Weed Pullers Unite for ‘Pulling for Colorado’
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OURAY – Community members will gather at the Ouray Visitors Center on Saturday, July 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to pull weeds along the Uncompahgre River Walk for the annual “Pulling for Colorado” event. This project is in partnership with Ouray County Weed Control, the Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership and the Ouray Trails Group. There will be a free lunch for all volunteers to enjoy, and the first 25 volunteers will receive a free gift. All tools and materials will be provided.

“Pulling for Colorado” is a state-wide initiative to raise awareness about invasive species. All around the state, local citizens will be gathering to manually pull weeds not only to beautify their counties, but to reduce the amount of herbicides in use. Though spraying weeds is cost-effective, some local citizens are sensitive to the chemicals used. 

“I encourage everyone in Ouray County to come out and help, especially those who are sensitive to the herbicides,” said Emily Galanto, the Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership VISTA. “The more volunteers we have on the ground pulling weeds, the less spraying that needs to happen.”

Three major weeds will be targeted in Ouray: Myrtle spurge, Chinese clematis and absinth wormwood.. Myrtle spurge is a largely ornamental plant that easily escapes private gardens. It’s quite noxious because of its milky sap that can cause skin irritation. The best way to get rid of myrtle spurge is to hand pull it, with gloves of course.

The problem with non-native Chines clematis is that it crowds beautiful native plants so they cannot grow. The weed also produces a juice that can cause skin irritation. Gloves will be provided to pull this plant, because hand-pulling is the best way to remove it.

Time permitting, Absinth wormwood, which, though not noxious, has seeds that are easily propagated, will also be removed.

Two years ago, only four volunteers attended the local Pulling for Colorado event. “Hopefully we can get a better participation, otherwise we will have to spray the weeds,” said Ron Mabry, County Weed Manager.

The Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership is partnering with the Ouray Trails Group and Ouray County Weed Control as part of their plan to promote a healthier watershed, one of the main goals of the organization. 

Get Thee to the Ouray Public Library Book Sale

OURAY – The Ouray Public Library’s annual book sale is held this Friday, July 13, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturday, July 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Ouray Community Center.

The book sale is one of the library’s most important fundraisers of the year, and one that is eagerly anticipated by book-lovers throughout the region.

“We encourage locals and visitors to stock up on as many books as they’d like and to donate whatever they can,” says Library Director Chris Reece. “We have thousands of books and our goal is not just to raise money but also to get these items into the hands of eager readers!”

The Ouray Community Center is located at 320 Sixth Avenue in downtown Ouray.

CDOT Starts Work on US 160, Near Mancos  

MONTEZUMA COUNTY – Colorado Department of Transportation crews start roadwork Monday, July 16, resurfacing US 160 west and east of Mancos. The project will extend the shoulder width in critical areas, as well as improve the driving surface and provide correction on curves where needed.

The project begins at milepost 53, just west of Mancos and proceeds east approximately nine miles to milepost 62. No work will be performed through the town of Mancos from mile post 55-57. Typical work hours are Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be lane closures with single-lane, alternating traffic during the construction of this project. There will be no weekend work.

Dr. Colorado Explores Local History Through Barroom Lore

OURAY – Much of Ouray County’s history unfolded in local watering holes where dubious business deals were sealed, prospectors’ secrets spilled, and differences sometimes settled with pistols. 

Tom Noel, a.k.a. “Dr. Colorado,” will speak on “The Silvery San Juan: A Liquid History of Legendary Watering Holes” Tuesday, July 17, at the Ouray Community Center at 7:30 p.m.  His talk is part of the Evenings of History series presented by the Ouray County Historical Society.  

Noel’s talk and slide show will explore the landmark saloons of Ouray and the San Juans and share barroom lore. He describes his presentation as “historical information you can use and drink to.” Noel is a professor of history and Director of Public History, Preservation and Colorado Studies at the University of Colorado, Denver. He also is co-director of the Center for Colorado and the West at the Auraria Library. He is the author of many books and articles, including Denver: The City and the Saloon and Colorado: A Liquid History & Tavern Guide.

He writes a Sunday history column for The Denver Post and appears regularly as Dr. Colorado on Channel 9’s Colorado & Company. Noel has hosted several sections of The Spirit of Colorado series on the Rocky Mountain PBS network.   

Most Evenings of History run weekly on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m., at the Ouray Community Center, with the exception of the final 2012 Evening of History, which takes place Wednesday, Aug. 1, at the Ridgway Community Center. 

The annual lecture series features multi-media presentations on various aspects of Ouray County area history. All are free to the public; donations are appreciated. The Silvery San Juan presentation is sponsored by Buckskin Booksellers. For more information, call the Ouray County Historical Museum at 970/325-4576 or visit Museum hours are Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sun., noon-4:30 p.m. 

District Attorney's Office Is Moving

MONTROSE – The District Attorney’s Office in Montrose will be closing next Monday, July 16, to relocate in the Justice Center Annex Building located just south of the Montrose County Sheriff’s office. Doors at the new offices open Monday, July 23; in the meantime, messages left at 970/252-4260 will be checked periodically. The telephone number, office hours (M-F 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) and the address (1200 N. Grand Ave.) remain unchanged. 

37th Annual Colorado Water Workshop July 18-20

GUNNISON – Western State College of Colorado/Western State Colorado University hosts the 37th Annual Colorado Water Workshop July 18-20 with the theme, “Water Taboos: Addressing Our Most Challenging Issues.”

The workshop will include topics sessions devoted to climate change, with a keynote address by environmental policy expert Tony La Viña on July 20. Currently, La Viña serves as the Dean of the School of Government at Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, and recently led the REDD-plus (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) negotiations at the UN Copenhagen Climate Change conference.

In addition to the keynote, two panel discussions on climate change will examine the issue through global, regional, and local perspectives.

Other Water Taboos to be addressed at the Workshop include “Prior Appropriation/Public Trust: Can They Get Along?,” “The Colorado River Compact: Does Something Have to Give?” and “Weather Modification Options.”

The authors’ panel will feature three authors currently publishing books on Colorado water issues including Justice Gregory Hobbs of the Colorado Supreme Court; Patty Limerick, Director of the Center of the American West; and George Sibley of Gunnison.

Topics will also include a panel on local water issues offering a historical perspective on the Upper Gunnison. This panel will be complemented with an educational trip to the Taylor Reservoir, sponsored by the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District.

Additional sessions include Aaron Clay’s “Colorado Water Law in a Nutshell,” a pre-conference workshop, and a professional networking reception hosted by WSC President Jay Helman on Wednesday evening.

Registration cost for the entire Workshop is $295. Continuing Legal Education Credit is available. For more information or to register, visit or contact Jeff Sellen at or 970/943-3162.

Local Students Participate in Science Institute

RIDGWAY – Scarlet Holvenstot of Ridgway was one of 32 motivated high school students selected to participate in the 2012 Frontiers of Science Institute from June 17-July 27 at the University of Northern Colorado.

Holvenstot, who attends Ridgway High School, is sponsored by the Morris Family Scholarship; she is the daughter of Lynton Moore, M.A., of Ridgway.  

FSI gives high school juniors and seniors with an aptitude for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) a chance to live and study in a university setting each summer. Students can choose to take the course for college credit and after completion of the program are eligible for a scholarship to attend UNC. 

Nearly 1,600 STEM-oriented students from more than 260 Colorado communities have participated in FSI since its inception in 1959. All geographic areas of the state have been represented.


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