NEWS: Friday August 27, 2010

Aug 27th @ 9:31 am in News by Scott Staley

Governor appoints Montrose County Judge. Governor Ritter announced today he has appointed Jerry Joe Montgomery of Montrose to serve as a Montrose County Court judge effective January 11th to replace retiring Judge John J. Mitchel. Montgomery currently is the Assistant District Attorney for the 7th Judicial District. Before that, he was a district defender in the Missouri State Public Defender System. He also has worked as a tax attorney with Omni Financial and as president of Touch the World Foundation. He earned his B.B.A in business administration from Evangel University in 1991 and his J.D from Washington University in 1994. Both schools are in Missouri. The initial term of office is a provisional term of two years. Thereafter, if retained by the voters, the term for a county court judge is four years. The current annual salary for the position is $123,067.
Source: Press Release    (Posted (9:26a)

During Wednesday’s forum on homelessness in Montrose it was pointed out that rough figures show there are 100 homeless adults and 36 homeless teens in Montrose, and 180 homeless children in the Montrose County RE-1J school district.  The Daily Press says the forum conjured up all kinds of people from the community including charity workers, business owners, and church staff. There currently is no shelter in Montrose, although several organizations, Christ’s Kitchen, and Weekend Blessings offer food. One guy said that, speaking from experience (while incarcerated), the majority of inmates had committed crimes simply so they’d have a roof over their heads and food in their bodies.
Source: Daily Press (Posted 9:27a)

National Guard comes home. A welcome home ceremony will be held for Commercial Imagery Team 4, 117th Space Battalion, Colorado Army National Guard Aug. 27 at 1:30 p.m. at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs. The small unit is returning home after a nine month deployment to Bahrain.

This small unit was responsible for providing commercial satellite imagery to support joint, coalition, Department of Defense and Department of State operations across U.S. Central Command. While based in Bahrain, CIT 4 sent several teams to Qatar, Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq. The Soldiers’ spaced-based products supported Operation Moshtrarak, parliamentary electionsin Iraq, flooding relief efforts in Pakistan and even anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden and the Horn of Africa.

Unlike their counterparts, Army Space Support Teams, CITs work with unclassified imagery that can be provided to foreign agencies for both commercial and military applications. Some commercial applications can include satellite imagery to monitor crops, mapping, satellite navigation and weather monitoring.

The training this team provided allowed both Iraqi and Afghan forces to obtain and utilize their own satellite imagery to plan and execute their own operations.

A commercial imagery team is comprised of eight personnel, both enlisted and officers. CITs provide unclassified, commercially-obtained, space-enabling products to coalition forces and other government agencies to monitor and provide accurate and timely satellite imagery for intelligence, and operational situational awareness.

Colorado’s 117th Space Support Battalion is the only National Guard space battalion and is part of the 1st Space Brigade, the Army’s only space brigade.
Source: Press Release    (Posted 9:31a)