Meet New Pastor at Christian Fellowship July 22 ,25
MEET NEW PASTOR AT CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP JULY 22, 25
OURAY – Two meet-and-greet events are scheduled, for Sunday, July 22 and again Wednesday, July 25, both days at 7 p.m., at the Ouray Christian Fellowship Church, 336 4th Ave., introducing new Pastor Gordon MacPhail and his wife, Mary Elisabeth.
Pastor Gordon has a BA in history from Grove City College, in Pennsylvania, a Masters in divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, in Illinois. “I am excited to begin our work here,” he says. “Everyone we’ve met has been incredibly welcoming and supportive.” Both he and his wife share a love of music and working with youth.
All are invited.
PINHEAD HOSTS STARGAZING SERIES
TELLURIDE – "Planet Hunting and the Search for Life" will be presented by astronomer Dr. Christopher Crockett, at the Telluride Ski & Golf Plaza Clubhouse Monday, July 23, at 7:30 p.m. Crockett, an astronomer at the U.S. Naval Observatory in Flagstaff, Ariz., researches the birth and evolution of planetary systems in our galaxy. Stargazing follows Crockett’s presentation, at 8:45 p.m. A cash bar and menu will be available. Viewers will then take the gondola to the “wedding site” on Coonskin ridge. A suggested donation of $20 per person, or $35 for both presentations, is requested.
In conjunction with these presentations, Telluride Ski & Golf's EcoAdventures will host a children's program. For more information, visit pinheadinstitute.org or call 970/708-7441.
EVENING OF HISTORY EXPLORES RURAL SCHOOLS IN OURAY COUNTY
OURAY – Education in Ouray County began in one-room schoolhouses, some of them built in remote mining and ranching districts. Learn the intriguing history of the county’s backcountry schools at “Rural Schools of Ouray County: 1875-1950,” Tuesday, July 24, at 7:30 p.m., at the Ouray Community Center on Sixth Avenue in Ouray.
Don Paulson, curator for the Ouray County Historical Museum, will present a lecture and slide show on schools that served the ranching and mining areas of the county. Some of those old school buildings north of Ouray are still standing today, including one on Cow Creek east of Ridgway. Paulson will illustrate his talk with archival photos of the original structures, along with their students and rugged teachers.
“Ouray County at one time had 13 separate school districts with over 17 rural schools ranging from Red Mountain Town in the south to Colona in the north,” Paulson said. “These schools were also the social center of these sparsely populated areas, with Friday and Saturday night dances that attracted crowds of 50 or more people.”
This Evening of History is sponsored by Joey and Kathy Huddleston. The annual lecture series is offered by the Ouray County Historical Society. The final presentation for 2012, “Big Horses, Wild Cows, and Outhouses – Stories of the Lester Israel Family,” will be Wednesday, August 1 at the Ridgway Town Hall, at 7:30 p.m. The programs are free to the public with donations appreciated.
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VIOLINS AND ART FOR YOUNG MUSIC FANS
A workshop for children of all ages takes place Tuesday, July 24, with Stone House resident artist Corinne Scheman. Scheman will work with children, while listening to chamber music, to create violin paintings and collages, and a full-size cardboard violin that will then be exhibited at the Sheridan Opera House gallery during the Telluride Chamber Music Festival. A free TCMF children's concert takes place Friday, August 17, at 11 a.m., at the Sheridan Opera House, followed by an ice cream social. Parents are asked to accompany children under the age of 8 at the July 24 workshop.
APPLICATION DEADLINE LOOMS FOR SCHOOL SUPPLIES PROGRAM FOR THE WEST END
NUCLA – Montrose County’s Health and Human Services West End Office encourages the community to participate in the school supplies Giving Tree program. If you or someone you know is interested in helping a child with school supplies and/or school clothes, please stop by the West End Montrose County Health and Human Services Office located at 851 Main Street in Nucla to pick up a child’s backpack to fill with supplies and receive further instruction.
“The education of a child is one of the best ways to give back to our community. By participating in this program, you can help a child get off to a great start for the school year,” said Lani Moore-Salazar, Administrative Assistant and WIC Educator for HHS on the West End.
If your child could benefit from this program, parents and guardians can pick up an application at the West End HHS office. Deadlines for applications is Thursday, July 26, 2012. No late applications will be accepted. Supplies should be ready for pick-up after Tuesday, August 7. This program is for West End residents only.
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BIKE RACKS ADDED TO MONTROSE PUBLIC BUSES ON DISPLAY JULY 28
MONTROSE – All Points Transit has installed bicycle racks on all three Montrose buses and on the Olathe shuttle bus. Each rack holds two bikes, and they are very simple for passengers to use for loading and unloading bicycles. From now through the end of August, passengers with bicycles ride free.
