Ouray County Introduces Prescription Discount Card
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OURAY COUNTY – Ouray County is introducing a prescription discount card program to help consumers cope with the high price of prescriptions, thanks to a program sponsored by the National Association of Counties.

The program offers free prescription discount cards to county residents providing an average savings of 22 percent off the retail price of commonly prescribed drugs.

The cards, which will be available from doctors as well as public health, social services, county clerk and recording offices, can be used by all county residents, regardless of age, income, or existing health coverage, both locally and regionally, and a network of more than 60,000 participating retail pharmacies.

County residents can also go online to print the card at

The NACo prescription discount card will offer significant savings for both uninsured and underinsured residents; residents with prescription coverage can use the card for drugs not covered by their health plan. Prescriptions for pets filled at participating pharmacies are also eligible for discounts through this program.

There will be no cost to county taxpayers for NACo and Ouray County to make these money-savings cards available to residents.

“Using the NACo prescription discount card is easy,” said Cheryl Roberts, R.N. Director of Ouray County Public Health. “A cardholder will simply present it at a participating pharmacy. There is no enrollment form, no membership fee and no restrictions or limits on frequency of use. Cardholders and their family members may use the card any time their prescriptions are not covered by insurance.”

For more information or to search for drug coverage and cost or view additional health resource information, go to

Effort Underway to Help Family Who Lost Home to Fire

MONTROSE – When Darcy Johnson of Brightleaf Technologies heard about the fire that destroyed Henry Grater’s home last week, she made a promise to the single parent of two young daughters.

“I told him, our goal is to get you back in a home in two weeks,” Johnson said.

Sheila’s Emporium of Olathe has agreed to outfit the girls, and Jerry Smalley has offered to coordinate donated household items through a church contact, Johnson said.

“We pretty much have everything we need for the inside of the house,” Johnson said. “Now, we just need the house itself. And I know there is somebody out there who can make this happen.”

“I spoke with Henry’s mom, and her comment was, ‘He’s a good kid; he works hard, and his little girls are his life,’ ” Johnson said.

“I also know that Henry is a movie buff, and that he is willing to do whatever it takes to help his family.”

“This is Brightleaf’s way of giving back,” Johnson said of the cooperative effort to help Grater and his family get a new roof over their heads. “This is a man who is well respected here, a single father who loves his kids.”

“So far, Mike McPeek took up a collection in the office, and found a donor, Red Rock Archery, to donate a new bow to replace the one Henry’s oldest daughter lost in the fire. The new one was presented to her Thursday evening.”

To help, call Johnson at 970/252-7171.

DMEA Election Results in; Open-to-the-Public Meeting June 28

ORCHARD CITY – The results of the Delta Montrose Electric Association’s 2011 board election were announced at the end of co-op’s annual business meeting last week in Orchard City.

Election credentials committee chairperson Judy Ashby reported that 5,099 valid ballots were cast this year.

In DMEA District 4, Mark Eckhart received 2,328 votes; Glen Black received 2,581 votes.  In DMEA District 7, Vicki Ripp received 1,679 votes; Mike Twamley received 963 votes; Terry Brown received 2,187 votes. 

In DMEA’s District 9, the co-op’s “at large” district, Tom Lovato received 308 votes; Ray Schmalz received 1,113 votes; Paul S. Gottlieb received 1.120 votes; Bob Sutton received 365 votes; Nancy Hovde received 2,093 votes. 

Black, Brown and Hovde will serve on the new DMEA board, which convened on Friday, June 17, to elect its officers, electing Tony Prendergast, board president; Brent Hines, vice-president; Mike Sramek, secretary/treasurer; Ken Norris, assistant secretary/treasurer; and Marshall Collins, who will continue to serve as DMEA’s representative on the Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association board.

The new board’s first regular meeting will be held Tuesday, June 28, at 5 p.m., and is open to all members, the media and the public.


MONTROSE – The Acute Rehabilitation Unit at Montrose Memorial Hospital will host a Parkinson’s Support Group Meeting Monday, June 27, at 3:30 p.m., in Conference Room B. Physical Therapist Mona Threlkeld will discuss the importance of exercise throughout all phases of Parkinson’s.

The Parkinson’s Support Group mission is to educate, provide resources and support caregivers and their families.

For more information or transportation arrangements, call Cora at 970/252-2996.

Ouray Public Library Summer Programs

OURAY – According to the April 2011 edition of Business Digest, by the time children have reached kindergarten, they have view nearly 5,000 hours of television –  more hours of time than it takes to earn a bachelor’s degree. Break the television habit, and remind your child of the joy of reading by participating in this summer’s reading programs at the Ouray Public Library.

Visit Miss June at the Ridgway River Festival

The Ouray Library’s very own Miss June will be on hand at the Ridgway River Fest Kid's Eddy on Saturday, June 25, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The River Festival begins at 10 a.m. and activities at the Kid's Eddy will be ongoing throughout the day. Stop by for a day of fun.

