familiar with fly tying, macro-invertebrate collection, identification and analysis, low impact camping, principals of respectful interaction with the wildlife in the canyon, ecosystem awareness and conscientious recreation habits.

Sharefest on April 28

MONTROSE – On Saturday, April 28, 350-plus volunteers from the Montrose-Olathe area churches will come together at the Centennial Middle School Parking Lot for a 7 a.m. kick-off on community service projects aimed at improving the region’s schools, parks, city and county properties, and at assisting the elderly and those in need. 

Participants and recipients are reminded that the project deadline is March 16.

The outreach will include a food drive for local food pantries, a coat drive and possibly a blood drive.  Look for food and coat donation boxes around town. For information, call

970/240-4900. (Espanol, 970/596-0465.)

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