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The Center for Mental Health Has Received a Grant from the Friends of the Library The Center for Mental Health is pleased to announce that it has received a grant from the Friends of the Montrose Library for $2,400. In partnership with the Montrose Regional Library District these funds will be used to purchase books to give to children who have contact with the Center.

The Library, through its outreach services, will provide books that have therapeutic value and tackle difficult topics like divorce, the death of a loved one, or experiencing traumatic events. The grant will also provide parenting resources and adventure books for fun and entertainment. Research has proven the numerous benefits of reading for a child's developing brain. Reading increases imagination, children learn problem solving skills through storytelling, reading helps kids develop empathy, and reading relaxes the body and assists in calming the mind.

Reading leads to increased academic success and the development pf positive self-esteem. For children who have experienced difficulties in their early years, reading can assist them with the knowledge of how others have experienced similar challenges and thrived.

Reading can also be an escape into an adventure in your mind.  We are delighted to be partnering with the Friends of the Montrose Library and the Montrose Regional Library District to be able to offer free books to children and adolescents, and also their parents to assist them in reaching their goals.

Update-Montrose County Jail Inmate Found Unresponsive Montrose, CO-In the early morning hours of August 18, 2017, an inmate was found unresponsive in the Montrose County Jail.  Lifesaving measures were initiated by deputies, and the inmate was transported to Montrose Memorial Hospital and was later pronounced dead.

The decedent's identity will not be released until all family members have been notified.  The official cause and manner of death are not yet determined and are pending investigation by the Seventh Judicial District Critical Incident Team and the Montrose County Coroner's Office of Medical Investigation.

An autopsy has been ordered by the Montrose County Coroner.

Inmate Found Unresponsive in Montrose County Jail Montrose, COLO- This morning at approximately 12:30 a.m., deputies conducting security rounds in the Montrose County Jail found an unresponsive male inmate in his cell. Life saving measures were immediately initiated by deputies while the Montrose Fire Protection District was dispatched to the facility for Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

The male was transported to Montrose Memorial Hospital for treatment, and pronounced dead around 1:45 a.m. As with any incident of this type, the Seventh Judicial District Critical Incident Team (CIT) is conducting the investigation.  Further information will be released by the Montrose County Coroner's Office of Medical Investigations and the CIT.

American Sentinel University and Colorado Hospital Association Name Delta County Memorial Hospital NurseColorado Health Care Star - Award Recognizes Janel Webb at Delta County Memorial Hospital as a Health Care Professional Making a Difference- AURORA, Colo. - August 24, 2017 - American Sentinel University and the Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) named Janel Webb, RN, BSN, ICU/Clinical Education, ICU Manager at Delta County Memorial Hospital as a Colorado Health Care Stars Award winner.

This award recognizes Webb as an exceptional health care professional. Colorado Health Care Stars is a statewide health care professional award recognition program sponsored by American Sentinel University and CHA. The program was launched in February 2015 to acknowledge industry professionals in Colorado who exceed expectations in the delivery of health care. Webb's supervisor, Jody Roeber, Chief Clinical Officer at Delta County Memorial Hospital says Webb has helped Delta Hospital develop a comprehensive clinical education program in addition to her duties as ICU manager.  Roeber says Webb is a remarkable nurse. "Janel's accomplishments at Delta Hospital are far reaching in just the past year,"says Roeber. "She offers monthly mock codes and rotates them through different departments throughout the hospital.

If a department manager feels their staff needs additional training, they refer to the mock code."  Roeber says Webb has been instrumental in the development of staff to offer the hospital's Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Basic Life Support courses and the hospital no longer needs to outsource those services. Webb is the lead instructor for these classes, and the hospital receives rave reviews about how they cater to the hospital's needs. "Janel is an excellent role model for her staff, promotes safety and excellence in care and demonstrates excellent technical skills and compliments that with her compassion and kindness of manner,"says Roeber. "She's a true leader in our hospital, and we are honored to name her our health care star."  "Janel Webb is an inspiration to nursing. Her tireless energy, dedication to her peers, compassion and kindness and ability to lead make her an outstanding role model,"says Chris Wolfe, Vice President of Partner Relations and Program Strategy at American Sentinel University.