Join the Tweens and Teens Book Club

The popular Tweens and Teens Book Club will continue meeting this summer. The June selection is Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm (to be discussed Tuesday, June 28, at 1 p.m.). In August, the book club will feature Reader’s Choice and participants will share their favorite books from the summer.

Enroll in the Summer Reading Program: One World, Many Stories

This year’s Summer Reading Program theme is One World, Many Stories. First- through fifth-grade students are encouraged to participate in this six-week program beginning Wednesday, July 6. The program runs every Wednesday through August 10. Students will play games, create their own country, and read about adventures in countries around the world. Participants will have opportunities to win lots of great prizes donated by Ouray businesses.

Win Prizes from Ouray Businesses

All youth Summer Reading Program participants will be entered into drawings for a variety of prizes donated thanks to the generosity of Ouray businesses. Program sponsors include Alpine Bank, Artisan Bakery, Backstreet Bagel, Citizens State Bank, Duckett’s, Khristopher’s Culinaire, Main Street Ice Cream, Mouse’s Chocolates and Coffee, O’Brien’s Pub, Ouray Brewery, Ouray Café, Ouray Convenience (Apteka), and Timberline Deli.

The Ouray Public Library is located at 320 6th Avenue and is open from Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. -5 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

GMUG Seeks Forest Ecosystem Enhancement Proposals

DELTA – The GMUG Resource Advisory Committee is seeking proposals for projects that would enhance forest ecosystems or restore and improve land health and water quality on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, Gunnison, White River National Forests, and other nearby lands in Garfield, Mesa, Delta, Montrose and Gunnison Counties. Approximately $65,000 in funding remains to be distributed to projects recommended by the RAC.

To date, the RAC has recommended about $728,000 for projects to be completed. These funds are made available to the counties through the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (Title II). The RAC is funded annually through 2012 with slightly declining amounts each year.

The GMUG RAC works closely with Forest Service representatives to recommend projects that will benefit forest health, fish, wildlife, soils, watersheds and other resources; maintain roads, trails, and other infrastructure; and/or control noxious weeds.  Projects must be developed in coordination with the local Forest Service District Rangers and corresponding County representatives to ensure that the proposals are implementable and appropriate on national forest lands.  

RAC projects must be located on National Forest System Lands or other nearby lands within the affected Counties. Proposed projects must benefit the resources on the National Forest and must go through an environmental analysis as required by the National Environmental Policy Act. Projects can be completed by Forest Service personnel, through partnership agreements or by open-bid contracting with individuals and corporations. Federal procurement and contracting regulations are required.

GMUG RAC project proposal forms are available through the GMUG RAC link found on the Forest website at  Proposals should be received by close-of-business on August 19, 2011.  

The RAC will review projects for possible funding at their next meeting, following the due date.  The public is welcome to attend the RAC meeting. For more information on the Committee or to learn more about proposing projects, please contact either Lee Ann Loupe, RAC Coordinator, at 970-874-6717; or Kathy Welt, RAC Chairperson, at 970-929-2238.  


GRAND JUNCTION – The Colorado Division of Wildlife's Habitat Partnership Program is has awarded $500,000 to five recipients in Colorado that will fund habitat enhancement projects on private and public land with the goal of keeping big game animals from coming into conflict with adjacent private agricultural landowners.
The recipients this year are: White River National Forest Milk Creek Enhancement Project near Meeker; Rio Grande National Forest San Luis Valley Water Development project near Saguache; Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest Uncompahgre Plateau Habitat Restoration project; Uncompahgre Partnerships North Rim Landscape Restoration project near Hotchkiss; and the Three Rivers Alliances Russian olive and tamarisk removal project in Yuma County

Landowners will use the funds to launch improvement projects that will include the use of brush manipulation, weed control, water developments and reseeding with a goal of increasing available habitat and forage for big-game animals. The deadline for completing the work is June 2012.

The HPP State Council evaluated each proposal based on several criteria including the size and scale of treatments and the type of improvements proposed. One critical component the Council examined before presenting the awards was the extent of the recipient's partnerships. The selected projects exemplified the partnership component that HPP encourages and develops.

“The criteria that the State Council used to evaluate the applicants ensures that we can leverage everyone's limited funds while creating a successful project for both landowners and wildlife,” said DOW HPP Coordinator Pat Tucker.

HPP began these grants in 2009 to encourage larger scale habitat improvement projects and this is the second time that the HPP program has granted funds for them. By the end of June 2012, an additional $1 million will have been spent by HPP to improve habitat and reduce conflicts between big game and agricultural operators. This does not include additional money spent by project partners, which can easily double or triple HPP's investment.

The Colorado General Assembly and the Colorado Wildlife Commission established the Habitat Partnership Program in 1990 with a goal to reduce wildlife conflicts by facilitating cooperation between landowners, land managers, sportsmen, the DOW and others to minimize and resolve conflicts between ungulates and agricultural users.

“These grants have proven to be a very effective way to help reduce big game conflicts with private landowners,” said Northwest Regional Manager Ron Velarde. “We appreciate the cooperation with both public and private landowners and their efforts to improve natural habitat for wildlife.”

