DELTA – The Partners Program hosts its SuperBowl XII at Valley Lanes in Delta on Saturday, Feb. 2.
Sign up yourself and a young “Partner for the Day” to bowl in the morning Youth Tournament, or put together a team of four for the Adult Tournament in the afternoon! The morning Youth Tournament begins with check-in at 9 a.m. and is a Scotch Doubles Tournament (two bowl as one, with the youngest bowling first), with prizes, pizza, and a drink for the kids. The afternoon Adult Tournament is a 9-pin no-tap handicap competition, check-in at 12:30 p.m. – and a $500 cash prize to the highest scoring team. Ten dollars for adults in morning Youth Tournament; kids are free; afternoon Adult Tournament $25 per person.
Registration forms are available from both Partners offices in Delta and Montrose, Valley Lanes in Delta, and on line at www.partners-west.org/SuperBowl.html.
AWAITING TOXICOLOGY REPORTS ON TWO DEATHS IN OURAY COUNTY
OURAY COUNTY – The Ouray County Sheriff’s Office is awaiting toxicology reports on two deaths in Ouray County last week. On Tuesday, Jan. 22, the agency responded to the unattended death of a 72-year-old woman in her home on Mary’s Road in the Idlewild Subdivision. This was followed on Saturday, Jan. 26, by the unattended death of a middle-aged male in his home on the 31000 block of Highway 550 (right across from the Pa-Co-Chu-Puk entrance to Ridgway State Park). Ouray Sheriff Junior Mattivi reported that the cause of death is not yet known in either case.
PREVENT FROZEN WATER LINES
MONTROSE – Seasonally cold temperatures are causing frozen water lines throughout Montrose, and officials urge residents to take precautions.
Maintaining water flow in the line helps prevent freezing; in many cases, problems can be avoided by simply allowing interior faucets to trickle. Pipes and equipment in exposed areas should be properly winterized or protected with insulation and/or heat tape. Additional freeze prevention information is at www.cityofmontrose.org.
Water lines and boilers in unheated spaces, such as garages, are particularly susceptible to low temperatures, although during periods of sustained low temperatures even buried water lines and meter pits are at risk.
Cold temperatures can also cause breaks in city utility lines. Report frozen or broken municipal to 240-1400. Please note that city crews respond only to problems with city service.
William Arthur and Harriette Marie Collins Lingham Memorial Scholarships Available
MONTROSE – Applications are now being accepted for the William Arthur and Harriette Marie Collins Lingham Memorial Scholarships. To be eligible for the scholarship, an applicant must have attended school in Montrose County for a minimum of one year. No high school diploma, high degree of scholarship or current Montrose County residency is required; there is no age requirement.
The applicant must have demonstrated an earnest desire and ambition to acquire the education and skills for a chosen vocation, as well as performance in his or her chosen vocation, and plan to attend a vocational or technical school, a training program, a two- or four-year college.
Applications forms are available in the counseling offices of Montrose, Nucla, and Olathe High Schools and at the administrative offices of Montrose County School District RE-1J; application deadline March 1.
MHS Student Athlete Scholarship Available
MONTROSE – Applications for the Duane H. Cunningham Memorial Scholarship are now available for 2013 Montrose High School student athlete graduates.
Cunningham, a graduate of Montrose High School, was a longtime resident of Montrose who possessed a strong work ethic and an unshakeable belief in the importance of integrity and personal responsibility. He was active in the community and a staunch supporter of Montrose athletics. This scholarship is established in Duane’s memory to recognize these same qualities in a deserving athlete.
Applicants must be current MHS senior athletes in a sports program for at least two years. Applications and information are now available in the MHS Guidance Office; the deadline is April 12.
Montrose County Republican Women Scholarships
MONTROSE – The Montrose County Republican Women’s scholarship applications are now available. Applicants must be female students in Montrose or Olathe, and graduating seniors of the Class of 2013 planning to attend an accredited two- or four-year college or university or an accredited vocational – technical school next fall. Preferred majors for collegiate study are in the fields of political science, government, international studies, criminal justice and law enforcement; other intended majors will be considered by the selection committee on a case-by-case basis. Applications are now available through the Guidance Offices at Montrose and Olathe High Schools; submission deadline is April 13.
in Montrose. The deadline for application forms is March 1.
