NEWS: Friday January 7, 2011

Jan 7th @ 6:54 am in News by Scott Staley

Babysitter faces murder. The babysitter accused of killing 4-month-old Angel Nieto was formally charged yesterday with murder. The Daily Press reports that Maria Espinosa-Zavala was arrested last week and now faces first-degree murder and child abuse charges. Angel died October 9th after being flown to a hospital in Denver. He was under the care of Espinosa-Zavala on October 7th.
Source: Daily Press (Posted 5:52a)

Lisa DelPiccolo Appointed as City Clerk. The Montrose City Council appointed Lisa DelPiccolo as the new city clerk at their regular
meeting on January 4th. She has served as deputy city clerk since 2008 and replaces Teri Colvin who resigned her position to pursue other opportunities in the Denver area.

“We regret to be losing Teri Colvin as the city clerk, but we are fortunate to have a welltrained and highly qualified replacement who is ready to take her place,” said Acting City Manager Scott Sellers. “The City Council and I are confident that Lisa will do an excellent job.”

The changes in the City Clerk’s Office have resulted in personnel adjustments in other administrative areas. David Spear, who has served as the city’s public information officer since 2005, will now focus his efforts on maintaining and developing the city’s public information tools and overseeing the city’s internal records systems. Acting City Manager Scott Sellers will now serve as the primary contact for the media. Duties formerly performed by the deputy city clerk will be distributed among existing personnel.
(Posted 5:52a)

BLM Gunnison Field Office Announces 2011 Cross-Country Ski Season at Hartman Rocks. The Bureau of Land Management Gunnison Field Office, along with the Gunnison Nordic Club, Gunnison County and the City of Gunnison have been gearing up for the 2011 cross-country ski season at Hartman Rocks Recreation Area. With new snowfall in the area, Hartman Rocks offers many opportunities for cross-country skiing enthusiasts.

“Gunnison Nordic Club is the driving force behind groomed cross-country ski trails at Hartman Rocks,” said Kristi Murphy, BLM Recreation Planner.

Gunnison Nordic Club volunteers groom 16 miles (22 kilometers) of trails for both classic and skate skiing that can be accessed from either the Base Area or McCabe’s Lane. The Nordic track is set by Gunnison Nordic, a 100 percent volunteer-based non-profit in Gunnison County.

“We finally got a good base to work with and we will be grooming all 22 kilometers.  We groom the trails after storms, after winds fill in the
tracks and when the tracks need to be refreshed,” said Joellen Fonken, Gunnison Nordic Club.

Road gates have been closed near the base area below Kill Hill and just east of McCabe’s Lane parking area to help facilitate grooming Nordic ski trails.

The BLM is asking that people snowmobiling, hiking or snowshoeing in the area be careful not to disturb the classic ski tracks that are set
alongside the groomed trails.  Also, Hartman Rocks is an important area for wintering wildlife, so please respect the animals by staying on groomed routes and keeping dogs from chasing wildlife.   For more information about cross-country skiing at Hartman Rocks contact the BLM Gunnison Field Office at 970-642-4940.
(Posted 5:53a)