Saving Energy and Saving Money
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TELLURIDE – The New Community Coalition was awarded a Main Street Efficiency Initiative (MSEI) grant from the Governor’s Energy Office n February of 2011. Twelve businesses and non-profits in Ouray and San Miguel Counties applied to become more energy efficient with the assistance of TNCC, local energy auditors, and energy efficiency rebates.

Improvements made during 2011 are estimated to have an annual impact of reducing electricity use by 47,000 kWh and natural gas consumption by 1120 therms, saving at least $27,000 in utility bills. The resulting carbon footprint reduction from these improvements is about 65 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually. This is equivalent to driving a Subaru from Telluride to Denver every day of the year.

On Friday March 2, from 8:30-10 a.m. at Telluride’s Wilkinson Public Library, TNCC’s Green Business Roundtable (GBR) and EcoAction Workshop will highlight the success stories from the MSEI grant program.

RSVP for Friday’s event by 3 p.m. on March 1 to ensure there is enough food. For more information or to RSVP call TNCC at 728-5208 or email  or visit:

Bureau of Land Management’s Southwest Resource Advisory Council to Meet


MONTROSE – The Bureau of Land Management’s Southwest Resource Advisory Council will meet Wednesday, March 7 and Thursday, March 8 at the Holiday Inn Express, 1391 South Townsend Ave., in Montrose. The meeting is open to the public and begins at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday and at 8 a.m. on Thursday. The public comment period is scheduled during the statewide Resource Advisory Council meeting on Tuesday, Mar. 6 at 3:50 p.m.  For more details about the statewide Resource Advisory Council meeting, go to

Mountain Village Residential Trash and Recycling Survey Due March 7

MOUNTAIN VILLAGE – Mountain Village signed a contract in October 2010 with Bruin Waste Management to provide trash and recycling services to all of its residents. At its March 15 meeting, Town Council will hold a public hearing to review the contractor’s performance. To help measure that performance, the town is asking Bruin customers to complete a short customer satisfaction survey; survey results will be presented to Town Council. The survey can be accessed directly online by visiting either or Submission deadline is March 7 at 5 p.m.

Telluride Adaptive Sports Program’s Spring Fundraiser Friday, March 9

TELLURIDE – Telluride Adaptive Sports invites everyone to don cowboy hats and wranglers on Friday, March 9, for its annual fundraiser, Goin’ Cowboy at the Opera, at the Sheridan Opera House. Enjoys Western music (the Vanishing Breed Band) with live and silent auctions and delicious food. The money raised goes into TASP’s outdoor programs for those with disabilities, including skiing, mountain biking and rafting. Goin’ Cowboy Tickets, $40 in advance and $50 on the day of the event, are available at TASP offices, at Telluride’s Alpine Bank and at the Sheridan Opera House just prior to the event. The doors open at 6 p.m., and the live auction begins at 7:30 p.m.

TASP sends kids to the Special Olympics, runs winter ski and summer bike camps for veterans, and doesn’t turn people away due to inability to pay for adaptive instructions. Last year alone, TASP offered more than $80,000 in scholarships to those who wanted to participate in its programs, and provided more than 2,000 adaptive activities. TASP has also about 100 volunteers who make it all possible.

Bear Hunting Workshop Planned in Montrose

MONTROSE – If you've ever wanted to hunt bears or if you want to improve your chances of harvesting one, plan to attend a workshop sponsored by Colorado Parks and Wildlife on March 10 in Montrose.       

Tony Bonacquista, a district wildlife manager and experienced bear hunter, will lead the presentation on hunting Colorado's black bears. He'll discuss bear biology, hunting tactics, field dressing, rules and regulations, and human-bear conflict issues.

“Bears are very challenging to hunt, but hunters who know where to look and how to hunt them can improve their success rates,” Bonacquista said.       

Bear populations are healthy throughout the Montrose area of western Colorado. During hunting season in the early fall, bears are eating for up to 20 hours per day. They concentrate on acorns and berries, high-energy food sources they need to pack on the pounds in preparation for hibernation.       

Cost for the workshop is $10, which includes lunch. To register, call the Montrose Parks and Wildlife office at 970/252-6000. The class will be limited to 30 people. 

Mark Fischer Poetry Prize Call for Entries

Telluride Arts in Telluride, Colorado invites submissions to the fourteenth annual Mark Fischer Poetry Prize.  The 2012 Mark Fischer Poetry Prize will be judged by Kierstin Bridger.

The prize is named in the memory of Telluride’s much-loved poet, lawyer, skier and raconteur. Mark Fischer was a daring experimenter who combined a polyglot’s command of languages with a quirky sense of humor and a passion for obtuse words. In that spirit, prizes will be awarded to the entry that best exhibits the qualities of originality, novelty, complex meaning, linguistic skill and wit.  The wilder the better.   All styles and content matter are acceptable.

Awards of $200 for first prize, $ 150 second prize, and $100 third prize, and $50 honorable mention will be presented at a celebratory reading in Telluride in May. Poets residing in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah or Arizona for at least seven months prior to the deadline are eligible to apply. Previously published work is acceptable as long as the writer retains the copyright.

For specific submission guidelines, go to Completed entries must be received by Telluride Arts by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 6, 2012.
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