NEWS: Thursday January 6, 2011

Jan 6th @ 7:12 am in News by Scott Staley

Special meeting. At 10:30a today there will be a special meeting of the Board of Montrose County Commissioners to discuss and possibly appoint three people to fill vacancies on the Montrose Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees. The meeting is open to the public. Stay up to date with Montrose County by visiting montrosecounty.net.
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City news. If you want to stay informed with what’s going on in the City of Montrose, why not chat with someone on their website? The Daily Press writes that the city now offers a “live chat” option on their website, cityfomontrose.org, which will connect users instantly to one of three staff members online. The city is moving up even more in the world of technology as they’re working on a mobile app that will allow the person to take a picture of a deficiency, such as a pothole or graffiti, and send it immediately to the city. And to quickly serve as a reminder to the residents of Montrose, the city is moving to a trial-period, four-day work week beginning in March. Offices will be open Monday-Thursday during that time.
Source: Daily Press (Posted 6:52a)

Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper announced yesterday John Salazar will be Commissioner of Agriculture. A sixth-generation farmer and rancher, Salazar served three terms representing Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District and was a member of the House Agriculture Committee. Before his time in Congress, Salazar served in the Colorado General Assembly for two years.

“A thriving agriculture sector is critical to Colorado’s economic recovery,” Hickenlooper said. “Farmers and ranchers are also leading the way as business innovators. Their prosperity helps build a foundation for all of Colorado. And no one has been a more passionate champion for agriculture and rural communities than John Salazar. We are fortunate to have his leadership at the helm of the Department of Agriculture.”

Salazar’s advocacy in Congress earned him recognition for outstanding service by the American Farm Bureau and the Golden Triangle Award from the National Farmers Union. He played a key role in passing the historic farm bill of 2008. With a seat on the powerful House Appropriations Committee in his third term, Salazar worked on national energy issues, jobs creation and the economy.

“I look forward to working with Gov.-elect Hickenlooper and serving the people of Colorado as the Commissioner of Agriculture for the next four years,” Salazar said. “I am excited about the great possibilities of expanding our energy opportunities along with marketing value-added products and promoting the second-largest economy in Colorado.”

Salazar was raised on a San Luis Valley farm, where he and his five siblings shared a bedroom and had no electricity or running water. His experience influenced his public career. He served on the Rio Grande Water Conservation District, the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Forum and the Colorado Agricultural Commission before being elected as a state Representative in 2002.

He was one of only a handful of active farmers in Congress after he was first elected in 2004. A veteran, Salazar served on the House Veterans Affairs Committee, and was a proud member of the fiscally conservative Democratic Blue Dog congressional coalition.

Salazar earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Adams State College after serving three years in the U.S. Army.

Salazar lost against Scott Tipton in November in a race for the 3rd Congressional District.
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There’s a new sheriff in town. Gunnison County’s sheriff for the past 24-years has finally decided to retire and after an uncontested race back in November, Undersheriff Rick Besecker is set to take over. Rick Murdie tells the Gunnison Country Times that he believes his longevity as Sheriff is due to trust earned among the community. One major recent investigation probe led by Murdie was the arrest of four people, two of which were high-ranking jailers, and an inmate. The former jail captain was eventually convicted of nine feloniy counts of perjurey and three misdemeanors. (Read those stories HERE).  The article pinpoints on of the most notable milestones of the last twenty years for Murdie is that an officer of the Gunnison County Sheriff’s Office has never injured a suspect or perpetrator with a firearm.

Besecker joined the law enforcement world when he was 21 as a deputy with the Saguache County Sheriff’s Office. Three years later he took a job with the Gunnison Police Department. In all he’s served three times with the police department and the Gunnison County Sheriff’s Office. Besecker has been Gunnison County’s number two man in law enforcement for the past 19 years, and is set to step up this week. He has yet to name an Undersheriff.
Source: Gunnison Country Times (Posted 6:04a)