Montrose agrees to expanded fest

MONTROSE — City of Montrose officials agreed this week to extend the number of Main Street blocks it closes for Main in Motion, a popular weekly summer festival in the heart of downtown.

Main in Motion enters its 10th year with organizers preparing for larger turnouts in the downtown area.

Last year, following negotiations with the Colorado Department of Transportation, the city took control of Main Street and any planning for street closures for downtown events. Main in Motion took advantage and closed Main Street from Townsend to Park avenues, giving patrons free range for three blocks.

Kendra Gallegos Morrow, chairwoman of the Main in Motion board, told the City Council on Tuesday evening that preparations need to begin immediately before the first Main in Motion begins June 2.

The issue stalled Tuesday night over concerns about emergency vehicles being able to cross Main Street when it’s closed. Negotiations continued Wednesday and resulted in an agreement that Main Street will be closed from Townsend to Junction avenues, providing five blocks of space for patrons to roam.

The Montrose Police Department will post an officer at the Main Street intersections with Park Avenue and Nevada Avenue. The officers will handle crowd control in case emergency vehicles need to cut across Main Street, according to acting City Manager Scott Sellers.

“Main in Motion is a signature event that the entire community has rallied behind for 10 years, and we are happy to help ensure its success,” Sellers said.

Three Main Street businesses between Nevada and Junction avenues — The Coffee Trader, Canyon Creek Bed and Breakfast and Horsefly Brewery — are poised to draw large crowds each Thursday during the summer.

Morrow, who owns Canyon Creek, and Coffee Trader’s co-owner Phuong Nguyen said closing the street will prevent pedestrian accidents.

“All it’s going to take is one person being hit to shut down the entire thing,” Nguyen said.

Gallegos said organizers expect 5,000 to 7,000 people in the downtown area at any given time each Thursday.

“There is definitely a balancing act to make all of this work,” Sellers said.

New vendors and events joining Main in Motion this year include a farmers market and more youth activities.

Sellers said the city declined a three-year lease arrangement with Main in Motion organizers this year because it wants to gauge the extended closures and see how they work.

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Bureau of Land Management has received about 650 individual comments about a proposed $3 billion power line that would run through Wyoming, Utah, Colorado and Nevada.

The agency has also received a 3-inch thick pack of comments and information from about a dozen conservation and environmental groups.

BLM project manager Sharon Knowlton said in an email Friday that the comments from individuals are mostly in favor of the project although they express concerns, including that the line avoid sensitive species, private land, special sites, national parks and military areas.

“It’s pretty much consolidated into one comment,” said Richard Garrett, energy advocate with the organization. “There are region specific or state specific comments. In Wyoming, for example, we were particularly interested in routing to avoid core sage grouse habitat and migratory bird patterns. We’re also interested in avoiding cultural and historic resources.”


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