Montrose County Health and Human Services Offers Seasonal Flu Vaccine
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MONTROSE – Montrose County Health and Human Services announced this week its flu clinic schedule for the 2011 season. Residents age six months and older are encouraged to get vaccinated annually as the first and most important step in preventing influenza.

MCHHS is offering injectable vaccine and flu mist (intranasal) for $25. Insurances that can be billed include Medicaid, Medicare, Rocky Mountain Health Plans, Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield and CHP+. 

Vaccination of high-risk persons is especially important to decrease their risk of severe flu illness. People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and people 65 years and older.

Vaccination is also important for health-care workers and others who live with or care for high-risk people, to keep from spreading flu to high-risk people. Children younger than six months are at high risk of serious flu illness, but are too young to be vaccinated. People who care for them should be vaccinated instead.

The flu vaccine is also available every day Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on a walk-in basis (no appointment needed). West End residents can call 970/864-7319 for flu vaccine availability in Nucla.  

The 2011 Flu Clinic schedule is as follows: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. (for individuals 12 years and older), Montrose County Fairgrounds, 1001 N. Second St.; Thursday, Oct. 27, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Health and Human Services, 1845 S. Townsend Ave.; Wednesday, Nov. 9, 8-4 p.m., Health and Human Services, 1845 S. Townsend Ave.

For more information call 970/252-5000 or go to

Telluride Education Foundation Hosts Community Gathering

TELLURIDE – The Telluride Education Foundation will host a communitywide gathering with Telluride R-1 School District Superintendent Kyle Schumacher and Telluride Mountain School Head Joe Stefani Wednesday, October 12, 2011, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the River Club. The theme is “New Faces, New Visions: The Future of Education in Telluride.” Both men will give brief talks about their vision for the future of education in Telluride. There will be a limited bar and appetizers.

Mt. Sneffels Education Foundation to Host Annual Live and Silent Auction


RIDGWAY – The Mt. Sneffels Education Foundation hosts its 14th annual Live and Silent Auction on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 6 p.m., at the Ouray County 4-H Event Center. This year’s auction will include lodging in such great locations as Palm Desert, Calif., Nokomis, Fla., and Park City, Utah; tickets to games of your choice at the Pepsi Center to see Colorado favorites, the Avalanche, Nuggets or Mammoth (soccer); Broncos tickets; restaurant and lodging certificates from Ouray, Ridgway, Telluride and Montrose businesses, including ski and summer lodging available for Telluride, Copper Mountain, and Crested Butte. Also included is a chef’s dinner at Siam in Telluride and a chef’s dinner with beer pairings at the Ouray Brewery.

Admission to the fundraising event is $35 in advance or $40 at the door, and $350 to sponsor a reserved table, which includes wine and beer, hors d’oeuvres, dessert and coffee, and entertainment. 

Mt. Sneffels Education Foundation is a local organization dedicated to providing opportunities for Ouray County’s youth. The organization aims to involve the Ouray County community in developing resources to enrich students' lives and broaden their educational experiences.

Founded in 1992, the organization has raised funds for such activities as art and music programs, athletic events, and travel opportunities, including an annual trip to Washington, D.C., where students observe government in action.

To view a list of auction items offered at great prices, visit The list will be available online two weeks prior to the event. To secure a table, or to donate items or services for the auction, contact Rebecca Mueller at 956/605-9875. For more information about Mt. Sneffels Education Foundation, visit

Fundraiser for Permanent Stage in Ridgway Town Park

RIDGWAY – The Town of Ridgway is once again hosting the Children’s Harvest Festival, Oct. 22, from 3 p.m. until dark. The event is a fundraiser for the construction of a permanent stage in Town Park. 

The Ridgway Concert Series, formerly known as Pickin’ in the Park, is gearing-up to build a permanent stage and is looking to the community for support. At the conclusion of the event’s fourth year, it became clear the series was not only a huge success, but destined to become an institution for Ridgway. Building a quality stage to feature the national acts the event draws, while showcasing the vistas of the Sneffels and Cimarron ranges and acting as a community resource, is the goal, said Concert Series Committeemember Brian Scranton. “We thought deeply about how we could make the experience better – how Ridgway could ‘own’ music and events without having to rely on the costly need to set up and breakdown a stage each time – and how not having a stage actually prohibits us from doing more. The obvious choice was to create a stage!”

The festival has a strong focus on children’s activities. Town Clerk Pam Kraft said, “I am really excited to see the Children’s Harvest Festival again. The first one was held in 1999 and continued until 2007. The last time we had the event was with the Autumn Music Festival, which two years later became Pickin’ in the Park. Even though this year’s festival will be modified from what it was in the past, we will have a lot of fun. The kids always enjoyed our homemade carnival-type games, and so did the adults who volunteered, worked the booths and gave out prizes. It was an event we all looked forward to every year.”  

