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Major break in Windy Point cold case: What do you think about forensic genetic genealogy?

Good afternoon, NABURs! We at the Montrose Daily Press are happy to report that Montrose County Sheriff's Office investigators, the Montrose County Coroner's Office and Colorado Bureau of Investigation have, through forensic genetic genealogy, identified the remains once known as Windy Point Jane Doe as Susan E. Hoppes, 45, of Washington State.

Ms. Hoppes was reported missing Aug. 9, 1993. Her bones were found here, off Divide Road, on July 7, 1994.

You can find our full story, with information about how it all went down here, but I wanted to say a few more words.

First, this is a human being, who is loved and missed by others. Her case has profoundly affected people I know (investigators, coroners) and people who I do not know (family and friends). My thoughts are with everyone who is grieving Ms. Hoppes and I share investigators' hopes for justice. Rest in peace, Susan.

Also, the news comes from years of work and persistence by investigators and Dr. Thomas Canfield, now our coroner.

The skinny: The Montrose County Sheriff’s Office in 2020 asked to submit DNA samples to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for a forensic genetic genealogy — a.k.a. familial matches through commercial genealogy sites. In 2021, CBI also added the “Windy Point” case to a list of about 100 in the state that it would prepare samples from and submit. Just recently, the “Windy Point Jane” DNA matched to a family member of Ms. Hoppes and additional comparisons confirmed the ID.... (More)

Sean updated a month ago
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What local nonprofits need more support?

The House Transportation and Local Government Committee passed a bill this week that adds a community-based nonprofit grant program and will provide $35 million to nonprofit organizations disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

Montrose's very own Hispanic Affairs Project helped make the bill happen. One of the aims of the bill is to lessen the financial gap between large and small nonprofits, HAP being in the latter group. (If you haven't checked out our podcast episode from last year about HAP, watch it here.)

The bill language specifies that organizations must use the funds for capacity building and infrastructure, professional development for employees, strategic planning, and program expansion or development. HAP says it'll likely be eligible, but didn't say whether it plans to apply yet. However, HAP also said that other local organizations are also eligible. 

What do you think of the bill? And what local nonprofits do you think need more support?

Hispanic Affairs Project Team
Hispanic Affairs Project Team
Dave replied a month ago
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Sigh...

Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area, along Peach Valley Road today, between Eagle and Wave parking areas...

The usual detritus from illegal target shooting is one thing, but this is a whole new level of stupid. 

 

 

 

Dave replied a month ago
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City council to consider 6700 Road agreement

Montrose City Council is going to consider approving a development agreement, which would be at a cost of $291,300, to purchase the rights of way and easements to complete 6700 Road between Sunnyside and Miami roads. 

The city's general fund would cover both the agreement cost and the project's $3.5 million price tag. Money from the water and sewer fund would cover necessary utility work. 

The project is another example of the city's focus to lessen the traffic load on Townsend, and in this case, Hillcrest. Developments east of town are only going to add to the traffic load in the area over time, so getting ahead of the curve, so to speak, is why the city considers these projects ahead of time. 

Have you noticed more traffic on Townsend? Would you take this new arterial instead of 6720 Road? 

A south view of the parcel at the intersection of 6700 Road and Miami Road. (Google Maps)
A south view of the parcel at the intersection of 6700 Road and Miami Road. (Google Maps)
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