NEWS: Wednesday February 10, 2010

Feb 10th @ 11:39 am in News by Scott Staley

A company says its proposed uranium mill in Montrose County could be operating in 2 years. Energy Fuels wants to build a mill in the Paradox Valley and said Tuesday at a Colorado Mining Association conference in Denver that state officials have until next January to deny or issue a permit. According to the Durango Herald, Energy Fuels says the mill could be built in nine months and operating by early 2012 if the application is approved. It would be the first uranium mill built in the country in 25 years.
Source: Durango Herald (Posted 12:09p)

A historic bakery in Telluride burned down last night. According to the Daily Planet, Baked in Telluride, caught fire around 10pm, lasting into the wee hours of the morning. Initial reports indicate the fire started in a grease trap beneath the building’s floor. No one was injured. Baked in Telluride was the town’s longest established restaurant.
Source: Daily Planet (Posted 11:49a)

There is huge backing behind House Bill 1274, especially in Montrose, after a slashing incident at the high school in 2008.  According to the Daily Press, this legislation would mandate that schools be notified when potentially dangerous students enroll.  A MHS student was severely injured when a 14-yer-old boy walked into the school to injure her. At the time, the boy was under the care of Mesa County’s Social Services Department. He pleaded guilty to attempted first degree murder and is currently serving seven years in the states prison system’s Youthful Offender Services Program. The girl has since recovered and is back in school. Montrose RE-1J School District Superintendent, George Voorhis says while this bill isn’t foolproof, it’s the first step in regards to the way the state deals with inter-agency relationships.
Source: Daily Press (Posted 10:37a)

The Telluride Montrose Regional Air Organization (TMRAO) has reorganized the makeup of its board of directors. The TMRAO board will continue to have an eleven-member board (9 Voting/2 Non-Voting) with the major changes being related to the total number of dedicated seats versus the at large seats.

“The Telluride and Mountain Village governments along with the Telluride Ski and Golf Company believe that certain key organizations affiliated with TMRAO should have dedicated seats on this board and that the total of these seats should exceed that of the at large positions.” states Larry Mallard new TMRAO board president. “We feel these changes will adjust board representation on behalf of its constituents and will allow the TMRAO board to continue to make good air service decisions for the region.” Mallard adds.

The board unanimously voted to establish assigned voting seats to both the Telluride and Montrose airports along with Marketing Telluride Inc. Currently a Telluride at-large non-voting position remains to be filled. This position is currently available and TMRAO intends to fill it at its next month’s meeting.  Interested candidates should express their desire to serve to TMRAO by February 20, 2010.

Tom Hess, a founding board member of the Telluride Montrose Regional Air Organization and former President has resigned from the board for personal reasons. “As President of the organization, Tom has done a great job over the years,” states Mallard. “Tom is a primary reason that this organization has been so successful and deserves a significant “Thank You” from our community for all of his hard work and dedication to providing quality air service to our region.  We were fortunate to have Tom’s participation and leadership for the last 15 years” continues Mallard.

TMRAO is planning a strategic retreat within the next couple of weeks to discuss ways of adapting to the challenged and rapidly changing airline industry. Airline relations and airline strategy will be among the key retreat agenda items. “We think TMRAO has been successful in fulfilling its mission during these very challenging times” states Mallard “Periodic reviews and adjustments are healthy for any organization to positively evolve and we are confident that our board will be able to continue to build upon the past success of the TMRAO.”

TMRAO Present Board of Directors and Officers
Voting Positions:
Town of Telluride               Bob Saunders/Alternate TBD
Town of Mountain Village  Dan Garner/Treasurer; Alternate TBD
City of Montrose               Gail Marvel/Alternate Scott Sellers
Telluride Ski Resort            Dave Riley/Alternate TBD
Marketing Telluride Inc.     Larry Mallard/President Alternate TBD
Montrose County-MTJ       Lloyd Arnold/Alternate Jeff Smith
Telluride Airport                Jon Dwight/Alternate John Micetic
At- Large Telluride            Rick Houston/Vice President
At-Large Telluride             Tricia Maxon

Non-Voting Positions:
At – Large Montrose         Sandy Head
At – Large Telluride           TBD

The Telluride Montrose Regional Air Organization (TMRAO) focuses on actively pursuing air service to meet local and visitor traveler demand and to stimulate economic activity in the Telluride, Mountain Village and Montrose communities. CDOT via the aeronautics division has estimated that the total economic activity impact to the region from air service to the Telluride and Montrose airports is over $330 Million Dollars via the Montrose Regional Airport and another $140 Million Dollars via the Telluride Regional Airport. The combined economic activity in the region due to the Telluride and Montrose Airports is estimated to be over $470 Million Dollars. TMRAO has facilitated and supports flights to 9 non-stop destinations in the winter on 6 different air carriers including American Airlines (Dallas/Chicago), Continental Airlines (Houston/Newark), Delta (Atlanta/Salt Lake City), United (Denver/Los Angeles/Chicago), USAirways (Phoenix), Great Lakes Aviation (Denver). In summer TMRAO facilitates and supports flights to 4 Non-stop markets on 5 different air carriers: American (Dallas), Continental (Houston), Delta (Salt Lake City), United (Denver), Great Lakes Aviation (Denver).
Source: Press Release   (Posted 10:35a)

Like many school districts around the state, the staff and management at the Delta School District are agonizing on how to trim their budget. Mountain Valley News reports that they must cut their budget by $2 million dollars.  The school has put together a budget task force to come up with ways to trim the budget in such a way that it would have the least impact on schools and students.  These cuts across the state are a result of the shrinking state government revenues.
Source: Mountain Valley News (Posted 10:32a)