NEWS: Wednesday May 12, 2010

May 12th @ 5:55 am in News by Scott Staley

A Clifton man is due in court next week after being extradited from Las Vegas. According to the Daily Sentinel, Charles Pattison Jr. is suspected of molesting a 13-year-old girl on multiple occasions between February-October 2009. The 33-year-old became the focus of investigators last month, after the girl told her school counselor about the incidents. Pattison’s bond has been set at $500,000.
Source: Daily Sentinel (Posted 5:55a)

Recently the Board of Directors for the Montrose Association of Commerce & Tourism met with members of the Redcoats to discuss their working relationship and policies and procedures. In January the leadership of the former Chamber of Commerce and of the Redcoats began reviewing the issues and the Redcoats by-laws in effort to create a more synergistic and professional partnership.

“There were a few items that we needed to work out. We’ve done that and we are ready to move forward and get back to working together”, said Bob Pistor, Redcoat member. One of the items addressed was the need for stronger communication between the Board of Directors for Montrose ACT and the Redcoats. Sheree Wanner, Board member and owner of Camelot Gardens, agreed to be a Board Liaison. Wanner said, “It is important to communicate and relay to the Redcoat committee what the Board is doing and be able to speak on behalf of the Redcoats to the Board.”

Business After Hours will continue to be one of the key networking events for Montrose ACT. The staff for Montrose ACT will become more involved in the event, however this will allow for the Redcoats to be ambassadors and introduce the new Montrose ACT members to existing members and open up networking opportunities. “Part of your membership is the having the ability to network and promote your business and this is what the Redcoats are about. We will also continue to stay involved in and support community events”, said Rick Anderson, President of the Redcoats and Store Manager for Office Depot.

“We are very happy to have reached a mutual understanding. The Redcoats are an important part of Montrose ACT and we are thrilled to be on track with our working relationship. There is a huge amount of value in that
program, they support our membership and our community”, said Steve Savoy, Chair of Montrose ACT.

Earlier this year the Montrose Association of Commerce & Tourism was formed after consolidating the former Chamber of Commerce, Visitors and Convention Bureau (VCB) and Montrose Area Merchants Association (MAMA). The mission of the new organization is “Montrose Association of Commerce & Tourism, as the unified voice for business in Montrose, is an association of business and individuals working together, in a cooperative manner, to promote and communicate the interest of business in Montrose County.” For more information on Montrose ACT go to www.montroseACT.com or call 249-5000.
Source: Press Release   (Posted 5:54a)

Colorado National Monument announced yesterday it’s proposing to increase entrance and camping fees beginning next year. The Daily Sentinel has learned that the National Park Service is planning to raise fees for a 7 day pass from $7 to $10 per car and from $4 to $5 per hiker or bicyclist.  Annual passes are expected to go up to $25 and one night campground fees will double from 10 to $20.  Park officials point out that campground fees have not been raised in 15 years.
Source: Daily Sentinel (Posted 5:54a)

A proposal to change the way teachers earn and keep tenure appears likely to pass before lawmakers adjourn for the year. The Denver Post says the bill passed an initial vote in the House late Tuesday by a vote of 36-29. It came about 45 minutes before the midnight deadline to keep the bill alive for another vote today, the final day of the legislative session.
Source: Denver Post (Posted 5:53a)