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2014 ROCC Parking Lot Sale Saturday, May 17

RIDGWAY – The 2014 Ridgway/Ouray County Council Parking Lot Sale takes place Saturday, May 17, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., behind the library on North Railroad Street. The sale will end just in time for people to quench their thirst at Love Your Valley Brewfest in Ridgway Town Park.

Exhibitors should arrive early enough to unload and set up before the sale officially opens. By 8:30 a.m., all vehicles should be out of the exhibit area. For information and click on Spring Parking Lot Sale near the bottom of the homepage. Proceeds from ROCC Booth sales will go to scholarships and other projects that benefit the community. The ROCC Parking Lot Sale will commence rain or shine. In the event of totally uncooperative weather, the sale will not be rescheduled this year.

Community Garden Plots All Reserved in Program’s First Week

The City of Montrose Public Works Department, LiveWell Montrose Olathe, and the Valley Food Partnership collaborated to construct a fenced garden with irrigation and raised beds on East Niagara Road. Public outreach began in mid-April, and garden plot applications began pouring in soon after.

Valley Food Partnership President Carol Parker said, “This is fantastic news! It’s great to see the efforts of our collective community outreach ‘bearing fruit’ – and soon, lots of veggies!”

Parker was excited to see such a strong community response so soon after the community garden was dedicated during Earth Week celebrations on April 26th. “What a tremendous community asset and meaningful way for the City to demonstrate its attention to some of our residents’ most basic needs such as food, fellowship, and a place to be welcome.”

Although the garden is currently at capacity, applications will be accepted from community members wishing to be placed on a waiting list. Gardeners will be selected from the list on a first-come-first-served basis, if plots become available during the year.

The City is committed to promoting Quality of Life in part by providing outdoor living and recreational opportunities. City staff worked with the Parks Advisory Board from concept through completion of the first City-constructed community garden. Positive feedback from the community was overwhelming, evidenced by the short amount of time necessary to fill the garden.

Contact Valley Food Partnership and LiveWell Montrose Olathe (970-249-0705) to hear about additional gardens in our community and other opportunities to volunteer with gardens.

Citizens in other parts of Montrose are encouraged to contact City staff with interest in constructing additional gardens within our community.

For more information about the Niagara Community Garden,

May 21 Employee Health Presentation

MONTROSE – On Wednesday, May 21 the Enterprise Center, Region 10 teams up with LiveWell of Montrose-Olathe, Healthlinks, Pinnacol Assurance and the Region 10 Small Business Development Center to host a presentation on the importance of employee health in the workplace, and how it can impact the health of your business or organization, 9-11 a.m.

Featured speakers will be Strategies Manager Abbie Brewer of LiveWell Montrose-Olathe, and Region 10 SBDC Counselor Susan Bony. “Everything begins with good health,” Brewer said. “Please plan to attend, and learn how keeping your workers healthy can build well-being and a brighter future for your company.” Organizations that foster health and safety at work have healthier, happier employees – and healthier bottom lines.

LiveWell Montrose Olathe is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping small businesses find resources to implement and improve worksite wellness programs. The new partnership between LiveWell Montrose Olathe and Health Link Colorado was formed to help kickstart worksite wellness programs in the area.

Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership to Produce Ridgway River Festival

The 7th Annual Ridgway River Festival (RiverFest) will be held on Saturday, June 28, at Rollans Park, on Hwy. 62, in Ridgway. The Ridgway River Fest is an educational and fun-filled celebration of our river and watershed for adults and kids of all ages in a family and pet friendly environment.

Festivities and events include the famous “Junk of the Unc” Race, Wildwater and Hard Shell Kayak Races, Alpine Bank Inflatables Racing, Jagged Edge Whitewater Rodeo, and the Town of Ridgway Ducky Race, live music by Mike Gwinn and the North Fork Flyers Band and a Silent Auction. Local food and beverages featuring Trail Town Still, Colorado Boy Brewery and Two Rascals Brewing will be available.

An opening ceremony conducted by Ute elder Roland McCook, great, great grandson of Chief Ouray and Chipeta.

