COMMUNITY BRIEFS | Monday Night Avalanche Awareness Forum Series
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POWER CHECK – The San Miguel Power Assn.’s Board of Directors and General Manager Kevin Ritter (right to left) presented a $10,000 check to Paul Major of the Telluride Foundation, while BOD members Marcus Wilson, Wes Perrin, Rube Felicelli, Jerry Hoffer, Jack Sibold, Doylene Garvey and Dave Alexander looked on. The donation was made possible through SMPA’s Sharing Success Program, launched last fall by CoBank, an SMPA funding resource, offering rural electric cooperatives matching funds for donations made to charities in their communities. The program required that the donation needed to be given to a single entity; SMPA donated the full $10,000 to The Telluride Foundation, for a donor-advised account. (Courtesy photo)
POWER CHECK – The San Miguel Power Assn.’s Board of Directors and General Manager Kevin Ritter (right to left) presented a $10,000 check to Paul Major of the Telluride Foundation, while BOD members Marcus Wilson, Wes Perrin, Rube Felicelli, Jerry Hoffer, Jack Sibold, Doylene Garvey and Dave Alexander looked on. The donation was made possible through SMPA’s Sharing Success Program, launched last fall by CoBank, an SMPA funding resource, offering rural electric cooperatives matching funds for donations made to charities in their communities. The program required that the donation needed to be given to a single entity; SMPA donated the full $10,000 to The Telluride Foundation, for a donor-advised account. (Courtesy photo)
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BLACK CANYON BARBERSHOP CHORUS The Black Canyon Barbershop Chorus recently installed its Board Members for 2013; The Chorus serves the community with song throughout the year.  This year‘s events include Singing Valentines on Feb. 14 and the Annual Chorus Show on June 15 at the Montrose Pavilion.  Pictured from left: John Taylor, Tim Davis, Dr. Bob Brethouwer, President Larry Wilkinson, John Reick, Del Dyck, Director Emeritus Dr. Tom Chamberlain,  Treasurer Rex Pierson, Carrol Morrell, Bill Sutton, Director MaryAnn Rathburn, Larry Cooper, Secretary Chuck Frush, Dennis Olmstead and Dave Stannard.   For information  on the Chorus visit www.blackcanyonchorus.org.
BLACK CANYON BARBERSHOP CHORUS The Black Canyon Barbershop Chorus recently installed its Board Members for 2013; The Chorus serves the community with song throughout the year.  This year‘s events include Singing Valentines on Feb. 14 and the Annual Chorus Show on June 15 at the Montrose Pavilion.  Pictured from left: John Taylor, Tim Davis, Dr. Bob Brethouwer, President Larry Wilkinson, John Reick, Del Dyck, Director Emeritus Dr. Tom Chamberlain,  Treasurer Rex Pierson, Carrol Morrell, Bill Sutton, Director MaryAnn Rathburn, Larry Cooper, Secretary Chuck Frush, Dennis Olmstead and Dave Stannard.   For information  on the Chorus visit www.blackcanyonchorus.org.
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TELLURIDE – Telluride Ski Resort’s Lift Access Backcountry 101 takes place Monday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m., at Rebekah Hall, part of the Monday Night Avalanche Awareness Forum Series, put on by the nonprofit San Juan Field School/Telluride Avalanche School.

This forum will include presentations from local professionals from the U.S. Forest Service, Telluride Ski Patrol, San Miguel Search and Rescue, and the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, who will discuss legal issues related to access into backcountry terrain through the ski area’s access gates, the Telluride Ski Resort’s boundary and sign policies and education regarding avalanche control morning protocols and work flow, as well ast brief history and case study of recent rescues involving lift access backcountry protocol. This year, the San Juan Field School has expanded its programs to include one four-day avalanche course, three three-day avalanche courses, one two-day avalanche clinic/trip and a variety of free forums, beacon rescue clinics and other educational programs. Visit www.tellurideadventures.com or call Joshua Butson at 728-4101 for more information.

SMPA CALLING 2013 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS

San Miguel Power Association, Inc. is once again offering scholarships to this year’s high school graduates. Each year the co-op awards nine scholarships, totaling $14,000, to graduating seniors from across the service territory. Applicants must attend school within SMPA’s service territory, be a dependent of an SMPA member, be on schedule to graduate in 2013, and plan to attend a secondary education institution.

Applications are available online at http://www.smpa.com/Youth/scholarships.cfm. In addition to the application, students must also supply an official transcript of grades, an essay of 250 to 500 words and two letters of recommendation. They must demonstrate community involvement and identify an intended course of study. Applications are due February 19, 2013.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS FOR DAYCARE CENTERS

SAN MIGUEL AND MONTROSE COUNTIES – Does your daycare center have an emergency plan? Has your center identified potential hazards in your community? Do your employees and children’s parents know what they should do, in the event of an emergency? Bright Futures for Early Childhood and Families, a nonprofit organization based in Telluride providing resources to local area preschools, teachers and parents, hosts an “Emergency Preparedness for Daycare” meeting, with Community Services Sergeant Paul L. Eller, of the Montrose Police Dept., offering a free two-hour training session for daycare providers on Tuesday, Jan. 22. Participants will learn about emergency preparedness for daycare in the event of natural and man-made emergencies. For information, contact Marcie@BrightFuturesForChildren.org or call 970/728-5613.

SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED TO COLLEGE STUDENTS BY THE FRIENDS OF RIDGWAY STATE PARK

RIDGWAY – Once again, the Friends of Ridgway State Park, Inc. is offering two $1000 scholarships to college students who have completed at least one semester of post-secondary education.  Applicants must have graduated from high schools in Mesa, Delta, Montrose, or Ouray Counties and be enrolled in studies leading to a degree in environmental sciences or equivalent.  Applications may be obtained from the Ridgway State Park Office, by calling 970-626-5822 or by e-mail at johnorglenda@q.com.  Application deadline is April 30th 2013.

JANUARY 2013 IS RADON ACTION MONTH IN MONTROSE

The Montrose County Board of County Commissioners at their January 7, 2013 board meeting adopted a proclamation declaring January 2013 as Radon Action Month in Montrose County, Colorado. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths in the United States and number one cause among non-smokers.  Montrose County has a high level of radon in the soil which means that all homes have the potential for elevated radon levels.  Last year almost 250 homes were tested for radon and the average level of radon in these homes was 8.8 picocuries (pCi/L).  Any level greater than 4 pCi/L poses a health risk and needs to be remedied by the homeowner. Radon information classes will be held Wednesday, Jan. 23 and Wednesday Feb. 6, 13 and 20, 12-1 p.m., in the Montrose Library Conference Room.

MMH IMPLEMENTS VISITOR RESTRICTIONS FOR FLU SEASON

MONTROSE – Montrose Memorial Hospital is implementing visitor restrictions in an effort to protect patients, visitors and employees from the seasonal flu. Montrose Memorial Hospital is temporarily restricting visitors 12 and under from the hospital.  We also ask that you do not come to visit if you are ill. Dr Michael Benziger, Chair of the Infection Control Committee ing the safety of our patients, visitors and staff during the flu season. These temporary changes to our visiting policies may be inconvenient to some, but are in the best interest of everyone.”

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF IT IS A COLD OR THE FLU?

The common cold and flu are caused by different viruses but can have some similar symptoms, making them tough to tell apart.  In general, the flu is worse and symptoms are more intense.

COLDS: Usual symptoms include stuffy or runny nose, sore throat and sneezing. Coughs are hacking and productive. It’s usual to have fever, chills, headaches and body aches, and if they do occur, they are mild.

FLU: Fever is usually present, along with chills, headache and moderate-to-severe body aches and tiredness.  Symptoms can come on rapidly, within three to six hours.  Coughs are dry and unproductive, and sore throats are less common.

PREVENTION: To avoid colds and flu, wash your hands with warm water and soap after you’ve been out in public or around sick people.  Don’t share cups or utensils.  And get a flu vaccination – officials say it’s not too late, even in places where flu is raging.

TREATMENT: People with colds or mild cases of the flu should get plenty of rest and fluids.  Those with severe symptoms, such as a high fever or difficulty breathing, should see a doctor and may be prescribed antiviral drugs or other medications. Children should not be given aspirin without a doctor’s approval.

BLM SEEKS ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE APPLICATIONS FOR 2013

DOLORES – Artists nationwide are invited to apply for the 2013 Artist-in-Residence program at the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument near Dolores. The Monument is an awe inspiring environment where artists use their talents to bring the landscapes to life using various art forms.

The Artist-in-Residence program is open to professional artists who are more than 18 years of age, are U.S. citizens and are able to meet the application criteria. Submissions may include any artistic medium suitable for digital reproduction including two-dimensional visual still media (such as painting, photography and printmaking), literature, video, music, etc. Each residency spans eight days between April 1 and Sept. 30, 2013.

Proposals, including art samples, should reflect the cultural and natural resources within Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. Winning proposals will promote public appreciation of the landscape, raise awareness of its unique value and inspire conduct that helps preserve its fragile resources.

The artist must donate at least one digital image of their completed artwork to the BLM. The copyright remains with the artist, with permission granted to the BLM for promotional and educational reproduction. Artists will also share their vision in a 45-minute, public presentation during the residency period.

Further information, guidelines and applications are available at www.blm.gov/co/st/en/nm/canm/artist_in_residence. All submissions must be postmarked or emailed by Thursday, Feb. 28.

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument is filled with scenic beauty and unique human stories. It encompasses thousands of archaeological sites including 13 Ancestral Puebloan settlements identified for visitors.

For more information, call 970/882-5624.
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