COMMUNITY BRIEFS | Greg Walcher Speaks in Montrose on Friday
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PRIVATE FIRST CLASS – Corbyn Robinson (courtesy photo).
PRIVATE FIRST CLASS – Corbyn Robinson (courtesy photo).

MONTROSE - The Montrose Republican Party and the Montrose Republican Women are pleased to welcome noted author Greg Walcher to Montrose for a presentation based on his new book: Smoking Them Out: The Theft of the Environment and How to Take It Back,Friday, Nov. 15, 7- 9 p.m., at the Holiday Inn Express, 1391 S. Townsend Ave. in Montrose.  Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Red Barn, Devinny Jewelers, Laursen’s Repairs and Beyond or Around the Corner Art Gallery in Montrose. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.; light refreshments will be provided.

Walcher will sign copies of his book from 4-5 p.m. at Around the Corner Art Gallery.

Emergency Fish Salvage Authorized for South Canal

MONTROSE – Colorado Parks and Wildlife is implementing an emergency public fish salvage for the South Canal, east of Montrose. All bag and possession limits will be lifted for the area from the West Portal of the Gunnison Tunnel to the canal's confluence with the Uncompahgre River. Anglers must have a Colorado fishing license. Fish can be taken only by hook and line, or by snagging. The salvage order is in effect now through Dec. 31. The tunnel transports irrigation water to the Uncompahgre Valley from the Gunnison River. Some brown and rainbow trout are caught in the flow and end up in the canal. Water is stopped from flowing into the tunnel every year on Oct. 31  Anglers are warned to be careful when fishing along the canal which has steep banks that are often slippery. The canal can be accessed from U.S. Highway 50.

Harvest Dinner to Showcase Chefs, Products 

OURAY – The Ouray Chamber Resort Association hosts a pre-holiday Local Harvest Dinner, Thursday, Nov. 21, 6-9 p.m., at Cavallo’s Restaurant. Support local chefs, farms, ranches and the Chamber at this unique and delicious five course meal, with products from Circle A Gardens, Buckhorn Gardens, Ferguson Family Ranches, Happy Hogs Farm, Hawk N’ Yak Ranch, Garret Estate Cellars, and more. 

The evening opens with a happy hour style appetizer course, followed by a family-style dinner. Additional courses include soup, salad, entrée courses with a beautiful vegetarian option, and finishes with a lovely seasonal dessert.  All courses will be paired with wine, beer and unique infused non-alcoholic beverages.  Please mention any additional dietary needs when making your reservation. 

Hosts and guest chefs for the evening include Sid Cavallo of Cavallo’s Restaurant, Khristopher Dunham of Khristopher’s Culinaire, Kat Papenbrock of the Ouray Chamber Resort Association, Roy Perkins of the Cimarron Café, Bill Byrd, and Sarah MacCraiger.  Additional support will be provided by Secret Garden Fine Catering, and the staff and Board Members of the Ouray Chamber Resort Association. 

Reservations are required; tickets cost $65 per person, include all food and beverages, and culinary surprises. Tickets are available for purchase at Cavallo’s Restaurant, Khristopher’s Culinaire, and the Ouray Visitor Center and

For more information, please call  970/325-4746 or .

Thanksgiving Friends Celebration 

MONTROSE – Share a day of thanks with friends and neighbors at the 19th Annual Thanksgiving Day celebration Thursday, Nov. 28, at Friendship Hall at the Montrose Fairgrounds. The success of this community activity is based on the amazing volunteer spirit in the area, with volunteers cooking and boning 110 turkeys, baking pies, working to create an atmosphere that insures the Thanksgiving spirit, and decorating with local products and table runners created by local schools. Volunteers then serve their neighbors a delicious turkey dinner, offer musical talent throughout the afternoon and finally put Friendship Hall back in order, after the event.

Junior ROTC members begin Thanksgiving Day with presenting the colors and assisting children wanting in the Pavilion game room; the 110 turkeys are donated by Montrose Realtors; all publicity is donated and door prizes come from local businesses. 

All are invited to the Thanksgiving Friends Celebration; there is no cost, but donations are appreciated. 

Those wishing to volunteer can call 970/240-4350 weekdays between 1-6 p.m. 

Volunteers will deliver a Thanksgiving meal to homebound Montrose residents who call 970/249-8298 weekdays, between 9 a.m.-2 p.m., before Nov. 26. 

Gingerbread Trains at Weehawken

RIDGWAY – Registration for Weehawken Creative Arts’ annual holiday gingerbread decorating workshops in Ouray and Ridgway will be accepted starting Friday, Nov. 15. 

