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CLS Receives Donation from Quilters’ Guild

CLS Receives Donation from Quilters’ Guild

The Black Canyon Quilt Show & Sale was another huge success for the three area quilt guilds. This year Region 10 Community Living Services was chosen to benefit from the proceeds of the sale. Each spring Community Living Services and our community partners from throughout the region join forces to produce a regional Caregiver Summit. This is a great event that supports family and professional caregivers; however, it is costly to put together. The 2018 Caregiver Summit will be the best yet thanks to the hard work and dedication of our community quilters who collectively created over 500 handmade pieces for the sale to benefit our program. The Caregiver Summit is such an important event for our communities and knowing that this generous donation was made possible at the hands of our Montrose quilters make it even more special.

In addition to the donation, we were also invited to do a brief presentation at each of the 3 guilds which helped us get the word out about the programs we have for disabled and older adults. Making sure our community knows about these resources is so important; we want to make sure that those in need of support know where to get it.

THANK YOU to everyone who made the 2017 Black Canyon Quilt Show a success, we will make you proud with the 2018 Caregiver Summit.

Region 10 and NEO Fiber hit the road

Region 10 and NEO Fiber hit the road

In our efforts to improve transparency and promote collaboration, Region 10 and the Broadband Stakeholders Committee are working hard to introduce NEO Fiber — our newly contracted consultant for our region’s broadband implementation efforts — to our various constituencies.

On September 3rd, Region 10 and NEO Fiber travelled to Gunnison to meet with community stakeholders and anchor institutions about broadband needs and capacity. The meeting attracted attendance from both Gunnison and Hinsdale Counties, and brought a diverse group of interests to the same table. With broad representation from higher education, healthcare, private enterprise, and government, the meeting was productive and informative. The goal is to continue these efforts in reaching out to the various communities within the Region 10 territory. A number of future events have been scheduled and we will continue to update this page as new developments occur.

Date Town Time Location Intended Audience
September 8 Montrose 10:00 AM Montrose City Hall Anchor institutions
September 8 Montrose 1:00 PM Montrose City Hall Community members
September 8 Montrose 2:30 PM Montrose City Hall Internet service providers
September 9 Delta 1:00 PM Delta City Hall Anchor institutions
September 9 Cedaredge 4:00 PM Cedaredge Town Hall Anchor institutions
September 26 Hotchkiss 9:00 AM TBD Anchor institutions
September 26 Paonia 2:00 PM TBD Anchor institutions
September 30 Ouray 4:00 PM Ouray Town Hall Anchor institutions
October 1 Telluride 1:00 PM TBD Anchor institutions
October 1 Norwood 4:00 PM TBD Anchor institutions
October 2 Nucla TBD TBD TBD
October 2 Naturita TBD TBD TBD
October 2 Crawford TBD TBD TBD


If you are interested in learning more about our broadband efforts, please feel free to call us at (970) 249-2436 or email at

Watch out North Fork Valley – Region 10 and the Hive are partnering to help small businesses

Watch out North Fork Valley – Region 10 and the Hive are partnering to help small businesses

The North Fork Valley of Delta County prides itself on its small business environment. To help bolster this vibrant community of family-owned businesses, a new partnership is currently being established between Region 10 LEAP, Inc. and the Hive. The goal is to provide technical assistance, consultation, and education at no or minimal cost to business owners.

The Hive, a new co-working space that recently opened in Paonia, is working to foster rapid growth in the creative, entrepreneurial, and small business communities of the North Fork. ”Co-working spaces have been successfully operating in urban areas all over the world for the last several years, but none exist in small (fewer than 100K people) communities,” states Hive founder Chris Yates.  “Since the North Fork Valley is full of highly creative, intelligent entrepreneurs that already understand the huge benefit of resource sharing and collaboration, we thought a world class space like The Hive needed to be born.  So far, it’s taking off like a rocket, and new businesses are already being created and attracted to the North Fork Valley in just a few shorts months of operation.” By providing modern technology, shared resources, nearly 6,000 square feet of renovated space, and a supportive professional network, the Hive is the center of new energy specifically targeting economic development in Paonia.

