NEWS: Mon. Jan 10, 2011

Jan 10th @ 6:14 pm in News by Scott Staley

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet’s office threatened. A Colorado man is accused of threatening to set fire around U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet’s local office and shoot members of his staff.  NBC 11 News has learned that John Troy Davis faces a charge of assault on a federal employee and was scheduled to be in court in Denver this afternoon.  According to the arrest affidavit, Davis had called Bennet’s office Thursday to complain about his Social Security benefits.  He allegedly told one of Bennet’s staff that he is schizophrenic and that he might resort to terrorism.  This incident took place two days before the fatal Arizona shootings.  There is no indication that there is any connection between Davis’ threat and the shootings….
Source: NBC 11 News (Posted 5:03p by Jim Kapp)

City Council considering increasing development fees. The Montrose City Council will consider increasing development fees at its Jan. 18th meeting.   The Montrose Daily Press says that according to the City Council many of these fees haven’t been recalculated in 10 years .   Acting City Manager Scott Sellers said development fees, such as those charged for a preliminary plat or sketch plan, are not a tax, but “user-based” charges needed to help the city cover the costs of doing business.  Each year,  Sellers explains that the staff looks at these fees and brings them before council for possible recalculation.
Source: Montrose Daily Press (Posted 5:06p by Jim Kapp)

WSC’s Ken MacLennan passes away. Western State College in Gunnison is mourning the loss of one of its own over the weekend.  Former student, athlete, coach and faculty member Ken MacLennan pass away.  He was a member of the 1996 Mountaineer Sports Hall of Fame induction class after a long and storied career with the Mountaineers and the Gunnison community.  MacLennan enrolled at Western State on a basketball scholarship, but quickly made a name for himself with  the Mountaineer ski program. He helped lead Western State to the national ski cross country title in the inaugural NCAA championships in 1954, and set the school record in 1956 for the 880-yard run. MacLennan was also a member of the sprint medley relay team that set the record at the Rocky Mountain Conference meet in 1956.
(Posted 5:08p by Jim Kapp)

Crested Butte Center for the Arts gets new lease. The Crested Butte Center for the Arts has been given a new lease on life of sorts.   Actually the Town Council has agreed to give the Center a 50 year lease at $1 per year.  The Crested Butte News has learned that the Center’s executive director Jenny Birnie told the council that the Board of Directors is updating its business plan and pro forma budget for the expansion.  The Center is also currently negotiating with the Trailhead Museum.  This children’s museum will be housed at the new and expanded Center….
Source: Crested Butte News (Posted 5:09p by Jim Kapp)