Ouray County Historical Museum Seeks Vintage Quilts
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OURAY – Do you have a vintage quilt in your family? Or have you made one yourself? If so, the Ouray County Historical Society would like to borrow it for the 2011 Quilt Show.

The OCHS will accept quilts July 12-18 at the Ouray County Historical Museum. Quilts that were pieced or embroidered prior to 1960 are preferred. The show will run July 20-August 23.

Quilts may be dropped off at the museum during regular hours, Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Sundays, noon - 4:30 p.m. Brief stories (typed or hand-written) about the quilts are welcome. Please secure each quilt in a pillowcase or bag. While individuals may submit multiple quilts, the show is limited to a total of 35 pieces, due to space considerations.

The Quilt Show is not a judged event or a contest. The quilts will be displayed throughout the museum for the enjoyment of all visitors. Quilt Show participants may pick up their quilts August 26-30.

On Wednesday, July 20, the annual Quilter’s Tea will usher in the show. The tea will be at the Venue Roscoe Fox on Main Street in Ouray at 3 p.m. Master quilter Sue Hillhouse will give a presentation on the making of the OCHS 2011 raffle quilt, which features the Yankee Girl Mine and historic mining photos.

Beth Paulson, a prominent Ouray poet, will present “A Piecework of Words,” which she describes as a “dialogue about the creative spirit at work and at play with our hearts, minds, and hands.” She will read poems from her recent book, Wild Raspberries, as well as some new poems.

The Quilter’s Tea is open to everyone, quilters and non-quilters alike. Refreshments will be served. A $5 per person donation is requested.

For further information contact Maria Jones or Kate Kellogg at the OCHS 970/325-4576.

Forest Service Seeks Comments on Thunder Trails Project

NORWOOD – The U.S. Forest Service, Norwood Ranger District seeks public comment on the Thunder Trails Project, a proposal to construct 17.5 miles of single-track trails near the Town of Norwood that was initially “scoped” for public comment in September 2010.

Based on public comments, the Norwood Ranger District modified the proposal and has developed three additional alternatives, described in an Environmental Assessment, posted on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forest website at or upon request by contacting the Norwood Ranger District.

Public comments must be received by August 8. Written comments should be mailed or hand-delivered to: Norwood Ranger District, Attn: Judy Schutza, 1150 Forest Street, Norwood, CO, 81423. Written comments via facsimile or email should be sent to FAX 970-327-4854 or to  Oral comments via telephone can be made by calling the Norwood office at 970/327-4261.

San Miguel County Brings New Look to Web Map Site

TELLURIDE – Back in 2004, San Miguel County launched the first local interactive mapping website, intended to make information regarding area properties both accessible and easily retrievable. Today, the County and the Town of Telluride have updated the site as a shared investment, to better serve the community and the general public.

The internet mapping site will now be locally hosted and managed in an effort to save money and to provide more timely data updates, said Heather Widlund, San Miguel County Geographic Information Systems Coordinator.

“The site,, now has a fresh look and feel, with improved navigational capabilities and user interface,” Widlund said. “All it requires is the one-time installation of a free browser add-on called Silverlight.”

Users of the property-specific web site can create a mailing list of property owners for required public notices; locate parcels and obtain such information as owner, address and zoning; link to assessor valuation and sales data; overlay aerial photography and other layers; print a customized map; and add text and drawings to the map. Widlund expects the site to grow in capabilities and available data over time.

Training sessions and quick tours are available for those who need assistance with the updated site. In Telluride, classes will be drop-in/open house style on Thursdays through August 11, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (call to reserve a specific time) at 333 West Colorado Ave., in the Miramonte Room. Training sessions are available in Norwood on Tuesdays by appointment. “Bring your own laptop, or use one of ours,” Widlund said. The old mapping site will be turned off on July 22. To learn more call Widlund at 970/369-5470 or email her at

Christmas in July at the Animas Museum

DURANGO – The Animas Museum will celebrate Christmas in July on Saturday, July 16t, 10 A.M.-4 P.M.

Festivities include candlemaking, treats from the various ethnic groups that settled La Plata County and historic information about different Christmas traditions. Children can make an old-fashioned ornament to take home. This will be a great event for families and a great way to celebrate Christmas without the cold! During this event, the Historical Society will also be kicking off a project to restore the historic Peterson House on the south side of the grounds. The “Peterson Project” will begin with Operation Santa Claus to restore the chimney that once graced the home. One early inhabitant of the home was “Old Jimmy” McIntyre, whose obituary refers to him as “Santa Claus” for his generosity in providing gifts to poor children every Christmas. The Christmas in July event is free, but donations are especially welcome for this special project. The Animas Museum is located at the corner of 31st Street and West 2nd Avenue in north Durango. Call 970/259-2402 for more information, or visit

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