NEWS: Tuesday February 9, 2010

Feb 9th @ 6:46 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 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
Source: Press Release    (Posted 5:45a)

DMEA customers northeast of Montrose were without power for about 45 minutes yesterday morning. The outage was due to a tripping of a tap fuse.  About 90 customers were affected.  Power was back on just before 10:30 yesterday morning.
Source: DMEA   (Posted 5:44a)

A Fruita native is dead after a medical helicopter crash in El Paso, Texas. KREX reports that Anthony Archuleta was an EMT on the helicopter that went down Friday during scheduled training exercises at Fort Bliss. The state capitol building in Denver lowered its flag to half staff yesterday, and it’s reported Archuleta will have a full military memorial at the base where he was working.
Source: KREX (Posted 5:44a)

A 31-year-old Indiana man was stuck in his snow-covered SUV for three days, keeping himself hydrated with Mountain Dew and snow. The Denver Post says Jason Pede was rescued Sunday after the gasoline in his car ran out and he walked seven miles to a road, using his flashlight to signal for help. Pede began driving from Dulce, N.M., to Aspen to deliver a rescue dog, when he took a “local’s” advice on a shortcut, causing him to get stuck in the Rio Grande Forest in Saguache County.
Source: Denver Post (Posted 5:43a)