For business owners seeking opportunities with statewide transportation contracts, the Region 10 Small Business Resource Center hosts an Introduction to Contracting with CDOT seminar Tuesday, Nov. 19, 1-3 p.m., at the Region 10 Enterprise Center at 300 North Cascade. The workshop will be followed by one-on-one mini consulting sessions, 3-5 p.m. Participants will get an inside look at how the Colorado Department of Transportation operates, what they buy, how to find and pursue contract opportunities, and how to compete in the bidding and proposal processes. To reserve space for this free Introduction to Contracting with CDOT seminar, call Claudette at 970/249-2436 ext. 201.
“Negotiating the ins and outs of CDOT contracting is much easier with appropriate training,” Fandel said. “By attending this workshop, you can learn strategies that will give your CDOT submittals a far greater chance of success.”
The nonprofit Region 10 League for Economic Assistance and Planning was formed in 1972 and serves six-counties (Montrose, Delta, Gunnison, Ouray, Hinsdale and San Miguel), operates an Enterprise center (300 North Cascade) administers the Enterprise Zone Business and Contribution tax credit programs, oversees the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) and Community Living Services, coordinates Regional Transportation planning, and offers a loan program for small business. To learn more call 970-249-2436 or visit the web site at www.region10.net.
CASA Dodgeball Fundraiser (With Visit From Mrs. International, Nov. 1-2)
MONTROSE – Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteer Amy Gregorio, from Lake County, Ill., comes to Montrose next month to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect through the CASA organization, for which she serves as a national ambassador. Gregorio became passionate about her platform during her time covering crimes against children as a news reporter.
“My new title offers me enormous potential to reach so many more people about the importance of child abuse prevention and to enlist the support of others in the CASA program,” Gregorio said. A former award-winning television journalist, Gregorio has interviewed four U.S. presidents, has two Emmy nominations, and was voted “Best Reporter” by the Associated Press, with stories appearing nationally on CBS, CNN and FOX.
Gregorio comes to the Western Slope for a dodgeball fundraiser for CASA of the 7th Judicial District that takes place Friday, Nov. 1-Saturday, Nov. 2.
The CASA 2013 Dodgeball Tournament hosts adult, middle school, and high school competitions on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Centennial Middle School in Montrose. Vendor booths are available the day of the tournament ($25 for nonprofits, $50 for businesses). To register teams, visit www.MontroseRec.com. For information on the event and CASA’s child advocacy efforts, visit www.casa7jd.org, email email@example.com, or call (970) 249-0337. For information about the National CASA Association, visit www.casaforchildren.org.
CASA stands for the basic human rights of a child, serving abused and neglected children who have been removed from their homes and find themselves in the courts or child welfare systems through no fault of their own. CASA accomplishes this mission by helping to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect, and advocating for safe, permanent, nurturing homes for children, utilizing highly trained and dedicated volunteers. CASA’s vision is to provide a volunteer for every abused and neglected child.
CASA programs include the Supervised Exchange & Parenting Time Program (providing safe, neutral environments for families in turmoil), and the Fostering Futures Program (for adolescents transitioning out of foster care as they are surrendered to the world).
CASA, accredited by the National CASA Association and members of CASA in Colorado, began serving Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray, and San Miguel counties, comprising the 7th Judicial District, in 2000.
CASA operates out of three county offices in Montrose (970) 249-0337, Delta (970) 874-7730, and Gunnison (970) 765-6198. To learn more about the CASA program, please contact the office nearest you, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.CASA7jd.org.
TOP LAUNCHES RAFFLE TO RAISE FUNDS FOR OUTDOOR EDUCATION FACILITY
RIDGWAY – Top of the Pines has launched a raffle as part of its fundraising campaign to raise money for completion of improvements to its spectacular site on County Road 5 near Ridgway. Tickets are available for purchase up until the time of the drawing, which will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, at 8:30 p.m. at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, following an evening of live music starting at 6 p.m.
