Montrose County Offers Free Whooping Cough Vaccines Through April 27
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MONTROSE - Montrose County Health and Human Services offers whooping cough vaccinations through Friday, April 27, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., to adolescents, adults and seniors, in observance of National Infant Immunization Week. Walk-ins are welcome Wednesday and Thursday; appointments are required Friday.

Parents are also encouraged to bring their kids into Montrose County Health and Human Services during National Infant Immunization Week to ensure their children are fully vaccinated. Registered Nurses will review immunization charts, give appropriate vaccines, education and answer questions. Parents who vaccinate their children on the correct schedule protect their own child and other children in the community. Children who get fully vaccinated for their age during NIIW will receive a certificate of recognition and a small prize. 

For more information or to make an appointment, please call 970/252-5000.

May 1 Marks All Points Transit Partners/County Health Network-Sponsored Trips to Montrose, Grand Junction

WESTERN SLOPE - All Points Transit and the Tri-County Health Network have partnered to improve regional transportation options for San Miguel, Ouray and Montrose county residents, with a May 1 start date for a shuttle from the West End to Montrose and Grand Junction for a awide variety of needs. The West End medical shuttle, serving Norwood, Nucla / Naturita / Paradox, Telluride, Ridgway and Ouray, will expand its service to the general public, on a first come, first-served basis. The new schedule, for passengers in Norwood, Nucla, Naturita, Telluride, Placerville, Ridgway/Ouray, includes trips to Montrose on the first and second Tuesday of the month, the second and third Wednesday of the month, the third and fourth Thursday of the month, and the first Friday each month, and to Grand Junction on one Monday of each month. More trips may be added depending on demand.

The cost will be $5 round trip for passengers with medical appointments, and $20 round- trip for the general public. These fees are a suggested donation for seniors over the age of 60. For more information, contact Terri Wilcox at or 970/249-8865.

Josephine Katlyn Bush, Jessica Marie Larson and Conor Samuel Laws Named Daniels Scholars

WESTERN SAN JUANS – Students from this year’s 258 recipients of Daniels Fund scholarships hail from San Miguel, Montrose and Delta counties. The group of new Daniels Scholars includes 181 from Colorado, 38 from New Mexico, 15 from Utah, and 24 from Wyoming. Regional recipients include Norwood High School’s Brent Robert Harris, Telluride High School’s Josephine Katlyn Bush, Montrose High School’s Jessica Marie Larson and Delta Senior High School’s Conor Samuel Laws.

The names of high school seniors to receive funding to attend the college or university of their choice were announced this week by Linda Childears, president and CEO of the Daniels Fund. “These are promising and motivated students who have demonstrated strong character, leadership, and a commitment to community service,” said Childears. “They are outstanding young people, and the Daniels Fund is proud to partner with them as they fulfill their dreams of attending college,” she said.

The Daniels Scholarship program was established by cable pioneer Bill Daniels for promising students who demonstrate strength of character, leadership and a record of accomplishment in giving back to the community. The scholarship is supplemental to all other financial aid resources, and, once other financial resources have been applied, covers all required tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies and a variety of other miscellaneous expenses. Students also receive a laptop computer and a printer. Visit HYPERLINK "" for more information.

Michelle Haynes Named Director of Region 10 Area Agency on Aging

MONTROSE – The Region 10 League for Economic Assistance & Planning (Region 10) has hired Michelle Haynes as the Area Agency on Aging director at Region 10. Haynes replaces Michele Gad, who resigned in March. The AAA director secures and directs federal, state and potentially private financial support to regional service contractors serving adults over 60 years of age, and maintains relationships with all public and private organizations serving seniors throughout Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel Counties. Gad holds both an MBA and a BA in accounting from Northeast Louisiana University, and served most recently as Program Manager for Volunteers of America’s PACE program, a capitated Medicare-funded program designed to support seniors in their homes, and as executive director of the Uncompahgre Health Clinic, a federally qualified health center serving low/moderate income citizens of all ages in Norwood. She can be reached at, or 970/249-2436 ext. 15.

The Area Agency on Aging receives approximately $1,000,000 in funding annually, and contracts with eleven provider organizations in Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel Counties. These contracts help fund a wide variety of services for senior citizens, including senior dining, meals on wheels, transportation services, dental services, homemaker services, legal services and many others.

Region 10 AAA seeks to assure that a comprehensive array of services provided through a coordinated network will be available to enable older persons in the region to live independently as long as possible.

To learn more, visit, or call AAA at 970-249-2436.

Fishing for Dollars!

DENVER – With the fishing season heating up, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is once again joining with Cabelas to offer a few lucky anglers the chance to win up to $2 million in cash and more than $225,000 in additional prizes by catching tagged fish at select lakes across the United States.

Colorado is one of 19 states participating in this year's Wanna Go Fishing for Millions?” event, which is designed to give anglers a little extra incentive to get outdoors and on the water between May 5 and July 8.

”We think this is a wonderful way to call attention to the great fishing we enjoy here in Colorado,” said Greg Gerlich, Colorado Parks and Wildlife's aquatic section manager. “Fishing is a gateway to a life of outdoor recreation, so we support family-friendly events like this that encourage folks to spend time together on the water.”

Anglers who legally catch tagged fish are eligible for contest prizes. Last year, anglers across the country landed 143 winning fish.

Species to be tagged this year include largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, white bass, striped bass, perch, cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout, walleye, crappie, wiper, bluegill and channel catfish. 
Site selections for this year have not yet been announced. Participants who register early will have a four-day advance notice of participating lakes. Complete details of the contest and registration are available online at 

To learn more about fishing Colorado, including conditions reports, tips on where to go or to buy a fishing license, please see:

5th Annual Ridgway River Festival Call for Sponsors

RIDGWAY - The Ridgway River Festival is actively seeking sponsors and silent auction donations for this year’s event on Saturday, June 30. Donations are tax deductible, and directly support RiverFest and/or local watershed restoration, conservation and education initiatives. The free, zero-waste event at Ridgway’s Rollans Park will feature a whitewater rodeo, river race, and family fun at the Kid’s Eddy, with a Watershed Education Tent that promotes education and awareness of various environmental and conservation issues facing the watershed. Live music, food vendors and a beverage tent round out the festivities. Special guests include ‘Glenda the Blenda’– the ever-popular human powered margarita blender bike, and the popular Junk of the Unc contest.

One Presenting Sponsorship will be offered for this year’s RiverFest, for a minimum donation of $2,000, giving the donor an exclusive opportunity to associate their name with all aspects of the RiverFest; other sponsor levels are available. Please visit the sponsor page at for information.

Organizers are happy to accept donations for the festival’s silent auction;its proceeds are dedicated to a river corridor service fund supporting local and regional projects focused on protecting and sustaining the health, beauty and recreation of our watersheds.

The deadline for sponsorship commitment and associated sponsor artwork (for inclusion in banners and festival T-shirt when applicable) is June 10, 2012.

The festival’s organizer, Mosaic Community Project, is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to operate with dedication to promote education, the visual and performing arts, sustainable living practices, and environmental awareness in Ouray County.
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