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Sign of the Times


This letter is in response to the articles relating to the plight of the owners of Tommy's restaurant to attract business through the use of an unobtrusive lighted sign. Dictionary.com defines Hypocrisy as “The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness.”

As you enter the historic town of Telluride, there is not one, but two of the ugliest signs that I have ever seen. These “speed” signs are not only on cheap looking stands, but they have flashing lighted displays of an oncoming car’s speed.  Many people find these signs to be offensive as they certainly don’t fit in with the esthetic nature of an historical town – it’s hard to imagine that these signs received approval from the Historic and Architectural Review Commission.  Ironically, the second of the two signs is in the center of the street directly in front of the potted plants that were put there to beautify Colorado Ave!

That Town Planning Director Chris Hawkins would choose to impede an independent businessperson’s ability to conduct business vis à vis a small lighted OPEN sign during the most severe economic times since the Great Depression is shameful. Mr. Hawkins’ lack of empathy is only surpassed by his hypocrisy in tolerating two tacky looking lighted, yes lighted, signs defacing the entrance to Telluride.

Finally, anyone who honestly feels that these speed signs – which normally are only found at construction sites – provide any measure of protection to Telluride, can explain why the vast majority of communities do without them. Even communities known for their glitz and glamour, such as the Hamptons, don’t use flashing lighted signs to aid in controlling speed limits.

I would ask Town officials to be more tolerant of businesses trying to exist during these troubling times.  After all, these folks provide the economic foundation so necessary for our community’s survival.

Respectfully submitted,

– Jill Roisman Open Letter to the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Telluride, CO


As we read the mission of the BPOE of the United States, we understand more clearly the depth of your kind gesture to honor San Miguel County police officers, EMTs and outstanding students. Telluride Elks Lodge members showed charity and benevolence toward our community by putting together an event such as occurred on Saturday, March 14. You provided us with warm company, good humor, delicious food and heartfelt awards to let us know how much the honorees are appreciated. It was a night to remember.

In turn, Telluride Mountain School would like the BPOE of Telluride to know that we appreciate all you do for our community. We support the concept of community service in our school’s mission as we feel it is essential in the development of each child to learn to give back. Our county can often be divided on many levels, be it politically, geographically, socioeconomically, or other, and through community service, you are able to bring us all together to find the common good, the fellowship that exists amongst all ages, genders and cultures of people. The broader community is fortunate to have such a wonderful group of volunteer citizens who provide such valuable programs.

We wish you all the best in your endeavors. Please know that the Telluride Mountain School community is very proud to be considered by your lodge.

Warm Regards,

– TMS Outstanding Students: Aven Patterson, Morgan Bradley, Ebba Green, Sheamus Croke, Alexa Posner, and Gregory Hope and TMS Administrative Staff: Ernie Patterson, Graham Frey, Karen Walker, Kathleen Erie, Sage Martin, Robin Hope Miracle Ski Day


Thank you all so much for coming to join us for the Biggest and BEST Miracle Ski Day yet!

A very big thanks to Andy and Gigi for videoing our annual ski day for the fourth year in a row.

Also, I would especially like to thank Susie and Bill Paulea for hosting our great Adaptive Lunch Fund Raiser. Because of their generosity, the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program will have additional funds to sponsor scholarships next year.

We never would have earned these funds without the support of so many friends.

The Telluride Adaptive Office staff, Sylvie, Tim, Courtney, M’lin and Deb helped me get the event together. Without all of you the program would not be possible.

Last, but not least I would like to thank my friends Sue Berg and Joe Zikor. They helped me with my first Edgy Wedgy back in 1990. That experience helped me become an adaptive skier who now gets to ski with my special ski buddies Stephanie, Hawkeye, Ashley, Debbie and Judy.

Your friendship and encouragement mean the world to me.

My life has never been better and my family more loved.

Here's to skiing 40 plus days in 2010, I can't wait!