"It's an honor to name Janel a Colorado Health Care Star and recognize her valuable leadership at Delta County Memorial Hospital."  Delta Hospital Nurse Manager Janel Webb Wins Colorado Health Care Star Award! Pictured from l to r are Larry Vincent, hospital Chief Financial Officer, Jason Cleckler, hospital CEO and Chris Wolfe, VP, Partner Relations and Program Strategy for American Sentinel University congratulating Janel Webb, RN, BSN, Clinical Education and ICU Manager, with Jody Roeber, hospital Chief Clinical Officer and Kellie Bonthron, Director of Career Services at Colorado Hospital Association, and Michael Scott, Vice President of Colorado Hospital Association.

WCLCC Hosting Event to Support Small, Growing or New Businesses GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - In an effort to support small business owners, industry professionals and those wishing to start or grow a business, the Western Colorado Latino Chamber of Commerce (WCLCC) is hosting the newly appointed Small Business Administration (SBA) Colorado District Director, Frances Padilla for an informational luncheon.

Anyone interested is welcome to join the WCLCC as the Small Business Administration (SBA) presents an overview of programs, resources and opportunities that are available. The WCLCC has hosted this popular event for the past four years and the event has drawn a wide variety of small business owners, business professionals as well as community members. Members and non-members are invited to attend the presentation. Tickets are $25 and include lunch.

The event will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 23rd at the Lincoln Park Tower Hospitality Suite, 1340 Gunnison Avenue, Grand Junction, Colo.

For ticket information, please contact Louise Goodman via email at or by phone at 970-683-5566. Founded in February of 2013, The Western Colorado Latino Chamber of Commerce has rapidly become the portal to the Hispanic community, and the "go-to"source for organizations or individuals looking for Spanish-English interpreters and translators, as well as cultural consultation on marketing to the Latino population.  The WCLCC provides its members with an array of member services including monthly business trainings and networking events.

The WCLCC is also a sponsor of the annual celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. For more information about the Western Colorado Latino Chamber of Commerce and/or the SBA visit to the Western Slope, please email or call Louise Goodman at or 970-683-5566.

Are you interested in the history of the Spanish Trail? There are some spots left open for the special membership-only trip with Jon Horn on Aug. 26th.

You will be stopping at approximately seven sites where you can see signs of the trail and learn about the history.  Please call Sally, at 249-2085, if you need more information or would like to sign up for this trip.

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- TRAVEL ADVISORY - Rock Scaling Operation set for US 550 north of Durango CDOT PHOTO: Rock fall mitigation operations will take place for one week beginning Monday, August 21 to remove loose rock on this slope of US 550 between Durango and Silverton. A large loose boulder (as well as other smaller loose rocks and debris) can be seen in the photo. SOUTHWEST COLORADO - The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will be performing rock scaling on US 550, between Durango and Silverton, near the Deer Creek area starting next Monday, August 21. The rock fall mitigation operations should take about a week.

Rock scaling is the removal of loose rock from slopes.  CDOT engineering and maintenance crews are persistent to identify areas along southwest Colorado roadways that may be prone to rock falls.

Any loose surface material on a cliff or slope could present a rock fall hazard for motorists on the highway.  HIGHWAY TRAVEL IMPACTS: Beginning Monday, August 21, motorists will encounter up to 20 minute delays on US 550, approximately 35 miles north of Durango at mile point (MP) 59. The traffic stops will allow crews the opportunity to perform hillside scaling operations and removal of any rock or debris from the roadway.

The rock scaling operations are expected to be completed by Friday, August 25. Travelers are also advised and reminded that an additional construction work zone is in place on US 550 Molas Pass, about ten miles further along the highway at MP 68, two miles south of Silverton. Motorists will encounter up to 20 minute delays through this construction zone as well.

