COMMUNITY BRIEFS | Summer Discovery Camp in June
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MONTROSE – The 21st Century Program will be offering Summer Discovery Camp during the month of June in both Montrose and Olathe.  

In Montrose, activities will take place at Centennial Middle School during the mornings and available for students who will be entering grades 1-8.  In Olathe, activities will take place at Olathe Elementary School all day and students who will be entering grades K-8 are welcome.

The programs run Monday through Thursday, June 3-27, with two two-week sessions available.   

Registration forms are available at all of the schools and 21st Century Program offices.  For more information for Montrose, call Diane Brueske at 970/209-1358.  For Olathe, call Christi Tenney at 970/275-2379. For any other program questions call  Erica Jiron, director of 21stt Century Programming, at 970/ 240-6439.


Weed Mitigation Alert: White Top

MONTROSE COUNTY – The Montrose County Weed Mitigation department would like to notify citizens of the invasive weed population known as white top also known as hoary cress.  White top is unpalatable to livestock and wildlife, but more importantly, it will overrun native, agriculture and desirable plant populations.

Currently, populations are scattered throughout Montrose County and are on the rise. The areas surrounding Redvale and Norwood are heavily infested. Residents of the West End of Montrose County are eligible for up to 50 percent of white top management costs reimbursed (per the Uravan Mill National Resources Damage Fund Grant).

The most effective methods of treatment include eradicating populations before they can spread. First and foremost, white top is a perennial, so removing the root system is essential for effective management.  The Colorado Department of Agriculture recommends the use of Escort XP or Telar (herbicides) at a one ounce per acre rate in the bud and early blooming stages.  Other effective sprays include Cimarron Plus, Cimarron X-tra or Metcel, and should be coupled with a non-ionic surfactant mixed at .25 percent of mixed volume.  During the late-flower to post-flower growth stage, the Colorado Department of Agriculture recommends the use of Plateau (or Panoramic) at 12 ounces per acre. For maximum results, both herbicides should be mixed with methylated seed oil or crop oil concentrate applied at two pints per acre.  Please make sure to read and follow all instructions indicated on herbicide labels.

Contact the Montrose County Weed Mitigation Department with any questions or concerns at 970/249-5216.

Fuel Wood Permits for Sale

MONTROSE – The Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service announced last week “personal use” firewood permits are available for purchase.  Permits can be purchased for $10 per cord, with a two-cord minimum requirement.  The maximum limit is 10 cords per household each year.  Only Payment by cash or check is accepted.

Road closures may still remain in areas that some folks may wish to access for firewood cutting. Persons interested in access for fuelwood cutting and/or recreation are encouraged to check on road status and area closures before venturing out.  Be aware of fuel and fire conditions in the area.  Practice safe use and fueling with chainsaws and be prepared with a shovel and water should a fire occur.

For more information about fuelwood permits, requirements/regulations and current road closures please contact the following offices and/or visit the following Websites.  The following information for each office includes the dates that permits will be available for purchase.

To view permit conditions and maps visit the Forest Service website at or the BLM website at


Ouray County Performing Arts Guild awarded three students from the 2013 graduating class scholarships to be applied toward college studies, and one ninth grader received funds to further her dance studies this summer.

Meredith Mueller of Ridgway received $1,000 toward her first year of music study at Westmont College in California. Meredith, who has had roles in various school and community theater productions, has studied violin since she was a child and received regional awards for her vocal talents.

Also receiving $750 toward his studies at Montana State University is Eric Nunn of Ridgway. While planning to major in industrial engineering, his minor will be cinematography, something he has studied locally through the University Center of San Miguel.  Eric has also distinguished himself through his instrumental music playing the piano and earning first chair clarinetist in Ridgway’s honor music program. Daniel Degenhardt, graduating from Ouray High School, was given two awards, $500 in financial aid to attend the National Speech and Debate Finals in Birmingham, Ala., and a college scholarship of $500 for his studies at Truman State University in Missouri.  Daniel intends to major in physics, but he will participate in the school’s speech and debate program, audition for the a cappella chorus, and continue to play the piano and bass.