– Miracle Sickels, Naturita TASP Thanks


A big Thank you to the Telluride community on behalf of TASP! 

It's amazing what strong community support can do, even in difficult economic times like these.  Now that the dust has settled and the numbers have all been reconciled, we are thrilled to announce that the Annual TASP 'Goin' Cowboy at the Opera' event on March 6 netted more than $50,000. This money will fund many recreational opportunities for people with disabilities right here in Telluride.   

We are especially grateful to our sponsors, all the local merchants and individuals who donated items for the Silent or Live Auction and those who supported us through their attendance and purchase of auction items. And the volunteers – we could never have pulled this off without their amazing support!  Many thanks to all of the above, and the community for the generous support we receive throughout the year.   We recognize these are difficult times for most and appreciate your support even more in this challenging economic environment. 



– Nancy L. Fuller, TASP 'Goin Cowboy at the Opera' Chair


On behalf of the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program I would like to thank everyone that came out to support the Miracle Ski Day and the New Belgium Scavenger Hunt fundraisers for TASP!  Over $5,500 was collectively raised over the weekend at these two events!  Thanks to all of the volunteers who worked the events, the Paulea Family, Telluride Ski and Golf Company, New Belgium Brewery, and everyone who played a role in making the events possible. Thank you for your continued support!


– Courtney Stuecheli, Director, Telluride Adaptive Sports Program Sprouts Thanks


Our Fifth Annual Mountain Sprouts Preschool Fundraiser was a great success! There are many people to thank, starting with The Sheridan Arts Foundation, Josselin Lifton-Zoline and Bob Callendale. Also, to Don at Gallerie Framing for donating his time and frames for almost all of the artwork we had in the auction.


Alyssa Ramirez

Anton Viditz-Ward

Ben Knight

Cheryl Dubois

Cathie Seward – Origami Mommi

John Lifton-Zoline

Kathy Green

Kelvyn Davila

Linda Borof

Marie Green

Roger Mason

Scott Rhea

Stevie Decker


8750Alt Private Gym

Adams Chiropractic

Ah Haa School for the Arts

Alpine Bank

American National Bank

Aromatherapy Spa

Atmosphere Spa



Between The Covers Bookstore

Blue Jay Café

Bluepoint Grill

BPG Energy Systems Engineering

Merle’s Brown Bag

Camel's Garden Hotel

The Cantina

China Rose

Chop House

Cimarron Laser Clinic

The Conscious Kitchen


Dylan Brooks – AXA Advisors

Eco Cleaners

Elinoff Gallery


ETech Broadband – Ken Olson

Excelsior Cafe

Fit Life – Ruth Homan

Gallerie Framing

Honga’s Lotus Petal

I Love Plum

Indian Ridge

Jesse James Martin

Joe's Garage

Juice Plus – Heidi Rhea

Kaikuas Ranch

La Cocina de Luz

La Femme Fatale

LuxWest Interiors

Lynton Moore

The Mortgage Store

Mountain Film

The New Sheridan Hotel

Nugget Theatre

The Peaks Golden Door Spa

Planet Bluegrass

Resortquest Telluride

The Sawpit Mercantile


Singing Spring Botanicals


Southern Living at Home

Spun Sugar


Steaming Bean

Studio G

Sunglasses HQ

The Sweet Life


Telluride Blues and Brews Festival

Telluride Bottle Works

Telluride Fire Department

Telluride Gravel

Telluride Jazz

Telluride Kitchen

Telluride Pilates Center

Telluride Ski & Golf

Telluride Trappings and Toggery

Timberline Ace Hardware

Tomten Farms

Travelin' Tots

Tudor Training Systems

Two Skirts

Ulli Sir Jesse


Virginia Kile

Wildcat Studios

X Cafe

Zia Sun

Thank you to everyone that attended our fundraiser, to the Mountain Sprouts staff and parents, and to our beautiful children for their creativity and motivation. We look forward to seeing you all again next year!

With Much Gratitude,

– Mountain Sprouts Preschool
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