This celebration of community, water, and learning is made possible with support of many local and regional sponsors; for more information, visit

Conference Calling for Library Patrons

TELLURIDE – Wilkinson Public Library now offers a conference calling system for patrons.   The system allows for up to nine individuals in different locations to call into a phone at the library. “This system is a typical conference call set-up,” says Joe Huff, IT Manager at WPL, “People dial an 800 number from any off-site location, enter a code, and voila, they are patched into the person or people sitting around the phone at the library.”

The conferencing capability was made possible by the library’s recent switch to a Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) phone system. WPL’s switch to the VOIP system cuts the monthly phone bill to one third of what it had been. The new conferencing phone can bet set up in any of WPL’s meeting rooms or the program room, but it must be scheduled in advance either through the library’s on-line meeting room booking program or by calling 728-4519.

Communitywide Summer Gear Swap and Garage Sale May 31

TELLURIDE – Embracing the warm weather and all of the exciting outdoor pursuits that Telluride offers, EcoAction Partners is coordinating a Summer Gear Swap and Garage Sale on Saturday, May 31, in partnership with nonprofit organizations including Telluride Adaptive Sports,the Telluride Academy and Telluride Preschool.

Volunteers are needed for this event. In exchange for each shift, volunteers will have the opportunity to shop the Saturday morning Pre-Sale and the Sunday morning Flash Sale, and more. EcoAction Partners is soliciting donations of outdoor equipment (no ski gear, please), outerwear, clothing, and household goods.

For information, contact Heather Rommel at 728-1340 or email

West Main Sidewalk Project

City of Montrose Public Works crews began sidewalk construction project at the intersection of West Main Street and Chipeta Drive this week; it includes construction of a new sidewalk to connect the West Main Bridge to Chipeta Drive along the southern side of the roadway. Construction is expected to last about two to three weeks. The project area will remain open to through traffic at all times, although the southernmost lane will be temporarily closed during work hours. The City asks that motorists and pedestrians please exercise caution near the work area, and please respect all coned-off areas. Questions regarding the project may be directed to City Engineer Scott Murphy at 970/240-1498.

OCHS Photo Exhibit Showcases Autumn in Ouray County

A special photography exhibit, “Autumn in Ouray County,” opens at the Ouray County Historical Museum Saturday, May 17. The public is invited to attend an opening reception for the photographers, 2-4 p.m. that day at the museum. Light refreshments will be served.

The exhibit displays photographs taken by participants in last year’s John Fielder Autumn Photography Workshop.   Fielder is Colorado’s premier landscape photographer, whose best-selling exhibit books have won numerous awards. He donated his time to offer the workshop, a fundraiser for the Ouray County Historical Society.

The students’ selections for this show capture the spectacular fall foliage and unique light of the San Juan Mountains at different times of day and evening. They produced the photos with techniques taught by Fielder including use of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, a software program for editing and managing photographic images.

Don Paulson, museum curator, will host the reception. The exhibit runs through November 15. The museum is located at 420 Sixth Ave., Ouray. Spring hours are Thurs.-Sat., 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. For more information, call (970) 325-4576 or

Ouray Elks Scholarships

Ouray Elks Lodge 492 has announced their scholarship winners for this academic year.   Grace Benasutti and Bonnie Hansen have each earned $500 awards funded by the Elks National Foundation through the Colorado Elks Association, and Morgan Buhler and Kia James have each been awarded $400 scholarships funded by the Ouray Lodge. Hansen, Buhler and James are seniors at Ouray High School, while Benasutti is a senior at Ridgway High School.

“We are really fortunate to have such fine and deserving students in our community,” said Elks Exalted Ruler Jim Pettengill. “I just wish we could have rewarded every student who applied. The first week in May is Youth Week for the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and supporting our youth is a major duty of the Elks. In addition to scholarships, we do this through our Hoop Shoot program, Santa Delivers, Easter egg hunt, and our annual Haunted House. We have supported Ouray girl’s basketball, hold fundraisers for the foreign language clubs at both high schools and donate funds for special educational opportunities for individual students. Our young people are the future of this nation, and providing them with financial aid as they enter college is one of the most important of our programs in support of our outstanding local youth.”

Ouray Elks Lodge #492 awards four scholarships each year to area students. To apply for next year’s awards, students should contact their school counselors early next fall for applications, or contact Pettengill at 626-4239.


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