Nestled into the base of Telluride Mountain, along the banks of the San Miguel River, the Auberge/Element 52 residences all feature native stone finishes, ironwork, walnut flooring, Waterworks fixtures and Bosch and Viking appliances. Amenities include slopeside ski-in/ski-out (with a private lift), a resident year-round concierge, as well as two outdoor pools, a fitness center/spa, a private clubroom for après ski and underground heated parking.
“We are delighted to bring Auberge Resorts’ singular style of living to Ski Country,” said Auberge Resorts Principal and Chief Executive Officer Mark Harmon. “We couldn’t have picked a better location for this project. Element 52 combines exquisite surroundings with unmatched appointments, exclusivity and intimacy, all enhanced by Auberge-style hospitality. Owners will have the best of both worlds: private slopeside access and the charm of Telluride right outside their door.”
Prices range from $2 million to $7 million. For information, visit www.aubergeresorts.com of www.element52.com. Auberge Resorts operates small luxury resorts and private clubs, including Auberge du Soleil, Esperanza, Calistoga Ranch, The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, Encantado and Rancho Valencia Resort.
New Board Officers for Ouray Chamber Resort Assn.
OURAY – The Ouray Chamber Resort Association has elected Chris Alvarez, of Alpine Bank; Brandy Ross, of Switzerland of America and Carol Girard of Black Bear Manor to its board.
They replaceJill Schoenebaum, Clint Boots and Karen Avery, who have stepped down.
Schoenebaum “was very active with the membership committee, reviewing our dues structure, membership categories and benefits,” helping “the Chamber consolidate and reduce fees where possible,” according to a press release about the changing of the guard.
“Clint Boots served as the BOD secretary, taking over 85 sets of minutes over the years,” always being “the first to volunteer for trash duty at special events and [providing] valuable feedback on the history of the Chamber….Karen Avery served as president for two-and-a-half years, dedicating much time and energy to keep Ouray moving forward during a recession.”
SMPA Projects No Rate Increases for 2011 SAN MIGUEL/OURAY COUNTIES – San Miguel Power Association, Inc., does not project a “planned increase” in next year’s electricity rates.
At its December 15 meeting, the SMPA board of directors approved the 2011 budget, with its projection for holding rates steady for the next 12 months, for the second year in a row.
“Providing affordable power has always been and always will be one of our main goals,” said SMPA General Manager, Kevin Ritter. “Every year, SMPA’s board of directors must ask themselves if SMPA can continue to maintain our system and provide quality service and reliable power for our members without raising rates.
“For 2011, we believe that’s the case.”
SMPA members last saw a rate increase in April, 2009, which set the current residential rate at approximately 13 cents per kilowatt hour. That rate will hold steady through 2011. But Ritter warned consumers to expect rate increases in the future.
“Greater demand, increasing costs, federal legislation, and alternative resources will all play a role in our rates,” he said. “We know for certain that the future will bring higher rates, and that’s why we encourage all of our members to start saving energy and money through energy efficiency efforts right now.”
The rate freeze is due in part to the fact that the co-op’s power supplier, Tri-State Generation and Transmission, did not increase wholesale power costs, amounting to over 60 percent of SMPA’s operating expenses, in 2010. Stable wholesale prices from Tri-State, coupled with a prudent budget, allowed SMPA to maintain 2010 prices.
For information about energy efficiency, visit the co-op’s website www.smpa.com or contact Member Services at 970/626-5549.
San Miguel Power Association, Inc. is a member owned, locally controlled rural electric cooperative with offices in Nucla and Ridgway. It is the mission of San Miguel Power Association, Inc. to demonstrate corporate responsibility and community service while providing safe, reliable, cost effective and environmentally responsible electrical service. SMPA serves approximately 9,600 members and 13,000 meters and supports local communities with $200,000 annually in property taxes.