BLM Seeks Nominations to Southwest Resource Advisory Council
MONTROSE – The Bureau of Land Management today announced that it is seeking public nominations for open positions on its 29 Resource Advisory Councils, which advise the BLM on public land issues. As advertised in the Federal Register, the BLM will consider nominations for 45 days.
The BLM’s RACs, comprised of citizens chosen for their expertise in natural resource issues, help the Bureau carry out its stewardship of more than 245 million acres of public lands. The Bureau, which manages more land than any other Federal agency, has 29 RACs across the West, where most BLM-managed land is located. Each RAC consists of 10-15 members with an interest or expertise in public land management, including such individuals as conservationists, ranchers, outdoor recreationists, state and local government officials, Tribal officials, and academics. The diverse membership of each RAC helps ensure that BLM land managers get the varying perspectives they need to achieve their mission, which is to manage the public lands for multiple uses.
“Each of the RACs lend their unique combination of geographic and resource expertise to inform the BLM’s decisions,” said Acting BLM Director Mike Pool. “The members of our RACs help our field offices by acting as sounding boards in all types of resource management issues. They are a tremendous resource for field managers across the West.”
Individuals may nominate themselves or others to serve on an advisory council. Nominees, who must be residents of the state or states where the RAC has jurisdiction, will be judged on the basis of their training, education, and knowledge of the council’s geographical area. Nominees should also demonstrate a commitment to consensus building and collaborative decision-making. All nominations must be accompanied by letters of reference from any represented interests or organizations; a completed RAC application; and any other information that speaks to the nominee's qualifications. To complete the nomination form, go to http://on.doi.gov/yIOMcT.
Each of the 29 RACs has different positions open in the following categories:
Category One – Public land ranchers and representatives of organizations associated with energy and mineral development, the timber industry, transportation or rights-of-way, off-highway vehicle use, and commercial recreation.
Category Two – Representatives of nationally or regionally recognized environmental organizations, archaeological and historical organizations, dispersed recreation activities, and wild horse and burro organizations.
Category Three – Representatives of state, county, or local elected office; representatives and employees of a state agency responsible for the management of natural resources; representatives of Indian Tribes within or adjacent to the area for which the RAC is organized; representatives and employees of academic institutions who are involved in natural sciences; and the public-at-large.
In the Southwest District, five positions are open including two Category 1 positions, one Category 2 position and two Category 3 positions. Nominations for the Southwest District (Gunnison, Tres Rios and Uncompahgre Field Offices) RAC must be submitted by Thursday, Mar. 14 to the Bureau of Land Management, Attn: Shannon Borders, 2465 S. Townsend Ave., Montrose, CO 81401. Additional requirements can be found by going to http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Resources/racs/swrac.html or by calling Borders at 970/240-5399.
CSU-Extension Announces Food Growing Series
SAN MIGUEL AND WEST MONTROSE COUNTIES – The Colorado State University Extension Office in San Miguel and West Montrose Counties is now accepting applications for its 13 week Food Growing Series.
Participants will receive training in Garden Planning and Design; Soil Fertility, Cover Crops and Compost; Irrigation and Water Conservation; Culture of Vegetables; Starting from Seed; Small Fruits and Tree Fruits; Season Extension; Harvest/Postharvest; Pests (insects, disease and critters); Food Preservation and Safety; Backyard Chickens and Pigs; Goats for milk, meat and fiber and Land Management.
This program, geared towards local gardening conditions, and taught by CSU Extension professionals and local experts, runs March 7-June 6. Classes take place at the Placerville Firehouse Thursdays, 6-8:30 pm. Registration is due Feb. 27.
For more information and/or an application visit www.extension.colostate.edu/sanmiguel/ or call 327-4393 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Yvette.Henson@colostate.edu.
SMPA’s Community Solar Project Earns National Accolades
Above: Brad Zaporski, SMPA Manager of Member Services/Marketing and Daniel Dus, Chief Operating Officer of Martifer Solar accept the Solar Power Generation USA 2013 Best Solar Collaboration Award.
Solar Power Generation USA awarded San Miguel Power Association, Inc. (SMPA) the 2013 Best Solar Collaboration Award for the co-op’s community-owned solar array. This award is viewed as one of the most prestigious honors in the solar industry. SMPA partnered with the Clean Energy Collective (CEC) of Carbondale, Colo., to develop the one-megawatt solar facility in Paradox Valley. Martifer Solar and Sunsense Solar also joined the team, providing the 4,440 solar panels and manpower for installation.
