OURAY – The Ouray Public Library has received a $1,000 grant from the Zanett Foundation to be used for the purchase of an Elite 60 Disc Repair and Maintenance System.
“Our patrons increasingly are taking advantage of our movie and audio book collection,” said Library Director Chris Reece. “We are thrilled that these items are getting so much use, but as a result, we find that they require additional maintenance to ensure that we can keep the items in good condition.”
The disc repair and maintenance system also will be available for patrons’ own CDs and DVDs. Movies and audio books can be dropped off to be cleaned and repaired on Wednesdays and then picked-up the following Wednesday. The charge for cleaning and repair is $1 per disc; money raised be used for continued maintenance of the library’s collection of movies and audio books.
The Ouray Public Library, located at 320 6th Ave., is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For access to the online catalog, see ouray.colibraries.org (and search the Ouray Library District’s catalog) or see ouray.aspencat.info.
Historical Society Grants Funding for Wright Opera House
OURAY – The Colorado Historical Society State Historical Fund has awarded the Friends of the Wright Opera House, Inc. an acquisition grant for $225,000. This was among the top ten in the state the size of the grant, and one of only two grants awarded for the purpose of acquiring a building.
With state funding, the campaign to Save the Opera House has now raised $463,459, which is roughly half of the amount necessary to purchase the Wright Opera House, which will be preserved and upgraded to be used for arts programs in the Ouray region.
Additional acquisition grants from several foundations are pending, and a search has begun for organizations providing funding for capital projects.
A second Friends of the Wright Opera House community campaign will begin soon. For more information, go to savethewright.org.
San Miguel Power Announces 2010 Student Scholarships
WESTERN SAN JUANS – San Miguel Power Association, Inc. is, once again offering scholarships to this year’s high school graduating seniors. Every year SMPA awards nine scholarships, totaling $14,000, to graduating seniors throughout its service territory.
Applicants must attend school in Nucla, Norwood, Telluride, Ridgway, Ouray or Silverton, be on schedule to graduate in 2010, and plan to attend a secondary education institution.
SMPA offers three different scholarships. The San Miguel Power Association Scholarship, $2,000, is awarded to one graduating senior from each of the six high schools within the service territory. The Tri-State Scholarship, $500, is awarded to two graduating seniors from the service territory. The Basin Electric Power Cooperative Scholarship, $1,000, is awarded to one graduating senior from the service territory.
Applications are available online at www.smpa.com. In addition to the application, students must also supply an official transcript of grades, an essay of 250 to 500 words, and two letters of recommendation. They also must demonstrate community involvement and identify an intended course of study. Applications are due Feb. 18, 2010. Completed applications can be returned to: San Miguel Power, Attn. Carla Spangler, PO Box 817,
Nucla, CO 81424.
Students may also submit applications electronically by emailing the documents to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information contact Carla at 970/864-7311.
San Juan National Forest Offers Artist-in-Residence Program
DURANGO – The San Juan National Forest will be accepting applications for its 2010 Aspen Guard Station Artist-in-Residence Program now through March 1. Open to painters, writers, poets, musicians, photographers, sculptors, performers, and other artists, those selected for residencies will have the opportunity to stay at the historic Aspen Guard Station near Manco for one to two weeks during the summer or fall of 2010.
To be considered, applications must be received at the San Juan Public Lands Center (15 Burnett Court, Durango, CO 81301) no later than the March 1 deadline.
The Aspen Guard Station, a rustic log cabin set in an aspen grove 12 miles north of Mancos, served as a ranger station for the U.S. Forest Service. Built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, it houses the Artist-in-Residence Program from June to September each year. In return for residencies, artists make a donation to the program and share their talents with the public through exhibits, performances, open houses and workshops.
Representatives of area art associations will choose six finalists and two alternates to participate in the program by May 1. Selection will be made solely on the basis of merit, without regard to sex, race, creed, religion, national origin, or physical ability. It should be noted that because of its historical nature, the Aspen Guard Station does not meet American Disability Act standards.
The Aspen Guard Station Artist-in-Residence Program is sponsored by the Dolores Public Lands Office and Cortez Cultural Center. Information on the program and instructions on how to apply are available on the San Juan National Forest website at http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/sanjuan/about/a-i-r/index.shtml.
Archaeological Society Scholarships Available to Students
WESTERN SAN JUANS – Applications for the Chipeta Chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society’s Squint and Juanita Moore Scholarship are currently available to high school, college or graduate students within the Montrose, Delta, Mesa, San Miguel, Ouray and San Juan counties.
Applicants must demonstrate an interest in archaeology or anthropology. Scholarship funds may be used for formal school study, field school or ongoing professional work.
Applications and information are available at www.montrosecf.com or at the guidance office of high schools in the eligible counties. Questions about the scholarship may be directed to these guidance offices.
Completed applications may be submitted electronically or mailed. Completed applications must be received by April 1.
Searching for Colorado Senior Poet Laureate
COLORADO – Entries are now being accepted for the 18th annual National Senior Poets Laureate Poetry Competition for American poets age 50 and older in which the Colorado Senior Poet Laureate is sought. The deadline is June 30.
Winning poems of state senior poets laureate will be named in July; the poets will then advance to the final rounds of competition. The winner of the 2010 National Senior Poet Laureate title, announced around Sept. 1, will receive $500.
Joyce Gregor of Westcliffe won the 2009 Colorado Senior Poet Laureate Award with her poem "A Twist of Time." Winner of the 2009 National Senior Poet Laureate Award was Patricia Frolander, 66, rancher from Sundance, Wyo.
Administered by Amy Kitchener’s Angels Without Wings Foundation, co-sponsors Vera-Jane Goodin Schultz and Wanda Sue Parrott founded the contest in 1993. The 2009 winners, along with rules for the 2010 Senior Poets Laureate Contest, can be seen in Golden Words Anthology at www.amykitchenerfdn.org.