“We are excited to welcome new passengers on the city bus who live too far off-route to walk to the closest stop, but can now access the route by bike,” said All Points Transit Mobility Manager Sarah Curtis. “We hope that they will take advantage of the free rides and get in the habit of using the system throughout the rest of the summer.”
The racks will be on display at the Montrose Area Bicycle Alliance’s upcoming Bike-in movie event on Saturday, July 28, at Rotary Park. The organization also plans to host demonstrations at Main in Motion.
The bike racks were purchased with sponsorship from the FORE Alliance and the City of Montrose, and using All Points Transit capital-improvements funds.
SMPA COMMUNITY SOLAR GROUNDBREAKING JULY 31
PARADOX – San Miguel Power Association and the Clean Energy Collective have begun construction on a one-megawatt community-owned solar project, sited on seven acres in the northeast corner of Paradox Valley along U.S. Highway 90, approximately 15 miles west of Naturita. When completed, it will provide enough electricity to power roughly 220 homes within SMPA’s service territory.
The public is invited to attend a groundbreaking ceremony at the site on Tuesday, July 31, at 9:30 a.m. Representatives from SMPA and CEC will be on hand to answer questions.
“We’re kicking off the construction of our community solar array with a small groundbreaking ceremony. Our members are welcome to attend. It will be a good opportunity to see the location and ask questions,” said SMPA General Manager Kevin Ritter. “We’re also planning a larger and more extensive grand opening event when the array is complete. We encourage our members to plan on attending that event as well, because it will most likely include more information and even facility tours.”
A WALK THROUGH TIME
OURAY – Come to the Ouray County Museum on Thursday, August 2 from 1 to 3 p.m. for A Walk Through Time, a children’s educational event. There will be a guided tour of the museum and grounds with fun activities aimed at creating an educational and exciting experience. Tour guides will provide supervision if the guardians of children over 8 years old want to enjoy a child-free break. Guardians of children under 8 years old will be required to stay.
In the Grocery Store, old-fashioned penny candies will be for sale at a penny each, so
bring your pennies! A costumed doctor will be on hand to talk about mine-era medicines. Once we’ve had our fun inside, we’ll move outside to the lawn for refreshments and activities. Everyone can play children’s games of the mining days and learn about the load-bearing donkeys with Maple Taylor and his burros. Each child will be given a souvenir bag for their penny candies and other items they will receive throughout the journey through history, and can spend the time outside coloring the canvas bag as they like.
Children up to 16 years old will be $15 each; adult guardians will be $8 each. Entry includes the guided tour and refreshments outside. To register, call the museum at 970-325-4576 by July 25th for a 20% discount on children’s admission.
FLOWER MOTOR DONATES TO COUNTY FAIR & RODEO
MONTROSE – Flower Motor Company together with their partners Ram Truck, Business Link and Dodge has contributed $6,000 toward the Montrose County Fair & Rodeo 2012 CPRA Rodeo to be held on July 20th and 21st.
“We are very thankful for this gift. It’s a significant step to becoming an official stop in the Dodge Rodeo series, which means the Montrose Rodeo could receive corporate sponsorship in the future,” said Fair Board President, John Gibson.
This year, the Fair has partnered with local groups such as the Montrose Woodcrafter’s Guild, Montrose Visual Arts Guild and Alpine Photo Club, to help make Montrose County’s Fair & Rodeo a great experience and an iconic community event to participate in.
For more information and pictures visit the Montrose County Fair and Rodeo website at montrosecountyfairandrodeo.com/.
MEETINGS SET ON GUNNISON DEER PLANNING
GUNNISON – Colorado Parks and Wildlife has scheduled two public meetings to discuss new management plans for mule deer in the Gunnison Basin.
The first meeting will be from 5:30-8 p.m., July 26, at the College Center building north ballroom at Western State Colorado University in Gunnison. The second meeting will be from 5:30-8 p.m., Aug. 6, at the Coursey Annex, 317 Henson Street in Lake City.
Parks and Wildlife is in the initial stages of revising plans for the three mule deer herds in the area: the West Elk Herd in Game Management Unit 54; the Taylor River herd in GMUs 55 and 551; and the Powderhorn herd in GMUs 66 and 67. At the meetings, Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials will explain the process and timeline for establishing the new management plans, discuss the current status of each deer herd and discuss future management with the public. These meetings will include a formal presentation, but will also provide an open-house setting where members of the public can discuss deer management with the local District Wildlife Managers for their areas.
Brandon Diamond, terrestrial biologist in Gunnison, recommends that those interested in the planning process take a moment to fill out the on-line surveys posted on the Parks and Wildlife website. The short surveys will provide information to wildlife managers about the public's opinions and attitudes about mule deer and hunting in the basin.