Work crews at this site are constructing new crib walls (or retaining walls) which support the roadway on this high mountain pass.  STAY INFORMED: To receive project information and/or lane closure updates on state highways in the area of your choice, visit CDOT's website at and choose the envelope icon at the bottom of the page. Or, to see CDOT's lane closure reports for projects statewide, visit

Link to recent MPD report: Link to Press for 8/14/17

UTE COUNCIL TREE TO BE CUT DOWN ON ANNIVERSARY OF CHIEF OURAY'S DEATH The Delta County Historical Society has decided to cut down the main portion of the Ute Council Tree on Friday, August 25, 2017, the anniversary of the death of Chief Ouray, who died in 1880. While the date is less than ten days from now, it seems appropriate that this date be selected as a way of honoring both Chief Ouray, who visited the tree when it was within the ancestral camp of the Uncompahgre Utes, as well as honoring the longevity of this famous tree, now estimated to be over 215 years.

The day will be both a day of sadness as well as a celebration of the long life of this famous tree. A portion of the Ute Council Tree trunk will remain in place as a memorial, and it is estimated that about 10 to 12 feet of the trunk will remain, while all above it will be removed.

When the tree is cut down, the limbs from the crown as well as sections of the trunk, will be stored by the City of Delta until such time as disposition plans are formulated. It is anticipated that many will want to be on hand to witness the event, from present day Utes to others with a cultural or historical interest in the tree. While the public is invited to this event, expected to last most of the day, all are reminded that public safety is a primary concern and will take precedent over all else. Please direct any questions to Jim Wetzel, Director of the Delta County Museum, 874-8721. Press Release 8-16-17

Solar Eclipse viewing at Montrose High School: Press Release MONTROSE, COLORADO - The Science Department at Montrose High School will invite students to the football field on Monday, August 21st, for the viewing of the solar eclipse.  They have eyeglasses for sale to students and will use the event as a learning experience.

Please contact Emarae Garcia for more information and time of viewing event.

Tri-State Montrose Employees Club funds local middle school science departments MONTROSE, COLO. - With students and teachers heading back to school this month, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association's Montrose Employees Club decided to support middle school science classrooms and teachers in the area.

The club donated $1,000 each to Centennial Middle School, Columbine Middle School and Olathe Middle School. "STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines interest us at Tri-State because of the technical nature of our work,"explained Izale Kruse, volunteer president of the Tri-State Montrose Employee Association and substation apparatus technician.  Each school will decide how to allocate the funds based on immediate need. Columbine Middle School science teacher Teresa Brown said she will work with her colleagues to make those decisions, adding that in class, three students currently share one microscope and purchasing more is now a possibility.

Centennial Middle School science teacher Meghan Waschbush echoed the need for new classroom equipment.  "Centennial Middle School is very thankful for the generous support from Tri-State. Funds will be used to update old scientific instruments and ensure that students can carry out scientific investigation with equipment that works,"Waschbush said. Scot Brown, principal of Olathe Middle-High School, said, "This donation will be a huge asset to our science department. It will enable us to buy consumable supplies which are very important, but also very expensive.

I am positive that our science department will take full advantage of this donation to benefit our students, and to provide even more learning experiences for them."  Because science and math require critical-thinking skills, Tri-State's Montrose employees hope their science classroom donations help prepare middle school students for advance learning in the future.  "The true goal of education is to help children think intensively and critically,"said Judy Hauger, Olathe Middle School science teacher.

"I want the kids to be better prepared to face real-life problems with more creativity and effectiveness."  Tri-State is the not-for-profit, wholesale power supplier to 43 member electric cooperatives and public power districts across the Western U.S. Together, we power the potential of more than 1 million people in Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming.

