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NORWOOD – On Saturday, June 12, Norwood will host of the latest barbecue competition in Colorado, with national experts competing to win the First Annual Norwood Barbecue Fest’s Grand Champion crown.

Norwood High School graduate Todd Youngblood and his partner, by Dan Mantineo, run Cook Man Food, which has put on the Smokin’ Fourth of July Contest in Durango for several years, watching the competition grow to 14,000 attendees, and 42 barbecue experts competing for more than $9, 000 in cash prizes. “Colorado has a lot of great barbecue teams,” says Mantineo, but “they just don’t always have an option to attend local competitions. “

Cook Man Food plans to turn the new Norwood festival into a fully sanctioned Rocky Mountain Barbecue event. “We have to get year one under our belt then we can talk about growing this into a larger event,” says Youngblood.

“Norwood is an amazing place, filled with many great things to do,” says Youngblood. In creating the competition, he says, “I wanted to give people a reason to come to Norwood and see all that it has to offer, and what better reason to visit than great barbecue.”

All are invited to the Two Candles restaurant (home of the Norwood Brewery) for barbecue, beer and live entertainment all day long, Saturday, June 12, from 11 a.m. on.

The guiding belief behind Cook Man is this, say its creators: “You have to eat three meals a day so you better make them count. We believe in creating delicious fresh foods made with as many local ingredients as we can get. Recipes are guidelines, not rules, and we are here to educate men on how to take over the kitchen and begin to make food the way they like it.”


MONTROSE – The San Juan Healthcare Foundation has awarded three $500 scholarships for 2010.  This year’s recipients are Diana Winters, who pursuing a Licensed Practical Nursing degree; Melissa Wright, pursuing her goal to be a Registered Respiratory Therapist and Melissa Rajkowski, who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in nursing. 

And the Montrose Medical Alliance awarded two concurrent $500 scholarships, one to Dale Jensen to assist with her pursuit of a Bachelor of Science Degree in nursing, and one to Jamie Zarkis, who is enrolled in the Mesa State College Associate of Applied Science Registered Nurse Program. 

The San Juan Healthcare Foundation is a nonprofit entity created in 1982 to furnish support for healthcare services in the Montrose area.  It contributes aid to obtain and upgrade healthcare facilities, education and equipment.  The San Juan Healthcare Foundation encourages interested students who have been accepted into a health-related program to apply in 2011.  Preference will be given to applicants from the Montrose area intending to return to this area to utilize their talents. 


Monday June 14 is Flag Day, and the Ouray Elks lodge will hold a public ceremony at the lodge at 6 p.m. to commemorate the anniversary of the adoption of the Stars and Stripes by the Second Continental Congress in 1777. Beginning in 1911, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks required all local lodges to hold formal observances, and strongly urged the federal government to officially designate the day; five years later, on May 30, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed June 14 National Flag Day. Congress designated June 14 National Flag Day in 1949, in an act signed into law by President Harry Truman that same year.


SAN MIGUEL COUNTY – Approximately 12,000 additional low-income Colorado children could be covered by public health insurance this year, under House Bill 09-1293 a new state law passed in 2009.

Children in families with incomes up to $55,125 for a family of four are now eligible for coverage under the Colorado Healthcare Affordability Act of 2009 (HB 09-1293), through the Child Health Plan Plus program expansion, which went into effect on May 1.

In San Miguel County, approximately 256 children are eligible but not enrolled in health insurance.

HB 09-1293 expanded eligibility in the CHPP program, Colorado’s low-cost health insurance program, for uninsured children ages 18 and younger and pregnant women whose household income is over the Medicaid eligibility threshold but for whom private insurance is unaffordable or unattainable because of a pre-existing condition exclusion.

Because Colorado’s CHPP expansion is more generous than the Medicaid expansion component of federal health care reform passed in March, the primary effect of the federal reform will be to shift some 6-to-18-year-olds from CHPP to the Medicaid program.

In 2008, an estimated 176,000 Colorado children did not have health insurance coverage. The Colorado Health Institute estimates that of those children, approximately 65 percent – 115,000 children – were eligible but not enrolled in the Medicaid and CHPP programs.

For more information, see the CHI issue brief, Colorado Children’s Health Insurance Status: 2010 Update or contact Beth Kuperman at 970/728-3804 or Jill Burchmore at 970/728-5613 or visit .