The 2013 workshops take place Saturday, Dec. 7, in Ridgway, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Condor Hall/Ridgway Elementary School, and in Ouray Sunday, Dec. 8, 1-3 p.m.Registration starts Friday, Nov. 15, and continues until spaces are filled, by phone at 970/318-0150 or online at

This fun, free family event serves 25-35 families in each community and is a wonderful holiday tradition. Celebrating Weehawkaen Dance’s exciting new holiday production of “Polar Express” (on Dec. 13 and 14 at the Montrose Pavilion), Weehawken is changing up the traditional gingerbread event and will offer gingerbread trains for decoration this year. Families must reserve a train in advance (limit one per family); trains are pre-assembled prior to the workshops. Weehawken provides mountains of candy, frosting and other goodies with which to decorate them. Participants take their decorated gingerbread trains home for the holiday season. The workshops are free, but donations of $10 per family are gladly accepted to help offset expenses.

Ridgway’s Corbyn Robinson Excels at Army Boot Camp 

RIDGWAY – Ridgway native Private First Class Corbyn J. Robinson graduated from the United States Army boot camp in Fort Sill, Okla. on Friday, Oct. 25.

Robinson, who enlisted in fall of 2012 for the job of 68 Whiskey (combat medic), was selected by his commanding officers to receive a certificate of achievement for his dedication, initiative and attention to detail. He was also acknowledged as an Honor Graduate for completing in the top 10 percent of his company of 230 soldiers and was recognized for his superior performance on his physical fitness test. 

Robinson held the honor of platoon Guidon Bearer for eight out of the nine weeks of Basic Training. 

A 2013 graduate of Ridgway High School, Robinson is the son of John and Shannon Robinson and grandson of Louis and Sue Schlosser, all of Ridgway. His older sister Merrissa is a member of the U.S. Navy, stationed in Virginia, with the Naval rating of AOAN (Airman, Aviation Ordnanceman Striker). His younger sister Saren is a freshman at RHS. Robinson is now attending Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas to begin his medical training.

Waterfowl Hunting 101 Seminar in Delta

DELTA – The fine points of waterfowl hunting will be discussed at a Colorado Parks and Wildlife/Delta Chapter of Ducks Unlimited seminar Saturday,  Nov. 23, 12-4 p.m. in Delta.

Experts will provide instruction on all aspects of hunting waterfowl. Participants will learn about hunting tactics, use of dogs, calling, bird identification, setting decoys and more. The seminar includes field demonstrations.

The class begins with classroom instruction at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife shop at the Escalante State Wildlife Area, west of Delta, after which it moves outdoors for field demonstrations.

To get to the state wildlife area, turn west on 5th Street in Delta, also known as G Road, and go 5.2 miles. The entrance is on the right.

Sign up in advance, as space is limited, by visiting the Parks and Wildlife office in Montrose at 2300 South Townsend Ave., calling 970-252-6000, or emailing

For more information, visit

Region 10, SBDC Partner With Connect for Health

MONTROSE – The Region 10 Small Business Resource Center and the Small Business Development Center at Region 10 are partnering with Connect for Health Colorado to educate small businesses about the new Health Care Marketplace.  Certified Health Coverage Guides are available at no charge to meet privately with small business owners regarding the new Federal guidelines.

Call Region 10 at 970/249-2436 (extension 201) to schedule an appointment with a Certified Health Coverage Guide, and to learn more about what the Federal guidelines mean for you and your business. Region 10 is located at 300 N. Cascade in Montrose, with regular business hours Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Special after hours appointments are available.

State Historical Fund Grants $15K to OCHS

OURAY – The Ouray County Historical Society has received a $15,000 grant from the History Colorado’s Colorado State Historical Fund. The grant will pay for an assessment of the Ouray County Museum building that was built in 1887 as the Ouray Miners Hospital.  

The building served as Ouray’s full service hospital until closing in 1964. OCHS purchased the building in 1976 and it has housed the museum ever since. The grant will help fund preservation planning and documentation needed to begin undertaking a complete rehabilitation of the facility. This project will assess the condition of the building’s many historic features, create a prioritized list of deficiencies and establish a phased preservation and rehabilitation plan with associated costs. Historic architectural features such as exterior decorative elements, windows and doors, the character-defining roof eaves and decorative brackets, and porches, have been impacted by moisture infiltration, heavy use and old age. There are also potential issues with settlement of the foundation and the decay of mortar joints. 

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