NEWS: Thursday February 3, 2011

Feb 3rd @ 7:37 am in News by Scott Staley

Bids up for ambulance service. Last night members of Grand Junction City Council started crafting parameters for a bid proposal for its future ambulance services. Council asked staff to draft a bid proposal for themselves, as the city can enter the bid process. According to the Daily Sentinel, the fire department has been the sole provider of ambulance service in Grand Junction for the past 5 years. A company could be ready to offer their services come this June.
Source: Daily Sentinel (Posted 8:53a)

Local girl places at stock show. A Montrose girl won top place honors at the National Western Stock Show last month. According to the Daily Press, Kaitlin Nicolas sold a first-place Blackface lamb for $3,600 during the Junior Livestock Champions Auction. In all, 97 steers, lambs, hogs, goats, and other animals sold for $423,800 at the auction.
Source: Daily Press (Posted 8:54a)

There’s a new (under) sheriff in town. Just weeks after being sworn in as the new Gunnison County Sheriff, Rick Besecker appointed former Sergeant Randy Barnes as the Undersheriff. The Gunnison Country Times writes that Barnes is a 17-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office and a lifelong Gunnison resident, having graduated from GHS in 1990.
Source: Gunnison Country Times (Posted 6:36a)

Funds available for affordable housing in Montrose. The Montrose Association of REALTORS® has announced it has funds available for qualified Montrose nonprofit organizations that provide housing services to moderate to low-income persons.  Grant applications will be accepted through February 15, 2010.

“The Montrose Association of REALTORS® has $3,000 available for local housing projects,” said Kim Stone, local chairperson for the Colorado Association of REALTORS® Housing Opportunity Foundation (CARHOF).  “To date, the foundation has granted $7.2 million statewide to over 100 nonprofit and public agencies”, she said.

CARHOF, a nonprofit foundation created by the Colorado Association of REALTORS®, collects interest from earnest money held in home purchases.  By law, brokers cannot earn interest on escrow trust accounts.  With CARHOF, however, the interest can be collected and made available as grants supporting crisis shelters, affordable housing developments, down payment assistance programs and other housing-related projects.  To be eligible for funds, organizations must be based in Colorado, have a housing-related mission, and be a nonprofit agency with a 501©3 status or a public agency.

For more information or a grant application, call Modene Gaulke at 249-6213.
(Posted 9:39a)