Interiors with Oohs and Aahs will be giving away décor items to a few lucky winners.
Lucinda Schroeder is the guest speaker; lunch will be catered by Ted Nelson’s Steakhouse featuring a grilled chicken caesar salad with a fresh fruit kabob and fresh bread. Iced tea and lemonade will also be served.
Schroeder is a retired federal agent with 30 years’ experience with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, who, throughout her career, was tasked with setting up undercover businesses to attract persons dealing in illegal commodities. In setting up businesses, Schroeder's Golden Rule was to focus on what her “customers” wanted, and then tweaked her business to keep them happy while gathering evidence of their crimes. She'll explain how she did this in the context of real cases, amusing anecdotes, intrigue and examples of calculated risk-taking.
OURAY ELKS CHARITY HORSEBACK RIDE SEPTEMBER 24
OURAY – The Ouray Elks Lodge hosts its 26th annual Don Harrington Memorial Charity Horseback Ride on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 24. This public event raises money for youth programs, including college scholarships, Santa Delivers, Easter Egg Hunt, drug awareness, and community projects such as the town park basketball court.
The three hour-plus ride will start six miles north of Ouray, climbing through forests to the old railroad grade (County road 17) to end in town at the lodge for lunch. Participants are asked (but not required) to contribute $100 or more (sponsorships are encouraged); those who do will receive commemorative T-shirts. Pre-registration is required; for information and to register, contact Manette Steele at 970/325-0095. Rental horses can be arranged through Ouray Livery. You do not have to be an Elk to participate in this great fundraiser that directly benefits area children, so saddle up for a day of fun while you help support youth programs in Ouray County.
CSU EXTENSION INVITES PUBLIC TO PLAY IN WAYNE COOLEY MEMORIAL 4-H GOLF TOURNAMENT THIS FRIDAY
MONTROSE – Colorado’s Tri-River Area 4-H programs (Montrose, Delta, Mesa and Ouray counties) invite you to play in the Wayne Cooley Memorial 4-H Golf Tournament this Friday, Sept. 23, at 1:30 p.m., at Devil’s Thumb Golf course in Delta. The Colorado 4-H Foundation is teaming up with the Tri-River Area 4-H programs to provide a great afternoon of golf to raise funds for local and state 4-H programs.
“The 4-H Foundation has coordinated successful golf tournaments for more than 20 years on Colorado’s Front Range to raise funds for the International 4-H Youth Exchange and statewide 4-H programs,” said Gary Small, Executive Director of the 4-H Foundation. “We’re excited to use our experience to organize the Cooley Memorial tournament to raises funds for the local 4-H programs and honor Wayne Cooley’s Extension work.”
Individuals play for $75, which includes 18 holes of golf, a cart and steak dinner following the tournament. Individual, team and door prizes will be awarded, plus an opportunity to win a vacation or one year lease on a new automobile with a hole-in-one.
Sponsorships are available with levels ranging from Patron ($350) to Major Tournament ($1,500), offering multiple teams and special advertising opportunities. There are also exclusive hole ($250) and hole co-sponsorships ($100) available.
For more sponsorship information and to register for the tournament please visit the following website http://www.co4hfoundation.colostate.edu/golf_delta.shtml or call Gary Small at (970) 491-1537.
OURAY OKTOBERFEST AND 47th ANNUAL JEEP RAFFLE
OURAY – Cold beers, hot brats and polka fun are all on tap Saturday, Oct. 8, when Ouray hosts its annual Oktoberfest and Jeep Raffle. This year’s Oktoberfest celebration kicks off at 5 p.m. at the Ouray Community Center, with the return of the ever-popular Austrian Connection band, great German food and local brews from the Colorado Boy, Ouray and Ourayle House breweries. The festivities include dancing, door and costume prizes, and fun children’s activities.
The 2011 winner of the 47th Annual Jeep Raffle will be announced at 9 p.m.; raffle tickets for a new mint-condition Jeep Wrangler are on-sale now. The raffle supports student scholarships, fireworks for the Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve, and purchase of next year’s raffle Jeep.