The surveys can be accessed through the agency web site. In the middle of the home page wildlife.state.co.us/Pages/Home.aspx.
The surveys will be posted through Aug. 10, and will only take a few minutes to complete.
Draft versions of the management plans are scheduled to be completed by early October and will include a summary of the public process up to that point. They will be posted on-line and the public will be able to review them and submit additional written comments. The final draft management plans will go before the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission for consideration in January. The objectives described in the plans will guide management direction beginning with the 2013 big game season.
For more information or if you are unable to attend the meetings, contact Diamond at: Brandon.firstname.lastname@example.org, or 970-641-7071.
FEDERAL LANDS RETURN TO STAGE 1 FIRE RESTRICTIONS
MONTROSE – Federal lands are returning to Stage I Fire Restrictions in the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests (GMUG), as well as the Uncompahgre Field Office and the Gunnison Field Office of the BLM. Stage I Fire Restrictions may also be in effect for several local counties, pending discussions among County Boards of Commissioners this week for San Miguel, Delta, Ouray, Montrose and Gunnison Counties.
While the area has received rain recently, it is spotty in places. The rains have provided some relief, but fire managers are monitoring and evaluating whether the moisture will have a lasting impact on long-term fire conditions. Rainfall amounts have been variable across the area and were accompanied by lightning which has produced numerous small fires. Long-term weather forecasts call for continued hot, dry conditions with high temperatures returning. The area has experienced severe drought conditions, and significant precipitation will be needed to recover from these conditions.
According to Acting Forest Supervisor Sherry Hazelhurst, “We appreciate the public’s cooperation and support in respecting fire restrictions. Fire managers will continue to monitor weather and vegetation conditions across the area, discussing them with the counties and other partners to coordinate needed restrictions.” She went on to explain, “Should conditions warrant a change, we will provide media announcements and update information on the MIFMU, GMUG and BLM websites to ensure that people working in or recreating in the area are kept aware of current fire restrictions.”
Stage 1 fire restrictions on BLM and USFS lands prohibit: “building, maintaining, attending or using a fire or campfire except a fire within a permanent constructed fire grate in a developed (fee) campground; smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials; and operating or using any internal combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order is also prohibited.” Campers are permitted to use, “petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns or heating devices that meet the fire underwriters’ specifications for safety.” The use of fireworks, flares or other incendiary devices is always prohibited on federal lands.
CDOT MAINTENANCE DITCH CLEANING ON US 550, SH 62
OURAY, SAN JUAN, SAN MIGUEL COUNTIES – Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) maintenance crews are conducting some annual ditch cleaning along US 550 and SH 62 now through the end of the month. Crews are clearing rock, mud and other debris from ditches to facilitate proper drainage and maintain roadside safety. Note that in some areas, the work will require removal and replacement of rock barrier as well. This is a mobile operation and work will progress in this order through July, weather permitting:
US 550 south Red Mountain Pass
US 550 north Red Mountain Pass
US 550 Ridgway to Colona
SH 62 Dallas Divide (west of Ridgway)
Travel impacts: For the duration of the project, motorists will encounter single-lane, alternating traffic – in up to three separate work zones within a given stretch – from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
FIRE RESTRICTIONS EASED FOR THE SAN JUAN NATIONAL FOREST
DURANGO – Effective Friday, July 13, 2012, fire restrictions will be lifted at higher elevations and eased at lower elevations of the San Juan National Forest in southwestern Colorado. Updated maps, which show specific boundaries for the specific zones considered higher and lower elevation under the revised restrictions, will be available beginning tomorrow at National Forest offices in Pagosa Springs, Bayfield, Durango, Dolores and Silverton, and posted online at fs.usda.gov/sanjuan.
Fire restrictions for higher elevations of the San Juan National Forest (Zone 2), which have been receiving more moisture, are hereby lifted; however, visitors are still asked to remain safety conscious in these areas.
Lower elevations of the Forest (Zone 1) have received less moisture, so fire restrictions will be eased but remain in effect, as follows:
· Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or stove fire is limited to permanent fire rings or grates within developed campgrounds (Exceptions: petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns or heating devices);
· Smoking is limited to an enclosed vehicle or building, or within a 3-foot-wide area cleared of vegetation;
· Chainsaws and other internal-combustion engines must have approved, working spark arresters;
· Welding or use of acetylene and other torches with an open flame is prohibited;
· Use of explosives is prohibited (including fireworks, blasting caps or any incendiary device, which may result in the ignition of flammable material).
These changes pertain ONLY to the San Juan National Forest. For more information, contact the San Juan Public Lands Center at 970 247-4874.