“Imagine what happens when you put highly experienced web/tech/social media experts in a room with world-class entrepreneurs, organic farmers, attorneys, non-profit community groups, business strategists and funding consultants all working together towards a common goal of helping each other for the greater good of the North Fork Valley and the rest of the world.”

Region 10 has been working tirelessly to expand its Small Business Resource Center (SBRC) and Small Business Development Center (SBDC) services. These programs provide free business consulting for small business owners, who need assistance with business proposals, financial records, and other vital business-oriented activities. Also, coursework offering high-demand content – covering a wide variety of topics such as social media marketing, cloud technology, intellectual property rights, and much more – will be presented to the community at large. Region 10’s goal is to work with and support established community resources, such as The Hive, and provide technical support and resources to strengthen their efforts.

Yates continues, “Imagine what happens when you put highly experienced web/tech/social media experts in a room with world-class entrepreneurs, organic farmers, attorneys, non-profit community groups, business strategists and funding consultants all working together towards a common goal of helping each other for the greater good of the North Fork Valley and the rest of the world. Incredible things are happening here every day!”

Be on the lookout for updates on courses being offered and services provided as this partnership develops and strengthens. For more information about the Hive, be sure to visit their website at Also, for more information about Region 10’s Small Business Resources, please visit the following site:

Job opening: Office Assistant/Bookkeeper

Job opening: Office Assistant/Bookkeeper

Region 10 is seeking a qualified Office Assistant/Bookkeeper for full-time work to assist with bookkeeping, providing general clerical support, answering phones, data entry, meeting logistics and client support.  Proficiency in accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll is required. Must be versed in Microsoft Office products including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.  Grants management preferred but not required.  Please send resume electronically to or mail to Region 10, 300 N Cascade, Suite 1, Montrose, CO 81401. Full job description below.



General Statement of Duties

The position is a full-time position responsible for assisting with bookkeeping, providing general clerical support, data entry, meeting logistic coordination and customer service.


The Office Assistant/Bookkeeper reports to the Executive Director of Region 10 League for Economic Assistance & Planning, Inc.

Examples of Duties

  • Assists the Accountant with Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, and payroll.
  • Assists the Accountant with bank deposits and reconciliation.
  • Assists the Accountant in month end closing, and year-end closing and audit preparation.
  • Maintains and develop all mailing/emailing lists for the organization.
  • Responsible for filing and purging files, including accounting files.
  • Responsible for data entry for reporting purposes as required by the various programs of the organization.
  • Provide general clerical support for the staff including typing, copying, faxing, emailing, document preparation, mailing, and filing.   Maintains office supplies, equipment, etc.
  • Responsible for answering and routing incoming phone calls.
  • Greets customers and provides information or directs them accordingly.
  • Responsible for coordination of meeting logistics, schedules, and meeting minutes for the organization.
  • Assists in facility management including issuance and tracking of keys, building security, maintenance needs, etc.
  • Assist the staff with special projects as may be needed from time to time.
  • Perform other duties as may be required.

Statement of Qualifications

Applicant must have a high school diploma or equivalent. A minimum of three to five years experience in an office environment and in bookkeeping is required.   Previous experience working with a governmental or non-profit organization is desirable.  A background check may be required.

Required Skills

  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated computer competency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access Database, and Adobe Acrobat programs.
  • Use of 10-key, multiple phone lines, and other office equipment.
  • Good knowledge of bookkeeping principles.
  • Strong organizational skills, including the ability to organize alpha and numeric files, lists and other documents.

Functional Attributes

  • Physical Demands: Position requires light lifting, stooping, reaching, handling, talking, and hearing and depth perception.
  • Mental Functions: Position requires comparing, copying, computing, compiling, coordinating, synthesizing, communicating, and interpersonal skills.
  • Environmental Conditions & Physical Surroundings: Position does not involve work in dangerous environmental conditions or physical surroundings.
  • Hazards: Position does not involve work with identified hazards.


Please send cover letter and resume electronically to or by mail to the following address: Region 10, LEAP, Inc.

300 N. Cascade

Suite 1

Montrose, CO 81401

September events offer a plethora of information on senior resources

September events offer a plethora of information on senior resources

September is proving to be a great month for information on senior resources. Start circling your calendar, because these are events you won’t want to miss.

