Montrose Fresh
Montrose Fresh
Feb 12, 2021
Students have today off as Montrose County School District employees get COVID-19 vaccinations
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Welcome to Montrose Fresh, from The Montrose Daily Press. It’s Friday February 12th, and we’re here with local news, events, announcements, jobs, and more that matter to us here in Western Colorado. 

Today - Students have today off from school as Montrose County School District employees receive their COVID-19 vaccinations. 

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Before we begin, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is hosting an online “Sportspersons’ Roundtable” for hunting, fishing and wildlife issues in Southwest Colorado. The meeting is on February 18th, and will take place via Zoom at 6 p.m.

CPW staff will present updates on the 2021 hunting season, terrestrial species, aquatic species and other issues that they’re facing.

To find the zoom link visit us at, or check this podcast episode description.

To connect with the call, go to: Then enter the meeting ID 81468446639 and the passcode, 700654. Those who don’t have internet access, can phone in at: 720-928-9299 and then enter the meeting ID 81468446639 and the passcode, 700654. Contact Joe Lewandowski at 970-759-9590 or via email at with questions.

Now, our feature story.

Students have today off from school as Montrose County School District employees receive their COVID-19 vaccinations. The district sent a letter to families notifying them of the school closure after the state announced that 35% of vaccine supplies will be earmarked for school staff.

According to the letter vaccine doses will be administered over the next three Fridays.

The letter also says that getting educators vaccinated means that they will be better protected from the virus, and it will reduce the number of quarantines necessary. This will reduce interruptions to in-person learning, and help ensure that parents can report to their own workplaces without child care or remote learning demands.

Ahead of today's vaccinations, Superintendent Carrie Stephenson discussed the plan during Tuesday’s board of education meeting. 

The district is working in partnership with public health to administer the first round of vaccines. Matt Jenkins, MCDS’s public information officer said that they had initially narrowed down the first registration to people who see kids on a routine basis. But upon learning of the availability of more doses, the district opened up the registration to office personnel.

There are roughly 1,000 people employed in the district, which includes coaches and club sponsors. Looking strictly at the building staff, there are around 750 people.

Board member Eric Kelley asked the question - what’s the plan for teachers who decide not to receive the vaccine? 

Superintendent Stephenson says staff who elect not to get the vaccine for personal or medical reasons will still be required to be quarantined if exposed to the virus.

Although staff will be vaccinated over the coming weeks and fully vaccinated in the coming months, the district’s COVID-19 mitigation strategies will remain in place for now to keep everyone safe. 

Gov. Polis said that two weeks after educators’ second dose, they no longer have to quarantine if they have COVID exposure

Vaccinations for educators is one step closer to a return to normalcy as the district remains committed to welcoming students back to 100% in-person instruction.

Now, some local history. This week's local history is brought to you by England Fence. England Fence is family owned and operated, and they're ready to help you build your dream fence, archway, gate, or deck. Give them a call at 970-249-4430, or head over to their website

Anna Lee Mills was born in Montrose, on April 19, 1921. She was an American jockey and trick rider in rodeos. She was also the first woman in the United States to receive a jockey's license. Anna pursued her professional horse racing career from, winning many races at state and county fairs. She then pursued a second career as a trick rider. She was inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 1983 and the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame in 2004.

And finally, before we go we’d like to take a moment to remember the life of 

James Austin. Jim left this earth with the same bravado that he lived by. As anyone who knew him would agree. Jim was larger than life. Whether you crossed paths with him at KU, where he was student body president, in Montrose where he was city manager, or Glenwood Springs, Grand Junction, Atlanta, Mexico, Copenhagen or Spain --- you surely remember a man of intelligence, humor and creativity who had a big voice and a bigger heart. Jim did not walk into a room unnoticed ... and if he did, he’d make sure to get your attention.

His greatest love was Patty, his soulmate and wife of over 60 years. Jim and Patty were together their entire lives — their “first date” captured in a photo of the two of them sharing a tire swing at age 3. Jim also went through life with an amazing cadre of close friends — too many to mention by name. In addition to Patty, he leaves behind a family who adored him. 

Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Jim’s life. That’s all for today, thank you for listening! For more information on any of these stories visit us at

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