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LETTER TO THE EDITOR OCT. 17, 2017 Editor: Moving day for the library-in late May or early June of 1998-was fun and exciting.  After work I collected a grocery cart full of books at what now is the police station, joined the parade to the new building, deposited cart & books, and then did it again.

For many months our community had watched our library take shape around Morgan School, and its opening was a triumph.  We've enjoyed it for most of two decades.

Currently the staff and children at Haven House appreciate access to the library at least once a week, every summer; and we always have at least one "Reading Champion"sign on our front lawn.  Now it's truly sad and disappointing to have our valuable resource unavailable two days a week.

The asking price to restore its full availability is negligible-much less than the lattes and snacks we must have.  Surely the requested funding is a practical, workable solution to this community-wide problem. Carolyn Carter

LETTER TO THE EDITOR OCT. 17, 2017 To the editor: James Bond shoots Russian Agents with his silencer equipped Walther .380 ( that Miss Moneypenny gave to him) and the sound is 'Psssssssst'.  Not even as loud as a balloon exhausting its air flitting around the room.

I saw the movies.  I know.

It is James Bond, 007 so it is true.  Historically however, the only, that is the only, 'silencer' that has ever been close to that effectiveness is one manufactured to fit a .22 pistol for OSS use in WWII.

The ones on sale now are 'suppressors'.  They just reduce the sound. You see, I just bought a 'silencer' and an very good one at that.  Ex--pen--sive! It is not a 'silencer', it is a 'suppressor'.

It reduces the sound of my AR-15 from around 180 decibels which is harmful to the human ear to about 130 which is not anywhere near as harmful to the hearing of man (or woman).  And 'yes' I do wear earmuffs when shooting at targets with my suppressed AR-15.

It is a lot more pleasant but you can't hunt with earmuffs. To legally purchase a suppressor in the United States the buyer must: 1) go to a federally licensed firearms dealer 2) select the item he wants 3) fill out a federal form 4) have a criminal background check performed 5) pay for the item 6) pay another $200 to go with the application to the feds.  All that he gets to take home is his receipts to await approval by the bureaucrats in D.C.

Meanwhile he must get threads cut onto the barrel. Ten months later (almost a year!!!!!!!!!!!!) the dealer will call him and tell him to pick up both his supressor and his permit to own it.  He will then be informed that he cannot loan it to anyone and that he must carry the license, a 8X11 paper, with him anytime he has the suppressor in his possession.

I guess the rules are the same for women. There is not a crook in the world that would go through all of this baloney for a suppressor.  Not a local crook, not a state crook, not a federal crook, not a mobster.

Not even a Rusky spy.  Too much trouble, time and planning required.

Just use a pillow.  Or buy a suppressor illegally.

In fact if I wanted to bump someone off quietly I'd use a sub-sonic .22 with a potato, a pop can, just turn up the radio, a box cutter or whack him with a ball bat.  All under $20 and readily acquired. Suppressors are legal and sold over-the-counter in every country in the free world; no permit required.  In many countries they are required for hunting.

Why not the United States? Duhhhhhhhhh! Another benefit of funding the library is that literate folks might go study some facts instead of accepting hearsay fiction from friends from the left bank. Bill Bennett

LETTER TO THE EDITOR OCT. 20, 2017 An Inside Look... In 1997, the Montrose Library hired me to work in the Circulation and Technical Services departments. This began an eighteen year relationship, fulfilling a long time dream-to work in a library. My first year at the library was an eye opener. I had been a life long library user, but never did I imagine all that goes on "behind the scenes"at the library and how hard library staffs work to serve the needs of each and every person who enters.

Even if a person visits the library often, he or she might like a little more information as to why your library needs help! It's quite obvious that any heavily used building, even a relatively new one, needs constant maintenance-which is quite costly. The materials budget (books, cds, dvds, magazines, and kits of various kinds) for all departments has been reduced to bare bones levels.

Did you know that there are generally lines of people awaiting the opening of the library each day, so they can have access to a computer, and that the many computer stations are busy throughout the day? Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a computer at home.  These computers are in constant need of maintenance and upgrading.