Additionally, music will be provided by Scranton’s band, Morning Whiskey. “There are few who can argue the benefits of Morning Whiskey!” Scranton said. “Our band plays music from many genres – classic rock to bluegrass to funk. We hail from all over the country: New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts and, of course, the Western Slope of Colorado.”

The free, family event is open to all. Colorado Boy beer will be sold. All proceeds support the construction of the stage.

Colorado High School Seniors Encouraged to Apply for Daniels Scholarship 

DENVER – The Daniels Fund is now accepting applications for scholarships to be awarded in spring 2012. High school seniors in Colorado should ask their high school counselors for information, or visit HYPERLINK "" The application deadline is Nov. 30, 2011.

In establishing the Daniels Fund, cable pioneer Bill Daniels directed the Daniels Scholarship Program to seek out promising students who demonstrate strength of character, leadership potential, academic performance or promise, a well-rounded personality, and the potential to contribute to their community.

Students must also demonstrate financial need. Daniels Scholarships are not full-ride, but rather cover the unmet needs of the student. The scholarship amount is determined after all other financial aid resources and an Expected Family Contribution have been applied.

Students must be nominated by a Referral Agency (all area high schools plus designated youth serving organizations that assist in the nomination process). A list of those high schools and youth serving organizations is posted on the Daniels Fund website.

Visit for more information.

Calling All Tech-Savvy High School Girls

COLORADO – The National Center for Women in Information Technology and the Colorado Affiliate are accepting applications from high school-age girls for the NCWIT Aspirations Computing Award. The award honors young women for their computing-related achievements and interests while encouraging them to pursue future computing and technology endeavors. The applications process is open through Oct. 31.

Awardees are selected for their computing and IT aptitude, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education. Award winners receive prizes, gadgets and scholarships, and all girls can join a community of fellow technically inclined young women.

Award recipients are notified in early December and award events take place around the country December through May. To apply, girls must register online at The award is open to all high school girls residing in the U.S.

Montrose County Health and Human Services Earns Preparedness Recognition

The Montrose County Department of Health and Human Services has been recognized by the National Association of County and City Health Officials for its ability to swiftly respond to health emergencies. The County met the comprehensive preparedness benchmarks required by Project Public Health Ready, a partnership between NAACHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Local health departments recognized by PPHR undergo a thorough evaluation process by peer review. PPHR required the County to meet public health preparedness expectations in three key areas: Preparedness planning, workforce competency and the demonstration of all-hazards readiness through exercises or response to a real event. For more info., visit

October is Resident Rights Month

The residents of all nursing homes and assisted living facilities will be celebrating Resident Rights Month this October. The celebration is important because prior to the 1980s, nursing home residents weren’t granted many rights, instead being treated as patients will “illnesses” to be treated and not given choices about their care. As a result of Resident Rights, nursing home residents can no longer be restrained in beds or chairs without special permission and accommodations; residents are given choices in meals and times; and drugs that influence behavior are watched carefully and administered only for comfort and benefit (not caretakers’ convenience). The Region 10 Ombudsman Program serves residents and their families in Delta, Gunnison and Montrose Counties with three ombudsmen, who are available to answer questions or concerns. The program is federally funded and contracted through the Area Agency on Agency, which is dedicated to developing a network of services for adults age 60 and over to assist in maintaining their independence within their communities. To learn about AAA programs and services, call 970/249-2436.


MONTROSE – Economic times are challenging, but Western Slope residents age 60+ will still be able to obtain reliable services in the areas of transportation, nutrition, homemaking, caregiving, information and assistance, dental prevention, ombudsman and legal assistance with only a suggested donation requested for all services. That’s because regional organizations identified by the Region 10 Area Agency on Aging (AAA) in their annual request for proposal process as serving seniors most effectively will once again receive vital financial support in 2011/2012.

AAA recently awarded more than $799,000 in federal and state senior funding for one-year contracts to non-profit, for-profit and governmental organizations. This year’s budget reflects support of 11 organizations in six counties that provide cost-efficient, effective and comprehensive services aimed at keeping older adult populations living independently as long as possible.

AAA manages funding for programs that serve adults age 60 and over in the six-county (Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray, and San Miguel) territory served by the Region 10 League for Economic Assistance and Planning.

To learn more, visit, or call AAA at 970/249-2436.


RIDGWAY – The Ridgway Board of Education received requests for more “robust” communication through a survey this summer and in conversations with individual community members, and plans several changes as a result.

The Board will begin its monthly Board of Education meetings, which are scheduled for the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Ridgway Library, with a 20-minute, open-dialogue period; a card to fill out at the end of the meeting will be provided to individuals who didn’t get their issues addressed, and a staff member or boardmember will follow up to be sure all questions are answered. Individuals are also always welcome to call or email to ask questions.

The Board also plans to schedule time for community input regarding its posted work sessions in the coming months. In the meantime, the Board will soon post a chart of existing district communications to its website, to help people figure out the best avenue of communication for a particular topic. A link has been added on the home page of the district website for e-newsletters, and all interested parties are urged to sign up.

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