“We are very excited about this year's annual meeting,” said Michael Martelon, president, and CEO of the Telluride Tourism Board, “and taking a little more of a lead in driving the content. We'll be sharing the initial overview of our extensive data analytics study, hear from TTB staff, Telluride Montrose Regional Air Organization and Telluride Ski Resort and we will be welcoming the Colorado Tourism Office.” Telluride TV will provide a live feed of the meeting, which can be seen on the TTB blog at VisitTelluride.com/AnnualMeeting.
FACES OF NEPAL: LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHER EXPLORES POLITICAL AND CULTURAL ECONOMY OF TIBETAN REFUGEES
Join Chris Bonebrake on Thursday, Dec. 8, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Wilkinson Public Library as he shares memories, photos, and stories about being an English teacher at a Tibetan monastery in Nepal.
“My goal is to give people a forum for learning about the current cultural and political situation in Tibet and Nepal,” he says. “The Nepalese people live in terrible poverty, there are no public works or social services, and the communist government is largely influenced by the whims of the Chinese.”
Featuring five photo slideshows that cover everything from the jungles and mountains of Nepal to Buddhist temples of Katmandu and an intimate montage of faces, his images provide a very personal glimpse into the political, spiritual and economic reality in the area.
Bonebrake’s presentation begins at 6 p.m. and should last about 45 minutes. This program is free to the public and is particularly targeted towards anyone interested in learning about Tibet, Nepal and China.
VOTE ON THREE NEW STATE NATURAL AREAS, INCLUDING MIRAMONTE RESERVOIR
DENVER – The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission is expected to approve three new State Natural Areas and affirm the former Parks Board's policy regarding the State Trails Committee during its monthly meeting on Thursday Dec. 8, in Fort Collins.
The meeting takes place at the Hilton Fort Collins, 425 West Prospect Street, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. The next morning, the discussion continues about new priorities and vision for the future. Since 1977, the Colorado Natural Areas Program has worked with interested landowners and volunteers to conserve the ecosystems, species, geology and fossils that are unique to Colorado. Commissioners will consider adding three new sites to the list of 89 natural areas that have been designated so far. The three include the 2,529-acre Miramonte Reservoir/Dan Noble State Wildlife Area, a critical redoubt of the Gunnison sage-grouse in San Miguel County; 125 acres of riparian shrub lands and wet meadows at the Haviland Lake State Wildlife Area in La Plata County; 2,240 acres of tall grass prairie and cottonwood forest along the Arikaree River in eastern Colorado owned by the State Land Board.
At the same meeting, commissioners are expected to reaffirm a former Parks Board policy establishing the roles and responsibilities of the State Recreational Trails Committee and adopt several new changes to the committee's grant review process.
The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission is a 14-member board, appointed by the governor, that sets regulations and policies for Colorado's state parks wildlife programs. It meets monthly and travels to communities around the state to facilitate public participation in its processes. The complete agenda for the December Parks and Wildlife Commission meeting can be found on the Commission web page at: http://wildlife.state.co.us/ParksWildlifeCommission/Archives/2011/Pages/December8-92011.aspx. Members of the public who are unable to attend Commission meetings or workshops can listen to the proceedings through an Internet link. To access the live audio feed during the meeting, click on the “listen to live audio” link at the bottom of the Commission webpage at: http://wildlife.state.co.us/ParksWildlifeCommission/Pages/Commission.aspx.
PUBLIC PRESENTATION OF DRAFT UNCOMPAHGRE WATERSHED PLAN
After more than three years of continuous work, the Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership has completed a draft of the watershed plan for the Uncompahgre River made possible by grants from the Colorado Water Quality Control Division and the Healthy Rivers Fund. Community educational forums looked at issues impacting the watershed posed by mining, agriculture, stormwater, wildlife and riparian and recreation in Delta, Montrose and Ouray Counties.
The purpose of these presentations is not only for the public to hear the problems identified and the possible solutions targeted by the plan, but also to gather what concerns and input citizens of the Uncompahgre Watershed have prior to a final draft.
It is the intention of the UWP to use the final draft of the plan both as a tool to restore health to the watershed where needed as well as to keep the watershed healthy in future decision-making.
Sarah Sauter, author of the Uncompahgre Watershed Plan, will make two public presentations, on Thursday, Dec. 15, 6:30- 8 p.m. at Ridgway Community Center, 201 N. Railroad St., and at a later date, in January. The plan is available on uncompahgrewatershed.org to read before the presentations.