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Whitewater Park Discussion at Pavilion

MONTROSE – With citizen help, the planning team at RPI Consulting (Durango) has completed a draft of the City of Montrose Uncompahgre River Corridor Master Plan. The draft plan is now available on the City's website at:

The city and the planning team will be hosting a presentation about whitewater parks

by world champion kayaker and veteran whitewater park designer Scott Shipley

of S20 Design at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 3, at the Montrose Pavilion. There will also be a presentation of the draft plan by Ann Christensen of DHM Design.

This event will be an opportunity for people come out and enjoy presentations by these top-notch designers, identify priorities for plan implementation using key pad polling, and offer comments on the draft plan.  

For more information, contact Project Manager Dennis Erickson, or 970/240-1481, or planning team member Gabe Preston at or 970/382-9886.

Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Advisory

OURAY COUNTY – There has been a widespread increase in whooping cough nationally. Between January and October, California has reported more than 5,200 diagnosed cases of this disease, nine fatal, and many undiagnosed cases.

During September, 46 cases of pertussis were reported in Colorado from 18 counties. This increase is a reminder to insure children and adults are adequately vaccinated, with children 2 months through 5 years receiving five doses of Dtap (diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough); adolescents (11 years) and adults – parents, grandparents, caregivers and day-care staff – getting a Tdap booster in order to protect young children not fully vaccinated against pertussis.

For information or appointments for vaccination, call Ouray County Public Health at 325-4670.

Halloween Photos Saturday to Benefit Kid’s Aid

MONTROSE – Kids Aid, the nonprofit organization that provides backpacks full of food to Montrose area school children, will benefit from an event this Saturday, Oct. 30, at City Market South.

The store offers kids’ photos for a $5 donation from 12-to-4 p.m. Kid’s Aid will receive $4.21 of the $5. Kid’s Aid is hoping that kids will show up in their Halloween costumes, since that’s the day that downtown trick-or-treating will be held.

Prarie Dog Meeting in Gunnison

GUNNISON – The Colorado Division of Wildlife will hold a meeting to discuss issues regarding the Gunnison's prairie dog, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, at the multi-purpose room at the Gunnison County Fairgrounds.
This will be a working meeting of groups and individuals involved in conservation work for the prairie dog that is native to the Gunnison Basin, explained Nathan Seward, conservation biologist for the DOW in Gunnison.

DOW will meet with officials of other agencies and private landowners to talk about the action plan developed in 2009 to guide conservation of the small mammal. Participants will also review work done during the summer of 2010 and discuss future plans.
Attendees can ask questions and participate in discussions, but public testimony will not be taken.      
For info, contact Seward at or 970/641-7882.

Mt. Sneffels Education Foundation Raises Nearly $40,000

RIDGWAY – The Mt. Sneffels Education Foundation raised nearly $40,000 at its 13th annual Live and Silent Auction held on Oct.16.

“We are so fortunate to live in such a generous community,” says organizer Stephanie Wallin. “Despite difficult economic times and key supporters being unable to attend, others stepped up and contributed. That we could once again raise this kind of money for the kids of Ouray County is truly amazing. We appreciate each and every contribution.”

Top-selling items include a week’s stay in a luxury condominium in Telluride from a local donor, which raised $4,400; and a week’s stay in Dave Wood's Cabin on the Taylor River, which garnered $4,000.

Diann Correll’s decadent chocolate cake, which raised $120, and the five-course meal with beer pairings at the Ouray Brewery, which generated $475, were both popular. This year’s ring toss, sponsored by Ouray Liquor, and the newly added raffle together raised an additional $1,040.

Mt. Sneffels Education Foundation is a local organization dedicated to providing opportunities for Ouray County’s youth. The organization aims to involve the Ouray County community in developing resources to enrich our students' lives and broaden their educational experiences.

Founded in 1992, the organization has raised funds for such activities as arts and music programs, athletic events, and travel opportunities, including an annual trip to Washington, D.C., where students observe government in action. For more information about Mt. Sneffels Education Foundation, please visit

Montrose ACT Seeking Nominations for Parade of Lights Grand Marshal

MONTROSE – The Montrose Association of Commerce and Tourism is accepting nominations for Grand Marshal of the 2010 Holiday Parade of Lights.

Each year Montrose ACT selects a Montrose citizen to recognize and honor for their commitment and service toward the betterment of our community. If there is someone you know that has served the community that you believe should be honored as Grand Marshal, please submit the nominee’s name, your name, your daytime phone number, and briefly explain why your nominee should be Grand Marshal of the 2010 Holiday Parade of Lights. All nominations must be received by Nov. 10 and should be submitted to: Montrose Association of Commerce & Tourism, 1519 E. Main Street, Montrose, Colo., 81401 or by emailing

Energy Efficient Mortgages Hit the Road

DURANGO – The Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency is teaming up with The New Community Coalition and Uncompahgre Valley Regional Energy Star for New Homes to bring two speakers to Southwest Colorado who will discuss an approach to rejuvenating the housing market and a way to take a full percentage point off a 30-year mortgage in four presentations across Southwest Colorado.

The free session, titled, “How to Finance an Energy Efficient Home Purchase or Renovation,” will likely offer continuing education credits for real estate professionals (approval pending). In addition, anyone thinking about building or remodeling is encouraged to attend, including homeowners, builders, and appraisers.

“We are excited to be taking the Energy Saving Mortgage program state-wide and hope that other banks will participate with us in all aspects of green lending,” said Stephen Ponce-Pore, Energy Programs Manager and Loan Officer for the Bank of Colorado, and one of the presenters.

Valerie Copenhaver, from Wells Fargo Bank, also presenting, adds, “We are hoping to demonstrate the value these mortgages can bring to someone using energy efficient or renewable techniques in either a renovation or new home construction.”

Topics will include consumer motivations, recent demographics for buyers of energy efficient and renewable energy homes, common methods for improving energy efficiency, financing, loan types, interest rates, impact on consumers, the impact of loan term, appraising energy efficient properties, residential renovations , solar financing/leasing/power purchase agreements/energy services companies.

A total of four sessions are offered:

• Nov. 3 at 12 p.m. at First National Bank of Durango in Durango, RSVP to

• Nov. 3 at 5:30 p.m. at Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse in Pagosa Springs, RSVP to

• Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Telluride’s Wilkinson Public Library, RSVP to

• Nov. 4 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Montrose Holiday Inn Express, 1391 South Townsend, RSVP to

This presentation tour is funded by an ENERGY STAR® New Home grant program through the Governor’s Energy Office. Call 4CORE at 970-259-1916, email, or go to for more information.

Telluride Ski Area Cautions Against Pre-Season Turns

TELLURIDE – With snow beginning to fall on the mountain, the temptation to make early season turns is hard to resist. As a safety precaution, Telluride Ski Resort is asking individuals to refrain from skiing, snowboarding or sledding on the mountain prior to opening day.

In preparation for the 2010-2011 ski season, Prospect Basin will be closed Thursday, Oct. 28, and Friday, Oct. 29, for Howitzer training. Avalanche control work and snowmaking will also commence this week.

Snowmaking equipment including fan guns and high pressure hoses, snowmobile and snow cat traffic, and mountain ops crews preparing trails and lifts for opening day are operating 24/7 until opening. Please be aware that ski patrol services are not currently offered on the mountain at this time.
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