COMMUNITY BRIEFS | Dads and Daughters Hit the Dance Floor

January 9, 2014 | By More

TELLURIDE – Dads and daughters can get out their dancing shoes for the Father-Daughter Dance Friday, Jan. 10, 6-8 p.m., at the Sheridan Opera House. Tickets are $25 for a father/daughter pair and $5 for each additional daughter. All monies raised benefit We R-1, an education focused organization.

Fathers and daughters can enjoy a dinner date before the dance at Rustico. A portion of the proceeds from Rustico that evening will be donated to We R-1.

“This is the second Father-Daughter Dance, and we intend  to make it an annual tradition,”  said Annie Carlson, co-chair of the dance. “We are hoping fathers and daughters will make an evening out of it and dine at Rustico before the dance. We are excited about the new venue at the Sheridan Opera House, and know a great time will be had by all.”

Photos (sponsored by Alpine Bank), baked goods, pizza, and beverages will be available  for purchase. Tickets are available at the door. Cash or check only.

For more information or to volunteer for the dance, contact Cynthia Sommers at 970/729-1157.

We R-1 is the result of two education-focused organizations – Telluride Education Foundation and the Telluride PTSO (Parent/Teacher/Student Organization) – merging to create one united organization that supports education in Telluride. Striving to expand and enrich academic, artistic and leadership opportunities for students and reward and recognize teachers, We R-1’s efforts take shape in a variety of ways including experiential education trips, magnet grants for teachers,  college scholarships, and community events.

Celebrate the Life of Eldon Hurst 

TELLURIDE – The life of Eldon Hurst will be celebrated Saturday, Jan. 11, at 2 p.m., at the Telluride Elks Lodge; potluck dishes are welcome and donations will be accepted. 

At 1 p.m., a service will take place at Telluride’s Lone Tree Cemetery. Hurst, 58, of Telluride, died Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, in Colorado Springs. He was born on Nov. 26, 1954, to Joseph and Sylvia (Biggs) Hurst in Goodland, Colo. For more information, call Ken at 970/729-1125. 

Region 10 Community Living Services to Offer Lunch and Learn

MONTROSE – Make 2014 the year you “Lunch and Learn” with Region 10 Community Living Services. Region 10 is hosting a regular program on the third Tuesday of every month at the Region 10 Enterprise Center (300 North Cascade Ave). Organizers will touch on a wide range of topics that highlight supports and services for seniors and for adults who have disabilities.

“It’s Raining Now,” set for noon on Jan. 21, is the first Lunch and Learn program. Bring a lunch and a friend, and gain an overview of the resources available in our area to those faced with difficult decisions related to disabilities and aging. For more information call Claudette at 970/249-2436 ext. 201.

Montrose Memorial Hospital Implements Visitor Restrictions for Flu Season 

MONTROSE – Montrose Memorial Hospital is implementing visitor restrictions in an effort to protect patients, visitors and employees from the seasonal flu by temporarily restricting visitors age 12 and under from the hospital. Hospital officials also ask that you do not come to visit if you are ill.

“We are committed to ensuring the safety of our patients, visitors and staff during the flu season,” said Dr. Michael Benziger, chair of the Infection Control Committee. “These temporary changes to our visiting policies may be inconvenient to some, but are in the best interest of everyone.”

The common cold and flu are caused by different viruses but can have some similar symptoms, making them tough to tell apart.  In general, the flu is worse and symptoms are more intense. With colds, the usual symptoms include stuffy or runny nose, sore throat and sneezing.  Coughs are hacking and productive.  It’s usual to have fever, chills, headaches and body aches, and if they do occur, they are mild. With flu, fever is usually present, along with chills, headache and moderate-to-severe body aches and tiredness.  Symptoms can come on rapidly, within three to six hours.  Coughs are dry and unproductive, and sore throats are less common.

To avoid colds and flu, wash your hands with warm water and soap after you’ve been out in public or around sick people.  Don’t share cups or utensils.  And get a flu vaccination – officials say it’s not too late, even in places where flu is raging. People with colds or mild cases of the flu should get plenty of rest and fluids.  Those with severe symptoms such as a high fever or difficulty breathing should see a doctor, and may be prescribed antiviral drugs or other medications.  Children should not be given aspirin without a doctor’s approval.

