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Adventurer Of The Year To Speak In Montrose
Posted by <> on 5/31/2016 9:40:00 AM.
National Geographic's Adventurer of the year will present a slide show in Montrose this Friday night. Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita will be honored in Washington DC later this month. She'll speak about mountaineering and her humanitarian work in Nepal following the 2015 earthquake.
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BLM Releases Draft Management Plan for Land and Mineral Estate Managed by Uncompahgre Field Office in Southwest Colorado
Posted by <> on 5/31/2016 9:30:00 AM.
The Bureau of Land Management’s Uncompahgre Field Office today announced the release of a draft plan for managing BLM-administered surface land and mineral estate in southwestern Colorado. The Draft Resource Management Plan Revision (RMP) features a wide range of alternatives reflecting different visions for administering these lands and seeks public review and comment to help refine the draft into a final plan to guide the overall management of these resources for the next two decades. The 90-day comment period on the draft will begin on June 3, 2016, with the publication of a Notice of Availability by the Environmental Protection Agency.
“We have worked with partners in 25 communities to develop the range of alternatives in this draft plan, including a community vision for the North Fork Valley,” said Dana Wilson, Acting BLM Uncompahgre Field Manager. “These are some of the public’s most spectacular landscapes, from canyon country to the foothills of the West Elk Mountains and Grand Mesa, providing recreational opportunities, wildlife habitat, forage for grazing and energy resources.”
The Draft RMP will guide the management of about 675,800 acres of BLM-administered surface lands and 971,220 acres of federal mineral estate. Up to 2,650 jobs and $565 million in regional economic production could be generated annually from these public lands, including recreation, agriculture and energy development.
The plan analyzes the impacts of a wide range of possible alternatives. The BLM is required to identify a Preferred Alternative, but any of the management actions analyzed in these alternatives could become part of the Proposed RMP, which BLM will develop after analyzing the public comments on the Draft RMP.
The Proposed RMP for the Uncompahgre Field Office is scheduled for release in 2017. The BLM’s Preferred Alternative emphasizes balancing resources and resource use among competing human interests, land uses and the conservation of natural and cultural resource values while sustaining and enhancing ecological integrity across the landscape, including plant, wildlife and fish habitat. This alternative incorporates a balanced level of protection, restoration, enhancement, and use of resources and services to meet ongoing programs and land uses.
The Uncompahgre Field Office currently operates under the 1985 San Juan/San Miguel RMP and the 1989 Uncompahgre Basin RMP. These plans typically last about 20 years and are revised to address changing environmental conditions and technological developments and to determine if management decisions contained within them are still current and adequate.
The BLM began the formal public scoping process for this draft plan on February 25, 2010, with the publication of the Notice of Intent in the Federal Register. The initial public scoping period closed March 29, 2010. The BLM hosted seven open houses to provide the public with opportunities to become involved, learn about the project and the planning process, meet the Uncompahgre Draft RMP team members, and offer comments. During the initial public scoping period, the BLM received 214 unique written submissions containing 2,496 separate comments. The issues identified during public scoping and outreach helped refine the development of alternatives for consideration in the Draft RMP.
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Woman Found Dead at Scene of Fire
Posted by <> on 5/27/2016 12:44:00 PM.
In the late evening of May 26th  67 year old Linda Batchelor was discovered deceased in a burning mobile home in rural Olathe. An autopsy will be scheduled to confirm identity and determine cause and manner of death.
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School District Scores Grant for Crumbling Columbine
Posted by <> on 5/26/2016 1:15:00 PM.
Montrose County School District is pleased to announce it has been awarded a BEST grant, giving the district $12,492,021.53. The district has a master plan to use this grant to replace the aging Columbine Middle School building.
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Posted by <> on 5/26/2016 12:59:00 PM.
The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests were notified by Montrose County Road and Bridge staff of a mudslide that recently occurred on the Uncompahgre Plateau. Highway 90 (National Forest System Road 540) is closed at its intersection with the Divide Road (NFSR 402). Approximately five miles of road is closed to full-sized vehicles, but open to All-Terrain-Vehicles that are 50-inches or less in width. The road from the Power Plant to Ute remains open.
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Hall Selected for School Board
Posted by <> on 5/24/2016 1:18:00 PM.
Melanie Hall was chosen by the Montrose-Olathe School Board to fill the vacant seat for District A. The seat was vacated by Stu Tolen who moved out of the district last month and the district is required to fill the void within 60 days. The district says Hall will serve until the regular Board elections in November of 2017.
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Hearst Warns of Cosmo Content
Posted by <> on 5/23/2016 1:41:00 PM.
Victoria Hearst of Praise Him Ministries in Ridgway is pushing for warning labels on Hearst owned Cosmopolitian magazine because she claims the magazine is pornographic and targeted towards teens.
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Drone Donated to Sheriff's Office
Posted by <> on 5/22/2016 2:30:00 PM.
The Montrose County Sheriff's office received a high-end drone from Lone Eagle Land Brokerage. The Octocopter is designed for aerial photography and will aid the sheriff’s office in search & rescue. The donation was presented by avid drone operator and owner of LELB Joey Burns.
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