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DMEA General Manager Announces Retirement

Delta-Montrose Electric Association General Manager, Dan McClendon has submitted his notice of retirement to the organization’s board of directors.  “We were all completely surprised by Dan’s letter.” said  DMEA Board President Nancy Hovde.  McClendon will all of his current duties until Feb. 7, 2014, including working with DMEA to complete the annual budget cycle and processing a member rate adjustment to compensate for increases from Tri-State Generation and Transmission, its wholesale power provider.

“The last two years have been exceptional years resulting in much progress for the Association,” said McClendon, who has worked for DMEA for 29 years. “In the wake of large wholesale rate increases and a severe economic downturn, DMEA has reacted with prudence and exceptional operational advancement. DMEA stands nearly alone as a national leader in technology deployment, customer satisfaction, service reliability, safety, operational efficiency and cost reduction.”

McClendon was upbeat as he moved to conclude his 29-year career with the cooperative. “My employment here has been a privilege as I have worked side by side with talented and loyal employees and supportive directors in serving the members of DMEA.

“I wish only the best for all of the DMEA directors, employees, and, of course‚ the members. I have been honored to be a part of this organization.”

Eldon Hurst Dies in Colorado Springs

Longtime Telluride resident local Eldon Hurst died in a hospital in Colorado Springs in the early morning hours of Monday, Oct. 14, after a long illness. Hurst, who was born on Nov. 26, 1954, is survived by his mother, four brothers, five sisters and numerous nieces and nephews. More information will be forthcoming.

Montrose Aquatic Center Has Reopened

The indoor pool at the Aquatic Center, which shut down Saturday, Oct. 12, due to unexpected mechanical issues, reopened as of Monday, Oct. 14. An elevated chlorine level prompted the closure was an elevated chlorine level, after the pulsar unit regulating chlorine levels malfunctioned. The pool was re-balanced over the weekend and the pulsar unit repaired, returning chlorine levels to the appropriate range.

Staff also worked to ensure continued operation of the pool’s sand filter, from which, despite daily and frequent vacuuming, increasingly large amounts of sand were leaking into the pool. Maintenance personnel identified the problem as a broken lateral, or the guts of the sand filter responsible for the actual filtration of pool water.

MMHI Board Members Elected

At its annual meeting on Oct. 8, Montrose Memorial Hospital Inc. elected three new board members. Out of a field of nine candidates for three open seats, the nominating committee selected Ronald Courtney, Mary Vader, D.O., and Lance Lehigh for the board.

Courtney is a Certified Public Accountant and vice president/CFO for DTS Fluid Power, Inc.;  Dr. Vader is a pediatrician and senior partner at Pediatric Associates in Montrose and Lehigh is CFO at the Midwestern Colorado Mental Health Center. 

“We are pleased to have so many people interested in serving on the MMHI Board of Directors.  It’s exciting to see the energy, skill sets, and knowledge base of our new members,” said Debra Harmon, MMHI Board Chair.

The MMHi Board of Directors meets at Montrose Memorial Hospital on the fourth Monday of every month at 5 p.m. Contact Lark Jacobsen at 970/240-7397 for more information.

Region 10 Teams Up With Networks Unlimited

The Region 10 Small Business Resource Center presents a Constant Contact seminar on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 12-1:30 p.m. at 300 North Cascade in Montrose. “We know that for a small business owner, Constant Contact is a resource that can make a significant difference in the effectiveness of your outreach efforts,” Region 10 SBRC Director Vince Fandel said. “This seminar will help you make the most of your investment.”

The seminar is presented by Lauren Bell of Networks Unlimited. To reserve a space, call Claudette at 970/249-2436, ext. 11.  Admission is $20, and participants are encouraged to bring a sack lunch.

Region 10 is also offering classes on “Starting Your Own Business,”  “Quickbooks,” “Creating a Business Plan” and more, all supported with individual counseling sessions. For more information, call Vince Fandel at 970/249-2436 ext. 17.

The nonprofit Region 10 League for Economic Assistance and Planning was formed in 1972 and serves six-counties (Montrose, Delta, Gunnison, Ouray, Hinsdale and San Miguel), operates an Enterprise center (300 North Cascade) administers the Enterprise Zone Business and Contribution tax credit programs, oversees the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) and Community Living Services, coordinates Regional Transportation planning, and offers a loan program for small business. To learn more call 970-249-2436 or visit the web site at



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