CMU-Montrose campus expands with purchase of second building

Colorado Mesa University’s Montrose campus will expand with the purchase of a second building at 245 S. Cascade Ave.

The university announced Thursday it has purchased the 3,200-square-foot building for $400,000, with the city of Montrose agreeing to pay $50,000 of that cost. The two-story building is across the street from the university’s only other Montrose building at 234 S. Cascade Ave. and will house student support services, a student lounge that will be used in part for tutoring, a room for student clubs and organizations and offices for student advising, career services, testing and financial aid.

Edward D. Jones & Co. has an office in the 245 S. Cascade Ave. building that takes up about a third of the space there. That office will remain in the building.

The Montrose campus has existed since 1991. Programs are offered in business, computer information systems, education, hospitality management, liberal arts, manufacturing supervision, medical office assistance, nursing and sports management.

Ruling for meth-home buyers

DENVER — The criminal case against a man who sold a Lafayette home that was contaminated with methamphetamine to an unsuspecting couple has been settled.

Kenneth Harrison Dimon pleaded guilty earlier this month to forgery of a commercial instrument for not disclosing in real estate documents that the home he sold in April 2011 was dangerously polluted with the drug residue.

John and Carla Hanks, who bought the home for $124,000, were awarded about $49,000 in restitution.

In a civil suit against Dimon, which was settled in Boulder County in January,  he was ordered to pay $800,000 in restitution, but John Hanks said he has not seen any of that money.

Dimon, who now lives in North Carolina, couldn’t be reached for comment.

Man recovering from fox bite

COLORADO SPRINGS — Health officials say a Colorado Springs man is recovering after he was attacked by a rabid fox while trying to protect his dog.

The man was attacked in southwest Colorado Springs a couple of miles from the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo on Aug. 3, about two weeks after another fox that was hit by a car a half mile away tested positive for rabies.

Health officials say the two cases mark the first times an animal other than a bat has tested positive for rabies west of Interstate 25 in El Paso County.


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