NEWS: Thursday July 22, 2010

Jul 22nd @ 6:10 am in News by Scott Staley

Montrose’s Prospect “Thunder” an International aircraft manufacturing company, will announce that it has selected Montrose, Colorado as the location for its new U.S. headquarters and aircraft production center. Prospect “Thunder” anticipates creating up to 200 new jobs within 3-5 years. They will grow into a 50,000 square foot facility when at full production. The announcement will be Friday July 23rd at 10:00 AM at the proposed new site located in the Aerospace Research Park, adjacent to 21 Creative Place, Montrose CO. The owner and CEO of “Thunder” will be joined by officials from the State of Colorado, Montrose County, the City of Montrose, and the Montrose Economic Development Corporation. “Thunder” will have two models of their aircraft to showcase to the community including the model that will specifically be assembled in Montrose. Venders and buyers for the company will be present to celebrate the event. The public is invited to witness history being made.  Directions to the site: N of Montrose, turn E on 6300 RD, turn onto “County RD” and travel E to Creative Place.
Source: Press Release   (Posted 6:08a)

Three Colorado State Troopers have been placed on paid administrative leave after a shooting left one man dead Tuesday night in Mesa County.  One of the troopers fired the shot that killed 31-year-old Jason Kemp. Mesa County’s critical-incident team will conduct the investigation of the shooting, which apparently happened immediately following an altercation between the unidentified Trooper and Kemp. The Trooper was apparently investigating a car accident in which he believed the person was fleeing the scene intentionally.
Source: Press Release
Source: Daily Sentinel contributed to this story  (Posted 6:08a)

The Colorado Department of Transportation has begun another project to install wildlife fencing along a stretch of SH 82 that sees a high incidence of wildlife-vehicle collisions (WVCs). This project is funded by FASTER* (Funding Advancements for Surface Transportation and Economic Recovery). The project begins where the first phase ended—at mile marker 11—and extends up-valley to mile marker 16. The work will include the installation of more than 40,000 linear feet of 8-foot-high fencing on both sides of SH 82, between mile markers 11 and 16 (east and west of Carbondale). The project will also involve construction of 10 wildlife escape ramps. The escape ramps provide deer and elk—trapped within the wildlife-fenced highway right of way—a better means to cross back over the fencing to escape the highway and vehicles. The earthen ramps are six feet high and constructed into a cut-out in the fence, on the highway side. Animals can run up the one-way ramp and jump back down to safety. Finally, the project will construct 11 deer guards (like cattle guards, but built wider) at several accesses along both sides of SH 82. CDOT works in coordination with the Division of Wildlife in implementing these mitigation projects.
TRAVEL IMPACTS – Through the project’s completion by November 19, eastbound (up-valley) travel will have no interference from 6 AM to 9 PM; for westbound (down-valley) travel, there will be no interference from 3 PM to 6 PM. All other times, Monday through Friday, motorists may encounter single-lane closures on either side of the highway. Drivers are encouraged to drive with caution and go “Slow for the Cone Zone” during the work. Those having questions or comments about the work may contact the project information hotline at (970) 274-0704. The fencing project was contracted to Waterford Corporation for $1.24 million; the total amount of FASTER funding received for this project is $1.62 million, which includes design costs. Another wildlife fencing project, for SH 82 between MM 16 and 21 (Basalt area), has received $75,000 in FASTER funds for design. Additional funding for construction and a project start date has yet to be determined.

*Monies collected under the FASTER Safety Fund are to be used for construction, reconstruction, or maintenance projects that the Transportation Commission, a county or municipality determine are needed to enhance the safety of a state highway, county road, or city street. For information about other CDOT projects, the public may log on to CDOT’s traveler information web site at or call 511 from anywhere in the state.
Source: Press Release   (Posted 6:10a)