NEWS: Thursday February 25, 2010

Feb 25th @ 7:59 am in News by Scott Staley

Montrose County has named Cindy Bennet as its new Finance Director.  Cindy has worked for the County for 8 years.

“Cindy is well qualified for this position.  She started working for the County in 2003 as an accountant and did such a phenomenal job she was promoted to senior accountant, then to accounting supervisor and now to Director of the Finance Department,” said Jesse Smith, County Manager.  “She has extensive knowledge of the County’s financial history.  Her experience will serve Montrose County and its citizen’s well,” concluded Smith.

Prior to working for the County, Bennet worked as the Office Manager for TUFF Coat and as an accountant for McGuire & Associates, Groskopf & Groskopf and Kennedy & Coe all accounting firms in Montrose.  She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting with a minor in Business Administration from Mesa State College.

Bennet  lives in Montrose and has two teenage sons, one is a sophomore at Montrose High School and the other is a freshman at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Source: Press Release   (Posted 6:58a)

Grand Junction Fire Department officials have wrapped up their investigation into the massive fire at Bestway Services early Monday morning. Fire Department Spokesman Mike Page tells NBC 11 News that the fire of the portable toilet business was accidental. Investigators say it started in the southeast corner of the building but the exact cause of the fire has been listed as undetermined. The fire caused an estimated $1.5 million in damage and the building is considered a total loss.
Source: NBC 11 News (Posted 6:58a)

No emergency at MHS. People driving or walking past Montrose High School yesterday afternoon may have seen a handful of emergency vehicles on campus. There was no emergency; crews were just conducting a routine inspection at the high school.
Source: Press Release   (Posted 6:58a)

Just before 9:30 last night, Grand Junction Police responded to a room at the Monument Inn on North Avenue on the report of an adult male who suffered a stab wound.  The male was transported to a local hospital where he was treated and remains in stable condition.  No further information is available.  No suspects are in custody, and anyone with information on the stabbing is encouraged to call the Grand Junction, non-emergency dispatch line at 242-6707.
Source: Press Release   (Posted 6:57a)

Paonia is going green to save some green. The Delta County Independent says the Town of Paonia recently received a grant from the StEPP Foundation which will allow the Town Hall to have photovoltaic panels installed.  These solar panels could provide up to half the electrical needs at the facility. The project costing $36,500 was paid for by grants and in-kind donations; Paonia taxpayers will put zero dollars into the project. The panels are expected up this spring.
Source: Delta County Independent (Posted 6:57a)

The House Finance Committee yesterday killed a bill that would have allowed Colorado convenience stores to sell full-strength beer. The bill had gotten the backing of another committee earlier this month but faced strong opposition from both liquor store owners and craft breweries.
Source: Press Release   (Posted 6:57a)