While applications for this habitat improvement grant offer are no longer being accepted, people interested in local HPP projects should contact their local DOW office or go to the division's website, for more information.



DENVER—The Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Board has awarded the Town of Telluride a $131,020 GOCO/Lottery grant to build two grandstands between the largest and most popular playing fields in Town Park.


With its latest GOCO grant, the Town will construct two identical covered grandstand structures, each with aluminum bleachers that seat 52 people, a metal roof to shelter spectators from sun and bad weather, a concrete pad for easier access by foot, bike, stroller or wheelchair, a reserved covered seating area that accommodates a wheelchair and companion at field level, and a players’ bench.


The GOCO Board awarded a total of $8.7 million in GOCO/Lottery funds to 51 projects in 30 counties throughout the state at its meeting on June 14. The projects will enhance outdoor recreation opportunities, create plans for future projects and protect 15,433 acres of open space. GOCO received 98 eligible applications requesting $17.5 million for its spring 2011 grant cycle.


Youth Corps Projects Also Chosen


Additionally, GOCO allocated $500,000 it awarded in April to the Colorado Youth Corps Association (CYCA) for work on open space and local government park and recreation projects. Two-hundred young people ages 16 to 25 will get jobs this summer because of the funding. Support for land stewardship projects is in high demand, according to Jennifer Freeman, CYCA’s executive director. “We received $1.3 million in project requests from 29 counties, and have funding to support $500,000 of those proposals. The good news is that there is plenty of work to keep 200 young people employed this year and next–while providing them with valuable transferable skills.” Of the counties that proposed projects, 20 will receive youth corps crews, including San Miguel County. A youth work crew will help improve sage grouse habitat, including installing fence reflectors on barbed wire fences to mitigate collisions, which can be fatal to the threatened bird.


GOCO is the result of a citizens’ initiative passed by 58% of the voters in 1992. As the recipient of approximately half of Colorado Lottery proceeds―$56.4 million in Fiscal Year 2010―GOCO awards grants to local governments and land trusts, and makes investments through the Colorado Division of Wildlife and Colorado State Parks. Since 1994, more than 3,400 projects in all 64 counties have benefited from GOCO grants―San Miguel County projects have received $9.2 million in GOCO grants.


Making Tiny Devices to Treat Big Diseases

Town Talk, “Directing Traffic on Tiny Highways,” June 28

TELLURIDE - Time is of the essence with heart disease and cancer. A patient’s survival often rests on the ability to detect the condition early and treat it quickly. Together, these two diseases caused forty-four-percent of deaths worldwide in 2008, according to the World Health Organization.

Thanks to the current research of Sherwin Singer, Professor of Chemistry at Ohio State University, novel technologies allowing earlier detection, quicker diagnosis, and faster treatment of these and other diseases may be just over the horizon. The result? Faster recoveries, longer life expectancies, healthier lives.

On Tuesday, June 28th, Singer will discuss the vision and the science behind these technologies in his presentation, "Directing Traffic on Tiny Highways: Strategies for biomedical nano devices." The Town Talk is produced by the Telluride Science Research Center and will take place from 6:00 to 7:15 p.m. at the Palm Theatre. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.

Singer envisions a world in which patients suffering from chest pain could be accurately diagnosed with a specific heart condition in a matter of minutes. Traditional methods require blood samples to be analyzed in the laboratory, often taking hours or days. What if the same lab processes could be condensed down to the size of a microchip and embedded into a handheld device? This concept, termed "lab-on-a-chip," is an active area of research. If realized, blood tests could be administered at the point of care and results could be obtained in minutes without sacrificing accuracy.

LOC technology also envisions tiny, implantable, early-warning systems, able to detect the onset of diseases. An LOC device could be implanted in a blood vessel. There it would continuously sample plasma and cells, emitting a signal upon detection of tumor cells circulating in the blood stream. This would make possible the detection of cancer at a very early stage, long before the manifestation of symptoms.

Singer’s research is in nanofluidics, the fundamental technology underlying the lab-on-a-chip concept. "Future miniaturized point-of-care testing devices, or implantable devices, will require moving fluids or cells around in a controlled manner," he said in a recent interview.

Moving fluid through a length of house plumbing is easy enough; moving it through a microscopic channel only a few nanometers wide is another story. "For large devices, mechanical mechanisms work just fine. For tiny devices, you don't want to build tiny pumps. Instead, you have to apply a battery voltage." This sets up an electric field along the channel, which induces charged molecules called ions to move and push the fluid along.

Singer is careful to point out that LOC technology is still nascent – it could be years before these devices are put into medical practice. "While passive nanoparticles for sensing and drug delivery have enjoyed some true successes, the more active 'little machines,' like the ones we are working on, are still in the blue-sky stage."

Come learn more about the future of medicine and nanotechnology at the Town Talk this Tuesday. For more information, call Nana Naisbitt, TSRC director at 970-708-0004 or visit

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