Ed Pauls, Inventor of NordicTrack, Dies in Montrose
MONTROSE – Edward Arthur Pauls, who invented the NordicTrack in 1976, died at home in Montrose on Sunday, Oct. 9.
Pauls and his wife, Florence Melhuse, recently donated 290 acres to the City of Durango for preservation as open space, and preserved another 62 acres nearby as a conservation easement in 2006.
He is survived by his wife, Florence, and by their children, Glenn and Terri, and their families.
A funeral was held in Montrose Saturday, Oct. 15; flowers or donations to the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org) are welcome.
Scholarships Available for Health-Related Studies
MONTROSE – Curecanti Medical Society (CMS) is made up of Montrose and Gunnison physicians who are committed to assisting students who are pursuing training in a health related field. Once again, CMS will be accepting applications for four scholarship awards for training in the health sciences field. Applicants of any age who are enrolled in training in a health related field are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to applicants from Montrose and Gunnison Counties who intend to return to their local communities to utilize their education and training. The scholarships are open to any high school graduate, nurse, medical student, therapist, hospital employee, or anyone participating in health sciences training.
Applications may be obtained by contacting Julie Disher via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 970/240-7394, and will be accepted through Friday, Nov. 11. The selection of the recipients will be made by the Scholarship Committee of the Curecanti Medical Society and will be announced Dec. 12, 2011.
Ouray County Ski Swap is Coming Up
RIDGWAY – The Ouray County Ski Swap will be held this Friday, Oct. 21, 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 22, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the 4-H Events Center in Ridgway.
Drop off any kind of winter sports gear or clothing to sell starting at 11 a.m. on Friday. Local shops, including Bootdoctors from Telluride, will be on hand with deals on last year’s gear and clothing, and the Telluride Ski Area will be selling passes.
A portion of sales go to the George Gardner Experiential Education Scholarship Fund, which will benefit the Ridgway Learn to Ski Program. In addition, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, following the Ski Swap, local avalanche forecasting expert Jerry Roberts will give a talk titled “Living in Avalanche Country.” Tickets are $15 ($5 for kids), and will benefit the Red Mountain Pass Chapter of the Colorado Mountain Club and the George Gardner Scholarship Fund.
Ouray Brewery Supports Non-Profits
OURAY – The Ouray Brewery is proud to contribute to and help support local persons and Ouray County organizations in need. Each month this winter, it will host a “non-profit” day, in which 10 percent of net proceeds from sales will be donated to a chosen local charity. The first fundraiser day will be Thursday, Oct. 19 to benefit the Ouray Cross Country Team. The brewery is also acting as a donation station for the Ridgway Community Food Pantry, the only food bank in Ouray County. The brewery will be collecting non-perishable goods until Nov. 23. Please stop by and drop off food to help support those in need.
Propane Discounts in Ouray County
RIDGWAY – Ferrellgas and the Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce have entered a contract allowing full-benefit members of RACC, in Ouray County, a guaranteed discount on propane (at $2.449 per gallon plus all applicable taxes and hazmat fees), effective Nov. 1-May 1 of next year.
Ferrellgas also offers RACC full- benefit members a first-fill rate of $2.199 through the end of this month. Contact RACC for the application form. And the Ouray Chamber Resort Association will continue its propane discount program with partners AmeriGas and Pioneer Propane, for Ouray Chamber Resort Association members, through March 31 of next year. Contact Kat Papenbrock at the Chamber at 970/325-4746 or email@example.com for a membership form and gas contract.
Chamber Reminds Businesses of Colorado Tax Amnesty Program
OURAY – The Ouray Chamber reminds business owners that the Colorado Department of Revenue launched a Colorado Tax Amnesty period on Oct. 1, allowing businesses and individuals with unpaid taxes to settle up in full, pay only half the total interest, and avoid all civil and criminal penalties. This period ends Nov. 15. Taking advantage of this amnesty period allows business owners to pay what they owe now, and avoid penalties that could threaten their ability to stay afloat. To file for amnesty, visit the Department of Revenue at www.colorado.gov/revenue. Full consideration will be given to any eligible return filed during the amnesty period. Contact the Ouray Chamber for a copy of Colorado Tax Amnesty FAQs, or call Katharina Papenbrock at 970/325-4746.
SMPA Holds Fifth Graders’ Holiday Card Coloring Contest
RIDGWAY – The San Miguel Power Association is asking local fifth-grade students to demonstrate how electricity makes their holidays bright for its first annual Holiday Card Coloring Contest. The contest, open to all fifth- grade students within SMPA’s service territory, asks children to illustrate how electricity makes their holiday bright. To illuminate that theme, SMPA suggests teachers and parents ask children about their families’ holiday traditions, and for special memories of past holidays.
“We want kids to understand that electricity plays a role in almost everything that we do, so the possibilities for drawings are really endless,” said SMPA General Manager Kevin Ritter.
Contest submissions are due Nov. 30. Children can pick up an official contest entry form at one of SMPA’s offices in Nucla or Ridgway. The form is also available online at www.smpa.com/Youth/HolidayCardContest.cfm. SMPA will award prizes to the top three entries. First place will receive a $50 bill, and their artwork will be featured on SMPA’s Holiday E-Card. Second place will receive $35, and third place will receive $20. All entries will be featured on SMPA’s website and on the co-op’s Facebook page. Entry forms can be mailed to SMPA Holiday Card Contest, Attn: Becky Mashburn, P.O. Box 1150, Ridgway, CO 81432 or dropped off at SMPA offices in Nucla or Ridgway.
Carrie Nixon is Engaged
OURAY – John and Nancy Nixon of Ouray announce the engagement of their daughter Carrie Elizabeth Nixon to Paul John Hickman, both of Madison, Wisc. Nixon is a 1997 graduate of Ouray High School, a Notre Dame graduate in pre-med, anthropology and computer applications and a 15-time All-American NCAA Division 1 swimmer. She is currently the assistant coach of men’s and women’s swimming at the University of Wisconsin. Hickman, a Wisconsin graduate majoring in Zoology, is the Director of Women’s Hockey Operations at Wisconsin. A July 7 wedding in Ouray is planned.
Delta County Tourism’s Kelli Hepler Wins Governor’s Award
DELTA – The Delta County Tourism Cabinet announced today Tourism Cabinet Coordinator Kelli Hepler has received the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution. The award recognizes individual contributions to the promotion and development of the Colorado tourism industry.
“I was so surprised and excited to get the award at the Governor’s Tourism Conference,” says Hepler. “More than anything I hope that this will increase awareness of the Delta County communities and help us generate even more support for Delta County tourism.”
The award recognizes major and lasting dedication and contribution to Colorado tourism; leadership, vision and inspiration; creative and innovative approaches; and sensitivity to the community or region. Hepler, who has been working in tourism for more than 20 years, embodies these characteristics and much more, says Karen Avery, owner of Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs in Ouray, who nominated Hepler. “Kelli has great relationship management that fosters a spirit of cooperation with surrounding communities like ours,” she says. “Kelli brings a great deal of local expertise, passion and artistic knowledge to her work. She has a real heart of hospitality and she shares her time and tourism know-how energetically and graciously.”
Hepler, a graphic designer who has served as the coordinator for the Delta County Tourism Cabinet for seven years, has been instrumental in positioning Delta County as a leader in agritourism and heritage travel. She was on the team that initially branded Delta County with the “Canyons, rivers, mountains” slogan; her work has helped to improve Delta County’s web presence and to increase regional and national media coverage of the area.