Solar Power Generation USA called the project “a tight collaboration” that “navigated a whole host of challenges to be completed within budget and in record time with amazing attention to detail.” They also identified the project’s community-owned business model as unique asset. The award was voted on by a panel of judges made up of independent industry leaders from around the globe.
“This award is well-deserved recognition for the hard work of SMPA’s employees and board members. We set a goal to invest in renewable technology in the most economical way possible. It took time, effort and determination – despite some setbacks – before we were able to put a successful project on the ground. Of course the project wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our members and the partnerships we built with CEC, Martifer Solar and Sunsense Solar,” said SMPA General Manager Kevin Ritter.
SMPA members can buy into the SMPA Community Solar Array by purchasing solar panels. SMPA will directly credit the member’s monthly electric bill for the power their panel produces in the community array. Each solar panel is 235 watts, costs between $700 and $800 and will generate around $45 worth of electricity per year.
Community-owned solar projects can offer some advantages over traditional private installations. Prior to this project, members who were interested in solar generation had to install panels on their individual homes or businesses. This limited the participation of renters and members with poor solar locations. In contrast, the SMPA Community Solar Array is located on an ideal site with excellent sun exposure. CEC will also own, operate and maintain the array, meaning that members who purchase a panel in the array will incur no additional operation or maintenance costs.
The CEC is currently selling panels and working with members to determine what will fit their budgets and energy use. They also offer flexible, low-cost, long-term financing for qualified members through Sooper Credit Union and the Clean Energy Loan program. Members interested in learning more or purchasing panels should contact CEC directly at www.smpasolar.com, 1-888-208-5858 or email@example.com.
San Miguel Power Association, Inc. is a member-owned, locally-controlled rural electric cooperative with offices in Nucla and Ridgway, Colo. It is the mission of San Miguel Power Association to demonstrate corporate responsibility and community service while providing our members safe, reliable, cost effective and environmentally responsible electrical service. SMPA serves approximately 9,600 members and 14,000 meters and supports local communities with $200,000 annually in property taxes and $400,000 in energy efficiency and renewable energy rebates.
For Immediate Release:
4-H Youth Development Program of San Miguel and West Montrose Counties
We are accepting new applications and Enrollments for Volunteer Leaders, Members, and Clubs.
The Colorado State University Extension Office in San Miguel and West Montrose Counties is thrilled to announce that we are accepting applications for new enrollments and re-enrollments for our 4-H Youth Program. All our welcome to join and enroll as a new club, leader, or member. If you have a special skill or hobby you would like to share with the youth in our communities, please come by our Norwood office for more information. Enrollments are due for new members by April 1st .
4-H members will “learn by doing” in a wide variety of projects that are available to choose from and available to view on our website. 4-H is a community of young people, lead by our volunteers, learning citizenship, leadership, and life skills that will last a lifetime.
For more information stop by our office from 8-4 Monday – Friday, at 1120 Summit Street in Norwood, CO or visit our website at www.extension,colostate.edu/sanmiguel/. You may also call us at 970-327-4393 or email us at Cally.Anderson@colostate.edu, Yvette.Henson@colostate.edu, & firstname.lastname@example.org .
Sent By: Cally Anderson, 4-H Youth Development Program Coordinator
THIRD ANNUALNUCLA RESOLUTION 5K RUN/WALK
MONTROSE COUNTY – Montrose West Recreation’s Third Annual Nucla Resolution 5K Run/Walk, benefiting Hoof & Paw, the West End’s animal rescue shelter, takes place Sunday, February 17.
The volunteer driven Hoof & Paw has been fostering lost and homeless animals and providing adoption, immunization, spay and neutering services at no cost, or low cost; race participants are encouraged to bring their leashed dogs along for this fun annual event.
The competitive 5K race starts from the Nucla Fire House at 12 p.m. looping through Nucla streets, with moderate elevation gain, and first, second and third place ribbons in the men’s and women’s running and walking categories. The $20 registration fee provides participants with a race bib, post-race refreshments and a commemorative T-shirt.
Participants are encouraged to pre-register although registration is available on race day. Doggy snacks and prizes will also be offered. The race will be held rain, snow or shine, so please dress accordingly. To register or volunteer, call Paul at 864/428-2276 or email email@example.com.