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Snow and Avalanche Studies Fundraiser Features Venture Snowboard, Ska Beer

SILVERTON – Venture Snowboards and Ska Brewing team up for the Saturday, Dec. 4 Sixth Annual Season Kickoff Party in Silverton.

The two homegrown Colorado companies are producing a small run of custom graphics boards and a special winter brew, both of which will be unveiled at the bash. 

The partnership between Venture and Ska started nearly eight years ago when the two businesses came together to talk about how they could collaborate.  "We jokingly refer to ourselves as the microbrew of snowboards because we build high quality boards from scratch," explains Venture's Lisa Branner.  "Ska takes the same approach in crafting their beer, so teaming up seemed like a natural." 

This year's Season Kickoff features live music from Salem and Farmington Hill, Ska drink specials, and giveaways.

The highlight of the evening will be the raffle for a limited-edition Ska/Venture custom snowboard; this year’s deck features the Euphoria graphic and the distinctive Venture snowflake.

The party kicks off at 8 p.m. at Silverton's Pride of the West (1323 Greene Street). Proceeds benefit the Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies in Silverton; call 970/387-5269 for info.

Holiday Lighting Competition

OURAY – The Ouray branch of Alpine Bank will once again sponsor its Holiday Lighting Competition, a Beautification Committee event, this year.  In order to compete, businesses and residences within the Ouray City limits must turn on their decorative lights Monday, Dec. 13- Wednesday, Dec. 15, from 5:30-9 p.m., for evaluation in two categories: Business and Residential. 

Prizes are $100, First Place; $75, Second Place and $25, Third Place. Contact Tamara Gulde at Mountain Fever Shirts and Gifts for details at 970/325-4408.  

Ouray Public Library Subscription Magazine Drive

OURAY – Ouray Public Library patrons have already donated nearly a dozen magazine subscriptions to the library for its end-of-year magazine subscription drive. Patrons who donate a subscription to the library may select a magazine from the library’s current offerings or a favorite of their choice. “We kicked off the subscription drive at the Friends of the Ouray Library Luncheon and Fashion Show and patrons responded enthusiastically,” Library Director Chris Reece explained. “By donating a magazine subscription to the library, you expand the library’s offerings, stretch library dollars, provide a gift to the entire community, and ensure that we all can share our resources more efficiently.”

Currently, the following magazine subscriptions have been donated by patrons: Consumer Reports, FamilyFun, National Geographic, Rachel Ray, Ranger Rick, Southern Living, and Wild Bird. Additionally, Bon Appétit and Food Network were donated by Mouse’s Chocolates and Coffee, and Backpacker magazine was donated by San Juan Hut Systems.

Also of note, the library’s collection of Alpinist magazines has arrived back from the bindery. Each issue was bound individually and can be checked out to library patrons. “The binding will help protect and preserve this important and popular part of our collection,” said Reece. “Many thanks to our generous patron who made this project possible!”

Late Hunting Seasons Offer Youth Chance to Fill Tags

DURANGO – The Colorado Division of Wildlife reminds youth hunters who didn't fill their cow or either-sex elk tags during the regular seasons that they are eligible to hunt antlerless elk anywhere in the state where a late season is scheduled. Those with unfilled bull elk licenses are not eligible.

Most late seasons begin sometime after the fourth rifle season, which ended on Nov. 21, but the starting dates vary depending on the Game Management Unit. The late season opportunity allows youths between 12 and 17 years old to hunt in some units through January. 

"It looks like that the overall elk harvest statewide might be a bit down for the regular rifle seasons, so these late hunts should give some youth hunters a great chance at getting an animal," said Rick Basagoitia, area wildlife manager for the San Luis Valley.

Hunters holding an either-sex tag must go to a DOW office to convert the license to an antler-less tag. Those with a cow permit do not need to go to a DOW office. Hunters under age 16 must be accompanied by a mentor. Mentors can hunt with a youth only if they hold a late-season license that is valid for the same unit and dates as the youth license. Those who turn 18 after purchasing the original license are still eligible to hunt visit Read "Late Youth Elk Hunts" on page 2 of the brochure and look for the late season dates in the 2010 Elk Seasons section.

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Early Childhood Education Text-to-Give Contest

TELLURIDE – The Telluride Foundation kicked off the new Text-To-Give Contest on Nov. 24 for four nonprofit early childhood education groups.  Bright Futures for Children, Mountain Munchkins Child Care & Preschool, Prime Time Early Learning Center & Telluride Academy, based on their mission and their plan to rally supporters and public to send a $5 text donation.  Texting continues through December 31.  Telluride Foundation will match, dollar-for-dollar, the donations raised by each participating organization up to $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place, $300 for third place and $200 for fourth place.

The Text-to-Give Contest is an opt-in only, voluntary means for nonprofits to raise donations and communicate with new and existing donors. A donor hears or sees a donation request, responds by texting the code of the organization they want to support (BCHILD=Bright Futures; MUNCH=Mountain Munchkins; STUFF=Prime Time ; & TACAD=Telluride Academy) to 90999, and confirms their donation by replying to the text message they receives back by texting YES. Upon confirmation, the charge appears as a tax-deductible donation to the charity of choice on the donor’s bill, which can be used as a receipt. For more information about the Text-to-Give Context, contact the Telluride Foundation or email:


San Juan Healthcare Foundation Donates Blood Cell Counter to San Juan Cancer Center

MONTROSE – The San Juan Healthcare Foundation has donated a $35,000 Blood Cell Counter to the San Juan Cancer Center, to expedite patient care by delivering immediate information oncologists can use to monitor and adjust the patient’s treatment plan.

The Blood Cell Counter is used to measure a patient’s white blood count (used in fighting bacteria and viruses), red blood cell count (cells used in carrying oxygen and carbon dioxide), and platelet count (cells needed in the blood clotting process). There is also a white blood cell differential, which tells the physician the percent of white cells that are either bacterial or viral.  After the patient’s blood is drawn, it’s placed in the counter and the physician has results within five minutes.  Prior to this instrument, the blood had to be sent to the hospital for analysis and patient care could have been delayed.  The new machine provides immediate results, which enhances patient care and patient satisfaction. 

The nonprofit San Juan Healthcare Foundation, created in 1982, works to develop resources for the advancement of charitable, scientific and educational healthcare needs.
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