Montrose County Hosts Vaccination Clinic Friday,
Feb. 10
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MONTROSE – Montrose County Health and Human Services hosts a community vaccination clinic Friday, Feb. 10, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., at the County Fairgrounds in Friendship Hall. Citizens are encouraged to take advantage of these low-cost vaccines for Hepatitis A, Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (whooping cough) and Influenza. It’s $14.50 for one vaccine and $29 for two or more vaccines while supplies last. Medicaid is accepted.

Hepatitis A is a serious liver disease caused by the Hepatitis A virus (HAV). It’s usually spread by close personal contact and sometimes by eating food or drinking water containing HAV. A person with HAV can easily pass the disease to others within the same household.

Diphtheria can cause a thick membrane that covers the back of the throat. It can lead to breathing problems, paralysis, heart failure and even death.

Tetanus (also known as: lockjaw) causes painful muscle spasms and stiffness, usually all over the body. It can lead to tightening of muscles in the head and neck so the person cannot open his mouth or swallow and sometimes even breathe. Tetanus kills about one out of five people who are infected.

Pertussis (also known as: whooping cough) causes severe coughing spells that can lead to difficulty breathing, vomiting and disturbed sleep, as well as weight loss, incontinence, rib fractures and passing out from violent coughing. Up to two in 100 adolescents and five in 100 adults with pertussis are hospitalized or have complications, including pneumonia and death.

Currently, Colorado has seen 63 influenza hospitalizations in 13 counties across the state. Typically, flu cases begin to mount after the holidays and peak in the later winter/early spring.

Roland McCook to Speak on History of the Ute People

RIDGWAY – O. Roland McCook Sr., a descendant of Ute Chief Ouray, will offer a personal and historical perspective on the history of the Ute Indians Thursday, February 16 at the Ridgway Community Center.

The presentation, offered by the Ridgway-Ouray Community Council, begins at 7 p.m., with cookies, coffee, and conversation at 6:45 p.m. This “ROCC Talk” is free and open to the public.

McCook, who now lives in Montrose, is a member of the Uncompahgre Band of the Ute Indian Tribe of Uintah and Ouray Reservation, Utah. He will share stories about growing up on the reservation and discuss the Utes’ strong connections with the natural environment. Fluent in the Ute language, he has conducted extensive historical and archival research on the Ute tribal history.

He chairs the Smithsonian Institution’s Repatriation Review Committee in Washington D.C. The committee reviews and monitors the repatriation process, which involves the return of human remains and sacred cultural objects to their tribes of origin.

McCook was trained at the College of Eastern Utah, Weber State University and the University of California-Berkeley. He worked for the Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of Indian Affairs and has chaired his tribe’s business committee. He is a board member for the Ute Indian Museum in Montrose.

McCook enjoys interacting with his audience and will take questions following his presentation.

The February ROCC Talk kicks off a new format recently adopted by the organization. ROCC members recognize that myriad topics are of interest to the public. Due to time constraints, the organization is unable to present these topics during regular business meetings. Under the new format, ROCC will hold regular business meetings in the odd-number months (e.g., January, March etc.) and the informative ROCC Talks in the even-number months. Both the business meetings and ROCC Talk meetings will be the third Thursday of the month, 6:45 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. All are welcome to attend and partake of refreshments.

Local Mushers Shine at the Grand Mesa Sled Dog Races

GRAND MESA – Large crowds of spectators enjoyed the excitement of sled dogs of various breeds racing on the top of Grand Mesa last weekend, where 32 dog teams competed at The Grand Mesa Summit Challenge, which is the highest International Sprint Sled Dog Race in North America.  The snow conditions and weather were perfect for both dogs and humans, as they worked together racing on either sleds or skis on a nicely groomed track.

Lynn Whipple, a local Montrose Musher sponsored by Major Mortgage, took first place in four dog class and second in the six dog class.  Laurie Brandt, also of Montrose placed 2nd in the one dog skijor.  Kale Casey of Paonia took first in the one dog skijor and Michael Wason also of Paonia placed fourth.

The race was hosted by Rocky Mountain Sled Dog Club, Colorado Mountain Mushers and Partners, and sponsored by OptiFog, Partners, Major Mortgage, Jim Hamlin Photography, Macht-Liles Real Estate Group, Powderhorn Ski Resort, Valley Vision Center, Cabela's Outfitters,The Bike Shop Grand Junction,

Western Implement, Mesa Lakes Lodge, Delta County Tourism Board, Goldenwoods Condominiums, CopyCopy and the Grand Mesa Byway Merchants Group. Trail grooming by Ken Simpson, SnoKrusers and Grand Mesa Lodge.

San Miguel Power Partners Open House Event in Telluride

San Miguel Power’s new energy efficiency initiative, San Miguel Power Partners, officially opened to members in January, and the response has been tremendous.  On Tuesday, February 14 SMPA and iCAST are hosting an open house at the Wilkinson Public Library and an SMPP project site in Telluride, Colorado to showcase improvements being made through this program and educate the public on the program’s process, goals, and local impact.

San Miguel Power Partners is a turnkey energy efficiency program that offers simple, cash-flow positive solutions to all SMPA members. The program’s goal is to help participants generate dollar savings from day one while reducing energy use, increasing health, comfort and safety in their homes and businesses, positively impacting the environment, and re-energizing the community by creating local jobs.

SMPA is the main sponsor of this program with Telluride Foundation, Source Gas, and Alpine Bank participating as additional partners. iCAST, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is managing the program.

Get an inside look at how the program works and take a tour of ASAP Accounting, where you’ll see real life examples of energy efficiency improvements at work, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., starting at Wilkinson Library, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. 231 E. Pacific Ave., and, from 12-1 p.m., at ASAP Accounting, 220 E. Colorado Ave. Representatives from program partners, plus local government officials and supporters and members of the local community will be present at the event, which is open to members of the media and general public. Please RSVP to attend this event in order to receive updates and all event details. Contact either Sylvia Pankiewicz, 720-445-2011, or Becky Mashburn, 970- 626-5549 ext. 212,

360 Crave Wholeness Seminar

– Crossroads Victory Worship Center invites women in the area to a communitywide event offering a day of instruction in life-skill topics including cooking, beauty, fitness, health and hobbies, as well as information about volunteer opportunities with the Montrose Area. Resources include the House of Promise, Hospice, life Choices Family Resource Center, Dolphin House and more. This will be a day of information, fun and relaxation for women of the Montrose and surrounding areas.

A variety of local organizations and businesses have partnered for the instructional portion of the day, there will be complimentary neck massages available and door prizes.

The cost is $10 per person, which includes a boxed lunch. Advance ticket purchase by February 29.

For more information or ticket purchase, please contact Lori at (970) 249-4319 or Debbie at (970) 596-9738. Online information is also available at

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