Grant Writing Session Planned in Ouray

OURAY – Spotlight on Health, a grant-writing work session hosted by the Ouray Public Library and the Community Development Committee, is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 13, 5:30- 7 p.m. in the Ouray Community Center. The session is open to all health care providers, nonprofit organizations and other health-minded agencies as well as any community members who are interested in health care, health promotion and healthy communities.

This Spotlight on Health will be presented by Nicole Gans, who has successfully applied for government grants at the federal, state and local level as well as received and managed grants from private foundations and corporations. 

“This presentation will be focused on new trends in the health care and promotion fields, including evidence-based practices, health equity and chronic disease management and prevention,” Gans says.

Although the session is geared toward medical professionals and community health service providers, it will be of interest to anyone who has faced challenges accessing or receiving medical services. The session will address gaps in which services are available as well as ways to enhance existing services.

This session is a continuation of the grant-writing work sessions that began in August 2013. According to Library Director Maureen O’Driscoll, “The idea for these work sessions emerged following Rural Philanthropy Days and has grown over these past six months as participants have expressed interest in specific topics, such a health care.”

The Ouray Library and the CDC plan to continue hosting these work sessions through 2014, including additional work sessions on researching funding opportunities using the Colorado Grants Guide.

Anyone interested in attending is encouraged to RSVP by calling the Ouray Library during regular business hours (Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or by sending an email to

The CDC – the liaison between City Council and the business community – meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 8 a.m. in the Ouray Community Center. Meetings are open to the public. To join the CDC, or for more information about the committee, please contact Rick Noll.

The Ouray Library is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 320 6th Avenue in Ouray City Hall.

Housing Resources Announces Move of Montrose Weatherization Office 

MONTROSE – Housing Resources of Western Colorado has a new office space for Weatherization Services in Montrose. This new location is more centrally located, has better accessibility for clients and provides for a more private and low-key atmosphere for those needing assistance. 

Since 1999 HRWC has been providing Weatherization services to Montrose, Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Ouray, and San Miguel counties. 

The new office is located at 242 West Main in Montrose. The entire Weatherization staff and crew is excited to have space to better serve clients and be more visible in Montrose. HRWC hopes that this move will bring greater awareness to Montrose and the surrounding counties it serves on how they can assist families and Individuals. Housing Resources main goal is to serve more families and individuals needing Weatherization Services in all twelve counties is services. 

When a home has been weatherized through Housing Resources several things happen: 

• $437 or more in annual utility bill savings are realized year after year at current energy rates 

• Energy savings average 35 percent of consumption for the typical income qualified home pre-weatherization consumption 

• More household money is made available for other basic necessities, medicine or groceries. 

Income qualified families and individuals receive free energy upgrades through the Weatherization program. Weatherization can help reduce energy use while improving the comfort of your home year around. The process often includes basic energy efficiency measures such as weather-stripping and caulking exterior doors and windows. The goal is to protect homes and their interiors from the outside elements, particularly, heat, cold, precipitation and wind. Weatherization improvements may include: 

• Insulation in Attics, Wall & Perimeters 

• Furnace Replacement 

• Furnace Safety Testing 

• Refrigerator Replacement 

• Sealing Air Leaks 

• Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFL) 

• Energy Audit 

• Storm Windows and Doors 

• Energy Conservation Information 

More information about the Low Income Weatherization Program can be found online at: 

Ice Fishing Clinic Scheduled for Crawford Reservoir

CRAWFORD – Anglers are invited to join Colorado Parks and Wildlife for an ice-fishing clinic on Saturday, Jan. 11 at Crawford State Park. The clinic will start at 10 a.m. at the park visitors’ center and then move to the ice at noon, and end at about 2 p.m. Local experts will display different types of ice-fishing equipment, explain how it is used and provide demonstrations. Clinic leaders will also talk specifically about strategies for fishing Crawford Reservoir, especially where and how to catch crappie and northern pike.

“Conditions for ice fishing this season are ideal at Crawford,” said Scott Rist, head ranger at Crawford State Park. “This is a great activity that’s inexpensive and suitable for all ages. And you’ll catch some great-tasting fish.”

Anglers who have their own equipment should bring it. Those who plan to fish must have a Colorado fishing license. Licenses can be purchased at the park.

Crawford State Park is located just south of the town of Crawford on Colo. Highway 92, in southeast Delta County.   

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