In addition, there's the Bookmobile, which reaches many who do not have transportation to get to the library building. Its budget has also been reduced, so the bookmobile stops have been cut by 70%. We are fortunate to have a library Director and Board who are determined to be fiscally responsible, and to stay within budget. They have had to make very painful decisions, one of which was closing the library two days a week to keep costs down.

Please vote YES in November to increase the mill levy.  Sharon Beshoar, Montrose

LETTER TO THE EDITOR OCT. 20, 2017 Dear Editor: Years ago I had a co-worker who was born in Lebanon and came from an ethnic Armenian heritage.  He was a very intelligent guy and subtly humorous.

On one occasion he told me an old Armenian folk tale - a bit of a joke actually - about a farmer and his horse. It seems that this farmer was feeding his horse one night and suddenly remembered that he had forgotten to feed his horse the night before.  At first the farmer was horrified that he had been so neglectful of an animal that had served him faithfully and well for so long.  Then, a bit later, his thinking began to take a different turn.  It occurred to the farmer that earlier that day the horse had seemed to perform just about as well as ever notwithstanding the missed feeding.

With this thought in mind, the farmer began to suspect he had actually been feeding the horse too MUCH and that he may have been throwing money away on excess feed. Ever the prudent manager, the farmer began feeding his horse a little less each day.  Then, as the farmer said later, "Just when I got the horse trained to where she didn't need any feed at all, she up and died on me!" It's easy to laugh at a story like this, but maybe we shouldn't laugh too loud. In the wake of the 2008 recession (which it certainly didn't cause!) our local library has been forced to cut back on services, hours, and staff.  Most significantly, it has also had to dip into reserves.

This situation cannot go on forever, probably not even for very much longer. The library really needs our help to continue doing its job - just as surely as that farmer's horse really needed to be fed.  - Rod Britten, Montrose

MCSO Blotter 10/18/17 0754-A deputy took an information call in the 62000 block of Ohlm Road. 0853-A deputy responded to a stray dog in the 62000 block of LaSalle Road. 0846-Crystal D. Quinlan, 56, was cited for speeding in the 12000 block of 6300 Road. 0925-A deputy took a theft report in the 14000 block of 6360 Road. 0919-Deputies assisted a citizen at the intersection of 6360 Road an Massachusetts Street. 0935-Chase Dawirs, 27, was arrested on an outstand warrant in the 1200 Block of North Grand Avenue. 1023-A deputy took an information report in the 62000 Block of LaSalle Road. 1021-Breena Nicholas, 26, was arrested in the 7400 block of 6075 Road. 1056-Chelsey A. Church, 27, was cited for speeding at the intersection of Marine Road and L Road. 1100-Megan Nation, 37, was arrested on an outstanding warrant in the 1200 block of North Grand Avenue. 1107-A deputy took an information report in the 58000 block of Jasmine Road. 1213-A deputy responded to a stray dog in the 12000 block of 6495 Road. 1241-Deputies responded to the 1200 block of North Grand Avenue for an information report. 1406-Shanna L. Guerrero, 40, was arrested on an outstanding warrant in the 1200 block of North Grand Avenue. 1427-Deputies responded to suspicious activity in the 62000 block of LaSalle Road. 1546-Deputies responded to a 911 hang up in the 19000 block of Pahgre Road. 1820-A deputy responded to a suspicious vehicle in the 400 block of North Coffman Lane. 2049-Deputies responded to a pair of stray bulls in the 8000 block of 6075 Road. 2156-Deputies responded to an alarm in the 1000 block of 5850 Road. 2242-A deputy conducted a field interview in the 10000 block of 6075 Road. 2252-Benjamin Davila, 38, was arrested on an outstanding warrant in the 10000 block of 6075 Road. 2256-A deputy conducted a field interview in the 10000 block of 6075 Road. 10/19/17 0233-A deputy conducted a field interview in the 700 block of Chipeta Road. 0400 -A deputy responded to a suspicious vehicle in the 11000 block of 6225 Road. Deputies conducted 2 civil processes 10 directed patrols 1 security check 2 VIN inspections Chase A. Davirs, 05/12/90 Delta, CO By Montrose Co. SO Failure to Apper x 4 Bond $103,000.00 Breena L. Nicholas, 08/11/91 Montrose, CO By Montrose Co. SO Failure to appear x 2 Bond $600.00 Megan M. Nation, 11/30/79 Montrose, CO By Montrose Co. SO Failure to appear Bond $300.00 Shanna L. Guerrero, 07/15/77 Montrose, CO By Montrose Co. SO Fugitive from justice Bond $500.00 Michael J. Leach, 10/06/79 Montrose, CO By Montrose PD Fugitive from justice x 2 Bond $5000.00 Benjamin L. Avila, 07/30/79 Montrose, CO By Montrose Co. SO Fugitive from justice Bond $625.00

