The nonprofit Wright Stuff Community Foundation is holding several fundraisers this winter to support its Prime Time Early Learning Center programs. PTELC is a Qualistar-rated childcare facility that serves children from infancy through preschool and provides before-and-after school programs for older children.
To celebrate Valentine’s Day, the center is selling balloon-grams. PTELC is taking orders for heart-shaped, helium-filled Valentine balloons in red, white or pink. Order a single balloon for $3, two for $5, or three for $6. Free Valentine’s Day deliveries will be made to the Norwood School and within the town of Norwood.
PTELC teachers and parents are selling Applebee’s coupons to raise money for individual classrooms. Two-dollar coupons may be redeemed for a free soft drink, iced tea, lemonade, or milkshake at Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill; $5 coupons may be redeemed for a complimentary order of mozzarella sticks. All proceeds from coupon sales go directly to Prime Time, assisting with the purchase of craft materials, furniture, toys, books, and other educational tools.
To provide ongoing support, City Market shoppers can participate in the City Market Cares Electronic Fundraising Program by linking their Value Card numbers to PTELC. Registration sheets are available at Prime Time, Happy Belly Deli and the Norwood Post Office. Any time a participating Value Card is used, the amount is automatically credited to Prime Time. Each quarter, City Market funds $100,000 to participating nonprofits based on total sales and number of groups enrolled in the Colorado City Market Cares Program. Last year, Value Card funds helped Prime Time pay its utility bills.
PTELC is also participating in this year’s Telluride Rotary Red Ball Express, scheduled for March 15 on the NASTAR course at the Telluride Ski Resort. A $5 donation enables participants to “adopt” two large, red exercise balls. At the event, adopted balls will be launched en masse from the ski hill in a race to the finish line. The owner of the fastest ball will win $5,000, second place will receive $1,500 and third place will receive $500. (Ticket-holders need not be present to win.) As a Red Ball Express beneficiary, Prime Time keeps $4 from each $5 ticket sale it makes. The fundraiser benefits greater Telluride area youth and nonprofit groups and is co-sponsored by Telluride Ski Resort, Wells Fargo Bank and the Town of Mountain Village. More information is available at www.tellurideredball.com.
For more information about or to participate in any of Prime Time’s fundraisers, call 327-0555.
Iyengar Yoga Classes Offered
Certified yoga instructor Jen Dabal is offering a new, six-week session of Iyengar Yoga classes at Peak Fitness, Feb. 11-March 20. A beginner/level one class meets Wednesdays at 5 p.m. Classes for all levels meet Thursdays, 8:15 -9:30 a.m. and 6:30-7:45 p.m., and Fridays, at 9 a.m. Cost is $10 per class with a punch card or $12 for drop-ins. Private sessions are available by appointment. Call 708-0610 or 327-4820. Peak Fitness is located at 1630 Summit St.
State-Sponsored Solar Rebate Program Announced
San Miguel Power Association and the New Community Coalition have announced a new partnership with the Governor’s Energy Office and the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association to offer a Solar Rebate Program to home and business owners in San Miguel, Ouray, and western Montrose counties, as well as portions of Dolores, San Juan and Hinsdale counties. The program was created by the GEO as an incentive for renewable energy installations on homes and businesses throughout the state, helping to harness Colorado's abundant solar resources. It is meant to help Colorado achieve its Climate Action Plan carbon reduction goals and increase Colorado's energy independence.
Regional residents and small businesses that install photovoltaic or solar hot water systems can now apply for rebates under the program. With a combination of the GEO rebates and federal tax credits, Colorado home and business owners can save 50 to 55 percent on the upfront cost of installing a solar system, according to TNCC. Once installed, savings can vary from $250 to $500 per year in energy costs.
As administrator for the rebate programs locally, TNCC began accepting rebate applications this month. (Only systems that are installed after Feb. 2, 2009 are eligible for a rebate.) Once approved and assigned a Rebate Reservation, applicants have 90 days to complete the installation of their solar system. Systems must be operational and complete documentation submitted to TNCC by June 19, 2009 in order for applicants to receive a rebate check from SMPA. Residential homes are subject to a professional energy audit to determine program eligibility.
TNCC is hosting Solar Rebate informational meetings in Telluride (Feb. 10, 5 p.m., Wilkinson Library) and in Nucla (Feb. 25, 6 p.m., SMPA meeting room), as well as in Ridgway and Silverton. For more information, call TNCC at 728-1340.
Help Shape the Future of Regional Transportation
San Miguel County is seeking input from local employers and employees for a Regional Transit Feasibility Study. The results will help determine the future of public transportation in the region and identify the need for services between Telluride, Norwood, Ridgway, Ouray, Montrose, and Delta.
Both employer and employee surveys are available online at www.lsccs.com/projects/montroseco/index.htm. The anonymous surveys may filled out online or a printed version may be completed and sent to Nina Kothe, San Miguel County Commissioners Office, PO Box 1170, Telluride, CO 81435. Copies may also be faxed to 728-3718. For more information, call Kothe at 728-3844.
Gunnison Sage-Grouse Working Group Meeting Wednesday
A rescheduled Gunnison Sage-grouse Working Group meeting takes place Wednesday, Feb. 11 at the Forest Service office in Norwood, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The focus of the meeting is to work on a draft of the local Gunnison sage-grouse conservation plan.
Copies of the draft plan may be found online at www.freewebs.com/sanmiguelsagegrouse/conservationplan.htm. Hard copies are also available upon request. Comments on the draft may be submitted before the meeting by contacting coordinator Leigh Robertson at 626-2272.
Attendees should bring a lunch. Snacks and drinks will be provided.
Sunday Mines Expansion Project Approved
The Dolores Public Lands Office has approved a proposal to expand uranium and vanadium mining at the Sunday Mines Complex in Big Gypsum Valley. Jamie Sellar-Baker, Dolores Public Lands Office Associate Manager, signed a Finding of No Significant Impact and Decision Record for the project on Jan. 30.
The decision approves a proposal by Denison Mines Corporation to expand an existing waste rock area, install seven new vent holes, conduct exploration drilling, extend underground declines, and rehabilitate mine workings. Existing disturbance at the complex is about 80 acres. The proposed new surface disturbance would affect about 20 additional acres of public land in the area.
A Plan of Operations, made available for public comment in the early fall of 2008, described the proposed action in detail. Following an evaluation of public comments on the Plan of Operations, the BLM conducted an Environmental Assessment for the proposed action and made it available for public review. Based on the analysis in the EA and careful evaluation of public comments, a Finding of No Significant Impact was reached.
Anyone in disagreement with the decision or adversely affected by it may request a State Director Review or appeal to the Office of Hearings and Appeals. For more information, contact Helen Mary Johnson at 970/385-1359, Eric LaPrice at 970/882-6827, or Richard Rymerson at 970/385-1315.
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