Downtown Assessment Comes to Ridgway
by Watch Staff
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The Town of Ridgway is participating in a nationwide initiative for downtown revitalization. The program we have chosen is creatively entitled the Colorado Main Street Program, and it is administered by the State of Colorado Department of Local Affairs.

A team of professionals, some of them familiar with the community, will be in Ridgway Monday, Sept. 24-Tuesday, Sept. 25 to conduct a "Downtown Assessment" of the community, meeting with local interest groups and citizens to inform, guide and develop the assessment.

For more information, to see who may participate in the Assessment, and to receive an agenda for the meetings next week, please contact Ridgway Town Manager Jennifer Coates at 626-5308 ex.12 or, or visit


OURAY – Women in Support of Education hosts its annual candidates’ forum Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m., at the Ouray Community Center.

Candidates for Colorado’s 3rd US Congressional District, Scott Tipton (R), Sal Pace (D), and Tisha Casida (U) have been invited to attend as have Mike McLachlan (D) and J Paul Brown (R), running for Colorado State House District 59.

Ouray County Board of Commissioner candidates for Districts 1 and 3, Lynn Padgett (D), Jack Flowers (R), Don Batchelder (R) and Pat Willits (U), are expected to attend.

WISE members will collect written questions from the audience to be asked of each candidate; the debate will be moderated by Nancy Wolkin. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and candidates will be available for conversation prior to the debate.

Direct questions to Dee Williams, candidate coordinator, at 325 4932, or Lyn Meinert, 325 0480. 


MONTROSE – A Bosom Buddies Wine Tasting and Silent and Live Auction takes place Friday, October 5, at 5:30 p.m., at the Holiday Inn Express, with a variety of auction items available, a precursor to the Oct. 13 Montrose Memorial Hospital 20th Annual One Step Closer to Help and Hope 5K Walk and 5 and 10K Run and 12-mile Bike Ride.  

The Bosom Buddies walk/run/bike begins at 9 a.m.; registration begins at 8 a.m., at the Montrose Pavilion.  The cost for the event is $25 before the event and $30 on the day of the event, which includes a long-sleeved T-shirt Registration forms are available at Montrose Memorial Hospital, City Markets, Safeway, Curves, KUBC, San Juan Cancer Center, Montrose High School, Cascade Bicycles and online at and

The cycling event starts and finishes at the Pavilion in conjunction with the run/walk. It covers a gently rolling course suitable for recreational riders. A map of the course will be available the day of the event and sag support will be offered by Cascade Bicycles. Please wear a helmet!

Remember that ALL money raised during these events stays in Western Colorado to help those who have been touched by breast cancer.   If you are unable to attend and would like to send a donation to this year’s annual fund raiser, please mail it to Bosom Buddies, P.O. Box 1263, Montrose, CO  81402.

Voter Information Available at

MONTROSE/DELTA – The Montrose/Delta League of Women Voters presents pro and con information on the November ballot issues on Thursday, October 4, in the Montrose Library Community Room at noon, and will sponsor a candidate forum on Tuesday, October 9, at 6 p.m., at the Montrose Pavilion.The League of Women Voters of Colorado has launched a new election resource website, at Voters can find information about polling places, voting hours, ballot issues, state/county candidates for the Nov. 6 election by entering their address and zip code which will generate an individual ballot for them. Voters are encouraged to learn as much as they can about candidates and issues before marking their 2012 ballots by going to and attending the two events. 


MONTROSE – Montrose County has been named one of America’s Promise Alliance’s 100 Best Communities for Young People. The national award was given to Montrose County organizations in recognition of outstanding and innovative work in addressing the high-school dropout crisis and for the programs and services that make it an outstanding place for youth to live, learn and grow.

“Being named one of America’s Promise Alliance’s 100 Best is significant and meaningful to the entire community,” said Melanie Hall, director, Montrose Community Foundation. “So many dedicated people and programs contributed to this win and it further reinforces our belief that a focus on youth pays dividends to the entire community.”

Montrose County, a second-time 100 Best winner, was honored again for its continued emphasis on building youth leaders and providing after-school activities and assistance for disadvantaged youth. The following organizations came together to submit the 100 Best Communities grant proposal: Montrose County School District, Montrose Community Foundation, Town of Olathe, County of Montrose, City of Montrose, Montrose Library District and Montrose Recreation District.