West End Senior Resource Fair

September 10

10:00 am – 1:30 pm

Nucla Senior Center

386 Main Street, Nucla

Sponsored by Region 10, Volunteers of America Senior Community Meals, All Points Transit, Citizens State Bank, and Air Options, the West End Senior Resource Fair is designed to inform local residents about the abundant options for senior living services that are available in their community. This annual event hosts 15 different vendors, who provide service and care directly in the West End. These vendors will offer a smorgasbord of information related to the following:

  • Caregiver support
  • Homemaking
  • Case management
  • Personal care
  • Nutrition
  • Legal aid
  • Transportation
  • Veteran services

“Last year we had over 60 area residents attend,” Region 10 CLS Director, Eva Veitch comments. “It is a highlight for the area and provides a wealth of information.”

Lunch will be provided by Air Options. Free transportation will be provided by All Points Transit from Norwood, Redvale, and Naturita.


September 18th

9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Montrose Pavilions

1800 Pavilion Drive, Montrose

Established by the Beacon Senior Newspaper, this annual event will connect local families with over 50 area businesses who specialize in senior care, services, and programs. Region 10 has partnered with VOA Senior Community Meals, App Points Transit, and Uncompaghre Volunteer Legal Aid to present information on available services offered regionally. Be sure to stop by our station to participate in the Community Conversation Surveys; this is your chance to voice your opinion about unmet needs in your community. “This valuable information will be used to develop the four year plan and determine how the Area Agency on Aging can best serve seniors,” Veitch states.

For more information about these events, please call the Region 10 office at (970) 246-2436. No RSVP necessary. 

U.S. Economic Development Administration Invests $245,000 to support Delta and Gunnison Counties

U.S. Economic Development Administration Invests $245,000 to support Delta and Gunnison Counties

The following is an excerpt taken from a recent press release by the United States’ Economic Development Administration. The full press release can be viewed here

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) today announced $545,000 in grants to support disaster and community economic resiliency efforts in Colorado.

“The Obama administration is committed to helping communities impacted by natural disasters and major economic challenges respond and recover,” said U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Jay Williams. “The EDA grants announced today for Colorado will help develop strategies to make… the Central Western region more resilient to save businesses and jobs in the event of future economic challenges.”

“We are appreciative of this opportunity provided by EDA, grateful to Senator Udall’s office for identifying the need to EDA, and thankful to the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) as well as to Delta and Gunnison counties, who provided matching funds to make the grant possible.”

The EDA investments announced today in Colorado include:…

  • A $245,000 grant to the Region 10 League for Economic Assistance and Planning of Montrose to create a strategy that will help to improve and enhance the economic resiliency and sustainability of Delta and Gunnison counties following the recent closure of Oxbow Elk Creek coal mine. The mine closure is a regional economic emergency that is creating dire consequences for the affected counties. The adjustment strategy will provide an in-depth, data driven analysis that will prioritize action aimed at creating a more robust and diverse economy.

“Region 10 LEAP is pleased to work with EDA on this important project to better understand our economy and work to improve the economic outlook of our rural communities,” Region 10 Executive Director Michelle Haynes said. “We are appreciative of this opportunity provided by EDA, grateful to Senator Udall’s office for identifying the need to EDA, and thankful to the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) as well as to Delta and Gunnison counties, who provided matching funds to make the grant possible.”

About the U.S. Economic Development Administration (
The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation’s regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA makes investments in economically distressed communities in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth.

More press coverage is also available via the following media outlets:




Broadband Blueprint: How Region 10 and NEO Fiber are partnering to expand high speed internet

Broadband Blueprint: How Region 10 and NEO Fiber are partnering to expand high speed internet

They are among a handful of companies in the industry with real-world experience in planning, community engagement, design/engineering, business modeling, financing, owning and operating fiber optic, wireless and FTTH networks–and now, they will be working to implement a blueprint for broadband in the six-county area served by Region 10. NEO Fiber, a national company based in Carbondale and Glenwood Springs, has been awarded the broadband blueprint implementation project through Region 10, and will begin work immediately with local stakeholders and regional providers.

neo“We see broadband as key to removing economic barriers for our region,” Region 10 Executive Director Michelle Haynes said. “Developing solutions to the broadband issue is essential as we move forward to serve our communities and our regional businesses. We are very pleased to have NEO Fiber on our team–they have worked across the country and have experience in finding different solutions.