Raffle tickets are offered for the following valuable prizes:
• A five-day stay in Acapulco, worth $3,750 at the Fairmont Heritage Place, Acapulco Diamante; 3 bedroom fully equipped luxury home with private plunge pool on Diamante Beach;
• Two nights in Santa Fe, valued at $900; Fairmont Heritage Place, El Corazon de Santa Fe; 2 bedroom fully equipped luxury residence that sleeps four;
• Four 50-pound boxes of all natural grass fed local beef from local Ridgway ranch, valued at $300 each.
Raffle tickets are available for a suggested donation of $10 each or three for $25, and can be purchased at the following locations: Ouray Mountain Sports and Wildflower Boutique in Ouray; and Alpine Bank, Chipeta Sun Lodge and Spa, Cimarron Coffee Shop and Bookstore, Ice Cream Shop, Lupitas, and Ridgway Pharmacy in Ridgway.
Completion of the 175-acre Top of the Pines facility will include a modernized pavilion, hiking trails, campsites with fire pits, yurts, and a warming hut for winter visitors, resulting in a unique recreation and environmental education center for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages.
“This stunning rustic property can be the crown jewel of our region,” said Paula James, secretary of the TOP Board. “It’s incredibly beautiful, and with a completed pavilion, we can have a community resource that preserves the site, provides year-round trails for hiking and snow recreation, a remarkable meeting and learning center, and outdoor experiences for all.”
But, she added, “Rehabilitating the old Girl Scout camp and realizing this vision will require major funding. We’re seeking foundation money, but the grantors, while impressed with the site, ask that we demonstrate local support. That means raising money here at home from donations, large and small.”
SILVERTON SCHOOL REHABILITATION PROJECT EARNS LEED DESIGNATION
SILVERTON – The Silverton School District has been awarded LEED Gold status for its recently completed Comprehensive Rehabilitation Project of the historic 1911 school and gym. Silverton School is the first historic project in a select group of only 239 K-12 educational facilities in the world that have achieved LEED Gold for schools certification.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized rating system for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of so-called “green” buildings. The rating recognizes owners and builders for finding and implementing ways to be environmentally responsible and resource efficient. The Silverton School Project, completed in 2012, was designed with sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality in mind.
“From the onset, the students, staff, and community mandated that the Rehabilitation Project create a healthy environment that is conducive to learning while saving energy, resources, and money”, said Jim Ketter of KPMC, LLC, the sustainability consultant on the project. “LEED Gold certification demonstrates that the Project clearly achieved that goal, which will result in numerous benefits for many years to come.” The project achieved 62 out of 110 available points for its certification.
The Silverton School, the only K-12 educational facility in San Juan County, has been in continuous operation since 1875. The current school building dates back to 1911 and is an historical icon and a contributing structure within the Silverton National Historic Landmark District. The gym, built in 1937, was a WPA Project. The loss of the coal fired heating system in November 2008 prompted the development of comprehensive Facility Master Plan to address the significant deficiencies in the aging facilities. The resulting Rehabilitation Project provided a holistic approach towards improvements to the facilities including health and safety, historic, Green School, and academics.
“With funding from the Colorado Department of Education BEST program, History Colorado, Department of Local Affairs and the taxpayers of San Juan County, we are able to preserve this remarkable building for another 100 years in an environmentally responsible manner,” said Silverton School Superintendent Kim White.
The benefits of the LEED related improvements are far reaching. With added insulation and “Low E” glass throughout the building, for example, the District will enjoy enhanced energy efficiency and reduced utility bills. Water usage in the School building is estimated to be reduced by 34 percent and by over 51 percent for landscaping. LEED also recognizes the refurbishing and reuse of historic buildings, which included existing built-in wood cabinets, wood flooring, and antique steam radiators. During renovation, over 83 percent of the construction and demolition debris was recycled. Materials and products used were selected based on recycled content, regional production, renewability, and low emission.
“Silverton School’s LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO and Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “The urgency of USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and this historic school project serves as a prime example with just how much we can accomplish.”