And finally, to encourage younger students to pursue summer performing arts programs, Hunter Clapsadl of Ouray was awarded $250 in financial aid to attend a Summer Dance Intensive at Brigham Young University in Salt Lake City. She will study jazz and modern dance there, adding to her already considerable dance skills.


Watson Awards Scholarships to Seven Western Colorado Grads

MONTROSE – Seven 2013 area graduates are the recipients of a scholarship from the Cindy Watson Scholarship Foundation, including James Prescott, Central High School; Paige Bowling, Delta High School; Ariel Lightsey, Montrose High School; Marissa Padgett, Norwood High School; Amanda Bollinger, Olathe High School; Heather Adams, Ouray High School; and Natasha Hill, Ridgway High School.

Watson, owner and founder of the Watson Insurance and Financial Group, which has been serving Montrose and the surrounding communities for 24 years, started the nonprofit scholarship foundation as a means of giving back to the communities in which she is involved.

The foundation hosts a golf invitational each year with the proceeds going to the scholarship fund.  The intent of the scholarship is to recognize individuals who demonstrate accountability, contribute to their own goals, and plan to continue their involvement in their community after college graduation.

“You must contribute something of your own to truly realize the gifts you have been given,” Watson says.  “Recipients must plan to attend a four year accredited college or universities within Colorado, demonstrate community involvement, have well established future goals, and have a need for financial assistance.”

All seven 2013 recipients were chosen by local selection committees as outstanding candidates. Three of the recipients, Prescott, Bowling and Padgett, plan to attend Colorado School of Mines to begin their studies in engineering; Lightsey, another engineering major, has enrolled at the University of Colorado/Boulder; Hill has enrolled at Regis University to study bio-chemistry; Adams has declared her major to be English at Colorado State University; and Bollinger will enter Fort Lewis College as an English major.

Montrose County Clerk & Recorder’s Office Gets 100 Percent on State Audit

MONTROSE COUNTY – Montrose County Clerk and Recorder Fran Tipton-Long was proud to report last week that Montrose County scored 100 percent on the first application audit of 2013 as issued by the Office of the State Registrar of Vital Statistics.  

Vital statistics include birth, death and marriage certificates, and the state audit verifies that the clerk and recorder offices follow protocol to obtain proper identification to release such information to family members.

“This is our fifth year receiving this distinction and it is a source of pride,” said Long. “As one of 27 offices that scored 100 percent, I want to recognize the staff of the clerk and recorder’s office for their diligent work.”

The audit is conducted annually to ensure consistent practices in all 64 clerk and recorder offices throughout the state.  Additionally, the audit provides a means for Long to review office practice and/or forms.


The Town of Ridgway and Weehawken Creative Arts are calling for Artists and “Creatives” who live, work and/or conduct business within the Town of Ridgway to join in hosting one open-studio event during the time period June 23, 2013-March 16, 2014.

In an effort to organize and promote creative industries with the Town of Ridgway, the Creative District and Weehawken Creative Arts are sponsoring monthly open-studio and special events throughout town. Individuals, organizations and/or businesses are welcome and encouraged to participate in one monthly event. Participation will include collaboration and coordination with other artists and creatives in your identified “area of town” in preparing, displaying, and merchandising your particular craft. The Creative District Committee will market and promote the event for you, and will work to make each event successful and well‐attended.

Each month the Creative District will focus on a subset of Creatives/Artists in one specific area of Town.

In addition, there will be two special events – a Starry Night and Lantern Parade on Oct. 16, and a Themed Community Open Art Exhibit in the downtown area on Mar. 16.

Each of the following areas of Town has been preliminarily identified for one monthly Studio Tour Event:

1. Alley Art and Alley Poems

2. River Park (residential)

3. River Park (industrial)

4. East of Hwy 550/Vista Terrace

5. Farm pod and bicycle tour

6. Historic Business District/ General Commercial Core

7. Historic Residential District (south)

8. Historic Residential District (north)

9. Solar Ranches

10. Culinary Tour

Each event will occur on the rising of the full moon. Times and dates are as follows:

Time: Summer Months (Apr.-Sept.) – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Winter Months (Oct.‐Mar.) – 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.