Tickets may be purchased at participating shops, galleries, and lodging facilities in Ouray and will be available at the door. Entry fees are $10 for adults, $5 for students and free for children 12 and under. A complimentary beer mug is available for entrants of age; beer, wine and food are available for purchase at the event.
ST. PATRICK’S CATHOLIC CHURCH HOSTS HOLY CHILI AND SALSA COOK-OFF
TELLURIDE – St. Patrick’s Catholic Church hosts its Third Annual Holy Chili and Salsa Cook-Off Saturday, Oct. 8, 12-6 p.m., on Galena between Spruce and Pine streets. This year’s proceeds will benefit the continued restoration and preservation of the church. Last year’s event enabled the parish to hire local painters to paint the outside of the church and reroof the bell tower.
There will be two categories for chili, Red and Green, and two categories for salsa, Spicy and Summer (i.e., peach mango). Prizes will be awarded for first and second place and a People’s Choice Award will be given, as well as a prize for best-decorated booth will also be awarded. The Blisters, The Great Funktiers and the Rico Blues Project will perform; kids’ games, sponsored by Telluride Sitters, will include pie- throwing, pumpkin-painting, face-painting, hula-hoop making and much more.
Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, $5 for students; 12 and under are free. Ticket price includes entrance to the event, music, and chili tasting. There will be hot dogs, burgers, bratwursts and much more for purchase.
Team entrance fees are $75 for chili and $25 for salsa. For the chili competition, first place wins $250 and second place $100. For the salsa competition, first place wins $75. Judges are Chef Bud of Buds Catering, Lindsey Brown of Telluride Sitters and returning Judge Marcus Tatlus of Fort Lewis College.
“This is such a great community event for such a wonderful cause and we hope that everyone comes out, enjoys being together and has some fantastic chili, salsa and other treats,” says Deacon Mike Doehrmann.
St. Patrick’s Church is one of the 17 local landmarks in Telluride and funds raised go towards the preservation and restoration fund for the church. Contact Kate Wadley,
Parish Council President, at 970/729-1375 for more information.
TEF DISTRIBUTES MAGNET GRANTS TO 17 TEACHERS
TELLURIDE – The Telluride Education Foundation distributed its annual Magnet Grants to 17 teachers in the Telluride R-1 School District at the Board of Education’s September 13 meeting. TEF Board of Directors President Lynn Jansen presented the grants totaling $13,775.
This year’s recipients included Robbin Cooper, Kelli Coppage, Jennifer Hubbard, Liza Huet, Joanna MacDonald, Laura Ianacone and James Taschek, Heather Rosen, Amanda Thompson, Ashley Williamson, Chery Bradley, Lorrie Gardner, Klara Lapp, Jen Taylor, Tawnya and Jeremy Voytko, Faith Horton, Jonathan Young, and Sara Kimble.
The Magnet Grants represent a small but important part of a larger community effort to recruit, retain, and reward the excellent faculty at our schools.
According to Amanda Thompson, a fifth grade teacher at the Telluride Intermediate School and a grant recipient for four years, the grants have “helped us in building our house, with gas money for commuting, and in furthering my education. It makes me feel supported by the community and that people are looking out for the teachers here.” Robbin Cooper, a kindergarten teacher at Telluride Elementary School and a grant recipient for five years, says, “With the TEF grant, I am able to concentrate more on the things that make me a better teacher including the amount of time I spend at school. With the TEF grant, I am able to work part time and pay for childcare. It helps me be a better teacher and parent by allowing me the freedom to focus on teaching and parenting.”
In addition to the Magnet Grant program, TEF makes monthly grants to teachers to support classroom projects, materials, field trips, and programs that are not fully covered by the school budget. Laura Ianacone, a social studies teacher in the Telluride Middle School said, “For the past two years, the eighth grade team applied for field trip assistance during our History of Mining/Local Mining Debates PBL [Project Based Learning Unit]. Telluride Museum helps organize a trip to take students up to Tomboy Mine, and without the help of reduced prices from Telluride Outside and field trip assistance from the Telluride Education Foundation, it wouldn't be possible.”