Dear Editor: We are voting YES on the library initiative, ballot measure 5A. For an annual cost less than a night out or an evening at the movies, we will get a tremendous return on our investment, restoring programs, hours, and services lost due to the budget decline triggered by the 2008 recession.

We really miss the adult learning program, Sunday afternoon concerts, but most of all access to library resources on Friday and Saturday. What are some of the benefits to our community in supporting our library? Libraries strengthen families, providing access to books and resources they might not otherwise be able to afford. The library provides us with programs and meeting spaces to help us share and learn from one another.

The library preserves and protects historical resources, and provides us freedom of access to information guaranteed by the First Amendment. The books (printed, eBooks, and audio books), videos, music, and children's resources serve to educate, inspirit, and entertain. Librarians are very knowledgeable and are willing to instruct us on using library resources and in finding information. They help order resources through an inter-library loan program at no cost to the requester.

They assist patrons in the use of computers, also provided at no charge. They help students of all ages with their assignments and promote scholarship and research.

The library staff can open new worlds to those seeking to learn. For all of the above reasons, please join us in voting yes on ballot measure 5A. Dave and Blanche Roberts Montrose

Colorado outfitter, Indiana man pay big fines for hunting violations MONTROSE, Colo. - The owner of a Colorado outfitting business and an Indiana man recently paid more than $7,000 in fines for violating numerous state hunting regulations during the 2016 big-game season. Colorado Parks and Wildlife in cooperation with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources conducted the investigation. Jerald Flowers, co-owner of Hot T Camp near Montrose, paid $1,512 in fines; and Charles Conner of Boonville, Ind., paid $5,766.

The fines were paid in September. The men could also lose their hunting and fishing license privileges in Colorado and 46 other states. "Colorado Parks and Wildlife is serious about catching people who violate wildlife laws and especially when they intentionally violate the law year after year,"stated Wildlife Officer Kelly Crane.  "Wildlife violators can face significant penalties, which are appropriate considering how destructive and unethical poaching is to the state's wildlife."  The investigation started in the fall of 2016 when Crane received a tip about possible hunting violations at the Hot T Camp. The investigation showed that Conner, who was working as a guide for Hot T, had, in previous years, taken two bull elk and one black bear without a license. The investigation also showed Flowers, a licensed outfitter, had illegally transferred his licenses to the animals that Conner had killed.

In Colorado, licenses are assigned only to the hunter who purchased them. Further, the investigation proved that Conner, Flowers and other paid clients of the Hot T had hunted on a neighboring private property multiple times without permission. Conner was charged with hunting without a license, illegal possession of a black bear, illegal possession of two bull elk, illegally using another person's license and multiple counts of hunting on private property without permission.  Flowers was charged with transferring his license to another person, illegal possession of a mule deer and multiple counts of hunting on private property without permission.

As part of the investigation, CPW officers seized several sets of big-game antlers and a black bear hide and skull. The owners forfeited all of those wildlife parts. Conner and Flowers will be subject to hearings in front of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission Hearing Examiner who will determine the status of the men's license privileges. Penalties imposed will also be enforced by the 47 states that cooperate as part of the national Wildlife Violator Compact. "This case should serve as a warning to anyone that chooses to ignore our wildlife laws,"said CPW Area Wildlife Manager Renzo DelPiccolo.  "We take this very seriously and greatly appreciate information from concerned members of the public."  Poaching and violation of wildlife laws continues to be a serious problem in Colorado, DelPiccolo said.  "Wildlife belongs to the people of Colorado. Anyone who takes wildlife without respect for the laws of Colorado is stealing from all the people of Colorado."  Anyone who has information concerning crimes against wildlife or violation of hunting or fishing laws can contact Colorado Parks and Wildlife through Operation Game Thief at 877-265-6648. Tips can be given anonymously.