In its sixth year, the competition experienced its greatest interest to date with nominations from more than 320 communities representing all 50 states, Washington, D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. 
Montrose County will receive a $2,500 grant, signage identifying the community as one of the nation’s 100 Best Communities for Young People, and access to America’s Promise Alliance’s community development resources. The $2,500 will be used to enhance future leaders of our community through the schools Club6S Program.  The Club6S program was made available through the first award of 100 Best Communities in 2011.  Club6S is utilizing a Leadership & Critical Thinking Curriculum. The Leadership and Critical Thinking Curriculum is unique, tested, and proven. It helps educators teach over 20 important life skills that all young people need, beginning with the most critical: communication, decision making, and goal setting. “Club6S is an investment in the future, Hall said, “Helping to educate our local youth is, in some ways a front-end investment”.

All communities entering the 100 Best competition completed a rigorous application where they provided details on how their existing programs and initiatives help deliver the Five Promises – resources identified by America’s Promise as being critical to the development of healthy, successful children: caring adults; safe places; a healthy start; effective education; and opportunities to help others. Applicants also were asked to describe how different sectors of their community work together to help children and families overcome challenges. Most importantly, communities were judged on the strength and innovation of their efforts and programs to help young people graduate from high school prepared for college and the 21st century workforce.

In its sixth year, the competition experienced its greatest interest to date with nominations from more than 320 communities representing all 50 states, Washington, D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Winners were chosen by a distinguished panel of judges that included 2012 National Teacher of the Year Rebecca Mieliwocki, 2012 National Superintendent of the Year Heath Morrison, National Urban League President Marc Morial, and GLSEN Executive Director Eliza Byard. 


Hallowed U.S. Tradition Celebrates the tree’s journey from Colorado to Washington, D.C.

DENVER, Colo.  - This holiday season, the U.S. Forest Service and the White River National Forest with help from their nonprofit partner, Choose Outdoors and major sponsors including Colorado Tourism Office, Mack Trucks and The National Association of Convenience Stores, will present a gift to the nation from the people of Colorado.  The 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree continues a hallowed American tradition that originated nearly 50 years ago.

“Colorado is synonymous with outdoor recreation, and we are honored to provide a gift to the nation that will inspire people across the country to enjoy the outdoors,” said Al White, director of the Colorado Tourism Office.

This year’s Capitol Christmas Tree will hail from the Colorado’s White River National Forest, the number one forest for recreation in the U.S. Today, the Forest Service and Choose Outdoors, a coalition promoting outdoor recreation announced the tree’s route that includes a stop in Montrose, Colo. during its journey across the country from Colorado to the nation’s capital.

In early November, the 2012 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will be harvested on the Blanco Ranger District of the White River National Forest near Meeker, Colo. The tree will then be wrapped and transported on a custom-decorated Mack Pinnacle model truck driven by former U.S. Senator, Ben Nighthorse Campbell. The truck will transport the tree more than 3,000 miles over the course of 23 days.

“The Capitol Christmas Tree provides the chance to celebrate the conservation legacy of our national forests, the outdoor recreation opportunities they provide, and the importance of stewardship and restoration of our nation’s forests,” said Scott Fitzwilliams, forest supervisor for the White River National Forest.

The tree and the truck will stop in about 30 cities and towns, journeying through Colorado and across the country. Planned stops include a celebration and opportunity to view the tree in Montrose, Colo. Details, date and location of the Montrose, Colo. 2012 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree celebration will be announced in the coming months. (See below route stops.)

“The tree’s journey is an incredible opportunity for residents of Montrose to celebrate an American tradition as it passes through their town,” said founder of Choose Outdoors and Capitol Christmas Tree National Director, Bruce Ward.

Upon arrival in Washington, D.C., the tree will be placed on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol and decorated with more than 5,000 ornaments handmade by Colorado children depicting the tree’s theme, “Celebrating the Great Outdoors.” Children who submit ornaments are eligible to enter a drawing to win a trip to the nation’s capital to light the tree with Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner at a ceremony in early December.
After the lighting ceremony, the Capitol Christmas Tree will be available for public viewing throughout the holiday season. The Tree is lit nightly from dusk until 11 p.m.

Costs associated with the tree's transportation and tour events are made possible by contributions of cash and in-kind services by individuals, corporations and local communities.

For more information on the 2012 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree and to track the tree’s route, visit
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