Mule Deer Foundation Montrose Launch, and Banquet
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MONTROSE – The National Mule Deer Foundation is launching an Uncompahgre Mule Deer Chapter on the Western Slope of Colorado in Montrose, organized by Chairmen Mark Harmon and Bruce Leben, who will host the chapter’s first annual banquet and auction on Jan. 26, at the Holiday Inn Express in Montrose. Tickets cost $60 and include membership in the Mule Deer Foundation. Corporate tables are available.  To purchase tickets call Mark Harman at 970/901-1516. Tickets will NOT be sold at the door and space is limited.

The Mule Deer Foundation promotes the conservation of Mule Deer, Blacktail Deer and their habitats, and works, as urban areas continue to sprawl and more people build homes in rural settings, to help sustain mule deer and their habitat.


MONTROSE – In an effort to increase overall efficiency and enhance customer service, All Points Transit is upgrading the Dial-A-Ride service for seniors and people with disabilities, by upgrading software and implementing a new Ready Window policy for riders is now in effect. Passengers must be ready for their ride 15 minutes prior to their scheduled pick-up time. When the bus arrives, it will wait just five minutes for passengers, before moving on to its next scheduled ride.

“We don’t want to leave anyone behind,” says Terri Wilcox, Executive Director of All Points Transit, “and we have to be good stewards of our limited resources. By implementing this policy, the organization will be able to offer more rides to people who need our service.”

For more information about the Ready Window Policy, contact Wilcox at 970-249-8865 or For more info on the Dial-A-Ride service in communities throughout Montrose, Delta and San Miguel Counties, visit

OCHS Expands to

New Building

OURAY – The Ouray County Historical Society has purchased a street-level retail unit in the historic Story Block Building from Paul and Jan Sunderland.

“We are excited about the possibilities that this Main Street presence will afford us,” said Museum Director Maria Jones. “For the first time in many years, we will be able to increase our outreach to visitors as well as provide adequate space for our growing library and archives.”

The society will continue to operate its Ouray County Historical Museum on Sixth Avenue, as well, but simply needed room to expand its archives, explained Jones.

“Over the past decade, the historical collections of the OCHS have grown enormously,” she said. “The society now has a mining and geology library of more than 5,000 books as well thousands of historic photos and many thousands of historic paper documents. For example, one small section of the paper collection contains over 200 large maps detailing the workings of the Camp Bird Mine.”

All of these valuable archives are currently housed in two small rooms, while dozens of closets throughout the building store boxed books.  Convenient access to these items by paper archivist Glenda Moore and photo archivist Gail Saunders has been difficult at best, Jones said. For the past several years, the society has been actively looking for a building where these archives could be more effectively stored, and the library made available to those engaged in historic research.

SMPA Calling for 2013 Scholarship Applications

SAN MIGUEL AND OURAY COUNTIES – The San Miguel Power Association is offering scholarships to this year’s high school graduating class, totaling $14,000, to graduating seniors from across the service territory. Applicants must attend school within SMPA’s service territory, be a dependent of an SMPA member, be on schedule to graduate in 2013 and plan to attend a secondary education institution.

Applications are available online at In addition to the application, students must also supply an official transcript of grades, an essay of 250 to 500 words and two letters of recommendation. They must demonstrate community involvement and identify an intended course of study. Applications are due February 19, 2013.

Healing Lungs with Harmonicas

MONTROSE – Mountain View Therapy at Montrose Memorial Hospital is hosting a Healing Harmonicas class for people with cardiac and respiratory problems.  Since the harmonica is the only musical instrument that requires the player to both inhale and exhale, it can help people improve their breathing. The repeated pattern of pushing air from the lungs into the instrument and then sucking air back into the lungs helps people learn to control and boost their breathing. The class is free; harmonicas and instructional materials will be provided. The class meets on Thursdays, 3:45-4:45p.m., at the Mountain View Therapy Center for Wellness, 815 S. 4th Street.  For more information, call volunteer instructor Ann Furgurson at 252-1258.


MONTROSE – When Montrose Memorial Hospital donated the house at 847 South Fifth Street to Habitat for Humanity, its only requirement was that a new location be found for the structure. The 1,000 square-foot house that once housed nursing and medical students will be moved to a new lot in the downtown area, once an appropriate site is found, said Montrose Habitat Executive Director Colleen Burke, for what will be the new home of the Welcome Home Montrose Dream Job Program.

“We are seeking a donated lot within city limits,” Burke said. “We also welcome cash donations and volunteers to help with the project.


TELLURIDE – The Telluride Foundation and other local nonprofit organizations engaged 421 donors and raised $43,000 in a Dec. 12-14 online fundraising campaign. The prize money will be shared among the Second Chance Animal Humane Society, the Telluride Historical Museum, the San Miguel Resource Center and Telluride Preschool. The Foundation is a nonprofit, apolitical community foundation that provides year-round support for local organizations involved in arts, education, athletics, charitable causes, land conservation and other community-based efforts through technical assistance, education and grant making. For more information, visit

Coroner’s Staff Recognized for Service, Receive Awards

MONTROSE – Two Montrose County Coroner’s Office Deputy Coroner Investigators were recently recognized for outstanding contributions in the delivery of service to the Montrose area.  Coroner’s Investigator Shaye Bromley was awarded a Police Merit Citation from the Montrose Police Department and Coroner’s Investigator Pat Blackwelder received the Pride in Workmanship Award from The Montrose Rotary Club.

The Montrose County Coroner’s Office of Medical Investigation congratulates both investigators on their achievement and is proud to acknowledge their contributions as team members of the Montrose County Coroner’s Office.
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