Rewards are given for tips that result in convictions.

Palisade firm and adviser permanently barred by Securities Commissioner Risky trading, disclosure issues lead to license revocation for Barbara Endres and Lifetime Wealth Advisors, LLC. DENVER -Colorado Securities Commissioner Gerald Rome has signed an order permanently revoking the securities licenses of Barbara Endres and her firm, Lifetime Wealth Advisors, LLC, in the state of Colorado. Endres' firm is located in Palisade, Colorado.

Both Endres and Lifetime Wealth Partners hold additional securities licenses in Massachusetts and California. The revocation followed a routine examination conducted by the Division of Securities, part of the Department of Regulatory Agencies, in July of 2017. During that examination, staff discovered that Endres was utilizing an investment strategy that involved trading between 50 and 100 percent of her clients' assets in one stock ahead of earnings announcements.

This extremely risky strategy, while legal, required full disclosure by the adviser of the potential risk of loss of the entire account value in order to make clients aware of what was at stake. Examiners with the Division found, however, that the respondents both omitted material facts and made untrue statements to clients regarding the trading strategy, including guaranteeing returns to make up for prior losses. Further, respondents failed to update the firm's client disclosure documents with the Division to reflect the use of this strategy. The Division also alleged in a verified petition in support of a summary suspension proceeding that the respondents failed to acknowledge or follow the wishes of certain clients who requested that Endres' stop putting their money into the trading strategy. "This enforcement action is a prime example of why the work of the examinations section is so crucial for the protection of Colorado investors,"commented Commissioner Rome. "The issues discovered during a routine examination constituted violations of the anti-fraud provisions of our Securities Act, and we took swift action to stop Ms.

Endres from causing any additional harm to investors, as well as to maintain the integrity of the securities marketplace in our state."  The Commissioner's order bars Ms. Endres and Lifetime Wealth Advisors from association with any licensed broker-dealer, investment adviser, or federally covered adviser that conducts business in Colorado. The respondents have agreed not to contest the order, not to reapply for securities licensure in Colorado, and to cease all securities-related recommendations, associations, and business in the state. ### DORA is dedicated to preserving the integrity of the marketplace and is committed to promoting a fair and competitive business environment in Colorado. Consumer protection is our mission.

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Citizens Urged to Apply for Open Planning Commission Seats Montrose, CO - Citizens interested in taking on an important role in local government have the opportunity to apply for two vacant positions on the City of Montrose Planning Commission, as well as two openings for alternates.  The Planning Commission reviews planning, zoning, subdivision, land use, and development requests and makes recommendations to City Council; promotes public interest and education in land use and development matters; and participates in the process for updating the city's Comprehensive Plan. Planning Commission meetings are held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month beginning at 5 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. To be eligible to serve on the Planning Commission, citizens must reside within the city limits and be eligible to register to vote. Commissioners are appointed for four-year terms. Residents interested in applying are invited to submit an application and letter of interest to the City Clerk. Applications are available at City Hall, 433 S.

First Street, at, or by calling 970-240-1422.

Correction to Issue 241- The Montrose Mirror offers condolences to the family of Montrose City Planning Commissioner Tom Busker.  Mr. Busker passed away in August; however, as of Oct.

16 the city had not updated their website and removed his name from the list of planning commissioners. The Oct. 11 Planning Commission meeting also failed to disclose that commissioner Josh Freed submitted a letter of resignation on Oct.

9th. Current commissioners are Chair Doug Glaspell, Anthony Russo, Gary Seitz and Karen Vacca. To our knowledge the city has not posted the vacancies on the planning commission.

Here is the report from MPD for Oct. 4: Link to press for 10-4-17