COMMUNITY BRIEFS
Montrose Medical Mission Receives Donation
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MONTROSE – The Montrose Medical Mission, a nonprofit community clinic providing health care to uninsured, low-income residents of Montrose County, received $1,000 collected by the Montrose Medical Alliance (a group of physician wives and female health care providers) at its annual fundraising auction on July 16.

The Montrose Medical Mission clinic was established in 2003 to provide care for patients with acute medical needs, provide specialty referrals, and health education programs and is dependent solely on donations which are used for equipment, supplies, and medications. The clinic operates at the County Health and Human Services Building, 1845 S. Townsend Avenue on Monday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and includes limited eye exams on the first Monday of each month.

'Nutmeg Challenge' Brings SCHS Closer to Angel Ridge Ranch Purchase

OURAY COUNTY – Thanks to the support of an anonymous donor, Second Chance Humane Society is one step closer to completing the purchase of Angel Ridge Ranch, a 52 acre plot of land north of Ridgway. As word of the purchase spread, a generous supporter stepped forward and offered a $30,000 matching challenge dubbed the Nutmeg Challenge in honor of her rescued dog Nutmeg. "This is a huge opportunity for us," said of Second Chance Executive Director Kelly Goodin. "We've been exploring a new animal center and a suitable location for some time, and Angel Ridge truly fulfills all of our needs. But, in order to meet this $30,000 challenge and complete the purchase, Second Chance is going to need strong community support."

Second Chance has been taking in stray and homeless animals since 1994, and providing ancillary services such as subsidized spay/neuter. Its current location, just off of Sherman Street in Ridgway, is at capacity. Second Chance began exploring options to relocate several years ago, securing land in the Ridgway Light Industrial Park, but setting its sights on Angel Ridge Ranch when that property became available.

Intended to support the purchase of Angel Ridge Ranch, the Nutmeg Challenge is a dollar for dollar match up to $30,000, with a deadline of September 1, 2011. Donations can be made online by visiting http://www.adoptmountainpets.org or mailed to Second Chance Humane Society, PO Box 2096, Ridgway CO, 81432. For more information, please contact Second Chance at 970/626-2273.

Two New Grants Committeemembers at Telluride Foundation

TELLURIDE – Richard Betts and Megan McManemin were elected to three-year terms on the Telluride Foundation's Grants Committee at the board's July 6 meeting.

Betts, a long-time Telluride local and owner and founder of ASAP Business, has served on the board since 2001.  Recently elected Board member Megan McManemin has long been actively involved with local nonprofits and nonprofit activities throughout the region.

“I look forward to having Richard and Megan on the Grants Committee,” said Grants Committee chairperson Tricia Maxon. “They both know Telluride well and bring a wealth of experience with the community and nonprofits, which will be an asset to the committee.”

The Foundation awarded $75,000 towards the construction of the Gold Run Early Education/Child Care Facility on the east end of Telluride, which in turn commissioned Bright Futures to raise $150,000 toward the building of an affordable, early education/child care facility to provide quality childcare to the working-class parents of the Telluride region. At present, the Town of Telluride has four preschools and one infant toddler program located within town limits, though only one program, Rainbow, has a permanent home that is secured as a child care facility. Telluride has a child-care facility shortage with year-long waiting lists.  The Gold Run facility will be targeted towards working families to ensure that they have quality and affordable childcare allowing greater participation in the workforce.  When completed, the facility will be located on the westernmost lot of the Gold Run Subdivision, Lot 3, and will include 1,100 sq.ft. finished interior space, 1,161 sq.ft. of developed yard space and decks, 1,100 sq.ft. unfinished basement storage and four parking spaces. A drop-off area will be installed adjacent to the alley south of the facility. As designed, the Facility can serve approximately 15-20 children per day depending on the age group.  

The Foundation worked with the Montrose Regional Library with an $80,000 Special Initiative grant to help build the new Naturita Community Library For more information on the Telluride Foundation, visit www.telluridefoundation.org.

A Second Forest Health Tree Tour

TELLURIDE – The New Community Coalition and Mtn. Village Forester Dave Bangert will host an educational morning wandering around in the woods on the ski area Wednesday, June 27, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Participants meet at the Top of the Gondola @ The Telluride Ski & Golf Nature Center, then hike on a short trail from the gondola uphill to the Nature Center, meeting place for a short hike on the Ridge Trail to see the flora and fauna of the area.

Bring water, sunscreen, bug repellent, snacks, rain gear, and walking shoes. Contact TNCC @ 970-728-1340 or events.tncc@gmail.com for more information.

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