NEWS: Friday January 21, 2011

Jan 21st @ 5:05 pm in News by Scott Staley

Governor Hickenlooper appoints new District Attorney for Colorado’s 7th Judicial District. Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced he appointed Dan W. Hotsenpiller of Montrose as the District Attorney for the 7th Judicial District, which serves Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel counties. Hotsenpiller is currently a general practice lawyer at Delman & Hotsenpiller in Montrose, a position he has held since 2005.

Hotsenpiller earlier worked in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Colorado, in Grand Junction as Assistant U.S. Attorney (2005) and in the Office of the District Attorney, 7th Judicial District, as Assistant District Attorney (1994 -2004).  He was an associate with Charles R. Greenacre P.C., in Montrose (1994), and an associate at Weller, Friedrich, Ward & Andrew in Denver (1988-1993). Hotsenpiller earned a J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1988.

The appointment is effective Tuesday, Jan. 25 and shall continue until a new District Attorney is elected for the Seventh Judicial District in the 2012 general election and takes the oath of office on January 8, 2013.

For the reasoning behind a new DA in the 7th Judicial District click HERE.
(Posted 3:51p)

City isn’t sure they’ll fund golf course. At least three motions were made during Tuesday’s Montrose City Council meeting regarding funding to the Black Canyon Golf Course. While the course is not a municipal course, they have until 2013 to ask for up to $50,000 each year from the city. Back in the 1980’s, the city was given several parcels of land as a gift from a group of local residents. This land came with several deed restrictions or covenants, including that whoever owns the property will always maintain it as a golf course. The Montrose Land Company owns the front 9, which has been in existence for nearly 50 years. Through a lease, Montrose Land Company maintains the back 9 to operate an entire 18-hole golf course.

The problem is that for years the Black Canyon Golf Course has been losing money and when secretary of their board, Brad Oberto presented city council with their 2011 budget Tuesday, council wasn’t overly pleased. Mayor Kathy Ellis asked Oberto if it was possible for the board to trim their budget and/or hire a management company. Oberto says they discussed hiring a management company a few years ago but felt it wasn’t the best use of their money. Another issue with Black Canyon Golf Course asking for money this week is that the budget session for 2011 for the City of Montrose was a few months ago and their budget has already been established. Therefore, any money given to Black Canyon Golf Course will have to be out of a specific fund (i.e. general fund, reserve fund, etc.). On top of that, with the course losing money, city council questioned if they should be granted the full $50,000?

Furthermore, the golf course was recently given 5 years to approach the city regarding funding (up to $50,000/year), and in 2014 if they come forth and ask for additional funding, the city can then put the issue up for a vote to the citizens of Montrose.  The city has been helping in one way or another since it constructed the back 9.

The issue was opened up to public comment and four people came forth with their opinion, the majority of them pleading with city council to not do away with assisting Black Canyon Golf Course as it would be devastating to the town.

An hour after the discussion began, the issue at hand was tabled as council asked Oberto to return with a tighter budget proposal for 2011 at a future city council meeting.

Read original lease documents and other official documents on this matter HERE.
(Posted 3:54p)

Free breakfasts for needy kids dropped in Colorado. Colorado lawmakers facing a gaping budget deficit have decided to end free breakfasts for needy children funded by the state Department of Education. The budget-writing Joint Budget Committee on Thursday decided against spending an additional $124,229 to subsidize the Start Smart Nutrition Program. The Denver Post reports that the breakfasts will still be served, but that low-income students will be charged 30 cents a meal after March, when current funding runs out. The breakfast program serves about 2.3 million breakfasts a year to about 56,000 eligible children.
Source: Denver Post (Posted 1:39p)