NEWS: Friday February 26, 2010

Feb 26th @ 6:56 am in News by Scott Staley

New housing report released. According to a report released this week by the Department of Local Affairs’ Division of Housing Foreclosure filings in Colorado’s largest counties fell 3 percent last month as compared to January of last year. Looking locally, Montrose County is up 24 foreclosures from this time in 2009. Of the 288 filed in Montrose County last year, 118 files are still in the foreclosure process. The number of foreclosures has steadily increased in the past five years. Click HERE to read the entire report.

Montrose Numbers:
2009 = 288 foreclosures open in 2009
The breakdown of the actual files opened in 2009 through today is as follows:
118 files are still in process
113 files Sold
57 files Withdrawn (which means the property owner, brought their payments current or developed a work out plan with their lender)

2008 = 159
2007 = 102
2006 = 87
2005 = 83
Source: Department of Local Affairs
Source: Montrose County Treasurer’s Office
(Posted 12:31p)

The recent vacant seat on the Montrose Recreation District Board of Directors has been temporarily filled. The Daily Press says Barbara Sharrow, field manager for the BLM Uncompahgre Field Office was appointed Tuesday. Sharrow is the interim board president as Jerilyn Sheldon left the position last month.  She’ll serve until the district’s board election, April 30th.
Source: Daily Press (Posted 5:54a)

Reservoir reopen. Upon learning that the closure of a reservoir in Grand Junction wouldn’t keep it off the statewide “impaired waters” list, the City of Grand Junction has decided to reopen it.  NBC 11 News says the Juniata Reservoir was closed earlier this week after high levels of mercury were discovered in small-mouth bass there.  The city says water in the reservoir is completely safe to drink.
Source: NBC 11 News (Posted 5:53a)

Classes are scheduled to resume Monday at Deer Creek Middle School, the scene of a shooting Tuesday that left two students injured. Police seized photos of youths who appear to be in their teens from the room of the suspect, 32-year-old Bruco Strong Eagle Eastwood. His father speculated that his son may have had online contact with students at the school before the attack.
Source: KJCT/AP   (Posted 5:53a)