NEWS: Wednesday February 24, 2010

Feb 24th @ 10:06 am in News by Scott Staley

As of 7:40am, Mountain Rescue Aspen continued their attempt to locate an individual believed to be involved in an avalanche in the area of the Lindley Hut. The Lindley Hut is part of the 10th Mountain Hut system located at an elevation of 10,480 feet approximately 16 miles South of Aspen in the White River National Forest.

Eighteen members of Mountain Rescue Aspen including 3 dog teams and DBS Helicopter have been inserted into the area to perform their search. The name of the individual is not being released at this time.

The avalanche was reported to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office shortly after 6;00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 23, 2010. The avalanche was reported to have happened a little after 4:00 pm.  The size of the slide has not yet been determined.
Source: Press Release   (Posted 10:02a)

SMPA and DMEA explore consolidation. The Boards of Directors of San Miguel Power Association, Inc. (SMPA) and Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) are announcing today that the two associations are beginning a process to investigate whether there are significant financial, environmental, technological and—most important—customer service reasons to consider consolidating the two electric cooperatives into a new joint cooperative.

While for-profit corporations seek immediate profit gain from mergers, rural electric associations are member-owned and focused exclusively on the potential benefits for their members, employees and the communities they serve.

Both associations were formed in 1938 following the passage of the Rural Electrification Act signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935, at a time when electricity was available in urban areas only. Decades ago, each association successfully integrated new member-customers through mergers/acquisitions.

While the two associations do not know at this early stage whether a consolidation will be the eventual outcome, both boards feel it is in the best interest of their members to look at the possibilities. The process of looking into a consolidated organization will take several months. As information becomes available, DMEA and SMPA will keep their members, employees and the public informed.  SMPA  and DMEA are both committed to serving their members in the southwestern Colorado area in keeping with the highest of standards. Whatever the outcome of this process of investigation, this core value is something that will not change.
Source: Press Release   (Posted 9:40a)

Mail Ballot Election Public Logic and Accuracy Test. In accordance with C.R.S. 1-7-509 and Secretary of State Rule 11.5.3, the City of Montrose invites the press and public to be witness to the testing of the election tabulation equipment. The test will be held on Thursday, February 25, beginning promptly at 9:00 a.m. at the Montrose County Courthouse Elections Office located at 320 South First Avenue. The Public Logic and Accuracy Test is in conjunction with the April 6, 2010, General Municipal Election for the City of Montrose, as well as the Downtown Development Authority Election to be held the same day. It is estimated to last approximately one hour.
Source: Press Release   (Posted 9:20a)