NEWS: Monday February 8, 2010

Feb 8th @ 11:33 am in News by Scott Staley

As of Monday, February 8, 2010, Montrose County has a new Public Information Officer in addition to a full-time Grants Writer. Kristin Scuderi joins Montrose County as the new Public Information Officer, replacing Ana Mostaccero who left Montrose County in August of 2009.  Scuderi brings extensive public sector community relations experience.  She served as the Communications Director for The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and as the Deputy Press Secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  In addition to her national experience, she served as Press Secretary for a state gubernatorial race and has direct radio and television media experience.  Scuderi has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Technical Communication from Colorado State University.  Her professional experience is a welcome addition to the Montrose County organization.  Kristin can be reached at kscuderi@montrosecounty.net or (970) 249-7755.

Erica Weeks, previously with the Montrose County Elections Department, slides over to Administration to serve as the County Grants Writer.  Weeks, a Western-Slope native, previously worked at the Colorado State Capitol in the Senate Majority Office and is experienced with the handling of legislative materials in both procedure and analysis.  Weeks has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. “Working in elections throughout the last 2 years and through the 2008 Primary and General elections has been a major opportunity to continue working directly with legislation that has a major impact on the State of Colorado as a whole, but also on Montrose County.  I am excited to be coming on board as the Grant Writer and look forward to the opportunity to work with each of the departments in this capacity.”

The Grants Writer position was previously a shared position; however the Board of County Commissioners approved the redistribution of responsibilities to transition the grant writing responsibilities from part-time to full-time without increasing the number of full-time employees.  The move was made in an effort to direct more attention at pursuing state and federal funding opportunities. Erica can be reached at (970) 252-4517 or eweekz@montrosecounty.net.
Source: Press Release   (Posted 10:34a)

It was announced yesterday that Grand Junction will be the starting point for the state’s Ride the Rockies event. NBC 11 News says it will be the third time the city has served as the starting point for the cycling tour. The tour means a great two nights of business in the town as the event draws hundreds of bicyclists from around the state.
Source: NBC 11 News (Posted 10:32a)

The Aspen-Pitkin County Airport says last month was its busiest January in a decade. The airport tells Aspen Times that 32,381 people boarded commercial flights last month, up from 27,084 in January 2009. The next highest total this decade was 29,096 enplanements in January 2006. Airfare bargains may be the reason for the increase. Frontier Airlines added a flight between Aspen and Denver in 2008, bringing more competition and luring some Aspen-area travelers who previously flew out of only Grand Junction, Eagle or directly from Denver. The airport says nearly 220,000 passengers boarded commercial flights in Aspen last year.
Source: Aspen Times (Posted 10:32a)

Bill Patterson will officially launch his campaign for the at-large seat on the Montrose City Council today. The kick-off event will happen on the steps in front of the Elks Civics Building at 4:30pm.  Patterson will also hold a “meet the candidate” event at the Sandtrap Restaurant on Sunday, February 21.
Source: PSA   (Posted 10:30a)