NEWS: Tuesday November 30, 2010

Nov 30th @ 7:01 am in News by Scott Staley

Yesterday an accused baby killer appeared in Montrose Court where it was decided he’d reappear in February.  The Daily Press writes that Daniel Ryan is accused of killing his girlfriend’s baby daughter in September while she was under his care. Ryan has been charged with first-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death. At February’s hearing, a judge will decide whether evidence is sufficient to continue the prosecution.
Source: Daily Press (Posted 5:57a)

Upgrade approved. Mesa County Commissioners agreed yesterday to spend over $820,000 to upgrade and renovate the equestrian facilities at the east end of the fairgrounds.  According to the Daily Sentinel, the improvements include:
—A new 17,550-square-foot metal barn featuring 75 new animal stalls and upgraded electrical systems. The barn will replace six old stall barns, which were recently torn down.
—Extending the 225-foot covered riding arena by 40 feet. Twenty-five of those 40 feet will be cover for the riding area, with the remaining 15 feet serving as a canopy for shade.
—Replacing the arena surface with a deeper and better mix of dirt and sand.
—Creating a designated lighted parking area where users can unload animals directly into the stalls.
—A new arena show office for show organizers and a designated vendor area with electrical hookups.
The project is expected to be completed in the spring.
Source: Daily Sentinel (Posted 5:59a)

The Bureau of Land Management’s new office in Gunnison will open to the public December 6th.  The old Gunnison Field Office closed yesterday. The new Gunnison Field Office is located at 650 S. 11th St., Gunnison, Colo. 81230. The new phone number is 970-642-4940.

“We ask for the public’s patience during our move,” said Gunnison Field Manager Brian St. George.

The BLM Gunnison Field Office manages 611,355 surface acres and 2,235,858 acres of sub-surface minerals in Gunnison, Saguache, Montrose and Hinsdale counties.

The BLM will host a public open house in mid-December.  For more information about the Gunnison Field Office, visit

The BLM manages more land – more than 245 million acres – than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
(Posted 6:00a)

MMH meeting tonight. From 6-8 tonight is the first of three meetings being held by the Montrose Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees regarding the Hospital Operating Lease Agreement. The public is welcome to any meeting being held in the conference room at the hospital. All meetings will present the same information. The other two meetings will be this Thursday and next Tuesday.
(Posted 6:00a)