Ouray County Offers Programs for Buyers, Homeowners
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The Ouray County Housing Authority, which has been working for several years with the local governments to bring low-interest loans into the region for low-income households, has entered into an intergovernmental agreement with Delta Housing Authority to permit a Down Payment Assistance Program and Rehabilitation program to operate in the county. Using federal funds from the Colorado Division of Housing’s Department of Local Affairs, the programs serve low-income households under 80 percent of the Area Median Income. The Town of Ridgway has allocated $500 in 2012 to help one household within the town limits apply for this rehabilitation program. There is no administrative fee for the Down Payment Assistance program; any qualifying household in the county can apply for the funds. Both loans require homebuyer education; the Ouray County Housing Authority Board is offering these classes at the Ridgway Library on Monday, April 30, and Ridgway Town Hall on Tuesday, May 1.

For information, contact Shirley L. Diaz at 728-3034, ext. 5, or email Forms can be faxed to 728-5371.

Caring for Colorado Awards $100,000 to Uncompahgre Medical Center for Dental Services

NORWOOD – The Uncompahgre Medical Center in Norwood, Colo., was awarded $100,000 from the Caring For Colorado Foundation to increase the availability of dental services across the region. The funds will be used to support UMC Dental, the clinic’s oral health program that provides dental services on a sliding-fee basis to eligible uninsured and low-income patients.

“We have seen a steady stream of patients since the dental clinic opened in 2008,” said UMC Executive Director Steve Siegel. “Many of these patients delay care they need because they can’t afford it. In some cases this can affect the patient’s overall health.”

The award represents the fourth consecutive year the Foundation has supported UMC Dental, largely because of the success UMC Dental has had with its mission. Since opening in 2008, the clinic has grown from a part-time to a full-time program that is staffed with three dentists and a hygienist, who are supported by dental assistants and an office manager. In 2011, the dental clinic saw almost 1,000 patients for over 3,000 visits; 78 percent were attributed to uninsured and low-income community members.

In addition to CFC, UMC Dental is financially supported by the Colorado Health Foundation, the Telluride Foundation and San Miguel County. This support is essential to serving the dental needs of the region’s residents regardless of their ability to pay.


4th Annual Wright Stuff Challenge 5k/10k Slated for June 30


NORWOOD – Norwood’s Wright Stuff Community Foundation presents its 4th Wright Stuff Challenge, a 5k/10k race for walkers and runners, Saturday, June 30 on the county roads south of town. The Wright Stuff has also added a new event this year for cyclists – the first annual Oak Hill Climb is an 8.2-mile bicycle race up Oak Hill on the Lone Cone Road south of Norwood.

The annual Wright Stuff Challenge is the foundation’s major annual fundraiser, with proceeds going directly toward programs that serve youth living in Norwood, Nucla, Naturita, Redvale and surrounding communities. Established in 1998, the non-profit Wright Stuff Community Foundation provides early learning programs for children six weeks through 12 years old through its Prime Time Early Learning Center. A demonstration site for Pyramid Plus, The Colorado Center for Social Emotional Competence and Inclusion, Prime Time offers a high quality learning experience from qualified instructors who receive coaching from certified coaches. Before- and after-school care is also available for school-age kids, kindergarten through age 12, as well as the Explore! summer program, providing day camps that focus on outdoor activities, art, theatre, and more. 

The Wright Stuff Challenge 5k/10k walk/run is an out-and-back race, 3.2 or 6.4 miles over pavement, starting and ending at the “Pig Palace” at the San Miguel County Fairgrounds. The Oak Hill Climb bike race will have a neutral (untimed) start at the Pig Palace, from which riders will travel east to Jack’s Hitchin’ Post, where the clock begins. Cyclists will ride their mountain or road bikes east down Hwy. 145 to the Lone Cone Road, where they will turn south and make their way 8.2 miles and 1,525 feet up Oak Hill, where the race ends. (The race elevation climbs from 6,986 feet and 8,511 feet. For a profile of the race and a road map, go to HYPERLINK ""

Wright Stuff Challenge race-day registration takes place at 7:30 a.m. sharp (advanced reservations are recommended). The bike race starts at 8:15 a.m. and the walk/run starts at 8:30 a.m. Participants are encouraged to register before June 3 for a $5 discount; fees are $30 before June 3 or $35 thereafter. Teams of four or more people may register as a group for $25 per person. All proceeds from the Wright Stuff Challenge run/walk and bicycle race benefit Prime Time Early Learning Center. Prizes will be awarded for both races, including a team spirit award; all race participants will be entered into a raffle for various prizes.

Registration is available at or by contacting the Wright Stuff at 970/327-0555, ext. 11. Major sponsors so far include Alpine Bank, Telluride Alpine Lodging, Grand Avenue Auto Parts (Car Quest), The Coach’s Mother, Road ID, Gurley Land and Cattle Company, Energy Fuels Resources, Davis Watson Appraisal Service, and City of Ouray Hot Springs Pool. To become a sponsor, contact the Wright Stuff Foundation.


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