DELTA COUNTY’S KELLI HEPLER TAPPED FOR STATEWIDE ROLE

By Caitlin Switzer DELTA—(October 1, 2013)  With a budget of just $79,000 this year, Kelli Hepler is accustomed to making great things happen on a shoestring for Colorado’s Western Slope. Honored with a Colorado Governors’ award for her work in tourism promotion just two years ago, Hepler is best known for promoting and organizing Delta County’s Tourism Cabinet—she is the …

LONGTIME MONTROSE BUSINESS OWNER WESTCOTT SPEAKS OUT ABOUT DOWNTOWN PROMOTION STRATEGIES

By Caitlin Switzer MONTROSE—(October 1, 2013)  Glee Westcott first opened her shop in Downtown Montrose 33 years ago, a 100-square-foot location across from City Market, in the location that until recently was occupied by State Beauty Supply. “I did my stained glass there, and shared space with a floral company,” Westcott said. “My next location was near Main Street, a …

Sequestration Impacts Hitting Home

Guest Editorial REGIONAL—(October 1, 2013)  Volunteers of America, Senior CommUnity Meals is just the latest among many government-funded programs that are being impacted by Federal Sequestration cuts. The toughest thing to face is that these aren’t just “budget cuts” – they are “people cuts” – and they are hitting the most vulnerable of our population, our senior citizens.   Volunteers …

GET YOUR RIDE ON!

By Liesl Greathouse MONTROSE-(Ocotber 1, 2013)  -One unique trade that has been thriving in Montrose is the custom vehicle industry, and Montrose has quite the selection to pick from. Easy Riders! One such business is Roger Bourget’s Chopper Shoppe, where Roger Bourget builds custom motorcycles, either from the ground up or by modifying others.  Roger has been in the industry …

AUTHOR WORKS TO RESTORE HISTORIC NAME TO LOCAL PEAK

By Caitlin Switzer REGIONAL—(October 1, 2013)  It’s a lesson in the nature of mountains, and of man. A name chosen for a peak centuries ago was lost to time, though the peak itself remains at the head of Bridal Veil Basin above Telluride. Author Jeff Burch discovered the situation while researching his latest work, The Peaks of Telluride. Burch, who …