The Telluride Education Foundation, whose Board is made up of parent volunteers, teachers, and advisors from the District staff, holds an annual fundraiser each spring. The past two years TEF has hosted an “Evening At Castlewood” that included silent and live auctions. In addition, the Foundation is the recipient of generous grants from the Telluride Foundation, the Spitzer Family Foundation, the Herrick Foundation, the Lyons Brown Foundation, Steve and Nicole Finger, Alpine Bank, as well as a many other parents and community members. Since its inception, TEF, in turn, has distributed almost $300,000 to over 125 teachers, from the Telluride R-1 School District and the Telluride Mountain School.
For more information about the organization, or to donate funds, please visit the TEF website at www.tellurideeducationfoundation.org.
MONTROSE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL HOSTS 40TH ANNUAL FALL MEDICAL CONFERENCE
Montrose Memorial Hospital is hosting six physician faculty members from around the country, as well as over 100 physicians and nurses from Colorado and neighboring States, for the 40th Annual Fall Clinics on Friday, September 23. The program is open to physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. Friday, with lectures throughout the day, or call Julie Disher at 970/240-7394 to register.
Featured speakers include:
Cardiologist JoAnn Lindenfeld, Professor of Medicine from the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Medical Director of the Cardiac Transplant Program at University of Colorado Medical Center, who will speak on Congestive Heart Failure.
Cardiologist/Cardiac Electrophysiologist Patricia Kelly from the Montana Heart Center, on Screening for Cardiac Disease in Athletes.
Emergency Medicine Physician Gregory Henry, Clinical Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Michigan Medical Center, on the topic of Management of TIAs.
Infectious Disease Specialist Steven Opal, Professor of Medicine (Scholar Track) at Brown University School of Medicine and Director of the Infectious Disease Division at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, Pawtucket will speak on the topics of Sepsis and Infectious Disease.
Pediatrician Stephen Berman, Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and Director of the Center for Global Health at C.U. Public Health/The Children’s Hospital will speak on the topics of Children with Special Health Care Needs and Health Care Reform.
Urologist/Urologic Oncologist E. David Crawford, Professor of Surgery, Professor of Radiation Oncology, and Head of the Section of Urologic Oncology at the University of Colorado, Urologic Oncology Department will speak on the topics of The Aging Male and Prostate Cancer.
For more information, call Julie Disher in the Medical Staff Office at Montrose Memorial Hospital at 970/240-7394.
REGION 10 AREA AGENCY ON AGING AWARDS $799,000 FOR REGIONAL OLDER ADULT SERVICES
MONTROSE – Economic times are challenging, but Western Slope residents age 60+ will still be able to obtain reliable services in the areas of transportation, nutrition, homemaking, caregiving, information and assistance, dental prevention, ombudsman and legal assistance with only a suggested donation requested for all services. That’s because regional organizations identified by the Region 10 Area Agency on Aging (AAA) in their annual request for proposal process as serving seniors most effectively will once again receive vital financial support in 2011/2012.
AAA recently awarded more than $799,000 in federal and state senior funding for one year contracts to non-profit, for-profit and governmental organizations. This year’s budget reflects support of 11 organizations in six counties that provide cost-efficient, effective and comprehensive services aimed at keeping our older adult populations living independently as long as possible.
AAA manages funding for programs that serve adults age 60 and over in the six-county (Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray, and San Miguel) territory served by the Region 10 League for Economic Assistance and Planning.
To learn more, visit www.region10.net or call AAA at 970-249-2436.
RIDGWAY SCHOOL BOARD TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATION EFFORTS
RIDGWAY – The Ridgway Board of Education received requests for more “robust” communication through a survey this summer and in conversations with individual community members, and plans several changes as a result. The Board will begin its monthly Board of Education meetings, which are scheduled for the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm in the Ridgway library, with a 20-minute, open-dialogue period; a card to fill out at the end of the meeting will be provided to individuals who didn’t get their issues addressed, and a staff member or board member will follow up to be sure all questions are answered. Individuals are also always welcome to call or email to ask questions. The Board also plans to schedule time for community input regarding its posted work sessions in the coming months. In the meantime, the Board will soon post a chart of existing district communications to its website, to help people figure out the best avenue of communication for a particular topic. A link has been added on the home page of the district website for e-newsletters, and all interested parties are urged to sign up.