Montrose Fresh
Montrose Fresh
Nov 30, 2020
Montrose Fresh: A Time Capsule From 1970
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Good morning and welcome to Montrose Fresh, the new podcast from The Montrose Daily Press. Today is Monday November 30th and we’re here to bring you the local news, events, announcements, jobs, and more that matter to us here in Western Colorado. Today, our focus is on the recently unearthed time capsule that was buried at Centennial Plaza back in 1970.


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Before we begin, here are some things going on in Montrose this week. 


St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Delta will hold noon Advent concerts starting Tuesday, December 1st and continuing through Dec. 22. The first concert features tenor Paul Rosin with pianist Sharon Clark, performing some Christmas tunes. The public is invited to attend, in masks, and maintaining a 6-feet apart from others. Keep in mind there will be temperature screening and hand sanitizer. If you’d rather watch from home you can do so via Zoom. To get the link or learn more visit us at


And on Sunday there’s a Family Film Screening of Christmas in the Clouds - an award-winning romantic comedy that was the first ever to feature an almost entirely Native American cast. The screening begins at 1:30PM and is located at the Ute Indian Museum.


Now, our feature story.


That was Montrose Mayor Barbara Bynum who opened up a ceremony after city personnel unearthed a time capsule that had been buried back in 1970.


For 50 years, the capsule was buried underground at Centennial Plaza in Montrose. And finally, in October, the historical artifacts that the community had placed inside of the capsule were revealed. 


Some of the contents included: letter from Governor. John A. Love, a letter from former Montrose Mayor Russell Alley, a map of Montrose, a local restaurant menu, cassette tapes with popular songs from 1970, stamps, coins, and of course, a copy of the Montrose Daily Press “Americanism” issue from the weekend the capsule was buried.


In addition to Mayor Bynum, other community leaders spoke at the ceremony including Gunnison Clamp of the City of Montrose Youth Council. 


Following the ceremony, the capsule was taken to the Centennial Meeting Room, right next to the plaza, where its contents were removed, catalogued and preserved by a small group of city staff. 


As Mayor Bynum said, citizens who placed items in the time capsule probably did not expect Montrose to gather 50 years later, six feet apart while wearing masks. But nonetheless, the enthusiasm throughout the small crowd was evident. 


She also noted that the event was an important tribute to 50 years of service, and what it means to want to put yourself out there to serve your community and to make it the great place to live that we all enjoy.


Next, here are a few other things going on in Montrose that you should know about.


The Montrose Police Department has changed protocols for its lobby and is working with health officials after some staff members tested positive for COVID-19.


The Air Force announced that Colorado has made the finalist list for the U.S. Space Command Headquarters.


Two people died on Thanksgiving afternoon when their plane crashed just east of Telluride Regional Airport.


And finally, we know it’s a difficult time to search for a job right now, so we’re excited to bring you a new opportunity. Today’s job listing is from Colorow Care Center. They’re currently hiring for multiple roles including Social Services Assistant, Registered Nurse, and Speech Therapist. If you think you’d be a good fit for any of these roles you can contact them by calling 970-323-5504.


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