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Posted on: April 17, 2014

BOCC Meeting Regarding Airport Fixed-Base Operator Will be Postponed

Following concern from citizens at this week’s public hearing regarding the proposed fixed-base operator (FBO) contract with Majestic Skies LLC, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will postpone the agenda item set for Monday’s board meeting. In res...Read on...

Posted on: April 17, 2014

Commissioner Henderson Admitted to Hospital

This morning, Commissioner Ron Henderson was admitted to Montrose Memorial Hospital. He is being treated for a blockage. At this time, the Henderson's are asking for privacy as Commissioner Henderson recovers. Montrose County would like to offer our thoughts and prayers to Commissioner Henderson and his family. Official information regarding this matter will be released from Montrose County. Read on...

Posted on: April 16, 2014

Dads Empowered Through On-the-Job Training

Montrose County Health & Human Services’ (HHS) Empowering Dads Program is experiencing positive results for participants in its economic assistance program. Specifically, the program has produced gainful employment for 86 percent of its participants. Through partnerships with the Western Region Colorado Workforce Centers and area businesses, unemployed or underemployed fathers are gaining skills and employment through a locally-designed program titled “Empowering Dads thru HIRE” or HIRE.

The program began in July 2012, and has been amassing impressive statistics since its inception. For instance, through March of 2014, 25 local businesses have provided a training venue for 33 dads. With a total of 73 participants in the HIRE program, 86 percent secured regular employment—that is roughly 63 new employees hired that correlates directly with priority one (managed growth and economic development) of the county’s citizen-driven strategic plan.

“These numbers affirm the work that we are doing in not only the Empowering Dads Program, but the Empowering Dads thru HIRE program as well,” said Empowering Dads Manager Jon Merritt. “The dedication of these dads, our Fatherhood Coaches, and Workforce Center staff, as well as the partnerships Workforce has fostered with local businesses directly correlates with the program’s success.”

The Empowering Dads thru HIRE program offers job readiness assessment and planning with a Workforce Center Employment Specialist to qualified individuals enrolled in the Fatherhood Program. Successful participants can be placed with a local participating business that matches their abilities and skill training or career interests. Participants can learn on-the-job skills while earning pay equivalent to a new hire at the business.

Businesses that participate agree to provide onsite training while Workforce Center serves as the employer of record through special contract from the Empowering Dads Program. Businesses are under no obligation to retain participants as their employees, but may choose to do so if interested.

Empowering Dads is a fatherhood support program committed to helping fathers reach their full potential. The program offers services and support for fathers in Montrose, Delta, Ouray and San Miguel counties. Central to the program is a Fatherhood Coach that is assigned to each participant. The coach is able to give personal attention to each father, offer a listening ear, make an assessment of the father’s most pressing needs and form a game-plan for accomplishing specific fatherhood goals. Other benefits of the program include parenting and healthy relationship classes. To learn more about this great resource for fathers and families, or to enroll, please contact Empowering Dads by email (, phone (970-252-5000) or on Facebook (

Participating businesses since July 2012:

-Montrose County-
A & A Auto CustomsThe Glass Doctor
Great Harvest Bread Co.Greenway Pro Landscaping
Habitat for Humanity ReStoreHabitat for Humanity Construction
Montrose Marble & GraniteMoore Tire
Park Avenue True Value HardwareRed Barn Restaurant
Ridgway Valley EnterprisesSalvation Army of Montrose
Western Gravel, Inc.

-Delta County-Big O Tires
Delta CountyDelta-Montrose Technical College
Energy Field SecurityEscalante State Wildlife Area
Expressed Naturally, Inc.Grand Mesa Motor Sports, Inc.
Hotchkiss MeatsIndustrial Systems, Inc.
Leadville K9 InvestigationsSurface Creek Family Medical Practice
Morris Monument

-Ouray County-Ridgway StateRead on...

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Posted on: April 15, 2014

Telecommunicators: The Unsung Heroes of Emergency Responders

Montrose, COLO.--The Montrose Board of County Commissioners invites the public to join in celebrating April 13-19, as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. Telecommunicators are the men and women that provide a vital link to public safety servic...Read on...

Posted on: April 11, 2014

Fair Board Approves 2014 Fair Theme and a New Logo

Montrose County Fair and Rodeo

The Montrose County Fair Board recently approved the 2014 Fair and Rodeo Theme—“Vintage. New. You.” In conjunction with the theme approval, the board also voted to establish a new logo.

The theme was reinterpreted from the submission of 'Pioneer Days to Modern Ways' by Montrose County Fair & Rodeo Princess Jacey Taylor. Taylor took home the $50 prize for the top logo submission. The theme was chosen as it encompasses a wide variety of potential as well as celebrates the county’s rich history. Additionally, the theme represents movement toward new technology and the future while honoring community involvement in the oldest event in Montrose.

Fair Board President Doug Kimberlin indicated that the board was pleased by both the new theme and logo. “We are excited to weave the theme into this year’s fair,” said Kimberlin. “Agricultural programs such as 4-H are an important part of our local community and help develop outstanding young citizens to carry on our traditions and embrace new technologies.”

The new logo was designed by local creative talent Rene Bobo of Bobo Logos. For 2014, the new logo is customized with the theme as well as a silhouette of a cow. Both features will be changed annually to accommodate the new theme, as well as provide representation to different events and animals within the fair.

The Montrose County Fair & Rodeo will be held July 18-27, at the Montrose County Fairgrounds (1001 North 2nd Street). For more information, please call 970-252-4358Read on...

Posted on: April 10, 2014

Montrose County Recognizes Child Abuse Prevention Month With a Proclamation and Awareness Walk

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Montrose County recently followed suit by proclaiming the month of April Child Abuse Prevention Month on a local level as well. Montrose County is proud to partner with Dolphin House, Partners, Hilltop...Read on...

Posted on: March 18, 2014

Montrose County Sheriff's Office's Susan Byrne Named APCO Communications Director of the Year

Montrose, COLO.-- Susan Byrne, the Communications Director for the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office, was recently selected as the Colorado Association of Public Safety Communication Officials (APCO) 2014 Communications Director of the Year. “This award h...Read on...

Posted on: March 4, 2014

Montrose County Sheriff's Office Purchases Robot for Deputy & Community Safety

Following last year’s deputy shooting incident in Maher, Montrose County Sheriff Rick Dunlap identified a need to prioritize safety. Sheriff Dunlap, Undersheriff Adam Murdie and Sergeant Ben Halsey have upgraded technology at the Sheriff’s Office (SO) an...Read on...

Posted on: February 21, 2014

County Sheriffs of Colorado Scholarship Program

Montrose, COLO.-- Montrose County Sheriff Rick Dunlap announced today that County Sheriffs of Colorado, Inc. (CSOC), the state Sheriffs Association, will award a $500 scholarship to a deserving Montrose County student this spring. CSOC established the sc...Read more »