“We feel they are the right company to help us in developing a broadband implementation plan and solutions.”

Said NEO Fiber CEO Diane Kruse, “NEO Fiber is thrilled to be working with Region 10 on this effort.  Having access to advanced broadband services is critical for the economic development and growth of this region and has an enormous impact on healthcare, education, utility management, business and government services.  We are big supporters of community and regional collaboration to improve broadband services and look forward to working with the key stakeholders of this region to put forward a plan.”

Region 10 worked with a committee of stakeholders who have helped drive the highly technical process forward, Region 10 Regional Development Coordinator Jay Stooksberry said.

“They helped us to identify the strongest, most comprehensive proposal and the most experienced team,” he said, noting that the regional blueprint is being funded through the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA), and should result in greater opportunities for smaller, regional service providers as well. The blueprint will be tailored to the needs of the different counties and municipalities.

“There is no one-size-fits-all approach,” Stooksberry said. “NEO Fiber is cognizant of this, and the process will be transparent and flexible as we look at the best options for each of our counties.”

To date, the project has been overseen by a stakeholder committee made up of representatives from Delta, Gunnison, San Miguel and Montrose counties, including Delta City Manager Justin Clifton.

“Bringing on a top-notch, Colorado-based consultant gets us one step closer to having the infrastructure we need for the 21st century economy,” Clifton said. “The fact that we’re doing this as region–working together for a common goal–is even more evidence that things are headed in the right direction.”

The first step for NEO Fiber will be visiting communities throughout the region, to discuss options, meet with local stakeholders and anchor institutions, and maintain open communication, Stooksberry said.  A community meeting on the broadband blueprint has been scheduled at the Montrose City Council Chambers from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 8.

Getting On and Beyond: Are you qualified for Medicare or Medicaid?

Getting On and Beyond: Are you qualified for Medicare or Medicaid?

Tai Blair SCC PACE Mkt MgrBy Tai Blair

Enrollment Specialist

Senior CommUnity Care, PACE

Caring for an aging family member is a difficult and often confusing job. There are so many things to think about and manage that it can feel as though they are drowning. The number of choices in care, insurances, providers, etc. can overwhelm anyone! Now add the complications of Medicare and Medicaid; the average person cannot tell you the difference between them, if they qualify for them, or what to do when they have them! As there is so much to these two programs alone I thought that it may be helpful to explore what each basically is, and where to get more information on them.

Medicare is a federally-funded health insurance that is provided for seniors aged 65 and older as well as disabled adult children who qualify. It is delivered in four parts: Part A is hospitalization; Part B applies to medical coverage; Part C are the Medicare Advantage Plans (MAP’s) that add to Medicare’s original coverage; and Part D is the prescription drug plan.  For Parts C and D, a beneficiary has to shop around, selecting from plans that suit their needs and budget. Medicare will not only cover healthcare like any other insurance plan, but will also pay for limited stays in a skilled nursing facility for a short amount of time for specific reasons. For more details, please consult the current edition of the official U. S. Government Medicare handbook “Medicare and You” or call 1-800-Medicare.

On the other hand, Medicaid is a health and long-term care program that is funded by individual states, with some additional backing by the Federal Government. There are several types of Medicaid that are important to note: Adult Medical Assistance or general Medicaid pays for healthcare; Medicaid Long-Term-Care (LTC) which pays for the long-term care needs and incorporates Adult Medical Assistance.  The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) provides and processes the applications and eligibility determinations, and are entrusted to monitor Medicaid dollars.  There are financial qualifications for Medicaid, as well as functional for long-term care, that are determined by DHHS.

