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The Good News
2018 June/July
Pg 4 - The Sunshine Express
A Life Changing Quest
Fun On The Uncompahgre
My father, brother and I completed all 54 Colorado
14ers in July 2015.
This month, April 2018, we finished a book about
the journey that tells our story and provides be-
ginning 14er climbers with some helpful informa-
tion about packing, equipment, route finding, and
staying safe with weather and exposure.
Our book was just published on April 16, 2018 and
is available on
Book link:
It is called ¡®Surviving the Colorado 14ers: A Fam-
ily¡¯s Journey from Quandary to Capitol¡¯.
Live bands will be performing from noon to
5:30p, while DJ Scotty Kenton drops tunes
along the water park from 9a to 3p.
A great variety of food and beverage
vendors will be available along with family-
centered activities. Alcoholic beverages will
be available for purchase from vendors at
the event, but no alcohol beverages pur-
chased outside of the event are permitted
in Riverbottom Park.
Montrose band ¡®Neon Sky¡¯ will perform
from noon to 1:30p, with ¡®The Workshy¡¯
of Denver performing from 2p to 3:30p.
Headliner ¡®Groovement¡¯ from Arkansas will
play from 4p to 5:30p.
Thanks to our largest sponsors at Montrose
Kayak & Surf and Cherry Creek Radio,
FUNC Fest will feature water activities,
crafts and games for children and adult
boat races, held inside the whitewater park.
Whitewater competitions include a down-
river race in the morning, while a stand-up
paddle boarding(SUP) competition is sched-
uled for the afternoon.
Mike Harvey, owner of Badfish SUP in
Salida, is the race director again this year.
He will also emcee and preside over pre-
race registration and river competitions.
The public is encouraged to participate in
the FUNC-y River Parade that is sponsored
by Montrose Kayak and Surf. Participants
are encouraged to arrive with their river
float, helmet, and personal flotation device
(PFD) to join in the fun.
Registration is on-site that day and entries
are $5.00 per each float. Anyone wanting
to participate in the parade is encouraged
to get creative and customize a raft or boat
that can safely traverse the river without
breaking or falling apart.
A pet-friendly hydration station will be set
up for those wanting to bring pets to the
The Montrose Water Sports Park consists of
1,000 feet of river channel, making it one
of the largest parks in Colorado, and is one
of the few in the United States built to be
accessible by Americans with Disabilities
Act standards.
What sets the Montrose Water Sports Park
above others is its sustained flows, which
are aided by local irrigation water. These
flows can be sustained throughout the sea-
son and into late summer, long after flows
in other water parks have ebbed.
For more information about the FUNC Fest
please contact the OBT at 970.497.8558 or
email at:
Questions about the FUNC-y River Parade
can be directed to Bill Glasscock at Mon-
trose Kayak and Surf at 970.249.8730 or
via email at:
For questions about the racing competition
or to pre-register contact Mike Harvey at
719.221.1710 or via email at:
More information about Montrose Water
Sports Park rules can be found online at:
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Twitter @VisitMontrose and on Facebook at
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FUNC Fest: A Celebration of River Rats
Scheduled for Saturday, July 14,
at Riverbottom Park in Montrose
Montrose: Last summer, the Montrose Office of
Business and Tourism (OBT) was excited to wel-
come over 5,000 visitors to The annual Colorado
FUNC (Fun on the Uncompahgre) Festival, a nearly
100-percent increase over 2016.
The strong attendance is attributed to the overall
growing excitement for the annual festival and its
family-oriented activities. The OBT expects even
higher attendance this year due to growing antici-
pation around the outdoor recreation event.
The 2018 FUNC Fest will feature more live music
than ever before, with three live bands and a live
DJ in the lineup.
Our goal is help inform an ever growing 14er com-
munity in Colorado about the dangers of these
peaks as deaths continue to grow as evidenced by
last summer.
Our passion for Colorado continues as my father
and mother move to Buena Vista, CO in June after
his retirement.
Here is the book description from the back cover:
¡°Not many families decide to take 24 years to
work on the same goal together but that is pre-
cisely what Denny, Mark, and David Witte accom-
In August of 1991, this family trio hiked their
first Colorado 14er together, beginning what was
unbeknownst to them at the time, a life-changing
quest as a family to summit all 54 of Colorado¡¯s
tallest peaks.
During this adventure from Quandary to Capi-
tol, the three participated in a search and res-
cue, experienced lightning, blizzards, whiteouts,
turnarounds, inspiring summits and jaw-dropping
views, all while revealing every minute of the
(David R. Witte)
DENVER: The 126 Colorado Opportunity Zones
nominated last month have been certified by the
U.S. Department of the Treasury and are now eli-
gible for a new federal tax incentive.
Established by last December¡¯s massive tax bill,
Opportunity Zones encourage economic growth
via private capital investment by providing a tax
incentive for investors to reinvest in disadvantaged
communities. This program will bolster new busi-
ness starts and business growth and development
of real property and infrastructure in locations that
are well positioned for investment.
Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, Colorado
was able to designate 25 percent of its eligible,
low-income census tracts as Opportunity Zones.
A majority of the areas selected as Opportunity
Zones are located outside of the Front Range.
Zones were also located in places where other
existing economic development initiatives can be
leveraged for catalytic effect.
All 126 Colorado zones submitted by Gov. Hicken-
looper were certified.
Colorado¡¯s designated Opportunity Zones can be
found at in both a list
format and on an interactive map.
Opportunity Zones Certified