RIDGWAY – Members of Ridgway’s Main Street Program presented a mock-up for a new town logo and a new tagline to the Ridgway Town Council at its regular meeting last Wednesday (April 10). Mary Pat Haddock and Brian Scranton projected on screen versions of the logo, designed by Traci Schalow of Kindred Collective graphic design. The six-sided medallion features the words “RIDGWAY” and “Colorado” on a banner in front of the iconic Chimney Peak view east of town. And below the banner, the new tagline: “THINK OUTSIDE.”
“No longer ‘Gateway to the San Juans,’” Scranton crowed. “No longer a place you pass on through.”
Council discussed at length whether the shield’s color should be alpenglow, or salmon pink, or red-rock red.
A final edition will be ready soon.
TRUE GRIT GETS SIDEWALK LIQUOR APPROVAL
Tammy Tuttle, proprietor of the True Grit Café on Lena Street, came to Ridgway’s town council last week to ask for two things: to take over the liquor license at the former Cups coffee bar two doors down; and to get a revocable use permit for outdoor tables on the boardwalk in front of the old Cups and the Grit.
Tuttle is partnering with building owner Rob Rose, whose Timber Creek western wear and interior design shop is next door, to continue Cups’ tradition of libations and back-yard music. They’ll also serve a “light tapas menu,” according to Tuttle.
“People sat out in front of Cups, without interfering with boardwalk traffic, or wandering off with their drinks, even though it wasn’t permitted,” she said.
“Think outside,” quipped Councilor Jim Kavanaugh.
“As long as it’s revocable,” said Councilor Eric Johnson.
COUNTY PREPARES TO GET MUDDY
Tamara Gulde and Kat Papenbrock of the Ouray Chamber Resort Association came before the regular April Ridgway Town Council meeting with an update on the second annual Mud Fest, coming to the Fairgrounds April 26-28.
“We promised bigger and better this year, and we’re going to be bigger and better,” Gulde said.
“Last year we expected 500 people, and we got 1,400. This year we’ve ordered 3,000 tickets. There are a bunch of new events, including the Mud Jam music in Ouray on Friday night and the new truck pull, at the Fairgrounds, on Sunday. We’re bringing in a sled from Denver. We’re expecting 500-600 people just for this one event. Could be more than that.
“The two chambers are again working together to bring people to our communities,” she said, seemingly in awe herself of Mud Fest’s overnight appeal.
“Good, clean fun,” said Councilor Ellen Hunter.
Council voted unanimous permission for the festival to use of the town’s parking lot north of the Library.
PHILANTHROPY DAYS ATTRACTS FRONT RANGE FUNDERS
Donning a different hat, the Ouray Chamber Resort Association's Kat Papenbrock told the Ridgway Town Council last week about Western Slope Rural Philanthropy Days, a three-day quadrennial conference that is coming this year to Ouray County, June 17-19.
“It’s an opportunity to connect local nonprofits with Front Range funders who are looking for worthy recipients,” Papenbrock said. Three hundred fifty nonprofits, government officials and funders will gather here, at the 4-H Center. “It’ll be a big impact on hotels, restaurants . . .”
Not to mention the funding it could attract. “After the 2005 event in Telluride (in 2009 it was hosted by Crested Butte), funding for local non-profits increased from $3 million to $6.7 million.”
Mayor John Clark said, “You could not overstate the importance of this opportunity,” and suggested the town contribute $1,000 to the effort from the council initiative fund.
TWO-YEAR EXTENSION FOR PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE
With Councilor Rick Weaver recusing himself, members of the Ridgway Town Council last week heard the plea of Weaver family representative Rusty Weaver for more time to build a required pedestrian bridge across the Uncompahgre River at the River Sage development.
The family can’t afford to build it, Weaver said. “I’m still the only one out there. We’ve only sold one of the seven lots in Phase 1.”
Weaver asked that the trigger for the new bridge “not be based on time, but on lot sales. Basically at the beginning of Phase 2.”
Councilor Ellen Hunter countered, “I’m not really comfortable saying Phase 2, because of potential construction traffic [on the vehicle bridge] once things pick up. I’m more inclined to give another two years rather than tie it to lot sales or phases.”
“An extension to the extension?” said Councilor Eric Johnson.
“I’m OK with that,” Weaver replied. “I’ll come back and see you in two years.”
MAZEL TOV, SAYS KVNF RADIO
KVNF Public Radio Executive Director Sally Kane thanked the town last week for its participation in the ongoing summer concert series.
“Mazel tov – congratulations on the new stage,” she said. “With the 24 musicians of the March Fourth Marching Band up there [on the old, temporary stage last July], it was a little scary.”
Kane, who is leaving KVNF after two decades at the helm, said, “the feedback from our live broadcasts of the concerts is truly inspiring. The series brings the three towns, Ouray, Ridgway and Paonia, together. It’s free for families. It’s non-polarizing. It’s helping us build community, and it’s one of those engagement efforts worth their weight in gold.”
Council couldn’t agree more.