The Woman’s Club of Ouray holds its annual rummage sale Friday-Saturday, June 18-19, at the Ouray Community Center. The club’s annual fundraiser supports community organizations.

Their message this year: repurpose, renew, and recycle. June is a great month to clean out closets and garages, and all useful items are welcome at the sale. To donate, contact Patty at 325-4880 or Vicki at 325-4816 to donate any household items.


The Telluride Medical Center has received a $43,000 Colorado Rural Health Care Grant it will spend to make improvements to its Primary Care Department being done as part of a $900,000 remodel of the facility that will increase its capacity for visiting specialists and improve the privacy of its Emergency Department.

“This was an extremely competitive grant and the Primary Care department is very pleased to have received this sizeable award,” said Executive Director Gordon Reichard, who indicated that the grant money would be used for soundproofing in the Primary Care Department.

The grant is one of 28 awards ranging from $5,000 to $50, 000 given by the Colorado Rural Health Care Grant Council to physical, mental and oral health care providers across the state in the third round of funding for the Colorado Rural Health Care Grant Program established in 2007.

The program strengthens health care delivery in rural communities and is funded with $7.5 million from UnitedHealthcare that is being distributed over six years. This year’s grant awards totaled $1.075 million for health information technology, construction and remodeling projects, equipment and staff training

“As we continue toward our goal of providing access to high quality, affordable health care to all Coloradans, it is critical that we support our rural communities,” Gov. Bill Ritter said in a press release.

The TMC’s Primary Care Department renovations are budgeted to cost approximately $123,000 of the nearly $900,000 project that will add one additional emergency room treatment bay, create one new dedicated primary care exam room and two flex rooms that can be used for both emergency and primary care purposes, create a central nursing station with a clear view of the emergency treatment rooms and a private family waiting area, and establish a viewing room where primary care providers can review diagnostic imaging results with patients in a private setting – a service that is currently unavailable due to space constraints.

Reichard said that the TMC hopes to complete its four-phase remodel by December 1 before the ski season is in full swing.

While it will hopefully come in significantly under budget, “It’s too early to tell,” he said.


NORWOOD – The Wright Stuff Community Foundation hosts its Second Annual Wright Stuff Challenge 5k/10k Walk/Run, Saturday, June 26, starting at 8:30 a.m. at the San Miguel County Fairgrounds’ Pig Palace.

Established in 1998, the Norwood-based foundation has served the critical needs of working families of Wright’s Mesa and surrounding communities by offering early and continuing education programs. The primary program of Wright Stuff is Prime Time Early Learning Center, serving children from 6 months to 12 years. Prime Time’s infant, toddler, preschool and One Step Ahead classrooms are dedicated to offering the highest quality early childhood education programs, enhanced by their use of Social-Emotional techniques. Prime Time is in the process of becoming one of four state-recognized Pyramid Plus demonstration sites in Colorado, and several staff members are certified coaches or trainers.

Wright Stuff also offers after-school and summer enrichment programs through its Explore! program, which strives to connect kids with the outdoors through exploration and immersion in their backyard wilderness. Furthermore, the Foundation provides adult education opportunities for San Miguel and west Montrose county residents through its free GED classes.

All proceeds from the 5k/10k Challenge will benefit the Wright Stuff. It’s an out-and-back race, 3.2 miles or 6.4 miles, on the county roads south of Norwood, starting and ending at the San Miguel County Fairgrounds’ Pig Palace – also the site of the Norwood Farm and Craft Market.

Race-day registration takes place from 7:45 to 8:15 a.m.; the race starts at 8:30 a.m. sharp. Registration is $25, or (new this year) $20 for teams of four or more participants. After June 19, the registration fee increases to $35. The first 100 registrants will receive a commemorative goody bag that contains a metal water bottle, energy bar, lip balm, and other useful items.

Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places for adult male and female winners for both the 5K and 10K races and 1st place prizes for under 18 (male and female), as well as for the fastest Team – from Telluride lodging packages to Ouray Hot Springs Pool passes, and more. The awards ceremony will take place at the Pig Palace, where participants can refuel on items sold at the Norwood Farm and Craft Market and peruse the second annual Norwood Community Parking Lot sale. Both events run until 1 p.m.

Register for the Wright Stuff Challenge online at (small fee applies) or contact the Wright Stuff at 970/327-0555, ext. 11. The event will run rain or shine. Parents are welcome to run or walk with their kids in strollers; please no dogs. More information is also available at the Wright Stuff website,
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