Locally, Tri-State serves Delta-Montrose Electric Association. To learn more about Tri-State, visit The all-volunteer Employee Association at Tri-State's Montrose Maintenance Center has supported children, seniors and veterans in their community for decades. # # # Photo captions: o Montrose-based Tri-State Employee Association officers present a $1,000 donation to the science department of Centennial Middle School. From left: Jake Martin, Meghan Waschbusch, a science teacher at Centennial; Izale Kruse, Joe Simo, principal of Centennial Middle School; and Tim Sherman.

(FILENAME = MeghanWaschbusch-CentennialMS-081017.jpg) o Judy Hauger, a science teacher at Olathe Middle School, receives a $1,000 donation from Montrose-based Tri-State Employee Association officers, from left, Jake Martin, Izale Kruse and Tim Sherman. (FILENAME = Judy Hauger-OlatheMS-081017.jpg) o Montrose-based Tri-State Employee Association officers present a $1,000 donation to the science department of Columbine Middle School. From left: science teachers Greg Solseth and Sergina Bach, Jake Martin, Izale Kruse, teacher Teresa Brown, Tim Sherman, and teacher Jennifer Mitchell.

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> August 15, 2017 > OP/ED: COMMENTARY: COME ON OUT TO THE STATE FAIR! For Immediate Release > > The Colorado State Fair is rapidly approaching, and I wanted to provide an open invitation to anyone and everyone that wants a truly fair fantastic experience.  The Colorado State Fair is one of the things I look forward to each and every year, and this year, with new leadership at the helm is surely not to disappoint.

There is always a time for new ideas and innovation, and I anticipate that this year will be one of change and invigoration.  > > > > The State of Colorado, specifically the Fair staff, led by the Colorado State Fair Director Sarah Cummings, has been busy on elevating the customer experience with "MORE FREE TO SEE".  They have been working on upgrading the physical appeal and providing some "freshness"that fair-goers have been seeking.

They have taken the psychology of event flow, yes that's event terminology, to an all new level, and they've done so on limited resources and time.  I for one am excited to see the changes and attempts at making the Fair an even better event than it already is.

> > > > It's not every day that you get to experience racing pigs, sea lions, or zip lining all in one location in Colorado, but it's the 4-H and FFA kids that steal my heart every year.  The Fair administration and staff have tried diligently to ensure that there is something to see and do for everyone.

While I'm a stalwart for keeping the fair in Pueblo, CO (Southern CO) I also know that we have to have an event that appeals to everyone across this great state, and this year should not disappoint.  > > > > Then there are all the things you don't necessarily pay attention to like better parking, new animal wash areas, an improved sewer project, new asphalt in some areas, and strategically placing some attractions in an attempt to better drive the flow and traffic to underutilized areas.  Events like this don't just happen, and there has been serious thought into each and every aspect of this year's fair.

> > > > Finally, there is the Junior Livestock Sale where the 4-H and FFA children sell the animals they have raised.  This sale generates about $500,000.00 annually for our youth exhibitors, and if you have not been to the sale, you should come and experience it.

There are plenty of ways to support the fair, and sale day is not only one of emotion, but it is a lot of fun too.  A great deal of that money generated comes from people right here in Southern Colorado who recognize the benefits of supporting the youth across our great state.

From the decorative embroidered shirts of the Denver Rustlers Buyers group to the Fair Ladies Buyers group, thousands of kids from across Colorado have paid their way through college from the investment that all of the buyer groups have invested over the years, and there are many buyer groups that anyone could become involved with.  > > The Colorado State fair provides nearly $34,000,000.00 in economic activity to Colorado throughout the year, and $29,000,000.00 of that activity is driven by the annual Colorado State Fair event.  As you can tell, I'm very proud of the Colorado State Fair, and I'm very proud of Pueblo and all of Southern Colorado for making it an event the entire state can be proud of.

So come on out to the Fair, and enjoy a piece of Pueblo and Southern Colorado history and the future. > > Clarice Navarro Colorado State Representative, Pueblo