COMMUNITY BRIEFS
Cook-off Tonight at Main in Motion
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MONTROSE - Three Montrose chefs, from Sushitini, Camp Robber and Remington at the Bridges will be given locally grown produce from Day Spring Farm, Blaine’s Tomatoes, Straw Hat Farm, Wags World Orchard, All Around Bee Co, Parker Pastures, and meats and herbs from the Montrose Farmers Market tonight, at Main in Motion, at 6:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. 

Each chef will have 25-30 minutes to prepare and cook the dish of his or her choice, and be judged on the best creation. 

For more information about the event, email or call Abbie Brewer, abbie@forealliance.org, or  970/471-6313.

Where’s Waldo? In Telluride, July 1-15

TELLURIDE – Telluride is one of 250 U.S. towns chosen to participate in “Find Waldo Local” – a two-week long scavenger hunt to find Waldo in 20 of Telluride’s local businesses, hosted by Between the Covers bookstore. Participants who find 16 or more Waldos will be entered into a drawing for prizes.

Six-inch images of the famous book character will be strategically “hidden” at Telluride stores; Between the Covers is the first stop, where they’ll receive a Waldo-spotter card after locating the store’s hidden Waldo. They then proceed to the other participating businesses between Sunday, July 1 (hunt kickoff day) and July 15, to locate their hidden Waldos. Turn in 16 Waldo spotter cards by July 15 and be entered into a final prize drawing, held at Between the Covers on Friday, July 20. Winners will receive Waldo books, from postcard collections to boxed book sets.

For more information, contact Between the Covers at  970/728-4504. 

Twin Approaches to Solar Energy Harvesting

TELLURIDE – The Tuesday, July 3 Telluride Town Talk explores two approaches to solar energy harvesting: one natural and one man-made. The TSRC sponsored event will be held July 3 at the Palm Theatre from 6-7:15 pm and will feature two 20-minute presentations followed by a Q&A session. 

The first talk, “Learning from Nature’s 3-Billion-Year Solar Energy Program,” will be given by Dr. Gregory Scholes, D. J. LeRoy Distinguished Professor at the University of Toronto. Nature’s solar energy program is called photosynthesis, whereby plants, algae, and some bacteria harvest energy from sunlight and store it in chemical bonds.

The process of charge separation in solar cells is a research interest of the night’s second speaker, Dr. Peter Rossky. His presentation is titled, “Plastic Solar Cells: Learning how molecules think.” Rossky is Chair and Professor in the Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas in Austin. He is also the director of the University of Texas Energy Frontier Research Center.

For more information, go online at telluridescience.org/towntalk/2012 or call TSRC Director, Nana Naisbitt, at 970-708-0004.

SCC Four Corners Youth Community Corps in Ouray and Ridgway

DURANGO – The Southwest Conservation Corps is gearing up once again for its summer youth programs, which will introduce youth ages 12-18 to the conservation and enjoyment of community outdoor spaces. With the support of the City of Ouray and Town of Ridgway, SCC will be running a new, weeklong format of its Youth Community Corps programs for youth ages 12-15 in Ridgway and Ouray.

In SCC’s Youth Community Corps, youth have the opportunity to explore the natural and cultural assets of their communities, interact with community leaders, and gain service hours and teamwork experience preserving these assets. The programs will combine a variety of experiential education, recreational activities, and service projects to engage youth in environmental issues and projects that are relevant to them. In past summers, youth crews have tackled a range of projects, from trail building to tree planting and habitat improvement, and from structural improvement to gardening and farming. 

Program Dates

Ridgway: July 30-August 3, 2012

Ouray: August 5-August 10, 2012

SMPA Taking Precautions Due to Fire Danger

Due to the increased fire danger San Miguel Power Association is making changes to its power restoration procedure. These changes can result in longer outage times for members.

“We’re now taking every precaution we can to prevent a fire. This also means that our members may experience longer than normal outages due to our enhanced safety procedures,” explained SMPA General Manager Kevin Ritter.

The high temperatures combined with the lack of moisture, dry grasses, brush and trees, and high winds have put much of the state in extreme fire danger. As a result, SMPA is currently operating under its alternative power restoration plan in order to minimize the potential for downed power lines or other equipment to start a fire.

The alternate procedure includes many steps that can ultimately extend the length of a power outage, such as additional line and pole inspections prior to attempting to restore power. This requires more personnel and more time to complete. Members are also being asked report any downed power lines or damaged equipment to SMPA immediately.

“Our members are a valuable asset when it comes to outage and fire prevention. Our crewmembers can’t be everywhere, all the time. It’s crucial when members see something like a downed line or even something that seems off, they report it immediately. It’s definitely better to be safe than sorry,” said Ritter.

To report power outages contact either SMPA office at 970/626-5549 or 970/864-7311. If it is after hours you will be directed to SMPA’s after-hours dispatch center.

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