Some people, called “dual eligible,” have both Medicare and Medicaid. If you think that you qualify for both, contact your local Department of Health and Human Services, or seek out either a Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) advisor, or your local  Connect For Health Colorado navigator for more information.  There are many resources out there to help you understand these programs and how to integrate them together. Here is a list of other resources you might utilize:

Good luck! Also, watch the Region 10 event calendar for future classes related to this topic.

The Golden Years: The importance of a colonoscopy and other preventive care

The Golden Years: The importance of a colonoscopy and other preventive care


By Christina Ramirez, RN
Olathe Community Clinic

You hear all the time about “the Golden Years,” but do all those who turn 50 years old and beyond ever think about what they need to do now in order to be able to enjoy those years? Many do not and by the time they hit those “Golden Years” they discover that something with their health is just not right.

Almost all health insurance policies – even Medicare and Medicaid – cover the costs of preventative care. One recommendation for all individuals who turn 50, male or female, is to consider having a colonoscopy. In years past, having a colonoscopy meant drinking a horrible tasting liquid to be prepped for the procedure, and being off of work for a couple days or more. Times have changed and the process for the prep is not quite so bad. You only have to miss maybe a day and a half from work, and you bounce right back after having the procedure. The procedure does not take long, and then you go on with life.

Why get a colonoscopy? As a Registered Nurse, I have seen this happen more than I care to remember: A patient refuses to have the colonoscopy, but he or she will experience health issues in the future. The biggest reason they don’t want to have a colonoscopy is because they feel healthy, and are reluctant to go through the preparation and test. Years later, they start feeling bad, complaining of abdominal or bowel problems. They end up in the emergency room, and then have to have a colonoscopy, only to discover that they have colon cancer. This is a serious health issue that could have been easily prevented or detected earlier.

Remember, you want to be able to enjoy those “Golden Years”, and one way to do that is by taking advantage of what your insurance already covers: preventative care.

Medicare covers the following as preventive care:
• Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening
• Alcohol misuse screenings & counseling
• Bone mass measurements (bone density)
• Cardiovascular disease screenings
• Cardiovascular disease (behavioral therapy)
• Cervical & vaginal cancer screening
• Colorectal cancer screenings
• Depression screenings
• Diabetes screenings
• Diabetes self-management training
• Glaucoma tests
• HIV screening
• Mammograms (screening)
• Nutrition therapy services
• Obesity screenings & counseling
• One-time “Welcome to Medicare” preventive visit
• Prostate cancer screenings
• Sexually transmitted infections screening & counseling

The Medicare website ( has an abundance of information on what is covered under preventive care.

When you enter the “Golden Years,” please consider a colonoscopy. Also, women should get mammograms and men should get PSAs. It only takes a little bit of your time, so that you can enjoy the rest of your years doing the things that you planned so long ago. Enjoy your grandkids, travel, rest, or garden – all while knowing that you are being proactive and getting your care now instead of when it may be too late.


This column is a part of the “Getting On and Beyond” editorial series that appears in the Montrose Daily Press. 

Gunnison volunteers sought for ombudsman program

Gunnison volunteers sought for ombudsman program

It only takes three to six hours a month to make a difference in the world–and all you need are your eyes, ears and of course, your heart. As a Region 10 volunteer ombudsman in the Gunnison region, you will serve as a watchdog and a powerful advocate for the rights of residents in long-term-care facilities. Ombudsmen routinely visit care facilities as supportive advocates, and watch for trends in resident complaints.

“Patience, compassion and a love for people are essential,” Region 10 LTC Ombudsman Sandy Walker said. “Serving as a volunteer ombudsman can be a good way to get involved with the elder community.”

“Ideally, we are looking for someone who is a year-round resident,” Region 10 Community Living Services Director and Lead Ombudsman Eva Veitch said. “You must be over 21 and have a clean background check. Some degree of experience with and awareness of the elderly would be excellent, but training can be provided.”

Mileage will be reimbursed as well, Veitch said, and preference will be given to those with relevant personal or professional experience.

“There is some real meat to this work,” Veitch noted. “You can change lives; this is a very, very important volunteer role.”

Region 10 ombudsmen visit care facilities, including hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living centers. To learn more, visit

The volunteer job description is also available for download.

Volunteer Ombudsman Job Description (87.8 KiB, 665 downloads)
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