NEWS: Wednesday March 17, 2010

Mar 17th @ 7:42 am in News by Scott Staley

Last week, during the Hotchkiss Town Council meeting one of the town deputies was awarded a Merit of Valor for his actions January 27th. Mountain Valley News writes that Deputy Marshal Scott Featheringill received a call to a home on E. Main Street in Hotchkiss on a report of a fire.  He knew that Norma Chartier lived alone and was wheelchair-bound.  Without thinking twice about it, he ran into the burning home and rescued the woman.  Both were treated with smoke inhalation, and released. Along with the Merit of Valor medal, Featheringill received a plaque and a standing ovation.
Source: Mountain Valley News (Posted 8:14a)

The Montrose Regional Airport hopes to win a grant to assist them in repairing Taxiway B until a new one can be built. The Daily Press writes that the airport submitted an application for a special grant request to the Colorado Aeronautical Board for just over $100,000.  If approved, Montrose County will provide a 20% match. Fixing the taxiway, which has safety issues, wasn’t as big a priority to the FAA as they want the Montrose Airport to install wildlife fencing around the property. The airport tried to get funding from them a few months ago.
Source: Daily Press (Posted 7:39a)

While a moratorium was passed as an emergency ordinance last November in Orchard City, Grand Mesa Herbal Dispensary LLC has been operating for a few months, and Mayor Don Suppes confirmed the rumors that the dispensary will be moving into Grandma’s Kitchen, a former restaurant, now vacant, south of Eckert. Mountain Valley News says that ironically, an Orchard City ordinance prevents the building from becoming a liquor store or tavern, but will soon allow it to become a dispensary, selling herbal products in the main part of the store, and dispense medical marijuana in another area of the store.
Source: Mountain Valley News (Posted 7:40a)

The Colorado Water Conservation Board has announced the publication of the 2005 Irrigated Lands dataset for the Western Slope. This data can be downloaded by division via the CDSS website:

or viewed on the CDSS Map Viewer:

Irrigated lands data is collected every 5 years for use in CDSS models and for other water planning efforts. They include information such as crop types, water source, acreage, and irrigation methods. Data collection for the 2010 statewide dataset will begin this summer.
Source: Press Release    (Posted 7:41a)