NEWS: Thursday March 18, 2010

Mar 18th @ 10:00 am in News by Scott Staley

Ballots for the City of Montrose Regular General Municipal Election will be mailed beginning today. Registered voters who do not receive a ballot should contact the Montrose City Clerk’s office at 240-1435. Ballots may be returned by mail to the address printed on the ballot envelope or they can be deposited in ballot boxes at City Hall. Ballots must be submitted by 7:00p.m. on Election Day, April 6, 2010. The election is for three council seats; Districts I and II, both four-year terms, and the two-year At Large seat. The candidates are:
District I
Jesse Bailey
Brent Wallace
Thomas A. Smits
District II
Carol A. McDermott
Bill Brougham
At Large
Bill Patterson
Raymond J. Rose
Pat Treacy
The City Clerk’s Office will post the latest election information via the elections Web page at Final election results will also be posted soon after the polls close on April 6.
Source: Press Release   (Posted 11:22a)

If voters approve a ballot question next month regarding the Bill Heddles Recreation Center, the ball would start moving on the expansion project.  The Delta County Independent says a yes vote would expand the permitted use of the existing tax without any increase in sales tax.  In November 2008, voters over-whelmingly approved extension of the three-quarter-cent city sales tax which was to sunset in 2011. After that was when city administrators realized that the ballow question didn’t specifically grant persmission for sales tax revenues to be used for capital improvements or expansion. The question on the April ballot will rectify that omission.  In numbers, between 1999 and 2009, member visits to the Rec Center have grown from 87,000 to 133,000 a year.
Source: Delta County Independent (Posted 9:49a)

The two Grand Junction Police Officers involved in a fatal shooting last month are back on the job. NBC 11 News says the officers were placed on administrative leave following the fatal shooting of Brent Ingram as standard procedure. The two officers responded February 28 to the Timbers Motel on North Avenue on a report of a domestic dispute. When Ingram failed to put a knife down after repeatedly being told to do so, officers shot him twice in the chest. The Mesa County District Attorney’s Office is investigating the incident to see if the officer’s actions were justified.
Source: NBC 11 News (Posted 9:55a)

A Telluride fisherman filmed a segment of his fishing show in Montrose and Ridgway recently, to appear on TV in May. Frank Smethurst hosts the Trout Unlimited’s “On The Rise” that airs on the Sportsman Channel. He fished and filmed recently at Double Diamond River Ranch, Pa-Co-Chu-Puk in Ridgway, and Riverbottom Park in Montrose. Smethurst tells the Daily Press that “The Uncompaghre River has potential to be one of the West’s best rivers but that it needs better regulation and better flows.” He talks about that in his segment (to be aired May 24th). The new season of “On The Rise” begins March 29th. The Sportsman Channel is channel 416 for Bresnan Communication television subscribers, channel 605 for DIRECT TV subscribers and 285 for Dish subscribers.
Source: Daily Press (Posted 9:58a)