June 23 – Studio Tour: River Park Industrial

July 22 – Studio Tour: Historic Business District and General Commercial Downtown

August 21 – Studio Tour: Alley Art Tour

Sept 19 – Studio Tour: TBD

Oct 19 – Starry Night and Lantern Parade

Nov 17 – Studio Tour: TBD

Dec 17 – Studio Tour: TBD

Jan 16 – Studio Tour: TBD

Feb 15 – Studio Tour: TBD

Mar 16 –Themed Community Open Art Exhibit Downtown

April 15 – Studio Tour: TBD

May 14 –Studio Tour: TBD

Interested artists and creatives should call Ashley King at 970/708‐3855 with contact information including: individual or business/organization name, phone, email, physical location, and specifics about your particular creative endeavor.



DOLORES – The Bureau of Land Management’s Anasazi Heritage Center near Dolores, Colo., houses collections from one of North America's most important archaeological regions: the Four Corners area.  The public is invited to explore behind-the-scenes, for an intimate glimpse into the curated collection in the depths of the museum’s basement.

“When a person visits a museum, they only see a fraction of the items housed in the confines of the building,” said Bridget Ambler, Anasazi Heritage Center Curator. “We are excited to offer the public an opportunity to see the wide array of objects and archives that represent 12,000 years of deep history in the American Southwest and, in particular, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument."

The weekly “Behind-the-Scenes” tours are on Thursdays at 2 p.m. from May 2, 2013, through October 31, 2013. Participants should reserve a place in advance by calling (970) 882-5600, as space is limited. The tours are open to the public and are included with the cost of admission to the Anasazi Heritage Center. Federal recreation pass holders and people under age 18 always enjoy free admission to the museum. For safety and security reasons, tours are limited to adults and upper-age children.

In addition to seeing portions of collections not on display, the public will learn about the research projects supported by the collections, understand how these collections reflect the cultural landscape of the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and learn about collections care and preservation.  

The Anasazi Heritage Center is one of only three federal repositories for archaeological materials managed by the BLM.  Collections include artifacts from Ancestral Puebloan archaeological sites that were excavated before construction of McPhee Reservoir, Ancestral Puebloan and other indigenous material culture from the Four Corners area as well as historic sites.  Combined with the Anasazi Heritage Center’s archives documenting the settlement of Colorado some 12,000 years ago to present, visitors get a glimpse of the deep history of this area and the BLM’s efforts to preserve that past for the American public.

The Anasazi Heritage Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week through the end of October.  For more information, contact the museum at (970) 882-5600 or go to



ARBOLES – Navajo State Park is open and ready for campers, boaters and summer fun.         

The lake level is low, but the boat ramp is open and there's plenty of water for power boats and small pontoon boats. The marina store is open and gasoline is available. The boat dock, however, is closed for repairs.        

Navajo State Park is located in southwest Colorado about 40 miles southeast of Durango.

Navajo State Park offers outstanding camping facilities and three cabins. To reserve a camp spot or a cabin, call 1-800-678-2267, or go to the reservation section of the Colorado Parks and Reservation website,        

Car Seat Inspections Available June 1

TELLURIDE – The Western Regional Occupant Safety Coalition is sponsoring a fit station Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in conjunction with the Telluride Early Childhood Center garage sale. The event, which is funded in part with a Just For Kids Foundation grant, will allow parents to have car seats inspected by Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians.

If parents cannot afford a seat, there will be a few in stock for a donation. The Coalition asks for $10 for booster seats and $25 for car seats.

During the event, parents are asked to bring children, cars, and the current car seats. These are all necessary in order to ensure the child is in the proper seat.

The event will also feature a few activities for children: a "bling your booster seat" station for kids to dress up their booster seats; and coloring pages to stress safety in vehicles.

The Car Seat Event takes place at the Telluride Elementary School at 447 W. Columbia Avenue.



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