RIDGWAY – ArtSpeak’s holiday exhibit opens at the Ridgway Public Library on Saturday, Nov. 13 from 4-7 p.m. Expect to see works in oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic and mixed media, accompanied by refreshments and wine.
ArtSpeak, growing out of a class taught by Ridgway artist Meredith Nemirov, meets the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Ridgway Library.
“Art at the Library serves as a venue for emerging and established artists to display their work to the community, and an opportunity for the community to recognize and enjoy regional talent and creativity,” says Ridgway Librarian Kristen Moberg.
The exhibit runs through Jan.7. For more information, call 626-5252.
Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership Meets Nov. 18
RIDGWAY – The Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership holds its next Stakeholders Meeting in Ridgway next week, to discuss water quality goals, fun winter events, and the successes of the Rapid River Assessment. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 18, 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Ridgway Community Center.
The UWP, leading the formation of the Uncompahgre Watershed Plan, considers community of vital importance, since the final document will drive how the river, land and people work together.
On the advice of Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining, and Safety’s Camille Price, the Nov. 18 meeting will focus on “making clear goals,” with Colorado Water Quality Control Commission’s Peter Butler discussing how the Animas River Stakeholders Group outlined its water quality goals.
Organizers plan to form a committee dedicated to reviewing a draft water quality report and mining inventory in the watershed at this meeting, and anyone interested in being involved is encouraged to attend.
Highlights and lessons learned from the recent Uncompahgre Rapid River Assessment will be discussed, and the group will discuss community-activity options, including a Nordic ski tour and a potluck.
For more information, contact Rachel Boothby at UWPVista@gmail.com.
‘Ouray Library Means Business’
OURAY – The Ouray Public Library has won a $500 award from the Colorado Library Consortium’s “Libraries Mean Business” contest for its new Small Business Development Center.
The center, located at the library, features a centralized file cabinet system for public access containing free information and marketing materials from state and local business and government entities, including resources from the Small Business Finance Corporation, the Colorado Department of Labor’s Workforce Center and the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, the Colorado Nonprofit Association and the Colorado Lodging Association.
Online information is available at ouray.colibraries.org/career-resources. The Business Resource Center’s file cabinet is indexed at ouray.colibraries.org/career-resources/business-resource-center-index.html.
The website also features online business resources via Glassdoor (ouray.colibraries.org/career-resources/glassdoor-1.html), with salaries, company reviews and sample interview questions.
The library is holding its own “Ouray Library Means Business” contest through Dec. 1. Visitors accessing the centralized file cabinet and completing a survey are entered into a drawing for a business or job-hunting resource.
Mariah DeGear, a Small Business Development Center counselor specializing in business operations and organization, marketing and merchandising who co-created the library’s resource center, is available for free consultations to Ouray County residents, businesses and nonprofits, and can be reached at email@example.com, or 970/519-1925.
The Ouray Public Library, at 320 Sixth Ave., is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
La Voz del Pueblo Celebrates First Anniversary
DENVER – La Voz del Pueblo, the Montrose-based Spanish language newspaper covering Montrose, Ouray, San Miguel, Delta and Gunnison counties, celebrated its one-year anniversary this week at the 138th National Public Health Association National Conference in Denver.
La Voz staff traveled to Denver this week to present in front of a global audience of more than 12,000 attendees to present “Reaching rural Latinos about tobacco and alcohol prevention through a community Spanish newspaper” and “Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention.” To view the sessions presented at the conference, go to apha.confex.com/apha/138am/webprogram/Session29027.html.
The American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Exposition is the premier public health event featuring more than 1,000 cutting edge scientific sessions, 700 booths of information and state-of-the-art public health products and services.
La Voz del Pueblo, first published in October 2009, focuses on health, education and cultural issues. For electronic archives, visit
County Extension Offers Ranching-for-Profit Workshop
NATURITA – The Colorado State University Extension Office in San Miguel and West Montrose Counties will host a Ranching-for-Profit Workshop Dec. 9, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. at the Naturita Library, one of four remote locations linking to the workshop presentation taking place in Grand Junction.
Participants will learn why most ranches show a loss; how to overcome the challenge of no working capital and what it takes to build a sustainable ranch business and earn a healthy profit, instead.
Instructor Dave Pratt is a fifth-generation rancher who has worked for northern California cattle and sheep producers, earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of California and a master’s degree from Washington State University.
For more information and to register, call the Norwood Extension office at 327-4393 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Yvette.Henson@colostate.edu. Visit their website www.coopext.colostate.edu/sanmiguel/.
Second Rescues 18 Abandoned Cats
RIDGWAY – Eighteen abandoned cats and kittens were discovered by maintenance personnel last week in a recently vacated home in Ouray County. With no care providers and with winter right around the corner, Second Chance Humane Society was contacted. Despite being filled to capacity, the organization has taken five adult cats and 13 kittens to its Ridgway animal shelter, to be vaccinated, spay/neutered and readied for adoption.
To defray expenses, Second Chance seeks donations – and at the same time, offering 50 percent off all pet adoptions from now through the end of the year. “We are definitely concerned about space issues right now,” said Shelter Manager Heather Hart.
The shelter seeks both contributions and supplies, including canned cat food, litter, paper towels, bleach, bowls and litter pans. Hart can be reached at 970/626-2273.