Contributions will be accepted through Wednesday, Dec. 22, and will be used to benefit patients at the hospital. For more information, stop by the Golden Leaf Gift Shop at the Hospital, or mail a check to Montrose Memorial Hospital Volunteer Services, 800 South Third Street, Montrose, CO 81401.
OCRA Window Decoration Contest Winners Announced
OURAY – The Ouray Brewery took top honors in the 2010 Ouray Chamber Resort Association’s window and holiday decoration contest. The Blue Pear took second and Apteka took third in the contest.
The competition, organized by OCRA, is not the same as the Ouray’s light contest, but is intended to compliment it. The idea to hold the contest was brought up by OCRA Boardmember Michelle Poier, who thought it would be a good start to the holiday season.
Four community volunteers eagerly stepped up to be non-partisan judges, their identity kept secret even from each other.
Winners, with judges’ comments in parentheses, are:
1st Place: Ouray Brewery. (“Yes, they just did red around their ‘windows’ but the upper balcony is amazing, both close and far away, with a huge impact all over town, very creative. The Ouray Brewery was the best for both walking and driving in Ouray. They also played music!”)
2nd Place: Blue Pear (“Did you see those marshmallow snowflakes, which made the whole window 3-D? And the blue lights! Wow!”)
3rd Place: Apteka!
Best Block: East side of Main Street between 6th and 7th Ave., with special mentions for Artisan Bakery, Swiss Store, Khristopher’s Culinare (“Ever see the Christmas Story?”), Denim of Antiquity, Ouray Mountain Sports and Mouse’s Chocolates.
Winter Conditions Hamper Christmas Tree Cutters
DOLORES – Although many people have plans to purchase a public lands Christmas tree cutting permit and head to the woods, being informed about road conditions and taking precautions should be a top priority.
Most Forest Service roads are closed due to early heavy snows and annual seasonal road closures went into effect on Dec. 1. The Forest Service will be leaving the gates open on the Rock Springs Road (Forest Road #556) and the Madden Peak Road (Forest Road #316) through the weekend for Christmas tree cutters. However, it should be noted that roads are not plowed and hazardous winter driving conditions may exist.
Bureau of Land Management lands also have limited access. Although firewood cutting is prohibited at Canyons of the Ancients, Christmas tree cutting is allowed. Permits must be purchased from the Dolores Public Lands Office in advance and vehicles must remain on road surfaces at all times. Slick Rock and the Disappointment areas are also open to pinyon tree cutting.
Anyone heading into the woods should be advised they are traveling at their own, particularly during the winter. Inform someone of your plans, where you are heading, and what time you plan to return.
For more information on road conditions call the Dolores Public Lands Office at 970/882-7296 or go to www.fs.fed.us/r2/sanjuan. Permits are also available at City Market in Cortez, Dolores Food Market and Cox Conoco.
Get a Tax Deduction and Strengthen the Rural Economy
DELTA – Painted Sky Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc. has received certification from the Colorado Economic Development Commission as a State of Colorado Enterprise Zone economic development project. Enterprise Zone certification means businesses and individuals who donate to Painted Sky qualify for both a federal and state tax deduction and a substantial State of Colorado tax credit. Depending on the donor’s tax status, the combined tax savings ranges from 45 to 68 percent of the donation.
Donations that qualify for EZ tax credit must support projects directed at agriculture, tourism and sustainable businesses. All these projects support Painted Sky’s mission of preserving the agriculture, economy and natural resources in its seven-county region. Current Painted Sky projects include:
• The Hartland Fish Passage project that will connect habitat for native fish, protect senior water rights for agriculture and reduce trespassing on private land by reducing boating hazards.
• The Soil Health program will assist farmers in improving soil conditions, water quality, and yields.
• The energy efficiency loan project provides funds to businesses to boost the bottom line by reducing operating costs, which increases the business’s sustainability.
• The business technical assistance project provides funds for feasibility studies, management training, prototyping, assistance with marketing and other areas that support new start businesses and sustaining existing businesses.
Mike Drake, Painted Sky’s executive director, says, “This enterprise zone certification is an important attribute to the economic development and job creation efforts of Painted Sky and provides an effective tool to support our region’s economy.”
Painted Sky, a 501c3 organization, encompasses all of Delta, Montrose, Gunnison and Ouray counties and parts of Hinsdale, Saguache and San Miguel counties.
For more information, call Mike Drake at 970/527-4535 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Painted Sky’s Delta office is located at 690 Industrial Blvd. Log on to www.paintedskyrcd.org to learn more about Painted Sky’s role in preserving the local economy and rural lifestyle.
Ouray Elks Host Yule Night Activities Dec. 11
OURAY – Celebrate the season on Saturday, Dec. 11, at Yule Night in Ouray, with a wide variety of holiday activities throughout the day.
After the parade, children can meet Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Elks lodge at about 5:15 p.m. where they can tell Santa all about their holiday wishes and have their pictures taken. Afterward, the whole family can enjoy a chili supper starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Ouray Elks Lodge, with chili, cornbread, dessert and lemonade or coffee for just $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 5-10, and kids under 5 eat for free. There will also be hot dogs and chips if the kids don’t want chili.
After supper, there will be group caroling in the lodge room. Everyone is welcome to come share this great annual family event.