NEWS: Thursday March 4, 2010

Mar 4th @ 10:34 am in News by Scott Staley

After yesterday’s ceremony,  Janine Mayfield felt it appropriate to ride along with one of Montrose’s finest, Officer Mark Trimble. Trimble talked to Janine about life as an officer and said he’s honored to be working with such a great police department.  After a slight laugh when asked why police are normally viewed in a negative light, he said they’re not there to make anyone’s day worse, but some laws just can’t be bent. He also wants the public to know that they (the police) are there to help and asks them (the public) to help as well by being an extra pair of eyes for the police department. He says most parties involved in an incident don’t call it in, and if you know something, it’s best to report it. The Montrose Police Department encourages the public to stop by and meet with an officer to share any comments or concerns they might have.
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(Photo by Janine Mayfield)
(Posted 12:21p)

Most of the time if it’s too good to be true, it is, but Rifle says this time, it’s not. NBC 11 News writes that the City of Rifle is trying to draw companies to the area by offering 145 acres to companies for free. There are also talks about giving sales tax rebates to companies who build there. Businesses across the country are showing interest.
Source: NBC 11 News (Posted 11:02a)

There are new faces on the Ouray County Planning Commission, leaving one long-term person without a seat. According to the Telluride Watch, Linda Ingo was not reappointed, after spending 12 years on the Planning Commission. Five candidates vied for the 4 seats that were filled Monday. The new Planning Commissioners are Bob Luttrell and Sheelagh Williams (appointed to the commission’s two vacant regular seats) Karen Risch and Geoff Scott (appointed as alternate commissioners).
Source: Telluride Watch (Posted 11:01a)

The Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) would like to encourage landowners to apply for emergency supplemental grant funds. The intent of these grant funds are to reduce the risk of damaging wildfire and enhance the health and productivity of Colorado’s private forest lands.

“This is a great opportunity for landowners to improve their forest’s health, reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire and receive some financial assistance in doing so,” said Jodi Rist, Montrose District Forester.  “We encourage landowners to combine efforts in order to increase overall treatment size.  Working collaboratively with your neighbors will increase your chances of receiving funds.  Our district’s foresters will be happy to assist in coordinating land owners who are interested and have project ideas,” concluded Rist.

Grant Criteria:
–There is a maximum reimbursement rate of $470/acre.  Total project costs should be calculated based on activities/treatments per acre and may exceed $470/acre. However, landowners will be required to pay for all project costs beyond the $470/acre.
–All proposed projects are for non-federal lands only.
–Priority project areas are within or west of the I-25 corridor.
–Projects with full or partial wood utilization will be favored over non-utilization.
–Priority will be given to projects with an emphasis on fuel reduction; however, all forest management projects with a fuel reduction component are eligible for consideration. Priority will be given to areas that add to existing projects and/or that affect larger social units and land units, such as homeowner associations and watershed or projects that also provide protection to adjacent landowners and/or have landscape scale impacts.
–“Pass through” applications are preferred.  This requires the landowner to cover funding for the entire project up front, followed by reimbursement from the Colorado State Forest Service at project completion.  CSFS is available to provide project design, layout, and project administration via a service agreement and small fee per treated acre.
– Although Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP’s) are not required, projects with CWPP’s may be prioritized over projects not covered by a CWPP.
–Although there is not a funding match requirement, all attempts should be made to leverage Emergency Supplemental Funds with state, community, private and/or local funds. A 50/50 cost-share is preferred.

Application Process:
Interested parties must complete the simple three-page Emergency Supplemental Application that can be obtained by calling the CSFS – Montrose District office at: (970) 249-9051.  Applications are due on April 2, 2010 by 4:00 p.m. and should be e-mailed to:  Applicants will be notified about award results via e-mail by mid April 2010. Questions should be directed to either Austin Shelby (Forester) or Jodi Rist (District Forester): (970) 249-9051.