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Today - How the Montrose County Sheriff's Posse has coped during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Before we begin, a quick announcement.
The Montrose County School District COVID-19 Response Team determined that the Montrose and Johnson Early Childhood Center campuses will temporarily transition to remote learning. This decision was made due to COVID-19 staffing impacts, increasing student positive cases, and a lack of substitute staff coverage. To learn more visit us at montrosepress.com.
Now, our feature story.
The Montrose County Sheriff’s Posse weathered COVID-19 in 2020, but the all-volunteer organization was busy. In addition to helping the county respond to the pandemic, they helped with several wildfires and customary search and rescue operations.
That was MCSO Posse Director Mark Rackay.
The posse needs community support to conduct its thousands of hours of volunteer work. So, again, they’ve sent out an annual fundraising letter to help its operations.
Rackay said that Covid has changed their stance a little bit on the way they have to operate.
The pandemic prompted Montrose County to open a call center at the Emergency Operations Management building, which the posse staffed for the first few months.
They were working six days a week. They were going back and forth to Grand Junction, getting supplies from the emergency stockpile. They even set up cots at schools.
The sheriff’s office and WestCO dispatch are integral to posse success.
And Rackay said that the support they’ve had from this administration has been phenomenal.
According to him the communication is very good between the agencies.
Overall, volunteers with the Montrose and West End posse divisions contributed about 3,700 hours of work. That’s work that the taxpayers did not have to pay for.
As we mentioned, the posse even lends a hand for wildfires on private property and last year, helped on four.
The posse provides and maintains its own equipment and supplies. Some of the vehicles are more than 20 years old and much of the equipment, including a trailer, needs a lot of maintenance.
But they work off the support of the citizens. And they could surely use the help this year.
The fundraising letters will come directly from the posse. The posse does not call people directly or contact them directly online for money.
The new year has already been busy, but, fortunately, — two saves this past Saturday alone.
Rackay said they saved three people. They saved three dogs. And that’s a good way to start the year.
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Montrose was originally founded to provide supplies to nearby mining communities. But, with the mines' decline, agriculture soon took over as the major economy.
And finally, before we go we’d like to take a moment to remember the life of Jimmie L. Salaz. Jimmie was born in Montrose. He also proudly served his country in the Marines. After serving he returned home and worked in the mines, concrete and carpentry.
He met and married his first wife Julia where he had his children Derald, Cheryl, Geraldine and Jamie. Later in life he met and married his wife Erma. With this second marriage he gained three stepchildren, Alberta, Jeff and Andrew.
He was a very loving and happy man. When you saw him, he always had a big smile on his face. He enjoyed spending time in the outdoors hunting, fishing, and camping. Nothing brought him more happiness than spending time with family and friends.
He is at peace now and will be dearly missed by all those that knew him. Thank you for taking a moment today to remember and celebrate Jimmie’s life.
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