NEWS: Friday February 5, 2010

Feb 5th @ 8:27 am in News by Scott Staley

Thousands are expected in downtown Steamboat Springs to wish more than a dozen locals good luck in the 2010 Winter Olympics. The town tells the Steamboat Pilot that 5,000 or more could pack the courthouse lawn for a send-off to 17 area Olympians. Among those headed to Vancouver are Johnny Spillane, Todd Lodwick and Billy Demong. All three have world championship medals in the sport of Nordic combined skiing. Steamboat Springs officials say the mountain town has at one point been home to about 80 Olympians. The send-off Friday night will include fireworks, a local Olympic flame and a trampoline show by some former Olympians. The athletes will sign autographs after the party.
Source: Steamboat Pilot (Posted 8:15a)

Last night, Montrose City Council passed the first reading of Ordinance 2244 stating that there will be an election regarding the creation of the Montrose Downtown Development Authority. The hearing regarding this ordinance will be held on February 18th. Learn more about the DDA at montrosedowntown.com.
(Posted 7:13a)

Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee reported late last month to a group of local government officials, that the work of Meth Free Delta County and it’s community-based meth addiction treatment program is having a noticeably positive impact reducing use and addiction.  According to the Delta County Independent, the program aims at helping meth addicts regain control of their own lives by offering them better lifestyle choices. The Meth Free Delta County program began in 2006.
Source: Delta County Independent (Posted 7:13a)

Ouray County is looking at putting a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries throughout the county. The Telluride Watch says last month the city of Ouray approved a six-month moratorium and back in October, Ridgway Town Council passed a one-year moratorium.  The County believes they should follow suit, and says they are in a better position than most counties in that a commercial use isn’t considered a use-by-right. A work session is tentatively scheduled for March 1st.
Source: Telluride Watch (Posted 7:13a)

Monday is the deadline to turn in petitions if you’re interested in running for Montrose City Council.  All petitions must be submitted to the City Clerk by 4:30pm. Learn more at cityofmontrose.org.
Source: PSA   (Posted 7:12a)

Think of it as an annual physical for your medicine cabinet. The public is invited to drop off expired prescription drugs and medicines at the Montrose Memorial Hospital  Health Fair on Saturday, March 13 at the Montrose Pavilion. To help with the proper disposal of prescription drugs, the Montrose Underage Drinking/Drug Task Force (UDDTF) will host the drug take back as its final public event. The UDDTF has served the Montrose region for seven years and closes its offices in February. MMH staff will provide a pharmacist on site to receive the expired medications and proper disposal will take place thereafter.

The Health Fair will run from 6:30 am to noon and is open to the public and a multitude of health screenings and blood testing will be offered. For more information about the Health Fair, contact the MMH Marketing Department at (970) 240-7344.

According the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the proper disposal of medications is key to protecting the watershed. The EPA advises to not flush any drugs or pour them down the drain unless the label accompanying the medicine specifically advises one to do so. It is advisable to avoid flushing medications as once they are introduced into the water system, they can become part of the potable water system and later ingested in drinking water. There are some instances in which powerful drugs should be flushed to keep children or pets from ingesting the harmful substances. For more information about specific drugs and their disposal recommendations, visit the Food and Drug Administration’s web site at www.fda.gov.
Source: PSA   (Posted 7:12a)