ECONOMY STILL PRESENTS CHALLENGES FOR FAMILIES, KIDS

By Caitlin Switzer MONTROSE-Patty Ray can’t help bringing her work home with her. Ray, who owns and operates Hug-A-Bear Child Care & Learning Center in Montrose, is also raising two adopted and two foster children–all between the ages of three and seven–in addition to two grown children of her own. Ray is very familiar with the economic challenges parents face …

PRIVATE PROPERTY “WRONGS”–TRESPASSED LANDOWNERS FRUSTRATED WITH CIVIL PROCESS

Mirror Staff Report MONTROSE–He has no certificate of occupancy, and no access or sanitation permits despite the presence of port-a-pot facilities, carports and a residence. And yet, an alleged trespasser in Spring Creek Canyon is not being targeted by Montrose County for permit violations, County Planner Steve White said. “At this point we are not taking action,” White said. “There …

“I CAN HEAR MUSIC SPILLING OUT OVER MAIN STREET…”

Meeks Buy Masonic Building for Upscale Jazz, Events Venue By Caitlin Switzer MONTROSE—(August 5, 2014)  Yvonne Meek recalls vividly the first time she and her husband Harris stepped into the Masonic Building at 509-511 Main Street in Montrose. “This was when we first came to Montrose, 16 or 17 years ago,” Meek recalled. “The place was in such disrepair! It …

WOODTURNERS SET UP SHOP, TURN OUT TOPS FOR KIDS

By Gail Marvel MONTROSE—(August 5, 2014)  The Montrose Area Woodturners garnered rave reviews with wood turning demonstrations at the Montrose County Fair. The fair, held July 17-27 was an opportunity to expose the community to the local wood turners’ handiwork. The wood turners manned three hour shifts at their booth where they greeted the public; showed off novice and expert …

CITY, COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENTS FORGE STRONG ALLIANCE

By Caitlin Switzer MONTROSE—(August 5, 2014)  Yes, the pavement is perfect and the new Colorado Mesa University Quad allows students to walk safely back and forth between buildings at CMU’s Montrose Campus. However, the project also reveals what can be accomplished when local agencies work together, according to City of Montrose Public Works Director John Harris and Montrose County Public …